Medical astrology, called iatromathematics, isn’t likely to get the American Medical Association seal of approval. But according to a 2013 Harris poll, 29 percent of Americans believe in astrology. And many look to the stars and lunar patterns for guidance on love, work, and health.
At the very least, it can be downright entertaining to learn about possible associations between your health and the constellations. Let’s see what areas of the body are associated with your astrological sign. Then decide for yourself if the stars got it right.
Aries (March 21 — April 20)
Association: head, brain, face
Go-get-‘em Ariens thrive on challenge and excitement, but self-imposed physical and mental stress can lead to headaches, migraines, and strokes. Although prone to stress, Ariens still need a fair amount of stimulation, lest they fall prey to depression. Are you a bald Arien? Don’t blame it on genes. Blame it on the stars.
Taurus (April 21 — May 21)
Association: neck, ears, throat
Taurus, the bull, can be brought down by colds, sore throats, and earaches. Because of the sign’s emphasis on the throat, many Taureans are fine singers and musicians.
If you are a Taurean and find you are becoming sluggish and gaining weight for no obvious reason, you could have an underactive thyroid.
Gemini (May 22 — June 21)
Association: lungs, shoulders, arms, hands
Poor Gemini is plagued by hay fever, colds, and coughs. When not bogged down with respiratory problems, gregarious Geminis speak with their hands and arms, often throwing their necks out of whack. The evil twin of the lively Gemini is nervous and negative. It’s not uncommon for Geminis to suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, insomnia, and nervous exhaustion.
Cancer (June 22 — July 22)
Association: breasts, chest, stomach
Depression is a common affliction among emotional Cancerians. To console themselves, Cancerians turn to food and often fight obesity, which can be depressing. Unfortunately, Cancerians are also prone to digestive woes, which are further exacerbated by overeating.
Leo (July 23 — August 21)
Association: heart, back, spine, blood
Beware ailments of the heart, mighty Leo. High blood pressure, blocked arteries, and irregular heartbeat are risks you face. If you’re a Leo, tame your roar with mindfulness or meditation for good heart health.
Virgo (August 22 — September 23)
Association: abdomen, intestines
Virgos struggle with their weight, whether it’s too much weight or too little weight. Eating disorders are common among Virgos, as are stomach ailments such as ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome.
Libra (September 24 — October 23)
Association: kidneys, adrenal glands, skin
Poor Librans are plagued by digestive problems and normally have either diarrhea or constipation. Take it easy on rich foods and treats that may not be so gentle on your stomach, Librans. And because your skin is sensitive, stay hydrated and moisturized.
Scorpio (October 24 — November 22)
Association: bladder, rectum, genitals, ovaries, testes
Sex hormones tend to ebb and flow more erratically in the Scorpio. On one extreme, this can lead to celibacy. When hormones swing the other direction, Scorpio is vulnerable to consequences such as sexually transmitted diseases.
Sagittarius (November 23 — December 22)
Association: hips, thighs, sciatic nerves, vision
The restless spirits of Sagittarians make them accidents waiting to happen. Sagittarians are also vulnerable to conditions that affect the eyes. Remember, if your vision is impaired, you are more likely to have accidents.
Capricorn (December 23 — January 20)
Association: bones, knees, teeth, skin, joints
Have you ever wondered how Dolly Parton maintains that shoulders back, perfect posture despite the counterbalance? Dolly is a Capricorn. And she has the strong bones and perfect posture that’s the hallmark of her sign. Capricorns are also more likely to suffer broken bones. High-heeled boots should be worn with caution.
Aquarius (January 21 — February 19)
Association: lower legs, ankles, circulation
Aquarians are apt to be extremely graceful, though occasionally an Aquarian will swing the other direction and exhibit extreme klutziness. If you were born under the sign of Aquarius, you may have weak ankles and a map of varicose veins crisscrossing your legs.
Pisces (February 20 — March 20)
Association: nervous system, feet, thalamus
Sensitive Pisceans often worry themselves sick. This isn’t difficult to do because Pisceans often have weak immune systems. If you’re a Pisces, you likely have corns, bunions, and athlete’s foot. If you don’t have these conditions, they may be in your future.
Don’t Dismiss It as Bunk
Our medical astrology overview is all in fun, as there is little to no scientific evidence for these associations. While Current Biology reports that the “moon appears to have no effect upon [human] physiology,” it is noted that the seasons have a small impact on health.