How are you? I haven’t posted to this blog in a while and I am missing you all! This is a busy season for me in my alter-ego as an accountant. I don’t do many tax returns but the ones I do are complicated and take a lot of time and attention. But astrology is always in the back of my mind.
I’ve been thinking a lot about balance. As you may know, I went to the Ayurvedic Institute a couple of weeks ago for panchakarma, a week of purification, massage, hatha yoga, herbal remedies, and rest. One of the interesting facets of Ayurveda is their concept of prakruti and vikruti. According to this ancient science of health and longevity, we are each born with a certain balance of the elements which manifests in three basic energies, or doshas. The three doshas are kapha, pitta, and vata. When we are conceived, these three doshas form a certain balance in our bodies. Not that they are in equal amounts; one or two are usually dominant and the third is less so. Everyone has a bit of each; the balance of the three is called your prakruti.
The current state of your body and emotional balance is called your vikruti. Your current state is affected by changing conditions such as weather, diet, stress, exercise, or fatigue. To be in balance your current state, your vikruti, should be the same as your original state, your prakruti. If they are pulled off course by the varying circumstances in life, then you may experience physical and emotional symptoms, symptoms which if left in place long enough can lead to disease. In order to restore your original balance, lifestyle, diet, and other adjustments can be made to bring your vikruti back in line with your prakruti.
Prakruti = Natal Chart?
I’ve been thinking about this because of its correlation to the birthchart in astrology. If we correlate the birth chart with the prakruti, the balance among the elements when you were born, we could say that your birthchart is your particular blueprint for balance during this lifetime. Just like prakruti and vikruti, we would strive to maintain our original state of being as shown in the birthchart. In this way the birthchart is not something to be managed but more of a magnetic north, pointing the way to your most natural state of being.
Furthering the analogy, when we are pulled into other states due to the influence of transits, we can get out of balance from our birthchart. Here’s a simple example. Say you have Mars, the planet of activity and will in the sign Aries. With this placement you are naturally enthusiastic, impatient, hot-tempered, and always moving forward to achieve your goals. No judgment here; this is your natural state of being.
Along comes a Saturn transit, which restrains the Mars energy, bringing experiences into your life which require more discipline and measured progress toward your goals. When transiting Saturn meets Mars, it often makes the person feel tired or uninspired or as if their efforts are futile. If you went to an Ayurvedic physician, she would probably read your pulses and recognize that your energy is low, dampened, out of balance with your natural state of being.
If the same Mars in Aries was experiencing a Jupiter transit, Jupiter might ignite the Mars energy and the person would be even more active and aggressive, chasing even bigger goals. The Ayurvedic physician might see an elevation of the fire energy, which would also be out of balance for you.
What follows for me is wondering about the emotional and physical effects of difficult astrological configurations and what we may have to do to maintain balance during certain transits. And even further, whether we can we draw one-to-one correlations between various transits and the likely imbalance in the doshas. If we can, then we can prescribe lifestyle adjustments which would help maintain the physical and emotional balance while going through and learning from the transit.
The image I get is one of standing in a rowboat, our feet apart, our arms outstretched, keeping our balance amidst the various waves, winds, and rain, constantly making little shifts to return ourselves to balance. Using our birth charts, we would know the state we were trying to maintain, a perfect balance for us which wouldn’t necessarily look like anyone else’s. It would be based on our particular configuration. This would be ideal wouldn’t it – if we could remain so much in the center of our true selves that we stayed upright while shifts occurred around us?
What do you all think? Can you recognize when your energies are out of balance? Are there certain patterns that repeat themselves? I know mine is fatigue – and right now I’m having a Saturn transit to my Mars. This tiredness is familiar, but I’m still contemplating the solution-more on that later. Are you having major transits right now? Are you maintaining your balance?
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