Monday, 24 November 2014

Astrology and Medicine - Time For A Reunion?

Different astrologers specialise in different areas of interest when it come to the subjects/people that they choose to profile. A fellow astrologer who loves analysing politics and politicians recently drew my attention to something really interesting. A British politician who has been Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated Healthcare since 2002, and is a supporter of astrology - especially the use of it in medical practice - caused controversy in November 2009, when he spoke at a meeting organised by the Astrological Association of Great Britain by advocating that astrology be integrated into the National Health Service. 

To be honest, I agree with him. During it's 5,000+ year history, astrology was always bound up with medicine. Indeed, even today, doctors must swear allegiance (Hippocratic Oath) to Hippocrates, the Greek physician born circa 460 BC, who became known as the 'Father of Medicine'. He revolutionised the way patients were diagnosed and treated, and was famously quoted as saying, "A physician without a knowledge of astrology has no right to call himself a physician". Anyone who practised medicine had to learn astrology first, as diagnosis and treatment was dependent upon the position of the Sun, Moon and planets. The most famous astrologer in history - Nostradamus - was a doctor as well as an astrologer. By the 17th century, physicians in Europe were legally required to calculate the position of the Moon before attempting certain procedures such as surgery, or using a popular technique at the time - bleeding. The reason for this was because around the time of the Full Moon, patients are more likely to haemorrhage profusely. Interestingly, this has since been proved by medical surveys and statistics.

So, how exactly would modern medics use astrology to assist them in their work? As someone who has had medical experience, I have thought about this often. Ideally, health professionals would study the natal chart of the patient, but without full understanding of astrology, this would be highly unlikely to be of any practical use. One area in which astrological knowledge would be beneficial to doctors would be in communicating with their patients. Doctors have often been criticised for not talking to people properly - either patronising them, blinding them with science, or even insulting them. Nowadays, most doctors are far more down to earth and have a good rapport with the patient, allowing them to ask questions and making sure they understand exactly what's going on. But there are still some who could do with improving their bedside manner. 

Now, I'm sure most medics would throw their hands up in horror or fall over laughing at the thought of having to learn both medicine and astrology. It would complicate their training, and health funds do not allow for professional astrologers to work in hospitals. But, nevertheless, I know that many astrologers actually do both, and a while ago, during a casual browsing session in an astrology forum, I actually came across quite a few medical professionals - a cardiac surgeon, gynaecologists, and even vets - who had a deep interest in astrology. One doctor told her colleagues about it and suggested that using patients' birthdates could assist them with diagnosis and treatment. Unfortunately, most of them laughed at her. It seems like remerging astrology and medicine remains a distant dream....