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THE ANATOMICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL PROPERTIES
When Aries, which has rule over the head, is on the Ascendant, we have a
person whose actions are impulsive and aggressive. He acts and speaks
quickly. An excess of life force is generated by these people. This is in-
tensified when the dynamic Mars, which is the ruler of Aries, is also in Ar-
ies on the Ascendant, or when the life-giving sun is there. When these
planets add their vital energies to the Ascendant, we have a person who is
very apt to dissipate his forces. people who express Aries very strongly
are apt to be quick of temper of an explosive kind, but will not hold spite.
Those with Aries on the Ascendant, or with the sun or Mars there, are quick
to anger but also ready to forgive.
Aries rules the head, the cerebral hemispheres of the brain, the upper
jaw, the eyes, and the face. The nose, however, is ruled by the martial
sign of Scorpio.
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Aries is hot, dry, and inflammatory. Aries people with a slight cold or
disturbance of health may have a very high temperature. In illness their
fever will often be from three to four degrees higher than that of the per-
sons born uder the watery of airy signs. Under planetary afflictions these
people are subject to brain fever, dizziness, nosebleed, neuralgia, inflam-
mation of the cerebral hemispheres, and diseases of the brain and face.
They frequently suffer from a rush of blood to the head.
The will of the patient plays a great part in the success of healing.
People under positive signs are most likely to respond, for they make per-
sonal effort to help the healer, while negative-sign people are prone to
follow the line of least resistance and to be neglectful in following the
instructions of the healer.
Taurus has rule over the region of the neck, the ears, palate, larynx,
tonsils, thyroid gland, lower jaw, occipital region, cerebellum, atlas, and
cervical vertebrae, vocal chords, carotid arteries, jugular vein, and the
The Taurian is very stubborn and tenacious. Taurus being a negative
sign, when a Taurian contracts a disease, he holds on to it tenaciously. He
has great fear of sickness, and on account of this fear he makes a poor doc-
tor or nurse, whereas the Arian, being under Aires which is a positive sign,
will go into a sick room without fear and quickly throw off the disease. If
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you have a patient who has Taurus rising or the sun in Taurus, never let him
think he is much ill, for his fear of sickness will often bring on a spell
of it. The Taurian has a tendency to take on flesh in middle life. Being
short and thickest as a rule, he becomes very fleshy about the neck and base
of the skull. This has a tendency to cause the swelling of glands, tonsil-
litis, quinsy, and various diseases of the organs of the neck; also polypi.
Gemini has rule over the arms, hands, shoulders, lungs, thymus gland, up-
per ribs, trachea, bronchi, capillaries, breath, and oxygenation of the
The Gemini person is subject to nervous troubles. Gemini being one of
the common signs, a person born with this sign rising is often very careless
of his health and habits, and on this account we find more tubercular pa-
tients among Gemini people than among people of any one of the other eleven
signs. Gemini being classed among the positive signs, the Gemini person
can, if he is given the least bit of help, often throw off a disease. The
diseases to which Gemini is most subject are pulmonary troubles, bronchitis,
asthma, pneumonia, consumption, pleurisy, and nervous disorders.
When we have a horoscope to diagnose for one who has the watery and
negative Cancer rising, we may look for one who is low in vitality; one who
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is very timid yet loath to follow the advice of others. Cancer people are
apt to do the opposite from that which they are advised to do. They are
also full of suspicion, and on account of lack of faith in others they are
difficult to reach; but when their faith has once been established, they are
most loyal and ready to cooperate. A little praise or appreciation will of-
ten win them over. They are unduly sensitive, and when hurt do not forget
it readily. When the sun is in this watery sign, the native has more vital-
ity than when it is rising, for the sun is the giver of life and energy.
Cancer has rule over the stomach, diaphragm, the mammae, upper lobes of
the liver, thoracic duct, eumification, peristalsis, the pancreas, gastric
vein, and the serum of the blood.
The afflictions which may be classed under the sign of Cancer are indi-
gestion, hiccough, flatulency, dropsy, and sclerosis. Cancer people are
very fond of food and are usually hearty eaters. Consequently they are of-
ten afflicted with diseases which originate in wrong diet; especially do we
find this so with the people have Saturn in Cancer. This planet has a re-
stricting influence, and wherever he is found he robs the corresponding or-
gan of its fluids. When in Cancer he gives a desire for pastry and sweets.
When we have to deal with a patient with Leo on the Ascendant, we have
one with great vital energy, one who will not readily succumb to disease.
