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HOW TO GIVE AN ASTROLOGICAL HEALTH READING - Diane Cramer, $14.95
Contents:
Foreword; Introduction to the revised edition; Introduction;

1. Signs & planets in medical astrology: Sign rulerships, Signs in relation to illness, Planetary actions & reactions to disease, Aspects in medical astrology;

2. Steps to giving a health reading: 1. Analyzing the Sun, 2. Analyzing the moon, 3. Analyzing the ascendant, 4. Determining quadruplicity emphasis, 5. Examining midpoints relating to health, 6. Analyzing resistance to disease (example chart A), 7. Determining indicators of disease, 8. Making a nutritional assessment of the chart (example chart B);

3. Assessing severity & duration of disease: Using predictive techniques in medical astrology, Transits of Jupiter, Transits of Saturn, Transits of Uranus, Transits of Neptune, Transits of Pluto, Combining predictive techniques in assessing severity & duration of illness, Combining chart analysis with predictive techniques, Chart C: Female with fibrocystic breast disease, Chart D: Female diagnosed as having cancer & who through chemotherapy & radiation treatment was cured, Chart E: Female diagnosed as having breast cancer & who subsequently passed away, Determining severity & duration of disease;

4. Case studies: Chart F: Acute myocradial infarction, Chart G: Case of hepatitis, Chart H: Case of adult-onset diabetes mellitus, Chart I: Case of phlebitis, Chart J: Case of myotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lou Gehrig's disease, Chart K: Liver transplant;

5. Homeopathy; 6. Cell salts; Conclusion;

Footnotes; Glossary; General bibliography; Glossary bibliography.

Comment: From the introduction:

The author has found three reasons to analyze a chart in terms of health. In the first instance, the medical astrologer is asked to give a health reading - to judge the chart in terms of health. The medical astrologer can indicate the client's natural immunities, possible disease indicators, weak points in the body & nutritional deficiencies. In the second instance the medical astrologer may be called upon to interpret the chart of a person with a serious illness or health disorder so as to furnish extra information to aid in determining severity & duration of the condition. In the third instance the medical astrologer may be asked to determine what astrological indicators are shown - using natal chart techniques and predictive techniques - to explain an illness that traditional medicine has been unable to diagnose or cure.

This book is a step-by-step approach of procedures to use in assesing health. By following a specified format each time a medical reading is done, one will be able to learn the techniques of medical astrology as well as have an organized format of information. This book should be used primarily as a tool in practicing "preventive medicine."

AFA, 133 pages.


DICTIONARY OF MEDICAL ASTROLOGY - Diane Cramer, $14.00
Contents: A compilation of astrological terms (physical, emotional & mental) and disease significators used in traditional medical astrology.

Comment: A useful rulership book for medical astrology terms, organized similar to Rex Bills' famous book. Some sample entries:

Nose: Aries
Nosebleeds: Aries, Mars in Taurus or Scorpio
Nourishment: Moon
Nuclear Medicine: Pluto
Nucleus: Sun
Numbness: Mercury Saturn, Sun Neptune
Nursing Home: Saturn Nodes

In the back, four pages of entries for Uranian planets in medical astrology. The bibliography is a useful list of reference books on the subject.

AFA, 98 pages.


MOON TIME: The Art of Harmony with Nature and Lunar Cycles - Johanna Paungger and Thomas Poppe, $20.00

Contents:

Introduction: The lunar clock

Part 1. From head to foot in the rhythm of the Moon:
1. From full moon to full moon
2. A journey through the body (lunar rulerships by sign)
3. In greater depth: Bloodletting, skin and hair, movement and homeopathy, etc.

Part 2. Diet made easy:
1. The six pillars of healthy diet and digestion
2. A brief look at herbal lore

Part 3. The pulse of life:
1. In the force field of the biorhythms
2. The daily rhythm of the organs

Part 4. Healthy building and living:
1. Building, extending, renovating: Correct timing.
2. The science of place

Part 5. The power of thought

Appendices:
Plants and trees mentioned in the text
Moon calendar, 2011-2020

Comment:

This book tells how to use the Moon, its signs and its cycles (new, quarters, full, etc.) to be healthy and lead a healthy life. It is almost entirely discursive and, I regret, lacks an index, which would be most helpful. It is a joy to read. The authors are Austrian farmers (a married couple) who have long been in touch with the land, the seasons, and the Moon. They write with first-hand power and conviction.

