On the moon's transit through the zodiac signs and the best times for surgery and taking medications
Pure superstition or force to be reckoned with?
Copyright © 2013 Healing Cancer Naturally
Similarly to the moon calendars indicating optimum and worst periods for planting and harvesting seeds and crops which hail back to ancient times and are owed to the astute nature observation of our forefathers, there also is a "calendar" based on similar principles regarding the best and worst periods for having any type of operation.
The following information on most advisable times for undergoing surgery is predominantly based on German physician Dr. Rudolf Sklenar's book Astro-Medizin als Lebenshilfe (roughly: Help From Astro-Medicine)ff. Dr. Sklenar, besides having found and used a successful treatment for cancer (see Successful cancer treatment with Kombucha and coli preparations according to Dr. Rudolf Sklenar), also was a student of astrology.
To underlign the potentially important role of celestial influences in health and disease and particularly surgery, Dr. Sklenar quotes a case related by famed physician and astrologer Alfred John Pearce (1840 - 1923) in his two-volume work Textbook of Astrology (first published in 1911 and republished to this day):
A woman had ovary surgery done by a skilled surgeon when the moon was in Scorpio and moving towards conjunction with Saturn. The patient died the following day.
As Dr. Sklenar comments, "Better wait and be called superstitious than kill."
Sklenar further quotes Pearce as saying, "With surgery it is advisable, if possible, to await a favourable time and not jeopardize the patient and increase his suffering by operating when the moon is within 17 degrees of the sun, which Cardan calls an ill-fated configuration."
Ptolemy (c. AD 90 – c. AD 168), the Greco-Roman writer, mathematician, astronomer, geographer, astrologer, and poet wrote, "don't treat with iron (the knife) that part of the body ruled by the sign the moon is transitting" (meaning for instance that when the moon is in Taurus, one should not operate on the neck or larynx - even less so, when Mars is in an unfavourable aspect with the transiting Moon.
Dr. Max Kemmerich reported that a number of German physicians tested the above injunction not to "touch with iron that part of the body ruled by the sign the Moon is passing through". They found indeed that operations showed better results and postoperative bleeding in particular was virtually eliminated.
(Considering that the moon causes the movement of the tides of every body of water on earth and that the human body is largely made of water, one can intuitively see how if indeed individual organs have an intimate energetic connection to various constellations [signs], the moon's passing through those signs could influence how the water in those organs will behave [and blood of course is mostly water], as well as other things.)
That said, Sklenar like others has pointed out that the higher a person's ethical and moral development, the less he or she will be subject to astral influences.
Surgery and the stars: each body part "ruled" by a sign of the zodiac
Every part of the body is assumed to be associated with a specific sign, and the sequence from head to toe follows the exact same sequence as the zodiac, i.e. starting with Aries the individual signs move from top to bottom, meaning that Aries "rules" the head region and Pisces the feet region, with the other signs sequentially ruling the areas in-between.
According to Dr. Sklenar's research, the different parts of the body are ruled as follows (whereby each sign also influences its opposite sign in the zodiac).
- ARIES corresponds to the head including the face (with one exception: the bony part of the nose is ruled by Scorpio).
- TAURUS corresponds to the throat and beginning of neck, palate, larynx, tonsils, occiput (back of the head), and cerebellum.
- GEMINI: shoulders, arms, hands, lungs, thymus, upper ribs
- CANCER: thorax, abdomen, stomach, diaphragm, lower lung lobes, aorta, upper lobe of liver, breast and mammary gland
- LEO: back, spine, heart
- VIRGO: belly and umbilical region, intestines, lower liver lobes, pancreas, spleen
- LIBRA: loins, inguinal region (groin), kidneys, vascular nerve system of the skin
- SCORPIO: genitalia, sexual organs, bladder, urethra, rectum and descending colon, flexor, prostate, osseous part of the nose
- SAGITTARIUS: hips, upper half of lower extremities, femur (thighbone), ilium, arteries, veins, sciatic nerve
- CAPRICORN: rules the knees, skin (and by reflex; the stomach which is ruled by its opposite sign, Cancer) . (Note that another source additionally relates the teeth to Capricorn.)
- AQUARIUS: lower leg, lower half of lower extremities, ankles
- PISCES: rules the feet, toes (and by reflex the abdominal region via Virgo).
Surgery and the moon's transiting through the twelve constellations (Zodiac signs)
The moon takes some 2-3 days to pass through each sign. Regarding surgery, according to Dr. Sklenar it is advised to abstain whilst the moon transits through each constellation as follows.
