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For medieval medical astrology, see the Medieval Astrology page.

In astrological circles it's been said so often that we forget the truth of the it: Hippocrates was as much an astrologer as a doctor. The practical uses for astrology in medicine are endless and sometimes crucial to life itself. Unlike some modern drug serums, when astrology is used as an aid to traditional medicine, it is rarely, if ever, harmful to the patient. There is only ancient prejudice to lose, and much to gain, by the serious study of astrology by the medical profession.

Rules for Operations, as given in the Encyclopaedia of Medical Astrology, by H.L. Cornell, M.D.

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THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF MEDICAL ASTROLOGY - H.L. Cornell, $69.95 - Directly from us: $49.95

Author's portrait; letter of introduction; Abbreviations & symbols used in the book; Cornell's birth chart; Introduction to the 2nd edition; Foreward; the Encyclopaedia.

Comment: From page 502, on Medical Astrology: In my years as a physician, I have, by the use of Astrology, been able to very quickly locate the seat of the disease, the cause of the trouble, the time when the patient began to feel uncomfortable, as based on the birth data of the patient, and this without even touching or examining the patient, and my intense desire to get this knowledge and wisdom before students and Healers in a classified form, is the reason for this Encyclopaedia.... When once you have discovered the cause of the disease, and understand its philosophy and the relation of the patient to the great Scheme of Nature, the matter of treatment I leave to you, and according to the System and Methods you may be using.

This is by far the best book ever written about medical astrology. Though it dates from 1933, it is, in fact, the best medieval astrological medical reference ever put in print. It's not that Cornell set out to write a medieval treatise, but that the works he used in his daily practice, which he exhaustively cross-indexed to create this book, were themselves ultimately basd on the best medieval knowledge. Which was sifted through Cornell's practice in the early days of the 20th century.

In this book you will not find techniques of treatment, since, as Cornell says, once you know what's wrong, there are many different ways that will successfully treat. This book excels in diagnosis, in other words, if the symptom is X, then the astrological cause is Y. Which becomes the key to reading the patient's chart, or the decumbiture. This diagnosis is not given in current medical jargon (which is nearly incomprehensible, even to those who are trained, and which changes from decade to decade), but in traditional language. The same language, in fact, as you will find in Culpeper, Saunders, Lilly, Blagrave & many others. This book is the key that will open all of these & many more. I learned this by accident while preparing a glossary for Blagrave. Of all the sources I consulted, of all the people I asked, Cornell was head & shoulders above the rest.

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November 2010: Now in paperback at a much lower price. I am pleased with the new paperback edition. It is sturdier than I expected. - Dave

Astrology Classics, 958 pages, paperback.

MEDICAL ASTROLOGY - Heinrich Daath, $15.95



1. Basic elements
2. Anatomical sign-rulership
3. Planetary powers and principles
4. Biodynamic action of planets
5. How the planets crystallise in organic and inorganic life
6. Tonicity, atonicity, and perversion
7. Zodiaco-planetary synopsis of typical disease
8. The sixth and eighth houses
9. The triplicities and quadruplicities
10. Planetary sympathy and antipathy
11. Gauging planetary strength in the specific horoscope
12. Application
13. Examples
14. Indicators of short life


This is one of the most sophisticated medical astrology books ever written. Many of the finer points are dealt with. You know the head is ruled by Aries, but did you know the nasal bones are co-ruled by Scorpio? There are references to Vedic principles. A helpful diagram explains the subtle division of the urinary tract between Libra and Scorpio. Rulerships are given not only for areas of the body and its organs, but also for bones, muscles, arteries and veins. Terminology in the book is modern. Gemini’s rulership of muscles includes the deltoid, biceps, supinator radii, subclavians, triceps, serratus anticus minor, pectoralis, palmaris, etc.

