Star Signs – The Good and Bad about Managing Illness


Star Signs are Astrological generalizations about the Sun’s placement by sign in the Astrology chart; the descriptions below are light hearted and simplified techniques of an age old practice. Medical Astrology was used by physicians hundreds of years ago. Today it is still widely used although it is a specialist field and difficult to learn.



Aries can readily take up the challenge and the fight involved with chronic illness. Arie’s dislike restrictions in life resulting in major frustration dampering their usual spirit. They do not like how symptoms of illness slow them down. Most likely, Aries will be the first to join support groups and start treatment plans. They love to turn the focus on themselves by claiming pioneer status and sole rights to their illness. Taking up the challenge they are prone to headaches and burnout when stress levels are high. Side effects of illness include regressive psychological behaviors similar to that of a two year old. Needs attention, parent figures, validation and home delivered chicken soup. 



Taurean’s enjoy practical monitoring of food intake and outgoings. Only the really fanatic Taurus person will study the quality of their daily stool. The Taurus person conserves their energy through careful management and by grazing on foods. They tend to eat sweet foods including ice cream when they are tired and indolent. Stubbornness is a classic trait for the bull however patience can be their virtue too. Especially when dealing with symptoms and planning specialist appointments. Taurus people benefit from sensual touch (massage etc) and permissions to be lazy when managing illness. They have a potential to become stingy and possessive when  stressed. The grass is always greener they say and the Taurean values his sense of security above all. Obsessiveness, Sore throats and Irritable Bowel Syndrome are some illness symptoms.



The Gemini has a multi planned approach to living with illness. In one respect they will deny having an illness while on the other hand over-worry about being ill. Confusion is the worst enemy of the Gemini. They tend to write, read and discuss general symptoms with others to make sense of their own symptoms. They establish new social networks and acquaintances in pursuit of managing illness. Different friends or associates are utilized at different times for managing illness. Perhaps they cannot accept that the two parts of them are ill together. They become fidgety and exhibit loss of Identity while managing illness. Their thinking style is fitting of the ADHD profiles with illness and symptomatic stress. Quiet dark rooms are antithetical but helpful for Gemini’s healing.



These people find comfort by spending time at home with family.

Being sensitive and intuitive to changes in their bodies, Cancer types tend to build psychological barriers and accumulate stress. They will nurture others to remain inwardly strong themselves. Fluid retention and digestive issues require management during illness. This Star sign may have a tendency to lie about their health condition or only discuss what others might prefer to hear. Sometimes they don’t really know all the facts about their illness so it isn’t really lying. Is it? Symptoms of illness include a potential for hysterics and vast mood shifts while managing their illness. Staying in bed, taking baths, going to counseling and pampering self are helpful and healthy-treatment plans.



Here is the “illness poster person”; their picture is actually the one on the

poster describing their kind of illness. If not they could be on a particular hospital committee for disease and illness. This person knows how to rejuvenate their supplies of much needed energy. You see, Leo’s need to show off how well they are coping with illness. Enjoying the spotlight is demanding work and Leo’s somehow need to find the energy required. The Leo person fuels themselves through playfulness, enjoying children and expressing their sense of authority. Leo’s strive for the attention and recognition for enduring illness. Passionate in health management and inconsolable about giving up pleasurable and unhealthy pursuits. Heart Chakra vulnerabilities for Leo’s and potential identity crisis with stressful illness symptoms; similar to mild autistic emotional temperaments.



Fastidious, analytical and practical are key words for the manner in which Virgo’s approaches illness. Management is their friend. The polarizing attributes for Virgo can swing from micro pedantic to hedonistic wallow. The stressed Virgo will have a shower to feel healthier; as an alternative for pain relief they approach mundane tasks with fervor which then escalates to a seemingly spiritual experience for them. Virgo’s discussions with doctors are polite but condescending in body language. The Virgo knows more about medicine than most. Psychological projection occurs when they are ill, which includes blaming others, controlling everything and martyrdom syndromes. Virgo hold an Immaculate Conception type of belief about contracting their illness. Jars in their cupboards will contain holistic and healing foods labeled clearly. Virgo has a soul lesson while managing illness; that is by learning the difference between the immortality of goddess’s and living a mundane life on earth. You are perfect at being ill Virgo.               


Libran’s gravitate towards peace, harmony and beauty. Their challenge in managing symptoms of illness is to appease the ‘beastie’ illness. Give the illness what it needs and it will stop being so aggressive. And if that doesn’t work Libra’s are happy to please the doctor by following his suggestion for staying in bed. “Will I have medication or will I not have medication?” That is the big question for the Libra. It is a difficult choice for Libra’s because it may involve more ugliness. With the potential for sadness and confusion, the Libra meets their nemesis-shadow in the mirror of illness. Their own inner beast emerges much to the Libran’s horror. They need solid relationships and a partner who can love and make decisions for them while ill. When and if the Libra emerges victorious from illness, life moves on and so do they.



