Copyright © 2000 Beverlee Brown
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"Life is a game.
In order to have a game,
something has to be more
important than something else.
If what already is, is more important
than what isn't, the game is over.
So, life is a game in which what isn't
is more important than what is.
Let the good times roll!"
This profound statement about "Life" is my favorite aphorism in the wonderful little booklet I received upon graduation from the est training back in the 70's. At the time I was impressed with its message and after all these years the message still rings true for me. Let me tell you why.
Let's say Werner Erhard was right and life is a game. In the game of life, you are dealt a certain hand. As an Astrological Consultant, I believe your Astrological Birthchart is a picture of that hand. But in the game of life you hold only half the cards. The Universe holds the other half...composed of the transiting planets as they go through their regular orbits.
As you play your hand, making your choices in the game of life, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. You can never be sure which way the game will go, because you don't know what the Universe may have up its sleeve.
As an Astrological Consultant, I see myself as a kibbitser in the game of life. My role is to examine both your hand and the Universe's, and to give you hints about how to play your hand in a manner designed to give you an advantage based on what I see in the Universe's hand.
But because you were endowed with the gift of free will by your Creator, I cannot know what you'll do with your hand, what card you're going to pull out at any given moment and lay on the table. I do know, however, what card the Universe is going to play and I can therefore anticipate the way the game is likely to go if you make certain choices. These are the options I explain to you in any of my consultations.
Understanding Astrological symbolism is like having magic glasses that let me see the Universe's hand...which...like your opponent's hands in a game of bridge...are hidden from you.
You see, in the game of life your goal is like that of the declarer's in a game of bridge. Your task is to make the contract...to fulfill the purpose you came here to fulfill, with the hand you were dealt. The more masterfully you play your hand, the more tricks you win...the more successful and fulfilled you become.
Although I cannot foretell how you will play your hand, I can tell you this: from my perspective as the kibbitser in the game of life, from nearly 20 years of looking over countless clients' shoulders, I've seen players with mediocre hands outplay players with hands that, on the surface, seemed unbeatable.
Each hand contains its probabilities as well as its possibilities. So while there are some hands I'd be more willing to bet on than others, I believe there are no hands so difficult that brilliant playing cannot make them winners, just as there are no hands so strong that carelessness will not invoke disaster. The information I give you during any Astrological Consultation is designed to help you play your hand brilliantly in order to WIN!
The final outcome in the game of life really does come down to how well you play your hand, and as Werner Erhard said in the est training: "Let the good times roll."
May the Sun, Moon and Stars shelter you and energize you with love and peace,