Welcome to Fire Tiger Astrology, a blog about wellness from a nuanced wellness perspective. The function of this blog is to expose people not only to the vast wisdom afforded by the Classical Chinese Medical model, but also to growing wisdom extrapolated through Western Astrology. My intent is to explore topics surrounding health, especially from the perspective of language systems–namely, how we describe our well-being. These two systems borrow from the rich lineage of individuals who devoted at least significant portions of their lives to observation of the natural world. Even more, they devoted their lives to the documentation and dissemination of ways of seeing the world around them. As Alexandra K. Trenfor articulates: “The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.” This blog is an attempt to describe what the Chinese and Western systems developed in terms of observation, so as to provide individuals with diverse tools through which they can develop their own choices around well-being.
The impetus to begin a blog like this comes at a time of much confusion and chaos locally and globally. It is my contention that we have not simply lost the narrative, but we have lost touch with narrative-making, the capacity to connect through our stories. I believe that the body is perfect metaphor to connect individuals to their environment. It is not unironic that individuals use language like the “facing reality” or “in the blink of an eye”. We have a tendency to bring our perception back to the substance of the body, as if dialoguing with it, referencing it, calling those regions by name. My mind says yes, but my stomach says no. Listening to your gut. But can the semicircular canals really pick up on the supposed gurgles-turned-words in our bowels? From a Chinese medical and astrological view, yes. Every region of the body has a potential relationship and/or connectedness with the other. This blog seeks to finds ways of describing how these connections might unfold, despite having more major representation through scientific languaging. Instead, there is a poetry to the way in which we are conscious, the way in which our suffering and our struggle with wellness translates into something beautiful being unfolded in front of us. The poets know it, and the rest of us simply dither. There are no rules when it comes to an individual finding ways to articulate their suffering, for the sake of its alleviation and transformation. In a time when so many people look for an authority that can guarantee safety and longevity, we find not simply unsatisfactory answers, but crisis and even external resistance to our individual resilience.
The goal of this blog is to empower individuals in the language of their body, through individuals and groups who came to similar conclusions in the past.
Please take a look at what is presented on the site. In the future, I intend to offer regular insights into well-being. I also intend to soon offer astrological readings based on the concepts extrapolated through this site. It is not a perfect system, and it is a new system–and I reserve the right to be wrong in my approach. I welcome conversation and dialogue regarding the admixture of the two systems. If there is one thing that Chinese Medicine has taught me, as well as astrology, it is that we want everything to fit nicely into a complete package, without any contradiction. But contradiction is where the real substance lies. If anything, joining these two systems is a challenge for anyone conceptualizing their health. But I believe there is tremendous power in holding together ideas that are alike in ways, and separate in others. This practice of metaphor is something, as described, that I believe is the future, and simultaneously something our ancestors time and time again have valued and utilized. What remains is the level to which we are open to different ways of seeing and observing, and that is what this blog is all about.
Thank you kindly for stopping by!
Joshua Kenneth Warren