Scorpio’s have an affinity to blood and death stories somehow. They absorb the intensity and fluctuations of their illness somatically. Scorpio’s usual innate skills and potential to take control are equally met by panic and emotional trauma while suffering illness. Scorpios keep the facts about their illness secret. Their major challenge during illness is, trusting someone to describe their darkest symptom. Emotional security may be a prerequisite before beginning any lengthy treatment strategies. Somehow they manage to sexualize their specialist’s diagnosis; look beautiful and intelligent at the clinic. Potential mood disorders and borderline temperament styles are possible symptoms of managing their illness. Sex is always helpful to unhealthy Scorpio’s but they need to watch any sadistic tendencies especially women experiencing PMS and illness. 



The Sag has a wonderful opportunity to develop new philosophical pursuits while managing their illness. It’s the only way they can transcend the confines of illness. Knowing the facts about their illness is grounding for the Sagittarius as it helps them develop a bigger picture about their illness. The ever optimistic Sag tends to stay afloat by teaching everyone else about their illness. They think they know more than the doctor. Weight gain is a potential symptom for the Sagittarian and they do better by reading instead of crawling up the walls in hospital. Social level symptoms for the Sagittarian during illness include dogmatic responses, finger pointing and becoming loud in discussions. Blood pressure issues are potential for Sagittarians under stress and toxins tend to hide away in their joints. They dislike detailed explanations while enduring illness. The Sagittarian employs hope and optimism to feel better about themselves. 



The Capricorns middle name is ‘management’. This old soul has a practical and business like approach to dealing with diet and energy levels managing illness. Capricorns are hard workers armed with persistence to quietly achieve his or her goals in healthy times. What a bugger though, when illness gets in the way of the real work. The Capricorn seethes with delays caused through illness and soon learns to incorporate some control in managing health issues. The Capricorn who stays at home is “not happy Jan” unless they find a way to run things at work by remote control. Underneath the work-hard ethics there is a vulnerable and sensitive Capricorn soul who hates going on sickness benefits. Hari-Kari would seem more dignified but that’s not going to help the work situation either. Capricorns do well by changing their frame of reference with regard to their goals and lifestyle during illness. Perhaps some volunteering work might be helpful. They are wise listeners and could benefit from some of that Sagittarian optimism and Pisces spirituality. Work with it! Potential hair, bones and skin conditions; melancholia and grumpy old man/woman syndrome while managing illness.



If there was ever a Star sign-social worker Aquarians fits that job description perfectly. Aquarians have unique but traditional approaches to managing symptoms. Their reformist approach may include herbal or alternative healing modalities. Aquarians are social and intellectual creatures with dependable (stoic) temperaments resistant to change. They are indeed rebellious of authority and most doctors. Denial of their illness is no excuse to keep drinking heavily though. Managing illness will present challenges for Aquarians who tend to burn out when stressed. Aquarians detach from their painful symptoms by reading, partying or engaging in mildly perverse behaviors. If that fails they will worry a lot. They need space and freedom to process the effects that illness has on their sense of identity. Aquarians entertain the idea that they are crazy. Whilst enduring longer term treatment strategies for illness they will rent a house with other friends receiving treatment and all go mad. They make friends at hospitals, doctor’s surgeries and chemists. They do not suffer fools gladly however sometimes the truth about illness is hurtful. They are prone to emotional rages and antisocial behaviors.



The Pisces person may not be religious in the biblical sense however they acquiesce to spiritualism and world-empathy. Unfortunately the weight of the world is too heavy for any one person. The Pisces person enlists creative dreaming within their management plan for illness symptoms. They are driven by compassionate and selfless acts while remaining invisible to their own pain. Only a Pisces will understand what I am saying. Pisceans live in time warps across past and future lives thus creatively dissociating from the pain of the mundane during illness. They prefer to live in isolation when they are sick. If that doesn’t work for them, sadly, alcohol and drugs will not help either. Compulsive behaviors don’t need to be detrimental so Pisces do well to form spiritual bonds with others while managing their illness. They can contemplate the next life if the stress gets too difficult. When backed into a corner by the effects of illness they have a potential to become bullies. Schizoid temperaments, loss of smell and sore feet apply.

Copyright Kingsley 2006          


2 Responses to “Star Signs – The Good and Bad about Managing Illness”

  1. 1 roses April 4, 2008 at 07:06

    Can i make up my own star please? I don’t want to be any of these ones. I just don’t want to be sick really.

    Hello Kingsley – roses

  2. 2 kingsley April 4, 2008 at 09:33

    I hope you are well Roses. Doesn’t your star sign seem to fit you Roses?


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