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Medical Astrology: Prostate Cancer - A Case Study

by Lynn Koiner

Flower bowlI have selected this medical topic because my life partner of 23 years has recently been diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer.  He had no symptoms, such as frequent urination, and his PSA levels were not too high.  A more detailed test showed significant tumor growth and a biopsy indicated that it was an aggressive form.  In a few short weeks, the tumors had enlarged and began pressing on a nerve, causing a sharp pain.  As I am writing this, his surgery will occur shortly and only then will we know the outcome.

If a man lives long enough, there is a 90% chance that he will develop prostate issues, especially prostate cancer.  Many such tumors are slow growing and they respond to testosterone blocking hormones.  Aggressive forms of this cancer can be cured with the removal of the prostate gland, providing that it has not spread to other areas of the body (metastasize).

The prostate is a gland about the size of a walnut that is located just beneath a man's bladder. The bladder actually surrounds the prostate, so inflammation, injury, disease or cancer can affect a man's ability to pass urine. The prostate is responsible for producing the fluid that facilitates sperm mobility.  Inflammation or disease can affect male fertility as well as the ability to obtain and maintain an erection.

Cancer natalIdeally, a man should make early efforts to maintain good prostate health.  Zinc and Selenium are almost always low in cases of prostate cancer.  The Life Extension Foundation (www.lef.org) offers a prostate protective supplement called Ultra Natural Prostate.  This organization also provides free medical information about their supplements.  In 2014, I needed more specific information about research on cinnamon and Parkinson’s Disease.  Within a week, the nurse emailed me the details on this research (that it halts the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease in mice).

The astrological signature for prostate cancer frequently involves Pluto and Venus.  This is not the case with Bill.  Saturn seems to be the astrological issue.  I always look at the astrological aspects 1-2 years before the diagnosis.  In 2014, the Solar Arc Jupiter opposed Saturn; the progressed Ascendant crossed Saturn; Progressions during the Summer of 2014, the progressed Moon crossed the progressed Saturn and progressed Venus crossed the natal Saturn. 

Yes, Saturn sometimes appears in the cases of cancer.  This type is associated with a “Dysfunctional Sense of Responsibility” – in Leo, it indicates responsibility connected with pride, respect and the approval of males and authority figures.   Bill is the first-born male who felt a need to live up to the expectations of the strong men in his family.  Instead of pursuing a career as a golfer, he worked in the business begun by his grandfather.  I believe this is living up to the expectations of his father and grandfather – to make them proud of him (remember, he is a Leo with the Moon is Aries, just like his dad).  He did confide that he believes that his grandfather would have helped him establish a golf career but he never asked.  His dad passed away several years ago and I must say that Bill possesses all of the best qualities of his dad – like his dad, Bill is loved by many, many people.  But, in living for the approval of the family males, it all ended with a “broken promise” and I might even say a betrayal.  This sabotaged his “manhood” and I sensed a feeling of hopelessness.  I was concerned that this might happen and it has.

Psychologically, prostate cancer is related to feelings of powerlessness in a man.  One’s manhood is impacted.  It is connected with problems in the career, finances and relationships.  I cannot reveal details of this situation but it is connected with the career and finances.  In most cases, there is some loss of freedom.  In Bill’s case, he also felt trapped as a result of his loyalty decisions.

I believe that many major diseases are often connected to an unexpressed childhood trauma – the key here is unexpressed.  If you look at the aspect grid, there are many clusters around 9-11 degrees or 9-11 years of age.  I have asked Bill about his childhood during this time but, with Mars-Neptune in the 4th, this is a blur for him.  His dad drank a lot and, at one point, chased Bill with the knife but Bill laughs about this and never took it seriously.  During this period though, after the death of her husband, his mother’s sister and her son moved in with them. 

ClientI have another client who has given me permission to use his chart, as it is a classic.  First, there was an unexpressed childhood trauma which rendered the individual, as a child, feeling powerless and it can be pinpointed using Degree-for-a-Year aspects, as shown in the aspect grid.  You can see in the grid that there is 7 degrees of separation from exactness between Venus and Neptune; there is 7.5 degrees of separation from exactness between Mars and Jupiter; there is 8 degrees of separation from exactness between Mars and Pluto; there is 9 degrees of separation from exactness between the Moon and Mars.  Events connected to planets in the Water Houses (4-8-12) are always emotionally more traumatic.  Something traumatic happened between 7 and 9 years of age that made him feel powerless.  

