In and around the Spring Equinox

Breathe. Relax. Allow.

Happy March, the first month of the original Roman calendar and named for god of war, Mars. You are invited to the happenings below. You are also invited to pray for peace in the world, or create it in your own life. Breathing is always good. Sometimes chocolate is too. When we vibrate more peacefully, it helps all those we are connected to, and thus the world as a whole. 

Sound Bath and "Room" at the Arts Club

Aligning with an expanded organizational mission, FABUM will be host to a continuing series of healing and awareness-oriented events, as well as creative gatherings and immersive performance art.

About the offering on Saturday, March 9th at 1:00 p.m.:

The Crystal Ashram group will begin the afternoon with their amazing Tibetan singing bowls. As you relax, laying down or seated, you can simply allow the healing vibrations to wash over you - relaxing body, mind and all your energy systems.

Tibetan singing bowls have been used for hundreds of years for their sonic qualities of brain wave entrainment. Since the brain has different types of frequencies that are created during different states of mind, singing bowls allow the brain to "cut the monkey chatter" and enter into a quiet stillness.

These benefits have been used from Tibetan temples to western universities to modern corporations for relaxation, mindfulness, meditation, and overall well-being.

There will be refreshments served after the sound bath, and then all are invited to participate in the immersive meditation-performance of "Room" by yours truly.

You are encouraged to bring a yoga mat and a pillow for this afternoon offering. Some extras will be available, but please contact us to reserve them in advance.
Arts Club of Washington: 2017 I (Eye) Street NW, DC, 20006
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
$35 Admission;
$25 for Arts Club Members and Artists
RSVP here

Interview and Book Launch with Lester Hyman

Coinciding with the launch of his book “JFK, The Kennedys and Me”, I am excited to interview Lester Hyman at the Arts Club of Washington the evening Friday, March 22nd.

Hyman has known every U.S. President since Dwight Eisenhower. He was a favorite escort of the famed advice columnist Ann Landers. He was also JFK's mentee as a young man.

Join us for an evening of stories, a book signing opportunity, and more.

6:30 p.m. - Cocktail Hour begins
7:30 p.m. - Talk with Mr. Hyman
8:15 p.m. - Book signing begins and seated 3-course dinner

Originally from Providence, R.I., Lester Hyman first entered politics as the chairman of the Democratic Party in Massachusetts during a pivotal time in political history. Before that though, he was a young, ambitious Jewish lad that was intimately mentored by a senator whose father was (ironically) a powerful and anti-semetic Irish-American patriarch. That senator also became the first Catholic U.S. President, and one of the 20th century's most famous names.

“I came to D.C. for the Kennedy family in 1969,” Hyman told The Hill. After JFK's assassination, he continued meaningful relationships with Bobby, Teddy and other members of 'Camelot'.

A lawyer and longtime political insider, Hyman has vetted Cabinet and Supreme Court picks for President Bill Clinton, as well as Hillary Clinton during her two presidential campaigns. He currently acts as United States Legal Counselor for the British Virgin Islands, where he keeps a home on the island of Tortola.

Program and Cocktail Hour only: $20
Program and Dinner: $60
RSVP here

Yogic Updates

If you feel like practicing with me:

My free integrated restorative yoga-meditation class continues through March on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Palisades at the recreation center (5200 Sherier Place NW). This will likely shift to a Yoga Nidra practice in April, so stayed tuned if you feel like that would also serve you.  
DC residents, please register at this link:
Non-residents can RSVP through my website.
You can also join me for my 'weekend awakening' yoga at 10:00 a.m. Saturday mornings at the Arts Club of Washington. Please make a $10 donation directly to the organization (cash is fine) when you arrive, or when registering.

You can RSVP by emailing; or through their website.

A New Moon

There will be a New Moon on Wednesday, March 6th. During a New Moon phase, the moon is too close to the sun to be visible from earth.

"The moon rises and sets with the sun and is not present in the night sky. Because of this the night sky is darker and an excellent time to view other celestial objects. Like the Full Moon, a New Moon happens at a very specific time when the sun and moon have the same ecliptic longitude and it can be measured down to the second it occurs."

Today's date could be said to have a numerology valuation of 3 3 3: March 3rd - 3/3 - of 2019 (2+0+1+9=12; 1+2=3).

Below is your horoscope.


Week of February 27-March 5
Copyright 2019 by Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21–April 19): South Koreans work too hard. Many are on the job for 14 hours a day, six days a week. That's why a new concept in vacations has emerged there. People take sabbaticals by checking into Prison Inside Me, a facility designed like a jail. For a while, they do without cell phones and internet and important appointments. Freed of normal stresses and stripped of obsessive concerns, they turn inward and recharge their spiritual batteries. I'd love to see you treat yourself to a getaway like this—minus the incarceration theme, of course. You'd benefit from a quiet, spacious, low-pressure escape.

