Punxsutawney Phill

Nothing against Aquarians, but February is not a cakewalk as months go. We have spent our money, and bills are due. Pipes are frozen, and you can’t smell spring. We have gained weight, and resolutions haven’t paid off yet. Taxes, like heating bills, loom large. Given that the above are true, what do we most need? Hope & Silliness, not necessarily in that order. Groundhog’s Day goes a long way to satisfying hopes with lashings of silliness.

Groundhog Day history is a strange combination of European and Native Indian ritual and story.
In February 4, 1841 a Pennsylvania-German storekeeper referred to a celebration of Candlemas, which has origin in the pagan celebration of Imbolc. It is timed for the mid-point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Candles were lit and carried home to dark houses. Superstition was that if the weather was fair, the second half of Winter would be stormy and cold.

The other half of the Groundhog equation emerged from the Delaware Indians, who considered groundhogs honorable ancestors. According to their original creation beliefs, their forebears began life as animals in “Mother Earth” and emerged centuries later to hunt and live as men. The Woodchuck comes from the Indian legend of “Wojak, the groundhog” who was considered to be the Indian’s ancestral grandfather. Punxsutawney comes from the Indian name for a location, “ponksad-uteney” which means “the town of the sandflies.”

So far so good. None of this is particularly interesting or makes any connection to today’s legend. They simply increase the nonsense around Groundhog Day, casting wierd shadows on it’s history. What I love is that from these disparate, sacred beginnings, it took Americans only a few short years to turn them into the bizarre ritual of Punxsutawney Phil looking for his shadow.


Asanas: If the requirement is to be hopeful, and silly, then the poses are: Bakasana/Crane into Sirsanana/headstand, and back up again. Many of you never thought you’d ever stand on your heads, the other half never thought to be able to ‘pull your bodies up into a ball over your arms. You’ve done both. There’s hope. Now you are to put them together, and think of how silly it looks to be squeezing yourself into these positions, much less worrying about whether you can do it or not. The Groundhog roots for you.

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