Turning 50? Here’s Fitness & Wellness Inspiration From an Unusual Source.

I made a new friend recently who’s into astrology. I don’t mean just the “horoscope” kind of astrology. I’m talking about the heavy-duty kind, which considers your time of birth and exactly where astronomical bodies were at that moment.

When I told her I’d turned 50 a few months ago, she mentioned something called the “Chiron Return” which makes turning 50 a major watershed in life. Not just by marking another decade, but by unleashing a transition in priorities and an evolution of how we resolve to live the rest of our lives.

To me, this is all pretty “out there.” But I feel (as with some people’s belief in ghosts): who am I to be so sure these things don’t exist?

And besides, I’ll take life lessons and inspiration wherever I can find them. The ideas associated with Chiron Return are highly relevant for 50-ish guys doubling down on body-and-soul health. Or guys that will be 50-ish before long…or ones that were not so long ago!

So indulge me for two or three minutes, brother. Read on and see if this stuff is useful to you in your quest to maximize the decades ahead.

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I made a new friend recently who’s into astrology. I don’t mean just the “horoscope” kind of astrology. I’m talking about the heavy-duty kind, which considers your time of birth and exactly where astronomical bodies were at that moment.

When I told her I’d turned 50 a few months ago, she mentioned something called the “Chiron Return” which makes turning 50 a major watershed in life. Not just by marking another decade, but by unleashing a transition in priorities and an evolution of how we resolve to live the rest of our lives.

To me, this is all pretty “out there.” But I feel (as with some people’s belief in ghosts): who am I to be so sure these things don’t exist?

And besides, I’ll take life lessons and inspiration wherever I can find them. The ideas associated with Chiron Return are highly relevant for 50-ish guys doubling down on body-and-soul health. Or guys that will be 50-ish before long…or ones that were not so long ago!

So indulge me for two or three minutes, brother. Read on and see if this stuff is useful to you in your quest to maximize the decades ahead.

OK, SO WHAT IS THE “CHIRON RETURN”?

This is when Chiron, a planetoid, returns to the same relative-to-Earth position it had at the moment you were born. This occurs somewhere between ages 49 and 51.

Astrology true believers see this as the end of the “heroic youth” phase of life, and entry into the realm of “elder.” You might not love the word “elder” when it’s pointed at you (I feel this a bit). You might not believe the cosmos can “cause” anything in your life (I don’t).

But even if you’re 0-for-2 here like me, I bet you feel some of the feelings associated with Chiron Return, and that it will resonate with you.

This article describes this transition in a powerful way:

“During this critical time, we may relinquish that which is misshapen or inauthentic; we may re-order our priorities; or liberate the un-lived passionate expression of our spirit, living a life which is intimately creative and restorative to our true selves. Like the Chinese character for crisis, the Chiron Return represents a ‘dangerous opportunity’. ”

CHIRON RETURN and the OLDERBEAST

The OlderBeast philosophical transition is consistent with how astrology believers describe the transition of the Chiron Return. I’m not old, but I am older…time to double down on body-and-soul health to maximize the 2nd half of my life.

Aging through our 40’s, into the 50’s, and to 60 and beyond…this is indeed a “dangerous opportunity.”

“Dangerous” because, sadly, so many guys lose touch with their physical selves, and their low level of physical activity also has mind-and-spirit impacts like stress and missed chances to feel life’s daily small joys. The result? A lower quality of life, and often a shorter one, than what might otherwise have been in the cards for each of us.

“Opportunity” because, with modest planning and reasonably steady dedication, a lot of us can be as vital and healthy as we’ve ever been. Or at least, if we’re coming from a history of fitness and wellness, we can ride the aging curve as gracefully as possible. And our bodies, mind and spirit can then serve as the platform or vehicle for all the things we hope to do in the second half of our lives, which is really our longest chapter.

CONCLUSIONS

If this theme of “what astrology can offer us philosophically” is interesting to you, too, great. If it’s not your thing, no big deal. But wherever you find your own flavor of perspective and inspiration, please keep the “re-order our priorities” part in mind, brother. This sense of priorities is what powers fitness, nutrition and wellness for life after 50.

 

“When the moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars. Then peace will guide the planets, and love will steer the stars. This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.” (The Fifth Dimension, Age of Aquarius—click to listen)

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