By Jade Emory
The 6th house of each astrological birth chart governs health matters.
The signs ruling and within the 6th house point to potential health challenges and solutions. In the 6th house:
ARIES or Mars may indicate headaches, bladder infections or muscular tension due to attachment to goals. One may need to let go of anger or expectations.
TAURUS or Venus can manifest throat or thyroid illness; emotional afflictions that stem from resentment develop silently and slowly. Healing includes music, color and massage.
GEMINI or Mercury affects lungs, hands, arms,tongue, nervous system and sight. Yogic breathing exercises and disciplining the mind through prayer, affirmations and mantras have profound healing effects.
CANCER or the moon rules the stomach, breasts, female functions and brain. If a person "can't stomach" someone or something, a healthy diet can make a healing difference.
LEO or the sun affects the heart and upper back. Healing includes forgiveness, balancing passion with compassion, and developing healthy self-esteem through dance, theatre or athletics.
VIRGO governs the large intestine. Virgo perceives the specifics that others may miss. If it is fault-finding, it may develop resentment as frustrations are not released. Constipation may be psychologically balanced by developing trust.
LIBRA governs the kidneys, which are the seat of "chi" (life force). Lots of water and a diet balancing acid and alkaline foods contribute to healing, as do harmoninzing the intellect with emotions and physical energy with spirituality.
SCORPIO or Pluto governs the reproductive organs and the gall bladder. Scorpio has great psychic power to heal itself as it destroys what it doesn't need in order to protect what it does. This may include surgery or simply eliminating ineffectual beliefs.
SAGITTARIUS or Jupiter governs hips, thighs, blood, arteries and liver. Spiritual discipleship on any valid path may be Sagittarius' strongest healing power, especially if one has a genuine relationship with the Divine and can translate religious teachings into inner emotional attitudes and practices.
CAPRICORN or Saturn affects skin, bones teeth, spleen and knees. Its afflictions tend to be chronic. Chiropractic adjustments of the skeleton are often helpful. Security, approval and study of ancient traditions may play a healing role.
AQUARIUS or Uranus governs the ankles and calves. Its afflictions tend to be eruptive, sudden in onset and relatively short-lived. Acupuncture is a physically effective healing tool. Spiritually, developing egolessness helps switch one's inner perspective from the subjective to the universal.
PISCES or Neptune governs
the feet and addictions. Water is both cleansing and purifying. Meditation
can unite the ego (called the "Uhane" in Hawaiian) with the
Higher Self (the Aumakua), the inner healer.
Oahu Island News Contributing Editor Jade Emory holds degrees in psychology and education, has taught in American and Canadian universities and has been a counselor since 1970. She may be reached at 808-429-2411 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.