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Vitamins: Riboflavin (vitamin B-2).

Minerals: Potassium,

Whereas the Sun, by sign and aspect, shows the constitutional quality of the body, the Moon tells the conditions of health. Because of this sensitivity, the Moon is a good indicator of when to undergo operation or not. For example, a person should probably not have surgery on a void of course Moon day. Void of course days usually mean that the surgery won't be done correctly, further complications will be found or a second operation will become necessary. I once had a client who, against my advice, underwent a nose operation on a void of course day, and she had to return two more times. For her fourth operation she came back to me and asked for a good date.

The sign position of the transiting Moon may also indicate favorable or unfavorable times for operations. In general, the transiting Moon should be in a fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius). The transiting Moon in fixed signs helps insure that the operation will go as planned and helps keep the hands of the surgeon steady, with no extra complications. Possibly the worst time for surgery is when the Moon is in a mutable sign (Virgo, Gemini, Pisces, Saggitarius). Those are times of too much flexibility: who wants to go in for a gallbladder operation and then have the surgeon decide to also remove the appendix?

A person should probably also not have an operation on that part of the body ruled by the sign in which the Moon is transiting. In other words, for a gallbladder operation (ruled by Capricorn), an individual should not undergo surgery as the Moon transits through Capricorn. A gallbladder operation should also probably not be performed when the Moon transits Cancer, Capricorn's polarity: I usually avoid the opposite sign when possible because there is a definite reflex action involved.

The amount of fluids within the body will also determine the best periods for surgery. In general, the Moon is responsible for the fluid tides in our bodies (the levels of serum, water, blood, etc). Just as the tides of the ocean draw in and out from shore, the body fluids do about the same thing within our physical shells. When the Moon phases, these levels tend to drop or rise. At new Moon time, our fluids are at their lowest points, and there is a resultant weight loss. Thus, the best time for an operation is five days before or after the new Moon, when there is least chance of swelling, bruising or bleeding. In contrast, one should never undergo surgery five days before or after a full Moon, when the body fluids are at their highest and can cause excessive swelling, hemorrhaging or seepage from wounds.

Since the Moon regulates the bodily fluids, its transiting position may also determine whether or not there is a need for riboflavin. For instance, the fluid in the skull is at its highest at full Moon, exer ting pressure on the brain and potentially making a person in need of riboflavin more irritable, more easily upset or more sensitive. So, if a person is suffering from a deficiency of riboflavin symptoms may be more severe about five days before the full Moon, and the deficiency may lessen toward the new Moon.

In addition, the amount of potassium a person needs may be determined by the bodily tides. The fluids surrounding the cells as well as our weight losses or gains of water are dependent upon potassium. A woman who has planets in Cancer or a strongly accented Moon in her natal chart can especially incur weight gains and losses of five pounds a month dependent solely upon the fluid distribution in her body. If the fluid is retained and not sloughed off through its various eliminative channels, a weight gain is noticed about five days before the full Moon each month. Toward the new Moon the weight gain will lessen and the body will be at low tide. Much of this problem can be controlled by proper amounts of potassium being available in the body to keep the fluids in balance.

A prominent Moon in the natal chart also generally indicates a drug-sensitive individual. In particular, if the Moon is the singleton of a chart or if it is conjunct the First or Tenth House cusp within eight degrees, the patient should receive a lower dosage of any medication (about Vi the usual dose).

Finally, the position of the Moon in a natal chart will help establish a person's emotional needs. Good health is not just a matter of eating the correct foods; it is a interweaving of diet, emotions and mental attitudes. If emotions are misdirected, suppressed or repressed, they can build up and fester in the subconscious mind. Such festering is the equivalent to a viral microbe entering the body and hibernating until the time that it erupts into an ailment. If emotions such as guilt, anger and jealousy are not properly dealt with, they too can cause illnesses.

Mercury v

Vitamins: Thiamine (vitamin B-l).

Since Mercury rules the nervous system, its placement in a natal chart can indicate mental attitudes, and inflexible attitudes can stress the body. Although mental exhaustion is not normally manifested with an afflicted Mercury, the nervous system may take a severe buffeting, perhaps resulting in nervousness, tension and the inability to relax. Such people need to control their worrying, allowing themselves to worry only when they haven't done everything within their powers to change the outcome. The proper attitudes are important for well-being, and if we mishandle our emotions we can become sick.

