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Bones: Tibia, fibula and inner and outer ankles.

Muscles: Tibialis amicus, peronaeus tertius, achilles tendon, gastrocnemius and soleus.

Veins: Internal saphenous.

Cell Salt: Natrum muriaticum.

Commonly known for ruling the calves and ankles of the legs, Aquarius has several more important functions that are little known. For one, it is concerned with the oxygenation process of the body. Too little oxygen deprives the cells of their ability to work at peak efficiency. And since foods high in starch rob the body of oxygen during the digestive phase, a person with a strong Aquarius in a natal chart should adhere to a low-starch diet and conserve the oxygen for better use. Deep breathing exercises also help to eliminate the carbon dioxide from the body.

In addition, Aquarius influences the blood circulation in general. This sign is involved with blood poisoning that can be traced to toxemia resulting from colon stasis by reflex action to Scorpio.

Furthermore, Aquarius regulates the rods and cones of the eyes. When the colon is sluggish or regulating inconsistently, eye weakness often occurs, in severe cases, glaucoma and cataracts can develop.

Finally, Aquarius has domain over the spinal cord protected by the back vertebrae. Thus nerve-related diseases having to do with the spinal column are under this sign's sway. Ailments having to do with coordination of muscle, nerves and brain, such as multiple sclerosis, lateral sclerosis and myelitis, are not uncommon.

Sun in Aquarius

The Sun in Aquarius can mean poor circulation, blood disorders connected with the colon, carbon monoxide poisoning, lumbar disorders and lower leg cramping.

Moon in Aquarius

This placement can induce varicose veins of the lower legs, blood poisoning and eye problems, such as cataracts and glaucoma.

Mercury in Aquarius

Muscular dystrophy or any nerve-related ailment having to do with muscle and brain disruption may be caused by Mercury in Aquarius. Muscle cramping, pain in calves or ankles and weak ankles may also occur,

Venus in Aquarius

With this configuration there is the potential for blood disorders, varicose veins and swelling of the ankles.

Mars in Aquarius can indicate overheated blood, intermittent fevers, blood poisoning of the legs, back problems from heavy physical exercise and erysipelas of the lower legs or back.

Jupiter in A quarius

Lumbago, blood poisoning, swollen ankles, heart dropsy or edema may result from this placement.

Saturn in A quarius

There may be various illnesses with Saturn in Aquarius: lack of sufficient oxygen in the body, muscle cramping in the lower legs from lack of calcium, anemia because of a weak colon, sprained ankles, club foot, spinal curvature, caries of the spine, compression or sclerosis of the spinal cord, arterial sclerosis and cataracts.

Uranus in Aquarius

With this placement nerve degeneration related to diseases of the muscles, nerves and spinal column may occur. There may also be spasms in the calves, blurring of vision and strokes.

Neptune in Aquarius

Neptune in Aquarius can mean weak eyesight, with a propensity to cataracts or glaucoma—

formations caused by faulty, nonfibrous diets and heredity. In addition, there can be weak ankles and lower legs. The quality of the blood may be poor, with the individual contracting blood poisoning from lack of oxygen in the blood: such poisoning may give one a poor memory as well as a listlessness and fatigue.

Pluto in Aquarius

Tumors or growths concerned with the eyes and spinal cord as well as degeneration of the spinal cord in relation to nerve tissue destruction may occur with this configuration.

PISCES

Bones: Tarsus, metatarsus and phalanges.

Muscles: Short extensor of toes, short flexor of toes, abductors of great and little toes, short flexor of great toe and accessory flexor toes.

Arteries: Internal and external plantars, tarsal and metatarsal.

Cell Salt: Ferrum phosphate.

Pisces is the health poor sign of the zodiac. People with planets in this sign can expect some weakness attributed to it. They must find out that they cannot push themselves: moderation in all forms is a good watch word to live by.

Furthermore, the healing process may take longer for Pisces individuals. To develop stronger constitutions, Pisceans should be treated with water. Baths are also an integral part of the recuperation process from mental, physical or emotional problems. Fresh air, walks and sunshine help greatly as well.

