What’s your sign…and what does it have to do with your health?

“What’s your sign?”

It is a question that floats around society—friends ask it, newspapers print it, and movies script it. You might not remember when you first learned about your sign—or how—but chances are that you not only know it, but also the basic attributes associated with it. For instance, Leos are known to be charismatic and courageous, while Aries are active and headstrong. Leo, Aries, Aquarius… whatever your ‘sign,’ the reference is usually to your sun sign—the zodiac sign the sun was rotating through during the month of your birth (e.g. individuals born July 23 – August 22 are of the sun sign Leo).

As with most fields of study, there is more than meets the eye and this is true, as well, for the stars. While you may be more familiar with astrology as a popcultural phenomenon featuring pithy horoscopes in popular media, it is actually a complex system of study. Astrology’s origins date back to Babylonian records, and its connection to health includes Plato, Aristotle and Hippocrates (considered the father of modern medicine), all the way through the academic institutions of the Middle Ages. Its foundational tool is your natal chart, a schematic of the position of all the stars and planets (including the sun and moon), at the exact date, time and location of your birth. Which means that every zodiac sign is in your chart, not just the sun sign. And so the chart is a heavenly blueprint of who you are and what you came here to do, like a personalized manual for your body-emotion-mind-spirit connection.

This may be a new concept to you, but civilizations throughout history have looked to the stars to empower our understanding of ourselves and our world. For eons, our ancestors saw no distinction between earth and heaven, the natural and the divine. The stars were reflected within the regions of the body and, correspondingly, offered an insightful guide to life’s inner workings. Let’s look at our hands as an example: You likely see two functional appendages, while our ancient Greek predecessors looked at their hands and saw a gift from the gods—a gift from Zeus, ruler of the gods, to be exact.

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