Humans have looked to the stars understanding seeking guidance long before written records can account. Most of our ancestors lived astrological knowledge; turning to the sky for pilgrimages and plantings, tracking & tides. We’ve been coevolving with the heavens since the beginning, it only makes sense an entire school of body-mind-spirit medicine was crafted around its presence. Tracing the exact origins of medical astrology is difficult because it transformed as cultures merged, however, there are references to this system before the turn of the millennium. Countless traditional cultures have evidence highlighting the importance of events taking place in the night above. Astrology was once second nature to healing practices in many areas of Europe. It informed everything from a persons disposition and cause of disease, to cure and to treatment dates. Most of the western medical astrology we know today was a vital part of health and healing from the Hellenistic period until it’s decline during the scientific revolution.
Much like other traditional systems of herbal medicine astrology is a complex practice that can be studied indefinitely. Unfortunately, it’s gained a bit of bad rap, becoming taboo in medicine, appearing as a weekly entertainment column for a chuckle. However, its assessment tools are not much different than other widely accepted schools of traditional medicine. Each component contains a piece of the puzzle, and there are components within components. Western astrology is a true piece of hermetic knowledge - As above so below.
Western astrology may be based on the twinkling heavens above but is actually grounded in Earth energy, in our planet’s relation to the life-giving sun, in seasonal knowledge, in the ways this is reflected in our being as it develops consciousness, manages mental and physical states. When we look at it through this lens it becomes much more intuitive and easy to grasp.
For many with European ancestors medical astrology provides a constitutional system that has been in our blood for centuries to practice herbal medicine and other empowering wellness modalities. There are many medical astrology concepts that parallel those found in Ayurveda, TMC, vitalism, Unani-Tibb and other humoral approaches. The astrological system provides 3 modes, 4 humors, 12 temperaments; language for energetically discussing plants, actions and tissue states; and blueprint of the specific mind-body-soul constitution. As I said, it’s complex, and get can very specific and individualized for clinical assessment.
This class is an introduction to western medical astrology using the Placidus house system. While providing a general understanding of the basics of Astrology, we will spend time exploring what each element represents, how it in the body and how all the pieces combined inform this system of medicine.
This series is a foundational step in western medical astrology using the Placidus house system. History will briefly be discussed then we’ll dive into the core of this system over the course of 4 classes, looking at each piece individually and how it layers in our chart to create our astrological make-up. While providing a rooted understanding of Astrology in general, we will spend time exploring how each piece informs physical, spiritual and global health, as these cannot be separated.
March 9, 2-5pm
Day 1 - History, overview, elements, modes & two luminaries
March 16, 2-5pm
Day 2 - The planets & plants
March 23, 2-5PM
Day 3 - The houses, ascendant & the intrapersonal zodiac signs
March 30, 2-6pm
Day 4 - the extrapersonal zodiac signs & piecing the chart interpretation together.
Classes are held at Terra Sylva School of Botanical Medicine located in Marshall, NC at Marshall High Studios. https://terrasylvaschool.com/
This is a basic outline of the class flow and is subject to change as we explore. You do not need previous astrology knowledge, this series is tailored to meet people where they are at and will have plenty of takeaways for every experience of the participant. Also, you do not need to attend every class, however much of the information builds and weaves together and there will not be time for review of the previous class. If you plan to attend a selected class please be in contact with me for homework to get you caught up to where you’ll jump in.