Astrology, Psychology and Disease:
Benign Cysts and Breast Cancer
the 1990s, a friend who is a holistic health therapist and an astrologer
called about a phenomena that she had observed astrologically and
psychologically regarding breast cancer.
She has observed this tendency to occur under certain transits of
Pluto and my own research has found the same.
Over the years, I noticed that some women (and I do stress only
SOME) during Pluto-Moon transits would experience surfacing resentments
regarding the mother and the emotional life during the childhood.
These resentments crystallize in the form of cysts or, in some
cases, tumors. Another
female in the life can serve as a catalyst in arousing these emotions.
For example, a woman with the Moon conjunct Saturn in Aries in
the 4th House developed a cyst, which surfaced when she found herself
washing the feet of an elderly woman.
The woman reminded her of her mother and how she had washed her
mother's feet before she died. Her
mother had been dead for years and she thought that she had released the
resentments. When she
re-experienced the feet washing, all of the buried resentments came to
my research, I found that, when the emotional situation was basically
benign, so was the tumor. The
cancerous tumors were descriptive of an emotional situation that was
intense, seemingly unresolvable, and very hostile.
When the body could no longer contain the angry feelings, it
expelled them in the form of a tumor.
The level of empowerment in the individual’s life is
significant in determining recovery.
I am by no means suggesting that cancer is psychological!
But, there can be psychological patterns that contribute to what
may already be a genetic pre-disposition.
psychological profile ended here until my friend shared her personal
research. These women were
in a Virgo Burn-Out space1
as they felt tugged at to nurture the neediness of others, especially
those personality types that had separation difficulty during the first
18 months of age. Such
needy types demand sympathy "like sucking on a breast" yet
they never seem to get enough. The
"breast cancer susceptible" woman feels that she is being
forced to give more than she has and she resents it.
The therapist stated that these women should be alert that they
are reaching the danger point when they feel that they are not doing
enough for others.
further observation, I find a strong but dysfunctional Saturn that makes
the individual feel super responsible and it is very difficult for them
to say no or limit the demands of others.
I have found some indications that negative Neptune aspects make
the individual pre-disposed to being drained by others and highly
empathetic to the needs of others.
Neptune also rules boundary (the lack of) issues.
This same pattern combined with Mars afflictions appear in the
charts of auto-immune diseases.
difference between those who had a simple benign tumor and the malignant
tumor appears to be the influence of Pluto in the natal chart.
When the tumor was cancerous, the individual truly felt powerless
and out of control. There
seemed to be no way out - no way out of the demands of the perpetually
needy! Of course, there is
always a way out but the individual could not see it.
With the benign tumors, the individuals usually felt that they
had some control and they could take action in eliminating the problem;
they could see a clear way out of the situation.
years ago, actress Jill Ireland appeared on "NightWatch." At that time, she had recovered from breast cancer and I
wondered how this profile would fit with her strong personality.
It worked perfectly! She
said that she and her husband, Charles Bronson, lived in a 12-bedroom
house, which she cared for herself.
Their children (from previous marriages as well as their own)
were always home and they thought nothing of bringing in friends to stay
for long periods with Ms. Ireland providing the maid service - cooking,
cleaning and doing their laundry. Her
struggle with breast cancer accomplished one major change - it got rid
of the "sucklings!" After
her surgery, she told the children to move out; she sold the 12-bedroom
house and moved into a much smaller one that she could easily manage.
However, Ms Ireland lost her battle with cancer with a
reoccurrence of the disease. She
never seemed to be able to divest herself of the anger and rage that she
felt inside. Her anger was
projected onto the disease as she continually referred to herself as a
"Cancer Survivor." She
felt powerless to deal with the anger at its root source - and the
cancer returned. Jill
Ireland was born on April 24 1936 in London.
She had been experiencing Pluto in Scorpio opposing her Taurus
stellium. She died on May
18 1990 as Pluto was opposing her Mars.
summarize the personality profile, in essence, these are often
background and support people who feel suppressed by their female role -
and they often do not realize this!
In placing the needs of others first, they are not fulfilling
their own needs. This pattern can readily be seen in so many First Ladies who
develop breast cancer after devoting their lives to supporting their
husbands' political careers.
should also add that I have observed the development of breast cancer in
women who were not experiencing Pluto transits or any serious
anger issues. These women
always recovered and there was little invasive surgery.
I feel that this arises from congestion in the lymph – the root
of this being dietary and a sedentary lifestyle.
Exercise, drinking a lot of water, Vitamin C, castor oil packs
and lymph massages are the best preventatives in this case.
Dr. Phil McGraw, on the OPRAH Show, said that he had a background in
Behavioral Medicine. One of
their findings is that, those women who have breast cancer, score very
high on “Need for Attention” in testing.
According to McGraw, they see their identity coming from being a
Patient. The partner,
however, goes through a psychological pattern of feeling ignored,
rejected but “how can I say anything - she has cancer.”
The partner needs acknowledgment.
Astrologically, I have not observed natal patterns of attention needs. Although, if tested after the breast cancer diagnosis, I can understand the higher need for attention and support, as this can be a very
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