Your natal (birth) chart is a map to your soul's evolution. All of us are directed by astrological, and thus evolutionary, forces that direct our lives. Astrology assists in seeing how to work with those forces.
Evolutionary Astrology is a tool that can be used to open the door to your unconscious patterning and measure the growth of your soul’s journey from life to life. It is a philosophical framework and set of principles defined by natural law, which include the following core perceptions:
1. An acceptance of the fact that human beings incarnate in a succession of lifetimes.
2. An acceptance of the fact that the natal chart reflects the evolutionary condition of the soul at the moment of incarnation.
3. An acceptance of the fact that the natal chart reflects the evolutionary intentions of the soul for the present life.
4. An acceptance of the fact that the circumstances of the present life, both materially and psychologically, do not arise randomly, but rather reflect the evolutionary intentions and necessities of the soul.
5. An acceptance of the fact that human beings interact creatively and unpredictably with their natal charts; that all astrological symbols are multi-dimensional and are modulated into material and psychic expression by the consciousness of the individual.
6. An acceptance of the fact that human beings are responsible for the realities they experience, both internally and externally.
7. A respectful intention to accept and support a person seeking astrological help, no matter the evolutionary state in which such an individual finds himself or herself.
Shamanic Astrology acknowledges that our planets have a living essence, and that this living spirit is something with which we can interact.
Shamanic Astrology, perhaps the most ancient form of astrology, is closely connected to animism, which is a belief system in which plants, inanimate objects, and natural phenomena have a soul or all possess a distinct spiritual essence.
In the anthropology of religion, animism was a term created to describe the belief system of many indigenous people that animals, plants, rocks, rivers, weather systems, and even words are have an aliveness to them and have agency–that there exists no hard and fast distinction between the spiritual and physical/material world, that soul or spirit or sentience exists not only in humans, but all entities of the natural environment. In fact, every indigenous culture on Earth has had its own version.
Author and Astrologer, Donna Woodwell, notes, “to the ancients, things that moved had desires. They had Soul. And if it had Soul, it had the possibility of Intelligence — what we might call “consciousness.” In fact, the word Zodiac — the band of the heavens through which the Sun and all the planets move — was Zoidia (from the Greek ζῷον, zōion). As Hellenistic Astrologer Joseph Crane points out, Zoidia (pronounced Zoy-ja) is a complex term referring to a “living thing, also the seat of a god, or a picture or icon.”
A term that describes the type of knowing [of your cosmic roots] that results from intuitive dialogue with these planets and cosmic forces (not necessarily with words) is Kosmognosis. As you relate, feel into, and engage with astrological archetypes with the wholeness of your self, you may begin to recognize the living gods among us that live within and without of our bodies. As above, so below.
Medical Astrology helps to identify parts of the body that may be impacted by planetary influences, signs, and houses.
Medical Astrology is an inestimably useful branch of astrology that has continued underground amongst “renegade” physicians in the west up to our present era, and has always been a mainstay in India and Tibet. It was known to be practiced in the Greek era and was a requisite to obtaining a physician’s license in the Medieval and Renaissance periods. In fact, Hippocrates (460BC – 380 BC), Father of Medicine, stated, “He who does not understand astrology is not a doctor but a fool.”
Dr. Nageshraau notes the corresponding anatomy to planetary archetypes:
Sun: Heart, Sun-stroke, Eyes, Blood circulation, Spinal cord, Right eye in males and left eye in females.
Moon: Cold, pneumonia, breast related diseases, kidneys, Stomach, and Uterus related problems, Mania, Motions, left eye in males, right eye in females.
Mercury: Digestive system, nerves, Lungs, Speech related problems, Mouth, Tongue, Hands, Epilepsy.
Venus: Throat, neck, cheeks, skin, venereal diseases and reproductive organs.
Mars: Forehead, nose, muscles, male reproductive organs, piles, hemorrhage, injuries, burns, cuts, fevers, accidents, electric shock, suicidal tendencies.
Jupiter: Liver, diabetes, blood vessels, right ear, thigh, buttocks, obesity, problems due to excess-eating.
Saturn: General weakness, bony appearance, Teeth, bones, knees, joints, rheumatism, chronic diseases, asthma, lungs-related diseases, tuberculosis and skin-related diseases.
Uranus: Diseases to arteries, brain’s nervous system, parts of spinal cord, electric shock, heart attack, sudden accidents and unknown diseases.
Neptune: Psychic diseases, epilepsy, lunacy, food poisoning, drug addiction, conjunctivitis, drowning, delusions, insomnia, infectious and contagious diseases, bites of poisonous insects or animals.
Pluto: Congenital diseases, venereal diseases and accidents, diseases due to harmful radiation like X-rays, atomic rays, UV rays, or radio-active rays.
NOTE: Medical Astrology is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, or provide medical advice. However, it can be most effectively used to make astrological suggestions that can be assessed by your physician.