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The Leo usually puts up a brave fight to overcome without calling upon oth-
ers for help, but when he gives up, he is usually very sick; he recovers
rapidly from illness, however. His pride will not permit him as a rule to
become a charge upon others. Being a positive sign the greatest handicap to
the Leo is impulse. He feels he must do everything with a very great amount
of energy, which is detrimental to the health of the parts of the body ruled
by this vital sign: the heart, aorta, vena cava, dorsal region of the
spine, and the spinal cord.
The sun, which is the life giver, rules this sign of Leo and also has
rule over the vital etheric fluid coming through the spleen, which is the
gateway of the solar forces. Through the spleen the sign of Leo draws its
strength largely. We find those born with this sign rising very vital and
full of force, especially if the sun is also in Leo; but by the destructive
use of their surplus energy they are often afflicted with heart trouble of
various kinds, also spinal troubles. They suffer frequently with distur-
bance of the spleen, which has an effect upon the activities of the blood,
causing an excess of white blood corpuscles, which are destroyers and not
policemen of the blood stream as medical science claims.
Virgo is a feminine and negative sign, the second of the earthy triplic-
ity, and has less power of resistance that the fixed sign of Leo. Virgo may
stand considerable strain, however, being of a nervous and wiry temperament;
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still when the Virgoan gives up, he finds it very hard to rise and shake off
an illness. Being of a negative disposition he is apt to let circumstances
rule him, and does not assert his will power to overcome. Virgo is the
natural sixth house sign, the house which has rule over sickness; hence when
Virgo people once get into the clutches of sickness, they are apt to become
chronic invalids. Therefore though such people make excellent nurses, they
should be advised against this vocation and avoid sick rooms and hospitals,
for they are like sponges and every ready to take on the disease of their
Virgo rules the abdominal region, intestines, the lower lobes of the
liver, the spleen, the duodenum, and the sympathetic nervous system.
The afflictions which may be classed under the sign of Virgo are deter-
mined largely by the planets which may be afflicted in this sign. Cramps in
the intestines, wind, colic, malnutrition, diarrhea, constipation, peritoni-
tis, cholera, dysentery, worms, catarrh of the bowels, and appendicitis may
result from afflictions in Virgo.
Libra is one of the signs wherein the sun is weak. The sun is symbolized
by Sampson, who is minus his strength, for Delilah, who is the feminine
Virgo, has shorn him of his power, which was in his hair, representing the
sun's rays. As the sun enters Libra, it changes from north to south
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declination; and as Libra is the sign of Saturn's exaltation, the sun's rays
at this point, the crossing of the equator, are weakest. Libra people on
this account are not always able to rise above physical conditions. Their
moods waver like the symbol which represents the sign, the scales. At one
time Librans are up in the seventh heaven of happiness and optimism, but at
the least mental disturbance they may drop to the very bottom of pessimism
and despair. Idealism is well developed in the Libran. The Libran patient
should, if possible, never be discouraged in whatever he has set his heart
upon doing, for shatter his ideals and down goes one side of the scales into
the very deepest discouragement, which often causes ill health. The Libran
should cultivate equilibrium.
Physiologically this sign rules the kidneys, the lumbar region of the
spine, the skin, the ureters, which are the tiny ducts running between the
kidneys and the bladder, and the vaso-motor system. The afflictions from
with the Libran is most likely to suffer are Brights's disease, lumbago,
disturbed urine. The disease depends greatly upon the planets afflicting:
if Saturn, there is a scarcity of urine; if Jupiter, an excess, etc.
Nephritis, eczema, and diabetes are also diseases from which the Libran is
likely to suffer.
The martial, watery sign of Scorpio is one of the least understood signs
of the entire twelve. Scorpio produces a number of types. Usually the
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Scorpio person is of a secretive, timid, retiring nature, one who does not
talk of his affairs. But there is another type of Scorpio who is ready to
argue at "the drop of the hat," holding our for his point, and he can become
very cruel. He usually has an explosive temper, which may, if the horoscope
has afflictions, undermine the health. The greatest danger to the health of
the Scorpio, however, comes from the generative organs and the ducts through
which the excretions of the body pass, such as the urethra (the small canal
through which the urine passes from the bladder outward) and the colon,
including the anus.
The bladder, the sigmoid flexure, prostate gland, pubic bone, the red
coloring matter of the blood, and the nasal bones are also under the rule of
People born under this sign make good healers, surgeons, doctors, and
nurses. But there is often a cruel and tyrannical streak in the Scorpio,
and the desire nature is strong, sometimes sensual. Low desires often bring
excesses, which may cause the following diseases, expressing themselves ac-
cording to the planets and the afflicting aspects: syphilis, hernia,
scurvy, fistula, piles, inflammation and falling of the womb, uterine
troubles, stricture of the prostrate gland, and nasal catarrh.
