A long time ago, I happened across such a magazine article that was specifically about medicinal astrology. When I compared the information for the health problems it discussed for my present and future to what I knew of my own health, I was quite surprised at the accuracy of the explanations and predictions pertaining to my sign. I was well aware of my own health strengths and weaknesses, and the horoscope directly correlated with the condition of my present health and the likelihood of my future health. Since then, I have continued my exploration of astro-medicine.
In spite of all the research, no one can specifically and accurately ascertain when roads of an astrology and medicine come together. Some of the occults believe that priests-doctors of the disappeared continent Atlantis treated all illnesses as disconnections between a human body and heavenly influence. Historians say that roots of astrological medicine started in the times of ancient Chaldea, where stars and planets were regularly investigated for the first time and data about the movements of the stars was stored. Scientists of early Mesopotamia observed interrelations between heavenly objects and the occurrence of various diseases in individuals and at epidemic levels. Astrology, medicine and religion were the uniform doctrine before the First Dynasty of Chaldea. Healers-astrologists prescribed the procedures and medicines according to the position of stars, integrating the horoscope of the patient and even the doctor. This knowledge was carefully protected and only known to a narrow circle of priests, which would explain why so many of their investigations, case studies and findings have been lost among the centuries.
Even still, from Mesopotamia and Egypt, "Chaldean science," including medical astrology, moved out to a worldwide audience, reaching its perfection in Greece and moving forward even to our modern-day. Hippocrates (460-370 B.C.), “the father of medicine,” was the first doctor to use astrology in his description of illnesses. In the days of the rule of Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus (27 B.C.-14 A.D.), Roman researcher Marcus Maniluis (fl. 1st century A.D.), scribed the treatise, Astronomicon, a Latin didactic poem in five books, in which he stated the theory of the zodiac’s person. The poet writes with passion about his Stoic beliefs and shows humor in his character sketches of persons born under particular stars. According to this theory, each body as a whole and each anatomic part of a human body is under the influence of one of signs on the zodiac. So, the human head is ruled by Oven, the neck by Taurus, etc., and so on. After the fall of the Roman Empire, interest in astrology fell off.
In spite of the fact that many interpreters of the Talmud suggest that astrology is in opposition to the laws of Israel (because angels-rebels taught it), many Jewish men practiced astrology. According to Jewish treatises, Abraham, the father of ancient Jews, being a Chaldean person, carried an engraved astrological shield on his breast, on which each person could decipher the future. Ancient writers pointed out that all kings of the East and the West gathered every morning at the door of this great patriarch for his advice.
Since the times of Babylon and Egypt, Jews have kept knowledge of astrology in their confidential doctrines. Astrology in the Middle Ages re-blossomed due, in large part, to the works of the Jewish scientists of the AlexandriaSchool. Many works on astrology have been deeply penetrated by the Jewish mysticism. Thus, astrology, once again, was presented to Medieval Europe. Faculties of astrology have been founded at universities in Cordoba and Toledo, in which students from every part of the continent studied the science of the stars. Astrology was recognized in all countries, classes, and trades and by leading minds of the Europe of that period. It was blossoming time for astrology. Not only researchers, but also kings, Popes and the titled persons became adherents of astrology. When Catherine de’ Medici (1519-1589) arrived to France as the wife of Henry II (1519-1559), she brought with her a staff of leading astrologists of Florence. She never made any decision without their advice. Among Ekaterina’s consults was Michel dе Nostredame (1503-1566), the doctor-astrologist who successfully treated victims of a plague in 1546. He was a Jew who converted into Christianity. Later, he became known for his predictions under the Latin form of his name, “Nostradamus.”
Doctors and surgeons of that time left countless works on the themes of astro-medicine. These works are not only priceless by their content, but also because they provide vital information about the medical properties of many herbs. Unfortunately, because of the continuation of the blind biases of traditional researchers, this literature is not accessible to many modern students. Manuscripts and books are under lock-and-key in library archives of the European museums, at universities and in the Vatican. At the end of 18 centuries, use of astrology in diagnostics and treatments has vanished from the practice of traditional medicine, in spite of its proven history of success. It has all but disappeared, publicly, at least.
Astrology would demand that if a doctor will not familiarize him/herself with the horoscope of their patient before treatment, it would be necessary in most cases to investigate that of the doctor. To learn when and where the doctor was born is not necessarily so easy, but it can agree with your rational promptings. Experts of astro-medicine tell us that if there is no star harmony between the patients and the doctor, recovery can be incomplete or, in some cases, will not occur at all. In such cases it is necessary careful choose another doctor.
Copyright © Rachel Madorsky 2008