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



  • Pisces, as the ‘dust bin’ of the zodiac, is also the sea of hidden riches. Now is the time to be a mermaid/man and dive deep into subconscious seas of spirit, ethereal creativity and confusion. You will also have to shed a few scales to come ashore for a Capricorn climb into practical reality.

We are birthing major vibrational shifts, and the epicenter is China, upsetting the balance of power on many levels. How can we help? What is the nature of our personal response?

2020 Will be noted in future history books. Our job now is to rise to the highest Pisces vibration that we can personally embody: Choose divine recognition of Self and others. Unconditional love. Forgiveness. Oneness~ connecting to reach out in empathy, to forgive, and heal.

  • Pisces News: Mercury has just Stationed Retrograde in Pisces for the coming three weeks. The Sun enters Pisces tomorrow, 18th. Neptune, its ruler, deep lord of the seas, is slowly flowing through Pisces, and harmonizes with Jupiter for a week of opportunities. At the Pisces New Moon on the 23rd, four planets will be in the psychic, intuitive, confusing, lost Piscean-water-world. (The symbol for Pisces is two fish tied at the tail, swimming in opposite directions. Perfect!)


STORYTIME      Along with the four Pisces planets, we also have four in Capricorn …two energies that could not be more different, despite their water and earth elements being mutually supportive…think mud. Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, push, demand, and drive us to climb high mountains to high powered greatness. Dear, sweet Pisces asks we withdraw, meditate, dream, heal, swim, grow intuitive, listen to music, and our inner voices, especially during the Retrograde passage.

As discussed before, the dramatically powered January alignment of Saturn and Pluto is with us in some fashion throughout 2020. Their conjunction hit China’s Jupiter at 22 degrees of Capricorn, in the 12th house. This is Pisces home base, a home providing a bridge to the unseen and unknown. First news of the Coronavirus/Covid-19 broke at this time. There was another world-shaking event the last time Saturn and Pluto came together in Capricorn. 500 years ago, Martin Luther broke from the all-powerful Catholic Church, and the emperor Charles V, by refusing to recant his Edict of Worms. This was a condemnation of the church’s corrupt practice of selling indulgences, or forgiveness of sins. In 1517, at the ‘Diet of Worms,’ in Worms, Germany, the pope excommunicated Luther, essentially giving birth to Protestantism.

Question: Do we have an equal world-magnitude shift with the emergence of the Coronavirus/Covid-19? Can we embody the best of this year’s extreme energies? Or will we turn from a great opportunity, and fearfully display the worst, through a lack of humanity, bullying reaction, censure and closing down? Take time during the three weeks of this Mercury Retrograde to review your spiritual compass, and take stock of what’s really important to heart and soul. Seek a deeper form of the truth. Send prayers to those in need of healing, as you would wish them to do for you. Rise up, and raise up your vibration! At the very least, let us balance the lack of empathy displayed by our orange leader.

While paddling around in the mud, re-decide how best to harmonize your life. Wear artistic water-wings. With the first of 2020’s three Jupiter/Neptune sextile’s, a bridge is being offered to carry us toward new contributions, both artistically and spiritually. Do you have a vision, or a dream ready to become reality? Prepare for deep water revelations that the New Moon is sure to birth. Aiding preparations for a break-out birth, this week Mars, ‘warrior of courage,’ is in a flowing trine with Uranus, the ‘change agent.’ Use their connection to break free of old fears, limitations, and shut up the, “I should.” (Remember notes of Mars being OOB from last week’s blog.) “No surrender!” The Irish sang as they marched into history.

YOUR BIRTHDAY WEEK: Dear, sweet Pisces, with intuition at a very high level, and emotions not far behind, take this opportunity to set sail on high seas of new adventure. Be your most beautiful mermaid/merman Self. Know the year is offering unknown discovery, with greater creativity. You may feel more like risking than you normally do. Fine, if you’ve done serious homework. Don’t assume, but know your inner senses are high and usually to be trusted. Be more courageous than you normally feel, and slipstream into a more charismatic YOU!                                                                                    An Astrological consult offers an opportunity to observe your life without judgment, and ask strategic questions to plan the road ahead.  It’s many-layered toolbox supports viewing a difficult situation, life-changes, or a frightening choice with greater courage, insight and clarity. Inquiries:  samcatcam@gmail.com

 YOUR PRACTICE: Take time this week to turn inward, and listen. Perhaps it is a lub dub rhythm, but its voice carries important messages. Listen. Again, it is an emotional week, with the Moon canoodling with a big planetary energy every day, putting you on a small roller coaster of changing emotion. Use your Practice to stay open, to console and heal. Stay present to what is, and make that magical. Use your shifting emotions to create new ways to feel happy, and then share them with those near you. Reach out into the Pisces flow of communication to move asanas from breath, to the next sequence. Observe your constantly shifting Yoga landscape of surprising elements. The Practice is vast, deep, and broad. It’s what keeps us coming back in discovery, and delight.

February  Schedule

WED. 19~ 5:15 All Levels, & 7:00 PM Intermediate. Come and be in a magic practice. Do not worry if you are good enough. You are. Breathe into the serenity and pleasure of the body’s journey. Listen to a mind informed by its heart.

THURS. 20~ 8:30 AM Pilates Mat & Stretch.  The Studio, 1 Edson Rd, Natick samcatcam@gmail.com

SAT. FEB. 22 ~ 8:30 & 10:00 AM classes.   Share your joy, expand ideas, and re-set the Practice. Call intuitive ideas forward. Dance to feel the body in joyful motion. The Studio, 1Edson rd. Natick   RSVP  samcatcam@gmail.com

Upcoming: From Feb 25- March 18, I will be teaching shaktidances in Spain. I will send posts so you may share in the magical explorations of Yoga & Dance as we move from city to city.