Why do we turn to the stars?
I wonder about this all the time. I've concluded that we turn to the stars to make meaning out of life, these internal feelings, cycles, and big events that we don't seem to be able to control. We want to know, "Does my life have meaning," and we want to get a taste of what that meaning is. We want affirmation. In short, we can be meaning making machines.
This question leads us to the bigger question, "Who Am I?" Who am I in all of this? Do I have choice? We often think we do - we think we drink coffee over tea or turn left instead of right, we wonder if all this is randomly generated like the slot machines at the racetrack? Or, we question, is something bigger going on here and there is value in these lessons I'm enduring.
Tiger Woods got me thinking on this subject this morning so I had to pull up his chart to see what I see. First, there is a lot to see in his chart and it isn't my way of working with the stars to put that out there for everyone. But a basic recap of what happened this week can be useful to us in understanding this bigger picture of what Vedic astrology wisdom can offer us.
Tiger has a configuration in his natal chart where a graha (compelling force) by the name of Rahu is with a star asterism called Vishaka. Vishaka can be an intense force and that intensity is used to take the road less travelled, to take a new path. Rahu itself is intensity. It goes for the illusion, the game of life! Intensity + intensity! Mars in Tiger's chart is with Mrgashira, the one who searches (for greatness, for immortality, for the good life, for God) in his 9th house of father, higher education, & ideas, religion. That is his setup.
Rahu has been transiting Tiger's 9th house for a few months now and on Monday Mars moved signs and joined Rahu in the sign of Taurus, which is a strong coming together of two powerful energies. On top of that, Tiger is in his Mars 7-year chapter of life where the lesson is about what can he use his willpower to accomplish.
My interpretation: This is Tiger's taking of the road less travelled (for him) and it making all the difference. I see some really amazing potential for him and this second half of his life. I can see this being the beginning of the great teachings of Tiger Woods, guiding his children, other children, others who struggle in the spotlight. Tiger the Great...hear him roarrrr....
Could this have been predicted? Maybe. Probably. (I don't do that). More important is to look at these things retroactively and see the divine order at play. Is it bad? Is it good? It depends on the perspective.
I'll defer to this ancient proverb.
There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years.
One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit.
“Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically.
“Maybe,” the farmer replied.
The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses.
“How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed.
“Maybe,” replied the old man.
The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown,
and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy
for what they called his “misfortune.”
“Maybe,” answered the farmer.
The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army.
Seeing that the son's leg was broken, they passed him by.
The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.
“Maybe,” said the farmer. ~Written by Dennis Adsit
Finally, this is what I look to the stars for - to co-participate with things like Covid, restrictions, loss of the old ways and all the hard times of this past 12 months.
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