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Looking for Health Clues in Your Birth Chart

Each zodiac sign carries a different health symptom...

By Maria DeSimone

Medical Astrology is a branch of Astrology that utilizes the horoscope to identify weak areas of the body that may be predisposed to illness as well as potential treatment options. If you think it's hard to find a good astrologer, medical astrologers are even more of a rare find. Imagine having to study both medicine and Astrology ... and mastering both!

Believe it or not, that's exactly what doctors were required to do until about the 17th century in medieval Europe. In fact, the father of medicine, Hippocrates, is believed to have said: "He who does not understand Astrology is not a doctor, but a fool."

While I'm not a medical astrologer, I've got a healthy respect for this branch of Astrology. Of course, as is often the case, when something hits "home" you get interested. Fast.

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Hitting home

For me, the real curiosity began when I got sick. Years ago I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. This is an auto-immune disease where the body attacks and destroys the thyroid gland. If you look closely at my neck in your weekly videos you might notice the large goiter wrapped over my thyroid. It's almost the size of a golf ball.

In any event, this goiter began to grow during my second pregnancy and for many years it was just an annoying, unsightly lump. Somewhere between the stress of sudden single motherhood, scrambling to build a career, and four years of awful divorce litigation, my annoying lump decided to go psycho.

At that point, my Endocrinologist told me I might want to consider having my thyroid removed. If I did this, I would obviously need to be placed on thyroid hormone medication for the rest of my life.

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The natural way

This didn't sit well with me. My numerologist always told me that since I'm a 7 Life Path, I would respond best to holistic treatments whenever possible.

So I did a bit of research and decided to hire a holistic doctor who specializes in treating my condition. The first thing he told me was that we needed to treat the underlying cause of my auto-immune disease which he suspected had to do with adrenal fatigue or possibly failure (triggered from the years of over the top stress where I was constantly in "fight or flight" mode).

So, what does this have to do with Astrology?

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Paging Dr. Astrology

Well I knew that Taurus rules the throat and thyroid gland and my Sun (basic vitality) is in Taurus. This suggests I have a natal predisposition to illness in this area. But can you imagine my shock when a well-respected colleague of mine, who IS a medical astrologer, told me that my Mars square Pluto aspect was the culprit for my adrenal stress?

I was shocked when she connected the dots. I've got Pluto in my 6th House of Health and Mars is the ruler of my Ascendant (another physical point in the horoscope). Mars happens to rule the adrenal glands and Pluto rules the metabolism. Using my horoscope, she revealed my personal "weak" points health wise. And she also agreed that treating this holistically for as long as possible was the way to go. You see, removing my thyroid gland would only address the thyroid. Not the underlying reason for my auto-immune condition.

Recently, the Solar Eclipse in Taurus conjunct my Sun and Mercury (ruler of my 6th house) brought my focus back to my health in a major way. I noticed several of my Hashimoto's symptoms return with a vengeance. Things like an inability to lose weight or build muscle. I also experience mental fogginess, forgetfulness and hair loss. I just didn't feel like myself.

A Solar Eclipse will often call attention to your health ... and I'm no exception. I made the decision to go gluten free since there's a direct connection between gluten and Hashimoto's and other auto-immune conditions. It has only been a few weeks and I notice a major difference!

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Different signs, different symptoms

Beyond my own horoscope, I can see the truth behind potential medical problems in the horoscopes of my own family members. Take my son Vincent for example. He is a Leo and has both the Sun and Moon in Leo in his 6th. Leo rules the heart. Lo and behold, my son was diagnosed with a heart murmur a few years ago. Thankfully, it's nothing serious at his age but we do need to monitor it. As per medical Astrology's wisdom, this is his weak point -- the heart.

The body part most likely to be associated with weakened vitality is connected to your Sun sign. While you're not doomed to a disease in this area, it is a potential sore spot. Awareness, as always, can change everything. If you know a body part is inherently weak, then why not take every step to strengthen and protect that body part?

Can you imagine how advanced our medical field would be if they still used Astrology as a tool in their diagnostic and treatment toolbox?

Here's to hoping!

Until then, it goes without saying that you simply must consult a doctor if there is any medical concern or issue you suffer with. A medical astrologer is not a doctor unless het or she is also an M.D. Sadly, there are only a handful of these doctors in the world.

In the meantime, here's a handy list of what body parts are ruled by what signs and also what areas and functions inside of the body are connected to which planets. I hope you find it interesting ... and useful. To your health!

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Zodiac Signs and their correlation to parts of the body

Aries: Head, face, brain, eyes

Taurus: Throat, neck, thyroid gland, vocal tract

Gemini: Arms, lungs, shoulders, hands, nervous system, respiratory system, brain

Cancer: Chest, breasts, stomach, alimentary canal

Leo: Heart, chest, spine, spinal column, upper back

Virgo: Digestive System, intestines, spleen, nervous system

Libra: Kidneys, skin, lumbar region, buttocks

Scorpio: Reproductive system, sexual organs, bowels, excretory system

Sagittarius: Hips, thighs, liver, sciatic nerve

Capricorn: Knees, joints, skeletal system

Aquarius: Ankles, calves, circulatory system

Pisces: Feet, toes, lymphatic system, adipose tissue

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The Planets and their connections to body functions and parts

Sun: Heart, spine and general vitality

Moon: Stomach, digestive system, female organs, lymphatic system

Mercury: Brain, central nervous system, thyroid gland, five senses, hands

Venus: Throat, kidneys, thymus gland, sense of touch, ovaries

Mars: Muscles, head, adrenal glands, sense of smell and taste

Jupiter: Liver, thighs, feet, growth, pituitary gland

Saturn: Skin, hair, teeth, bones, the body's defenses, spleen

Uranus: Parathyroid gland, neural activity, aura

Neptune: Pineal gland, psychic healing

Pluto: Pancreas, metabolism, elimination

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