Blowing Minds/Melting Hearts 

What now? Now that the great American eclipse has passed over? Indeed, what now? Can we create greater balance between masculine and feminine within self, and society? Will greater consciousness move us forward? The American Eclipse offered an opportunity to embody greater soul purpose as it was a point of ‘celestial communication’ perfectly designed to open hearts and blow minds. Is there a new nudge within when you ask, “What now?” As the Moon impregnated the Sun, casting her deep shadow over his radiant light, the new life lays claim to being a more sovereign being, a truer soul-self. The royalty inherent in the Leo/lion signature of the Eclipse, was kicked up a notch with the added layer of the fixed star, Regulus, inseminating the seeds of this new journey with: courage, royalty, and power. When you ask yourself ‘what now,’ include: “Do I have courage to risk stepping into the unknown? What do I want from this one precious life?” What is sacred? What is the wisdom of my heart? Where do I want it to open and lead? Who are my fellow travelers?

We traveled to Ketchum Idaho to be under the full umbra, and to sit in a circle of long time heart-friends. It was mind bending, heart-blowing on many levels. When the physical world became cold and dark, it also became un-worldly and magical. It opened a moment to disconnect from all that was known. Watching the Moon eat the Sun, seeing him literally become a Lunar crescent as his golden orb slowly traded places with her dense darkness, you literally watched opportunity for the masculine to be re-born from feminine fabric. Perhaps because I had been preparing for weeks for this moment, or perhaps it might have happened anyway, but as it became very, very cold and dark my body opened in warmth to a different quality of love. I felt it moved out of verb, as in ‘to love.’ than an embodied state of being. It was so subtle I was afraid if I questioned it, it would disappear. But no, its river continued flowing until my love-tank over-flowed. I felt emboldened, and embodied by a luminosity, as though rivers of light moved through my shadows.

This re-set, this guide and guardian to a new incarnation, felt of mermaid-form, and I was reminded of the many mermaid cards that had been sent this past birthday. I thought it odd, but quite wonderful, and had no idea what it was about. Now I do. Adding to the weird synchronicity of the eclipse is the Sabian symbol associated with the eclipse degree. (Sabian symbols are Astrologic, esoteric essences revealing deeper purpose and meaning of each degree in the zodiac.) This one speaks of, “A mermaid emerging from the ocean waves, ready for rebirth in human form: The stage at which an intense feeling-intuition rises from the unconscious is about to take form as conscious thought.” Dane Rudhyar.  Having been a Sea Maid, swimming with dolphins as a teenager, at Sea World, I have always felt that mermaid life to be part of me. I shall move on with that essence alive and well within. I am even more of a believer in the surreal, the sublime, and serene. Can I make it a fabric of my perception? Will it sustain on meeting my first opportunity for road rage?

Where are you being called to the next level? I hope something wonderful and light-filled is opening for you. Look back 18 years, at the previous eclipse in this Saros Cycle, what happened then? Is there a repeat-energy calling you to new life? How far have you come? What have you left behind? How far do you wish to go? Blow some minds/open everyone’s heart! The Universe is calling. Time to answer.

 

 

Astrology and Yoga of Transformation

THE TOWER OF BABBLE June 11-18

THEMES                                     

  • Expand intuition.  Inner voices are more easily heard in silence.
  • Ruminate well and wisely.  What we think matters most.
  • Words can wound.  Grow awareness and take greater responsibility when communicating.  Twitter be damned!
  • Move on beyond old lumps and bumps.

 THE STORY
This week is dominated by Wednesday’s New Moon in Gemini.  This is not the purely mental Gemini, rather one encompassing emotional intelligence.  I have been touching on this theme off and on all spring, and this New Moon is an Astrological birth marker for that profound connection between heart and mind.  Mercury, ruler of Sun and Moon in Gemini, and facile god of thinking, communicating, and inquiry, is in Cancer, sign of the emotional Moon. This offers opportunity to listen with empathy, and speak from open-hearted-spaces.  The downside is we are extra spongy and sensitive, making it all too easy to take things personally….a Cancerian downfall.

Mercury faces off with old man Saturn, whose demanding demeanor promotes taking more responsibility, and doing the hard work.  His authoritarian ways will not allow the easy way out:  Walk your talk.  Listen to your sorrow.  Heal old wounds caused by careless words. Be thorough and patient.  Alongside his tough pull, Venus pushes at the critical 29 degrees of Cancer.  Channel emotional heart-knowledge, especially from the reservoir of understanding past experience.  Listen with care to the feeling, or energy, of words.  Energy always offers greater meaning than the words themselves.  This quiet intuitive ‘ahaaa’ takes us further, faster.

Cancer is the signature of family, home, mom.  Gemini is the signature of siblings as well as communication.  Saturn is the signature for Pater Familias.  Much of the energetic entwining at this New Moon is about healing old family issues.  It offers an opportunity to take responsibility for our role in riffs.  It’s dark birth takes us inward to shift past points of view, inviting new movement out of stuck childhood emotion, and judgment, toward greater perception.

Assisting the shift is a Mercury ‘Out of Bounds.’  This is an Astrological term describing a planet whenever it travels beyond its normal range of declination.  It speaks of an energy that is not confined, and therefor available to move beyond conventional boundaries, and old ways of thinking.  Mercury also sextiles Uranus, the higher octave of the mind, creating yet another opportunistic energetic to think outside the box.  Use this New Moon’s potential to mine the past in preparation of a future that expands your EI/Emotional Intelligence. EI is the signature of greater business success, never mind-LIFE. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

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THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAYS:   Dear Gemini of Geminis, plan to enlarge and synthesize your emotional and mental storehouses of knowledge.  You will find yourself looking back to have a better picture of how you can move forward.  If you can still your overactive mind into a still well of deep waters, your intuition will grow and respond more actively.  Holding these polarities will fortify your gifts, and offer you not only greater inner ability for self care, but wisdom to lead the world.  Have at it!  We need you now!!

Astrological Consultations:   It’s always a good time to look at one’s life from an objective, non-judgmental ‘soul point of view.’ This is especially helpful when dust flies and the future looks unfamiliar.  If you are asking, “What is my genius, and how do I wish to use it?  How can I move deeply into my healing? When do I make moves for success?”  Then let us swim in your life together, in wonderful discovery.  Email  samcatcam@gmail.com

YOUR PRACTICE THIS WEEK:  Normally, New Moons are a time for quiet, introspective practices of a Yin and Restorative nature.  This serves us all.  But energetic strong push-pulls urge us beyond gentle comfort zones. Tune into your body and its needs.  Begin habits that nurture and create a strong inner home base.  Think about, then move to your mat with five poses you love, feeling quiet release while you build muscle.  GOING UPSIDE DOWN WITH A FRIEND IS A PERFECT GEMINI EXPRESSION OF THIS NEW MOON! Changes point of view.  Creates back to back support. No talking necessary.  Listen to breath and sudden giggles, this honors all manner of sensory needs!

EVENTS & SCHEDULING

Wed. June 14,5:15pm –All levels, & 7 pm- level II/III,  Laughing Dog, Wellesley, MA

Friday, June 16, 9am-1:30 pm- Advanced Techniques,The studio at One Edson, Natick. This seminar explores the anatomy and alignment of arm balances, with bandhas and breath.  Sutras, with their philosophical, ethical connotations are synthesized into the physical.   It is an opportunity to break boundaries, to teach and share knowledge. RSVP-samcatcam@gmail.com

Sat. June 17, 8:30, level II-III, and 10:00 am- all levels. RSVP Email  samcatcam@gmail.com