What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You - An astrological look at having surgery
Medical astrology, also known as “iatromathematics,” is an ancient medical system that associates various parts of the body, disease, and drugs as being under the influence of the sun, moon, and planets, along with the 12 astrological zodiac signs. Each of the signs and the sun, moon, and planets is associated with different parts of the body. (Note 6)
The founder of medicine, Hippocrates, who was regarded as the greatest physician of his time (460 BC) said, “He who practices medicine without the benefit of the movement of the stars and planets is a fool.” (Note 1) Hippocrates also said, “Touch not with iron that part of the body ruled by the sign that the Moon is transiting.” It is recorded in Hippocrates’ writing that he taught astrology to his students so they could determine the critical days of an illness. (Note 14)
Hundreds of years later, Claudius Ptolemy (90-168 A.D.), a noted astronomer, geographer, astrologer and mathematician, echo the words of Hippocrates when he wrote, “Do not treat with iron (the knife) that part of the body ruled by the sign the moon is transiting.” (Note 4) Also, Claudius Ptolemy gathered many astrological manuscripts and scrolls from earlier ancient cultures and wrote two detailed works called The Almagest (a series of 13 books), which deals with astronomical movements of the sun, moon and planets, while the other was The Tetrabiblos (a series of 4 books), which interpreted the movements of the sun, moon, and planets which is what we call astrology. The ancients had no problem believing the heavens were part of their reality. (Note 14)
Not only did Hippocrates and Ptolemy believe strongly in the influence of the heavens, it was required by law during the medieval period to check the position of the moon and planets before performing a medical procedure. (Note 9) They did this by referring to “the zodiac man” which was a diagram of a human body and each part’s relationship with the 12 astrological signs. If the Moon was in a zodiac sign ruling a particular part of the body, then they knew not to “let blood” until the moon moved on to the next sign. They used books called almanacs to see where the planets were in the heavens. (Note 10) In 1555, Leonard Dygges, a scientist and inventor of the theodolite, wrote a complex manuscript describing each zodiac sign’s rulership over a particular part of the body. For example, Aries, the first sign of the 12 zodiac signs ruling the head, and Pisces, the last sign in the zodiac, rules the feet. (Note 3)
As I researched a topic I thought I knew pretty well, I came to realize how little I really knew. I discovered that the earliest recording of the moon’s influence was found 25,000 years ago on cave walls and bones with lunar cycles displayed. It was the first steps toward recording the moon’s influence on the tides and rivers. (Note 12) I found out that the Chinese lunar calendar originated with Emperor Huang Ti in 2637 BC. I also found out that the oldest recorded birth chart dates back to 410 BC in Mesopotamia and that the first astrological book published in Europe, The Book of Planets and Regions of the World, appeared between 1010 and 1027 AD. I found out that the core concept of medieval astrology was taken and interpreted into the Hindu culture between the 7th and 8th century AD. And I found out that Islamic scholars, after the collapse of Alexandria, Egypt, in the 7th century, founded the city of Bagdad in 754-775 AD to act as a center of learning. They built a library/translation center called the House of Wisdom. Astrological information was included in this center. But one of the most interesting things I found out was that the founding fathers of astronomy: Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543), Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), and Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), were all competent astrologers. (Note 14) “After the 17th century, astrology’s influence on the sciences began to decline. A new scientific materialism was dawning that rejected everything that did not appear to have an obvious physical explanation.” (Note 14) When scientists realized that earth was not the center of the universe, but like the other planets revolved around a simple star in a universe of myriad stars, somehow undermined the belief in astrology even when Isaac Newton pointed out that astrology was about the relationship between planets and earth and it would not matter which heavenly body was the center of the solar system.
Through time, many well-known and admired people are on record giving astrology credit for its incredible influence in our universe. Ben Franklin was just one of many who said, ‘Oh the wonderful knowledge to be found in the stars. Even the smallest things are written there . . . . if you had but the skill to read.” And Dante called astrology, “the noblest of sciences.” (Note 2) And oh yes, weren’t the wise men astrologers who looked to the heavens to predict Jesus’ birth and then find him in a manger near Bethlehem?
