An Astrological Guide to Health
By Terri L. Saunders
ago, our ancestors’ view of the world was shaped by an inherent belief
in the cosmic connection between life on earth and the omniscient power
of the natural laws of the universe. There was a time when astronomers
were also astrologers, and humans were more conscious of the ebbs and
flows within their bodies as the sun, moon and planets moved through
their cycles. Hippocrates, known today as the father of modern
medicine, advised all physicians to develop a working knowledge of
astrology to better diagnose and treat their patients’ health
conditions. He said, “A physician cannot safely administer medicine if
he is unacquainted with astrology.”
When a baby is ready to be born,
it secretes a hormone from the medulla portion of the brain which
triggers the uterus to go into labor. This fact supports the idea that
we choose when to be born. A personal horoscope is a chart or map of
the heavens calculated for the exact date, time and place of birth that
can be viewed as a blueprint of patterns and potentials in the life of
that person. The position of each planet around the wheel of the chart,
the sectors (houses) in which they fall, and their mathematical
relationship to each other (aspects) describe the kind of physical,
mental, emotional and spiritual gifts, lessons and challenges a person
might experience in that life. Evolutionary astrology utilizes the
horoscope as a window into the soul’s journey through lifetimes of
growth, that is, where it has been and where it is going.
people know their astrological sun sign which is one of twelve signs in
the zodiac. Each sign is associated with an element (fire, air, earth,
water) and is ruled by a planet which gives that sign certain
characteristics. Each sign also has a particular quality (cardinal,
fixed, mutable) which further describes the nature of the individual.
Of course, we are much more than our sun sign, and when we know the
exact birth time, then the ascendant (rising sign) and planetary house
placements can be determined which reveal an extremely accurate picture
of the individual.
Medical astrology, also known as biocosmic
astrology, uses the horoscope to identify inherent strengths and
weaknesses in the mind/body complex. It can also predict when health
crises are likely to occur based on the transits or location of the
planets on a given day as they aspect planets in the birth chart.
Astrology can pinpoint times in the person’s life when planetary
aspects and the lessons they highlight may cause vulnerability in one’s
health and the part of the body that may be affected.
planetary cycles throughout one’s life that offer opportunities for
growth and have a powerful impact on emotional and physical well being.
Of particular significance are the Saturn return cycle at age 29 to 30,
and the Uranus opposition at around age 40. Both of these key life
passages involve a reevaluation of priorities and can bring resistance
to needed change. The more resistance we experience emotionally, the
greater the discomfort we will experience on a physical level. Other
key cycles of vulnerability are the Chiron return at age 49 to 50 and
the Neptune opposition at age 82.
World health trends have also been
observed and even predicted with astrology. For example, most global
epidemics, from the great plagues of Europe to AIDS in modern times,
have occurred during Saturn-Neptune conjunctions. These cycles are
historically associated with hard times, but the lessons learned from
the challenges they present stimulate spiritual growth.
most observable phenomenon is the effect the phases of the moon have on
plant, animal and human life. The Reader’s Digest publication “Into the
Unknown” stated that it is a common belief among police officers, fire
fighters and ambulance drivers that their busiest days and nights occur
when the moon is new or full. It is during those times, they said, that
“suicides, crimes of passion, arson, and all manner of aberrant
behavior seem to crest.”
It is well known that the moon controls the
ocean’s tides. Since our bodies are made up of 70% water, the full
moon, in a sense, causes a high tide in our bodies and psyche. At this
time we can feel emotionally overwhelmed and unable to cope, or
positively, exhilarated and energized. On a physical level, the fluids
in the body can increase and swell at the full moon, making this an
undesirable time to have surgery, due to an increased risk of
hemorrhage. Generally, the best time to have surgery (and dental work)
is during the waning moon, at least three days beyond the full moon. It
is also best to avoid surgery when the moon is void of course and when
the moon is in a sign that rules the part of the body that is being
Astrological cycles can help determine when a woman
is most fertile and therefore likely to conceive a child. In past ages,
when women were closely attuned with nature and not under the influence
of artificial light, their menstrual and conception cycles were aligned
with the phases of the moon. Dr. Eugen Jonas, a psychiatrist and
gynecologist, is known for his work correlating the human reproductive
cycle with the lunar cycle. He concluded that a woman was most fertile
each month when the angle between the sun and moon was in exact
relationship to the angle between the sun and moon at the time of the
woman’s birth. This fertility period holds true regardless of the
woman’s ovulatory cycle. In fact, it has been discovered that women who
conceived while menstruating, were actually in their fertile moon phase
cycle at the time of conception. Dr. Jonas also surmised that a male
child was more likely to be conceived when the moon was in the masculine
and air signs, and a female child had a better chance of being
conceived when the moon was in the feminine water and earth signs.
can also provide insights into the nature of the individual’s sexuality
and erogenous zones of the body. Difficult aspects to Venus, Mars,
Saturn and Pluto in the birth chart can indicate lessons or challenges
around sexual issues, while positive aspects can indicate harmony in
this area. In relationships, when the woman’s Venus is positively
aspected to the man’s Mars, they are usually very compatible sexually.
as the planets impact one’s health, they also influence the
effectiveness of various healing modalities. Beneficial therapies,
including herbal medicines, flower essences, aromatherapy, cell salts,
and bodywork can be selected according to astrological correspondences.
