is the branch of astrology that deals with the workings of the human body. A competent medical astrologer
can analyze a person's birth chart and determine bodily strengths and weaknesses, proneness to various disease states, and
nutritional deficiencies. In the event of illness or disease, a medical astrologer will use predictive methods to try to determine
the severity and duration of the disease. Sometimes a medical astrologer can help determine the course of a disease by the
use of a chart called a decumbiture chart. This type of astrology has its basis in ancient astrology when the astrologer rarely
knew the exact time of birth of a subject. Instead, a chart was set up for the time the patient "took to his bed"
or for the time the physician analyzed the urine of the patient. Nowadays, the decumbiture chart can be set up for the time
of a diagnosis by a doctor or for the time a person "takes to his bed." Medical astrology is also helpful
in elective surgery. The medical astrologer can pick the best date(s) and time(s) for an elective procedure -- anything from
a face lift to a college injection. Although it is always best to have the time of birth of the person, if this
is not possible, the medical astrologer can still help the client pick the most fortunate times for the procedure. Needless
to say, one should not try to use elective astrology in a medical emergency. Medical astrology should not be used to diagnose illness. The only person who can diagnose illness is a medical doctor. And even a medical doctor who is also versed in medical astrology
would not try to diagnose illness from a birth chart.
may be able to determine a tendency toward various types of illnesses, and you can usually see periods of stress or lowered
vitality when one could have health problems; but it is not possible nor should one attempt to diagnose illness from the birth
However, once a medical doctor
has diagnoses a particular illness, the medical astrologer may be able to ascertain from the birth chart the severity or duration
of the illness. It is always helpful to know exactly when an illness began or was diagnosed as then the medical astrologer
can ascertain what planetary influences the client was under at that time. And as stated previously, if the moment of the
diagnosis is recorded, a medical astrologer can set up a decumbiture chart for that time and gain more information about the
course the illness. A good way to
begin your understanding of medical astrology is to gain an understanding of how the signs of the zodiac relate to the body.
Generally speaking, the signs of the zodiac rule the anatomical locations in the body beginning with Aries for the head and
ending with Pisces for the feet.
Aries: the first sign of the zodiac, can refer to heat and inflammation. It can refer to feverish
complaints. As the first sign of the zodiac, it is the general ruler of the head and brain and all injuries or complaints
of the head. As one delves further into medical astrology, one will note that various parts of the head can refer to other
signs -- such as Capricorn for the teeth and Cancer for the sinus cavities. But, in a general way, all complaints of the head
area relate to Aries.
Taurus: is a sign which helps in the support and endurancee of the body. It generally refers to the throat, tonsils, and
the thyroid gland. In relation to the face, it also rules the gums and the middle ear.
Gemini: is a sign
associated with communication and connectivity. It rules the tubes of the body and has general ruler ship over the nervous
system and the lungs. Following Taurus, the neck, Gemini rules the arms and shoulders.
is a water sign which can nurture and protect. It rules all coverings and containers in the body such as the chest cavity,
the stomach, the breasts, and the uterus. It also rules the mucous membranes.
Leo: another fire sign, is a sign of energy and
vitality. It rules the muscular portion of the heart, the spine and middle back.
rules the processes of assimilation, selection and the process of discrimination. It rules the small intestine, the pancreas,
duodenum, and the enzyme production of the liver.
Libra: is a sign of balance. It rules the vasomotor
system, the lower back (lumbar region), the glandular vascular part of the kidney and the skin as it relates cosmetically.
sign of elimination, rules bodily outlets and procreative processes. It rules the colon, bladder, the large intestine, rectum,
vagina, testes and prostate gland.
Sagittarius: is a sign
of locomotion. It rules the hips and thighs, the sciatic nerve, and the liver.
Capricorn: refers to limitation and the process of hardening.
It rules the skin and also rules the knees, hair, nails, teeth and cell walls.
can refer to rare illnesses and nervous ailments. It is involved in blood circulation and the oxidation processes in the body.
It rules the lower leg, calf and ankles, and the valves of the heart.
refer to diseases that are hard to diagnose or cure. Pisces can refer to incurable diseases. It rules the feet and toes, the
lymphatic system, and the spleen in its lymphatic role.
Along with the signs, it is necessary to understand how
the planets work in medical astrology. As stated previously, the signs generally refer to the anatomical location of illness,
but also assist in the resistance of disease and the endurance of the body.
The planets can sometimes have a similar
meaning to the signs in that if a planet is receiving difficult aspects, than it affect the sign it rules. But, generally,
the planets refer to the action of the body and its reaction to disease.
