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   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
hip disease.
   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
visitors allowed."
   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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