Many chapters are unique, such as Chapter 5, on crystallization, and Chapter 6, on tonicity, atonicity, and perversion. This chapter also tells how pairs of planets mirror each other: Sun/Moon, Mars/Saturn, Jupiter/Venus, Uranus/Neptune, with Mercury as a receiver. Chapter 11 concerns many different kinds of planetary strengths, among them, aspect strength, mundane strength, natural strength (the planet in its natal sign) and directional strength. Chapter 13 gives astrological indicators for some specific diseases, a foretaste of what Charles Carter would expand upon in his famous Encyclopaedia of Psychological Astrology.

This book was originally published as Alan Leo's Astrological Manual No. 9 in 1908. This is the second edition of 1914. There are references in this book to other books in the Alan Leo series, dealing with chart construction.

Read an extract from this book, Chapter 6, Tonicity, Atonicity and Perversion, and Chapter 7, Zodiacao-Planetary Synopsis of Typical Diseases.

This book is highly recommended by H.L. Cornell in his Encyclopaedia of Medical Astrology (above).

Heinrich Däath’s Medical Astrology is part of a comprehensive series of classic astro-medical texts published by Astrology Classics. Other books in the series include:—

Do not be put off by the age of these books. Humans have had the same ailments since time began. Wise men long ago became experts in treating those ailments with traditional means, and with much success. It is the modern age which has thrown out the wisdom of the past and substituted casual "scientific" guesswork.

Astrology Classics, 118 pages.

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A HANDBOOK OF MEDICAL ASTROLOGY - Second edition - Jane Ridder-Patrick, $31.95

Foreword by Charles Harvey
Preface to the first edition

1. On sickness & health
2. The web of well-being
3. The planets & aspects
4. The signs & houses
5. The degree areas
6. The decumbiture chart
7. The theraputic situation
8. Medical astrology in action
9. Materia Medica


Comment: Originally published by Penguin Arkana in 1990, this second edition is revised & updated and, I presume, reset, as it looks nothing like Penguin's typesetting. (This second edition has larger, clearer type, a welcome improvement.)

Ridder-Patrick intended this book to be a comprehensive introduction, and it is. She works her way into the subject with the first two chapters. The first introduces causes of disease ("bad things happen", faulty maintenance, avoidance, resting, initiation, karma, intelligence, social & self-expression) as well as various models of "health", among them, the biomedical (body as machine) & holistic. Chapter 2 introduces the idea that the brain exists not so much to create rational thought, but as the ultimate defense against a hostile environment, ie, as a means of intelligent adaptation. This leads to the introduction of planets & aspects in chapter 3. She gives this short summary:

Planets = WHAT is happening
Signs = WHERE these processes take place
Aspects = HOW planets modify the physiological process of other planets
Houses = WHICH external influences affect health
Transits & Progressions = WHEN, timing, etc.
(slightly adapted from pg. 40)
She then gives detailed delineations of what each planet means, with Lilly's original notes (from Christian Astrology) included. She also deciphers Lilly into modern Plain English, which was a revelation to me (I've edited Lilly). (Pissing disease is diabetes, bloody-flux is dysentery, apoplexies are strokes, black jaundice is hepatitus, etc. I had not guessed any of these. Dear Jane: Could I interest you in an annotated edition of Richard Saunders?) The elements she ties to the Vedic vata, pitta & kapha.

Chapter 5 is on degree areas, and features the work Elsbeth & Reinhold Ebertin, as published in Anatomische Entsprechunen der Tierkreisgrade, which many of you have asked me for over the years, and which was previously unavailable. Ridder-Patrick gives it in English. She follows this with the degree areas of Maurice Wemyss, as published in Wheel of Life, which has long been out of print. She then gives lists of fixed stars relating to disease (positions as of 2006) as well as Arabic parts that concern health. Chapter 6, on the decumbiture chart, starts with Lilly's classic rules & goes on to include planetary hours (and how to calculate), with an extensive section on how to read them, complete with sample charts & more diagrams taken from Lilly. Chapter 7 is the practical business of being a medical astrologer. Chapter eight is a complete case study, a rather difficult one. The final chapter is a compilation of various herbs & their astrological rulerships, along with notes on the Virgo, Pisces & Scorpio approaches to health & healing, biochemic remedies, acupuncture, color, sound, astrocartography, and gems & minerals. The book finishes with notes on elemental imbalances & what to do about them. At the end of every chapter there are references. The bibliography at the end runs four full pages & is one of the best I have ever seen.

