Medical Astrology – Planetary Influences on the Constitution of Man – From “Moles or Birth Marks and their Signification to Man and Woman”, by Maud Wheeler
“Astrologers affirm that each portion of the human body is under the direct influence of a particular planet. The blood, veins, lungs, ribs, muscles, and backbone are subject to the influence of Jupiter. The teeth, bones, right ear, cartilages, lips, and legs are governed by Saturn. The heart, right eye, the right side in men, and the left in women, with the arms and arteries, are under the influence of the Sun ; while Mercury controls the feet, hands, tongue, nerves, ligaments, and the spleen. The bladder, the left ear, reins, and lower portion of the body, are subject to Mars. The Moon influences the brain, the left eye, the intestines, the stomach, membranes, and the matrix. Venus is said to govern the throat, the lower portion of the back, and the organs which distinguish the sexes.
Hence, according to astrologers, each planet has certain maladies attributable to their influence. To Jupiter, when his influence is unfavourable, are ascribed quinsy, croup, sore throat, convulsions, pleurisy, and blood disorders. Those born under his influence would also be subject to catalepsy, apoplexy, palpitations, vertigo, gout, and nervous diseases. To Saturn are attributable such diseases as dysentery, hemorrhage, cancer, ulcers, spasms, paralysis, toothache, deafness in the right ear, and a disposition to hypochondria. But though the influence of this planet is always deemed unfavourable, it is considered conducive to longevity, a doubtful boon in the eyes of many. To Mars are ascribed malignant fevers, inflammation, jaundice, kidney troubles, bilious affections, diseases of the reins, and deafness or pain in the left ear. Mercury is said to control mental maladies, delusions, and madness. To the influence of the Sun are attributed heart disease, defects of vision in the right eye, syncope, and fevers, but not those of a violent nature, as they pertain to Mars. The Moon is considered as the cause of epilepsy, catarrh, indigestion, dropsy, paralysis of the face, imbecility, debility, and defects of vision in the left eye. Venus is held accountable for diphtheria, disease of the veins, and all maladies which distinguish the sexes.
But apart from their influence over the human body, astrologers are agreed in recognising their general effect on mundane, matters. When fish abound in the rivers, and fruit is plentiful, Jupiter is regarded as the active agent. The blighting of plants and fruit trees, whether due to unseasonable weather or other causes, is attributed to the malign influence of Saturn. Nor is Mars considered propitious, as drought and barrenness are ascribed to his influence. Earthquakes, pestilences, and conflagrations are further attributed to this fiery planet. To Mercury are assigned storms and tempests. Luna manifests her influence by heavy rainfalls, causing mildew and other evils. The Sun and Venus are both deemed beneficial, as purity of the atmosphere and abundance of fish are supposed to result from the Sun’s action; while to Venus are attributed nearly all good influences, both in the animal and vegetable world. Perhaps it may interest some readers to know that all the precious stones are assigned to particular planets, and are believed to absorb their influence. Accordingly we find sapphires and amethyst belong to Jupiter, agates and ore to Saturn, gold and carbuncles to Apollo, quicksilver and chalcedony to Mercury ; jasper, hematite, and the loadstone to Mars; silver, crystals, diamonds, and pearls to the Moon ; emeralds, turquoise, lapis lazuli, and coral to Venus. It is a curious fact that the days of the week are derived from the planets. Sunday being dedicated to Apollo, the Sun; Monday, sacred to the Moon ; Tuesday, the name day of Tui, the Saxon god of war, corresponding to Mars, etc., which may perhaps account for the curious old rhyme…
“Monday’s bairn is fair of face, Tuesday’s bairn is full of grace, Wednesday’s bairn is full of woe, And Thursday’s bairn has far to go. Friday’s bairn is loving and giving, And Saturday’s bairn works hard for a living; But the bairn that is born on the Sabbath-day, Is bright and happy, good and gay.”
Before describing the outward forms and appearance given by the planets to individuals, we wish to impress clearly on the minds of our readers that no one is subject to the influence of a single planet alone, but to the combined influence of two or more, and each therefore modifies the qualities and tendencies of the other. Every child of man is distinguished by a form particularly suited to reveal his own individuality. Nothing exists that does not bear the signature of its most innate nature, and it remains for us to find the key which reveals to us the mysteries of Nature. “The proper study of mankind is man.”