As examples, here they are, first on the waning Moon:

The waning moon detoxifies and washes out, sweats out and breathes out, dries, consolidates, prompts to action and the expenditure of energy. The closer to the new moon, the more effective the force. (pg. 33)
And the waxing Moon:
The waxing moon supplies, plans, absorbs, builds up, breathes in, stores energy, gathers strength, prompts to rest and recovery. The closer to the full moon, the more effective the force. (pg. 36)
These are the finest definitions of waxing and waning I have ever read, which is an example of the excellence of the book. The authors say you should fast the day of the new moon because that's the easiest day to rid your body of toxins. You should also fast at the full moon, as otherwise you risk picking up things that you will later regret. In this regard, I wonder how many people catch ill in the last days of the waxing moon, and are then ill during the waning phase? Interesting things to think about.

I could go on praising this book, which I am adding to my personal library, in particular as this is the sort of book, from the sort of publisher, which, in America, often disappears without warning. Here is the conclusion to Part 1, Chapter 1, Moon Time, which will do for the book as a whole:

Our body reacts if we continually force it to ignore its natural rhythms and needs. At first perhaps it is not perceptible, when we are still young and can shake off negative effects like water off a duck's back, or simply take an aspirin. But gradually these little impulses add up until they lead to serious disorder. For that reason we would constantly like to remind you that this book is not a cure-all, full of instant remedies. The effects of ignoring natural rhythms are slow to make themselves felt, and likewise living in tune with these rhythms will be slow to show positive effects. If one sits back quietly once a day and briefly reflects which activities in one's daily life can be harmonized with lunar rhythms, then one is bound to find solutions. We are not talking in terms of a feat that has to be achieved, but rather the result of an observation that opens up the way to correct action, by itself, without any effort. (pg. 39)
Since it was first published in 1995, this book has been a world-wide best-seller. Get it. Read it. Profit from it.

Rider, 373 pages.


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MANAGING YOUR HEALTH & WELLNESS, A guide to holistic health - Diane L. Cramer, $19.95
Contents: List of charts (Oprah Winfrey & George W. Bush); Acknowledgements; Disclaimer

1. How a wellness report can help you achieve & maintain better health
2. The signs in medical astrology
3. The planets in medical astrology
4. The planets in the signs
5. The aspects in medical astrology
6. The houses in medical astrology
7. The health houses in medical astrology
8. The elements in medical astrology
9. The nodes in medical astrology

Appendices: A. Nutritional guide to nourish weak areas of the body; B. How to use this book; C. Sample chart interpretation; D. Create a wellness report using the CD-Rom

Glossary; Bibliography.

Comment: So let's start with Appendix B, How to Use this Book. It says to go to Appendix D, get out the CD-Rom & crank out your very own Wellness Report. That report merely repackages paragraphs in the book, so if you know your chart, there does not seem to be a point to the CD - which I did not evaluate for these notes.

In between Appendices B & D is C, Sample Charts. It was brave of Cramer to pick Oprah Winfrey as an example of what the CD-Rom could do. Or maybe she was in a corner.

Oprah's reading repeatedly suggests that she forgets to eat, is generally ungrounded & is wracked by nerves. She is possibly epileptic, and is spacey, dreamy & unreliable. (If you're curious, epilepsy has a tightly defined, well-known astrological signature that requires analysis beyond this book or its CD-Rom.) I'm not a big fan of Oprah, but this doesn't sound like one of the richest women on the planet.

Cramer is better than this. I can only conclude that this book, intended to be an easy to chew, mass-market best-seller, did not succeed as planned. For someone ungrounded in medical astrology (not to mention your average hypochondriac), this book can be downright misleading.

Llewellyn, 215 pages. With CD-Rom (Windows only).