Getting back to modern times, I have been intrigued with astrology for years. In fact while living in Hawaii in the early 1980s, my husband and I took an astrology class near downtown Honolulu. It became a new door among the many doors I have been interested in opening because of my “seeker” personality which asks, “Why am I here, and what is my purpose?” In my quest, I started reading metaphysical books in the 1970s which helped me along my spiritual path.
I want to make it clear that I am not an astrologer. I am just someone who is intrigued by the mysteries of the universe. Over several decades of reading astrology books and magazines I have learned a number of interesting things. I learned about the 12 zodiac signs and the traits they represent. I also learned that a birth chart, which depicts the positions of planets at the time of birth is also divided into 12 segments called “houses.” These houses are not created equal in size (in degrees). The size of the house is determined by the year, time and location of birth. (The actual construction of a birth chart is beyond the scope of this article. But more information can be seen at http://astrolog.swifthost.net/astrology_book_script/astrology_how_to_calculate_charts.html. )
I learned the houses in a natal chart are really 12 individual spaces/environments where each zodiac’s sign or influence is felt. And I learned the terms: “ruler”, “rules”, or “rulership” are constantly used while interpreting a birth chart. In the symbolic language of astrology, the planets, signs, and houses are said to “rule” over everything on earth and every facet of our lives. (Note 11) For example, the first house is the “I” of the zodiac – the self. So whatever sign is located in the first house of any birth chart represents how the individual will be viewed by others. For example in my own first house there are two energy influences: Cancer and Leo. The Cancer is the “mother” of the zodiac, which projects out as a nurturer. Leo is the theatrical. It drives my interest in dramatics and glamour. It is the “bling” of the zodiac. So combined, it turns out I am a nurturer of others who is also theatrical and loves to wear lots of jewelry.
I learned that the location in the chart of the planet Mercury – which has rulership over communications – determines where and how an individual communicates. I learned that the planet Saturn, which is the teacher and restrictor of the zodiac, takes 29 years to travel through the whole chart, and where ever it happens to be located at any given time is where the individual is destined to meet challenge and learn lessons. When Saturn reaches the point where it started, it is called a Saturn return. This happens between the ages of 28 -30 and again between the ages of 58 and 60 both of which are critical learning and decision times in every individual life. To back up and reestablish the complexity of astrology, I want to emphasize that the time and place of a person’s birth sets up a whole order of things. It is our individual footprint in this solar system. So on your birthday, the planets are in certain positions in the universe and at the time we come out of the womb -- no matter natural or C-section, no matter if it is before or after the due date, it becomes our personal cosmic imprint. No matter how dire the environment or how grand, we are here to elevate our consciousness through both difficult and beneficial influences.
Because the planets are always moving in relationship to earth, there is a star almanac, termed “an ephemeris,” which tracks these movements. Ephemerides are used to locate the whereabouts of the planets in the heavens. This information is coded with symbols or glyphs -- like in shorthand -- along with the degrees and minutes of the planet location. To read an ephemeris, the reader must learn the symbol for the planets, stars, and zodiac signs. As the 20th century secretaries were taught abbreviated word symbols in shorthand, it is also necessary to learn the abbreviated signs within the ephemeris. For example the symbol for Taurus is a circle with an arc overhead connected with the circle in a way that resembles a bull’s head. The symbol for the astrological sign for Aries is a V shape like the horns of a ram.
The easier planet symbols are the sun – a circle with a dot in the middle and the moon which is shown as a crescent moon. Most ephemeris books document at least 100 years -- like from 1900 to 2000. I used an ephemeris compiled by Neil F. Michelsen to look up my mother’s birth to see where the planets where when she was born. I already knew her zodiac sign was Capricorn, but I saw that she was born on a Friday and that her Moon was in Aquarius, her mercury in Sagittarius, and so on. I can now see my mother in a different way, not as just my mother, but as an individual born with certain personality traits. Too bad I did not know her time of birth. If I did, I would have even more insight into who she really was.