I thought this was going to be just another astro-medical book. There already are many excellent ones. This is one of the best of them.

CrabApple Press, 223 pages.

MEDICAL ASTROLOGY - Eileen Nauman, $29.95
Preface; Foreword; Introduction;

Part 1: Medical Astrology: 1. The planets, Uranian planets, Fixed stars & Health; 2. The signs, crosses, houses & diagnosis; 3. The hard aspects & health; 4. Midpoint structures & medical diagnosis; 5. The Med-Scan technique; 6. Case histories;

Part 2: Guide to Nutrition: 7. Vitamins; 8. Minerals; 9. Bach Flower Remedies; 10. Homeopathy & astrology; 11. Endocrine system; 12. Medical transits; 13. Herbs; 14. Natural essences; 15. Cell salts;

Appendices; Glossary of medical terms; Bibliography; Index.

Comment: Formerly titled The American Book of Nutrition & Medical Astrology. Comprehensive textbook on astrology & holistic health using her famous "Med-Scan" technique, complete with instructions. The author holds a Doctorate of Homeopathic Medicine from the British Institute of Homeopathy, is a member of the American Federation of Astrologers & is part of the faculty of the Desert Institute of Classical Homeopathy School in Pheonix, Arizona. She has been a practicing homeopath since 1970. This is a classic, detailed & demanding book.

Blue Turtle Publishing, 357 pages, oversize paper.

MEDICAL ASTROLOGY: Healing for the 21st Century - Marcia Starck, $22.00
Foreword by Jeff Jawer; Introduction; 1. History of Medical Astrology; 2. Analyzing the Horoscope: Elements & Quadruplicities; 3. Planets; 4. Signs & Houses; 5. Asteroids, Chiron, Moon's Nodes; 6. Declinations & Fixed Stars; 7. Midpoints; 8. Progressions, Transits & Eclipses; 9. Diseases of the Immune System; 10. Metabolic Diseases;

11. Gastrointestinal Problems; 12. Cardiovascular Diseases; 13. Gynecological Problems; 14. Eyes; 15. Arthritis; 16. Alcoholism & Drug Addiction; 17. Cancer; 18. AIDS & HIV Infections; 19. Neuromuscular Diseases: Multiple Sclerosis; 20. Neurodegenerative Diseases: Parkinson's & Altzheimer's;

21. Attention Deficit Disorder; 22. Bipolar Disorder; 23. Schizophrenia; 24. Electional Charts.

Appendices: A. Calculation of Midpoints; B. Anatomical Meaning of Zodiacal Degrees; C. Astrological Birth Control; D. Decumbiture Charts; E. Supplement Recommendations; F. Herbal Recommendations. Bibliography: General astrology; Medical astrology; Health & healing.

Comment: A fascinating discussion of medical astrology, based on the author's many decades of observation & research (this is her third book). For each of the many topics (listed above), the author supplies case histories, horoscope analysis, specific midpoints, transits & progressions, as well as suggestions for specific supplements & herbs. Appendix B: Anatomical Meaning of Zodiacal Degrees, is based on the work of Mary Vohryzek (out of print, alas). The descriptions bear a casual relationship to the work of C.E.O. Carter (Encyclopedia of Psychological Astrology). Starck lists Carter's book in her bibliography, but apparently did not see the connections. All-in-all an essential & classic book.

Earth Medicine Press, 335 pages.

Contents: Introduction; The use of astrology in holistic health; Analyzing the horoscope; Other astrological data: Aspects, parallels, secondary & solar arc directions, decanates, dwads, asteroids, vertex, Chiron, fixed stars, degree areas; Midpoints & their use; Transits, including lunations & eclipses - how they manifest physiologically; Holistic health including homeopathy & cell salts; Allergic disorders & asthma; Metabolic malfunctions; Cardiovascular disorders; Eye disorders; Gynecological problems; Gastro-intestinal problems; Alcoholism & drug addiction; Arthritis; Cancer. Appendix A: Calculation of midpoints; Appendix B: Astrological birth control. Bibliography; Index.