MEDICAL ASTROLOGY: A guide to planetary pathology - Judith Hill, $24.95
Contents: Introduction; 1. The planetary health chart: the nine key points of health assessment;

2. The twelve signs & their bodily correspondences: what's a sign, bodily correspondences, six sign polarities, symbols for planets & signs, the code of medical astrology;

3. The sun: The battery: the sun through the twelve signs, diseases of the signs, the degrees;

4. Metabolism: Sun, Mars & Saturn: Sun's aspects to Mars/Saturn, calories & Mars, the four elements & speed of metabolism;

5. Moon: Distributor of the Life Force: the moon & rate of energy flow, the moon in the 12 signs;

6. Saturn & Mars: The "Malefics": Saturn as fundamental, Saturn's rulerships, day & night births for Saturn, Saturn's effects, Saturn's sign reflexes, Saturn in the twelve signs, Mars the stimulator, day & night births for Mars, Mars's reflexes, Mars in dignity & debility, Mars in the 12 signs;

7. Venus & Jupiter: The "Benefics": benefics & tumor growth, pathologies of Venus in the signs, Venus's dignity & debility, Jupiter's influence, Jupiter's dignity & debility, pathologies of Jupiter in the signs;

8. Mercury & Uranus: The Nervous Planets: Mercury's influence, Mercury in dignity & debility, pathologies of Mercury in the twelve signs, Uranus's rulerships, pathologies of Uranus in the twelve signs;

9. Neptune: The Dissolver: Neptune's rulerships, pathological action of Neptune in the signs;

10. Pluto: The Carthartic: possible effects; pathological action;

11. The Lunar Nodes: Entry & Exit Doors: the south lunar node's medical associations, pathologies of the south node in the twelve signs, south node conjunct the planets, the north lunar node, medical associations, pathologies of the north nodein the twelve signs, north node conjunct the planets;

12. Planetary Associations & Pathology: all planets; influence of the Part of Fortune;

13. The Houses of Health: the first house (ascendant), sixth house, eighth house, twelfth house, planet-house-sign correspondence (body zones);

14. The Four Elements in Medical Astrology: levels of concretization of matter, four worlds, four types of consciousness, the four temperaments;

15. Imbalances of the Four Elements & Health: excess & deficiency: fire, air, water, earth;

16. The Three Modes & the Flow of the Vital Force: rate of matter in motion, cardinal mode, fixed mode, mutable mode, effects with sun upon vital forces;

17. Transits & Progressions: The Assessment of Time: progressions vs: transits, using progressions & transits, example chart, the most important health transits, the decumbiture;

18. Astro-Diagnostics

19. The Transits of Death

20. The Houses of Life & Death: Aphetic & Anaretic zones, the Hyleg, tips on death transits;

21. Treatment by Types of Planet: treatments, antidotes, Vedic gem prescriptions, how gem remedies work, gem-planet associations;

22. How to Find a Safe Surgery Date: intake, client's contract, don't, do, electional charts, lunar avoids for electional charts;

23. Let's Do Surgery Dates: two examples, example charts;

24. Do Planets Aspect Houses?

Epilogue; Bibliography.

Comment: Casually looking at this book, you would think it would be another rehash of astro-medical basics. It is a lot more than that. There are a lot of details here that I have never seen before, or that are otherwise scattered in many other books. For example, Jupiter as a functional malefic for Gemini & Virgo ascendants (from its debility in these signs, mentioned by V.K. Choudhry), Mars's reflex action in the signs square, opposed & inconjunct to its natal sign position (also from Vedic). She has the best rules for surgery I have yet found, as well as some of the best & most detailed rules for death in a chart. She has a real "what does Pluto do to you" section, free of mythical hype. Much, much more. Based on the author's long experience & observation, even though she's not a doctor (which seems amazing to me). An excellent book.

Stellium Press, 140 pages.