We will first consider the influence of the three favourable planets Jupiter, Apollo, and Venus with reference to the appearance and character of individuals. Jupiter promotes a fair and fresh complexion, with large bright eyes, thick eyelids, long, fine eyelashes, thick hair, arched eyebrows growing closely together, a short nose of medium size, thick lips, a big mouth, and large teeth. The cheeks are firm but thin, the chin rather deep and often indented, a graceful well proportioned neck, large shoulders, fleshy hands and feet. The most characteristic features of Jupiterians are, that though naturally hirsute they become bald at an early age. A still surer sign of Jupiter’s influence is that the pores of the skin perspire very readily, especially just below the hair at the top of the forehead. As a rule Jupiterians have a loud, powerful voice. In character they are proud, self-confident, sociable, generous, fond of all forms of amusement, ambitious, and clever. Much devoted to their own family and personal friends, they are also drawn to religion, though this with them is apt to take the form of veneration for ritual, dogmas, and the external observances that are popular. Their manners are suave, and by nature they are lovers of peace, and hate, hypocrisy. When the influence of Jupiter is unfavourable the reverse must be expected. In that case the skin is of a dead white, and has a dull appearance, the teeth are irregular and discoloured, the nose disproportionately short.
The influence of Apollo, the Sun, is seen in a good figure slender and very well proportioned, a skin of a yellow hue. The forehead is rather low but well formed, the cornea of the eyes very clear and lucid, the eye itself large and brilliant, generally of a brown hue. The lashes have a tendency to curl upwards, the eyebrows are arched and well traced. Further characteristics are a thin straight nose, firm cheeks, a mouth of a medium size, lips of equal thickness that protrude slightly, teeth of a healthy colour rather than dazzling white, ears standing close to the head, the lobes highly coloured, a round somewhat prominent chin, a long muscular neck well covered with flesh, a full broad chest, and elegant lower limbs. In character these persons are quick tempered but easily pacified, amiable, cheerful, and intelligent, of affectionate natures and likely to suffer very much in their affections, rather vain, eloquent, clear-sighted, severe critics, very susceptible to the influence of the opposite sex, but without the faculty of making true friends. They are very fond of Nature and beautiful scenery. Their eyesight is seldom very good, and in old age they often lose their sight altogether. The unfavourable influence of this planet gives a sickly yellow skin and bad eyesight.
Jupiter and Venus are very similar in their influence, and are therefore readily apt to be mistaken one for the other. But Venus gives a more effeminate appearance and nature. Those subject to her have soft fine white and pink complexions, the skin presenting a transparent delicate appearance ; they have small figures, plump cheeks with dimples, long, thick, wavy hair of a brown shade, a well-formed forehead with blue transparent veins ; long, thick, well-pencilled eyebrows, large moist eyes with large pupils, round thick blue -veined eyelids ; a straight nose with open nostrils ; a small mouth and thick red lips the lower lip being particularly thick white even teeth, pink gums, a round plump chin with a dimple in the centre, small ears with fleshy lobes, a white round neck, narrow sloping shoulders, a full chest, and very pronounced hip bones. In character they are gentle, sweet-tempered, spontaneous, obliging, compassionate, charitable, fond of society and of dress, easily deceived and very confiding, fond of repose, and of most engaging manners. When the influence of Venus is unfavourable the skin is unnaturally white, the yes very deep set, the nostrils distended and the voice hoarse. In this case the figure would be stout and coarse.
Leaving the favourable planets we now pass on to Saturn, the planet whose influence is always considered as malignant, though in combination with other planets it may even be advantageous. To the influence of Saturn is ascribed a tall slight figure, and a long face. The most characteristic features of such subjects are large ears, compressed nostrils, heavy jaws, large ones, and high shoulders. Other signs are thick, coarse, very dark-brown or black hair, dark eyes with a mournful expression, thick eyebrows which often meet, the cornea of the eye of a yellowish hue, high cheek-bones, a long pointed nose with fleshy nostrils, a large mouth and thin lips, the lower one being more pronounced than the upper, pale gums, bad teeth that readily decay, a long, broad chin, the lower jaw inclined to advance, a large thin muscular neck with large veins showing, a narrow hairy chest, bony arms and thin hands. In character such persons are melancholy, curious, fond of research especially with reference to occult matters, distrustful, sceptical, prudent, positive, most independent of interference or control, yet self-distrustful, cold-hearted, abstemious, fond of argument, economical, often close-fisted, slow to think and act, fond of solitude, and indifferent to marriage. When Saturn’s influence is most adverse, the skin is very dark, and the persons are liable to be born with some deformity, though this is not necessarily noticeable.
