Diagnosis From Horoscopes
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 intensified when the dynamic Mars, which is the ruler of
Aries, is also in Aries 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.
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 persons born under the watery of airy signs.
Under planetary afflictions these people are subject to brain fever,
dizziness, nosebleed, neuralgia, inflammation 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 personal 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 pharynx.
The Taurean is very stubborn and
tenacious. Taurus being a negative sign, when a Taurean 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 doctor 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 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 Taurean 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, tonsillitis, quinsy, and various diseases of
the organs of the neck; also polypi.
Gemini has rule over the arms, hands,
shoulders, lungs, thymus gland, upper ribs, trachea, bronchi, capillaries,
breath, and oxygenation of the blood.
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 patients 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 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 often 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 vitality 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,
chymification, peristalsis, the pancreas, gastric vein, and the serum of the
The afflictions which may be classed
under the sign of Cancer are indigestion, hiccough, flatulency, dropsy, and
sclerosis. Cancer people are very fond of food and are usually hearty
eaters. Consequently they are often 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 restricting influence, and wherever he is found he
robs the corresponding organ 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. The Leo usually puts up a brave fight to
overcome without calling upon others 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 disturbance 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
Virgo is a feminine and negative sign,
the second of the earthy triplicity, 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; 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 patients.
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 determined largely by the planets which may be
afflicted in this sign. Cramps in the intestines, wind, colic, malnutrition,
diarrhea, constipation, peritonitis, 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 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
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
Bright'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 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 Scorpio.
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 according 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
The Sagittarian is usually the most
gentle and easily cured of all patients, for with his frank and kindly
nature he is most trusting and ever 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 looking 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 ileum, the iliac arteries, the sciatic nerves, and
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 themselves. 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 are super-sensitive and
very retiring. They often form habits of entertaining gloom and despondency,
which have a deteriorating 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 diseases to which Capricorn is
subject are eczema, 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 hysterical Uranus. While Aquarius is a
fixed sign which endows the native with a strong will, still when the
Aquarian is afflicted by adverse aspects between 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 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 sensitiveness of the skin. There is a crawling
sensation felt all over the body, as if little insects were crawling on the
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 excess 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 over-sympathetic type
there are too many in the world today, who think it a social duty to call
upon every sick friends and 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 sympathizer, 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 cheerful 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 narcotics, especially if we find an affliction
of the moon and Neptune in the horoscope.
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.
ARIES-Brain, cerebral hemispheres,
cranium, eyes, face, upper jaw, internal carotid arteries.
TAURUS-Neck, throat, palate,
larynx, tonsils, lower jaw, ears, occipital region, cerebellum, atlas, axis,
external carotid arteries, jugular veins, pharynx, thyroid gland, cervical
GEMINI-Shoulders, arms, hands,
upper ribs, lungs, trachea, bronchi, capillaries, breath, oxygenation of
diaphragm, the mammae, lacteals, upper lobes of liver, thoracic duct,
pancreas, serum of blood, peristalsis of the stomach, chymification.
LEO-Heart, dorsal region of spine,
spinal cord, aorta, superior and inferior vena cava.
VIRGO-Abdominal region, large and
small intestines, lower lobe of liver, spleen, duodenum, chylification,
peristalsis of the bowels.
LIBRA-Kidneys, adrenals, lumbar
region, skin, ureters, vasomotor system.
genitals, descending colon, prostate gland, sigmoid flexure, nasal bone,
pubic bone, red coloring matter in blood.
SAGITTARIUS-Hips, thighs, femur,
ileum, coccygeal vertebrae, sacral region, sciatic nerves, ischium.
CAPRICORN-Skin, knees, joints,
AQUARIUS-Lower limbs, ankles.
PISCES-Feet, toes, fibrin of
excesses; heat, dryness, inflammation.
uncontrolled anger, luxuriousness.
CANCER-Lack of vitality, tenacity,
LEO-Impulse, arrogance, fixity,
VIRGO-Selfishness, criticism, lack
of sympathy, chastity.
sensitiveness, melancholy, jealousy.
deliberation, crystallization, dryness.
PISCES-Sensitiveness, lack of
vitality, indolence, secretiveness.
cerebral congestion, brain fever, baldness, headache, dizziness, eye
affections, toothache, gumboils.
laryngitis, tonsillitis, croup, polypi, quinsy, glandular swelling of
pneumonia, consumption, pleurisy, corrupted blood, nervous trouble, anemia.
gastric catarrh, hiccough, flatulency, dropsy, sclerosis.
LEO-Heart disease, angina
pectoris, locomotor ataxia, hyperemia, spinal disease, spinal meningitis,
dysentery, colic, constipation, diarrhea, cholera, typhoid, appendicitis,
LIBRA-Bright's disease, lumbago,
suppression of urine, nephritis, diabetes, renal calculi, uremia.
SCORPIO-Syphilis, rupture, gravel,
scurvy, fistula, piles, diseases of the womb or uterus, urethral stricture,
prostatic stricture, nasal catarrh, disease of nasal mucous membrane and
sciatica, lumbago, rheumatism, hip disease, accidents to thighs.
leprosy, dislocation of bones, weak knees.
AQUARIUS-Varicose veins, swollen
ankles, leg ache, nervous diseases, sensitive skin.
PISCES-Bunions, gout, deformed
feet and toes, tumors, dropsy.
