Astrology and Surgery

by Archie Dunlop on May 1, 2010

A few days ago I wrote an article about TV personality Heidi Montag, who has been a regular client of plastic surgery clinics.  In particular, on November 20 2009, she had ten procedures done, in a single session.

From an astrological point of view, this raises the issue of when it is a good time to have surgery.  As an astrologer I do believe that some times are better than others, though in many, or even most, cases, it’s not realistic to take into account astrological considerations.

If someone has acute appendicitis, it would clearly be reckless to consult an astrologer, because the patient could die of a burst appendix while the astrologer peruses the planetary positions, trying to work out the best hour of the best day to have the required operation.  The same can be said for any emergency procedure.

One should also be careful about consulting astrologers before exploratory procedures, where there is the possibility of finding a serious, underlying condition, such as cancer.  It doesn’t matter how good the positions of the planets at the time of such a procedure, they won’t change the body’s condition.  Most importantly, the sooner a serious illness is discovered the better, and one can’t hang around waiting for optimal planetary positions.

So when might it be a good idea to consult an astrologer before an operation?

Any operation where time is not of the essence.  Where there is not a risk of death or deterioration if the operation is delayed.  So cosmetic surgery is a prime example of an area of surgery where astrology can be helpful.  Or if there is a chronic condition, that’s been going on for years, that surgery might be able to help.

From a technical point of view, there are many rules to consider when choosing the best time for surgery, though in this brief article I want to keep it simple.

The condition of the Moon is going to be essential.  In astrology the Moon represents flux and change, and successful surgery is about creating a successful change to the body.

So ideally, at the time of the surgery, the Moon should be making a favourable aspect to a fortunate planet.  This means, quite literally, that the surgical procedure has a good chance of moving towards a fortunate outcome.

One should also be careful that surgery doesn’t take place on a Full Moon.  As we know, the Moon affects the tides, in a physical, magnetic way, and it must surely also affect the fluids in the body.  There could, at least in theory, be more bleeding if an operation takes place at the Full Moon, and this could have a negative impact on a patient’s recovery prospects.

German astrologer Reinhold Ebertin, when writing about medical astrology, suggested that at the time of an operation, the Moon should NOT be in a sign of the Zodiac connected with the part of the body being operated on.

This might sound strange, but during an operation one wants stability, and if the Moon is associated with a part of the body that’s being prodded,  cut  or manipulated, that could be bad news.

So what parts of the body are ruled by the different signs?  In general the signs go from the head to the feet.  The first sign of the Zodiac, Aries, rules the head, so ideally you shouldn’t have brain surgery while the Moon is in Aries – though in the case of the brain, it will often be an emergency, or an exploratory procedure, where use of astrology is inappropriate.

Taurus, the next sign, rules the throat and neck.  Gemini the lungs.  Cancer the breasts and the stomach, Leo the heart and the back, Virgo and Libra the intestines, liver and kidneys, Scorpio the genitals, Sagittarius the thighs, Capricorn the knees, Aquarius the shins and Pisces, the last sign of the Zodiac, the feet.

So don’t get your bunions operated on while the Moon is in Pisces!

Although Capricorn’s prime rulership is the knees, it’s often linked with the skin.  Indeed Seventeen Century Astrologer William Lilly associated this sign with itching and leprosy.  It’s perhaps because Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn, and Saturn is about boundaries and limitation – and the skin really is the body’s boundary.

Under these circumstances, one should avoid surgery that might have an impact on the skin while the Moon is in Capricorn.  This might include minor procedures, such as botox.

Which brings us back to Heidi Montag, who had so many operations on November 20 2009.  One of the operations was a brow-lift, another was a chin reduction, and I would have thought that both procedures had an impact on her skin.

As to where the Moon was on November 20 2009, you guessed it.  Capricorn.  A good thing she didn’t have knee surgery as well!

Copyright © 2010 Archie Dunlop

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Patty V July 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I had my surgery for breast cancer in Sept 2009. I consulted a plastic surgon about a breast reduction to balance me since the lumpetomy reduced me one full cup size smaller. I need to have the surgery over the summer since I am a teacher and the doctor, Sag Sun (me Sag rising) scheduled me for July 28 and moon is in cancer. Should I reschedule to the next week? She only operates on Thursdays and that would be a Libra moon, which is also my natal noon in ninth house. I was worried about recovery time, hence the July date vs. the Astrological moon issue. Your opinion is greatly appreciated. I need to decide by Monday, the 18th. Just taking a chance you will respond by then 🙂 All my surgeries and cancer treatments occurred during Mercury Retro. and moving to the Aug date puts me in Mer Retro. Thanks so much, Patty

bill November 3, 2016 at 12:23 pm

Will be having knee surgery possibly knee replacement. ….when would be best time in November? As far as I can tell would be around the 29th when there is a new moon .

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