Pisces rules the complete lymph gland system, which protects us in a first line of defense against all foreign bacteria and viruses. The lymph uses white blood cells to their fullest extent. When the diet is poor and toxins are reabsorbed into the body, the glands may become tender, sore and swollen as well as even form lumps, which are sometimes mistaken for tumors or cancer. If the toxicity continues to recirculate through the bloodstream and various organs, a high and noticeable white blood count will occur. At times this condition may baffle doctors, and they may even remove the spleen: when they cannot discern why the body is creating an abnormally large white blood cell count, they will remove this organ since it manufactures the majority of these kinds of cells.

Pisces is also directly connected with the amount of mucus in our bodies. Since Americans eat so many mucus-forming foods, there is a danger of overabundance of that substance. Mucous excess or catarrh can clog up many organs, adversely affecting their respective functions. The result is a general feeling of sluggishness or fatigue.

This placement may cause lymphatic problems, swollen glands, susceptibility to colds, flu, childhood diseases and poor circulation.

Alcoholism is a possibility for people with the Moon in Pisces. Other potential ailments are edema and swelling of the tissue of the body in general, colds, weak lungs inducing pneumonia, poor resistance to viruses, deformed feet or foot problems, poor circulation and a hypofunctioning thymus gland (Neptune). YS'r!"

Mercury in Pisces

Sugar ailments brought about by nervousness and stress in a hostile environment may result from Mercury in Pisces. In addition, there may be pains in the feet and coldness of the extremities. These people tend to worry a good deal and thus bring on a general deterioration of health, mental problems involving unfounded fears and paranoia.

Venus in Pisces

This configuration may bring on gout involving the feet, bunions, tenderness and extreme sensitivity of the feet.

Mars in Pisces

Mars in Pisces may produce hyperinsulism and other sugar ailments. There may also be injury to the feet, broken bones, cuts and sweating feet. Excessive drinking, alcoholism and very weak vitality are also possible. In addition, there may be acute lymphatic conditions and early childhood ailments, including sudden fevers, colds and flu on a continual basis.

Jupiter in Pisces

With Jupiter in Pisces there may be cirrhosis of the liver from excessive drinking as well as sugar problems. Swollen feet or cysts on the feet are also possible. The quality of the blood may become poor because of a malfunctioning liver.

Saturn in Pisces

With this placement the cecum tends to be large and inactive. The liver may be sluggish. Constipation is likely. Lymphatic stasis may incline one toward severe and continued colds and flu. There may also be fallen arches and deformed feet with poor or restricted circulation. Sugar problems are possible, with poor insulin function. Moreover, there may be a low white blood cell count, an inactive spleen, sluggish reproductive cells and a hypofunctioning thymus gland.

Uranus in Pisces

Uranus in Pisces may produce unpredictable sugar problems, such as spasmodic release of insulin fiom the pancreas because of an emotional state. There may be foot deformity, cramping and spasms of the muscles in the feet as well. Functional diabetes caused by the posterior pituitary gland in relation to the carbohydrate metabolism is another possibility.

Neptune in Pisces

Weak pancreatic action, causing a mild case of either diabetes or hypoglycemia, may occur with this placement. Weak feet, poor arches and poor circulation in the feet are other potential ailments.

Pluto in Pisces

Chronic pancreatic ailments, foot-crippling ailments, tumors, cysts or growths on the feet or in the lymph gland system and chronic diseases involving the lymph system are all possible diseases with this placement. ^

THE CROSSES c

The crosses, or quadruplicities, are very important in medical astrology. By determining which cross or crosses are activated in a natal chart, a medical astrologer may be able to ascertain the root cause of health ailments. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies may also be discerned, as may potential weak points of the body. Thus determining the cross will aid a medical astrologer in outlining the correct dietary considerations and reestablishing health. Certain philosophies of medicine believe that once the root cause of a disease is found, with proper dietary considerations all symptoms will disappear.

