“It will be found that under the headings of the names of the different planets, signs and houses comes everything which life contains, as if all were placed into their correct compartments in an enormous filing cabinet.”
The Modern Textbook of Astrology by Margaret Hone
What Do You Love?
Following what you love and are passionate about can be a good way of bringing inspiration into your yoga practice. I have immersed myself in studying the Zodiac Wheel, and it is from this that inspiration for the Zodiac yoga practices has emerged. For you, it might be; gardening, or love, the Bible, poetry, herbalism, mythology, or politics, that lights your fire and stimulates your creative juices. Immersing yourself in what you love becomes a form of meditation. This creates a state of focus and absorption; whilst in this state you will find yourself more open to suggestion (perhaps from the ether), or from your own subconscious wisdom. What follows can be magic!
To work in this way, a gentle discipline is required. However, if you've chosen your subject well, and you do love it, it will become a pleasure to apply yourself to the work at hand. As with any loving relationship commitment is needed, and a willingness to work with difficulties; to take the rough with the smooth. I like Vanda Scaravelli's words advising us to listen to the Guru within:
“When some difficulty arises we can always find a different movement, since the body is surprisingly able to adjust itself. It has its own intelligence and is willing to cooperate in finding a solution to any problem. One has only to approach problems with patience, care and attention.
Nobody can help you do this. “You have to become your own teacher and your own disciple” (Krisnamurti’s words).”
My Zodiac Themes
The template for my Zodiac Yoga themes has come from the inspiration I have derived from Margaret Hone's wonderful book called: "The Modern Text Book of Astrology". I stumbled upon this rather old fashioned book on astrology, one day, a few years ago, in Oxfam Books.
The book shines a light on the personality of each star sign. It is from this vast "filing cabinet" of life, that I have derived my Zodiac Yoga Themes (see below). From the huge number of themes available to me for each star sign, I have narrowed them down, by literally picking 8 themes, for each sign, out of a hat each month. On the one hand, I have enjoyed the randomness of this way of working. On the other hand, I have appreciated the discipline of sticking with the themes that I have been "given". Often the themes that at first seemed to me to be the least inspiring, have in the end been my best teachers.
The way I work, is that over the month, for example of April, I will immerse myself in the Aries themes. I will write about them, meditate on them, read about them, surf the net etc. Then back on my yoga mat, I will let inspiration surface, as I develop a yoga practice inspired by the wisdom of the star sign Aries (or whatever the star sign is that I am working/playing with that particular month).
The Zodiac Yoga Themes
The Heart, the Back
Grey, Navy, Spotted Patterns
Harvest, Sheath of Corn
The Hands, the Nervous System, the Intestines
Earth, Negative, Mutable
Mercury, Quick silver
"Everything just so" -
Biologist- Microscope- Life close-up
Endrocrine System (Relate to Virgo/Libra/Scorpio
Lower/Heart/ higher Chakras)
Relatedness + "the Other"
The Balance/Scales- Judgement- the Wheel of Karma
Also ran- The Kidneys, Excretory Organs
The Unconscious- "From the bound and the hidden a new life can begin"
Pluto- Quick eliminative getting rid of action
Mars- The God of War
The Seed- the Gonads- the Ovaries + Testes
Plants- Brambles, Thistles, Nettles, Garlic and Ginger
The Sexual Act- Birth, Death, and Re-Birth
Water- Canal, Torrent, and Deep Sea
Re-read Taurus- opposite sign
Pluto - the God of the Underworld
Meditate on Gonika- the Mother of Yoga
The Centaur- Half-horse half-man/woman
Journeying: "It is better to travel than to arrive"
Jupiter: Expansion, Preservation
Fire- the Blue Fire at the heart of the flame. Purifying
Winter Solstice- December
The Hips and Thighs. The Liver
Also ran..... the Colour Purple
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
The Skeletal System (Also the Knee, the Skin)
Gates and Doors
Mythical Sea Goat
Old Age: The Crone
Also Ran.......Dark Colours, Black, the Number 7, Earth, Cardinal
Uranus- (The awakener, the rebel, the superconscious, change, unconventional freedom).
The third eye, pineal gland
The Rebel, Revolution
The Water Bearer
The Age of Aquarius
Neptune (Latin God of the Ocean)
Jesus- The parable of the loaves and the fishes
The Pituitary Gland