Sweat Your Prayers

Gabrielle-RothE

 “Put your body in motion and your psyche will heal itself.”

Somehow, i got this far without having heard of Gabrielle Roth.

An Aquarius, born right at the start of Pluto in Leo (thus a proto boomer and expressing the best of that generation’s ideals) she was a dancer, musician, shaman, activist, healer.

Sweat your prayers, she said.

“Our soul, our true self, is the most mysterious, essential, and magical dimension of our being. In fact, it is not a separate reality, as traditional Western thought views it, but the cohesive force that unites our body, heart, and mind. It is not a ghost trapped somehow in the physical machinery of our body but the very essence of our being.”

Shaman

Other than being super Aquarius – electric, kinetic, inventive, original – she was grounded by a multiple Taurus stellium: Ms Roth had the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus all in Taurus, sign of the bod, the authentic hippie demi deity and earth diva. Her Venus was in Capricorn, trined by Neptune in Virgo, giving her the true astrological signature of a higher Neptunian.

“Attachment guarantees that you will wake up every morning with a mission: to prove you are who you think you are—today. But it’s a total energy drain. you’re so busy performing a role that you miss out on the freedom to improvise, to be real rather than rehearsed.”

Gabrielle Roth

Her Mercury was in Pisces and god-damn she was quotable. Lilith in Aries squared Chiron in Kataka. Anarchic & healing.  “Your body is the ground metaphor of your life,” she said.  “It is the expression of your existence. It is your Bible, your encyclopaedia, your life story.”
She passed in 2012 but her 5Rhythms Dance School continues – the rhythms? Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical & Stillness.  Her band – Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors produced 25 albums – with names such as Stillpoint, Luna, Trance, Totem, Jhoom.

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27 thoughts on “Sweat Your Prayers

  1. 5 Rhythms was life-changing for me. I love it. I had noted Gabrielle’s Aquarian-ness, & am unsurprised by her earthy grounding & that fabulous venus-neptune trine. Thanks for digging into her chart!

  2. I love her. So fortunate to be in NYC and able to dip into the vibrant, revelatory, celebratory, cheerful 5 RHYTHMS flow whenever i want. It’s healing and cathartic.

  3. Oh she’s responsible for Five Rhythms! That thing is dope! I go as often as I can and always come out feeling much much better, looser, freer, and full of potential.

  4. That’s so wonderful, I love the title of this blog post. Synchro as i was riding to the gym I was thinking about how sweat brings us closer to the soul, not the other way around…

    And i never knew venus trine neptune was the signature of a higher neptunian…

    Thx MM

  5. I love that you wrote about Gabrielle Roth! This is inspires me to compare the charts of some of my favorite movement magicians…

  6. Ooh, she sounds good . Maybe a mars retro role model for me. This :
    “Attachment guarantees that you will wake up every morning with a mission: to prove you are who you think you are—today. But it’s a total energy drain. you’re so busy performing a role that you miss out on the freedom to improvise, to be real rather than rehearsed.”

    Yes!!!!!!
    YES!!!
    I’m so tired of people’s insecurity about their identity and role and asserting some kind of bla , making them impossible to vibe with. I’m also going to consider what I wrote just then in the first person too, as a “holier than thou” reality check lol.

    Ohh
    How do I be her??
    Sigh / lol..
    Cappy moon and 10 th house stellium just really wants to Be Someone (noting irony here)
    Saturn Leo still undermining faith in self
    Nngghh
    Aarrgh
    Keep working pi

  7. I love when you feature interesting people Mystic. Thank you!

    I’m definitely checking her out. We have so many astrological similarities so I think she “understands” me (Aqua sun, Taurus Moon, Mercury in Pisces, Venus conjunct Neptune in Cap)

  8. Kataka is a devotee of her philosophy and drags anyone she can to 5 rhythms nights around town. I’ve been to a couple of them and had a great time. A bit reminiscent of the dance scene in The Matrix with an eclectic group of friendly sexy people. Actually any singles out there wondering where to dance and meet people in a very relaxed and open environment should go along to one.
    Personally I’m more into krsna style kirtan nights than 5 rhythms because there is a common thread of philosophy and less sweaty grinding. 😉

  9. I used to listen to Luna constantly… Gabrielle’s work was a big deal in Santa Cruz back in the day, lots of 5 Rhythms classes..

    A bit surprised you hadn’t heard of her before, MM, ’cause you and she are on that wavelength, for sure! But I’m so glad you’ve found her now! Never too late for anything!

  10. That quote regarding attachment and performing a role really speaks to me. And dancing is my religion. I must read her. Thanks Mystic! You dig up gems.

      • Ha! Smooth, PF 🙂

        GR is a genius. I used to join a bunch of people once a week and the most awesome drummer would drum an interpretation of the rhythms and we would all dance around and it felt AMAZING. It was totally liberating. Those rhythms shake out all kinds of stuff, no substances involved or required. Just a warm bunch of souls shaking it up like maniacs in the old oil store building on a Wednesday night. It brought out this great basic love and acceptance in people. I found the stillness part really hard to express. Now I do yin yoga I get it now, but in my 20s I couldn’t slow down!

        • If dancing was bat guano mad like this at school l may have been interested.

          The only dancing l learnt was “down the pitch” to the spinners. So the bat could meet the ball at the point of nadiric perpendicularity thus negating the arc of deviation from the origin of trajectory reducing the likleyhood of the ball being advanced, in an upward flight manner, into the hands of a judisciiusly placed fielder. Ohhh, fugud about it….

    • Dancing is my religion *sigh* How could I have forgotten this?

      Yes. For me it was for some many years and then I got older and distracted and had a family. I sooooo miss dancing (dancing at home in the lounge room just doesn’t have the same vibe!)

      I was lucky enough to do a dance workshop in 2007 or there abouts based on the 7 rhythms – moving meditation. It was perfect for me. I don’t think this was an accidental reminder of her and her work and how amazing it was for me when I found it.

  11. Oh Yes! She was a saint to all Liberal Arts school dance majors here.
    I remember what I was wearing the day a good friend gave me the book.
    Love the beautiful expression of the Venus/Neptune aspect.
    The philosophy that “the body is the ground metaphor of your life” made a huge impression that has stuck with me for years. So So wise. And 5 rhythm wave is the nicest stage to dance on at Burning Man. Sigh. wish I would have met her

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