When I use the word cross, I am not referring to a grand cross or t-square, although such configurations may play a part in the final analysis of a chart. Instead, I mean the cardinal, fixed or mutable configurations. Deciding which cross is most active in a chart and therefore most suspect of initiating disease takes time and patience.

First, a tally should be made of how many planets occupy the cardinal, fixed and mutable signs and houses. The highest tally usually indicates the most active cross. To make sure of the right cross, the individual's past medical history should be matched with the various parts of the body, vitamins, minerals, etc., ruled by the cross. When the medical data agrees with the health circumstances of a cross, that cross is the most activated. If the data does not coincide, the next highest tally should be consulted and cross-referenced with the symptoms of that cross.

In determining the correct cross, a medical astrologer will many times find planets in only three out of the four signs, with the fourth sign empty. About 65 per cent of tht time such a cross is completed by the Ascendant or Midheaven. But it may also be the case that the cross has planets and/or the Ascendant or Midheaven in only three"arms." In such circumstances it is very often the empty arm of the cross that is most active—i.e., the individual has the problem most representative of that sign. For example, if a person with a heart-related illness has planets in Scorpio and Aquarius with Taurus on the Ascendant, the ailment is originating from the empty arm of the cross, Leo

There is also the possibility that two arms of the cross will be empty. For instance, a stellium (more than two planets in a sign) may occur with an additional planet in another sign of the cross, such as three planets in Virgo, one in Gemini and no planets in Sagittarius or Pisces. One of these empty signs may be on the Ascendant or Midheaven, and the other empty arm may help explain the ailment the person is manifesting.

About 20 per cent of the time there is a double-cross phenomenon. That is, a person will exhibit ailments indicate of two different crosses. A medical astrologer then must determine which root cause to treat or decide if both should be treated, a difficult assessment to make without years of experience. Although it will be necessary to treat both disorders, it's usually best to take the most active of the two crosses, label it the major cause and treat the corresponding disease first.

Cardinal Cross (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn)

The root cause of Cardinal Cross illnesses is usually the kidneys, ruled by Libra. An innumerable and surprising number of ailments occur because the kidneys are either plugged up or the tubes constricted so that spasm or renal retention takes place. There are many tests to check the kidney's functioning, and a physician will know best which ones to administer to find out about a potential condition: tests such as the IVP, BUN or creatinine test discussed in Chapter Five can ascertain whether or not urine is being emptied completely into the bladder or if some of it is floating back into the blood circulation,

A secondary root cause may be the gallbladder, ruled by Capricorn. Many heart symptoms, such as pains in the arms or under one or both shoulder blades, heartburn around the heart and shallow breathing, are caused by gallstones or stricture of the bile duct(s). The cholecystography test can determine whether or not the gallbladder contains cholesterol or calculitype stones. The test will also show if the bile duct is partially clogged.

Cardinal Cross people are the delight of the medical world. They are easy to treat since they tend toward ailments that involve organs, and they are rather quick to respond to treatment. They are also willing to cooperate with the doctors and therapists.

Cardinal Cross people can be reasoned with, even though the approach to them may vary depending on which sign is most prominent in their charts: Aries and Capricorn types usually would rather the doctor shoot straight from the hip and give them no-nonsense answers; Cancer and Libra individuals usually need diplomatic and carefully worded descriptions about their ailments. But no matter what their signs once Cardinal Cross people are adjusted to their health predicaments and understand the basis for a medical discussion, they usually can be counted on to stick to the prescribed program. They will normally take the nutrients on a daily basis, adhere to proper diet and generally make life easier on themselves and the attending physician. They tend to be fighters of the first order and do not give up easily, although an encouraging word at the proper time usually will increase their tenacity and efforts.

Since Cardinal Cross people tend to be pioneers and leaders, they are willing to try "new" techniques and medications. As a result, they are more likely to take herbal preparations, homeopathic remedies or cell salt treatments. Cardinal Cross patients can also be expected to respond quite well to normal dosages of medication without ensuing complications.

