5 stars from me! a must see…. touched me in too many ways to count.
Ah….the road(s) not traveled…….. Om shanti.
5 stars from me! a must see…. touched me in too many ways to count.
Ah….the road(s) not traveled…….. Om shanti.
Last Saturday I logged onto a webinar offered by Kepler College of Astrological Arts & Sciences. A panel of five mundane astrologers discussed politics, race relations, the economy, and other various hot topics.
They posted the charts they used online which made it quite easy to follow the discussions. It was fascinating to see the variety of techniques and charts they used. As always, the astrology of current events leads one to a much more comprehensive understanding of what is going on at any given time. Astrology reveals the nuances and hidden subtleties that are often overlooked by the current herd-mind* (*I refer you to the brilliant Jeffrey Wolf Green, one of my earliest teachers.)
Astrology, is a language of symbols, which creates a much broader, wider, context by which to understand & discuss events. Dane Rudyar, another one of my most inspirational teachers, writes, “…astrology is always symbolical when properly understood. All depends on what is meant by symbol. Algebra is also purely symbolical, and yet algebra and higher mathematics have made possible modern science and the age of machines. Astrology is fundamentally the algebra of life.” (AP p.18)
Anyway, each panelist mentioned the August 24, 2016 conjunction of Mars & Saturn in 10 Sag. as a notable upcoming transit. They all agreed that regardless of who gets elected, the USA is in for a difficult time ahead. The transits to the chart of the USA are nothing less than transformational. That’s the bad news. And, that’s the good news too. (I published the chart of the USA in my previous post)
After the webinar I was inspired to spend some time on my own studying the algebra of this upcoming cycle and even before I write any commentary I want to go on record with the following dates which mark the more stressful moments. Please allow a 2-3 day orb…..
What’s important is to think of this time period, 8/24/2016 – 4/2/2018 as one complete cycle of Mars/Saturn. The dates represent ‘hot’ spots. And those dates with an * are hotter than the others. More on this later. An important detail to note is that right now, these weeks leading up to Aug 24, are the balsamic (closing) phase of the current cycle which is coming to completion. That cycles was birthed in Aug of 2014 at 17 Scorpio. Masters and teachers alike have always asked us to move towards our conscious connection to spirit during balsamic times. Solitude, contemplation, prayer, meditation, those are the preferred activities during the balsamic phase of any cycle. If the Mars/Saturn cycle represents (among other things) our evolving/devolving/revolving relationship with: authority, police, military, power, the law, rules, aggression, violence, malevolence, and that sort of thing, we have much to process and heal from before Aug 24, 2016 otherwise, whatever is unresolved gets dragged into the new making it not-so-new at all and complicating any efforts to really start anew.
What was not discussed during the webinar was how to move thru these difficult times. That’s what I want to talk about……there’s much to discuss. It’s definitely time for another Salon for Astrological Discourse. Stay tuned for date.
Between 1937 & 1956 Pluto moved thru Leo and the “Baby Boomers” were born. Astrologically speaking, all those born during the same Pluto placement have the same evolutionary/generational challenge: to transform, revolutionize, and bring to a higher level all the issues of what the sign, LEO, represents. Being the largest population group for a long time, we’ve made some fundamental changes in our society, beginning in the 60’s. But the balance of power is changing now and the Millennial population is beginning to en mass as per their particular Pluto placement. More on them another time.
Pluto represents transformation, guaranteeing that something gets birthed, something dies, and something is reborn. That is the essence of what transformation is. It takes about 20 years for Pluto to move thru a zodiac sign, depending on just where she is on her orbit around the sun. Each generation, each zodiac sign that Pluto moves thru, takes on a whole different karma, life-lesson, or soul’s purpose that becomes more apparent over time. The stress points (hard angles) are particularly revealing.
Leo, is possibly the most self-absorbed sign of the entire zodiac, most especially about aging, and we are the seniors now. The newest youth driven culture that we initiated in the 60’s is now poised to take over the governance of our nation. But, obviously we’re not done ruling yet as evidenced by the majority of this years presidential nominee’s. Part of the boomers charm is the ability to remain the eternal child, the puer aeternus. and that about says it all. We are the kids who just want to have fun. It’s a natural response to our Pluto in Cancer parents. Leo is all about ego and prioritizing ‘self’ over group.
Mundane astrology is the study of world events, rather than people. I don’t spend much time with event charts, but there is a lot you can glean from them. This chart here is the birthchart of the USA. There is some disagreement among the astrologers as to exact time of birth and other charts have been put forth and argued for. I choose to use this one.
