Medical Astrology* 2011

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This is a post intending to inform readers about medical astrology. This is for educational purposes only, by all means, go see a licensed medical practitioner if you have questions or concerns about your health.

Did you know, there was a time when doctors in the United States would tell you that to practice medicine without looking at the patient’s astrology chart was akin to doing malpractice? Well, believe it or not, it is true. Nowadays, disappointingly, I speculate that there are merely a small percentage of doctors who value the information that one can glean from an accurate natal horoscope (birth chart).

Due to my interest in and practice of Craniosacral Therapy, I have been interested in Medical Astrology for seven years. So when I started studying Western Astrology, whenever I came across a juicy tidbit about Medical Astrology I would always read it with joy and vigor. And I would often go back and look at charts of clients and family members to see if what it professed was true, and sure enough, it was usually right on.

What is Medical Astrology?
Medical Astrology is a branch of traditional Astrology. Just as various planets (energies) and houses (areas of life) of the birth chart correlate with different emotions, personality dynamics and different facets of life, so too do they correlate with different parts of the body and with differing systems in the body. For instance, Aries is associated with the head. Taurus is associated with the tongue and the throat (and the thyroid). Gemini, the sign of the twins, is associated with the shoulders, arms, lungs and oftentimes hands. And these associations with the body go on and on, covering all the signs of the zodiac, as well as the planets, and the houses of the chart.

What are the benefits of Medical Astrology?
A quality psychologist can give therapy for a number of psychological disorders right? We all know this to be true – authentic scientific research has proven this to be the case. But can a good psychologist determine WHEN those psychological disorders will come about? Probably not. And certainly not with their traditional training. Well this is one benefit of astrology. When an accurate chart is in the hands of a competent astrologer, then it is obvious that certain energies ebb and flow, expand and contract at differing times. And those times can be seen through the Transits and Progressions (of Timing Astrology). In fact, a competent astrologer can look at a Natal Horoscope and see the various possibilities which that individual has for their incarnation on many different levels, including physical manifestations.

Medical Astrology is not perfect. The critics of Astrology in general, and Medical Astrology in particular certainly have an argument when they say that Medical Astrology is not a precise science. Well this is true and I will be the first to say it! However, imagine that the body has, just to name an arbitrary number, 5,000 systems, organs and individual parts. That is a lot, right? What if Medical Astrology can help someone narrow down where an illness might appear from 5,000 to 20? And then, if we look at the client’s inherited health predispositions, that number might drop down to 5. So we have narrowed down the potential weak areas of the body from 5,000 to 5. Is that not a huge step in the right direction? And then, if we look at aspects which are stacking up in their chart, then we can be more precise. To continue the example from above, if we see Saturn issues, plus Venus issues, plus a hard aspect to the Moon, what area of the body do all of these planets share in common? The skin! So we could very easily predict that there would at the very least be skin sensitivities during a certain time period.

How does one get started studying Medical Astrology?
Honestly, the best astrology books are more on the comprehensive side. Here is an example: when we look at an astrology chart, all we see are strange glyphs (planetary symbols), 12 sections a.k.a. astrological houses, and colorful symbols which represent the signs of the zodiac. Of course most people will recognize the crescent shaped Moon, or the female symbol of Venus and the male symbol of Mars. But beyond that, an astrology chart is VERY complicated, or it just looks like a flat piece of paper.

How does that flat chart translate to so much information about an individual? Two things – first we need to spend time studying and practicing astrology with a competent teacher to see how the same aspect will have various manifestations across different people. If we start out by reading books that say, “Pluto trine Saturn will lead to blah blah blah.” Then if we go around stating, as equivocally as we can muster, “Oh you have Pluto trine Saturn, that means you will experience blah blah blah!” Then we need to spend time weeding out the astrological-cook-book-recipes from our belief systems. We need to spend time opening our hearts, that way we can approach everyone we see as a blank slate. For instance, because His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a Sun sign Cancer. Does that mean he will experience the same reality as most of the other Sun sign Cancer’s on the planet? Doubt it.

As to my example, take the following aspect, Saturn in Virgo opposite Mars in Pisces with Saturn residing in the 2nd house and Mars tenanting the 8th. How much information can we glean from this? Of course we must take other aspects of the chart into consideration, but here are some personality traits we can infer from this planetary aspect: Saturn, representing contraction, limitation, boundaries, caution and discipline, can put a damper on Mars (the opposition aspect) where Mars rules aggression, assertion, competition, and the initial drive to get what we desire. Mars is often known as the gas (think gas pedal in a car) and Saturn is known as the brakes – this combination of gas plus brakes is rarely ever easy to deal with. This much we know simply from the planets involved.

But how do the signs come into play? How do those houses affect this particular aspect? And how close is this aspect – is the orb of opposition 2 degrees (very close) or is it 8 degrees (a wider orb). This information is important! This is why it is imperative to discuss your astrology chart with someone competent. Unless we are looking to be entertained, why would we seriously consider the words of an amateur green practitioner, who might not be aware of their personal neuroses, let alone ours???

Back to my example, what else can we infer from that aspect, with those positions involved? Saturn in Virgo (an Earth sign) often means a strong Saturn, indicating a serious, detail-oriented, efficiently-working, clear and mentally-organized individual. This is a person who needs to cultivate a sense of humor and lightening up. And then this info must be blended with Mars in Pisces – Mars, a fiery, fierce energy to start with is heavily watered down and weakened by being in Pisces (while this is true traditionally, chart position and other aspects might change this fact). Pisces is a laid back, mystical, patient, emotional energy – and Mars is not really comfortable in any of these arenas. Therefore, Mars in Pisces drowns out the typical drive for power and ambition, it dampens the typical Martian energy, possibly indicating a lowered constitution and possibly a slower metabolism (again though, look to the rest of the chart to confirm or deny these traits). Mars gets confused easily in Pisces, indicating a restless type of individual, and Pisces sensitizes whatever it contacts, so drugs and alcohol are dangerous for individuals with this placing. So far, we have only touched the surface on Mars being opposite Saturn.

In the following post, I will go more in depth on this particular aspect.

Kirby Moore has been studying Western Astrology since 2003, having studied under several Western Astrologers with backgrounds in Karmic Astrology, Evolutionary Astrology and Hellenistic Astrology. He sees clients professionally for Spiritual Astrology interpretations both in person and over the phone. His private practice also includes Craniosacral bodywork and healing facilitation through healing touch. To schedule an appointment, you can reach Kirby at the following number in the U.S.: four three four, four six five, zero six zero three. Thank you for reading.

*This material is purely for educational purposes only. The author of this post does not claim to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease and if you believe you have a medical problem, you should speak with a licensed medical practitioner as soon as possible.

Published by Kirby Moore

Kirby Moore is a healing facilitator based in the beautiful rolling hills of Charlottesville, Virginia. He does sessions in-person and long distance via Skype and Zoom, working with Spiritual Astrology, Somatic Experiencing, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Birth Process Work. His healing work is informed by fifteen years of meditation and Qigong practice. He works with client's intentions and deepest longings to attain clear, tangible results. Contact him for more info at (email): kirby [at] mkirbymoore [dot] com

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