Astrology Secrets Revealed by ERIC FRANCIS

Astrology and Medicine


July 22, 2005


Hello Eric,


Your latest column states that "Jackie Robinson suffered from diabetes, which is often about a lot of internalized anger." As a registered nurse, this sparked intense curiosity about how I might intertwine medicine and astrology for a better patient outcome. Is this possible?


Thank you





Dear Susi


My observation about diabetes was not based on something I read, but rather something I observed from working with clients, and sensed energetically. It was not based on proper medical astrology but an observation that rather more or less showed up over time. Listen to people enough and you start to get a sense of what is troubling them and why. Sometimes it's useful information, and sometimes it's not.


Health is one of the most important concerns people seek advice about (astrological or otherwise), and I think that astrology has a lot to offer, as does tarot. But you have to be careful -- very careful.


Health is an area of life where people are extremely open to suggestion, susceptible to their deepest fears, and caught in a great many beliefs that make astrology look sane and rational. Using astrology medically takes training and practice, and requires a sensitive touch, and you really have to know what you're talking about before you make a concrete statement. It also helps to have some functional ability in a healing art.


According to the Jim Lewis "Encyclopedia of Astrology," the great Greek physician Hippocrates is said to have required his students to learn astrology.


There was a time when casting the horoscope for diagnostic purposes was as commonplace as feeling a person's pulse. The horoscope, cast for the time a person took ill (not the first symptoms, but either when they took to their bed, or the time of the first diagnosis), was one of the most trusted diagnostic tools, and from what I have read, through the Middle Ages, doctors would consult the chart for guidance about both diagnosis and the proper herbs to prescribe. In many ways, herbalism and astrology are the same system, linked through many correspondences, and relying on something called the Doctrine of Signatures.


This is a Medieval concept that says that there is a scheme of nature; that the universe is holographic: that is, that there are many images of the same thing presented in the natural world.


Medical astrology assigns astrological signs to parts of the body -- starting with Aries (head) and down to Pisces (feet). These are parts of the body where there is emphasis where a planet is in a sign and house.


To give an example, Leo is the sign of the Sun, which is gold, and which is associated with the heart. Even in modern homeopathy, the remedy aurum metallicum (gold) is used as a heart remedy. The many systems of astrological birthstones are a holdover from this system of correspondences and signatures, and many forms of using astrology medically (particularly in India) rely on the use of amulets and stones as the remedy, or part of it.


In my own work, I would say that I've found astrology to be moderately useful at sussing out medical issues, and I've seen that the chart can significantly represent what is happening with a person health-wise beneath the surface. But I am not specifically trained in this work, nor have I devoted myself to it. (I've taken the more spiritual-psychological approach, at which astrology truly can excel as a tool.)


In contemporary times, we can also use astrology to facilitate awareness of the mind-body connection, which can be quite helpful as a healing aid. This is also true of tarot.


One method I have found useful is to use the process to get people to open up and discuss their problems and feelings; this alone is therapeutic.


People who are normally reserved will divulge their inner complexities when it's done over a tarot spread, and this can reveal something close to the root of their struggle. For a lot of people, just having the opportunity to talk is an aid in itself. For the practitioner, they will gain insight as to what is going on inside the patient -- their thoughts and feelings -- and thereby be able to give a more holistic advice.


By using tarot or astrology, a sort of distance is put between the patient and his problem, so it is not so difficult to talk -- the conversation is about the reading, not about him/her. Or you could say that the divination tool allows the patient to shift their point of view and get another perspective.


The help that this provides is not merely the placebo effect. It is very often true that what is bothering us is emotionally at the heart of what is bothering us medically. I think this is a pretty safe use of tarot for opening up a discussion and getting a look at what's going on inside a person's psyche.


Astrology can work the same way; I've written lots about exploring the events and feelings of past transits, particularly Chiron transits, and it's often true that when we check these events and experiences that information arises in the course of the discussion that helps people get a sense of what's really happening with them. We really need to never underestimate the power of a person talking about what's troubling them. In homeopathy, a branch of medicine for which I have great admiration, talking about one's problems is the patient's whole contribution to the healing process.


I think these are the safest, most benign uses of astrology and tarot in contexts where one is not a trained medical astrologer or at least horary astrologer. But for those interested in the field, there are medical astrology books listed here, with the most famous above.


And here is an article on astrology and homeopathy.