Physician Heal Thyself (Kim Falconer Guest Post)
One of my favorite people on the planet offers us her latest insights. Enjoy today’s guest post by renowned author and astrologer, Kim Falconer:
Becoming ‘resistant’ to illness is a top priority for most individuals.
This stance is reflected in the media and TV commercials, community programs and government policies, but as the saying goes, what we resist persists. It makes you wonder, does fighting dis-ease really serve our wellbeing?
Consider these commonly held beliefs about health:
- Illness is difficult, bad and isolating
- Doctors know more about the body than we do
- Symptoms are the enemy and must be suppressed
In this paradigm, illness is a threat. We do what we can to prevent disease and if that doesn’t work, we fight it, right? That’s what I used to think before I studied under a wonderful astrologer named Howard Sasportas.
He said, illness can be understood as a message that something in life is not right and needs adjusting.
Illness is a message? It seemed like a strange notion but as soon as I started looking at dis-ease in a new way, it made sense. In this paradigm the beliefs are different:
- Illness is instructional (and the instructions come from you!)
- You know more about your body than anyone else
- Symptoms are a message to be read
So how do we read these messages? My two favourite tools are active imagination and astrology.
Active imagination is a technique Jeannette taught me a few years ago. It is a way of engaging with the body that brings amazing results. The idea is to relax in a quiet space and ask your ‘symptoms’ what is wrong.
For example, if I have an upset stomach I lie down, close my eyes and observe. I allow my imagination to begin a dialog with my stomach, asking without judgment what it needs, wants and has to offer. The key phrase here is without judgment. I have to get light and easy with whatever my stomach has to say.
The other tool I use is medical astrology. Each sign of the zodiac rules, or links, to a particular part of the body, starting with Aries ruling the head and ending with Pisces ruling the feet. Knowing these connections can bring huge ‘ah ha’ moments.
For example, I know the sign Cancer rules the stomach. This water sign has to do with making connections, feeling nurtured and ‘needed’ by others. If my stomach is upset, my nurturing life may be out of balance. With that knowledge I can start to ask the right questions such as, ‘Am I feeling loved. Am I looking after myself?’ The alternative is to take an antacid and hope for the best.
Another common example is a headache. The head is ruled by Aries, the sign of independence and action. Aries likes to initiate projects, start the ball rolling and above all, be the boss. If I get a headache I ask, where am I not being independent and assertive in my life? Where have I taken a subordinate role when really I want to be top dog? Again, I can take an aspirin, or I can listen to the message.
If we treat aches and pains and even life threatening diseases like spam and ‘bulk delete’ without reading the message, a great opportunity for true wellbeing is missed.
Here is a condensed list of the astrological signs and their traditional rulerships:
- Aries – assertiveness – head
- Taurus – sensation – throat
- Gemini – communication – shoulders, arms, hands, lungs
- Cancer – nurturing – stomach
- Leo – creativity – heart
- Virgo –discernment – upper digestive tract
- Libra – relationship – kidneys and lower back
- Scorpio – transformation – sexual organs and lower intestines
- Sagittarius – exploration – hips and thighs
- Capricorn – enterprise – skin, skeletal system and knees
- Aquarius – originality – nervous system, circulation and ankles
- Pisces – spirituality – the psyche and feet
Are there any recurring symptoms in your life? Have you taken a moment to ask your body What’s up, Doc? I’d like to know what you think.
Kim Falconer is a professional daydreamer, astrologer, and author of The Spell of Rosette, Arrows of Time, and Strange Attractors. Follow Kim’s Astro Mojo at http://www.kimfalconer.com/scopes.html