Dive Dive!

When we are not looking, sometimes remarkable moments enter by the side door. When we surrender to process rather than outcome, we sometimes get lucky when the outcome revels and reveals the magic of its process. When we commit to risking, and intimacy, and sharing, what gets created far surpasses the sum of its parts.

Last Saturday’s first photo shoot was memorable in creating those energies, giving birth to the Daily Breath Journal that many of you through the last four years have been part of. It is because of you, my friends, my students, that Daily Breath was originally, and now because of your generosity, it is taking the next step to go out into the world.

It is exciting to view hoped for product and see what was present in the moment of its creating, become present again through photographs. You see the chaos, the patience that allowed magical moments to bubble up, the intimacy, vulnerability and joy. In short, the best of Sangha/community.

I was reminded again that creative chaos is like any other Practice, in that a large part of it is trusting it to develop beyond…well, chaos. You do all the prep you can. You steep and dream in hoped for results, you cultivate and care for those who are part of the journey, and then you throw the entire moment to the Gods and dive willy-nilly into the chasm, the mud, the sea…it matters not the medium. It’s all in the willingness to dive, offering up what lies between you and those Gods. Terrifying.

Alive to that kind of fear keeps us moving. If we don’t Practice and terrify ourselves at least once a year, those muscles for creative courage atrophy, and the sharp edges where chaos and magic live, fade.


Asana: First, melt into a pose where you feel more than competent, even powerful. Next, take that energy and move it into a pose that challenges, even scares you. Tackle it with the same feelings you had in the first pose and see if your results are different. Acknowledge the apprehension but don’t let it hold the upper hand.

Astrology and Yoga of Transformation

THE TUNES OF JUNE June 1-7

 

 

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

THEMES

  • 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!

JUNE’S STORYBOARD

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.

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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.