In Ayurveda, there is a beautiful word, svasta, that is used for health. It translates to something akin to, “being established in oneself”. But what’s more, this word svasta is also used in Ayurveda’s sister science Jyotisa (Vedic astrology). In Jyotisa, it refers to a planet that is placed in its own sign in a chart. For example, Venus rules Libra and Taurus. If Venus is placed in Libra or Taurus in a chart, one could say it is svasta.
My teacher, Penny Farrow describes a svasta planet as having a sort of dignity, as “It’s like it is living in it’s own house.” It’s not living in the house of an enemy. It’s not living in a rental with a crummy landlord. It is in its own house, and because of that it has a dignity and a stronger influence.
I love, love this analogy, especially when we consider svasta as also referring to our health, because health is absolutely about feeling at home. It is so much more than an absence of disease and being symptom free. Health is a well-being and a comfort in our own skin, a being at home in our hearts. Health is nothing short of spiritual.
It wasn’t until my move to Santa Fe, New Mexico, though, that I completely lost myself in the plant and herb realm. By then, my love for nature’s medicine was strong, but it was the magic years I spent in the southwest desert – those folky herb shops, those majestic hikes, the piles of herbals and plant guides I devoured – that pulled together the multitudes of myself in such a delightful way.
Wild Taproot is born of these passions.