- MOON IN ARIES: do not operate on the head, eyes, brain and cerebellum, avoid tooth extractions [this should extend to any strongly invasive oral/jaw surgery];
- MOON IN TAURUS: avoid all neck and throat surgery incl. tonsils, vocal chords, thyroid gland, parotid gland, cerebellum;
- MOON IN GEMINI: avoid amputations of arm or hand, surgery of the lung and trachea, pleura and lung membrane, anesthesia via ether inhalation (ether anaesthetics);
- MOON IN CANCER: don't operate for diseases of the digestive organs, don't open the thorax (rib cage);
- MOON IN LEO: avoid surgery on the spinal cord (medulla), heart, pericardium, cardia, muscles of the back, as well as anesthesia via Chloroform vapor;
- MOON IN VIRGO: don't have surgery on the abdomen/viscera;
- MOON IN LIBRA: avoid kidney surgery;
- MOON IN SCORPIO: avoid hernia and appendix surgery, cutting buboes, generally avoid cutting in the inguinal region (groin), urinary and sexual organs, hemorrhoid surgery;
- MOON IN SAGITTARIUS: don't open the hip area, no surgery on femural hernia, no leg amputation. Mars should not be within the sun's orbit.*
- MOON IN CAPRICORN: shun surgery on knees, shins, skin;
- MOON IN AQUARIUS: don't have surgery on the calves, varicose veins, eyes;
- MOON IN PISCES: avoid surgery of feet, abdomen, lungs.
On the importance of other astrological influences
In reference to the possible impact of additional astrological influences, Dr. Sklenar points out that the power of the moon with its continually changing aspects is of overriding importance, i.e. more essential than any other influence, so that generally speaking one can neglect those with impunity.
This would render very complex guidelines regarding the best or worst imes for undergoing surgery offered by authorities such as Eileen Naumann in her book Medical Astrology mostly superfluous. Some of Nauman's simpler advice (not requiring the assistance of an expert astrologer) includes things such as
- Five days before and after the New Moon bodily fluids are at their lowest ebb which reduces the possibility of swelling.
- Five days before and after the Full Moon fluids are at their highest which can translate into major swelling and hemorrhaging.
- Don't undergo surgery when the Moon is void (complications are likely, surgery might be botched up requiring repeat surgery).
- Shun surgery when the transiting moon is in a mutable sign (i. e. in Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) and plan it instead when the moon passes through a fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius), the latter apparently enabling better results without further complications.
- Don't have surgical procedures when Mercury or Mars is retrograde. Mercury retrograde (three times yearly for a number of weeks) is well-known for increased frequency of communication problems (misunderstandings) and generally not considered the optimal time to undertake anything new. Mars is considered the planet of surgeons, so when it goes retrograde (a rarer occasion occurring only once every two years and lasting for about ten weeks), surgeons apparently are not at their best. Additionally, Mars retrograde is associated with possibly heavy loss of blood.
* (Sonnenorbis in German, possibly mistranslated)
Medications and the stars: some pointers by Dr. Sklenar
- When the moon is in Aries or Capricorn, medications are said to be nauseating.
- Avoid taking medications when the moon is in a fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius). (The same might apply to supplements.)
- Purging or taking medications is best done when the moon is in Cancer or Pisces.
A note re surgery
Healing Cancer Naturally considers surgery a last option to be resorted to only when other non-invasive and non-toxic avenues of healing (compare Treatment) have been exhausted, are inaccessible, or when there is a life-threatening situation (such as a tumor impinging upon and about to cut off a vital organ such as parts of the brain, the esophagus etc.).
Some concluding advice
Whatever you decide to do, I highly recommend including a request for a most benevolent outcome.
1 This book featuring Dr. Sklenar's astromedical work (published by the Austrian ARCTURUS-Verlag) reunites in fact the essence of the work of several medical astrology capacities, including SURYA (Demeter Georgiewitz-Weitzer [1873–1949]) and SINDBAD (Friedrich Schwickert [1855–1930], a widely known expert for astrology and hermetic arts) who together authored the older book Astrologie und Medizin. Astro-Medizin als Lebenshilfe includes a chapter discussing the medical astrology of Paracelsus and a contribution by US-American naturopath Nancy Coker. The entire book was thoroughly revised by yet another apparent luminary in the field, Prof. Frank Hofmann. Astro-Medizin als Lebenshilfe is described as furnishing an overall presentation giving equal weight to the astrological and medical aspects of the matter and best meeting the requirements of modern times.
2 Dr. Sklenar very successfully applied astrological considerations in his medical practice for more than thirty years so his written work was based in practical experience rather than theory alone. For more details see Medical astrology according to Dr. Rudolf Sklenar: On using the astrological birth chart as a diagnostic tool.