Today I want to share a recent experience I had which shows why I have such an abiding faith in astrology. Last week I went to the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico for Panchakarma. Panchakarma is an Ayurvedic program which involves special diet, herbs, oil massages, bathing the forehead in oil, rest, enemas, and various other therapies. At the end of the week, we were given advice about diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes particularly suited to our constitution to support our continued healing.
I went to the Institute because I had gotten quite sick last fall. Even though I never take antibiotics, I ended up taking two really intense prescriptions. I decided to take the antibiotics because of the complications if my situation went on too long, but I also committed to myself that I would go to Panchakarma afterwards in order to flush and cleanse my system of any residual effects of the antibiotics. As it turned out, I couldn’t even take the full round of the antibiotics because I had a fairly severe allergic reaction to them. But I had taken them long enough to do the job. Sure enough, the bacteria that was causing the problem was eradicated.
The Ayurvedic Institute is an intriguing place. Not only is there a wonderful staff facilitating the Panchakarma , but the Master Teacher and Founder of the Institute, Dr. Vasant Lad, was on site and we were allowed to attend his lectures in the Ayurvedic Studies Level 1 class each evening. We learned along with the students the stages of the progression of disease according to Ayurveda as well as chanted in Sanskrit and listened to marvelous stories from Dr. Lad’s many years as an Ayurvedic Physician. To me, these lectures were the best part of the whole week.
I also volunteered myself as a subject for his Ayurvedic Studies Level 2 students. Each Panchakarma client meets with Dr. Lad twice during the week, but as a subject in his class, I met with him and his students for a much longer time. Jyotish, the Vedic form of astrology, is also a part of his knowledge and teaching and it was more than fascinating to see my Vedic chart on the board and discussed in medical terms with the students. You can imagine how exciting it was for me to learn about my astrological chart and its medical strengths and weaknesses from such a Master.
All week long I was wondering, what is going on in my transits? Why am I here at this time, exposed to all this knowledge, all this healing energy, all this wisdom rooted in scriptures which I have already studied fairly extensively but with an entirely different emphasis – a healing emphasis?
(By the way, he said my chart shows I am an excellent writer, that last sentence notwithstanding. Or this one, for that matter.)
I’m writing this post on the evening of the fifth day. Panchakarma is over and I can finally get my computer out again. (We had signed a statement that we wouldn’t use computers or television for the five days.)
Chiron on the Scene
I haven’t emphasized Chiron in my study of astrology. He wasn’t really highlighted when I first learned astrology, and although he is included with the planets by many astrologers, I hadn’t really let him join into my normal crew. But I knew that since this was an issue around healing, I’d better check on him too.
I ran my transits for the month of February, checking all of the outer planets and whether they are affecting the planets in my natal chart. I knew there had to be something, because this week felt so important on so many levels.
The only major transit I am having this month is transiting Chiron in square aspect to my natal Sun. The Sun represents our essential Self. What little I know about Chiron, I know in Greek mythology he was known as the wounded healer and the teacher of many of the Greek heroes and gods. My astrology program, Solar Fire, offers interpretations for each transiting aspect. This is the interpretation for Chiron square the Sun:
[This] is time to change the way you see and express yourself and allow your true light to shine. As a result you may discover hidden skills you never knew you possessed, sparking a whole new field of learning ultimately providing a great source of healing. You have the chance to heal wounds, physical and/or emotional, and realign your identity with your true purpose. In some cases it is possible that you suffer an illness which forces you to consider your lifestyle and make appropriate changes. If you are able to face this challenge and make the necessary changes, then you can approach life with renewed vigor and a new sense of purpose.
Isn’t that interesting? I’ve never done this kind of program before in my life and I just happen to do it under this Chiron/Sun transit. And I must admit, I was really fascinated by the whole field of knowledge. With my past learning of Indian philosophy as a springboard I was able to dive into another stream of the wisdom I so respect. I’m actually considering pursuing the Level 1 course as an adjunct to my astrology practice. I haven’t made a decision yet, but when I read the above interpretation of the transit, it seemed a confirmation that this week may turn out to be bigger than I think.
And I certainly think Chiron deserves another look. My natal Sun is in the house of healing and health and Chiron is the healer of the zodiac. It’s kind of a wonder I’ve never delved into him before. I’ve often observed that transiting planets show up in our lives in flesh and blood people who bring the experience of the planet. I do think this experience brought me face to face with Chiron, don’t you?
Hello, Chiron. Nice to finally meet you.
To read the first post in this series, see Astrology, Ayurveda, and Elements
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