SUN-Vital fluid, spleen,
distribution of heat, pons varolii, oxygen, heart.
VENUS-Throat, kidneys, thymus
gland, venous circulation.
MERCURY-Nerves, bronchial tubes,
pulmonary circulation, thyroid gland, right cerebral hemisphere, cerebro-spinal
system, sensory nerves, vital fluid in nerves, vocal cords, ears, sight,
tongue, all sense perception, breath.
MOON-Esophagus, uterus, ovaries,
lymphatics, sympathetic nervous system synovial fluid, alimentary canal,
lymph, chyle, nerve sheaths.
pneumogastric or vagus nerve, teeth, skin, joints, ligaments, sigmoid
suprarenals, arterial circulation, fibrin of blood, disposition of fats.
MARS-Iron in blood, red coloring
matter in blood, genitals, motor nerves, left cerebral hemisphere, muscular
movements, desire body, rectum.
URANUS-Ethers, eyes, pituitary
NEPTUNE-Pineal gland, spinal
canal, nerve fiber.
SUN-Hot, dry, vital,
constructive, expansive, tonic.
VENUS-Warn, lymphatic, relaxing,
MERCURY-Cold, dry, nervous.
MOON-Moist, cold, nutritive,
receptive, collective, fluidic.
SATURN-Cold, dry, chronic,
contracting, crystallizing, binding, restricting, centripetal, obstructive.
JUPITER-Warn, moist, nourishing,
expansive, corpulent, gourmandizing.
MARS-Hot, dry, inflammatory,
energetic, eruptive, excessive, violent, positive.
URANUS-Dry, spasmodic, electric,
explosive, convulsive, disorganizing.
stunting, restricting, constricting.
EYES-Aries, Uranus, sun, moon,
Ascelli, Antares, Pleiades.
Pythagoras taught that the
solar system is one mighty musical instrument, that the twelve signs of the
zodiac may be compared to the semitones of the chromatic scale, and that the
planets constitute the seven white keys of the cosmic key board. Each sign
responds to a certain tone; some tones blend and are harmonious, while
others clash. As we find disharmony and conflict between certain notes of a
piano and between certain strings of a harp, so do we find similar inharmony
between various signs of the zodiac and various planets in their effect on
The symbol of the trine is the
triangle. In astrology the trine is considered harmonious and benefic. Then
we have the signs which represent the four elements, forming the fiery,
earthy, airy, and watery triangles.
The fiery and airy signs are in harmony
with each other, and the earthy and watery triplicities are friendly; but
the fiery and watery will not harmonize, neither will the earthy and the
fiery signs. Planets in these various groups of signs will express the same
sympathy or antipathy as the signs themselves. The sign triplicities express
themselves through harmony in the temperaments and personalities of people,
while the squares express their afflictions through physical discomforts.
Disease is really a lack of harmony
between the spirit and the personality, a conflict between the lower and the
higher man. The trines or triplicities act as peacemakers, while the squares
and oppositions place limitations upon the spirit. The latter pair bring the
lessons which are to be learned. They exact payment of the debts of destiny
from a person for the mistakes made and the selfishness expressed in past
lives. The squares and oppositions are most vital in their action. The
squares operate through three groups of signs which constitute--
THE VICIOUS CIRCLE
Doctors have for years been studying
the strange sympathy between different parts of the body which they have
found manifested in the diseases of various patients. When they find a
disease in one organ, they are in the habit of looking for the cause in
another organ which is in sympathy with the first. For instance, in glaucoma
or certain kinds of eye trouble they have invariably found that the real
cause or seat of the trouble was in the stomach or the kidneys. In certain
types of throat trouble and in goiter a weakened heart has frequently been
found to be the cause.
The four points of the circle of the
cardinal or equinoctial signs, namely, Aries the eyes, Libra the kidneys,
Cancer the stomach, and Capricorn the knees, are closely in sympathy with
one another, and trouble in one will frequently manifest in one of the other
signs of this circle. For instance, if we find Saturn in the sign of its
fall, Cancer, and afflicted, digestive troubles ensue and invariably the
kidneys will be disturbed; sometimes stiff knee joints are the result. Eye
troubles are frequently developed as a result of wrong eating. People with
Saturn in Cancer are extremists in their selection of food. They have
strange likes and dislikes.
The second vicious circle is that of
the fixed signs: Taurus the throat; Scorpio the generative organs, rectum,
urethra, and nose; Leo the heart and spine; Aquarius the legs, below the
knees. When the organs of voice or the tonsils are operated upon in
childhood there will be disturbances at puberty and later troubles in
childbirth. Great sympathy is found between the sex organs and the organs of
speech. The removal of parts of the sex organs causes change of voice, the
male voice becoming feminine, and the female voice masculine. Valvular heart
trouble often causes the swelling of the ankles.
The third group of squares we find
composed of the common or mutable signs, corresponding to the cadent houses.
The 6th house, which is correlated to Virgo, and the 12th house, correlated
to Pisces, are especially vital in the horoscope, for they are respectively
the house of sickness and the house of confinement and hospitals. We find
great sympathy between these two signs and houses. Common signs are the most
productive of sickness, and more hopeless invalids are found among
common-sign people than in any other group for the reason that their will
power is not overly strong.
