Saturn is the natural ruler of the skeletal system and teeth, and both require calcium for growth and strength. He is also the natural ruler of limestone, a common sedimentary rock which forms from the precipitation of calcium carbonate from water. Calcium carbonate leaves solutions in many ways and each way produces a different kind of limestone. It is interesting to note that too much calcium in the body (Saturn) hinders the absorption of iron (Mars), and we can see the effect these two planets have on each other quite clearly in a natal chart as well. The one is cold and dry and therefore slow and ponderous, while the other is hot and dry and is faster moving and action orientated.
THE COMMON THREAD
The vertical cause is the foundation on which the application of the two remedies and their astrological interpretation is based. Although it is not a prerequisite for an astrologer to have knowledge of these remedies or to be able to recommend or utilise them, qualified practising astrologers of The Tradition are constantly studying, researching and seeking information on how better to understand their astrology and thus better be able to serve the people who consult with them. Medical astrology is a vast field filled with landmines for some and delights for others, and it is the ability to utilise the material that is ruled by the planets that makes it so exciting and challenging. Alternative medicine understands and addresses the need to treat people holistically, and so too does the astrologer. In a natal chart you cannot single out one planet and assess the person on the basis of that factor alone. Even the facet represented by that planet is influenced by the other planets as well as other factors that are included in the delineation, such as house placement, temperament and many others. Human beings are multifaceted and exist as a series of layers – spiritual, emotional, physical and mental, and these in turn have their own layers, all of which have bearing on each other.
The quest for health and longevity has to be undertaken on a holistic level as it is impossible to achieve the balance required for good health if all levels pertaining to the human species are not addressed. It is apparent that there are many tools available to assist in this quest, and astrology is a leading component of that toolbox. The astrologer can work closely with both holistic and allopathic health practitioners, and it can be argued that compared with the field of science, astrology of The Tradition holds the moral high ground because it is centred on sound philosophies that are as old as man himself.
Assessment of the natal chart can assist with the correct dietary requirements for that individual. It can pinpoint the predisposition to certain types of illness, the correct choice of exercise, and the correct natural remedy based on temperament and the other factors provided by the chart. Recommendations can then be made with regard to alternative and natural remedies such as the Bach Flower Remedies and tissue salts. The astrologer may also simply refer the person to a relevant medical practitioner. ‘Physicians are agreed that when treatment is possible through diet, there should be no recourse through medicine; and when treatment is possible through a simple, there should be no recourse to a compound.’1
It is for this very reason that a natal chart should be used in conjunction with the prescribing of natural medicines, as there is no equivalent to the natal chart – the purity and integral essence as provided by the planets themselves is unsurpassed.
1. Medicine of the Prophet, Ibn Qayyim Al – Jawziyya. Translated by Penelope Johnstone. Islamic Texts Society, 1998.