A Personal Story with Medical Astrology

Medical astrology is a branch of the tradition which ancient physicians used routinely.  From the transits to your natal chart, physical history, and horary questions, the physicians would determine what kind of disease you had and would recommend treatments.  

Even today, medical astrologers can give you windows into the world of your body’s constitution and how it might respond to interventions.  While the interventions have changed (blood letting for example vs. antibiotics), even today you can see how the stars will play into the situation and outcome.

Houses in Medical Astrology

Key placements to look are the rising sign and its ruler’s condition, the 6th house of health, the 8th house of death, the 10th house of intervention/treatment, and the 12th house of closed spaces (think hospitals).  

Planets in Medical Astrology

Each planet rules different conditions.  If you are thinking specifically about surgery or inflammation, you look at Mars.  Problems with Venus can indicate issues with blood sugars.  Jupiter can indicate issues with excess such as obesity, liver, or cancer.  Leo or the Sun can suggest problems with the heart.  Neptune can indicate problems with the immune system, addictions, or misdiagnosis.  Uranus afflictions can show problems with sudden accidents or the nervous system.  Mercury shows up with speech issues, mental disorders or respiratory problems.  Saturn can show chronic issues or hardening diseases.  And Pluto can indicate massive infection, congenital issues, or even death.

Signs in Medical Astrology

And the signs rule different parts of the body.  For example, Libra governs your endocrine system and kidneys, while Scorpio rules your sexual health. Aries rules your head and brain.  Gemini will rule your arms, lungs, hands and nervous system. Virgo is your digestion. The feet are ruled by Pisces while the ankles are ruled by Aquarius. Taurus rules your throat. Leo rules your heart. Cancer rules your stomach and breasts. Sagittarius rules your legs and liver. This is not an exhaustive list, by any means.

My Personal Experience

My chart is no exception.

As a Capricorn rising, I am prone to issues with bones, joints, and teeth.  Capricorn risings can indicate younger people with older people problems.  Mars is in my 6th house of health in Gemini.  Knowing that Gemini is a mutable sign, this would suggest that my problems show up and then go away for awhile.  Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, is in its detriment in Cancer, but is dignified by its term.  It’s not a surprise that I have had a lot of surgeries on my knees and spine.

I am going in for bi-lateral knee replacements tomorrow so my medical astrology has been at the forefront of my mind. It’s rare for a 44 year old to be getting this surgery so young, but I’ve literally exhausted all treatment options from intensive PT to various injections.  I’ve had this booked since October 2019.

It’s important that you seek experts in the field when getting information.  I am not a medical astrologer, so I booked a consult with Jane Ridder-Patrick out of the UK for more insight.  Every practitioner is different and I first learned of her when I attended the United Astrological Conference in 2018.  

I gave her a detailed medical history with all of my surgical dates and wondered if there were common threads to the interventions.  Indeed there were:  Saturn or another outer planet was usually making an aspect to my cardinal cross planets every time I had an issue.  

Tomorrow is no different.  My Saturn opposition is almost exact, Mercury will be moving into Pisces minutes before my surgery will take place opposing my Sun/Moon by sign, and the Moon moves into Capricorn simultaneously.  

It’s not ideal.  One of the first rules of surgery election dates is to not undergo an operation when the moon is VOC or in the same or opposite sign of the body part that will be cut.  This goes back to Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine.  

“Touch not with iron that part of the body rule by the sign the moon is transiting” – Hippocrates (460 BC)

Like I said, this isn’t ideal.  But in modern medicine you also need to be practical.  I didn’t really get much say in my surgery date which is typical of medicine in the USA.  Also, with the COVID-19 influx, I am actually surprised it hasn’t been canceled yet.  However, I check in daily and they assure me it is still on. 

One of my friends is an Infectious Disease doctor who actually recommended I get this procedure done as the first wave of COVID-19 hasn’t fully hit and my husband (a palliative care doctor) will be at home on FMLA and not on service with all of the sick patients.  With my kids now out of school as well, we are essentially on quarantine which is the best thing for my recovery.  

Am I worried?  Yes.  I’d be a fool not to be regardless of where the Moon was.

Have you had any experiences with medical astrology? I’d love to know more about it in the comment section!

Medical Astrologers I trust: Jane Patrick-Ridder, J.Lee Lehman, Kira Sutherland

***Update: It has been postponed and unknown when it will be rescheduled. As a bonus, maybe I’ll get a better moon for the procedure.***

The Birth Chart: 10 Fun Facts

Let’s chat it up about the most fundamental building block of astrology:  The Birth Chart.  It is a map of where the planets were the moment you took your first breath.  It is your astrological DNA. From that, astrologers can tell what your gifts are, what your challenges might be, and help you time what events can manifest in your life.  In short, the birth chart  is the natal promise of who you are.  Let’s talk about some of the fundamental parts of a natal chart.

1). The birth chart looks like a wheel divided up into 12 segments.  Each of those segments represents a different area of focus in your life.  For example, the first house is all about your health and self-identity while the seventh house is all about relationships.  

2). There are 10 planets to divide up among 12 houses so everyone will have empty houses.  Do not worry about that.  An empty house doesn’t mean you have nothing going on in that area of your life.  I have an empty house of children, but I have 2 very healthy kiddos!

3). Each house is ruled by a different planet based on which zodiac sign occupies that house. For example:  My first house is Capricorn which is ruled by Saturn.  Therefore Saturn is the most influential planet for my first house topics.

4). The Big Three points of a personality in a chart that you will hear in pop culture are the Sun Sign, the Moon Sign, and the Ascendant.  The Sun Sign is what most people are familiar with; so when someone says, “I’m a Libra,” what they are really saying is my birthday is between September 20th and October 19th when the Sun is in Libra.  

5). Planets make aspects to each other.  This is a fancy way of talking about how the planets are seeing one another.  If two planets are in a friendly aspect, like a trine or a sextile, then they get along and the energy usually manifests easier.  However, if they are facing each other, squaring off, in each other’s blind spot, or hanging out in a house they don’t like then you are going to feel more of a struggle.

6). You aren’t going to feel everything in your Natal Chart all at once.  Different years will highlight different areas and planets.  A good astrologer will be able to time this out; birthdays are especially optimal times to have this done.

7). Most pop culture horoscopes are actually meant to be read from your Ascendant’s sign, not your Sun Sign.  This one is always a *Surprise* for most people!!! You can figure out what your Ascendant sign if you have your birth time and calculate your chart.  Be sure to double check your Mom’s memory with your birth certificate for an accurate time.

8). The horizontal line running from Asc to Dc is the horizon.  You can literally see where the sun and the moon revolved around you the moment you took your first breath! This line says a lot about you and your relationships.

9). The MC is the highest point in the chart and it can give us clues as to where your career aspirations are.

10). When the planets are moving direct, they follow counter-clock wise around the wheel, with the exception of the Sun.  Only when planets are moving retrograde will they travel clockwise.

For more information, you can look up your own birth chart on www.astro-seek.com or book a reading with me for a more personalized reading.