Fixed Cross (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius)

The root cause of Fixed Cross ailments is the Scorpio-ruled colon. An affected colon can mean poor peristalsis or heavy buildup of fecal matter lining the intestinal walls. In addition, weak or sluggish colon action can be brought on by years of eating the wrong foods or foods not high in fiber and roughage content. The major outcome of a clogged colon is heart attacks: as fecal matter remains on the walls, the toxins contained therein are reabsorbed through the walls and move back into the bloodstream, where they place a heavy strain on the heart, eventually resulting in heart problems.

A secondary root case is the thyroid gland, ruled by Taurus. Toxicity in the colon can trigger the thyroid to go either hyper or hypo and upset the basal metabolism. A hyperthyroid condition will result in extreme nervousness, heart palpitations and tenseness. With a hypothyroid there is extreme fatigue, sluggishness, lethargy and mental dullness. Furthermore, the thyroid is susceptible to emotional upsets that can trigger a hyper- or hyposituation. Drugs, such as the birth control pill, can also alter the thyroid's performance.

Other colon-related ailments via Aquarius are the formation of cataracts and glaucoma. If a person has no personal or familial history of heart trouble, he or she should be checked for eye-related problems. Eye as well as heart and thyroid ailments probably run in the family if this cross is activated. Moreover, with Leo implicated, there may be back trouble.

Fixed Cross ailments are chronic in nature. These people are known as centrapetal: that is, their bodies aggregate or hold in toxins instead of throwing them out. Fixed Cross diseases may take a long time to develop—perhaps 30 years—but when they do, it will also take a long time to erradicate the diseases completely. For these reasons cancer is most commonly linked with this cross: it is a sickness that takes a long time to come on and a long time to cure.

When it comes to helping themselves back to health, Fixed Cross people can be their own worst enemies, and they are usually the most difficult to treat. Known for being stubborn and opinionated, they may resist any change, usually feeling safe and secure in their day-to-day routines. And since being sick is a change in routine, they resist the idea. As a consequence, doctors may experience much difficulty with these individuals. They will rarely listen, and if they do, they may doubt the doctor's innate and trained abilities.

Unlike Cardinal Cross people, Fixed Cross people usually don't want to try anything new or innovative; they would rather stick to what is proven, "If so-and-so took this drug, why can't I?" they may ask,"If Mom did this, why can't I?" And God help the doctor who prescribes a medication that doesn't work the first time! Fixed Cross patients may never go back to the doctor, distrusting his or her ability to prescribe any other medication. In fact, Fixed Cross people are most apt to take matters into their own hands, even at potential risk to their health.

Because Fixed Cross individuals often have trouble in breaking from tradition, it may be difficult to get them to take herbs, homeopathic or cell salt therapy. Therefore, it may be better to give them vitamin and mineral supplements only and to treat them with dietary changes. However, changing their diets can also be a problem. Fixed Cross people usually have eaten the same foods for twenty years and aren't apt to change their eating habits for a doctor, a medical astrologer or themselves. It is often difficult to introduce them to new or more natural foods—much to their own detriment and eroding health. Their years of bad eating habits will very likely catch up with them and give them chronic health problems. But once Fixed Cross individuals make up their minds to get well, they will usually adhere religiously to a holistic health plan—without the periodic encouragement Cardinal Cross people seem to need.

Medicating Fixed Cross individuals can also be frustrating. They seem to need two to three times the normal doses of any medication to affect the ailment that is being treated. Similarly, they may require higher than normal dosages of vitamins and minerals. Any megadose portions should obviously be administered under a doctor's supervision.

Mutable Cross (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces)

The root cause of the diseases of this flexible quadruplicity is the lymph gland system, ruled by Pisces. Once it becomes clogged with debris many symptoms occur that don't seem directly related to these valuable guardian glands. For instance, many lumps found in and around the neck, under the arms or in the chest or groin region are often caused by lymph congestion. There can also be a high frequency of colds, flu and bronchial and chest problems. In addition, fatigue and mental slowness may be evident without any hint as to what is the cause of the tiredness. But if the lymph glands are cleaned out through diet, these mysterious and seemingly unrelated disturbances usually will disappear.