When an astrologer is interpreting a chart, they look for three basic things: the sun sign (zodiac sign) which is your inner character; your moon sign, which is your emotions; and your “Ascendant” or “Rising Sign” which is the astrological sign rising on the eastern horizon at the time of birth. The Ascendant is what you present out to others, and because the sign of Cancer is my “Rising Sign,” I project out as a nurturer as mentioned earlier. Also, because my Rising Sign is Cancer, I am particularly influenced by the position of the moon and its interaction with other planets. That is because the Moon is the influential planet energy (ruler) over the zodiac sign Cancer. In my chart, the Moon is in Capricorn and is the only planet in my sixth house, which gives the moon energy particular strength because it does not have any other planet near it to weaken its influence. Capricorn has a variety of qualities. It is one of the three earth signs and is the sign of the Goat in the zodiac. It is known for being practical, pragmatic, ambitious, and its domain influence is the 10th house which spotlights the career sector and the public limelight. Its ruling planet is Saturn which governs over the bone, skin and knees. That is a lot to take in, but it becomes important the night of my big surgery.
The challenges and life lessons can be interpreted by a good astrologer when he or she looks at an individual’s natal chart. These influences are part of our DNA. Because each planet has its own unique influence, they affect each of our charts in different ways depending upon the zodiac sign the placement of that sign, the house it is in, and the degree and minutes of the signs. Our natal chart does not change. But the planets continue to move in our universe, and as they do, they make different angular relationships (called “aspects” as they orbit. Those temporary angular relationships are called “transits.” In Robert hand’s book, Planets in Transit, he writes, “Transits indicate important trends and issues in your life, [and] is one of the few points upon which all astrologers agree.” (Note 6) Aspects are a very important part of astrology. When planets are placed at a specific number of degrees from each other, they are said to be “in aspect.” Aspects are valuable when interpreting the character of an individual and also of events in our lives. There are 6 major aspects and 8 smaller ones. I am going to discuss three major aspects which were involved in my surgery. The first is the conjunction in which there are 0 degrees between the planets (Note: if the planets are within seven degrees of each other, they are still considered a conjunction. This is called the orb of the aspect) Second, the square which is when the planets are 90 degrees apart. The orb here is also 7 degrees. Third is an opposition which is when the planets are 180 degrees apart with an org of 7 degrees. (Note 18) Imagine looking down on the universe as the face of a clock. A conjunction is when both the hands are superimposed. A square is when the hands are 90 degreed apart (like 3 and 6). The opposition is when the hands are 180 degrees apart like 6 and 12.
The complexity of astrology is truly mind blowing. It is like looking up into the night skies and asking what do I have in store, what is my future? It is a science that has so much depth that one could study it their whole life and not master it. It is not disconnected with God. It is part of the “All that is”. It is part of the master plan and the divine order of things. Even Erica Herbert, a fundamentalist Christian, who writes books on personal health said, “The Bible does state that the stars influence human lives and affairs, and the beliefs to the contrary are based on misinterpretation or mistranslations of the original text.” (Note 4) I have made it a point through most of my life, except for memory work in Sunday School, to not throw out scripture to make a point. But here I will make an exception. In Genesis 1:14-18, it reads, “And God said, Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from night, and let them be for signs[emphasis added] and for seasons and for days and for years: and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights – the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night: He made the stars also. And God set them upon the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth and to rule over [emphasis added] the day and over the night and to divide the light from darkness: And God saw that it was good.” (Note 13)
I could go on an on with examples and make all of your heads spin, but needless to say, I have learned a lot about astrology through the years, but I had not focused my attentions on the influences that planets could have on surgical procedures. One other important point: I am not writing this article to place blame. The doctor who took my case was kind just to do so. He had never met me, and was given a patient who had been injured almost a week before. This article’s purpose is to educate anyone having elective surgery, so it might help in choosing a surgery date. With this as a backdrop, here is my story.
