... dedicated to finding caring homes world-wide for orphaned books

Return to

Search our stock
for books on



We invite you to read our other



Visit our
for stories, anecdotes, news, and BOOK SPECIALS
Arts & Crafts
Business & Politics
Crime & Espionage
Creative Writing
Families & Relationships
Fashion & Beauty
Hobbies & Games
House & Garden
Planet Earth
The Mind
Transport & Travel
War & Military






"True astrology is not fortune-telling. It is the science of character, and character determines destiny"




"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves." (William Shakespeare)




"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it." (Chinese Proverb)




by Sandy

"A physician cannot safely administer medicine
   if he is unacquainted with astrology."

Are these the words of an over-enthusiastic New Age healer? No. They have been attributed to the father of medicine himself - Hippocrates.

While Hippocrates may have insisted that all physicians be fully acquainted with the science of astrology, today's hectic life-style and a tendency towards specialisation hardly permits such an indulgence. An in-depth study of the signs and movements of the planets as they relate to personality is enough to keep anyone busy for a lifetime, without complicating it with medical diagnosis.

There are, however, a number of simple ways we can use a basic knowledge of astrology to gain greater insight into our health needs and provide effective tools to facilitate healing.

Astrological diagnosis is not a new age fad. It dates back at least 4,000 years (and probably a lot earlier). It was an essential part of a physician's knowledge in Chaldea, understood and used by the Babylonians, and perfected by the Greek philosopher Pythagorus - who was said to be able to hear the "music of the spheres". In the nineteenth century, however, a swing towards scientific principles resulted in ancient techniques being dismissed as mere superstition.

During the latter part of the 20th century, advances in physics and related disciplines demolished those materialistic concepts of the universe. While modern science has not yet embraced the importance of the planets' movements and how they effect human physiology, at least it can now confirm astrology's claim that the Earth and Sun, the planets and the fixed stars, are all charged bodies possessing magnetic fields of differing intensities.

The Takata experiments in Japan in 1938 proved that celestial influences have a powerful effect on protein levels in the blood, and also on the female ovarian cycle. Doctors Caroli and Pichotka took Dr. Takata's work even further in 1954, establishing that the sun's position effected the surface tension of water. (Around 70% of the human body is made up of water!)

In Czechoslovakia, also in the 1950's, Dr. Eugen Jonas carried out further experiments to determine the effect the moon had on the menstrual and conception cycle, and his findings heralded a revolution in the practice of fertility control for many women around the world.

This is hardly surprising. Consciously or unconsciously, we are all aware that the female reproductive cycle is closely aligned to moon's phases. The ebb and flow of the ocean's tides is a perfect example of how the moon influences all large bodies of water. And any woman who has ever had to put up with puffy ankles or a bloated stomach before or during menstruation is acutely aware of what it feels like to carry "a large body of water" around.

It is also interesting to consider that - astrologically - the moon governs emotions. When the moon is playing havoc with a woman's fluid levels, her emotions are often in turmoil as well.

A small (but increasing) number of surgeons are also discovering the wisdom of working with the moon. Due to a greater tendency for excessive bleeding at the time of a full moon, some hospitals are exercising more caution in the scheduling of major operations.

Unfortunately, the moon's placement by sign is yet to be taken seriously by most surgeons. In ancient times it was known that to cut into the area of the body ruled by the sign in which the moon was residing was simply asking for trouble.

Baby Boomers may remember the American pop singer, Bobby Darin. Many years ago, Darin was admitted to hospital for a routine heart operation. It was a procedure he had undergone safely in the past, but on this occasion his operation not only coincided with the moon entering Leo (which traditionally rules the heart), it also took place at the time of a full moon. He died on the operating table.

Most of us are not surgeons or astrologers, so how can we use this knowledge in professional practice or everyday life? The answer is surprisingly simple. While most astrologers insist that a thorough understanding of cusps and aspects is essential before attempting to make an in-depth diagnosis based on a birth chart - and they would be correct - using a client's sun sign as a starting point can often yield highly satisfactory results.

The sun is our life source. It is the most powerful influence in the zodiac. Without it, life could not exist. According to Indian teachers of yoga, "prana" is the solar breath of the sun - vitally charged particles which are inhaled and then directed to various subtle centres of the body to revitalise them. When a newborn inhales its first breath, these particles are influenced by the zodiac sign (the part of the heavens) the sun is said to be "in" at the time.

Of course, astrologers and astronomers know that the sun cannot be "in" a sign. It is the centre of our solar system, and the zodiac signs and planets encircle it. The sun's rays, however, are "filtered" through the sign that appears to provide a backdrop for the celestial body when viewed from our planet. This is an important point, for it means they are also "filtered" though the opposite sign, which provides the essential balance or polarity for homeostasis.

Some people have difficulty relating to their sun sign, but instantly recognise themselves in the opposite sign. There can be no night without day, no white without black, and there is no such thing as a one-sided coin. In my practice I have discovered that if a person does not respond within a week to the remedy or technique for their sign, they will usually benefit by using those for the opposite sign.

The parts of the body ruled by each sign are listed below. In a future issue, I will detail each of the signs, explain the significance of the polarities, and suggest various techniques that can be used to correct imbalances in these areas.

In the meantime, why not determine the astrological sun sign of your clients or loved ones, and consider paying a few extra minutes working on the part of the body ruled by their sign. (Those with a working knowledge of astrology might also consider looking at the sign on the cusp of the 6th house, the house in which the sun is positioned, and note whether the sun has challenging aspects.)

You might well discover the one factor that is at the very root of the problem, but which has gone unnoticed until now.

  • ARIES : (polarity: Libra) Head, including brain, eyes, ears, blood, muscle
  • TAURUS : (polarity: Scorpio) Neck, throat, tonsils, jugular, thyroid gland
  • GEMINI : (polarity: Sagittarius) Shoulders, arms, hands, lungs, diaphragm, nerves
  • CANCER : (polarity: Capricorn) Breasts and stomach
  • LEO : (polarity: Aquarius) Heart and spine
  • VIRGO : (polarity: Pisces) Intestines, duodenum, spleen
  • LIBRA : (polarity: Aries) Kidneys, lower back, adrenals
  • SCORPIO : (polarity: Taurus) Bowels, colon, bladder, genitals, prostrate
  • SAGITTARIUS : (polarity: Gemini) Liver, hips, thighs, sciatic nerve
  • CAPRICORN : (pol: Cancer) Knees, bones, joints, skin, hair, teeth, nails, gallbladder
  • AQUARIUS : (polarity: Leo) Calves, ankles, circulation, auric field
  • PISCES : (polarity: Virgo) Feet, lymphatic system, immune system