The first step involves determining potential vitamin and mineral deficiencies. If a person is on a good, natural diet, chances are that there will be minimal or nonexistent deficiencies; however, because most people live in cities, caught up in pressured lifestyles, they have diets containing nitrites, preprocessed and prepackaged foods that will create some deficiencies.
To ascertain the potential vitamin and mineral deficiencies, a medical astrologer looks at each of the planets to see how many hard aspects are present. A ten-degree orb is allowed for any hard aspect involv-
there are no hard aspects between Uranus and Neptune and Uranus and Pluto.
Next, looking at all the planets represented, a medical astrologer counts the hard aspects in the following way, writing the information down on a work sheet such as that reproduced in Figure 3:
Su - 2 Ju - 2 Mo - 4 Sa -1 Me - 2 Ur - 0 Ve -1 Ne - 2 Ma - 1 PI - 2
At this point the medical astrologer should take note of which planets have the most hard aspects to them. The planets with the highest number of hard aspects are suspect of creating deficiencies within the body if dietary needs are not adequately met. The planets with lower numbers of hard aspects usually hint at mild deficiencies that can be corrected with proper eating habits and do not necessarily require supplementation. And planets with no hard aspects must be scrutinized closely because they may be fully responsible for deficiencies. To know which planet rules what vitamins and minerals, see Figure 4.
Figure 2 FEMALE NATAL CHART
ing the Sun or Moon. The rest of the planets are allowed up to a seven-degree orb, although the smaller the orb the more likelihood of deficiencies. Tight orbs of three or fewer degrees strongly indicate "action" because of the strength inherent between the two planets and because of the amount of stress they are placing on the body.
The first question is: "What planets aspect the natal Sun?" In the chart reproduced in Figure 2 the Sun is square the Moon and conjunct Mercury.
The next question is: "How many hard aspects are there to the Moon?" In the chart in Figure 2 the Moon is inconjunct Pluto, Mars and Neptune, thus forming a double yod configuration, a very stressful pattern. Furthermore, both Mars and Pluto are in the Twelfth House, which rules health matters—a placement that should be noted.
Then the medical astrologer finds out the hard aspects of the other planets. In the sample chart Mercury is inconjunct Jupiter, Venus is square Neptune, Mars is conjunct Pluto, Jupiter is square Saturn, and
Figure 2 FEMALE NATAL CHART
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