Two common signs are ruled by Mercury,
which has dominion over the breath, nerves, and sense perception; and one by
Jupiter, which has rule over the fibrin of the blood, the arterial
circulation, and the liver. Gemini rules the lungs, and through these organs
the blood is oxidized. Virgo has rule over the intestines, sympathetic
nervous system, and spleen. How often we hear the remark, "I caught
cold (or pneumonia) due to wet feet," involving Gemini and Pisces. Many
more examples could be cited of the action of the vicious circles.
In the previous chapters we
studied the properties of the signs of the zodiac, and had the anatomical
groupings so arranged as to make it easy for the student of astro-diagnosis
to study them. It is very necessary that he become familiar with the basic
properties of the signs as well as of the planets. It is impossible to make
any headway in the art of diagnosing a chart unless the student has
considerable knowledge of the zodiac and the properties of the signs and
planets. He should also familiarize himself with the science of progression.
All these different phases he will have to make use of before he can become
proficient in diagnosis so that he may tell what certain positions, aspects,
and planets indicate. It is essential that he understand the temperament and
character of the patient before he can really be sure of his diagnosis of
To find the key to a disease and the
reason why a man or woman has become an invalid, whether the disease is
organic, and whether the patient has broken the laws of nature, is just as
necessary as the diagnosis itself. What is the good of knowing what kind of
a disease is shown in the horoscope if you cannot show the patient where he
is breaking the laws of nature? Disease in ninety-five cases out of every
hundred is due to wrong methods of living, and to be able to point these out
to the patient leads to the cure. First, you must remove the cause, and then
the cure will follow as a natural result.
The secret of the success of the
progressive doctor lies in the fact that he will never, if he can possibly
avoid it, diagnose the disease to his patient directly. He will only give
advice and prescribe, and sometimes he may give a hint regarding the cause
of disease; he will also give directions as to food and methods of living,
and tell why the patient should discontinue certain habits. From this
diplomatic handling of the patient comes the doctor's greatest success. He
will never express a discouraging word. He never robs the patient of his
hope, and when he leaves the home of the patient, he leaves with a smile and
an encouraging word.
There are exceptions, however, for
there are doctors, and they are not in the minority by any means, who are
posing under the name of physician but who will predict death or the
necessity of operations of various kinds before they have really and truly
diagnosed the disease. Under the care of such a physician the poor patient
is frequently doomed, for the one from whom he has expected relief has
really robbed him of hope. So we want to impress it very strongly upon our
students that NEVER at any time should they predict death; also never at any
time tell the patient that he has heart trouble, that he is in danger of
insanity, or that he is afflicted with the dread disease of tuberculosis;
from such statements he would get the thought of fear. Fear is usually worse
in its effect upon the mind of the negative one than the disease itself.
Ninety patients out of every hundred are ill because of wrong and dangerous
methods of eating, ill because of fear, or ill because of the lack of will
power to resist temptations; in fact, all disease is the result of ignorant
violation of the laws of nature. This may not have occurred in this life
alone. It may have been brought over from a life previous, and thus the
patient has latent weaknesses.
So we may realize that to be of real
help in the healing of the sick the healer or the diagnostician must have
sufficient knowledge to be able to give the suffering one instruction in
right living. Our advice to the reader would be to study carefully and
memorize if possible the lessons in astro-diagnosis which have just
preceded; also to familiarize himself with the properties of the various
foods and their combinations, for you may expect if you tell a patient to
change his diet that he will ask you what he should eat. One may see from
all these considerations how very necessary it is to get a sane and safe
knowledge of the science of right living.
Our first thought when judging
the mental qualities of a patient is to find the position of Mercury. First
note the sign in which it is placed, then the house, and thirdly the aspects
which this planet of reason is making.
To save time and space in these lessons
we will not give the effects of Mercury in the different signs of the
zodiac, but will refer the reader to The
Message of the Stars, pages 201
to 207, also pages 549, 550,
where he will find the basic qualities of Mercury in the twelve signs. These
should be studied very carefully, and this study will give a foundation upon
which to base the judgment.
The next planet to consider is the
moon. If there is a good aspect between the moon and Mercury, especially if
these two planets are well placed in the angles and in signs in which they
can express their best qualities, we may expect the patient will be able to
cooperate with the healer. If Mercury, however, is conjunct Saturn, we find
a mind which is stubborn, slow, and subject to melancholia. When Mercury is
trine or sextile to Saturn, a well balanced mind with good reasoning
qualities will develop, and a retentive memory is shown. When Mars or Uranus
is in conjunction with Mercury, the patient is of a high-strung, emotional,
erratic type with little control over the mind; but should Mars or Uranus be
sextile or trine to Mercury, it will have a tendency to quicken the mental
faculties, giving impulse. If we find Mercury or the moon afflicted by
Neptune, the mind is inclined toward unhealthy and unnatural conditions,
obsession, religious mania, mediumship, drink, or drugs. Observe the house
and sign in which these planets are placed to find how they tend to express
themselves. Neptune being the higher octave of Mercury, this planet has a
strong influence on the higher mind. Neptune when afflicted by Uranus or the
moon gives tendencies towards undesirable experiences in psychism. When
Neptune is afflicted by Mars, especially when it is in conjunction with this
fiery planet, the native is often tempted to use hypnotism or black magic
upon others, and is himself prone to become the victim of those who
unscrupulously use these dreadful practices on others.
