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Medical Astrology

The Signs and the Houses

The likelihood of illness or injuries relating to a particular sign is derived from both
the nature of the sign with regard to its type by triplicity and that of its natural
ruling planet. Ailments of a sign or planet can also appear by reflection in its
opposite sign or by reflection in the opposite sign of a planet's exaltation. For
example, Venus is exalted in Pisces and by reflection, the ailments associated with
Venus and Pisces can show in the opposite sign of Virgo.
Please note that these are indications only and not just by virtue of having the sun
placed in a certain sign. Many other factors play their part in medical astrology and
the diagnosis or potential for illnesses or ailments. Usually, in order for a condition
to manifest, it will be found that planets will be afflicted in a sign by one of the socalled malefic planets and by a hard aspect between them. However, benefic
planets such as Jupiter and Venus and good aspects from the Sun or Moon can
mitigate or even deny the possibility of any condition taking hold. These matters are
also subject to being triggered by transits.
The houses also govern the various parts of the body by association with their sign
of the natural order of the zodiac. For example, the head is governed by the first
house corresponding to Aries, the throat by the second house corresponding to
Taurus and so on.

Aries/1st House
Ruling Planet: Mars
Triplicity: Fire
Body Parts ruled: head, brain, eyes, face, muscles, pineal gland
Ailments: anything to do with the head. Headache, migraine, sinus problems, head
colds, nosebleeds, fever, inflammation, haemorrhage, high blood pressure,
eruptions, burns, scalds, insect bites and stings.

Taurus/2nd House
Ruling Planet: Venus

Triplicity: Earth
Body Parts ruled: neck, throat, thyroid gland, larynx, chin, lower jaw, ears,
tongue, vocal chords, jugular vein, tonsils
Ailments: anything to do with the throat or neck, sore throat, stiff neck, tension,
excess weight, under-active thyroid gland

Gemini/3rd House
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Triplicity: Air
Body Parts ruled: hands, fingers, arms, shoulders, upper ribs, lungs, bronchial
tracts, trachea, thymus gland, nerves and nervous system
Ailments: those relating to the mental faculty and those associated with the
nerves, nervous strain, restlessness especially of the mind, chest and lung
complaints, asthma, pleurisy, insomnia, amnesia

Cancer/4th House
Ruling Planet: Moon
Triplicity: Water
Body Parts ruled: breasts, breastbone, stomach, alimentary canal, lower ribs,
womb, pancreas
Ailments: stomach and digestive complaints, upset stomach, breast disorders,
lymphatic system disorders, obesity

Leo/5th House
Ruling Planet: Sun
Triplicity: Fire
Body Parts ruled: upper back, spine, spleen, heart, aorta, circulation
Ailments: heart problems, hardening of the arteries, high or low blood pressure,
spinal and back problems, blood disorders

Virgo/6th House
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Triplicity: Earth
Body Parts ruled: nervous system, intestines, stomach, abdomen, lower dorsal
nerves, bowels, nails, spleen
Ailments: anxiety, nervous tension, bowel and digestive system disorders,
intestinal disorders, abdominal disorders

Libra/7th House
Ruling Planet: Venus
Triplicity: Air
Body Parts ruled: lower back (lumbar region), lumbar nerves, buttocks, kidneys,
adrenal glands, blood vessels, skin
Ailments: associated with the kidneys and any problems that arise with them,
those conditions brought about by excess and over-indulgence, obesity. It is
associated with venereal diseases.

Scorpio/8th House
Ruling Planet: Mars and Pluto
Triplicity: Water
Body Parts Ruled: genitals, bladder, cervix, anus, genito-urinary tract, prostate
Ailments: Pluto rules Scorpio so it is associated with ailments of the reproductive
and excretory systems. It occasions deep changes within whatever condition arises.
Can be likened to a volcano bubbling beneath the surface. Ailments: anything
hidden or deep.

Sagittarius/9th House
Ruling Planet: Jupiter

Triplicity: Fire
Body Parts ruled: liver, hips, thighs, arterial system, pelvis, femur (thighbone)
Ailments: Jupiter rules the liver and any complaints of it. As Jupiter's main keyword
is that of expansion, it governs swellings and things that grow such as tumours and
other growths, either malignant or benign. It is also associated with being
overweight and over-indulgence in food, alcohol and drugs.

Capricorn/10th House
Ruling Planet: Saturn
Triplicity: Earth
Body Parts ruled: bones, joints, knees, skin, teeth
Ailments: Saturn rules the skin and bones and by its nature of restriction and
generally slowing things down, anything that is degenerative is ruled by it. It
produces blockages and is associated with poor growth. Dental problems, skin
problems, arthritis

Aquarius/11th House
Ruling Planet: Saturn and Uranus
Triplicity: Air
Body Parts ruled: Circulatory system, ankles, Achilles heal, calves, shins, breath,
Ailments: Circulatory problems, varicose veins, anxiety, muscular spasms, arthritis,

Pisces/12th House
Ruling Planet: Jupiter and Neptune
Triplicity: Water
Body Parts ruled: feet
Ailments: addiction to alcohol or drugs, suspension of normal functioning, wasting
diseases and general lethargy. Anything that impairs normal functioning or gradual

erosion of functions. Immune system problems, fluid retention, hormonal

imbalances, chilblains, glandular problems

The Medicine Garden website has a medical astrology page for each sign that you
may find of interest