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ZODIAC SIGN ASTROLOGY
My website about the astrology based on the Zodiac sign (sun sign).
My twelve websites devoted to each of the Zodiac signs and their traits.
ZODIAC SIGN CALCULATOR
Calculate your Zodiac sign and the exact degree of the sun within that sign.
ZODIAC SIGN QUIZ
Find out which Zodiac sign you are most like.
YOUR 2015 HOROSCOPE
What astrology predicts about the year 2015 for your Zodiac sign, and how that horoscope forecast is made.
ZODIAC SIGN COMPATIBILITY
What astrology reveals about how the Zodiac signs match in relationships.
I Ching Online
Try the ancient Chinese divination online for free. The 64 hexagrams of I Ching, The Book of Change, and what they mean in divination.
BOOKS BY STEFAN STENUDD
Cosmos of the Ancients
All the philosophers of Ancient Greece and what they thought about cosmology, myth, religion and the gods.
Life Energy Encyclopedia
Qi (chi), prana, pneuma, spiritus, and all the other life force concepts around the world explained and compared.
The Zodiac in Your Health Horoscope
Medical Astrology 2
Only the planets and similar points are really active forces in your horoscope. But the Zodiac signs they are in will tell you much about the nature of their actions, also in regard to your health. The planets cause illnesses, but the Zodiac signs reveal much about the nature of those illnesses, and the body parts afflicted by them.
Zodiac ManTraditionally, the twelve Zodiac signs are said to represent twelve body parts, from the head down. It's referred to as Zodiac Man, or Astrological Man, and it's a very common motif in illustrations and art of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. You see several examples of such images on this webpage.
History is not in total agreement about what body part belongs to what sign, but the pattern is mainly the same - from Aries and the head down to Pisces and the feet. Here is a list of the Zodiac signs and the body parts they are in most traditions said to be connected to:
MusclesFar from all the body parts and organs are included in the lists above. For example, there is no mention of the muscles, although they are certainly essential to survival. That's because they can't be connected to one single Zodiac sign. Muscular qualities vary according to their functions and other things - and planets play a role in their development as well as their durability.
The major but not only planet of muscular power is Mars. If you have Mars in Taurus, you are likely to be quite strong in a sturdy way. If it's in Capricorn your muscles are sufficient and resourceful, if it's in Leo they are evident and impress others, and so on. With Mars in Pisces or Gemini, chances are that you're not that muscular at all.
Also the sun indicates muscular status, pretty much the same way Mars does.
Power in Zodiac signsThe Zodiac is a background in the horoscope. It doesn't represent actual powers or energies at play. Instead, it gives certain characteristics to them. The working powers in the horoscope are the planets, including the sun and moon, the Ascendant and Medium Coeli. These are the active ingredients in the horoscope.
A Zodiac sign without any of the planets is not really weakened, from a health perspective. Rather, it implies that health issues belonging to that Zodiac sign are no real problems. The empty Zodiac signs in your horoscope show that you rarely have ailments in the body parts those signs govern.
There are three exceptions: if a Zodiac sign is in the 12th, 6th or 8th House, it can cause some trouble whether it's empty or not. More about that below, when the role of the Houses in your health is discussed.
As for Zodiac signs that have planets in your horoscope, it generally means they are enhanced. A planet brings energy to the Zodiac sign, so it becomes stronger and more important - also the body part that it governs.
But there are exceptions to the rule, and several things to consider. A planet in a Zodiac sign can just as well lead to complications. You have to look at the whole picture.
Parts of the Zodiac signA Zodiac sign is not exactly the same all through its 30° of the complete Zodiac circle. The beginning of a sign is forceful, whereas the end of it is kind of dissolving, and there are many nuances in between.
A traditional way of taking this into account is the division of a sign into three parts of 10° each, called decanate or decan. The first decan is cardinal (leading), the middle fixed, and the third is mutable (following). These three qualitites are also divided among the Zodiac signs in whole, so that some are cardinal, others fixed or mutable. There is great order to it: Each of the four Greek elements (fire, air, earth, and water) have three Zodiac signs, and these three are of one quality each. Here are the elements and qualitites of the Zodiac signs:
Zodiac Man. Illustration from a book by Johannes de Ketham, 1494.
For example: Aries is the cardinal fire sign, so its first decan, the cardinal one, shows the most distinct Aries characteristics. Its second decan, the fixed one, is slightly similar to the fixed fire sign Leo, and its last and mutable decan has some similarities with the mutable fire sign Sagittarius.
Therefore, a Zodiac sign is its strongest in the decan of the quality that sign belongs to, which is where it is the most characteristic, and weaker in the other decans. A cardinal sign is at the very weakest, quite frustrated, at its mutable decan, and the other way around. A fixed sign is usually weaker in its mutable decan than in its cardinal decan, but the difference is not that great.
Here are the Zodiac signs, and what other sign they have similarities to in their decans. A sign is the most characteristic in the decan that is associated with itself.
Zodiac Man. Illustration from 1512.
Each decan of a Zodiac sing tends to narrow down the body part inflicted, or the kind of infliction. It is not that certain or exact, but the table below gives clues to how the decans modify physical ailments and problems of each sign. These are indications, only, Don't take them too literally.
Zodiac Man. Painting from 1413-16.