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Musings on autism and astrology: 2019 edition

A reader recently sent me a thesis he wrote about correlations between astrology and autism.  As many of you know, this is an area of interest to me and I have written on this before (the archive of autism posts can be found here). My reader quoted a few different sources which seem to correlate the synastry (comparison) between the chart of mothers and autistic subjects, such as the discussion in Elsa’s forum here. I responded to this idea with these thoughts:


I’m not so sure that you can draw a connection to autism via a lack of connection to the mother. It’s the old nature vs nurture argument. My personal belief (I am not a scientist in the field but since it doesn’t seem as though anyone knows I guess I can express an opinion based on years of astrological analysis) is that since we are born with certain charts, and our experiences echo that chart, that we pretty much come into this life fully formed and then magnetize the experiences that reflect the chart.

I’ve done a lot of work with families and the synastry between parents and children, and even siblings, is always revelatory. Those connections explain so much about the relationships between family members and are very valuable in understanding family dynamics. However, I’m not convinced that the synastry between mother and child is significant or that there are repeating patterns that can be relied upon. Also, in comparing the charts of the subject with the mother, you’re suggesting that it’s the relationship with the mother that causes the autism in the subject. And in arguing this point I’m not arguing the […]

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By |2019-09-04T09:51:15-04:00September 4th, 2019|Health & Healing|20 Comments

Psychiatric drugs: A modern distraction

A new study out of Germany shows that only 6% of all psychiatric drugs show any added benefit (in a study which found that 58% of ALL drugs showed no added benefit).

As a child of the ’60s, it is peculiar to me that parents today are GIVING drugs to their kids. The use of drug stimulants for children exploded between 1991 and 1995, and antidepressant prescriptions nearly doubled during the same period – coinciding with the conjunction of Uranus and Neptune.  This is not surprising – Uranus rules electricity and radical behavior and is sometimes associated with mental disorders if afflicted in the natal chart.  Neptune presides over experiences that take us beyond the mundane, into spiritual bliss or addiction, and is also associated with consciousness altering substances.  By 2014, 7% of all children between age 6 and 17 were taking some sort of psychiatric drug, mostly for ADHD.  More than twice as many boys were prescribed as girls – not surprising since boys are often more active than girls.

I have no wish to minimize the danger of true psychiatric disorders which require ongoing medication such as bipolar or psychotic episodes, or a serious depression or panic disorder which requires short-term medication to help the patient move through a difficult time. But I am concerned about our tendency in the modern world to avoid our own emotions and medicate our children into subservience.

The astrological birthchart identifies certain predispositions in our personality and emotional makeup. Acting as a map, the birthchart identifies our strength and challenges, and shows the way to navigate through our difficulties. Often situations that we find devastating later bring us great joy and wisdom that we would never have gained […]

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By |2019-07-12T08:25:08-04:00July 12th, 2019|Health & Healing|6 Comments

My plan to revamp the US Healthcare system and add 14 years to your life!

This article was originally posted in 2008 and has been updated.

Under this week’s retrograde Mercury in Pisces, which has attached itself to travel companion Neptune over the next week, the William Barr Justice Department under President Trump has recommended repeal of the Affordable Care Act, generating a s*&#storm of panic and anxiety in the hearts of Americans.

The problem as I see it, though, is that the American healthcare system is completely broken.  It doesn’t really matter how healthcare is paid for – the system is based on profit and corrupt at its core.  It needs to be completely rebuilt.  Pluto, the planet of destruction and regeneration, is in the US second house of money and finance.  There has been a great deal of discussion among astrologers concerning how the US Pluto return over the next few years would affect the country, and perhaps this would be a good place to start.  Healthcare spending in the US was $17.9B in 2017, or $10,739 per person. This is twice as much as the average of other comparable first world countries (only Switzerland comes close).

A recent Harvard study reports:

Maintaining five healthy habits — eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, keeping a healthy body weight, not drinking too much alcohol, and not smoking — during adulthood may add more than a decade to life expectancy, according to a new study led by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Researchers also found that American women and men who maintained the healthiest lifestyles were 82 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and 65 percent less likely to die from cancer when compared with those with the least healthy lifestyles over the course of the roughly […]

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By |2019-05-11T07:32:26-04:00March 27th, 2019|Health & Healing, Politics|3 Comments

The astrology of Multiple Sclerosis, 2019 edition

astrology of multiple sclerosisClients and longtime readers of this blog know that I have a special interest in the way the energy of an astrological chart manifests in health problems and I have written before about the correlation to a compromised Mars placement and various autoimmune diseases.   Disclaimer:  I have no medical training and any medical information that appears in this blog contains only my own hypothetical beliefs and should not in any way be construed as medical advice.

The astrological role of Mars is to energize us and provide defense for the personality.  Mars is known as the planet of war, but also motivates and inspires and can be brought to rage and anger if we are thwarted.  Many of us are afraid of anger, both in ourselves and others, and we often repress our own rage and/or find it difficult to defend ourselves when necessary.  How well we are predisposed to deal with matters of war and action and courage is demonstrated by the placement of Mars in the astrological chart.  When Mars in the astrological chart is debilitated or blocked, the frustration and anger can build up in the body’s energetic system and emerge in a variety of health issues.  Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis – I have seen all of these issues, as well as multiple sclerosis, in clients with a compromised Mars in their charts.

Multiple sclerosis is classified as an autoimmune disease – a disease in which the immune system attacks the body and the body is unable to defend itself against the attack.  You can easily see the correspondence between Mars and this definition – there is an attack and a lack of defense, both are Mars factors.  I have written before on […]

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By |2019-03-04T16:46:53-04:00March 2nd, 2019|Health & Healing|2 Comments

Warrior energy and health problems

Lynn Hayes Mars astrologyThis article was originally published in 2012. I am not certain where this art came from originally, but I found it here.

As many of you know, I have a special interest in energy imbalances and health as shown in the birthchart.  Disclaimer:  I have no medical training and any medical information that appears in this blog contains only my own hypothetical beliefs and should not in any way be construed as medical advice. When there is an immune system disorder of some sort, such as Multiple Sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue symdrome, and other similar ailments I nearly always see what I call a “fire problem” in the chart.

Fire is the element of action and initiation – it creates the drive and ambition that inspires us and stimulates desire and need.  When a chart lacks the fire element, or if there is a strong Mars that is afflicted by a challenging aspect from Neptune, Saturn or Pluto without other supporting factors, the  fire energy is more difficult to express and can back up into energetic blocks in the body.  You can read more about that in this earlier post.

The other day I did a reading for a client who has Multiple Sclerosis.  Her chart showed Mars in Leo – a powerfully expressive Mars that demands attention and enthusiasm – but it was opposed by Neptune, the planet of subjugation and transcendence.  She had no other fire in her chart, and she had a great deal of difficulty expressing her needs (Mars in Leo) or dealing with any feelings of anger when her boundaries were violated.  After her MS diagnosis she found she could use that fact to assert […]

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By |2019-03-02T11:54:31-04:00May 21st, 2018|Health & Healing|12 Comments
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