By Jade Emory
Most people confuse appearances, or form, with content. They think that having a buff body is analogous to true fitness and real health. The ancient Chinese oracle, I CHING, teaches that Love is the content and Justice the form.
ARIES in the chart shows where we have abundant physical and mental energy. It turns exercise into play-time for people at any age. It may indulge in fast foods because it likes instant gratification.
TAURUS loves beauty and sensuality. Ideally, it is astute enough to ascertain that high inner values constitute real beauty, not just size and shape of body parts.
GEMINI is mentally and physically mobile, benefiting from combining mantras or affirmations with repetitive physical exercise. Having an open mind and intelligent communication with others is as stimulating as hiking and biking.
CANCER cares about food and correlates it with emotional well-being. Psychological fitness is therefore as important as nutritious meals.
LEO may ego-trip on how great it looks. It loves to dance and strut its stuff. Competitive sports are its physical exercise, and self-improvement is its emotional and mental exercise.
VIRGO may work at exercise, or exercise at work. It can take the purest vegetarian diet and make it pleasurable. Its better to play with our animal friends than to eat them.
LIBRA practices moderation in exercise, actually in everything else too. It likes a balance in its life and may enjoy sports involving flying, skydiving and even bungee jumping.
SCORPIO is focused intensely on its choices. Athletically it may enjoy water sports, especially exploring the depths of the ocean for hidden treasure and archeological finds. Sex is probably its favorite exercise.
SAGITTARIUS may have a spiritual basis for its diet. Often athletic, it loves vigorous exercise and can easily burn off calories. Its philosophy or religious path provide the inner foundation for fitness and well-being.
CAPRICORN benefits from maintaining structural cohesiveness through chiropractic alignment. Respecting past history, it may rely on familiar comfort foods from its own heritage.
AQUARIUS enjoys diets from other cultures, which may prove more healthful than familiar fare. It finds acupuncture essential to creating and maintaining good physical and emotional health.
PISCES may find fitness as much from meditation as from swimming, boating and other water sports. It must avoid alienating others, or superficially ordering its life by choosing companions who reflect self-destructive potentials.
Oahu Island News Contributing Editor Jade Emory holds degrees in psychology and education, has taught in American and Canadian universities and has been a counselor since 1970. She may be reached at 808-429-2411 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.