There is no secondary root cause in the Mutable Cross. Instead, the primary cause of disease is shared with the pancreas, ruled by Virgo and responsible for glucose production. Many hypoglycemics and diabetics fall under this cross. For the most part, sugar problems are easily tested with a five- or six-hour glucose tolerance test.

People with this cross activated in their charts tend to contract anything acute—that is, sudden illnesses that have short incubation times and fast recovery rates. These individuals are susceptible to any disease—especially colds and the flu—that sweeps the country each year. They are said to be centrifugal in that their bodies throw disease and sickness off quickly via colds, sinus infections, fevers or the flu.

Just a little discipline could make Mutable Cross individuals the healthiest in the world, and if they would adhere to prescribed programs, theirs would probably be the easiest cure rate of all. But Mutable Cross people tend to lack determination and tenacity. Unfortunately, they often do not stick to disciplined regimens, and they end up with more aches and pains or lingering illnesses that other people.

Since Mutable Cross people as a rule will not stay on daily schedules, they are usually the most frustrating to work with. They tend to dive eagerly into any new program, barely listening to the doctor, half-hearing the instructions for taking medication and then rushing home to try on this "new" system. Fortunately, Mutable Cross people will generally try anything once. But they tend to be very sensitive to taste, texture and smell. If the product doesn't taste good, they may never take it again. Or if they do not receive instant reprieve from pain or discomfort, they may call the doctor and demand something different and more speedy. Furthermore, these people normally have many up-and-down days when fighting health problems, and they may either take or not take their medication, entirely depending on their moods.

Mutable Cross people tend to think, "If a little helps me, why not take some more and get better even faster?" Unfortunately, medication doesn't work that way and overdoses occur. On the contrary, underdosing is usually necessary for Mutable Cross individuals. Even normal dosages may trigger adverse reactions in these individuals. Instead, the physician should probably prescribe Vi the normal dose of any medication.

Because this is the most flexible cross, diet is usually the best way to treat these people. They also tend to respond rapidly to homeopathic and celt salt therapies, since their bodies are so finely tuned: in many instances such treatment will have a positive effect within a matter of minutes. On the other hand, getting herbs down Mutable Cross individuals is difficult. Virgo or Pisces individuals, especially, may react adversely to the taste, texture or smell of the herbs. Gemini and Sagittarius individuals generally do not like having to mix and match herbs and then encapsulate them: precapsuled pills are good for such people, but since they hate taking a handful of pills, it might be better to eliminate pills as much as possible. In fact, it may be best to side step herbal application completely with Mutable Cross people, who tend to want quick relief that herbs can't supply.

Finally, the doctor should deal diplomatically with Mutable Cross people. He or she must carefully describe whatever disease is involved. Since these individuals tend to dwell on the worst attributes of the ailment, it's best to sugar coat the news rather than to be blunt and candid.

THE HOUSES

Ailments develop for different reasons. Some are caused by societal pressures; others may be triggered by psychological factors. The houses tell the astrologer why various disorders manifest. Positive handling of the energy of afflicted houses will help insure health.

First House

Aggressiveness is usually very pronounced for people with planets in this house. They tend to strive on physical and mental levels to be "first." Such rash use of energy may promise depletion. Since First House individuals usually have difficult times resting, their bodies may break down from the stress of hard, forceful driving without breaks. These people need to learn moderation to insure good health.

First House people also tend to be strong individualists. If these people are not allowed to express themselves without the help of others they may become frustrated. Health may be maintained when pure, individual expression is pursued, either through hobbies or business.

If Neptune is in the First House, especially within eight degrees of the First House cusp, these individuals may be sensitive to drugs. Particularly if Neptune aspects other natal planets, the dosage of any medication should be lower than normal.

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