Tag: Yoga

 

canstockphoto15147107 (2)When an outer planet (Uranus/Neptune/Pluto) first enters a new sign or a new house it can be a momentous occasion and often manifests in some kind of (symbolic) event (major or minor) to announce the ‘new’ energy pattern that is about to unfold.  Of course, leaving behind the old sign, or old house also has its own significant events that sum up the lesson(s) of what’s being left behind, at least until the cycle repeats again.  Such is the ‘wheel’ of Karma, what goes around, comes around.

Neptune entered Pisces in 2012 and with all the turmoil in our mundane world, Neptune in Pisces can be a welcome antidote or a dangerous escape.*

Neptune rules all things ‘spiritual’. Spiritual yearning, spiritual awakening, spiritual enlightenment, spiritual growth, spiritual development are all indicated until it moves into Aries in 2026.  Many will be drawn towards exploration and experimentation during these years.  Ancient spiritual seekers spent whole lifetimes exploring these spiritual dimensions.  Along the way they developed many different techniques that helped them achieve enlightenment and higher consciousness  They showed us that transcendence and transformation is possible. Those that follow eastern philosophies and techniques are taught that “the guru is within” and enlightenment is possible at any moment.  Karma & dharma are the foundational principles and Astrology is a respected resource for guidance and comfort.

Today, we can’t go away and live in a cave for 30 years. We are ‘householders’ on the path.  We have worldly responsibilities to attend to. Still the yearning for spiritual communion persists.  And, the same practices that bring enlightenment can also bring us an expansive experience of happiness, health, and wholeness.  Rarely do these practices harm us in any way.

The explosion of yoga & meditation into today’s mainstream is one of the most visible manifestations of this illusive transit. Yoga, the original mind/body/spiritual practice, is a powerful practice to access the deeper parts of our consciousness, particularly when you go beyond asana to include off-the-mat techniques with an experienced teacher. Inner space explorations stir up the unconscious and help us to see places we don’t visit consciously. For this reason, it is important that people who do this work are prepared, willing and emotionally ready to do so.  Self-study (svadhaya) and discipline (tapas) are required.

When Neptune reached 8 degrees in spring of 2013, she slid into my ninth house. Neptune can deliver some frightening experiences if left ignored so its always best to find healthy ways to experience it.  Such is the gift of astrology, to make one aware of what is possible. So it’s my intention to use it wisely.  She’ll be there until 2029 after which she’ll connect with my midheaven and enter my 10th house.

During these  years  she will slowly dissolve what was before and invisibly recreate all ninth house affairs.  Our personal philosophy is described in the ninth house and with Neptune here I expect I’ll think about things quite differently before it’s over.

Other ninth house  topics include: long distance travel,  foreign or distant places, aliens, immigrants, as well as judges, religious authority figures, philosophers and athletes.  Travels need not be physical, but could be intellectual or spiritual .

In order to understand a transiting planet in one’s personal horoscope, you must first investigate the natal placement of that planet first.  And that’s where it gets impossibly ridiculous for me!  Because, you see, I was born in Neptune, NJ, and lived from 0-8yrs in Neptune City, NJ.  Natal Neptune is in my 4th house of home, real estate, and early childhood.  Neptune is demanding my attention!

*Neptune rules a lot of other things too. Keywords are here.

 

Astrology Doodles Planets and their Cycles

“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too”
~Isabel Allende

“Yea/But”, Yoga & Your a Story 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

1-5:30 pm  $55/$65  (Sanctuary students/All others)

Register  before Oct 21 and get 10%off!

Reading, wrijuggling-animals.jpgting, and telling stories has been a cultural phenomenon  thruout human history.  That’s because it’s the best way to learn……just about everything.

Join us for this lively, soulful, and hopefully entertaining workshop, the day before we put on our Halloween masks.  Everyone is welcome, although we will be meeting in a yoga studio and working mostly from the floor.  Chairs are available, and we most certainly will be getting up and moving around often enough to keep you flexible and engaged.

Bring with you: a favorite writing instrument, if you have one, a personal journal (optional), and maybe a mask if you think it might help you achieve some ‘authentic’ truth.   A water bottle would be handy to have too.

We begin promptly, so please be on time.   And, there’s a meditation in the space earlier that morning (10am) which may also help you quiet your mind enough to really reap the benefits of our afternoon.  Activities include: gentle stretching, yoga breathing, mudra, savasana, dyads, expressive movement, writing practice, and more.

To register in advance call/text 732.531.9013.   Program Location is: The Sanctuary, 560 Main St, 2C, Loch Arbor.  Space is limited to 10.  Register early to avoid program cancellation due to minimal attendance.

It’s been a while since I posted here.  A long while.

As I’ve written in many different posts ( here, here & here) the balsamic phase of a cycle is a time when we turn away from worldly concerns ( 1st chakra ‘stuff’) and redirect our energy inward ( or upward) towards the spiritual/cosmic/ethereal,  either voluntarily…….or not.

I have found that it’s best to just go with the flow of this time period rather than try to force anything .   Regardless of the local weather, you’re traveling thru some dense fog and smokey waters.  Meditation/Prayer is the best activity to engage in.  If you can find an ashram or retreat center near by, go.

I live at the sea.  It helps.

The Lunar Balsamic phase lasts 3.5 days.  That’s a pretty easy time frame to work with for pulling out of the rat race.  However, the days of the week may prevent some challenges if you’re on some one else’s schedule and not your own.

Every planet in the solar system goes through a balsamic phase at some point-in-time.  The solar balsamic phase occurs for the 6-week period every year before your birthday. ( The Solar Return occurs when the sun reaches the exact place it was in at the moment of your birth.

The Balsamic phase for Mars lasts approximately 16 weeks.  Jupiter’s balsamic phase lasts about 18 months and Saturn’s balsamic phase is approximately 3.5 years! Few of us live long enough to experience a balsamic phase for the outer planets…..except perhaps Uranus.

In addition, any planet transiting thru the 12th House would also initiate the same kind of energy as a balsamic phase.

All that said, I am currently experiencing a 12th house Sun transit, a balsamic Mars, Jupiter, AND Saturn………………all at the same time.  It’s a miracle I can function!  For those of you versed in Vedic Astrology I have  just completed the Sade Sati which is a 3 year period of Saturn aspecting the Moon, also similar to the balsamic phase.  Whew.  It’s exhausting for no apparent reason.   What keeps me positive is the absolute knowledge that when this period is over I will be poised for a creative cycle beyond that which I have experienced for quite some time.

Teaching yoga is a gift.  Spiritual practice and practices are highly recommended during balsamic periods.   Yoga helps to create a global awareness of body, mind, emotions, and spirit.  For me, yoga helps me to be in the world and in-spirit at the same time.

Today is a First Quarter Phase in my lunar cycle, a time for action, ergo this post.

For the past few months I have been busy working on a private blog which I hope to publish soon, perhaps as an E-Book.

The subject is Astrology for Yoga Teachers/Therapists. If you’re interested  in being contacted upon publication please send an email to: asanctuary@optonline.net.

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