Comment: This was Marcia's first book, from 1982.

Seek-It, 218 pages.

HEALTH IN THE HOROSCOPE - Helen Adams Garrett, $12.95



1. Quadruplicity of physical ailments
2. Dignities and debilities
3. Interpretation and aspects
4. Appetite versus addiction
5. Food and alcohol
6. Carbonated and fruit beverages
7. Food additives and enhancers


This book focuses on diet. The author was inspired (grimly) as she had fallen in love and married a man who was already fatally ill. Garret says she doesn't think you can add even one day to your predetermined life span, which makes her a Calvinist like me, but she does say that proper attention to diet can make our time here on earth more bearable.

The opening section, a review of the signs of the zodiac, arranged by quadruplicity (cardinal, fixed mutable), an overview of the common ailments and dietary suggestions, is very good. As is the analysis of her late husband's final illness in chapter 3.

Chapter 4 deals with allergies, which Garrett says are emotionally based. Chapter 5, on booze, is a useful survey of how people react to common forms of alcohol. People who drink scotch know to mix it with water. Wine is drunk by lovers, beer by those who laugh. Champagne is recycled wine, etc.

The final chapter, Food additives and enhancers, contains a handy list of herbs and spices, suggestions for their use, and what they are good for, healthwise. For arthritis, cayenne pepper and garlic, used with pasta and vegetables. Each of these have an astrological rulership, but regrettably Garrett does not supply them.

AFA, 72 pages.

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ASTROLOGY, NUTRITION & HEALTH - Robert Carl Jansky, $14.95
Using astrology to foresee & prevent health problems dates back to Hippocrates & Ptolemy. The author, a professional astrologer trained in biochemistry, shows how astrology helps to understand metabolism & health. Signs of the zodiac related to different parts of the body & how the houses of the horoscope are related to food preferences & nutritional needs. Contents includes: Astro-nutritional theory; Proteins in the diet; Carbohydrates and metabolism; Fats in the diet; Enzymes, body catalysts; Hormones, chemical messengers; Vitamins in the diet; Minerals and cell salts; The nodal chart; Elective surgery and transits; Times of birth and death. 180 pages. Para Research, paper.

DECUMBITURES & DIURNALS - Joseph Silveira deMello, $16.95
Contents: Decumbitures; Diurnals; Appendix: Saturn cycles.

Comment: Decumbitures are charts drawn for the moment a person "takes to his bed", eg, falls ill, or, in modern parlance, when he phones for an ambulance. DeMello's first example is for Rudolph Vallentino's collapse on August 15, 1926, 11:50 am EDT, in New York, as reported in the papers & delineated by Evangeline Adams. (He died shortly afterwards.) Decumbiture is a medieval technique that's been successfully revived in recent years. Decumbiture charts tell the extent of the illness & its outcome, either recovery or otherwise.

A diurnal chart is based on your birthday. Using your place and time of birth, substitute today's date, and you have a dirurnal for the day. In effect, you have a chart for the day's transits, with angles unique to yourself. The degrees on the angles, from one day to the next, move about 1 degree a day. So you may easily see when a diurnal's angles will hit sensitive points in your chart, and when transiting planets will be conjunct them. This is a useful method of forecasting. The author gives many examples from his own life (born November 3, 1925, 6:04:16 pm EST, Newport, RI). This is a serious, solid book.

AFA, 123 pages, oversize.

THE ASTROLOGY OF CHILDBIRTH - Doris Chase Doane, $19.95
Contents; Esoteric significance of childbirth; Mental diet; Physical diet; Establishing delineation factors; Natal and progressed indications; Horary astrology and children; Sex determination; Astrology helps name your child; Baby and the color connection. 120 pages including bibliography and references. AFA, paper.

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