Introduction

Medical astrology is a science that demands a union of knowledge of both astrology and medicine. Ideally, it takes years of acquiring astrological expertise and then becoming totally familiar with physiology and anatomy to qualify as a medical astrologer who with the cooperation of a physician can accurately diagnose diseases and advise clients on the best procedures for regaining health.

But in varying degrees the tools of medical astrology are available to all people interested in the science, even those with only fundamental knowledge of astrology and/or medicine. After four years of looking for the best system with which to look at a natal chart and discern a practical approach to finding potential medical problems, I discovered the Med-Scan method, a plan that every layperson, student or professional astrologer can use.

The Med-Scan technique is basically simple. In involves using astrology to determine any individual's potential weak spots. In other words, by examining the planetary combinations and placements in a natal or progressed chart, a medical astrologer can ascertain likely psychological or physical weaknesses that may be causing disease. The medical astrologer then can advise the client on the appropriate tests necessary to verify the astrological speculations. After a physician's tests have confirmed the diagnosis, together the medical astrologer and doctor can outline the best diet and program of nutritional supplements for the individual to regain good health.

Since medical astrology is in its infancy, no medical astrologer can work alone, and nothing can be assumed without verification from a physician. A medical astrologer cannot simply throw out suggestions without having them confirmed by a doctor. It is very necessary, therefore, for the medical astrologer to develop a close, working relationship with the physician in charge of the case.

Although in my years of experience I have worked with any and all doctors willing to use astrology, I have found that usually the most sympathetic to medical astrology are homeopathic physicians and those who adhere to holistic health programs aimed at responding to each individual's different needs. My approach in this book and in practice is also definitely homeopathic rather than the allopathic philosophy that most U.S. doctors espouse.

The word homeopathy comes from two Greek words meaning "similar affections." Homeopaths believe that "like cures like." As a result they provide remedies that, when given to a healthy person, would create the same symptoms that the sick person has. In essence, it is a concept of "fighting fire with fire" or fighting the disease with its own aggressive characteristics. In the end the ailment has not been covered up, as is the case with allopathic medicine.

Allopathic philosophy embraces the notion that the use of drugs to produce effects different from those of the disease will work. Thus allopathic doctors (and most American doctors are trained in allopathy) rely on high dosages of drugs to treat a person. Although this technique may be successful to a point, with the damage incurred along the way by the chemicals given, the body is pressured to fight the adverse effects of the drugs. Furthermore, in allopathic medicine too frequently the root cause of a disease is not sought out, but instead measures are taken simply to provide a drug to give instant relief from the symptoms of a disease.

Homeopathic physicians, on the other hand, always seek out the root cause of an illness, and for the most part they use only natural remedies to treat it, administering the smallest dosage necessary to effect a cure. Homeopathic remedies stimulate the body's own defenses to throw out the offending ailment, creating no harmful side effects. No warnings or cautions are required on homeopathic remedies. In fact, sometimes a cure can be effected simply by a change in diet: homeopathic doctors recognize that poor diets are the root causes of many diseases.

Any road to health that uses natural remedies, though, will take a long time, especially in chronic illness. Therefore, patience is a key word in medical astrology. The medical astrologer must cultivate this quality and instill it in his clients. Most of us are brainwashed into believing that medicine can give instant 30-minute cures to our discomfort or that there is a drug for every conditon. But there really are no miracle cures. Homeopathic treatment requires discipline and patience. Clients must be made to understand that they will have to maintain a program for at least three months and perhaps as long as a year before they will see signs of recovering health.

Patience is especially necessary since medical astrologers usually don't get the easy cases; instead, we get the dying or misdiagnosed—two of the hardest types to deal with. Furthermore, most of the time the client doesn't have just one ailment but other overlapping complications. In the beginning there may only be one, but if the diet is not corrected or other holistic alternatives applied, health begins to fail like toppling dominoes—first one ailment and then another and another contribute to the initial illness.

Since so often medical astrologers are consulted as a kind of last resort, our work can be very frustrating; but for the very same reason it can be most rewarding when a diagnosis proves correct and a suggested regime for recovery brings results. And from seven years of using the Med-Scan method I can say unequivocally that it does work. The only time it fails in the diagnostic way is when there is not enough recorded data in the field to make an accurate judgment. In other words, medical astrology has not yet caught up with the more established branches of astrological study. It is my hope that this book, the product of years of experience, will fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge, advancing medical astrology from myth into theory, eventually to become a fact.

The book is divided into two parts—an astrological guide and a medical reference section. Part One explains what is known about medical astrology—the health conditions usually associated with the various planets and their aspects, the houses, signs and astrological crosses. The most innovative and comprehensive chapter in Part One is that on the midpoint structures: the information in this chapter has not been idly lifted from some other sources; instead, the source statements have been checked against case histories and either elaborated upon or changed according to the different facts presented in my experience, This chapter is followed by one on the Med-Scan technique itself, outlining the steps to follow in astrological diagnosis as well as describing some of the tests and diets helpful in diagnosis and remedy.

Part One then concludes with a chapter on case histories, which prove out the old adage that "truth is stranger than fiction." All are actual cases, elucidating the Med-Scan technique in action. Each contains a section entitled "What Astrology Missed" to show that we cannot always be 100 per cent correct in diagnosis.

Part Two was written to save the reader a lot of time and effort in consulting five or six different references to find answers about nutrition. A year of research alone was spent on the section on vitamins and minerals, and I believe these two chapters are the most detailed and complete description of the sources, history, characteristics and properties of the vitamins and minerals yet available. Chapters on herbs and cell salts are also included. Part Two then ends with a special chapter on the endocrine system. Study and experience have convinced me that the glands are often the root cause of poor health. 1 believe the glands should be checked out first because the hormones keep the bodily metabolisms in order, and without proper hormonal release the body needs a basic tuneup to keep the engine running smoothly.

Although a bibliography is supplied at the end of the book, I want to mention a few books that are indispensable to the neophyte medical astrologer: Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, edited by Clayton L. Thomas; Materia Medica with Repertory by Dr. William Boericke; Dr. Schuessler's Biochemistry by Dr. J.B. Chapman, and Eating Naturally Around the Zodiac: Diet and Quadruplici-ty by Rebecca Manring (RKM Publishing).

Part One MEDICAL ASTROLOGY

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