Begin the Begine!

Is there anything more inviting than the first blank page of a new journal on a New Year’s morning? Such possibility spreads out before us! No messy squiggles, no regrets crossed out to mar a lovely landscape. The page, pure and hopeful lies empty, ready and wanting to soak up thought and prod creativity. I liken it to the empty mat waiting, longing for us to step onto it and begin, not knowing where it will take us.

A Practice is a Practice is a Practice, be ye writer, Yogini, financier, painter, chef, gardener. We all show up to our ‘blank canvasses,’ awaiting eye, hand, tongue, and heart. When we are lucky, what calls us is an irresistible longing, an anticipation of revelation and manifestation that is hard to come by in the quotidian. Yet it requires that quotidian necessity of ‘showing up every day no matter what.’

Part of what makes a Practice inviting and …terrifying is we must be willing not only to begin fresh each time, but to plumb inner, secret spaces in new ways in order to make the invisible– visible. Yes, even a Yoga Practice. If we do it by rote, by the book, especially someone else’s book, we not only lose our edge, we eventually lose our Practice. A Practice, like the first blank page of a journal, the first day of a new cycle, an empty plot of ground, a just stretched canvas, all require not the talents of a Master, rather the magic made in the workshop of daily ‘worship’. When that magical worship combines with the courage to reveal what lies within then we have life-elixir, the true ability to change dross into gold.


Asana: What is the pose that draws you onto your mat? Is there one, or two you look to as enticement? Surrender? Conquering? Refining? On this first day of a fine New Year listen to the call (faint or strong) of the mat, with joyful discipline as guide.

Health Notes: There is nothing more healthy than respecting our bodies, listening to its needs, letting that feed the heart.

***I want to take a moment to thank each one of you who have been part of my life in strange, even miraculous ways this year. Many of you are Yogini-partners, one—a life partner, some, old and raucous friends, & family…it matters not, for all have been my teachers in mysterious ways. You have deepened and given me un-expected new life, a richer life. You have revealed myself to me, which hasn’t always been easy, but it is always a gift…gifts I treasure. You are my Magi, offering the spices each day craves. Thank you for your support, each generous contribution, the laughter, and always your tender heart that holds me so well. Onward mes enfants! We have new worlds to conquer. Are we all holding hands to cross this new road together?

Astrology and Yoga of Transformation

CRISSCROX COMPLEXITY   May 18-27

 

 

THEMES

The past informs and nourishes the present. Two sides of the same coin offer insightful information. The big picture is formed by many-minis. “As above so below. As within, so without.” We crisscross, face off, cycle around, and reach out to know ourselves once again.

  • Another week of shifts. This time it’s not backward, since we did that last week. These shifts are about balancing the twin decrees of being gas bags, and going quietly within under a dark, dying Moon. We may not be able to help ourselves over-sharing, exchanging absurdities, offering un-asked for assistance, and giving bad advice. Buyer beware!
  • The mental-butterfly essence of Gemini offers a balancing conversation to the slow Retrograde energies sogging into emotional bodies. Longing, sadness, and loss mix with bright ideas of restructuring, re-consideration and future possibilities. Both emotional and mental conversations seek alternative means to move into a new unknown.

The four planetary Retrogrades now include Jupiter. It’s funny in that it’s another ‘twin-thing.’ Jupiter moving ‘backward’ requires we consider two sides. A Retro-Jupiter says, “Do the very thing I ignore when moving forward. Stop and consider the first step.”

In this week’s Balsamic phase of the Moon, we close into the dark, release the past, and incubate new ideas. Energy is low. Don’t push the river. On the 22nd, Venus conjuncts Mercury, ruler of the New Moon, dictating this new cycle is about relationships, finances and values. Be the dancer of reconfigured intention and vision.

THE STORY

With the essence of Gemini running at an all time high, we’re in a complicated, double design blueprint we cannot escape. Nor should we try. The Gemini mantra is, “I seek my self through what I think.” This airy, twin energy is expanded by the Sun’s move into Gemini on the 20th, New Moon in Gemini on 22nd. Gemini’s ruler, Mercury in Gemini, and our directional captain, the North Node, now resident in Gemini. This, all accompanied by Venus Retro in Gemini. The glyph of the roman numeral two, representing twins, is its symbol. But the complex, crisscrossing dancer is also graphically perfect, as it synchronizes the New Moon birth with Venus and Mercury tied together.

Gemini is of a multifaceted, dualistic, multi-leveled nature. In the physical body, it rules the lungs, larynx, arms and hands. Interesting when you consider Covid’s attack on the lungs at this time. (It makes sense that discoveries, either toward a vaccine, or better lung support, are discovered during this time.) Action in a Gemini body revolves around mental activities, especially communication, exchange of ideas, being inventive, intuitive, or an accomplished polyglot, a comic genius. A highly tuned Gemini combines intuition with the rational for great storytelling, or public speaking. When they join this force of the mind to spirit, they are unstoppable!

