At the end of the day, I put as much stock in astrology as I do in Oprahís adviceówell intentioned, but a tad too general to be truly relevant. Which isnít to say that I donít enjoy reading my daily horoscope (or watching Oprahís show, for that matter); on the contrary, I find analyzing zodiac personalities and future forecasts much fun. Who doesnít enjoy reading tidbits about herself and wondering whether the fourteenth really will be a day for love?
There are some Gemini characteristics I relate to, like indecisiveness, sociability, and need for variety. In some ways, reading about my sign has helped me understand my own nature better. But after delving into astrology a little more deeply, Iíve found that it claims to predict more than personality traits and relationship compatibility. Not only do planets dictate our demeanors and futures in the astrological world, but they supposedly pinpoint potential health problems as well.
Goats are ruled by Saturn, which oversees the skeleton, teeth, and joints (specifically the knees). Theyíre ambitious and determined, but those characteristics can also lead to stubbornness, which then brings about fragile bones and weakened, rigid joints. Possible problems include arthritis, knee issues, and osteoporosis.
Uranus is in charge of circulation and nerve impulses among members of this sign. If notoriously frenzied Aquarians donít take time to breathe and relax, astrologists believe their fast pace could lead to arthritis, heart problems, swollen limbs, varicose veins, asthma, and increased allergic reactions.
These ultrasensitive fish are ruled by their daydreams and by Neptune, which controls the lymphatic system and feet. They run the risk of disappointment because theyíre so idealistic. If that disappointment becomes overwhelming, it could cause foot problems (corns, bunions, etc.) and a weakened immune system that leaves them vulnerable to a number of diseases.
Rams are analytical and thoughtful by nature, so it makes sense that their ruling planet, Mars, is involved with the head. They tend to overthink things to the point of headaches, tooth issues, jaw grinding, and even facial blemishes.
Venus governs over Taurus and controls the lower jaw, the throat, and insulin production. That leaves bulls prone to throat infections, thyroid conditions, stiff necks, tonsillitis, and ear infections when theyíre especially worried or acting stubborn.
The twins are ruled by Mercury, which deals with dual body parts (arms, legs, and so on) and the respiratory system. That leaves those of us under this sign with chronic coughs and colds, bronchitis, sore shoulders, and tendonitisóprobably as a result of constantly socializing and being on the go.
Crabs are tied to the stomach and digestive system, which is why theyíre highly intuitive and emotionally charged. When they bury their feelings and donít let go of anger or pain, the moonís influence can lead to indigestion, intestinal maladies, and acid-reflux disease.
The Sun watches over Leos and affects their hearts, circulation, and spine. Theyíre naturally authoritative and confident, so if anythingís causing them to feel otherwise, it can invite back problems, heart ailments, and lethargy.
Virgos are ruled by Mercury as well, but the health focus for this sign is on the digestive tract and intestines. Virgos tend to rush through things and have too much of a one-track mind. Without enough relaxation time to balance their worker-bee tendencies, ulcers, constipation, and food allergies could result.
Venus has jurisdiction over Libra and controls kidney and bladder functions. Librans thrive on pleasure (both giving and receiving), but too much of one over the other can cause excretory problems.
If naturally intense Scorpios get too jealous or obsessive, or if negativity motivates their actions, Pluto can wreak havoc on their reproductive systems, as well as on their kidneys and bladders. Potential issues include painful and/or irregular menstruation, bladder infections, and diabetes.
Itís all about the thighs, hips, liver, and sciatic nerve for Sagittarians, thanks to Jupiterís dominance. Health problems range from spinal disorders and rheumatism to detoxification issues.
Obviously, being a certain sign doesnít guarantee the development of certain diseases. But according to astrologists, it could make issues in those areas more likely, so being mindful of them canít hurt. Books like Astrology and Your Health and The Complete Idiotís Guide to Astrology (both of which I consulted for this story) emphasize the connection between health problems and straying too much into your signís negative side. Whether thatís true or not, itís a useful reminder to be good to ourselves, both emotionally and physically. You donít have to be an astrologist to predict the positive outcome of adopting that attitude.
By Vicki Santillano, From DivineCaroline