One would consider the signs as the anatomical correspondence and the planets
as the physiology. In order to understand this, one must first understand how each planets reacts or acts to indicate a possible
disease state in the body. The descriptions that follow are descriptive of a planet involved in some way in a hard aspect
or in combination with another planet. Afflictions to the Sun can result in inflammation,
infection, fever, and energy problems. Sometimes a difficulty with the Sun can indicate a heart problem
in that the Sun is the ruler of Leo which rules the heart muscle. However, this would need to be confirmed by
other planetary indications.
Affliction involving the Moon can be descriptive of emotional disorders, water retention, allergic reactions, mucous formation,
altered body rhythm, acute ailments, or female disorders. Affliction involving Mercury can describe mental or nervous disorders, respiratory disorders, and
possibly speech disorders. It can sometimes indicate hormonal problems.
Afflictions involving Venus can indicate an imbalance of bodily energies,
benign growths, a blood sugar imbalance, problems with the venous circulation, and a lack of tone.
to Mars can result in inflammation and infection, fever, blood ailments, wounds, acidosis, burns, surgery, sudden illness,
and muscular disorders. Afflictions to Jupiter can indicate problems with arterial blood circulation, disease caused by excess,
obesity, difficulty in fat assimilation or problems with the function of the liver.
Afflictions to Saturn are indicative
of chronic disease, hardening, crystallization, obstruction, malignancy, atrophy, skin disease, and under activity of the
organ ruled by the sign Saturn tenants in the chart. Afflictions to Uranus can result in in coordination, spasm, sudden illness,
convulsions, seizures, stress-related ailments, heart palpitations, accidents
caused by electricity or explosion.
Afflictions involving Neptune can indicate drug addiction, alcoholism, coma, poisoning, malignancy, hidden illness,
a drug overdose, drug sensitivity,Afflictions involving Pluto may indicate malformation, malignancy, massive infections, bacterial
lowered immune system, and misdiagnosis.
Aspects in Medical Astrology
The planetary aspects are classified as hard or soft. The hard aspects as used in medical
astrology are the semisextile, square, semisquare, sesquiquadrate, quincunx and opposition.
The soft aspects are the trine and the sextile. The semisextile
is considered a hard aspect since its effects are similar to the quincunx in that inharmonious signs are brought into play.
The conjunction is the strongest aspect in its effects on health and is interpreted
according to the nature of the planets involved. All the aspects have an effect on
health interpretation with the strongest combinations being those that involve the personal points of the chart -- the Sun,
Moon and the angles (Ascendant, Descendant, Mid heaven, Imum Coeli, and the Vertex and Antivertex.)
Predictive Techniques in Medical Astrology
Mars -- can indicate a fever or inflammation,
burns, accidents, wounds.
Jupiter -- can help through
its protective influence or when in a negative mode can indicate a disease caused by excess, a liver disease or a blood disease.
-- can indicate the beginning of a chronic problem, less vitality, dental problems,
bone or skin problems.
Uranus -- can indicate a sudden disease, an accident, a circulatory problem, a problem
with the back, or a spasm condition.
Neptune -- can indicate misdiagnosis, problems with drugs or alcohol, a lack of tone, an unusual disease, a virus infection,
or worsening of a disease.
Pluto - can indicate a transformation in
the body, massive infection, .removal of an organ, a heredity disease.
The material in this chapter is for instructional purposes only and is not intended, nor meant to replace or
to be used for the purpose of a medical diagnosis. Mr. Robert Mystery Thomas is not a medical doctor nor physician. For a
medical diagnosis - see a licensed medical doctor or physician.
Ideas of Astrology in medieval Europe were a long way from today's star sign
horoscopes. Although some medieval Astrologers were thought to be magicians, many were highly respected scholars. Astrologers
believed that the movements of the stars influenced numerous things on earth, from the weather and the growth of crops to
the personalities of new born babies and the inner workings of the human body.
Doctors often carried around
special calendars (or almanacs) containing star charts. This enabled them to check the positions of the stars before making
a diagnosis. Many of these almanacs included pictures which helped explain complicated ideas to patients. The picture above
shows a 'zodiac man' from an almanac dated 1399. The diagram was intended to explain how the astrological formations (or star
signs) rule over each part of the body. The man's pointing finger serves as a warning against the powerful forces of the stars.
studies of Astrology were translated from Arabic to Latin in the 12th and 13th centuries and soon became
a part of everyday medical practice in Europe. Doctors combined Galenic medicine (inherited from the Greek physiologist Galen
- AD 129-216) with careful studies of the stars. By the end of the 1500s, physicians across Europe were required by law to
calculate the position of the moon before carrying out complicated medical procedures, such as surgery or bleeding.