Rediscover an ancient healing tradition and design your
personal plan for health,
An Astrological Guide to Heal Yourself unites two of the
Earth’s oldest traditions; herb lore and astrology in the
A simple and comprehensive guide to manage health at
your own level.
Ada Muir a Canadian astrologer, pioneered natural healing
methods and the relationship between health and the Sun
Jude C. Williams is in demand for lectures and frequently
is a guest on radio shows, discussing the topic of herbal
Healing Herbs and Health Foods of the Zodiac unites two of
Earth’s oldest traditions, herb lore and astrology, in
their modern incarnation.
The Plant Kingdom is the foundation for all life,
from it we derive our sustenance and find—as herbalist
of old maintained—a cure for every ill. Herbal
preparations are the oldest medicines in any culture,
and remain the source for most modern drugs. From
the rain forests of Brazil to the mossy rocks of the Arctic,
Nature provides a wealth of diverse botanicals.
Astrology is our oldest system for understanding
and organizing our personal and social world. So a
rich heritage of astrological factors in human health
has been developed. Physicians of old looked to their
patient’s horoscopes for guidance to diagnosis and
cure disease and directions for health maintenance.
Only recently in human history did we blindly turn
away from traditional knowledge, losing our awareness
of the astrological factors in disease and the
healing powers of herbs. People thought of herbs only
as condiments, neglecting not only their medicinal
value, but ignoring entirely their ability to act as catalysts
to enhance the nutritional value of the foods
with which they are blended.
Fortunately, the last twenty years or so have
brought about a renaissance. "Alternative" medicine
natural and holistic approaches to healing and
(Health maintenance) and the organic approach to
Food with a broadened understanding of nutrition have
worked together to restore herbs to a place of honor in
the kitchen and the medicine cabinet.
As Jude Williams indicates in the first section,
herbs are not only readily available in the market
place, but you can easily grow a wide variety in your
garden or even indoors. Herb lore is rich and fascinating
—here you find the gourmet side of living, and discover
sources of romance and magical enhancement
for every day or special day living. The crafts of growing
and compounding herbs are personally enjoyable,
and encourage a shift in consciousness that brings
the herbalist an inner awareness of the more subtle
properties of these magical plants—an awareness
that helps bring the herbalist into an active and more
spiritual role in diagnosing and healing.
Some readers will note that the astrology in this
book is "traditional" rather than "modern." Medicinal
astrology relies on traditional planetary relationships
and herb correspondences. because these ancient
relationships are well established and understood.
Ada Muir's contribution to our healing renaissance
was to remind us of the important relationship
between astrology and herbalism and to give this
relationship a contemporary expression. Over 100,000
copies of her Healing Herbs of the Zodiac have been sold,
making it a minor publishing classic. Combining it
with her Health and the Sun Signs, and augmenting both
with additional information by Master Herbalist Jude
Williams, we feel that the Alternative Health spectrum
is vastly enhanced.
Health is a personal responsibility, and the fulfillment
of that responsibility includes regular consultation
with health professionals. However, many
healing decisions are made in the kitchen and the
herb garden, and it is to that awareness that this book
Dating from Hippocrates, who wrote in 460 Bc
and who is recognized as the founder of the
art of healing, the properties and values of every
wayside herb, tree, and shrub have been known.
It was formerly the duty of every person studying
the art of medicine to be able to recognize
every plant, understand its virtues, its Zodiacal sign
and Planetary ruler, and see that it was gathered
under the most favorable planetary conditions.
- Nowadays the herbalist knows nothing of
this, except in a few cases, but must study the
properties.of herbs from textbooks and apply
them according to the symptoms of disease seen
in the patient; and in this way is in danger of
making as many mistakes in diagnosis and
treatment as the medical doctor.
To give one instance, a friend was made very
sick after taking a herbal compound containing
barberry, an Aries herb. This had been very
successful in the treatment of others suffering
similarly, but the cause of the failure in her case was
that Jupiter was her afflicting planet and she
needed only those herbs in harmony with
jupiter. Consequently, giving her a Martial herb
only intensified the complaint, just as adverse
aspects between Mars and Jupiter in a birth chart
Then herbalists, in their compounding of
herbs, often combine them irrespective of planetary
laws and the active principal of one will
counteract the active principal of another, which,
if not injurious, is to say the least, wasteful.
The underlying cause of every disease is indicated
in the birth chart as well as the weakness
and strength of every organ of the body; for each
of the twelve houses of the birth chart governs a
definite part of the body.
The study of the Zodiacal rulership of plant
life is an introduction to the study of medical
astrology and as such should be of great assistance
to students of that branch of the science.
Time was when every doctor was also an
astrologer, for a knowledge of astrology was
considered the only means of diagnosis and the
means whereby a cure could be found.
But as the medical profession degenerated
from a "calling" to a "profession," and people
entered its ranks less from the Divine urge to
serve humanity than from the desire to enter a
respectable profession, astrology was dropped
from the curriculum.
If astrology is to advance as a science, astrologers
must demonstrate its utility, and there is
no better or more useful field for this than in
stressing it as an exact means of diagnosis.
~ We may study astrology from the standpoint
of personal success and centralize our efforts on
second, sixth, and tenth house affairs, but back
we must come to the vitality—how will the body
respond to the struggle for material success and
The triangle which rules those departments
represented by second, sixth, and tenth houses
will give us the physical reaction. It will give us
the means which must be taken for constant
recuperation, if material failure is not to result.
We may feel the urge for self-expression
along mental lines and seek our field of work
through first, fifth, and ninth houses. But we can
only give of our best in creative idealism by recognizing
the needs of the body. Unless the body
is healthy, that which is created is tainted with
disease even at its dawn.
This book cannot tell all that is known of the
relationship between health and astrology. It is
introductory and suggestive rather than conclusive,
and is published to meet the desires of
those who are seeking health through a knowledge
of planetary vibrations.
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