The opening months of 2020 have been weighted in serious planets passing through dense, earthy Capricorn. This fall, that energy returns, but in the meantime, enjoy Gemini conversations and lightness, along with the slower pace. Jupiter’s forward thinking optimism and inspiration can offer more when he is toned down, up close and personal in his Retrograde persona. When some of his exuberance quiets, we can better hear him as a wise guru. Rethinking the future, he supports us taking the next step, as opposed to the next leap. Jupiter, like all planets in their Retrograde, offers wise and wonderful gifts. Each of the ‘slow four:’ Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto have specific mantras helping us explore possibilities, dreams, even pie in the sky hopes. Listen to their wisdom to quietly reinvent Self.

PS MYTH OF VENUS RETROGRADE CYCLE.   With Venus Retrograde, conjunct ruler of this New Moon in Gemini, I thought this ancient myth would intrigue and inform you.

  1. The ancient goddess Innana, Babylonian goddess of love, fertility and war, also known as Ishtar, begins her descent into the underworld as Venus turns Retrograde, currently just ahead of the Sun. 2. Venus, as Evening Star, disappears into the Sun’s rays of the Western sky, and Innana goes through the initiation of being stripped of her outer beauty. 3. When Venus disappears behind the Sun, Innana dies in the Underworld. 4. Venus becomes visible as the Morning Star, and Innana is reborn in the Underworld. 5. As Venus turns Direct, Innana emerges from the Underworld and regains her role as queen.6. Venus is at her highest visible point in the morning sky before sunrise. Innana confronts Dumuzi, her husband, the shepherd-king, (also known as Tammuz) and expresses her rage in his not mourning her death. 7. Venus as Morning Star disappears into the Sun’s rays in the Eastern Sky, and Dumuzi is sent to the Underworld. Innana enters a period of mourning for him. 8. Venus appears to move behind the Sun (diresct motion) while Innana experiences her separateness from her beloved. 9. Venus first visible as the Evening Star in the Western sky after sunset. Innana celebrates Dumizi’s return from the Underworld through sexual ritual. “the end”

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YOUR BIRTHDAY WEEK: This is a New Moon Birth week for you, one in which you are beginning again, but this time with more imagination and spiritual vision, if not wisdom. Your ideas are multiple. Your task is to bring them into a workable endeavor…hopefully one that excites you. Your intuition is high so pay attention to the odd voice whispering in your ear, the unexpected note found on your computer. With Neptune strong, it may be more difficult to separate fact and fiction, so keep your radar up and stay focused. Your social calendar, such as it is in these zoomy days, may be off the charts with phone calls, emails and songs from days of yore. Love it all! Remember, if you don’t like what you see, it’s changing. If you like it, then change you to drive the car of your dreams.

YOUR PRACTICE: Bend and bow to your inner being under the dark New Moon energies. The Balsamic phase is always about letting go, and feeling the release of what’s been in place. On the mat, make your exhales longer, practice Kapalabhti Pranayama, be inventive with your stretches so you can stay in them longer. Bring lots of soft props to support you staying in a pose with greater comfort. Listen to the muse of the mat who magically appears when we slow down long enough to listen to her songs.

You can find a practice this week on YOU TUBE: Samantha Cameron/Shakti Yoga Dances~ In Class: Your Weekly Pilates, 4-16 https://youtu.be/tY6Jlgcl44Q

Plus 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!

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

May 20, 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.

May 21, Thursday, 8:30-9:30 AM EDT/14:00HPilates mat/core and stretch. if you wish an invite   Email Samcatcam@gmail.com. ‘Your Weekly Pilates’ new posting on you tube: https://youtu.be/tY6Jlgcl44Q

May 23, Saturday, 9-10:30 AM, EDT/13:00 H ES-FR Zoom invite to: All-Levels Yoga. Register in advance:       Email Samcatcam@gmail.com if you wish an inviteClasses 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.

Panis Angelicus – new shaktidance is now posted on shaktidances.com, -You Tube:  Samantha Cameron/Shakti Yoga Dances, And Face Book. You Tube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhWdzk8SVLg&list=PLRasxcbWnUtnWzuIPyxX8sGP6gTR4FNix. As you practice the dance, feel your emotional body being fed and watered, for when you feel it, it is always right!   Panis Angelicus translates to ‘Bread of Heaven’ which is the nurturing staff of life we need in times of mayhem, loss and fear.  Dancing this shaktidance opens the body into quiet joy, peace, and a regenerative inner power.

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