February 14th

Today’s the day we’ve arbitrarily assigned to hold the heart. That’s quite a dedication, delicious in its enigmatic beginnings. Valentine’s Day has been handed down through superstition, supposition, and an assortment of maybe this, maybe that. For it to have survived, and grown out of confusion and misinformation, it is clearly a need of the psyche at this time of the year.

While Valentine’s Day may have risen out of honoring Valentinus’ death, around 270 AD, it may just as well have had to do with the Christianizing of the Roman fertility festival, Lupercalia, dedicated to Faunus, the God of agriculture; a pagan celebration of spring and hoped for crops. We have traveled light years from killing goats and dipping strips of hide in blood to slap women and fields into producing abundantly. But perhaps we hold onto this antiquated festival/saint/celebration because the heart yearns to be abundant. We long for the heat of creativity, and the inexplicable appearance of green buds during this last cold, closed-down stretch.

Who do we yearn for when the chips are really down? We turn to the one who holds our heart, the one who reaches for our hand, not the one who explains why things aren’t going well. When winter’s grip has held us until we’re a fed-up-blue, it is the reassurance of blood red blood we desire, not an intellectual grey, off white, or beige. Before spring is sprung, we do not seek righteousness in greater patience so much as the great honking of returning geese, and tiny snow drops pushing through snowy crust. These are heart- missives.

Late on a day dedicated to a supposed Saint, who may or may not have sent the first billet doux, let us renew our blood-red heart’s song, and yes, our patience, our hope, and most of all the magic running through our many odd connections to those we love, our heart-tribe.

Please note there is no day dedicated to ‘the brain.’

Asana Purvottanasana/front of the body stretch. Sitting with legs extended, place palms by the hips, fingers pointing toward feet. Bending the knees, press down through the hands and feet,rise up, then extend the legs straight out, making the body parallel to floor. The difficulty lies in keeping the feet on the floor, especially the big toes. Extend the legs strongly, lift hips, & heart up, stretch the head back. Stay 5-10 breaths, or more, if you are stronger.

Health Notes: This pose strengthens wrists and ankles, shoulders and arms. By expanding the chest it brings relief & balance to forward bending Asanas.

Astrology and Yoga of Transformation




Lunar Eclipse squaring off with the ‘Red Planet,’ Mars


  • A The jazziest June-tune is the trombone and bass drum highlight of ‘Eclipse season’. The first arrives Friday, June 5, the second follows on June 21, at the Summer Solstice. Solsterre means ‘earth standing still,’ but we may be in a high hot shimmy (kettle drums, please) as the Eclipse enters this sacred time zone. The third shake up comes July 4-5, and will ‘speak’ of American birth-energies, possibly offering information on upcoming Nov. election?

B Venus Retrograde, is a ‘housecleaning of the heart’ which resounds in harmonic highs and lows. With Venus, Sun, and Nodal Axis* in Gemini, we are speaking, feeling, and leading from a signature of communication and information. It’s an exceptional time to connect heart to mouth. (*Nodal information: https://dailybreathjournal.com/astro/memorial-day-moi…memory-may-24-31/)

C More shuffling of the deck and tuning of instruments! Prepare now for Mercury’s three week Retrograde in Cancer, beginning the 17th, followed by Neptune Retrograde on the 23rd. These keep the force field in active change as Venus moves forward on the 25th.

D The ongoing tune of “When will it end” hits high notes pertinent in Covid’s-complicated Symphony. We continue hearing of: structural changes, submission, new boundaries, consequences, lessons, deep state fears, opportunities, and fiscal mayhem. A catchy tune for sure!


Along with the high twitch and switch of Eclipse Season, it’s important to remember heart and mouth are connected, making it also a season of reconciliation, reassessment, resolved inner conflicts, sibling connections, and inter-racial awareness. We may be offered moments of grace when deep insights occur; usually not through worrying things to death, rather from moments of synchronicity and self-reflection. Whenever Venus retrogrades, she takes us back in time, not to pick the scab off old emotional wounds, but to see our part in the wounding, and take proactive approaches toward healing. Last week, an Astrology client asked me for books I had found helpful on my healing journey, so for any of you interested in re-examining Self, I listed several old and new helpful reads. See below.

In June’s opening notes, we already hear the shake, rattle and roll of turn-around re-directs, and collective creativity. Personally, there is opportunity to push beyond where we’ve been, re-assess boundaries, and re-establish a greater vision. If and when our caution balances optimism, we foster compassionate responsibility and move forward. Friday’s Lunar Eclipse at 15 Sagittarius, squaring warrior Mars, is an event where we really need to pay attention to personal balance and boundaries. If you have not noticed? Our world has filled with volatility and righteous indignation. We need to demonstrate with anger, and push back against abuse of power. We also need to delineate correct boundaries. 2020 has been filled, and will continue to fill, with layers of power/control abuse. Our job is to stand against it, and not accept top-down dictatorship against compassionate right action. This Eclipse in the territory of ideas, communication and education, and fires up the difference between opinionated lies and inner truth. Think about the destiny you wish to fulfill!

