Jupiter and Saturn in Medical Astrology
Various authors

November 2014


On the form side of things Jupiter governs the blood and the seed in the human organism. The life of the body is the blood and the life of the blood is the air. The life of the nerves is the prana or vital force. When blood and nerves are healthy the whole organism is healthy; and this is why Jupiter and Mercury, governing the common or mutable signs, nourish physically or mentally the whole organism specially ordered and controlled by these two planets. They cannot act alone, however; for without co-operation of the motive energy and muscular apparatus of Mars, the stability and bony structure of Saturn, and the fleshy substance and venous system of Venus, the blood would not flow through the system as a whole.

The reason why one planet cannot act alone in a human organism is due to the disintegrating or deadening influence of each when taken separately. The bones require tendons and ligaments, and without the intervention of Mars or muscular activity the salts in the blood would tend to ossification and to accumulate deposits such as uric acid, stone, gravel, rheumatism, etc. The muscular system on the other hand acting alone, and unrestrained by Saturn, would tend to inflammatory conditions, extravagant expenditure of energy, and overwork. It is the " I " in us that is the point around which all the influences and tendencies are moving in the circle of our auric life, and it is owing to the circulation of the blood and of the vital and nervous fluids, and their relation to the aura, that Jupiter is finer and more subtle in is influence than Saturn or Mars.

Because we cannot depend upon one planet's influence alone, we temper the stars within us, and cannot afford to consider any planet higher or lower than another. Jupiter's influence over the blood may be quite as malefic as that of Saturn over the bones, the salts, and the concrete mind; for we may have diseases of the blood causing tumours or cancer, or apoplectic tendencies; and while the vices of Saturn may be greed or miserliness those of Jupiter cause gluttony and wasteful extravagance. The principles of the planetary influences as affecting humanity are neither virtues nor vices; they are qualities common to all who tune themselves to them, for they are latent in every human being.

They are:

Mercury - Reason;

Venus - Affection;

Mars - Energy;

Saturn - Endurance

and Jupiter - Preservation

The contraction of Saturn and the expansions of Jupiter when properly understood are but cyclic movements of the life in relation to finer or denser matter; the ebb of Saturn and flow of Jupiter of the neutral Moon. The decay of old age or disease is but the absorption of the finer elements of the body into the more interior or subjective states. We are more limited in the external expression than in the internal. The marrow in our bones is limited more than the blood in our veins, because of the texture or quality of the binding material; but in essence there is only one substance in the body over which the influence of all the planets presides, and that is the seed of life. Each planet has a secret to reveal to those who are intuitive enough to discover it. The divine seed falls into the soul of a human being and grows into a human life through the material vehicle of the body. The seed apparently dies in the effects of its activity; it was the cause of all the manifested life on the denser planes of matter. It does not suffer an utter death however; it merely yields up its divine essence or life in order that a self-conscious life in matter may result; it dies to live, so to speak; in other words, it dies to the higher and finer planes of matter to expand that life in and through the limitations of the physical world. It is Jupiter's mission to preserve the essence of the seed, and in preserving its divine aroma it savours all that it touches.

by Alan Leo

Excerpt from his book Jupiter: The Preserver L.N. Fowler 1917


Saturn and Jupiter - an essay in medical astrology

I have recently been studying cases of malignant disease and an interesting fact is emerging. It seems that in most cases Jupiter is much stronger than Saturn. Now a powerful Jupiter has been the hallmark of luck since the beginning of astrology. Jupiter represents the Establishment, and it is now fashionable to break away from expected standards. Perhaps it is time to question whether Saturn is as bad and Jupiter as good as astrological texts seem to imagine.

Saturn brings us what we deserve - this is the opinion of most psychologically minded astrologers. He represents the principle of Order, Duty and hard work. When Saturn transits an angle we reap what we have sown. Jupiter is his opposite, representing the principle of manna from Heaven, or something for nothing, so dear to the human heart. Saturn also represents Time. A whole new sub-specialty of medicine is being brought into being by discoveries relating to biological clocks. There are inherent rhythms in living organisms driving all creatures great and small. The hormone tides in our being rise and fall in a rhythm approximately 24 hours long, hence their name of circadian rhythms. The interesting thing is that many diseases are known or suspected to be caused by upsets in circadian rhythms, and some of these are various kinds of cancer.

