Sunday, March 02, 2008

How Holistic


Although I come from a very Asian immigrant family, complete with the language, the food, and the beliefs, I was essentially raised by (in terms of the identity I was indoctrinated with) white society since I went through grade school in the whitest of white and the richest of rich communities. For the longest time, whenever my parents talked to me or advised me about superstition or astrology, I politely listened and bobbled my head like a patient, listening daughter as I simultaneously wrote off their advice as crazy-talk in the same way that our culture does not explicitly ostracize but subtly walls off spiritual vegan yogic hippies as crazy people. Recently, though, I've met people who strongly believe in the ways that our bodies and minds are intimately connected to our lifestyles, to the natural world around us, and even to the universe in the most literal of ways. What we eat changes us; you can think of this change as a physiological one (involving different proteins and building blocks of amino acids being added to your body) or as a holistic one (involving different life energies being incorporated into your own). Either way, there's a change.

I've been skimming some astrology articles, intrigued by this new perspective of the world, which is increasingly gaining credibility in my mind. If we can be affected by our immediate surroundings, who's to say that we can't be affected by the energies of the planets and the stars? After all, we are but infinitesimal dots in comparison to the mammoth planets and stars orbiting in the sky above us. Anyways, all of this is to preface some thoughts about the way in which I love and trust people or, rather, am skeptical about giving my love to and trusting people. At CafeAstrology.com, you can get a natal birth chart report by plugging in your name, where you were born, and your birthday. Basic stuff. Excerpts of mine:

"
She is honest, reserved, circumspect, honorable and strong-willed. Quietly ambitious within the realms of the possible, she likes and takes on responsibility. She can work in the social domain.

Weaknesses: a sometimes bitter and mistrustful mind.

Capricorns can sometimes be rather lonely people, although they rarely let it show. They are often a little reserved—even standoffish. This is generally because they value all things practical, and they'll seldom wear their emotions on their sleeves, unless they have a particularly flamboyant Moon sign. This is a sign that is surely the most resourceful of the zodiac. To some, Capricorns come across as unimaginative, but they can be enormously creative when it comes to the material world. They are generally very capable people with a strong sense of tradition and responsibility."

Reading things like this make me take a step back and help me re-realize my personality so that I can better deal with things. For example, if I'm being very standoffish towards someone I love, remembering that I am naturally mistrustful of people--even people who I've known for a long long time--helps me bring myself back down to earth. "What am I annoyed about? Is that rational? Am I just being overly mistrustful?"

Try it out: you might find out some surprising things!

3 comments:

Nitin said...

wow.. its been a long time since i saw a post on your blog.. nice to see youre bak..
I am from a wierd-orthodox in some way-type of family. My dad belives only in god. My mom is a HARD CORE devotee and I am an neither. I spent a big part of my life reading religious books and going to dargahs, churches and temples. But now none of that really effects me. I dont belive that the position of a star in some part of another galaxy could effect my personality or fortune. Yea I do agree that we all live in a closed loop system and every entity in a sense are interconnected on one another. But i feel there is another question like.. to what extent?. if you observe the effect of an event in nature and is effects on a specific occurance depends on more than only that event itself. Everything around it comes into the picture. and even then there is the unpredictability of the living system if involved. so if you account all effects even the neglegible ones and all the living objects in consideration the calculation of such would become close to impossible. Like a war in some corner of the planet surely effects me. But not like a person who lives in that war zone. for all you know he and i were born on the same day in the same time.. but he was shot and i got a promotion.
as for the things what they write about you in those websites. Im scorpio and i share a lot of the qualities that you mentioned in the post. so the question arises are statements such as "sometimes bitter and mistrustful mind" and
"lonely people" could be even considered?.
The fact is that every body has a bit of everything in them. The only difference is the extent of it. no such quality is completely absent.
But i belive that if this brings someone peace and the strength and hope for someone to carry thru the day.. Its just fine..

happy horoscoping to you dear.

cuntstorm said...

i do see your point and really agree with pretty much everything you said. i'm not really invested in astrology but even so, it does bring me a little peace of mind like you said at the end of your comment. kind of silly, huh? but sometimes, when things get so confusing, its nice to think that there's bigger things out there.

Nitin said...

na it aint silly . even i need a dose of god every once in a while. its not a crime right?