TRADITIONAL MEDICAL ASTROLOGY - J. Lee Lehman, $34.99

Contents:

List of charts, tables and figures
Preface
A word to the modern astrologer
Acknowledgments

1. The history of medicine and astro-medicine
2. Understanding Hippocratic-Galenic medicine
3. The body, its health, temperament, and virtue as shown by the natal chart
4. The body and its diseases as shown by the natal chart
5. The body and its longevity
6. Astrologial Iatromancy
7. Prediction through time: Crisis and the development of disease
8. Surgery electional astrology
9. Non-surgery electional astrology: Diets and breaking habits
10. Conclusion: When we no longer engage in bloodletting

Appendices:

A. Synopsis of classical concepts necessary to understand medieval astrology
B. Glossary of terms
C. Dignities and almuten degrees
D. Multiple systems of computing temperament worksheets
E. Medical rulerships (from Martial Art of Horary Astrology)
Books
Index

Comment:

The format is ugly. The spine is along the left-hand side, as usual. The page format is in two colums, side by side. There is absolutely no reason for this, and as the publisher, Schiffer, has not previously produced books in this format, and as there is another recent Lehman title that is the same, I presume the author insisted on it.

Let's go chapter by chapter.

Chapter 1, The History of Medicine and Astro-Medicine. Topics include, From Prehistory to Mesopotamia, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greek cultures and the Roman Empire, The humoral system, On the way to the Galenic synthesis, Astrology enters Greek culture, Competing schools of medicine, Botany, Anatomy, Local vs. general: The problem of humoral fluids, Katarchi, Amulets, Galen, Jewish medicine, The Indian connection, China, the Byzantine Empire, Persian and Arabic contributions, The Latin west and the middle ages, Into the early modern period, The new "rational" models, The 17th century, From classical homeopathy to the new empiricism, The mid-19th century, Late 19th - early 20th century, and finally, Endnotes. The chapter is 47 pages and has 244 footnotes.

Chapter 2, Understanding Hippocratic-Galenic Medicine, starts with Learning Objectives. Here they are:

  • Learn about the value of theoretical systems for the development of medicine.
  • Understand the difference between sacred concepts of disease and empirical ones.
  • Consider ways to evaluate ancient systems of medicine without allowing modern concepts to interfere.
  • Learn about the precision of ancient observation
  • Learn the basic system of humoral medicine and the humoral theory of disease
  • Be able to apply the qualities of hot, cold, wet and dry, and observe how their effects inform everyday life, and health matters specifically.
  • Understand and be able to use food preparation and cooking to change the qualities of food.
  • Learn the basic definitions of the four primary temperaments.
  • Understand how the structure of the body can affect the development of disease.
  • Learn the difference between curing a disease and reducing its symptoms
  • Learn how exercise and other components of lifestyle impact the body's exposure to the four qualities.
  • Learn how to treat the body by contraries and similars.
  • Understand Arisotle's doctrine of transformation of elements.
  • Understand how food is transformed into the body itself.
  • Learn the four virtues related to the assimilation of food.
(pgs. 62-63)
Including 87 footnotes, Chapter 2 is 32 pages long, so of course the Learning Objectives are not taught, merely surveyed. It would take several years to learn them.

Chapter 3 is Body, Health, Temperament and Virtue. It includes chart examples. Here is part of Billie Jean King:

Billie Jean shares the Saturn rulership of the Ascendant with Dorothy [Dorothy Hamill - Dave], and one does get the sense that both of them didn't have either an easy or a glamorous life. Billie Jean has probably been the biggest fighter for the rights of women that the tennis world has ever known. Unlike Dorothy, Billie Jean's Saturn is dignified, in this case, by Triplicity [Saturn 26 Scorpio - Dave], although it is also retrograde. With a dignified Saturn, one can be more confident in the ultimate success of incremental change. And we have the same circumstance that Peggy Fleming has with her Jupiter: a retrograde planet in dignity. As I indicated in Peggy's chart: there is the question of whether the imbecilic planet dignified can render itself. I wonder whether we couldn't say the same of the dignified imbecilic planet as what Lilly says about the Moon Void in Taurus, Cancer, Sagittarius or Pisces: "yet somewhat she performeth." (pgs. 109-110)
The book is both highly scholastic and academic, as well as endlessly discursive. It reads as if it is a transcription of an oral presentation, where discursions serve the purpose of relieving the tedium. But as a book, there is an inability to cut through the details and arrive at simple, clear statements.

