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Body Rulership in Astrology

A woman looking over her bare back with a zodiac wheel in the foreground

As planets move through the zodiac, they pass from sign to sign. Each of these zodiac signs holds sway over many things. The human body comes in many shapes and sizes and as planets move into an assortment of patterns in the signs, they affect the shape and size of a newborn body. Each zodiac sign rules a different part of the human anatomy. Planets interacting with the signs can add importance to the part of a person's body ruled by that sign.

While your specific zodiac sign oversees an important part of your body, looking at the zodiac as a whole is like looking at your physical being as one complete, integrated functioning organism. In seeing the macrocosm of the heavens influence over one whole organic unit, the ancients devised the philosophy that the body is a sacred space reflecting the eternity of the cosmos manifested in the present.

Aries Rules the Head March 21 – April 19

People born with harmony between planets in Aries are said to be able to avoid head injuries. If you are constantly bumping your head, or know someone who does, tension in this sign would be reflected in your astrology chart. When Mars, the planet that rules Aries, is going through tense interactions with other planets, migraines down on earth become more common.

Taurus Rules the Throat April 20 – May 20

While the Bull himself may have horns high above his head, the sign of the Bull rules the human throat – and like the Bull's use of his horns, humans use their voices to attract mates and fend off predators with words that are syrupy sweet and harshly critical. Many people who make a living singing or in public speaking have planetary harmony with Taurus in their astrology charts. Stress from yelling may manifest for a Taurus as a sore throat. When there is tension in the heavens between some planets and Venus, the ruling planet of the Bull, look for anyone of any sign to be subject to losing their voice or saying some inappropriate comments.

Gemini Rules the Arms May 21 – June 21

Long and short arms can be explained by looking up a person's astrology chart and seeing the number of planets that were interacting with Gemini on the day this person was born. When Mercury, the ruling planet of Gemini, is in harmony in the zodiac, it is much easier for waiters and waitresses to balance many plates on their arms than when there is tension to this small, sensitive planet.

Cancer Rules the Hands June 22 – July 22

The sign of the Crab and its prominent claws rules the human hands. People with Cancer prominent in their chart are more likely to wake up with the hands balled into a fist. Great typists have positive planetary activity in this sign in their astrology charts. The Moon rules Cancer and people born under harmonious lunar activity are more likely to find it easy to work with their hands at an expert level of craftsmanship.

Leo Rules the Heart July 23 – August 22

Ancient cultures thought that the heart was far more important than the brain. If only our crazed contemporary life had the same soulful perspective. As the ancient world's spirit-centered point of the body, astrologers still note that an astrology chart of a person born with harmonious Leo energy indicates the person is a natural born leader and gives to people "straight from the heart." Tension with the Sun, the zodiac ruler of this sign, manifests as self-centeredness, as the emotional core of the personality emanates from the body's place of consistent electrical impulses.

Virgo Rules the Stomach August 23 – September 22

When you "feel it in your gut," your intuition is coming to a conclusion reached by analyzing large amounts of data. This is the strength of information-oriented Virgo, and the rulership over the stomach area of the body is no accident – the ancients saw the potency of following a hunch into success. The emotional responses from the stomach area are due to the large amount of blood vessels and nerve endings there – rivaling only the brain for scope and complexity of their interdependent networks. Positive Virgo energy in one's astrology chart makes for a great time to follow your gut feeling.

Libra Rules the Kidneys September 23 – October 22

The sign of the Scales rules partnerships, and in the body, your pair of kidneys is governed by Libra. This is a dualistic sign concerned with balancing the extremes of the "other," and just as we filter out disagreeable people from qualifying as our partner, our kidneys filter our hydration. That which gives us life and sustains us must pass through this pair. Much as when you meet up with a soulmate, there is suddenly no experience that is individualized; everything is experienced as a partnership. Venus rules Libra and your lower back region may feel most fit when this planet is in harmony with the rest of the cosmos.

Scorpio Rules the Pelvis October 23 – November 21

Your sex drive is ruled by Scorpio. This sign features its energetic Mars ruler always driving to conquer territories of partnering and pleasure. When Mars is especially active in your astrology chart, look for your desire to activate your pelvic region to take control of your senses. This is also the case when the sign of Scorpio is receiving a combination of harmony and tension.

Sagittarius Rules the Thighs November 22 – December 21

Your pessimism is put aside when it is time to run toward a lover, an opportunity or a deadline. Your thighs are there to propel you toward success and the astrological ruler of adventure and optimism, Sagittarius, is the ruler of this area of your body. Jupiter is the planet that rules this sign. Jupiter takes twelve years to move through the zodiac, climaxing in your chart in six-year mini-cycles. Your adventures will tend to follow Jupiter in your astrology chart and the muscles in your thighs will help you make each journey.

Capricorn Rules the Legs December 22 – January 19

The zodiac sign of the Goat is the one sign that climbs up the ladder of success one rung at a distinct, slow time. Every accomplishment that you make is yet another assurance that success is in your sights. On your legs, stands the status you have achieved. Serious Saturn rules Capricorn; when the ringed planet is involved in a "Saturn Return" – when it occupies the same space it was at on the day of your birth (at age 28 and age 57 and age 83), your free will to move those legs to positions of power and accomplishment will never be stronger.

Aquarius Rules the Ankles January 20 – February 18

Aquarius is the zodiac sign that rules your appeal to the public and large crowds, your appreciation of working with a group and being part of something much bigger than yourself. To stand with everyone, the point between your feet and the rest of your body needs to be strong; and it is ruled by the zodiac sign of the masses. The ancient ruler of Aquarius is the planet Saturn, whose stern and serious path slows us down with sore ankles when the planets are not in an agreeable alignment.

Pisces Rules the Feet February 19 – March 20

The final sign of the zodiac rules an important pair of physical attributes. Ancient doctors thought all health was based in keeping the feet comfortable. The terminus for nerve endings that went through the major parts of the body were believed to be located at specific points here. Assigning a small area of the body such a large role fits into the ancient ruler of Pisces, Jupiter. The planet of expansion gets discordant energy from other planets about the time your new pair of shoes is discovered to be a size too small. But with the most pleasant harmony to the big planet or to the zodiac ruler of your feet, you can run a marathon with nary a blister.

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Published: November 17, 2010
 
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