Example

Moon 10 Pisces 41 = 340 degrees 41 minutes Jupiter 18 Libra 07 = 198 degrees 07 minutes 340.41 + 198.07 = 538.48; 538.48 divided by 2 = 269.24.

The midpoint between the Moon and Jupiter is 29 Sagittarius 24.

If there is no natal planet at the midpoint, then a transit may activate it; a transit in opposition to the midpoint may also trigger a medical complication. When any of the outer planets transits a midpoint, medical ailments are especially probable, providing that the bracketing planets are also medical indicators. The active orb on transits varies with each individual, but I normally begin to look for symptoms when the transiting planet is within five degrees of a natal midpoint planet in the 360-degree work chart. (In the 90-degree chart I do not use transits—only progressions.)

A transiting planet that retrogrades over a midpoint can indicate several possible medical occurrences. As the planet passes over the midpoint the first time, a person may experience the onset of an illness—often acute in nature. (Chronic ailments usually do not manifest from a transit only; there must be a progression as well as a transit that activates the midpoint.) As the planet retrogrades back over the midpoint, the ailment will normally come to light enough so that a person is aware of it. If the planet moves forward and crosses the midpoint for a third time, there can be a worsening of the ailment, the condition may stabilize, or there may be a cure for the disease. In some rare instances the ailment may not even manifest until the third contact with the planet. To be able to gauge when the illness will occur, a medical astrologer must go over the person's astrological and medical history, checking out the results of other retrogrades, when they took place and what ailments surfaced.

Progressions conjunct or in opposition to a midpoint may also indicate serious medical complications, especially if there is a natal planet at the midpoint. In the 360-degree dial if that midpoint planet is being conjuncted by another progressed planet, the possibility of illness occurring is increased. If concurrent transits are also in hard aspect to any of the planets involved, the chances of serious ailments occurring are further enhanced.

The only kind of progressions I recommend for medical work is mean solar arc. (I know of other astrologers who get better results with the true solar arc; so a medical astrologer should try both ways to ascertain which works best.) Through experimentation I have also found that I get better results with the mean motion of the Sun, averaged out at 59 minutes per year. Using solar arc and the 90-degree dial, I allow only Vt degree or 30 minutes of orb to apply a progressed planet to a natal midpoint structure, with the 30 minutes standing for six months. That is, when medical planets are involved, we can see a disease beginning to build to a crisis six months before the date of the conjunction. A progressed planet to an unoccupied midpoint is usually far weaker in its ramifications, with the period of vulnerability lasting only one month—two weeks applying and two weeks separating.

In addition, eclipses can activate midpoints, perhaps causing health problems. Although there has been little research conducted on how much an eclipse conjunct or opposite a midpoint affects health, it is my opinion that when an eclipse occurs in a midpoint without a natal planet present there will be little manifestation of disease—except if the eclipse takes place in the Sixth or Twelfth Houses. If the eclipse does conjunct or oppose a natal midpoint planet, the medical astrologer must decide upon the importance of the planet. For instance, if Saturn or any of the other outer planets is involved, there is ample reason to take the eclipse into medical consideration, especially if the midpoint planet resides natally in either the Sixth or Twelfth Houses.

Although an eclipse may involve medical planets, the ailment may not erupt at the time of the eclipse. The influence of an eclipse lasts approximately six months. Almost 90 per cent of the time, when the eclipsed luminary squares its own position exactly three months later, there is normally a physical manifestation of the illness—not before this date and not after. This "fallout" date should be checked with progressions and other transits. If there is to be little activity via progressions or transits at the fallout date, not too much importance should be placed on the eclipse midpoint—unless it is one of the health axes discussed below. If, on the other hand, other progressions or transits conjunct or opposite a midpoint are occurring at the same time, the eclipse should be given full consideration and importance in any medical diagnosis.

Following are midpoint structures normally thought of as the most important in terms of health. The midpoint planet may either be natal or progressed, or another progressed planet may activate the configuration. A note of caution: one picture does not an ailment make. Midpoints, whether they are in a natal chart or on a 90-degree dial, are only part of the overall view. The presence of one medically suspect midpoint structure does not necessarily mean a person will contract a sickness. It takes further correlation in the chart to diagnose an illness accurately. <■■■■■'"■■■

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