Chapter 4 is on diseases. Lehman discusses heart, cancer and drugs, along with suicide. This is rather limited. Lehman stays strictly to her (rather narrow) focus. With Billie Jean King, she notes that Lilly said the chart ruler in the 6th or 12th made for a sickly person, which applies to King. Lehman notes that King was not a sickly person, and then lets it drop. She does the same with Peggy Flemming and Dorothy Hammill, both of which had their Suns in the 9th. Lehman resurrects "joys," which are the houses planets favor. The Sun "joys" in the 9th, which for some reason Lehman equates with actual happiness (pg. 158). Regrettably, I have the Sun in the 9th. The Sun may "joy," but the individual does not.

Chapter 5 is on longevity. Which is death. This is a rare topic in any astrology book. Lehman starts out with a simple survey of aphorisms. Saturn in good condition produces death by natural causes but only after a lot of saturnine symptoms. Saturn in poor condition produces an abrupt or violent death, etc., which, again, is not developed. There are bar graphs: The signs of Arabic parts for deaths by heart attacks and cancer. There are a number of tables breaking down heart and cancer deaths by the position of the Moon and Mars, etc., and while there is a lot of variation, the charts did nothing for me. I want concepts, not statistics. The chapter concludes with length of life calculations.

Chapter 6, with the fancy name of Iatromancy, is about decumbiture. Iatro- is a fancy Greek prefix that means, "doctor." Ivan Illich popularized iatrogenic, which means, "doctor-induced," which is to say, diseases you get from doctors. Lehman gives a long list of aphorisms. I like Lilly's better. The chapter ends with a number of horary cases. Which, by definition, are not decumbitures. Horary is voluntary. Decumbitures are not.

Chapter 7 is on "prediction through time" and is in fact on decumbitures, since the decumbiture chart shows how the disease will progress. Lehman gives examples from Cardan, sets of charts which all have the same name. Lehman then goes on to modern examples, but here she uses transit charts. We have the date of admission to a hospital and then two days later, we have a transit chart for a surgery. So far as I can tell, Lehman muddles the two. She then takes up with disease as shown in a solar return, which is a lot further than I would like to take a return chart. We again have lots of charts with the same title. Anymore my eyes are not that strong and I need a magnifying glass to read the dates under the titles.

Chapter 8 is dates for surgery. The writing in this chapter is poor. Do not use these instructions. Get Judith Hill's book (above). If you have the money and it's critical, hire Judith to cast a chart for surgery. She's been doing it for years, she's a pro. Major surgery isn't something you want to mess with.

Chapter 9 is on purges (enemas, vomits), diets and habits. Which for some reason starts with medicinal herbs. Lehman has written books on botany. Her work here is poor. How did ancient and medieval people decide what plant cured what? Lehman does not know!!!! Blagrave is vastly better. Quinine is a New World plant, it was found in South America. It was no sooner found than it was immediately identified for its effect on maleria, which was known as ague. Medieval man could do this.

Chapter 10 is the conclusion. Lehman thinks the period of Pluto in Capricorn will see the collapse of modern medicine. Which seems likely to me.

As a book on medical astrology, the book is weak. As a supplement to better books, this book is of interest and will lead you into many other areas, which will quickly take you beyond this book, which in many ways is limited.

At Lehman's website there is currently (March, 2012) a poll asking visitors to vote on what book she should write next. I don't care what book anyone writes, only that they write the book they believe in, heart and soul. Nothing else is worth-while.

This entry follows Judith Hill's, above, for a wicked reason: The two women dislike each other. I am not privy to the reason why.

Schiffer, 336 pages, oversize.


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THE ASTROLOGY OF DEATH - Richard Houck, $27.95
Contents: Table of charts; Epigraph; Foreword by James Braha; Preface; Introduction (approach, cautions & notations);

Theory: Definition of death; Basic Hindu astrology (a brief survey); Tertiary progressions (a brief survey); Marakas ("killer planets"); Death yogas & longevity indicators; Other factors - odd, new & classic; Rectification via death; Karmic death links; Death escaped.