It has been over a year since landing at LAX from Barcelona and making it to the Huntington Hospital near midnight on May 9th 2014 PDT. Upon arrival, I was still on a high of gratitude, even when the ambulance driver took us 20 minutes out of our way due to poor freeway choices. Once we arrived at the emergency entrance, I was allowed to go up to my hospital room and then sign the needed admittance papers. That scenario was possible because my husband while in Barcelona had made several phone calls to one of our doctors and that doctor was able to work with the hospital administration about my unique circumstance. After a lot of dialogue, I was admitted without the normal hospital delays.
On Saturday, May 10th, I had all the required tests needed for surgery, and in the morning on Mother’s Day (May 11th) I was wheeled down to the operating room area, knowing that it could be a short surgery which the doctor term “external fixation.” And that turned out to be the case. In this procedure, the doctor manipulated my leg to realign the knee. Once in the proper position it was secured in place by screws attached to the bone above and below the fracture. The position itself was secured by two rods which were externally mounted to keep the leg in proper position. This procedure was the first entry into my skin and bones because I had a closed fracture, i.e., no bones had broken the skin when I fell.
I don’t mean to be gross but thought it important to show the results of this procedure. My leg had suffered a lot of trauma in the original fall and was quite swollen even before the first surgery.
My big surgery was scheduled for the evening of May 14th. As the staff wheeled me down to the OR, thoughts of being in the hospital 40 years earlier giving birth to our son filled my mind. I even recalled the night before his delivery that the movie, “Giant” was playing on my little black and white TV which was connected to the hospital bed at Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, CA. Isn’t it interesting how our mind pulls out thoughts from the past?
This surgery was close to four hours. I do not remember the time in the Recovery Room, but I do remember returning to my hospital room after 11:00 pm, and the night nurse and my husband tending to me. Thank God he was by my bedside, because recently he told me, “I had to keep telling you to “BREATHE!” I was so out of it that I could not even breathe normally on my own.
The next day, my doctor told us it was one of the most complex knee surgeries he had ever experienced. It turns out there were actually two areas of damage: the tibial plateau required a large incision next to and below my knee where the doctor rebuilt the damaged area and inserted a plate to keep everything stabilized. The second area was a broken tibia which required a lengthy incision on the back of my calf and the insertion of another plate to stabilize the area. All told it took two incision, two plates and six screws to put everything back in place. I stayed in the hospital for two more days before transferring to a convalescent hospital for two weeks where I got physical therapy and care.
I arrived home on May 31st and was set up in an extra bedroom. It was wonderful having a television with a large variety of programs – unlike my previous residence. Once again I was filled with gratitude and was well aware I had many prayers focused on me. I did what I was told and that was to take things one day at a time, stay positive, no weight on my left leg, eat lots of protein and vegetables, drink lots of water, and so forth.
In mid-June I went for my first follow-up doctors appointment. To make this journey was an adventure in itself. First phase was using a walker to the hall, where my wheel chair waited. Second phase was to the garage, where the car waited. Next, wheel chair, then back to walker, then backing myself into position so I could get up into a rather high Acura MDX back seat. That took a lot of energy as I had to use both hands to lift myself up to the seat using the handle above the door. I then had to scoot myself over to the other side of the car where two pillows waited. MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT! The same scenario was needed to get into the doctor’s office except it was in reverse order. This accomplishment could not have occurred without my husband. At the doctor’s, the major topics discussed were that my bones looked like they were healing correctly, but he was concerned about possible infection in the wound below my knee. The incision on the back of my calf, which had been sutured, was looking good he said, but the skin just below my knee was badly damaged during the actual fall and that made it hard to suture. Instead it was largely left open to heal from the inside out. As we returned home I felt like I had conquered the world, but I was also exhausted.
I progressed normally and had physical therapy in our home twice weekly to help me with strengthening and knee flexibility.
