Well, the 2015 Emmy nominations just came out and the cast of my favorite TV show, “Outlander” got snubbed. Boo.
I think it’s the first time I’ve ever paid such close attention to the Emmy nominations.
And, oh, there’s Scotland, which almost steals the show.
I barely watch other TV shows lately – just “Outlander”, over and over again. And seeing that in print I realize that it’s getting a little out-of-control.
Perhaps I had a past life in Scotland in the 1700’s. I don’t know what it is, but the story has a grip on me and won’t let go.
When I head to the lake with family in a couple of weeks, I’ll take a break. But, maybe I’ll bring the book along and read it again. At least I’m not alone, right, Brita?
Which leads me to the reason for this article.
Why Jamie Fraser is the perfect Pitta male.
Most of you who read this blog know what I’m talking about, but if not, let me just say that I’m not comparing Jamie, the kilted Scottish Highlander, to soft leavened flatbread (pita). I’m talking about Pitta Dosha, a la Ayurveda.
Here’s a little refresher.
According to Ayurveda , the doshas are forces or energies comprised of the five elements – space (ether), air, fire, water and earth that make up our human physiology. The same elements that are in nature are within us, as well.
Your prakriti is your individual constitution which you were born with and it never changes. It’s determined by the combination of doshas which are dominant in your psycho-physiological makeup.
All three doshas are present in each of us, just to varying degrees. Most people are a combination of two dominant doshas – rarely just one. Even more rare is a prakriti with three equal doshas (tri-doshic).
In my opinion, Jamie Fraser is the perfect Pitta male.
I have to wonder if Diana Gabaldon (author of the best-selling “Outlander” series of books) knew about Ayurveda when she wrote the story, and that she was creating a perfect Pitta type when she crafted Jamie’s character – the handsome Highlander who has stolen the hearts of millions of readers and TV viewers.
The elements associated with Pitta Dosha are fire and water. Mostly we think of fire when we talk about Pitta.
And Jamie is HOT. Not just physically, but mentally and emotionally, as well. He embodies all that Pitta Dosha is about. Outlander fans will see the connection immediately.
Pitta types are:
- Highly intelligent
- Warm, friendly
- Highly organized
Physical characteristics are:
- Strong, athletic build
- Sensitive skin – often pale-skinned/freckled
- Hair is usually smooth and shiny – often red or blond
- Excessive hunger/thirst
- Excessive sweating, high heat in body
- Strong digestion, but gets crabby when they skip a meal
And the unbalanced Pitta type can be:
- Spiteful, jealous or angry when stressed
- Domineering, vain, ambitious
- Judgemental, critical, impatient, intolerant
- Excessively perfectionistic
Can you see how these characteristics all relate to the fire element?
Pitta dosha rules our metabolism, digestion, and the transformation of our thoughts, food and physical activity into energy.
Pitta ignites our agni, or digestive fire.
It rules the blood. Hence, Pitta people are usually hot-blooded.
Pitta types are hot, inside and out – even their internal organs get easily overheated.
“Impervious to cold, he seemed to carry a small furnace within himself, and his skin was always warm; sometimes almost hot, as though he burned more fiercely in answer to my own cool touch.” — Outlander
Scotland’s weather, much maligned by many, suits the Pitta constitution because of its cool climate.
And when I visited there in May, I commented to my friend about all the Pitta couples I saw. They were everywhere. Red/blond hair, ruddy complexions, wearing t-shirts while we had on our winter coats!
Back to Jamie…
With sword(s) drawn, Jamie valiantly and passionately rescues Claire (more than once – as she always seems to be getting herself in trouble).
And there are all of the references about his stubborn hot-headedness, which seems to run in the Fraser family.
Like a true Pitta, Jamie is a born leader – Laird of Lallybroch, his home.
Of course, I have to mention Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie in the series, and completely embodies this complex character that Diana has created. To a tee.
And Ronald D. Moore, for creating a show that honors the books, yet has a life of its own. (I saw the show first and then read the books.)
If you want to fully understand why Jamie Fraser is the perfect Pitta man, watch the show (on Starz) or read the book(s). There are eight of them, and another one on the way. Pick your poison – books or TV (or both, like me).
And Emmys be damned. I think I’m going to boycott this year. Except to cheer on Bear McCreary who wrote the amazing musical score and snagged a nomination.
You have no idea what you’re missing. Check it out.
P.S. If anyone’s wondering about Claire, the main character in “Outlander”, my best guess would be that she has a Vata-Pitta constitution. Or it could be Pitta-Vata. Claire has a lot of Pitta fire in her personality, to be sure – she’s a force to be reckoned with – but physically she’s more Vata (at least TV Claire is). Claire is played with equal passion by the talented and lovely Caitriona Balfe