When the mental afflictions are in the
eighth or the twelfth house they have a more subtle influence than
elsewhere. Afflictions in the eighth house may give the mind suicidal
tendencies, but if in the twelfth house being the house of self-undoing,
hospitals, prisons and insane asylums, they may cause confinement in some
We wish to impress it very firmly upon
the mind of the reader, never, never at any time to base a diagnosis on only
one or two aspects, but always upon the entire horoscope. To illustrate the
dangers of superficial judgment we will take the horoscope of a man who had
Mercury in Capricorn in the sixth house, making only one aspect which was a
weak square to Neptune. Judging the horoscope quickly one would say that he
had a dull mentality, but as a boy he stood at the head of his class. In
spelling and mathematics he was very bright. As a man he has reached a high
status among his associates. He is a leader in a line of work which requires
executive ability and a keen mentality. To illustrate our point we will note
what the other planets indicated. He had seven planets in airy signs, five
planets in mental signs, the moon and Neptune both well aspected and in
angles, the sun and moon in fixed signs, and fixed and cardinal signs on the
four angles. When summing up the entire horoscope we can well see why this
man reached such a high position in mental work with a weak Mercury. So we
want to impress it firmly upon our readers to use their reasoning powers
before giving a judgment on a horoscope, whether it is for mental, moral,
spiritual, or physical qualities.
After we have carefully
studied the mental qualities of our patient we must try to find the strength
of the will. The Ascendant as a rule gives us a key to will and to the
mentality. Now we will see what bearing the 6th house has on the matter. The
6th house is the house of sickness, and very often gives the key to the
patient's condition. We therefore first look to the ruler of this house to
see what it indicates, in what sign and house it is placed, and what the
nature of the sign is and what part of the body is ruled by it. Next we must
see what planets are aspecting the ruler of this house of sickness.
Let us suppose that Aquarius is on the
cusp of the 6th house. Then we would look for the two planets, Uranus and
Saturn, which have rule over this sign. Naturally they will have rule over
the health of the patient to a very great extent. Now, suppose that Uranus
is in the sign of Virgo and on the Ascendant, as we find it in the horoscope
of a man who was born April 22nd, 1881, at 2 P.M. Uranus rising gives the
key to the nature, which is one of great impulse. The co-ruler of the 6th
house is Saturn. We find in the greater number of horoscopes that Saturn is
the afflicter. He is the taskmaster that brings to man the needed lessons.
Saturn in the horoscope which we have under consideration is in Taurus,
intercepted in the 9th house and in conjunction with the sun and Jupiter.
Saturn is not in this case the worst afflicter.
We now consider the planets which may
be in the 6th house. Here we find the vacillating moon in Aquarius and
square to Venus and Neptune. The latter two planets are in the sign of
Taurus in the 9th house. Here we have the whole trouble. The moon and Venus
are both feminine, indicating women; the moon is the ruler of the 11th
house, and thus represents women friends, who tempted and caused this man to
respond to the Uranus-Mars impulse. So we may look for trouble through
overindulgence of the desires, which are indicated by the planets in Taurus
and by Mars, the latter ruling the sign of Scorpio, which governs sex. Hence
we may expect that wine and women will bring this man to his undoing.
Note that Mercury is in the 8th house,
and aspected very weakly by a semi-sextile of Saturn, the sun, Jupiter, and
Neptune. Mercury in Aries works under impulse. It being practically
unaspected in this sign and Uranus being in opposition to Mars indicate a
lack of forethought. With these conditions and having a common sign on the
Ascendant this man was a perfect slave to his passions and desires. Here we
may see what the, Virgo Ascendant with Uranus in conjunction shows regarding
the will. A decided lack of will power is indicated. With Virgo, the natural
6th house sign on the Ascendant, and the sun in Taurus, this man was an easy
victim of disease for both Virgo and Taurus have a decided fear of sickness.
We must never base our diagnosis on one
or two afflictions, but we must study all the signs and planets very
carefully. Some horoscopes show very plainly what is the matter, and at a
glance we can see from a few aspects what the disease may be. But other
horoscopes hide the symptoms, just as the doctor often finds it to be the
case with his patients. Some tell him at once where the disease is, while
others are a puzzle and the disease may be difficult to locate. Therefore
the astrologer must study and reason to be very sure that he has the correct
We are now ready to begin the real work of reading
and diagnosing a chart. First we must know what the rising sign indicates,
for by this we get the key to the patient's disposition. The Ascendant
indicates the general nature of the planetary baptism which a man received
at birth, and which will influence him all through this physical life.
According to the stamp of the stellar forces at birth will a man's
tendencies be. Remember, we do not say fate, but tendencies, for man
has the power within him to change to a very great extent the influences
that are shown in the horoscope. We must admit that the horoscope is the
result of his past living and that it indicates a certain probable destiny.
If he allows the stars to rule him, why then he becomes the victim of fate;
but the wise man is he who rules his stars.
The Ascendant indicates the general
characteristics and tendencies which are latent within a man. Therefore this
should be the starting point of our diagnosis. Then we must see how the four
angles are represented. If we find common signs, namely, Gemini, Virgo,
Sagittarius, and Pisces on the cusps, we have a patient who will respond
quickly to suggestions, and while he will listen to the healer and may
seemingly try to cooperate with him, still on account of his wavering
tendencies, or let us say the weakness of will of the common sign person, he
is prone to forget to follow directions. One's instructions must be repeated
often or the common sign patient is apt to forget them.