Application: Natural deaths - expected, self, others; Unexpected - self, others; Induced deaths: Suicide, murder, assassination;

Epilogue; Resource Directory; Hindu Astrology Glossary; Index.

Comment: The author's first book. Turned down as unsalable by every publishing house he tried, he eventually published it himself. As he expected, and as it deserved, it created a storm when it first appeared, and not just among astrologers. This book was featured on an NBC Evening News Special & was reviewed in the Johns Hopkins University & Medical Center Newsletter. This book is not for the squeamish, & not for the Jungian-archetype crowd. It is a technical & lively analysis of every type of expected & unexpected death. Without equivocation, it reveals & validates numerous unseen patterns & hidden clues common to over 100 demonstration cases. This Hindu/Western study is for serious astrologers at every level of sophistication. How Hindu dasas indicate death, tertiary progressed angles for exact timing, outer planets that strengthen Hindu methods, completely fatalistic diurnals and MUCH more, using only classic hard aspects & perfect orbs. A brilliant book, repays study. Extensive glossary of Vedic terms.

(Looking for Houck's astrological program? He used Mark Pottenger's CCRS program, available from Astrolabe & other specialists.) Houck remarked to me & others that after he passed, his books were not to be reprinted. Get them while stock remains.

Groundswell Press, 389 pages.


INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL ASTROLOGY - Wanda Sellar, $30.00

Contents:

1. Essentials of Medical Astrology
2. Astrology & medicine in ancient & modern worlds
3. Zodiac & health
4. Triplicities & positive & negative signs
5. Quadriplicities
6. Signs inconjunct
7. The planets
8. The houses
9. Aspects in health
10. Unaspected planets & missing elements
11. Midpoints & health
12. Life stages
13. A guide to medical chart analysis
14. Introduction to the art of decumbiture
15. Celestial significators for surgery
16. Pregnancy

Glossary
References
Index

Comment: On the back cover, we learn the author is the editor of the Astrology & Medicine Newsletter, published by the Astrological Association of Great Britian. She has taught astrology, I presume she has taught medical astrology. This gives her a thorough grounding.

This is a teaching textbook. In it, you will learn what all the medical meanings for the planets, signs, houses, triplicities, aspects, positive/negative, midpoints, etc., in a chart. You will learn the traditional rules for decumbiture & electing dates for surgeries, and much more.

The book is notably weak in putting the pieces together. Under the Sun, we are given Buddy Holly's chart (September 7, 1936, 3:30 pm LMT (?) Lubbock, TX, pg. 79), with the remark that Buddy Holly was legally blind because of the square between his Sun, at 15 Virgo, and his Moon, at 12 Gemini. She mentions the Sun's conjunction to Neptune & its opposition to Saturn as contributing causes, but the analysis is weak. Carter does her one better, noting that Affliction in the center of mutable signs is very common.... As ascending signs, Gemini, Aquarius and Capricorn probably most often have defective sight. (pg. 164). Buddy Holly had 10 Capricorn rising, Jupiter at 16 Sagittarius square the Sun, Saturn at 19 Pisces in opposition. Carter does this to a lot of people.

As a reference, Wanda Sellar's book is quite good. Everything is here, including some very good essays on the history of medical astrology.

Wessex Astrologer, 236 pages.


SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS - Mitchell E. Gibson, M.D., $14.95
Contents: Acknowledgements; Introduction.

1. Facts & fictions; 2. Astrology & medicine; 3. The basics of astrology; 4. New advances in astrology; 5. The control group; 6. Major depression; 7. Anxiety disorders; 8. Schizophrenia; 9. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; 10. Addictive disorders; 11. Famous cases; 12. Time, place & karma; 13. The hidden order.

Further directions; Bibliography; Appendix A: Conversion chart for planetary placements; Appendix B: Worksheets for modern astrology charts; Appendix C: Declinational chart form; Index.

