When is a good time to have surgery? As an astrologer I believe that some times are better than others, though in many, or even most, cases, it’s not realistic to take into account astrological considerations.
If someone has acute appendicitis, it would clearly be reckless to consult an astrologer, because the patient could die of a burst appendix while the astrologer peruses the planetary positions, trying to work out the best hour of the best day to have the required operation. The same can be said for any emergency procedure.
One should also be careful about consulting astrologers before exploratory procedures, where there is the possibility of finding a serious, underlying condition, such as cancer. It doesn’t matter how good the positions of the planets at the time of such a procedure, they won’t change the body’s condition. Most importantly, the sooner a serious illness is discovered the better, and one can’t hang around waiting for optimal planetary positions.
So when might it be a good idea to consult an astrologer before an operation?
Any operation where time is not of the essence. Where there is not a risk of death or deterioration if the operation is delayed. So cosmetic surgery is a prime example of an area of surgery where astrology can be helpful. Or if there is a chronic condition, that’s been going on for years, that surgery might be able to help.
From a technical point of view, there are many rules to consider when choosing the best time for surgery, though in this brief article I want to keep it simple.
The condition of the Moon is going to be essential. In astrology the Moon represents flux and change, and successful surgery is about creating a successful change to the body.
So ideally, at the time of the surgery, the Moon should be making a favourable aspect to a fortunate planet. This means, quite literally, that the surgical procedure has a good chance of moving towards a fortunate outcome.
One should also be careful that surgery doesn’t take place on a Full Moon. As we know, the Moon affects the tides, in a physical, magnetic way, and it must surely also affect the fluids in the body. There could, at least in theory, be more bleeding if an operation takes place at the Full Moon, and this could have a negative impact on a patient’s recovery prospects.
German astrologer Reinhold Ebertin, when writing about medical astrology, suggested that at the time of an operation, the Moon should NOT be in a sign of the Zodiac connected with the part of the body being operated on.
This might sound strange, but during an operation one wants stability, and if the Moon is associated with a part of the body that’s being prodded, cut or manipulated, that could be bad news.
So what parts of the body are ruled by the different signs? In general the signs go from the head to the feet. The first sign of the Zodiac, Aries, rules the head, so ideally you shouldn’t have brain surgery while the Moon is in Aries – though in the case of the brain, it will often be an emergency, or an exploratory procedure, where use of astrology is inappropriate.
Taurus, the next sign, rules the throat and neck. Gemini the lungs. Cancer the breasts and the stomach, Leo the heart and the back, Virgo and Libra the intestines, liver and kidneys, Scorpio the genitals, Sagittarius the thighs, Capricorn the knees, Aquarius the shins and Pisces, the last sign of the Zodiac, the feet.
So don’t get your bunions operated on while the Moon is in Pisces!
Although Capricorn’s prime rulership is the knees, it’s often linked with the skin. Indeed Seventeen Century Astrologer William Lilly associated this sign with itching and leprosy. It’s perhaps because Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn, and Saturn is about boundaries and limitation – and the skin really is the body’s boundary.
Under these circumstances, one should avoid surgery that might have an impact on the skin while the Moon is in Capricorn. This might include minor procedures, such as botox.