If the Ascendant and the four angles,
however, are occupied by the four cardinal signs, namely, Aries, Cancer,
Libra, and Capricorn, you may expect cooperation from your patient; but if
Aries is on the Ascendant, you must let him think that he is doing the work
himself. Never order an Arian to do anything, but diplomatically ask him if
he does not think so and so would be good for him, for Aries dislikes to
follow the dictates of another. When he does follow your instructions,
however, he will do it with great force, and impulsively. We sometimes hear
of people who follow the doctor's orders to the extent that they will take a
whole box of pills at one dose. Well, such is the Aries patient. He must
have results quickly or he will lose his interest. The cardinal sign people
as a rule are willing to cooperate with the healer, and they will also make
every effort to overcome disease.
The fixed sign people, namely, those
under Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius, are creatures of habit; that is,
they are so fixed that when they get into a rut, or if they form a habit,
they are very difficult for the healer to handle. This habit, which may be
at the very bottom of the trouble and have caused the disease, they hold on
to with tenacity. The fixed sign people have great determination, and when
once they are aroused they cooperate fully with the healer. Taurus and
Scorpio people may at times display a stubborn nature which is hard to
combat, and they are also so full of fear that the healer must be very
careful of his suggestions in their presence. He must always be optimistic
and give suggestions of hope.
The healer should be familiar with the
temperament and disposition of each sign, and realize that if the ruler of
the sign is afflicted or if malefic planets are in the sign, the response
will be very different than it will when the best sign of the sign is
expressed. Remember, the unafflicted magnanimous, jovial, and loving Leo is
a very different person from the afflicted blustering, bragging,
quarrelsome, stubborn Leo. Similarly, we may find two sides to each sign.
Let us study the signs and their rulers very carefully. Note also very
carefully what aspects the ruler of the Ascendant makes, for this plant is
usually the life ruler and has a great influence on the life of the native.
The next step is to study the mind, for
if the mentality is weak, the healer finds his work most difficult. In the
mind of man lies the power which may be used to control disease. A strong
and well aspected Mercury will guide a man into a safe and sane path of
living, and such a person is not prone to succumb to disease. But the
afflicted Mercury often leads man into temptations, and if the desire nature
is strong and the mind weak, we may expect that the patient will not have
the will to cooperate with the healer. Hence we may say that the healer must
study the chart very carefully in order to trace the latent tendencies of
his patient. When he has traced them, he is able to get to the first cause.
Remember, everything in life has a first cause, and to get an understanding
of a case we must go back to the beginning.
1.--NEVER, NEVER predict the time of
death to your patient. Let the reader repeat this injunction so as to
impress it firmly upon his mind. If you predict DEATH to a patient, YOU may
become his executioner, and before your God you will be held accountable for
a great wrong. There is an old adage which says, "While there's life,
there's HOPE." No matter how strong the affliction may be in the
horoscope, sometimes Divine Providence may lend a hand, and very serious
periods may be passed with the proper help.
2.--The LAW does not permit a layman to
diagnose disease for others; only the licensed physician may do this.
3.--The wise healer will NEVER discuss
disease with his patient, nor will he ever diagnose to the patient. He will
keep his knowledge for his own use in healing.
4.--At all times keep the patient's
mind, if possible, from thoughts of disease, and before leaving give him
some pleasant thought to help him along. Laugh and joke with him; always
leave him with a smile, for cheerfulness is half the cure.
5.--Refrain from asking him the
question, "How do you feel?" This has a tendency to throw his
thoughts back to his physical body, which in illness is a good thing for him
to forget. Let your first words of greeting be, "What a beautiful day!
I am glad to see you." Any greeting is good that will bring cheer, and
help the sufferer to forget his pain.
5A.--Never discuss the patient's
horoscope with him; if he insists however, then give him encouraging hints
only, but NEVER tell him of an impending crisis.
6.--Sick people often have a morbid
desire to probe into the future, to know of any impending crisis or of
possible death, especially if they have some knowledge of astrology. The
healer should request the patient to discontinue the study of his own
horoscope while he is under his care; otherwise he will find that many
adverse suggestions obtained from such study will appear in the mind of the
patient, which will hinder the healing.
6A.--There are lines of force running
between the two poles of a magnet, and there is in all nature a positive and
negative side. The human body is a most powerful magnet expressing both the
positive and the negative aspects. When a man is ill, he expressed the
negative side of his nature, and therefore the healer should (and will if he
is the right healer) express the opposite aspect, namely the positive. When
this is done, the patient will respond quickly, and the healing will be
successful. Therefore it is very necessary that the healer express
positiveness and cheerfulness in the sickroom.
7.--When a man is ill, his power of
resistance is at its lowest ebb, and he is very sensitive to influences from
without. At that time the currents of the vital body are turned inward, and
he is apt to attract thoughts and magnetism from others which if negative
will have an adverse effect upon him. When a man is in good health, the
vital body ethers radiate outward and thereby keep out negative elements,
also throw out impurities.
8.--When one is ill, his power of
resistance is low, and at that time the vibrations of the healer have a
grater effect than at other times; his influence is therefore powerful
either for good or evil. If the healer's thoughts are not pure, if his life
is not clean, then his influence on the patient is not good. Therefore it is
most necessary that the healer LIVE THE LIFE of purity, otherwise he can do
more harm than good.
