A physician without the knowledge of Astrology has no right to call himself a physician.
Hippocrates (the father of modern medicine)
Astrology is known to have played major roles in the history of the world. It influenced noble actions of great men and contributed in shaping the lives of kings and paupers. Note that we said astrology “contributed’, this is because every practicing astrologer knows that the stars impel but they do not compel.
Astrology is the study of celestial bodies in connection with their subtle effects on minerals, plants, beasts, man and indeed all creatures. As an offshoot of ancient astronomy, astrology has grown to become an important field of study.
Astrology has wide application ranging from medicine, governance, relationship to career selection.
Astrology is to astronomy what physiology is to anatomy.
Anatomy is concerned with the study of body structures while physiology deals with functions of those structures.
Our lives, languages, calendars, health, diseases are all embedded in astrological lore and traditions.
When we say for instance that a particular day is a Monday, Sunday or Saturday, we are actually implying that those days are overseen by their corresponding planetary energies, hence Moon-day, Sun-day and Saturn – day.
Other days of the week have their planetary linkages hidden in other languages. In French, Tuesday is Mardi; day of Mars, Wednesday is Mecredi; day of Mercury and so on.
In wishing happy birthdays to our friends and loved ones we often add, “Happy many returns ‘to frame our wishes. What is it that is actually ‘returning’? The answer is the SUN. The sun keeps returning to the position it was during your birth approximately every 365 days.
When the psalmist declared that the sun shall not smite him by day or the moon by night, was he not acknowledging the effects of the sun and moon on our being?
We describe psychological frame works of people by linking them to some planetary and stellar qualities: You hear statements like …of SUN-ny disposition, SARTUN-ian (spendthrift) disposition, MARS-tial (war-like) traits, MERCUR-ian (intelligent) mind, LUNATIC (moon, moody) behavior etc.
The moon cycle of 28 days corresponds to the average menstrual cycle of women. The effect of lunar rays on women in general is very pronounced. Ancient civilization knew the influence that our moon has on copulation and fertility hence the popular phrase ‘honey moon experience’ uttered in connection to the newly married couple.
The lunar cycle also affects the level of sea at various times of the year. During full moon, seal level rises and reaches its peak. As the moon wanes, sea level goes down. If the rays of the moon can pull the body of sea it is not difficult to understand that same could alter movements of body fluids in us.
We know that the radiations of the celestial bodies such as planets, sun, stars, asteroids etc affect plants, animals and man equally. In recognition of this fact, certain religious festivals or societal ceremonies are slated, for instance, during certain phases of the moon.
In Africa, indigenous folks have since known through observation and being closer to nature that certain diseases and maladies, especially those affecting the mind tend to aggravate during certain phases of the moon. LUNATICS are called so because of the effect of lunar (moon) cycle on them.
To be continued.
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Dr Gilbert Ezengige is a licensed natural medicine practitioner, lecturer and writer on health and social issues.