In Part 1, starting from 4 elements (Fire, Air, Earth, Water), we saw corresponding temperament types (sanguine, choleric, melancholic and phlegmatic) and their qualities via combinations of hot/dry/cold/wet, as well as humours (blood, yellow bile, black bile, phlegm) to maintain our state of well-being in balance.
How do all these connect back to astrology, you may be wondering?
Planetary qualities and governance
Planets also express their intrinsic qualities through the combinations of 4 elements:
Saturn = cold and dry
Jupiter = hot and wet
Mars = hot and dry
Sun = hot and dry
Venus = cold and wet (or hot and wet if precedes the Sun)
Mercury = hot and wet (or cold and dry if follows the Sun)
Moon = cold and wet
Back to your natal chart, you can know your temperament type, as well as your innate strength and weakness through planetary dispositions. It is important to observe your 6th house via its ruler planet as well as planet/s therein (in relation to your Ascendent), in order to assess your health issues.
It is a different story whether you have Mars-ruled 6th house or Saturn-ruled 6th house. Mars has a tendency towards acute incidents, while Saturn is notorious for chronic situation. Saturn’s coldness and Mars’ hotness are in antagonism; they can manifest in antagonistic symptoms.
Planets primarily govern organs/parts of our body as follows:
Saturn = spleen, skin, tendons and bones
Jupiter = liver, blood
Mars = bladder
Sun = heart
Venus = kidneys
Mercury = intestines, nerves
Moon = stomach, breasts
Food as medicine
Every food/plant/herb has properties or elemental qualities. Hence they belong to one planet/luminary or the other. Chili for example has ‘hot and dry’ qualities, while cucumber is ‘wet and cold’. Mars owns the former and the Moon owns the latter. Their colours are a reliable indicator, too. Yellow flowers (like camomile or calendula) belong to the Sun. The red colour is naturally associated with Mars.
What you eat gets assimilated in your body and becomes part of you. Diet is a crucial part of sustaining balance (or correcting imbalances) in humour. Which is the basis of your well-being.
Though we do it instinctively: follow the seasonal changes. In winter (cold and wet), the opposite qualities (hot and dry) are the weakest. Hence if you are choleric (hot and dry) type, you need extra care in winter. Changing your diet according to season is the most sensible choice.