9.--If the healer's Saturn is on the
Ascendant or in the sixth house of the patient, he will have little success
in helping the latter.
10.--A healer with the sun in Scorpio
or with Scorpio on the Ascendant is usually successful.
11.--The sun in fiery signs gives good
healing power, also greater power over the diseases of those signs than is
possessed by others.
12.--People born with common signs on
the angles or with the sun in a common sign make the best nurses; they have
power to soothe the sick, and they bring a quieting influence into the sick
13.--When Saturn is the afflicter, the
skin is often very dry, and the vitality low. Rub the skin briskly with
rough bath gloves to stimulate circulation.
14.--People with Virgo on the Ascendant
or with the sun in Virgo make good nurses.
15.--To calm a patient who has an
afflicted Mars, it is well to choose a Saturn hour.
16.--People with Saturn in the sixth
house rarely make a success in the art of healing.
17.--When the patient is suffering with
nervous trouble, but Mars is not afflicted, it is well to use a sun or a
Mars hour for manipulations or ministrations.
18.--When the moon is increasing in
light, namely, between the new and the full, stimulants have the greatest
effect and sedatives the least.
19.--When the moon is conjunction
Saturn, stimulants have very little effect; but should the moon be conjoined
to Mars, especially if Mars is strong in the horoscope or is in the sign of
Aries, then the healer should be most careful in administering stimulants.
1.--The moon may be regarded as the
giver and the taker of life; that is, the moon acts as a medium in carrying
the life forces from the sun to the earth and man, and the moon forces also
eventually produce death.
2.--When the moon is full, the tides
are higher, the bones are fuller of marrow, and oysters are fuller than at
any other time. The temperature is then also highest in fevers.
3.--During the first half of life,
particularly in childhood the moon has greatest rule, and during the latter
half of life the sun has the strongest influence.
4.--The moon has great influence over
insane people, that is, lunatics, and over hysterical, epileptic, and
nervous patients. These patients feel the changes of the moon very greatly;
especially are they very restless during the full of the moon. They should
never sleep with the moon shining on them.
5.--At the new of the moon the material
forces are weakest. The period of the waning moon, namely between the full
and the new, is strongest for spiritual work, for at that time the influence
of the sun is greatest.
6.--Do not perform an operation when
the moon is in the sign which rules the part of the body to be operated
upon. Ptolemy says, "Pierce not with iron that part of the body which
may be governed by the sign actually occupied by the moon."
7.--Operations performed at the exact
change of the moon are rarely successful. Choose the time for an operation
when the moon is waxing or, as it is commonly termed, the light of the moon.
Do not operate when the sun is in the sign which rules the part of the body
to be cut.
8.--The moon revolves around the zodiac
in about twenty-eight days. Disease reaches a turning point every seven
days. Starting from the place of the moon at the beginning of the illness, a
change may be expected in seven days (the square), on the fourteenth day
(the opposition), and on the twenty-first day (another square).
9.--The moon rules acute disease, the
10.--It is well to watch the squares
and the opposition of the moon to the transiting sun, Mars, and Saturn when
11.--The moon has greatest rule over
the health of the woman while the sun influences the health of the man.
12.--From the new to the full moon
stimulants produce the most effect and sedatives are the weakest; decrease
the dose of the one and increase the other.
13.--When the increasing moon is in
good aspect to the radical Jupiter or Venus, cardiac stimulation produces
most lasting results. Palpitation is most efficiently treated when the moon
is decreasing and aspecting the above planets favorably. Apply heart
stimulants with extreme care when the moon is evilly aspected to these
planets and especially when it is dark or waning.
14.--Good aspects to the radical moon
from the transiting Jupiter and Venus are very helpful.
15. Saturn when placed in the sixth
house of the horoscope at birth has a tendency to lower the vitality.
16.--The sign in which the sun is at
birth is a very vital locality in the horoscope, its influence varying
according as it is cardinal, fixed, or common. Also the house containing the
sun, be it cadent, succedent, or an angle is important. From the strength of
the sun you may often judge the response which you will get from your
17.--Benefic aspects between the
radical sun and Mars give great vitality and resistance to disease. An evil
aspect between the Sun and Mars is better from a health standpoint than no
aspect at all.
18.--Aspects to the Ascendant and the
Midheaven are often unreliable unless you are absolutely sure of the minute
of birth, and as clocks are frequently off time and there is much confusion
in regard to different kinds of time, these two points should be used with
19.--Planets that are in critical
degrees (See Simplified Scientific Astrology, page 81) have a greater
influence either for good or evil than in other degrees.
20.--Certain fixed stars have a
powerful influence on disease. Especially should the three following nebular
spots be watched: the Pleiades, 29 degrees of Taurus; Ascelli, 6 degrees of
Leo; and Antares, 8 degrees of Sagittarius.
21.--A child with no aspect between the
sun and Mars is subject to many child's diseases.
22.--A patient with many planets in
airy signs requires more air in the sleeping apartment than others do;
planets in fiery signs incline one to require much sunlight; and people with
planets in watery or earthy signs suffer from too much sunlight.
23.--With fixed signs on the angles and
afflictions in common signs, the native overcomes disease; when common signs
are on the angles and the afflictions in fixed signs, he is more apt to
succumb to disease.