We might also view the planet Mercury as a kind of traffic director influencing various movements within our bodies. The messenger of the gods, it is also the messenger of the nervous system, relaying split second commands throughout the body. Furthermore, in ruling Gemini, Mercury has dominion over all the tubing in the body, the channels through which blood, hormones, enzymes and oxygen move. Finally, Mercury may partially rule the hormones dispensed by the glands in the body: hormones are themselves messengers sent out to gather certain cells together to initiate enzymic functions in the body so that the metabolism can continue on a stable course.

Mercury rules Virgo as well. Thus the planet is involved with the splitting up action and the pancreatic breakdown of sugar into glucose—a process that may be affected when there is insufficient thiamine because of a faulty diet or a predisposition toward too many processed foods. A thiamine deficiency also lowers the amount of hydrochloric acid (HC1) in the stomach; in turn, the food is only semidigested so that when the bile is poured into the duodenum (the first 11 inches of the small intestine) it cannot properly break down the fats. This malfunction causes further problems, such as colitis, diverticulosis, flatulence, heartburn and diarrhea— many of which come under Virgo's rulership.

Mercury is also closely associated with the thyroid, and it seems to have significance in thyroid problems with or without the influence of Taurus, coruler of the thyroid. However, in thiamine-related deficiencies, the thyroid usually presents a second or third symptom and is not a chronic indicator of a thiamine deficiency.

When transiting Mercury is retrograde, it is probably a poor time to schedule an operation. Signals can get crossed: a woman might go in for a simple appendectomy and come out without a uterus! During Mercury retrograde the wrong drugs might be given or the dosage may be wrong for the individual. Misunderstandings may occur between doctors, doctor and nurses, nurses and patient or doctor and patient. Such a transit might even mean a second operation will be necessary.

Venus

Vitamins'. Niacin (vitamin B-3) and E.

Minerals: Copper.

Too many students of medical astrology tend to overlook "sweet, l'il ol' Venus" because it has a reputation of being harmless, a "soft" planet, incapable of any foul play. But Verías can be interfered with to such an extent that what it does rule becomes diseased and ailing. Ruling over Taurus and Libra,

Venus helps regulate the throat, thyroid and kidneys. The planet also has dominion over half the circulatory system — the venous supply. And it is concerned with skin texture, its beauty and flawless character,

Venus can play a part in diseases of the blood. It rules the venous circulatory system—an intricate series of minute venules of blood vessels that start out as being barely visible and then branch out. The veins differ from the arteries in that they are larger, there are more of them, and they have thinner walls, with valves to prevent the backward wash of blood circulation. Veins, along with the kidneys (Libra) and the heart (Leo), are especially important to blood pressure in general, partially regulated by niacin. Weak artery or vein walls as well as aneurysms under proper configurations, are also Venus phenomena. And in some instances Venus seems to have a secondary effect on red blood cells, partially formed by copper. Venus-ruled vitamin E is also valuable in circulatory ailments, such as phlebitis, embolisms, thrombosis and dilation of the vessels of the arterial and venous systems: it keeps the body supplied with a pure source of oxygen that in sufficient amounts gives the outer body a Venusian radiance or attractiveness and health.

Venus also governs slack muscle tone in the body. Although Mars rules the muscles, Venus has an integral relationship with its sibling planet: Mars represents tight, healthy muscles, whereas Venus, its opposite, indicates a potential lack of tone or tightness, soft or weakened muscles; without sufficient niacin, there can be muscle cramping.

Finally, Venus as well as Jupiter controls what one likes in terms of food—the texture, taste and quality. Since wrong foods can damage a person just as fast in bodily terms as wrong emotions can, Venus must be carefully looked at in the natal chart. For example, its placement may indicate a person with a "sweet tooth" or one who tends towards obesity. An individual with a prominent Venus may go on binges—gorging on sweets and gaining weight. Since Venus also deals with the need for love, a person with a poorly aspected Venus may also eat an inordinate amount of sweets to achieve a sense of affection he or she feels is not supplied by others. Venus dictates how we feel about ourselves. If we like ourselves, we'll probably have a good diet; if we dislike ourselves, we tend to abuse our bodies with less than nutritious foods.