I bring it up because it’s important to note, even before this election cycle began, that Pluto has been making some serious aspects to the chart of our country. There’s no denying the fact that we are in the process of re-birthing our nation. It’s very serious and we need to understand that regardless of how the media (transformed when Pluto traveled thru Sag from 1995-2009), portrays the news and the candidates. Once again I refer you to the mundane astrologers who have analyzed this better than me.
That said, the candidates are, as usual, perfectly suited to represent the times we are living in. Bernie & Hillary actually have a lot in common and seem to be quite compatible in many ways. Jupiter is at the midheaven for both of them and that bodes well. Donald, on the other hand, well, it’s frightening to consider. Seriously.
Anyway, that’s enough for now. Look at the charts for yourself. It’s a good way to begin studying astrology….watching famous people be who they are.
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I have so many questions for you today. I wish you were here. I miss the quiet, calm, presence we shared when we sat together. What would you make of this world in 2016? I’d love to hear what you’d say regarding the current political situation! And, there’s no doubt in my mind that you’d be sitting with at least half a dozen digital screens around you….you were pre-geek.
Well, wherever you are now, may it be peaceful, loving, and kind.
The 2016 SYTAR conference was as good, and better in some ways than last years in Newport Beach. Different presenters, different speakers, and a different agenda. Much time was spent on the issue of credentials, as well as how to collect data for research so to make yoga therapy more “evidence-based”. I guess that’s the only way to satisfy our western models for success. I was grateful to see a lot of attention given to yoga therapy and mental health, addiction, and trauma. These topics, here, at this conference illustrate the international nature of the mental health/addiction crisis. Yoga therapy can help.
In a specialty class with a teacher from Australia I learned about spanda and I’m really excited to bring the techniques to my classes and clients. Most of my clientele are quite enthusiastic about exploring the subtle body and spandana (the practice of accessing ‘spanda’) will help them understand that there are many paths to the inner peace we all seek.
All in all, I’ve returned totally re-inspired and still committed to bringing yoga therapy to the community in anyway that I can.
Group Classes continue at The Sanctuary, and private sessions are available by appointment. I am inspired to offer a Yoga Rx Clinic once a month. Thirty minute sessions, available without an appointment. Thinking Saturday’s. Any feedback?
Two important announcements regarding my yoga community were made recently. The first is that the International Association of Yoga Therapists has completed years of work to determine an appropriate curriculum to certify someone as a yoga therapist. This achievement comes on the heels of the Yoga Alliance announcing that they will not recognize the term yoga therapy within their certification requirements. Their primary interest is in making sure that anyone who calls themselves a yoga teacher/instructor knows how to keep people safe while guiding asana practice. Using yoga, therapeutically or in any kind of a ‘healing’ way is not what the Yoga Alliance is focused on. Whereas, the IAYT which was founded in 1989 has been solely focused on using yoga therapeutically and they have dedicated all their resources towards that end. Just as my yoga ‘career’ got started (1999) the dialogue on what is yoga therapy began. Over the next few years they discussed just what were the most important aspects of a yoga (therapy) program and should we establish a required curriculum? Much of this discussion occurred before the current explosion of yoga ‘teachers’ hit the scene. My feelings at the time were in line with others who asserted that yoga could not be strictly coded for anything since it’s very foundation was based in energy, spirit, and whatever overriding belief system was operating at any given time. Yoga can not be quantified…and my personal practice of yoga therapy emphasizes that, which does not mean that I ignore the body during our sessions. Quite the contrary. But, a holistic practice should cover the whole as understood by the early yogi’s.
Today, all the debating is complete and the organization has chosen it’s path forward and it’s exactly what I feared would happen. They’ve narrowed down yoga therapy to mostly asana & pranayama, and turned the subtle & causal energy-bodies over to Ayurveda….which isn’t awful, just disappointing, for me, personally. But, I have my karma to work thru just like everyone else.
All that said it seems that I do qualify to grandfathered (or more appropriately) grandmothered in for their official certification of yoga therapy, I guess age does have some rewards. Nevertheless, those that are wanting to call themselves yoga therapists are faced with a curriculum that would never have appealed to me, or anyone who understands that healing, well-being, and self-fulfillment is more than the body, more than the sum of the parts, more than anything that can be studied, measured, or quantified.