Some astrologers recommend that their clients take the cell salt that
is associated with their sun sign to support body chemistry at the
Below is a brief description of each sun sign as it
relates to health. If you know your ascendant (relating to physical
structure and appearance), your moon sign (associated with emotions),
and the sign which rules your sixth house (the house of health), you
can apply the characteristics of those signs to your life as well.
Understand that a more detailed, accurate picture can be obtained by
examining the entire horoscope or by contacting a qualified astrologer
who is trained in this very complex and precise art.
Aries is a
cardinal fire sign ruled by Mars. Dynamic, headstrong Aries can
sometimes internalize aggression, resulting in frustration, anger and
depression. Aries rules the head, cerebrum, and motor centers of the
brain and is associated with the blood and muscle. Aries have
exceptional recuperative powers, but their intense drive can lead to
over-commitment, tension headaches and high blood pressure. Impatience
can lead to accidents, while eating in a hurry may cause digestive
disturbances. Physical activity provides the stimulation Aries needs,
yet this must be balanced with stillness and relaxation to avoid
burnout. The nerve endings in the face and scalp are erogenous zones
for Aries. Aries’ cell salt is Potassium Phosphate.
Taurus is a
fixed earth sign ruled by Venus. Taureans are usually strong and
blessed with stamina but can take longer to recover from illness. Their
senses of taste, touch, smell and appreciation of beauty are highly
developed, therefore they feel best when their earthy comforts (e.g.
good food and sex) are provided for. Overeating can cause the system to
become sluggish. Taurus rules the throat, tonsils, neck, jugulars and
thyroid where inflammation can develop when they are run down. They can
be blessed with a powerful speaking or singing voice. Gentle stroking
of the neck and throat will arouse this sign’s passion. Taurus’ cell
salt is Sodium Sulfate.
Gemini is a mutable air sign, ruled by
Mercury. Gemini is forever in motion, constantly seeking intellectual
stimulation and escape from boredom. Gemini rules the hands, arms,
shoulders, lungs, diaphragm, and nervous system. Unexpressed mental
activity can create worry and anxiety. Many Geminians turn to nail
biting and smoking to deal with excess nervous tension, but must be
careful due to the vulnerability of the lungs. Geminis will find peace
through ordered thinking, relaxed breathing and meditation. Gemini’s
sensitive arms and hands are very receptive to erotic stimuli. Gemini’s
cell salt is Potassium Chloride.
Cancer is a cardinal water sign
ruled by the Moon and is highly affected by the phases of the moon.
Retentive, nurturing cancer’s crusty exterior belies the extremely
sensitive, psychic and sentimental nature of this sign. Cancer governs
the stomach, breasts, and membrane coverings of the brain and lungs.
When upset, cancers can suffer from nervous stomach, indigestion and
even ulcers. Nourishing meals in peaceful surroundings are essential.
Erratic moods can be soothed by being in or near the water, especially
the ocean. Swimming, sailing and scented baths are particularly
therapeutic. Cancers recuperate best in their own homes. The breasts in
both sexes are Cancer’s erogenous zone. Cancer’s cell salt is Calcium
Leo is a fixed fire sign, ruled by the Sun. Dignified,
proud, creative and warm, Leos need to feel loved and appreciated to
stay in prime health. They also make excellent dancers and athletes.
Leo rules the heart, spine and back, so when emotionally stressed, back
strain, fevers and heart stress can occur. In general, their fiery
spirit and sense of fun keeps them relatively healthy. Any creative
outlet such as art, music, games, or acting is therapeutic for Leos.
Massage and back-strengthening exercises are also beneficial. Caressing
the spine and back is sexually arousing to Leos. Leo’s cell salt is
Virgo is a mutable earth sign ruled by Mercury.
Virgo’s analytical power, diligent work ethic and quest for purity and
perfection can lead to illness from overwork, worry and self-criticism.
Virgo governs the intestinal tract, duodenum, spleen and is co-ruler of
the liver. Virgos usually at some point in their life choose to follow
a very healthy diet which is to their benefit since Virgos can be
susceptible to colitis, diarrhea, and constipation. Their natural
interest in health find many Virgos in the health professions. Virgos
must take the time to exercise and relax to stay healthy. A walk in the
woods is especially balancing for this sign. The stomach and abdomen
are Virgo’s erogenous zones. Virgo’s cell salt is Potassium Sulfate.
is a cardinal air sign, ruled by Venus. Librans thrive physically,
mentally, emotionally and spiritually in a happy, harmonious
relationship with others and in an aesthetically pleasing environment.