On June 26th, I returned to the doctor’s office for another x-ray and consultation. At that time, he thought my wound had improved, and both of us felt a great relief. It was at this appointment that I said, “Thank goodness, when I went back and looked at my astrology calendar, I realized I had my big surgery during a full moon in Scorpio!” That freaked me out. The doctor gave me a smirking smile which seemed to be saying, “Sure, lady, whatever you say.” (But a year later, he listened with more interest.)
On Friday, the 27th, I was more active than normal. I was told I could do a few more things and was encouraged to use my walker because moving around would build my strength. This was done by hopping from room to room – still no weight bearing on my leg.
It is interesting now as I look back that it was on that Friday, I sensed a shift. A shift in my predicament and it did not feel right. I just recently found out while I was doing research for this article that there was a new moon in Cancer at 5’37” that day. That new moon was moving through my natal chart’s 12th house, which rules hospitals. (A new moon, also called “lunation”, is when the sun and the moon move together. The new moon energy is the beginning of a new cycle. With the new moon in Cancer, emotion and unconscious thoughts would be a major focus. (Maybe that explains the shift in my feelings.) As it moved along, it formed a relationship (aspect) with my moon in Capricorn at 5’38” – just one minute from being an exact opposition. Opposite the 12th house is the 6th house, which rules health. As the moon continued its journey through my 12th house, it formed a new relationship with Saturn. This relationship was a conjunction. Saturn rules over the bones, skin and tissue. My natal Saturn is in the 12th house at 8’10” Cancer. And oh yes, as it continued the next day, it passed over my Ascendant and entered the first house – the house of the self. I am thinking now that the new moon was providing clues to a scenario that was already in play – the one which really began the night of the full moon when I had my big surgery. Of course, it is always easier to figure things out after the fact.
Returning to Friday the 27th, I think all the extra movement that day, made my infection start to surface. On Sunday the 29, my bottom scab split and exposed something underneath that looked like infection. At the same time, I began running a low grade fever. On Wednesday, July 2nd, I returned to my orthopedic surgeon, who immediately referred me to a plastic surgeon who saw me later that day. After cleaning the infected area the best he could, he called the hospital and arranged for me to be admitted as soon as possible. I went home and waited for the call. I was admitted later than night and on Thursday evening, July 3rd, I was wheeled back down to the OR with both doctors available to do whatever was necessary to save my lower leg. At the time, I did not know how bad it was. That was probably a good thing because negative thoughts were not going to help me. And I was very fortunate to be connected to several prayer lines due to the help of a cousin who really got the word out to family and friends.
When I woke up hours later, I found out the infection was really far along. It had even gotten into my bone marrow. All the metal that had been put in there in my previous surgery (May 14th), had to come out, because the infection was attracted to the metal. The silver lining in this scenario is that the bacterium was a common one which could be treated with antibiotics. I had staphylococcus also known as “osteomyelitis,” which in simpler term is a bone infection. This infection travels through the blood stream and can enter at the surgical site. (Note 8)
As I delve into medical astrology research, I couldn’t believe how blind I was to this facet of astrology. It is the cosmic wellness world for us. By looking at an individual’s birth chart, a medical astrologer can tell their clients their strengths and their weaknesses within their body. They are masters of interpreting the planet movements, their placements within the houses, and what each zodiac sign rules within the chart. They are masters of holistic medicine. A medical astrologer can assist a physician in accurately diagnosing client ailments, when allowed. Doctor Rudolf Skienar used astrology with great success for over 30 years in his medical practice. (Note 4)
When I wrote earlier that I was freaked out when I learned that the moon was full in Scorpio, I should have known, but I didn’t, that it is best to have surgery when the moon is in a fixed zodiac sign, as long as the moon is not in a fixed sign ruling the body part being cut on. The fixed signs are Aquarius, Taurus, Leo and Scorpio. This means, don’t have ankle surgery when the moon is in Aquarius. Have it in another fixed sign, because Aquarius rules the ankles. Another of the fixed signs, which rules the back and the heart, would warn you to not have back or heart surgery during a Leo moon. And even though I had several negative influences on May 14th, the night of my big surgery, at least the moon was not in Capricorn, because that would have been the perfect storm as Capricorn has rulership or domain over the knees, and I am not sure I would have made it through that experience.
