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

AN INSIDE JOB   June 30- July 7



  • The 4th of July weekend celebrates our country with the final of three consecutive Eclipses. It’s a Full Moon face off in Cancer-Capricorn. It will impact our country with a large kick in the keester. As if the Eclipse were not enough, we have the ‘second coming’ -the alignment of Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn, with Saturn Retrograde moving ever closer.


  • Mercury continues its ‘trickster trade’ in Cancer, as we switch channels for a rear-view in hopes of better understanding, or better ideas. The live stream of consciousness is aligning past with present with prayers to not repeat the past!  This is an inside job!


  • Mars is a big hubba-hubba of fire once again. He has just swum from Pisces to take up his sword in Aires. You will notice a shift in your energy levels, your passion and commitment. The seepy-creep you have been struggling in may feel modified.


  • The pandemic is a virus of the body for some, but one of the mind for ALL. It is a petrie dish of: Hope, coercion, confusion, convenience, ignorance, immunity, suffering, reversal, redemption, and reform. You were born for this. Figure it out.


We shall feeling the impact of the potent Full Moon Eclipse for the rest of 2020, as we continue to dismantle patriarchal structures and systems (Capricorn).  This Eclipse is the last one in Cancer/Capricorn. (The last one of the summer, and conjuncts the South Node, the collective past.) We continue reverberating under, “Clean out! Clear out” mandates, as we watch old systems collapsing under their own weight. This includes: police, government, corporations, big business, dictatorships, and institutions, along with stale ideas and thought processes. Consider if some of your beliefs are hand me downs. Is it time for an upgrade? How much of your thinking is from external programming? With mercury Retro, it’s a perfect time to review, reconsider and change your bandwidth to an inside job.

Après le deluge we shall be poised for big, slow transformations to begin late in 2021 This incredibly intense year is our breakdown-incubation before we can begin rebuilding. Yes, it is daunting, but let’s have some fun while we battle the bad guys. Mars in Aires will echo the battle cry. We already feel more courageous, and despite the backward pull of five Retrograde planets, an Aires Mars is an awesome thing! You may feel a subtle ‘fire in the belly’ once again which promotes a sense of self sufficiency.

As we deal with wave after wave of change and transformation, this week demands more!! With not only the Eclipse on America’s Sun, but the Full Moon T squares to wounded healer, Chiron, which brings up all manner of injuries, old wounds, and suffering in the history of this country…Black Lives Matter. We have huge firecrackers of explosive energy added to the murky mists of Covid. Of course you are lethargic, numb, and fearful. We remain in a fog of unknowing, and changing information, making any decision, or action difficult. To put a cherry on top of all this, we have our favorite god of rambunctious individuality-Uranus reaching out to the overly emotional Cancer Moon, who is not a big Uranian fan. Add the restraining tone of five Retrograde planets, bringing their force of pulled-in energies closer to earth~ we have boundary issues. You can see the widespread resentment of restraining orders. Mars in Aires is on fire to go, to do, to take up the sword. With the energized drive, take time to find the right speed for you. Again, this is an inside job. Remember retrogrades are about being in the chrysalis stage. Use this time of inner wisdom to plan, and pay attention to your thoughts, especially as Eclipse periods magnify what we think and feel. Yes, they bring chaos and upheaval, but they also offer extraordinary times to expand our energy, to move love, peace, and joy into the world. It may be a perfect moment to dream and negotiate your upcoming brave new world.

The bad guys win every time they can piss us off, every time we turn in fury with retaliation in our hearts. On this 4th of July, let’s give our country the best gift we can give her, let’s love her up, and everyone who lives here, even orange people.


YOUR BIRTHDAY MARCHING ORDERS: Dear kind Crab, your birthday is revolutionary this year, drop kicking you into big changes. Don’t hide under your shell. You have all manner of energies rooting for you to step into your bigger life. Don’t let your past crab-fears and sensitivities hold you back. Use the Mercury Retrograde to review what ideas need changing, to re-connect to those in your past who support and love you, in ways you may find surprising. As always, do your best to remain objective. I know, not your strong suite. Time to practice! As written last week: Cancer can suss out truth from fiction. Put this talent to work. With the Sun and Moon squaring Chiron, the wounded healer, you may find yourself fighting old battles, with old scars being torn open. Be aware of boundaries. I guarantee SHIFTS, TRANSFORMATION, A HIGHER VIBRATION. Keep on dancing one step, sideways if need be…one step ahead of the devil!

It’s a perfect time for an Astrological Consultation to review the life you’ve lived, and the new one you are entering. Contact samantha cameron at Samcatcam@gmail.com


YOUR PRACTICE: It’s a Full Moon Eclipse on steroids….what are you expecting? Of course we are Yang! But with a watery emotional flow, we need to attend boundaries and structure. We are on fire and depleted. It’s not a great combination. But let’s stand the mat to create courage, fortitude, and a regenerative “YES” to new life. With all the sea changes it’s difficult to pin down ambition or desire. We need to honor that, and still show up to breathe life into this crazy cycle. We must expand and energize our spiritual, creative, joyous selves. Mars has unleashed into Aires, it’s fiery home, so as you stand the mat, feel passion push you into asanas, as well as stillness. (There is nothing better than a ‘passionate dead stop!’ Let us celebrate and heal our country together in spirit.



July 1, 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 & pay.

July 2, Thursday, 8:30-9:30 AM EDT/14:00H –Zoom Pilates- Core & Stretch                                              Email Samcatcam@gmail.com for invite or go here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84731722923?pwd=R0lhSXRUdFhXVmlVWDFMbVBRT3p2QT09

July 4! Saturday, 9-10:30 AM, EDT/13:00 H ES-FR Zoom All-Levels Yoga.                  Email Samcatcam@gmail.com for invite, or invite yourself-go here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81143098425?pwd=RDRRZnpYWTNNaWw3K3plYjcvam5HQT09

Let us zoom gather together best we may to celebrate and heal our beloved country. No better place than on the mat, opening to Eclipse energies of transformation.

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