This month’s issue is about health, so I’d like to discuss medical astrology in this article. If you are like I was before I started studying astrology, you have no idea there is even such a thing as medical astrology. But astrology charts were actually used by Hippocrates, the father of western medicine. In fact his direct quote is:
“A physician without a knowledge of Astrology has no right to call himself a physician.”
Medical astrology can be used to determine physical conditions and emotional conditions that may be contributing to an illness. Most symptoms of dis-ease have their roots in an emotion that caused a disruption in the person’s energy field. Looking at the chart and the transits in the stars for the time that a symptom occurred gives insight into the probable emotions linked to the disease so that it can be dealt with and released for lasting changes in health. If a person is just treated for the physical symptoms of illness, they are missing a huge component of treatment needed to keep illness at bay. Symptoms will keep returning until the emotions are handled. Each emotion we experience can be linked to a part of the body. So it is with planets, which can also be associated with parts of the body. Currently, these are the planetary associations with specific body parts:
- Aries – head, face, brain, eyes
- Taurus – throat, neck, thyroid gland, vocal tract.
- Gemini – arms, lungs, shoulders, hands, nervous system
- Cancer – chest, breasts, stomach, alimentary canal
- Leo – heart, chest, spine, spinal column, upper back
- Virgo – digestive system, intestines, spleen, nervous system
- Libra – kidneys, lumbar region, buttocks
- Scorpio – reproductive system, sexual organs, bowels, excretory system
- Sagittarius – hips, thighs, liver, sciatic nerve
- Capricorn – knees, joints, skeletal system, teeth, hair, skin
- Aquarius – ankles, calves, circulatory system, nerves
- Pisces – feet, toes, lymphatic system, adipose tissue
To find your body’s area of weakness or possibly illness, use the sign of your Sun or your Ascendant, or even the sign on the cusp of your sixth house of health. This is where you are more likely to experience illness or weakness in the body. This system of associating body parts with planets was also used as a codification of the plants properties that treated those body parts and used to create herbal mixtures specific to different diseases by ancient Greek physicians.
Starting with Aries which represents the head, all the way down to Pisces which rules the feet, the zodiac is represented from head to toe. Even certain degrees of a planet in a chart can be associated with a very specific part of the body. Medical astrology can be very useful in cases where diagnosis is difficult by standard medical tests.
Sometimes medical astrology is used to schedule surgery. Observations over the years have taught us that certain planetary conditions are not conducive to a successful surgery and optimal healing afterwards. You can more readily avoid complications, surgical mistakes, and having to repeat surgical procedures with proper surgery timing using astrology.
Medical astrology can also highlight the timing of symptoms and how long they are likely to be experienced as well as any types of natural therapies that may assist the patient back to health. Doctor/patient relationships can also be evaluated by reading one’s chart. Medical astrology can point to the severity or seriousness of an illness and help in decision making about treatment plans.
Hippocrates understood the value of astrology to medicine, but in today’s world, the natural cycles of life and the planets are drowned out by the busy media and scientific method. Try medical astrology for yourself. Explore your birth chart and arm yourself with knowledge about your body weak points so you can take good care of them and fortify them for good health!