After Saturn the planet Mars is usually ranked as least favourable. The most significant mark of this planet’s influence is the colour of the skin, which is of a reddish brown as though sunburnt. The ears are generally small, but stand far out from the head. Other indications are a tall commanding figure, a round short face and high forehead, a hard dry skin of a reddish-brown, particularly red near the ears and side of the face, thick short hair either of a carrot red or a darker hue, large sparkling bold eyes that have a steady fixed look, the cornea of the eye more or less bloodshot, eyebrows that run close to the eyes in a straight thick line, a small mouth and thick lips closely pressed together, the under lip being usually thicker than the upper, a large hooked nose with a pronounced ridge as in the Roman type, wide, open nostrils, red gums, yellowish teeth, a prominent chin, high cheek-bones, a short thick muscular neck with the veins standing out like cords, large shoulders, and a full chest. The movements of such persons are very brusque, and in walking they take long quick steps. In character, magnanimous, liberal, courageous even when face to ace with death, easily provoked, proud, self confident, audacious, active and energetic, devoted to the opposite sex, fond of military service and of physical exercise. The unfavourable influence of Mars gives a very red skin, an angular figure, contracted eyebrows, small eyes, a mottled complexion, very prominent ears, and the corners of the mouth drooping so as to lend an ill-tempered expression.
Mercury the intellectual planet gives a small well-proportioned figure, supple wavy chestnut hair which grows slowly, deep-set eyes of a gray or brown colour that move quickly, the cornea of a rather yellow colour, fine eyelashes, long thin arched eyebrows, a skin of a fair yellow appearance which changes colour rapidly, a long straight nose round at the tip, flat nostrils, thin lips, the upper one advancing a little beyond the lower, and also somewhat thicker, small even teeth, a pointed chin and a firm plump neck, large shoulders, a plump broad chest, and a weak voice. It is very characteristic of Mercurian subjects that they retain their youthful appearance much longer than is usual with others. In character they are vivacious, spontaneous, intelligent, and possessed of considerable intuition, astuteness, and tact. They are of an inventive turn of mind and fond of study. The combined influence of Saturn and Mercury produces genius. Though honourable, they are somewhat envious by nature. Being naturally light-hearted and readily amused they prove agreeable pleasant companions. When unfavourable Mercury gives a dark spotty complexion, fair hair of a nondescript colour, and a lean ungraceful figure. Their eyes are then very deep-set, and their voice weak and feeble.
The result of the Moon’s influence is seen in a tall, full figure with large, flexible muscles. The complexion is of a dull white, sometimes slightly relieved by a pale pink ; a round head well filled out above the temples ; a soft skin; fine, long, fair hair; large, round, light blue eyes, rather prominent, thick, heavy eyelids, fair eyebrows, generally lighter than the hair ; a short nose, with a round tip ; a small mouth with thick, curved lips ; large, yellow, irregular teeth, which decay at an early age ; pale gums, a plump chin, which usually recedes a little ; ears lying very close to the head ; a plump, long, white neck ; large, fleshy shoulders ; soft, pliant hips ; large, fat hands and feet. In character they are imaginative, but wanting in self-confidence, indolent, cold, melancholy, and averse to domestic life, fond of traveling and of the mysterious, phlegmatic ; their intuition much developed, somnambulists and dreamers. In love, devoted and very yielding, but inconstant ; wanting in perseverance, always restless and dissatisfied, easily fatigued, and usually fidgety about their health. When unfavourable, the influence of the Moon tends to great superstition and untruthfulness. They are liable to have epileptic fits, and do not realise the fact that cleanliness is essential to health.
Our readers are now in a position to judge for themselves in the matter of astrological influence and the signification of moles. In matters of this kind it is very important that all should be in a position to judge for themselves as to the truth or falsehood of such indications. It is a mistake to take opinions or knowledge second-hand, and the maxim “Prove all things”cannot be too often impressed on readers. The same test should be applied to other so-called occult sciences, such as Spiritualism and Palmistry. People are apt to jump to hasty conclusions either for or against a new theory, whereas reason and justice both demand that an impartial and thorough investigation should be made before any proposition is condemned. But unfortunately reason plays but a small part in the counsels of most men, and where women are concerned it is still less likely to be taken into account.”