They are often uncomfortable with confrontation and can suppress their
feelings, causing them to become physically ill. Libra rules the
kidneys, adrenal glands and acid-alkaline balance in the body. Librans
need to learn to express their negative emotions or kidney stones,
cystitis, and kidney infections can result. The lower back is also a
vulnerable area. Librans must be careful to limit the intake of
acid-forming foods (sugar, salt, white flour, meat and dairy). Drinking
abundant pure water with fresh lemon can also help. The lower back and
buttocks are erogenous zones for Libra. Libra’s cell salt is Sodium
Scorpio is a fixed water sign, ruled by Pluto. Scorpio is
determined, passionate, intuitive and emotionally intense. A sign of
many symbols, Scorpio can fall to the depths of the Scorpion, rise like
the Eagle, and transform like the Phoenix from the ashes. Pluto’s
influence gives this sign regenerative healing power. Scorpio rules the
reproductive system, the colon, prostate, bladder and immune system.
Scorpios have a tendency to hold onto emotions and need to learn to let
go, or a build up of toxins will develop causing problems with
elimination and immunity. A healthy diet is essential for physical and
emotional balance. Scorpios must be careful not to turn to alcohol and
drugs when emotionally overwhelmed. Natural cleansing remedies are
beneficial. The genitals are an exceptionally sensitive erogenous zone
for Scorpios. Scorpio’s cell salt is Calcium Sulfate.
a mutable fire sign, ruled by Jupiter. Sagittarians are filled with
high energy, enthusiasm, ambition, faith, optimism and an unquenchable
desire for knowledge. A love of travel and sports and a need for
freedom keep this sign on the move. Sagittarius governs the hips,
thighs, sciatic nerve and liver, which can be vulnerable when under
stress or when confronted by limitation. Their active lifestyle can
also lead to sports injuries. Gout and hepatitis can develop from
overindulging in rich foods and alcohol. Weight gain tends to occur
around the hips and thighs. Sagittarians often live long lives. There
are more octogenarians born under this sign than any other. Sexually,
the hips and thighs are especially sensitive to touch. The Sagittarian
cell salt is Silicon Dioxide.
Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign,
ruled by Saturn. Reserved, practical, hard-working and serious,
Capricorns exhibit steadfastness and stubbornness and appear to become
younger as they get older. Capricorn rules the knees, bones, teeth,
skin, hair, nails, and gall bladder. Often, rigid beliefs and
resistance to change can make Capricorns prone to chills, stiffness and
calcification of the joints, teeth problems and gall stones. Saturn’s
influence on this sign can make Capricorns susceptible to moodiness and
depression. Engaging in joyful activities, increased mental
flexibility, mineral supplementation, massage, and movement to
stimulate circulation are beneficial. Walking or hiking in the
countryside nurtures Capricorn’s connection to the earth. The erotic
area for Capricorn is the front and back of the knees. Capricorn’s cell
salt is Calcium Phosphate.
Aquarius is a fixed air sign, ruled by
Uranus. Inventive, nonconformist, brilliant, humanitarian, futuristic
and freedom-loving describe this sign which rules the shins, calves,
ankles, blood circulation and electrical system of the body.
Progressive and forward thinking, the high mental vibration of Aquarius
requires maximum oxygenation for peak brain performance. Exercise to
improve circulation can help to prevent leg cramps and varicose veins.
Aquarians’ hectic lifestyle often leads to snacks on the go rather than
balanced meals. Improper diet and a lack of exercise and quiet time can
contribute to hardening of the arteries, anemia and low blood pressure.
Aquarians can have a difficult time in cold weather and should dress
warmly to avoid frostbite. Stimulants such as coffee should also be
avoided. Erogenous zones for Aquarians are the calves and ankles. The
Aquarian cell salt is Sodium Chloride.
Pisces is a mutable water
sign, ruled by Neptune. Dreamy, sensitive, psychic, and spiritual,
Pisceans are the chameleons of the zodiac, often taking on the burdens
of others. Pisces can be great artists, musicians and healers, being
sensitive to impulses from higher realms and the needs of others.
Pisces rules the feet and the lymph system, and can experience foot
problems and weak immunity when stressed. Pisces are acutely sensitive
to alcohol and drugs of all kinds, and can easily become addicted to
these substances as a way of escaping from what they perceive to be the
harsh reality of life. Pisces respond well to foot reflexology,
aromatic baths, and are especially soothed by a trip to the ocean. The
feet are Pisces’ erogenous zone. Pisces cell salt is Iron Phosphate