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What is Seven Stars Taoist Training?
The goal of Taoist training to is to balance the scholar and warrior and realize the sage within. This balance is attained through training in the seven disciplines of Taoist knowledge associated with the Seven Stars of the Dipper:
1 - Celestial Pivot Star
The Celestial Pivot Star is associated with skills in leadership, organization, and diplomacy. It is the anchor of the sky, the origin of movement of all the stars. To hold the Celestial Pivot is to embody enlightened leadership and exercise impeccable organization in public and private life.
2 - Great Gate Star
The Great Gate star is associated with the esoteric arts of Taoism. It is called the Great Gate because it leads to the plethora of the arcane arts of Taoism. Within this discipline are:
* internal alchemy (which encompasses qigong and meditation)
* the divination arts, which are subdivided into
- celestial (astrology) divinations,
- terrestrial (fengshui) divinations,
- omen reading,
- hexagram-based divination,
* medicine, herbology and various healing arts
* the magic of amulets and talismans
* ritualistic magic
3 - Prosperity Star
The Prosperity Star is associated with practical wisdom - how to move around in the physical, social, cultural, and financial world effectively and efficiently. In Taoism, prosperity is not limited to monetary wealth but also living a rich domestic, social, and personal life.
4 - Scholar Star
The Scholar Star is associated with scholarship, the study, interpretation, and understanding of the texts of the Taoist Canon. It consists of over three thousand text in its current compilation. The Taoist Canon is an “open” canon, with texts being added to it continuously.
5 - Virtue Star
The Virtue Star is associated with activities that Taoism believes to contribute to the cultivation of virtues. Virtue is cultivated in lifestyle, aesthetics, cultural appreciation, a sacred relationship to the natural world, and rituals and ceremonies.
6 - Warrior Star
The Warrior Star is associated with the warriorship. In the Taoist tradition, warriorship is not only limited to training in the martial arts and fighting skills. To be a martial artist is to integrate the martial principles into practice, but to be a warrior is to embody the highest values of martial virtues such as honor, integrity, compassion, and gentleness.
7 - Destroyer of Armies Star
The Destroyer of Armies star is associated with the theory and practice of strategy and tactics. To embody strategy in all aspects of life and to acquire expertise in both ancient and modern strategies of war and peace form the core of this training.