Comment: This book purports to show how to use the natal chart to predict mental illness. Here are some of the techniques. From pg. 28:

Most of the significant astrological correlations that I have found in the birth charts of clients with mental illnesses have been discovered in the declinations. I will now outline the major terms & definitions that will act as guideposts during our journey into this uncharted territory. Some of these terms were first used by the Magi Society in Astrology Really Works [out of print].

Planetary Eclipse: An event that occurs when two planets are simultaneously in conjunction & parallel to each other. Planetary eclipses are fairly common occurrences.(pg. 29)

All squares & oppositions are negative. All conjunctions, trines & sextiles are positive when they do not involve Saturn. Any aspects involving Saturn are negative. Any aspects involving any combination of Mars, Sun, Jupiter & Venus are positive. All other aspects involving Mars are negative. (pg. 35) (He continues in this fashion.)

Summary for Michell E. Gibson, M.D. (the author), born August 24, 1959, 7:55 pm EST, Pinehurst, NC: Positive longitudinal elevations: 9, negative: 9. Positive declinational elevations: 10, negative, 3. Planetary indices: Sun 400, Moon 0, Mercury 400, Venus 300 [retrograde], Mars 100, Jupiter 100, Saturn -500 [retrograde], Uranus 300, Neptune 400, Pluto 100. Positive/Negative ratio (P/N): 1.5833. The GPI (General Planetary Index), the total of all longitudinal & declinational elevations in the chart: 31. Positive karmic index: 1,267, negative: 379. Complexity: 5. Conclusion: By his own calculations, Michell E. Gibson, M.D., is one of the most well-known and highly respected medical doctors in the state of Arizona. (from the back cover)

In the square Declinational Chart Form, there are many charts given in this book. However, birth data is given only for Dr. Gibson. The bibliography: Under Astrology (complete list): Ebertin's Astrological Healing; The Complete Book of Fortune, by the Associated Press, 1936; The Astrological Review of Alex Bethor, 1909; Cosmic Influences on Human Behavior, by Michel Gauquelin; Sandy Johnson's Book of Tibetan Elders; Michael Beazley's The Compleat Astrologer; Guttman & Johnson's Mythic Astrology. Under Medical (complete list): Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition, 1994, by the American Psychiatric Association; Kaplan & Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, 1989; Kaplan & Sadock's Handbook of Clinical Psychiatry, 1990; Weiner's Textbook of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 1996.

Llewellyn, 193 pages.


ASTRO-GUIDE TO NUTRITION & VITAMINS - Lynne Palmer, $15.00
Contents: Part 1: Introduction: How to use this book; 1. Tips & hints (food, diet); 2. Detoxifying; 3. Oxygen-giving supplements; 4. The disease cancer.

Part 2: 1. The sun afflicted; 2. The moon afflicted; 3. Mercury afflicted; 4. Venus afflicted; 5. Mars afflicted; 6. Jupiter afflicted; 7. Saturn afflicted; 8. Uranus afflicted; 9. Neptune afflicted; 10. Pluto afflicted.

Tables: A. Daily dosage, vitamins & minerals, brand name units.
B. Afflicted Planets; C. Computer print out: Marla, sample page

Comment: In this book: Descriptions of possible vitamin & mineral deficiencies when each planet is afflicted, food sources for missing nutrients, vitamin & mineral functions, symptoms of vitamin & mineral deficiencies, vitamin & mineral therapeutic applications, description of the medical function of the planet. By "afflicted", the author means by secondary progression or solar arc direction. From the introduction:

If you want to change your diet, read chapter 1. If you want to detoxify (because Neptune is afflicted & poisons have accumulated), read chapter 2. If you are interested in taking oxygen-giving supplements, read chapter 3 (these vitamins & minerals help give me tremendous energy). As a preventative against the disease cancer, I take the vitamins & minerals mentioned in chapter 4 (that, is, if they are needed - and I can handle them - according to the kinesiology test & whether they are afflicted in my horoscope during a specific time).

A practical, useful book.

AFA, paper, 71 pages.


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