The other piece of yoga news was the announcement that Integrative Yoga Therapy will become a part of the Kripalu Yoga curriculum, officially. This is not a big surprise to me as Joseph LaPage was part of the early Kripalu ashram, but it’s so wonderful to have them together in this form. All of my teacher-trainings have been within this lineage of teachers and I feel so much gratitude to be a part of the community.
I never expected to be a pioneer of anything, but it seems as though I have been blazing a path for sure. Just the fact that I’m posting this to all of you is evidence of that. My studio is 14 years old today and continues to be a safe and sacred space for those who seek healing, inspiration, and enlightenment thru yoga. Om Shanti.
Well, I’m back and it was an over-the-top fabulous week and worth the wait. As usual, my well gets filled at Kripalu. I am grateful.
Kripalu is a different place these days and I miss the community feeling that was created by the ashram lifestyle. Volunteers vs Employees creates a totally different environment. Thus, to me, today, it feels like any other 5-star holistic center….ie Omega, Esalen, The Open Center, etc. Many of the best senior teachers are gone, a serious failing since that’s when the wisdom of the yoga practice can really express itself. The emphasis no longer includes any of the off-the-mat practices of Kripalu Yoga. Too bad. It’s so needed as a counterpoint to the body-based exercises that pass for yoga today.
That said, I still love it there. You just can’t not absorb the incredible magical, metaphysical, and spiritual energy that permeates the entire landscape. The mountains, the lake, the fertile land, the trees and the prana in the air all conspire to create feng shui perfection.
The program, Sharing Your Life Story with Ann Randolph was over-the-top amazing and I highly recommend you see her performances or take her workshops. I am so inspired to continue my creative non-fiction projects and hope to post some Kripalu stories here in the near future.
It was at least 8-10 years ago during an exceptionally difficult time in my life that I discovered Ann Randolph. I was at Kripalu for some serious soul-searching and she was on the schedule for Saturday night to perform her one-woman show “SqueezeBox”. The last thing I wanted to do or even thought I could do that whole weekend was laugh, but laugh I did at this poignant performance from a slice of her life. The combination of courage and creativity that I witnessed from her that night has inspired me ever since.
As you might know I became a storyteller about 3 years ago and this semester I have been writing memoir and personal essay’s at a local college. In this way I continue to collect personal stories from my own life that simulate the ancient stories and teachings from India. Things like right speech, right action, and right relationship are concepts to live by and when integrated consciously and expressed creatively, well, that’s just divine.
Ann Randolph is coming back to Kripalu in April and I’m enrolled in her 5-day course on Sharing Your Life Story. She takes creative non-fiction to another level and turns it into stagecraft and performance art. We’ll see what happens. If I have time I’ll tweet out how it’s going, I’m @teachersjournal on Twitter. Look over to the right where I’ve added a feed….you can probably follow me there if you like.
Anyway, the stars are aligned for some interesting possibilities and I’m excited to continue my pursuit of all things creative as saturn continues it’s march through the fifth house of my natal chart. At the very least maybe my blog posts will improve!
Last December I took a 4-session workshop on Writing Memoir, and in January I began to audit a local college course on Creative Non-Fiction. It felt so good to have a pen in my hand again. I’d forgotten how the kinesthetic experience of scribbling words on paper could be so immensely satisfying., especially with the right pen. There is a certain pleasure from typing too, particularly the sound of the keys as they make contact. But, writing more by hand over the last 4 months has reactivated older neural pathways and lit them up with new creative impulses. Typing just doesn’t tap into the memories the way handwriting does.
In class we’ve been doing things like: free writing, writing from prompts and pictures and maps, and learning how to craft scenes, dialogue, and sensory information. All the assignments are to be drawn from our personal life…..aka: non-fiction. Although I had plenty of english and writing courses in school, this is the first course like this I’ve ever taken and just as I’d hoped it’s the genre that suits me most. Putting my stories on paper, breathing some life into the characters that inhabit my life, and then sharing the stories has been immensely humbling and satisfying. It feels more like therapy then entertainment.
Not sure yet how all this comes together, but I have faith that it will. My goal, if I were to have one, would be to assemble all these stories into a hard copy book. But in the meantime it shouldn’t hurt to publish a tale or two here online on my website? What do you think? Who’s reading this? That’s the amazing thing about the internet, you’re writing for who?
New Moon yesterday in Aries. We’re in an action oriented cycle right now, but speed has nothing to do with it. As Confucius says,
” It does not matter how slowly you go, So long as you do not stop.”
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