Lions In The Heat of Summer

In days of darkness, somewhere there is light. When we have lost faith, somehow, reason to hope appears. When we are most cruel, sometimes kindness prevails.

A brief news bulletin from the provincial town, Beta Genet, 350 miles outside of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, tells of a twelve year old girl, missing for a week, who’d been taken and beaten by seven men, one of whom wanted to marry her against her wishes. Three lions came and frightened away her attackers, then stood guard over her throughout the afternoon until police and family found her.

“They stood guard until we found her,” said Sergeant Wondimu Wedajo, “And then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest.”

A gift indeed. A redolent reminder that there are more things in heaven and hell than we shall ever know. When Angels choose to move through us, ‘us’ doesn’t have to mean human. The connection between human and animal is far greater than we acknowledge. Mankind can be so much worse than we wish to know. Redemption can be greater and stranger than before envisioned.

Like storytellers of old, sharing this story makes it more alive in me. It calls to what is profound, mysterious, and brave, as well as what is evil. In its re-telling I connect over and over to the magic, alive here on earth, never forgetting how close by darkness waits.

Be the lion!


Asana: Simhasana/Lion Pose, of course. You can sit with your R foot placed under left buttocks, place L foot under R buttock, or in Padmasana, or kneel. Stretching the back up, extend hands, placing them on the knees, opening fingers wide. Focus gaze at tip of nose, or within to the Third Eyes, in center of forehead. Open your mouth as wide as possible, extending the tongue out onto the chin. Inhale then force the air out strongly, roaring, Feel your power to step up and do the right thing

Health Notes: Leo, ruled by the sun, rules the heart. When we listen to the heart we always do the right thing. When that happens we are in alignment with our true self and blessings flow.

Astrology and Yoga of Transformation

THE SACRED NOW   Nov. 4-11

THEMES

·      We are under planetary alignments of chaos, creativity, awakening, re-envisioning, and reforming. Relationships are particularly under fire. Constructive AND destructive intensity is in play. Mind yer P’s & Q’s!

·      Moving from Halloween, All Saints and Samhain, (the ancient Celtic harvest festival, and cross quarter day between Autumn Equinox and Winder Solstice,) we enter the dark days where the mystery of light grows from within.

·      Pay attention to your power outages, conflict and boundaries. It is a time to cultivate patience, courage and kindness.

·      In the Northern hemisphere, we are in a liminal time when the veils between worlds are thin, calling for introspection and intuition to keep eyes wide open.

 

THE STORY                                                                                                                        With the last Mercury Retrograde of this decade, we are consciously and unconsciously retracing and reviewing the year, if not the past ten. The pervasive Scorpio influence of mystery and deep emotion pushes us to look under rocks, confront our mortality, and evaluate goals and strategies. Death can be a wonderful tool of awakening….What do you wish to create with this beautiful, difficult, sad, amazing incarnation? We may or may not have multiple lives, but we shall not pass this way again. That makes this a sacred time. It is always sacred when we wake up and ‘be here now.’ (Sacred is anything, or a time, set aside or dedicated to a particular purpose. It is entitled to reverence and respect.)

November 5-9 life may feel unfair, or unbalanced, despite its sacred nature. Mars, powerful now, squares Saturn, then Pluto. Saturn brings constraint, delay, discipline and hopefully patience to whatever it touches. With its square to ‘go get ‘em Mars, we may feel held back, impatient, or angry. These two forces bring awareness and consideration of boundaries, ours and others. Any combination of Mars and Saturn demands integrity and discipline for a good outcome. Then, connecting Mars to Pluto, it’s a passion-play! Watch the fireworks of power issues erupting in the world. Keep yours to a minimum.

It seems that much of this week’s intense, and turbulent energies preview what 2020 will offer. Consider it a practice run, a dress rehearsal for the big performance soon here. 2020 is seeding a new cycle, a gate into the Aquarian age. As a time of initiation, despite jumpy nerves and unpredictability, we want awareness to be open to wiser decision making, and greater empathetic action. Another player in this week’s surprises and chaos is the Sun’s opposition to Uranus, squaring the Quarter Moon. Hopefully, the Uranian flash of brilliance will see us through the dark mayhem toward new insights.

The great, and flamboyant Puerto Rican Astrologer, Walter Mercado, just died. His previous life was as a dancer, and he continued to express very theatrically, being loved for his exuberant costumes, Astrologic accuracy, AND great kindness. He made his work an art form on every level, signing each week with, “But above all, much much love.” I have decided to take up his mantra and sign with his reminder that no matter what the heavenly firmament provides, it always offers love, no matter how tough it appears. With the spirit-veil so thin, perhaps dear, wonderful Walter will visit me as I sign off with his spirit-signature;  “Pero sobre todo, Mucho mucho mucho amorSamantha Cameron

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YOUR BIRTHDAY WEEK: This year may be a time your relationships communicate deeper truths, particularly your relationship with self. With Mercury Retro in Scorpio, your desire and ability to be more introspective will serve you well, especially if you are struggle with relationships. The Retrograde makes communication in general of prime importance. You are moving into deeper waters, swimming in more passionate seas. Wear those beautiful water wings with pride!

YOUR PRACTICE: The intensity of this week demands we get to the mat to release steam. Focus on standing still and breathing into your next Asana before you head in. Visualize the shape and energy of the pose before you embody it…a great practice for life, especially now as the circuits are hot and pushy. Taking time to contemplate mat-moves serves to not over-step boundaries during the day. Despite pushy turbulence, this week invites spirit, creativity and imagination to ply their harmonious-trade….especially Friday.

NOVEMBER SCHEDULE

NOV. 6 WED. 5:15 All Levels, & 7:00 PM Vinyasa Flow. Laughing Dog Yoga, Wellesley.

NOV 7, THURS. 8:30-9:30 AM Pilates mat –with stretch.   The Studio, 1 Edson Rd, Natick samcatcam@gmail.com

 NOV. 9, SAT. 8:30- intermediate level class, and 10 AM- all level Vinyasa The Studio, 1 Edson Rd, Natick. samcatcam@gmail.com

SUN. NOV. 10, 4-5 PM SUNDAY SURRENDER. Deep restorative peace through stretch and breath are guides The Studio, 1 Edson Rd, Natick. samcatcam@gmail.com

DEC 1, 4-6 PM Winter’s SALON We sit by the fire to wax harmoniously on meaning and madness. Mad hatters & geniuses welcome! Led by Allan Cameron. One Edson Rd, Natick. Email: alcatcam@gmail.com