Because the moon’s movement is the fastest of all the celestial bodies in the sky, it moves through all the astrological signs in one month. To be precise, it is 29.5305881 days between full moons. (Note 17) So it is about 14.5 days from a new moon to full moon and then another 14.5 days back to the new moon.
That’s a lot of movement and that affects our bodies because the human body is about 70% water and other fluids, and the moon affects the flow of these fluids making us more sensitive and susceptible when the affected body area is opened. (Note 1) Here are the zodiac signs and the body parts affected:
Sign Body Part
Aries Head, face, brain and eyes
Taurus Throat, neck, thyroid gland, vocal track
Gemini Arms, lungs, shoulders, hands, and nervous system
Cancer Chest, breast, stomach, and alimentary canal
Leo Heart, chest, spine, spinal column
Virgo Digestive system, intestines, spleen, and nervous system
Libra Kidneys, skin, lumbar region, and buttocks
Scorpio Reproductive system, sexual organs, bowels, excretory system
Sagittarius Hips, thighs, liver, and sciatic nerve
Capricorn Knees, joints, and skeletal system
Aquarius Ankles, calves, circulatory system
Pisces Feet, toes, lymphatic system, fatty tissue (Note 16)
There is another important astrological term to learn – “retrograde.” This is the apparent motion of planets when viewed from earth. When the earth is moving faster in its orbit than another planet, that body will appear to have a backward motion. Like two vehicles going at different speeds, the slower vehicle can appear to be moving backward when viewed from the faster vehicle. Planets that are retrograde lose some of their clarity, power, and strength. (Note: the sun and moon are never retrograde.)
For me, the strong negative influence that morning was when retrograde Mars and the Moon conjuncted at 5:02 am and then squared my natal Saturn (the bone) and also squared my natal Capricorn Moon (Capricorn rules over the knee). (See Diagram below) Even though my surgery was in the 7:00 am time period, that square was still in effect when I underwent the knee realignment. Eileen Nauman writes, “Avoid surgery when the transiting Moon is square the natal Saturn as it can mean chronic or very serious complications.” There were other don’ts that morning. The full Moon was 3 days away, and Nauman warns, “Avoid operations five days before or after a full Moon because the bodily fluids are at their highest level.” (Note 19:16)
So what, you might say. But this is another thing Nauman says in her book, “The worst indication for any type of surgery is when Mars is retrograde.” (Mars goes retrograde every two years for about 10 weeks.) In 2014, it was retrograde from March 2nd through May 20th. Nauman continues, “It may mean heavy loss of blood [because Mars has rulership over blood], unexpected hemorrhaging, or a mistake on the part of the surgeon [Mars also has rulership over surgeons]. Under this influence mistakes can be made because concentration level can be weakened at that time. Especially avoid microsurgery when Mars is retrograde because of the intense concentration required in these surgeries. Mailles Godefrov adds, “Surgery should never be performed when Mars is retrograde because it will most likely need to be repeated.” Also, earlier, it was stated that infections travel through the blood stream and Mars rules that system as well.
Even though Mercury was not retrograde during my surgery, it is another negative influence that should be considered when having surgery. Ms. Nauman says in her Book, Medical Astrology, “Avoid Mercury retrograde there are more misunderstandings, mistakes, and confusion at this time.” Because Mercury is the closest planet to the Earth, it retrogrades 3 to 4 times a year for about 3 weeks. To find out the specific dates go to http://www.astrologyzone.com/forecasts/mercury.html.
So I went into the external fixation surgery with a week-old injury, all swollen and bruised, with damaged skin, all the while under adverse Moon and planetary influences. If this was not where the infection entered, then I was to wait 3 more days when the circumstances were even more detrimental.