The Sagittarian is usually the most gentle and easily cured of all pa-
tients, for with his frank and kindly nature he is most trusting and ever
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ready to follow all the instructions of the healer; but he will also respond
to every negative suggestion. The healer may have given constructive advice
and left the patient feeling encouraged, but should one of his many friends
(for the Sagittarian is usually very popular and good mixer and therefore
attracts many friends to him) suggest sickness or tell him that he is look-
ing bad or give him some other remedy to follow he is very apt to accept the
suggestion. The result is that he often retards his recovery. Therefore it
is necessary for the Sagittarian patient to be placed under the care of
someone who will protect him from adverse suggestions.
Sagittarius rules the region of the body directly surrounding the hips,
the sacral region of the spine, the coccygeal vertebrae, the femur, the
ilium, the iliac arteries, the sciatic nerves, and the ischium.
The Sagittarian diseases are locomotor ataxia, sciatica, rheumatism, and
The sign of Capricorn is an earthy sign and ruled by the planet Saturn.
Capricorn people do not yield to disease very readily. They are of a wiry,
persistent, and stolid nature, and will suffer considerable pain before they
will succumb to illness. But once they have given in to sickness then they
are just as slow and stubborn in holding on to it. They sometimes become
hypochondriacs, and the healer must use most diplomatic methods to break up
the crystallized condition with which these Saturnian people clothe them-
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selves. The most unfortunate part of it is that if a Capricorn who is in
this mental and physical state is aware that anyone is endeavoring to help
him, he will resist help and close up against the friend who thus approaches
him. Capricorn people ae super-sensitive and very retiring. They often
form habits of entertaining gloom and despondency, which have a deteriorat-
ing effect upon the health.
The sign of Capricorn has rule over the knees, the skin, the joints, and
the hair. The skin of a Capricorn person is often sallow and dry.
The disease to which Capricorn is subject are exzema, syphilis, leprosy;
also dislocation of the bones.
The fixed and airy sign of Aquarius is under the rule of two planets, the
melancholy, fearful, and overanxious Saturn, which is ordinarily termed the
planet of obstruction, and the impulsive, heedless, emotional, and hys-
terical Uranus. While Aquarius is a fixed sign which endows the native with
a strong will, still when the Aquarian is afflicted by adverse aspects be-
tween certain planets, especially Saturn or Uranus when they are strongly
placed in the horoscope, he is prone to develop extreme gloom, pessimism,
and sensitiveness, or he is rash and responds to the emotional Uranus.
These varying moods frequently result in ill health, which too often takes
the form of nervousness. Aquarius being a mental and airy sign, its natives
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are wiry and ambitious, and are prone to overdo. They can never measure
their strength until the body is strained to its very limit, therefore when
they do give up they are usually in a critical state; but they will give the
healer every opportunity to help them, for they are ever ready to cooperate.
Physiologically the sign of Aquarius rules the lower limbs and ankles.
The diseases with which the Aquarian may be afflicted are varicose veins,
swelling of the legs, and nervous diseases of various kinds. One indication
that the Aquarian has when the nerves begin to get weak is extreme sensi-
tiveness of the skin. There is a crawling sensation felt all over the body,
as if little insects were crawling on the skin.
Pisces is a watery and common sign, and the people born under it are of a
lymphatic and negative nature very fond of luxuries, which too often lead
them to seek a life of ease; in later life they are prone to take on an ex-
cess of soft, flabby flesh, which leads to ill health. The Pisces people
respond very readily to suggestions, whether they are good or evil, and they
will also respond just as quickly to the influence of the healer. Do not
allow anyone who is of a too sympathetic nature to visit the Piscean while
he is ill. Of the oversympathetic type there are too many in the world to-
day, who think it a social duty to call upon every sick friends and
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encourage the ailing one to talk about his disease, and then extend to him,
oh, so much sympathy! The Piscean person will enjoy the visit of the sympa-
thizer, but when the latter has gone, he usually has a relapse and must
quickly send for the doctor or healer. He should be placed in a very cheer-
ful room, with a cheerful attendant, and a sign on the door, "No sympathetic
The Piscean is prone to drift into the habit of drink and the use of nar-
cotics, especially if we find an affliction of the moon and Neptune in the
Pisces rules the feet, the toes, and the fibrin of the blood. On account
of their fondness for good food and an easy life Piscean people are subject
to gout and the swelling of the feet.
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