There is an organ which controls circadian rhythms in cockroaches, and if it is removed they all die of cancer, which is not common in cockroaches but can occur. So we get back to Saturn and Jupiter and why in so many cancer cases Saturn is weak and Jupiter strong. Perhaps we can do something to prevent it if we find the indications in our charts. If Saturn represents Time, Duty and Order, perhaps we can strengthen the brain cells which are Saturnine by thinking in a certain way. Many people cannot keep a regular job because they are unable to get to work on time. These people have a weak Saturn. If they were trained to do things promptly, to be conscientious and punctual and hardworking, it might be that their Saturnian brain cells could be stimulated. If one lives a regular life, getting up and going to bed at the same time, eating regularly and in general living by the clock, the circadian rhythms are less likely to become free-running. Perhaps we could thereby escape diseases due to circadian dysfunction. Virtue is its own reward says the proverb. Other rewards, however, may come to us if we live a virtuous life. An example of a man who disregarded his duty to marry the woman he loved and was then forced to leave his throne was the Duke of Windsor. He was the golden boy of his country, idolised by rich and poor, blessed by Jupiter above all others. It seems that stern Saturn was not invited to the christening feast, and took revenge when a cruel and fatal disease took him from life. Is cancer the answer to an existence spent without the discipline we all need? As astrologers can we change our lives and avoid our fate?

By Margaret Millard M.D.



Lemon Balm (Melissa)

Lemon Balm, as its name implies, has a sweet citrus odour that derives from its leaves and may indeed suggest the kind of smell attributed to Jupiter.

'Sweet or well scented, or that odour which in smell is no way extreme or offensive' as described by William Lilly in 'Christian Astrology.'

Its penchant for bringing happiness - and thereby banishing depression - is certainly a Jovian trait. A Swiss manuscript by an unknown author says that Lemon Balm 'chasse les idees noirs' (chases away black thoughts.) Culpeper suggests that 'it causes the mind and heart to become merry, and reviveth the heart'.

All complaints associated with the nervous system benefit by the sweet smell of Lemon Balm apparently. Lemon Balm or Melissa officinalis is a hardy ornamental perennial favouring mountainous regions. It is native to the south of Europe but has long been naturalised in England and the USA. Lemon Balm flowers are insignificant and the plant is grown primarily for its foliage.

The name Melissa takes its name from the Greek word for honey bee since it is highly attractive to bees, who were believed never to leave any garden in which it was grown. Apparently bees fed honey to the infant Jupiter whose mother Rhea hid him from her husband Cronus (Saturn). Bees also come under the rulership of Jupiter. In days gone by, before sugar was widely available, honey was highly prized and this was an important consideration. Lemon Balm or Melissa has often been simply referred to as Balm, an abbreviation of balsam as well as the Hebrew 'Bal-Smin' meaning 'Chief of oils'. It was once looked upon as a cure-all. William Lilly refers to it as the herb Balsam. In the language of flowers Balm is equated with sympathya quality associated with Pisces, Jupiter's night sign.

Lemon Balm was introduced into Britain by the Romans and has remained a popular herb ever since. In the 14th century itwas included in tonic water made by French Carmelite nuns. Under the name 'Carmelite Water' it had a reputation for dealing with nervous headaches and neuralgia. Other ingredients included Lemon-peel, Nutmeg, and Angelica root. During the Elizabethan age, the leaves were used in wine making and latterly in furniture polish. Five hundred years ago it was called 'the elixir of life' and during the 18th century it was taken to renew vigour. Several people, who lived to be over 100 years old, claimed Lemon Balm tea as a beverage. An infusion of Lemon Balm is excellent for calming nerves and a cup of the tea taken at bedtime is said to aid sleep. The tea is much more effective if it is made from fresh, rather than dried leaves.

In essential oil form Melissa is rare and very expensive to buy. It has a variable chemical make-up since there are many varieties. Its major chemical components however, are usually Geraniol and Neral and a blend of other essential oils , like Geranium, Lemon, Citronella and Litsea Cubeba, are often substituted to give a "Melissa-type" aroma. Its calming effect reputedly lowers high blood pressure and is supposedly good for shock. It seems to have an affinity with the female reproductive system - promoting and regularising the menstrual flow as well as aiding painful menstruation. It should therefore, not be used during pregnancy; though apparently it is good for baby-blues after childbirth. There are suggestions that the oil is helpful for external use on cold sores and genital herpes. Certainly it has a reputed anti-viral action for viral skin eruptions but unknown effects on the skin would suggest caution. Though the oil has not undergone formal testing it may apparently cause skin irritation or sensitisation. Therefore, caution is advised in using this oil and most aromatherapists would use it in concentrations of 1 % only, for fear of aggravating the very conditions it is seeking to help. The magical effects of Lemon Balm include placing the leaves in the bath in order to attract love. Two drops of Melissa oil combined with two drops of Sandalwood oil reputedly have the same effect. Indeed, Lemon Balm has been used in love potions throughout the ages and evidently has aphrodisiac qualities. We welcome reports of its efficacy in this regard!