Much later in life, when Pluto in Sagittarius transited the 7th House, opposing his Gemini planets, especially Venus, he lost everything – his marriage, his money, his career.  In true Plutonian fashion, it triggered the repressed childhood memories of powerlessness to surface and he developed an aggressive form of prostate cancer.  I asked him on a radio program – what happened when you were about 7-8 years of age?  Was there a traumatic event that made you feel powerless and you were never able to discuss the event with anyone?  His answer was emotionally shocking to all who heard the broadcast – his baby brother was seriously ill for a long time and then died.  There was nothing that he could do for his brother and, after his death, the brother was never mentioned again.

I should add that this man made a major life style and dietary transformation and he is cancer free and in good health.

Medical observations

Cancer
cellsFirst, one’s PSA count is not always reliable.  For one subject, his PSA count went down as his prostate cancer began to metastasize.  Every man over 40 years of age should include a thorough exam of the prostate.  There are many foods and supplements that support the prostate, including an anti-inflammatory diet (no sugar or refined carbohydrates) and anti-inflammatory supplements.  As mentioned above, a good all-round prostate supplement can be purchased from the Life Extension Foundation.  Selenium and zinc levels should be maintained.  High plasma levels of selenium may slow disease progression in prostate cancer, according to new research.  Men in the highest selenium level quintile were 48% less likely to develop advanced prostate cancer than men in lowest quintile.

Second, two prostate cancer patients whose conditions had been considered inoperable are cancer free, with the credit going partly to an experimental drug therapy used in combination with standardized hormone treatment and radiation therapy.   The men were participating in a clinical trial at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., of an immuno-therapeutic agent called MDX-010 or ipilimumab. In these two cases, physicians say the approach initiated the death of a majority of cancer cells and caused the tumors to shrink dramatically, allowing surgery. In both cases, the aggressive tumors had grown well beyond the prostate into the abdominal areas.

Lastly and most recently, Johns Hopkins University Hospital is using a powerful form of ultra-sound that destroys the cancer, as long as it is contained in the prostate.  This technique is not covered by insurance as it is considered experimental.  A fellow astrologer had this procedure for his dad who is doing well and cancer free.

Addendum to Bill's Surgery

While the biopsy results will not be available until the 28th, the surgeon feels that all of the cancer was removed and he will not need radiation therapy.  We were all thrilled.

Surgery chartYou will see in the time-of-surgery chart that this appears to be a bad electional date.  This is proof that event charts whereby the Moon makes bad aspects do not determine the outcome.  I learned years ago that the bad aspects simply mean that it is a bad situation that must be remedied with surgery.  It is the last aspect that determines the outcome.

Here, the Moon never aspects the Sun by square because the Sun changes signs before the aspect can occur.  The negative outcome will not occur and the Moon’s last aspects are a sextile to Jupiter and a parallel to Neptune.  In Bill’s natal chart, his progressed Moon favors his natal Mercury.

In the 1980s, a fellow astrologer who specializes in horary (a chart calculated for the time a question is asked) and electional charts told me that she always elected to visit her doctor concerning her ear problem when there were favorable aspects.  The cause of her ear problem was never uncovered until she chose a day with very bad aspects – and the doctor immediately spotted the source of her ear problem.  She underwent surgery to correct the issue.  So, never be concerned with bad aspects for an event – only the last aspect must be favorable, the outcome of the matter.

Image sources:
Flower bowl: CC0 Public Domain, by Christianosoy via pixabay.com
Cancer cells: CC0 Public Domain, by skeeze via pixabay.com

First published in: www.infinityastrologicalmagazine.com, Jul/Aug 2015.

Author:
Lynn KoinerLynn Koiner has been a full-time certified professional astrologer since June 1969, studying with AFA founder, Ernest Grant. Serving the local NCGR chapters, she is currently the President of the Annapolis Chapter and she is the International Liaison for the NCGR National. Lynn offers an educational website with many articles for downloading: www.lynnkoiner.com

© 2015 - Lynn Koiner - published by Infinity Astrological Magazine

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20-Nov-2017, 23:59 UT/GMT
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Mercury2027'44"25s39
Venus1656'59"15s52
Mars1826'29"6s13
Jupiter858'45"13s32
Saturn2638'46"22s27
Uranus2518' 7"r9n14
Neptune1127'59"r8s07
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