Mars

Vitamins: B-12, folic acid and fatty acids (vitamin F).

Minerals: Chlorine, cobalt, iron, molybdenum, phosphorus, selenium and sodium.

Ruling over the muscles and the adrena] glands, Mars is the energizer and stimulator of all aspects of our bodies. Whereas the Sun is our basic engine, Mars is the gas that fuels it. It is the key planet associated with our physical get up and go, our energy levels.

Depending on its placement in a natal chart, Mars can indicate how active each of us is. For instance, in a fire sign Mars may produce extraordinary athletes or aggressive people who must temper their workaholic tendencies with rest in between their furious spurts of activity. Mars in an air sign can mean great mental energies: these individuals may be cerebral, seeming to grasp scientific theories or equations with ease, but they must be on guard against mental exhaustion and nerve-related breakdowns. Mars in an earth sign often produces people who prefer the sport of sitting in overstuffed arm chairs. And Mars seems least happy in a water sign: energy tends to be in short supply with these people, and they need to monitor just how much they can do without being exhausted. Since everyone needs exercise, Mars will help the medical astrologer evaluate how much and what kind each person needs.

This planet is also very important in indicating how quickly individuals can bounce back from sickness. It seems to work best in the fire or air signs. In earth or water signs it usually indicates slow recuperation.

In terms of health problems an activated Mars can mean inflammation, rapid temperature increase and acute onset of ailments. Depending on which sign it's located in, Mars can also indicate what may be hyperfunctioning—in other words, that part of the body, whether it is tissue, bone or organ, that is operating fast and possibly overworking itself so that it will wear out more quickly than other parts.

Mars has dominion over blood: it can be involved in various blood disorders, such as anemia. Thus it is a natural ruler for vitamin B-12, folic acid, cobalt, copper and iron, all of which are essential in the production of red blood cells. Particularly if Mars makes a negative aspect to either Jupiter or Saturn, there may be poor absorption of vitamin B-12, which is closely linked with cobalt, copper and iron—minerals necessary for healthy red blood cells. Folic acid is also essential for red blood cell production and the proper utilization of energy for the body's management: it's a vitamin that seems to stimulate everything around it, including better liver production, hydrochloric acid secretions in the stomach, cell multiplication and healthy flora in the intestinal tract. i

Mars rules acids in general. It is an active planet, symbolizing energy, and fatty acids play a direct part in making sure that the body has the necessary get up and go when we ask for it: in many intances blood fat levels are connected with incidences of diabetes or hypoglycemia, or imbalances of insulin and, consequently, energy.

Since chlorine is involved with maintaining the acid-alkaline balance within the body, it is natural that Mars have domain over that mineral. Furthermore, chlorine usually compounds with potassium, ruled by the Moon, or with sodium, another Mars-ruled mineral that supports many bodily functions. Because chlorine is such an active element (a Marslike function in itself), it is responsible for muscle, tendon and ligament health—other Mars-ruled domains. Chlorine is a highly active mineral, befitting Mars' energy and constant movement: it makes sure that the osmotic pressure in and out of the cells is just right all the time. But too much chlorine (or too much sodium) reflects a typical negative Mars trait, unrestrained aggressiveness: too much of a good thing can destroy.

In addition, Mars rules molybdenum, iron, phosphorus and selenium. It governs phosphorus because of that mineral's engagement in so many bodily activités: the brain will not function at peak performance nor will nerve transmissions occur unless this mineral exerts its influence. Furthermore, the confidence usually attributed to Mars is lessened if there is a deficiency of this mineral—a person may cower in his or her home, afraid to move from the premises, a very unMartian reaction. Selenium's active involvement within the body also links it to Mars. And the colors produced by selenium in industry are all Martian—red, orange and yellow.

The worst indication for any type of surgery is probably when Mars is retrograde. Mars retrograde may mean heavy loss of blood, unexpected hemorrhaging or a mistake on the part of the surgeon. Since Mars is the ruler of surgeons, when this planet goes retrograde, surgeons are often not their steadiest or most reliable. There will be interference and misdirected attention. It does not mark a good time for concentration, especially when microsurgery is to be performed.

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