24.--A well aspected sun when in the
sign of Aries or Leo gives great vitality and an ability to throw off
25.--When people with Aries rising or
the sun or Mars in the sign of Aries at birth are ill, their temperature
rises much higher than that of other patients, and they suffer much more
quickly from fever, for there is a tendency of the blood to rush to the head
and to the skin.
26.--An affliction between the Sun and
Saturn or a square between the moon and the sun gives low vitality. When
this condition is found in the horoscope it is well during illness to watch
the progressed moon in aspect to these afflicted plants, and also especially
the transits of the new and full moons.
27.--Retrograde planets give very
little help in disease. Regardless of whether they are in good or evil
aspect, their influence is latent until they turn direct; then we may look
for their awakened influence.
28.--Planets when they turn from
retrograde to direct are slow in motion. Their influence while in this slow
motion is not as vital nor as powerful as when they are swiftly moving.
29.--Planets are strong when in signs
of their own nature, also when in aspect to planets which are in compatible
30.--When the hour of birth is not
known a fairly accurate diagnosis may be obtained by using a flat chart,
i.e., by placing Aries on the first house, Taurus on the second, Gemini on
the third, etc.
31.--Saturn's influence is contracting,
while Mars' is loosening.
32.--The sun rules the vital fluid
which is specialized through the spleen. When the sun is afflicted at birth
disease frequently occurs when progressions of the planets afflict the sun.
33.--When the radical sun or moon is
within orb of the Pleiades in 29 degrees of Taurus, the Ascelli in Leo 6, or
Antares in Sagittarius 8, trouble with the eyes is indicated, especially if
Saturn, Mars, or Uranus is also at one of these spots.
34.--Mercury in the twelfth house,
afflicted by the sun, Saturn, Uranus or Mars, also Mercury in Capricorn, the
house of Saturn, when afflicted by a malefic will affect the hearing.
35.--Watch the malefic planets when
they are placed in either the sixth or the twelfth house, the sixth being
the house which has rule over sickness, and the twelfth having rule over
hospitals and places of confinement.
36.--It is necessary to observe the
antipathy between certain signs and planets. For instance, the fiery Mars
may be posited in the water Pisces, or the cold, earthy Saturn in the fiery
sign of Aries. When a planet is in the sign of its detriment, it may
especially become a menace to health.
37.--The place where Saturn is found in
the horoscope is most likely to be a weak place in the physical body, the
place most easily affected by disease.
38.--The Lucifer spirits from Mars aid
in maintaining the heat of the blood by dissolving the iron, a Mars metal,
and enabling the blood to attract oxygen, a sun element.
39.--A patient with the planet Mercury
in square aspect to Saturn is apt to suffer from gloom. A cheerful, sunny
room should be chosen, with rose colored walls.
40.--The sign of Leo on the Ascendant
with the sun in its exaltation sign, Aries, gives abundant vitality and the
power to throw off disease.
41.--If a disease is caused by an
affliction of Mars, we may look for help when the progressed moon reaches a
good aspect of Venus. When the disease is of a Saturnian nature, we may
expect the greatest help when the moon aspects Jupiter. Note the symbol of
Venus, the higher octave of Mars, and that of Jupiter, the higher octave of
Saturn; in each case the latter symbol is the inversion of the former.
42.--If the moon is in conjunction with
Saturn at the beginning of disease, we may expect that the disease will be
of long duration.
43.--Disease related to the moon is of
an acute nature and may change within twenty-eight days, but when the
disease is related to the sun, it is of a more chronic nature and likely to
be of longer duration and more stubborn in resisting treatment.
The astrologer often finds
himself at a great disadvantage in his reading and diagnosing in that the
patient is frequently mistaken in the hour of birth or is not able to give
any time. Also in seven out of every ten cases in which the native thinks he
has the right time, the horoscope when corrected by events or rectified is
found to be wrong in this particular. People are constantly coming to the
Rosicrucian Headquarters with horoscopes which they have erected or have had
some professional astrologer set up, and in numerous cases in which they
have been positive they had the correct time of birth the rising sign does
not tally with their personal appearance and temperament.
In one instance a woman claimed to have
Pisces rising, but when we met her personally we at once concluded that she
had the first degrees of Aries on the Ascendant for she had red hair a
decided ram's profile, a prominent Roman nose, and full lips, which if you
read The Message of the Stars you
will find tally with Aries. Another woman came to Headquarters claiming to
have Leo on the Ascendant, but she had a slender little body, a long face
with decidedly receding chin, long slender conical fingers, and long
nails--a perfect picture of Virgo. One case came to our notice of an
extremely tall woman. The hour of birth she gave brought Taurus on the
Ascendant, but her personal appearance was very similar to that of Gemini.
The horoscope had many planets in the signs indicating height: the sun,
Jupiter, Mercury, and Neptune were in Gemini, and the moon and Venus in
Aries. This would
give her length of arm and upper body. At first
appearance we doubted her rising sign of Taurus, but when we examined her
finger nails they were found to be the perfect Taurean type. Taurus was also
indicated by the heavy jaw and full neck. A Gemini person's nails are small
and the neck slender.
Diagram A will give the reader a key to
the pure types of finger nails, correlated to the signs of the zodiac.
