The Signs and the Houses
The likelihood of illness or injuries relating to a particular sign is derived from both the nature of the sign with regard to its type by triplicity and that of its natural ruling planet. Ailments of a sign or planet can also appear by reflection in its opposite sign or by reflection in the opposite sign of a planet’s exaltation. For example, Venus is exalted in Pisces and by reflection, the ailments associated with Venus and Pisces can show in the opposite sign of Virgo.
Please note that these are indications only and not just by virtue of having the sun placed in a certain sign. Many other factors play their part in medical astrology and the diagnosis or potential for illnesses or ailments. Usually, in order for a condition to manifest, it will be found that planets will be afflicted in a sign by one of the so-called malefic planets and by a hard aspect between them. However, benefic planets such as Jupiter and Venus and good aspects from the Sun or Moon can mitigate or even deny the possibility of any condition taking hold. These matters are also subject to being triggered by transits.
The houses also govern the various parts of the body by association with their sign of the natural order of the zodiac. For example, the head is governed by the first house corresponding to Aries, the throat by the second house corresponding to Taurus and so on.
Ruling Planet: Mars
Body Parts ruled: head, brain, eyes, face, muscles, pineal gland
Ailments: anything to do with the head. Headache, migraine, sinus problems, head colds, nosebleeds, fever, inflammation, haemorrhage, high blood pressure, eruptions, burns, scalds, insect bites and stings.
Ruling Planet: Venus
Body Parts ruled: neck, throat, thyroid gland, larynx, chin, lower jaw, ears, tongue, vocal chords, jugular vein, tonsils
Ailments: anything to do with the throat or neck, sore throat, stiff neck, tension, excess weight, under-active thyroid gland
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Body Parts ruled: hands, fingers, arms, shoulders, upper ribs, lungs, bronchial tracts, trachea, thymus gland, nerves and nervous system
Ailments: those relating to the mental faculty and those associated with the nerves, nervous strain, restlessness especially of the mind, chest and lung complaints, asthma, pleurisy, insomnia, amnesia
Ruling Planet: Moon
Body Parts ruled: breasts, breastbone, stomach, alimentary canal, lower ribs, womb, pancreas
Ailments: stomach and digestive complaints, upset stomach, breast disorders, lymphatic system disorders, obesity
Ruling Planet: Sun
Body Parts ruled: upper back, spine, spleen, heart, aorta, circulation
Ailments: heart problems, hardening of the arteries, high or low blood pressure, spinal and back problems, blood disorders
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Body Parts ruled: nervous system, intestines, stomach, abdomen, lower dorsal nerves, bowels, nails, spleen
Ailments: anxiety, nervous tension, bowel and digestive system disorders, intestinal disorders, abdominal disorders
Ruling Planet: Venus
Body Parts ruled: lower back (lumbar region), lumbar nerves, buttocks, kidneys, adrenal glands, blood vessels, skin
Ailments: associated with the kidneys and any problems that arise with them, those conditions brought about by excess and over-indulgence, obesity. It is associated with venereal diseases.
Ruling Planet: Mars and Pluto
Body Parts Ruled: genitals, bladder, cervix, anus, genito-urinary tract, prostate gland
Ailments: Pluto rules Scorpio so it is associated with ailments of the reproductive and excretory systems. It occasions deep changes within whatever condition arises. Can be likened to a volcano bubbling beneath the surface. Ailments: anything hidden or deep.
Ruling Planet: Jupiter
Body Parts ruled: liver, hips, thighs, arterial system, pelvis, femur (thighbone)
Ailments: Jupiter rules the liver and any complaints of it. As Jupiter’s main keyword is that of expansion, it governs swellings and things that grow such as tumours and other growths, either malignant or benign. It is also associated with being overweight and over-indulgence in food, alcohol and drugs.
Ruling Planet: Saturn
Body Parts ruled: bones, joints, knees, skin, teeth
Ailments: Saturn rules the skin and bones and by its nature of restriction and generally slowing things down, anything that is degenerative is ruled by it. It produces blockages and is associated with poor growth. Dental problems, skin problems, arthritis
Ruling Planet: Saturn and Uranus
Body Parts ruled: Circulatory system, ankles, Achilles heal, calves, shins, breath, eyesight
Ailments: Circulatory problems, varicose veins, anxiety, muscular spasms, arthritis, palpitations
Ruling Planet: Jupiter and Neptune
Body Parts ruled: feet
Ailments: addiction to alcohol or drugs, suspension of normal functioning, wasting diseases and general lethargy. Anything that impairs normal functioning or gradual erosion of functions. Immune system problems, fluid retention, hormonal imbalances, chilblains, glandular problems