As I think back to that time, I have no concrete memories of those three days between surgeries (probably because of the pain medicine I was on) But having that double bar connected to my bones above and below my knee with the screws showing was very memorable. When the earlier picture of the external fixation was taken it was 10:45 a.m. just an hour and a half from an exact full Moon the morning of my second surgery, and the Moon and retrograde Saturn were exactly conjunct a few hours earlier creating a very powerful negative transit for anyone having bone surgery. So both surgeries had retrograde planets Mars and Saturn respectively conjunct the transiting Moon on the days of my two surgeries.
Because the Moon travels so fast, it moves through our natal chart and creates short-lived favorable and unfavorable contacts with the Sun, Moon and planets. Medical astrologers would analyze these relationships by using the individual natal chart and the current position of the transiting planets to determine the best days for their clients to have elective surgery.
It so happened that on the night of my second surgery (May 14th), the Moon was also in a status called “void of course.” This happened right after the exact full Moon in Scorpio earlier in the day. The Moon was still full, but it no longer had a relationship to an astrological sign after it left Scorpio and before it entered Sagittarius. So from 12:16 pm till 10:44 pm the Moon had no connection to an astrological sign for 10 hours and 28 minute. My surgery took place during this void of course and was pretty much over by the time the Moon entered Sagittarius. This is what is said about having a Moon void course during surgery, “A day a Moon is void course is bad for surgery. On such a day, there is a good possibility that the operation won’t be performed correctly, and that complications will arise, or that a second operation will become necessary.” (Note 19:16) Elle Alexa Simon, says on her astrological web site, “[Moon] void course is a signal that we are vulnerable to circumstances beyond our control (not a time to have surgery unless it is an emergency).” (Note 20)
In May of 2014, the Moon was void course 14 times within the month. The first was from May 1-2 and lasted 30 hours and 45 minutes; the shortest was on May 19th, and it lasted 2 hours and 56 minutes. Again, when I had my surgery (May 14th), the Moon was void course for over 10 hours. So the Moon, the fastest of the planetary bodies moves through all the zodiac signs within a 30-day period and as it does, the Moon is void course every time it transitions to a new sign.
I know it sounds impossible to pick the perfect time to choose a surgery date, but keep in mind at least two things are very manageable: (1) Do not have surgery on or near a full moon, and (2) know the position of the Moon. Learn, at least, the signs and their rulership over our body parts. As for Mars, it goes retrograde every 2 years for 10 weeks. Next year (2016) it will be retrograde from April 18th to June 29th. And if you choose to have a medical astrologer to help you pick a date, you can find one on the internet.
Today, I am fortunate to say I am walking and my infection is gone. I do have a crescent shaped indentation under my left knee area, but the other two incisions have healed nicely. I had wonderful care with my wound nurse, Heather, and my cosmetic surgeon, who told me in the beginning of my journey that to save my leg, my wound would be like a Bonsai tree. It would take lots of time and care. I was finally released by both doctors one year after having three needed surgeries in early July of 2014. Would all of this have been different if knew this information ahead of time? Probably not, both my surgeries were under emergency situations. I did not have the luxury of waiting for the opportune time. But perhaps I would have been more aware of the potential problems I could face.
“There are many things that can be argued for and against both modern and ancient views, but whatever one’s opinion may be, to regard our ancient ancestors as a bunch of primitive fools and ourselves as profoundly enlightened would be a grave error.” (Note 14) So in a perfect world, the old “knowings” and the new “findings” of modern research would be a beautiful fit. To be able to work these concepts together for wellness would be an elevated concept. But let’s face it, we are ruled not only by the planets influences, we are ruled by the money machines in our society.
Doing this article has reaffirmed my belief that we are all connected in the universe. We are all part of the wonders of creation. So if you are having surgery in the future, you might want to consult the signs in the heavens and look up and say, “Protect me, protect me,” and end with a “Thank you.”
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