Medical Astrology

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Duke of Berry: "Man of the Signs"[1]

General

A branch of astrology concerned with the relationship between the horoscope and the physical body, particularly its relationship to illness and dispositions, but also with regard to its potential to reveal methods of healing. Medical astrology is based on the idea that the planets, signs, and houses are related to the organs and parts of the physical body. For example, Aries and the First House rule the head, and Pisces and the Twelfth House rule the feet. Neptune, because of its illusory nature, rules both drug addiction and illnesses that are difficult to diagnose.

The Sixth House indicates the person's state of health in a general way, and the first house represents the physical body. If someone suffers from backache, however, it is helpful to know that Leo rules the back and Saturn rules the bones, especially the spine.

Before the advent of modern medicine, doctors and herbalists studied astrology as their principal diagnostic tool. Physician-astrologers would look at the patient's nativity but also cast a decumbiture chart: an event chart for the moment the patient took to bed. Today other useful event charts might be cast for the time of the onset of an illness or injury, as well as scheduling an optimum time for elective surgery.

Today modern psychological astrologers might try to work with a client to heal illnesses with a psychosomatic component, whereas others might recommend specific herbs or mineral supplements ruled by a particular planet to balance afflicted areas in the horoscope.

Culpeper's Classic[2]

The practice of medical astrology requires profound medical knowledge, and is not a substitute for the care of a licensed medical doctor. In the hands of a skilled practitioner it may compliment the physician's care or provide some relief in cases that standard medical practices did not diagnose or heal.

See also

Weblinks

Anatomical correspondences[3]

Bibliography

  • Ridder-Patrick, Jane. 1990. A Handbook of Medical Astrology, 2nd. ed., CrabApple Press
  • Nauman, Eileen. 1993. Medical Astrology, Blue Turtle Publishing
  • Warren-Davies, Dylan. 2000. Astrology and Health: A Beginner's Guide, 2nd ed. Hodder & Stoughton
  • Ada Muir: An Astrological Guide to Heal Yourself: Herbs, Health Foods and Your Zodiac. 177 pages. New Age Books/ MLBD, 2007 ISBN 978-8178222301
  • Nicholas Culpeper: Semeiotica Uranica: Or an Astrological judgment of diseases from the decumbiture of the sick; 1. From Aven Ezra by way of introduction. 2. From Noel Duret by way of direction. Wherein is layd down, the way and manner of finding out the cause, change and end of a disease. 190 pages. Nathaniell Brooke, London 1651; edition 1655 (includes Ibn Ezra's Critical days); new edition at Kessinger Publishing, 2004 ISBN 978-0766185784
  • Wanda Sellar: Introduction to Medical Astrology. Wessex Astrologer, 2008, 236 Pages. ISBN 9781902405322 Review online (Deborah Houlding, 2009)

Notes and References

  1. Made between 1411 and 1416. The signs of the zodiac correspond to each part of the body, starting with Pisces, the feet, and working up their way to the head, with Aries, the ram, that has sacred connotations. In each top corner are painted the arms of the Duke of Berry. Each area is complemented by four Latin inscriptions describing the properties of each sign according to the four complexions (hot, cold, wet or dry), the four temperaments (choleric, melancholic, sanguine and phlegmatic) and the four cardinal points: "Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are warm and dry, choleric, masculine, Eastern" in the upper left; "Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are cold and dry, melancholy, female, Western" in the upper right; "Gemini, Aquarius and Libra are hot and humid, sanguine, masculine, Southern" in the lower left; "Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are cold and wet, phlegmatic, feminine, Northern" in the lower right
  2. 1850 issue
  3. According to Fritz Brandau/Reinhold Ebertin, 1978 (Cosmobiology)