Astrology has been linked to medicine since approximately 400BC and was used both as a diagnostic tool, and for constitutional assessment in European medicine, up until the late 17th Century. Like all ancient medicine systems, its philosophies were drawn from nature, through observations of the sky, the seasons and surrounding elements: earth, air, fire and water. Both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine still incorporate their traditional and ancient assessment tools, into modern day practice. However, with a focus on science, the Western model has only been practiced amongst some alternative therapies and by a few renegade physicians into the 21st century.

Based on the health trinity (mind, body and soul) medical astrology was used to assist in medical diagnosis, determine appropriate remedies and lifestyle changes, timing for treatment and dates for surgery. In its modern-day usage, it is used as an archetypal constitutional assessment tool, offering insight into one’s natural state of wellbeing, potential strengths and weakness, and other lifestyle patterns that may lead to health imbalance. Looking at the symbols within the chart can lead to insight far more quickly, deepening the understanding of a case and also opening up conversations exploring any constitutional imbalances, whether they be physical, emotional or spiritual.

All the Traditional Herbs were assigned to the signs and planets based on their energetics, or temperament, and treatments were prescribed by their desired balancing action. Thanks to the wonderful work of Nicholas Culpeper, a physician recognised as one of the best astrological botanists and herbalist in the 17th century, we still have in print today, more than 350 years later, what is considered to be one of the most complete and definitive Herbal Pharmacopeia. In more recent times, many types of Flower Essences and Tissue Salts have also been assigned to their appropriate signs, or planets.

Despite being cast aside as mere superstition, medical astrology has managed not only to survive, but has evolved into a powerful physical and psycho-spiritual healing system, thanks to the contributions of so many brilliant minds in the 20th century. We have our foundation firmly grounded in science and an awareness that health requires the integration of mental, emotional and spiritual practices, so now it’s time to re-wed our ancient system founded in nature, back with the healing therapies, to provide a more complete holistic system.

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