With Mercury’s Retrograde on the 17th, life will once again turn inward to re-asses options.  Because Mercury is in Cancer, we are turning in to a watery, emotional soup of home, family, and country.  As you know, with Mercury already slowing down, prepare now by signing important papers, especially anything involving home and or family.  Back up all technology.  It’s wise to do this around Eclipse seasons since the electro magnetic field is disturbed and technology takes a beating.  ( can hardly wait to see what happens to all the Zooming.)  Consider how you want to manifest visions, how you choose to speak of the virus, what thoughts do more harm than good, how you wish to move forward, and in what way you want our country to survive.  It’s more important than ever we not lie under the unctuous orange pumpkin. It is time to take a stand for all we hold dear, AND take action!  Retrogrades offer reflective time to arrive at better solutions.

There is a US Pluto Return as the planet comes back to ‘home ground’ in the chart of this country. We are a Cancer Sun with Sagittarius rising, by most accounts. Our Moon is in Aquarius, ‘of the people,’ and Pluto was in Capricorn in 1796, where we presently have three planets lining up with the American natal Pluto. They are all in the country’s second house of values, money, and relationship. Pluto is a profoundly emotional ruler of virus’, death, sex, and abuse and use of power. He is a master we cannot go around, ignore, or hope will go away. When Pluto is in charge, we will cry. We learn to kneel in surrender and kiss the ground. Even better, we shall lay out on the stone cold ground in total submission, and die to the old. Then and only then can we begin to work through his enormous, transformative, trans-mutative powers that rule all of 2020.


YOUR BIRTHDAY WEEK: If you’re not a true warrior at the end of this birthday year, then it’s hat-eating time. Clearly, you grow ever more certain of who you wish to be. We may be in uncertain times, but as you proceed, your sense of Soul-Self is rising and regenerating a new life, and the lives of those about you. It’s an important year for partnering, as it asks you to be clearer about what’s important to you, then balance that with the needs of others. With the Eclipse energies in your Gemini Sun sign, along with Venus Retrograde, and the Nodal shift, YOU are the Queen/King of all your survey. So open up those birthday-peepers and take a good hard look at where you want to go. Then Zoooooom off, only Sky is a limit.

 YOUR PRACTICE: It’s a very Yang week, what with a Full Moon in fiery Sagittarius squaring a very squirmy Mars in Pisces, (a confused warrior). Add the wang dang doodle of an Eclipse, your job is to ground down, stay present, and work off excess steam so you don’t blow a ‘bad-gasket.’ Last week, energies began building toward this confrontational show down, now they’re in high gear. To serve frustrated, anxious, reactive bodies, consider building stable blocks from Sun Salutations, both A and B series. You can intersperse the known with stretches in Lizard/Anjenasana, and balancing moments, lifting from Uttkatasana. Keep it lively and creative so that you have to grow more present, and curious. Return to an old and difficult pose you love and deepen it. (Venus Retrograde). Strike out into a new pose you’ve wanted to engage, and take first steps. (Saturn) As always, especially now- love your body and thank it for serving you so well.

Titles in support of learning and loving Self:

Robert Johnson: “He”   “She”   “We” (three separate books)

Hal & Sidra Stone: “Embracing Your Inner Critic,” & “Embracing Each Other”

Alice Miller: Thou Shalt Not Be Aware” & “For Your Own Good”

Eckhart Tolle: “The New Earth”

UPCOMING ZOOM SCHEDULE:                                                                                                         Invitation Emails are sent to everyone on my list. If you wish to attend, or have friends who do, and have not received previous invites, email samcatcam@gmail.com

June 3, Wed. 5:15pm EDT, Laughing Dog Yoga. You must go to their website ahead of time; www.ldyoga.com  for information on how to join, and how to pay.

June 4, Thursday, 8:30-9:30 AM EDT/14:00HPilates mat/core and stretch. if you wish an invite   Email Samcatcam@gmail.com.

June 6, Saturday, 9-10:30 AM, EDT/13:00 H ES-FR Zoom invite to All-Levels Yoga. Email Samcatcam@gmail.com if you wish an invite Classes are mini-transformational journeys: Opportunities to listen to your body, work at the level YOU need, and create a healing space of self-care, and greater self acceptance.

YOU TUBE IN-CLASS ADDITION: Samantha Cameron/Shakti Yoga Dances

Spinal Tap– Core and Stretch hour of spine support https://youtu.be/KIYTsoe2eWI

Previous classes on You Tube In Class Channel

New Moon Practice-Your Weekly Yoga https://youtu.be/v6CkVLK6wmk

Your Weekly Pilates, 4-16 https://youtu.be/tY6Jlgcl44Q

Sat. Yoga of 4/11. https://youtu.be/XXmTV8LiN_c

If you prefer a short class, go to Awesome Day Tutorials.

Whatever your Practice, choose to make it yours. Listen to your body. Grow strong in bone, and honor, flexible in muscle and grace! 

Panis Angelicus – At shaktidances.com, & You Tube Channel- Samantha Cameron/Shakti Yoga Dances, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhWdzk8SVLg&list=PLRasxcbWnUtnWzuIPyxX8sGP6gTR4FNix. When practicing the dance, feel your emotional body being fed and watered.