TAURUS (April 20–May 20): The astrology column you're reading is published in periodicals in four countries: the United States, Canada, Italy, and France. In all of these places, women have had a hard time acquiring political power. Neither the United States nor Italy has ever had a female head of government. France has had one, Édith Cresson, who served less than a year as prime minister. Canada has had one, Kim Campbell, who was in office for 132 days. That's the bad news. The good news is that the coming months will be a more favorable time than usual to boost feminine authority and enhance women's ability to shape our shared reality. And you Tauruses of all genders will be in prime position to foster that outcome. Homework: Meditate on specific ways you could contribute, even if just through your personal interactions.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20): A 19-year-old guy named Anson Lemmer started a job as a pizza delivery man in Glenwood, Colorado. On his second night, he arrived with a hot pizza at a house where an emergency was in progress. A man was lying on the ground in distress. Having been trained in CPR, Lemmer leapt to his rescue and saved his life. I expect that you, too, will perform a heroic act sometime soon, Gemini—maybe not as monumental as Lemmer's, but nonetheless impressive. And I bet it will have an enduring impact, sending out reverberations that redound to your benefit for quite some time.

CANCER (June 21–July 22): Scientist Michael Dillon was shocked when he learned that some bees can buzz around at lofty altitudes where the oxygen is sparse. He and a colleague even found two of them at 29,525 feet—higher than Mount Everest. How could the bees fly in such thin air? They "didn't beat their wings faster," according to a report in National Geographic, but rather "swung their wings through a wider arc." I propose that we regard these high-flying marvels as your soul animals for the coming weeks. Metaphorically speaking, you will have the power and ingenuity and adaptability to go higher than you've been in a long time.

LEO (July 23–Aug 22): Do you find it a challenge to commit to an entirely plant-based diet? If so, you might appreciate flexitarianism, which is a less-perfectionist approach that focuses on eating vegetables but doesn't make you feel guilty if you eat a bit of meat now and then. In general, I recommend you experiment with a similar attitude toward pretty much everything in the coming weeks. Be strong-minded, idealistic, willful, and intent on serving your well-being—but without being a maniacal purist.

VIRGO (Aug 23–Sept 22): If you gorge on sugary treats and soft drinks, you ingest a lot of empty calories. They have a low nutrient density, and provide you with a scant amount of minerals, vitamins, protein, and other necessities. Since I am committed to helping you treat yourself with utmost respect, I always discourage you from that behavior. But I'm especially hopeful you will avoid it during the next three weeks, both in the literal and metaphorical senses. Please refrain from absorbing barren, vacant stuff into the sacred temple of your mind and body—including images, stories, sounds, and ideas, as well as food and drink.

LIBRA (Sept 23–Oct 22): Charles Grey was the second Earl of Grey, as well as prime minister of England from 1830 to 1834. His time in office produced pivotal changes, including the abolition of slavery, reform of child labor laws, and more democracy in the nation's electoral process. But most people today know nothing of those triumphs. Rather he is immortalized for the Earl Grey tea that he made popular. I suspect that in the coming weeks, one of your fine efforts may also get less attention than a more modest success. But don't worry about it. Instead, be content with congratulating yourself for your excellent work. I think that's the key to you ultimately getting proper appreciation for your bigger accomplishment.

SCORPIO (Oct 23–Nov 21): At a young age, budding Scorpio poet Sylvia Plath came to a tough realization: "I can never read all the books I want," she wrote in her journal. "I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones, and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life." Judging by current astrological omens, I can imagine you saying something like that right now. I bet your longing for total immersion in life's pleasures is especially intense and a bit frustrated. But I'm pleased to predict that in the next four weeks, you'll be able to live and feel more shades, tones, and variations of experience than you have in a long time.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22–Dec 21): When Europeans invaded and occupied North America, they displaced many indigenous people from their ancestral lands. There were a few notable exceptions, including five tribes in what's now Maine and Eastern Canada. They are known as the Wabanaki confederacy: the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Micmac, Maliseet, and Abenaki. Although they had to adjust to and compromise with colonialism, they were never defeated by it. I propose we make them your heroic symbols for the coming weeks. May their resilient determination to remain connected to their roots and origins motivate you to draw ever-fresh power from your own roots and origins.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22–Jan 19): Capricorn javelin thrower Julius Yego won a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. How did he get so skilled? Not in the typical way. He gained preliminary proficiency while competing for his high school team, but after graduation, he was too poor to keep developing his mastery. So he turned to YouTube, where he studied videos by great javelin throwers to benefit from their training strategies and techniques. Now that you're in an intense learning phase of your cycle, Capricorn, I suggest that you, too, be ready to draw on sources that may be unexpected or unusual or alternative.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20–Feb 18): The first edition of Action Comics, which launched the story of the fictional character Superman, cost 10 cents in 1938. Nowadays it's worth $3 million. I'll make a bold prediction that you, too, will be worth considerably more on December 31, 2019, than you are right now. The increase won't be as dramatic as that of the Superman comic, but still: I expect a significant boost. And what you do in the next four weeks could have a lot to do with making my prediction come true.

PISCES (Feb 19–March 20): Until the 16th century in much of Europe and the 18th century in Britain, the new year was celebrated in March. That made sense given the fact that the weather was growing noticeably warmer and it was time to plant the crops again. In my astrological opinion, the month of March is still the best time of year for you Pisceans to observe your personal new year. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to start fresh in any area of your life. If you formulate a set of New Year's resolutions, you're more likely to remain committed to them than if you had made them on January 1.