Horoscopes with many planets in one sign will change the nails. In the time
the student will be able by using
this chart to detect the characteristics of any
type. Note how the types harmonize. Fixed sign nails are broad, showing
great persistence and determination. The signs ruled by Venus, Taurus and
Libra, give a more rounded nail; the fingers are well shaped and long, and
the mount of Venus, which is at the base of the thumb is quite rounded and
full. We could write much more on the hands and their characteristics as
compared with the horoscope, but as this chapter is especially written to
help in the diagnosis of disease, we will confine ourselves largely to this
It is not very difficult to detect
diseases which are latent. For instance, look at Diagram No. 1. We see a
large, broad nail. This is similar to the pure Leo type. With heart trouble
latent, as in case No. 5A, where the impulsive Mars is on the Ascendant,
square to Venus indicating poor circulation and a weak heart, we will find
that the little half-moons at the base of the nail are blue in color, and
the lines in the palms of the hands are also blue. When heart trouble has
developed to a chronic stage and is deep-seated, we find the nails ridged
lengthwise as in Diagram No. 1, and the corners turned upward away from the
flesh as in Diagram No. 2. A horoscope which will illustrate this case may
be found in The Message of the Stars,
figure 3 on page 625.
The nail shown in Diagram No. 3 is
characteristic of cases such as No. 10A. The nail which indicates liver
trouble is usually large in size but longer than No. 1 or 2. The nail wedges
into the flesh on the sides, and is usually of a yellowish tint. The lines
of the palm are also yellow. Remember when looking into the palm of the hand
that the color of the lines is a valuable clue to the health of the patient.
If in good health the lines should be of a soft pin; if the blood is
impoverished, the lines are pale and white; if the patient is feverish, the
lines are red; if the liver is out of order, they are yellow; and if the
heart action is wrong, the color is blue.
In Diagram No. 4, we have a nail which
is generally found on the hands of people who have common or watery signs on
the angles. Many planets in common or watery signs produce what is called
the psychic type. People with long, slender, claw-like fingers and nails are
supersensitive and lacking in strength and vitality. This type of nail is
often found on the hands of the idle rich, women who nurse a lap dog instead
of a child and always have a box of chocolates at their side. Long, slender,
well shaped hands and nails belong to the psychic type, and when the nails
are ridged lengthwise and the color of the nail is pale, it is an indication
of a tendency to weakness of the lungs. People with long, slender nails are
usually susceptible to colds and coughs.
Nail No. 5 belongs to the nervous
person who is intellectually inclined and prone to overdo.
Diagram No. 6 is that of a nail which
indicates the person who frequently bites his nails. It shows one who has
little control over his temper and whose feelings are very easily hurt. Such
people are always carrying a chip on their shoulder and always looking for
A well balanced thumb indicates ability
to control the emotions, including anger. but where the thumb is short and
the end of it is club- shaped with a short nail, there is no control
whatever over anger and things easily turn red before the eyes.
The thumb is a wonderful indicator of
character, and must be taken into consideration when diagnosing from the
hand. In Diagram B we see that the mount of Venus and the thumb are both a
little too heavy. This is a typical Taurean thumb with the mount of Venus
very large, indicating a very strong desire nature. The thumb is short and
thick, showing a lack of will power to rule the desires. When the thumb is
long and well shaped, it is an indication of high ideals and the will to
carry them out.
In a well proportioned thumb the first
phalanx should occupy two- fifths and the second phalanx three-fifths of the
length of the thumb. The tip of the thumb should reach the middle joint of
the first finger. A very long thumb indicates that a person is obstinate,
headstrong; a very short one indicates lack of logic and a constant changing
from one thing to another. If the thumb is very thick throughout its entire
length, the desires and tastes are more or less coarse and primitive, and
the person is lacking in tack and refinement. If the thumb is very wide,
especially at the tip, it indicates one who "sees red" easily,
often one who has an ungovernable temper; it also indicates stubbornness.
The patient who has a normally developed thumb will carry out the
If the first phalanx of the thumb is
very long and the second one is short, it indicates one who is reckless and
whose actions are not controlled by reason. If the first phalanx is short
and the second very long it indicates a talker, but not a doer. Such a
person is mistrustful of everybody and lacks self-control.
The mount of Luna is located on the
little finger side of the palm and extends from about the middle of the palm
to the wrist. When large and full it indicates excessive emotion and
imaginations, but when properly proportioned it gives a well balanced mind.
It is this mount of the moon and lines found upon it which give the
diagnostician a clue to mental afflictions and designate the lunar person.
INDICATIONS FROM THE FINGER NAILS
Long, slender nails curving inward
toward the flesh: scrofulous and impure blood, weakness of the lungs, and
White spots on the nails: anemia,
impoverished blood, nervousness.
Long nails, thin and brittle: weak
vitality, negativeness, timidity.
Black or blue spots on the half moons:
poison in blood, obstructed circulation, or restricted heart action. The
shape of the nails should be taken into consideration before making a
decision; see diagrams on page 63.
Well rounded and clear cut half moons
on nails indicate good circulation; if pale pink, they indicate health; if
dark blue, see page 64 for meaning.
Nails whose top surface is concave
indicate spinal weakness.
Patients who have long smooth hands,
the flesh soft and smooth, the fingers flexible, the nails white in color,
and especially when the nails wedge tightly into the side of the finger and
the wedge portion is colored, may be said to have been born tired.
They will make little attempt to help the healer; they would prefer to have
the Invisible Helpers do the work for them.