by Linda Louisa Dell


Saturn-Ruled Healing Plants

According to Culpeper, disease ruled by a planet can be cured by that planet, which is to say by sympathetic herbs or plants which in the case of Saturn may be cooling and drying. Diseases could also be cured by planets which are antipathetical to the disease like the Sun (hot and dry) or the Moon (cool and moist) However, this thinking is from physicians such as Galen. Indeed, the humours stem from Galen and do not fit in well with classical Homoeopathy. Culpeper states that antipathetical treatment should be used only if the patient has been improperly treated and sympathetical treatment will not work. Saturn takes charge of the following body parts: the skeletal frame, joints and skin, as well as the knees and the Spleen. Ailments include falls, bruises, blows, fractures, catarrh, rheumatism, depression, tuberculosis, frigidity, ossification, 'foul odours', dental problems, deafness, haemorrhoids, gout, leprosy, skin problems and dropsy.

The following properties are associated with Saturn, mainly according to Cornell:

Abortive: Of organisms imperfectly developed.

Anaphrodisiac: Reducing sexual desire.

Antiperistaltic: Reducing muscular contractions.

Antiphlogistic: Reducing inflammation.

Antipyretic: Reducing fevers.

Astringent: Contracting body tissues.

Cachetic: Weakening.

Catabolic: Breaking down complex molecules.

Haemostatic: Arresting haemorrhage.

Paralysing: Loss of sensation and movement.

Poisonous: Destroying tissue, causing harm.

Refrigerant: Cooling temperature.

Sedative: Soothing and calming.

Styptic: Contracting blood vessels, tissues

It would appear that Saturnian properties to some extent instigate a catabolic (breaking down) effect on the organism. Through its abortive, cachetic, paralysing, and poisonous effects Saturn pulls in the reins so to speak, reducing sexual desire, contracting body tissue and blood vessels, soothing and calming. The Saturn plants should in theory contain some, if not all of the above properties and be able to thrive in areas where other plants may not survive. These may include barren lands (no moisture) and in the shade (no heat). It may also grow in hedgerows (boundaries) and alpine areas (remember the mountain Goat)! The healing part of the plant should be the root which grows in the dark and cold. The plants usually have an unpleasant aroma and are bitter to the taste. The two popular authorities on plant rulership are William Lilly and Nicholas Culpeper, but unfortunately they don't always agree; this is not surprising since medical writers before them like Agrippa, Apuleius and Magnus differed somewhat in assigning plant rulership. There are only a few plants upon which Culpeper's and Lilly's judgement seems to coincide and they are mainly the poisonous ones. For instance:

HEMLOCK (Conium Maculatum) This is said to thrive by walls and hedges and has an atrocious smell. Overdosing can cause paralysis according to Culpeper. However, it seems to relieve inflammatory skin diseases and gout. In homoeopathic medicine, it is helpful for "night coughs, poor memory, and disinterest m business!"

HELLEBORE (Helleborus Niger), the "Christmas Rose" is a native of the Alpine areas of Europe, and has been used against the 'falling sickness' which is interesting, since within homoeopathy it is helpful with epilepsy. It is also found a use against skin diseases such as gangrene and ulcers, as well as leprosy, but is a highly toxic plant.

Plants traditionally associated with Christmas like Holly and Ivy, are ruled by Saturn, but only according to Culpeper. The Mistletoe, also associated with Christmas is Sun-ruled. Cancer is treated by antipathy with Mistletoe products.

HOLLY (Ilex Aquifolium) "is excellent for broken bones and such members that are out of joint". The leaves help to reduce fevers, as well being helpful for catarrh. Although the berries are said to arrest haemorrhage they are highly poisonous It is a hedging plant and prefers well drained oil and light shade.

Wanda Sellar


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