17 Oct 2009
Medical Astrology: Sun in Capricorn Part 1 by Eileen Nauman, DHM, medical astrologer
A person with Sun in Capricorn is looking at possible knee problems or gallbladder symptoms. Doesn’t sound like a lot compared to many other zodiac signs, does it? Right. Yet, our knees are probably the most important joint in our body because it has to do with locomotion. Without good knee joints, we can’t walk, hike, run or jump. Further, if we are limping or favoring that particular knee we are throwing our entire spinal column out of balance as well. This might seem like much, but once we favor a side, the spinal column vertebrae’s are under fire and so are the discs between them. A bad knee cripples us. Literally.
Saturn rules our bones and teeth as well as having rulership over our tendons and ligaments. And the ruler of Capricorn is this planet. Nowhere in the body is more important than these two items in our knees. Saturn also rules the cartilage of our body whether it’s the discs between our vertebrae or the covering on our knee joints. So, if you have knee problems you might look to see if your Saturn, Uranus or Neptune are either in Capricorn or its polarity opposite, Cancer. If you have three or more hard aspects to any of these natal outer planets, you may end up with knee joint concerns. So, it doesn’t have to be your Sun in Capricorn that focuses on this part of your body. If the Sun has three or more hard aspects, then you fall under the probability of knee or gallbladder issues at some point in your life.
Let’s look at the knee and understand what kinds of medical problems can result from it.
Here’s an illustration looking directly at the knee.
Here’s a side view of the knee. You can see the ligaments and tendons are key to holding our femur (thigh bone) in place as well as our the bone in our lower leg (the tibia).
Another focus on the knee are the ligaments. Think of them as tough rubber bands that connect the ends of the leg bones together. The ACL ligament is in the center o the knee joint and it runs from the back of the femur to connect to the front of our lower leg/tibia. It has a front/back ligament. The other two ligaments in the knee are the medial collateral ligament (MCL) and the PCL, posterior cruciate ligament. These four ligaments keep the knee stable and keep the femur and tibia in the right place.
If any one of these is torn, then you’re looking at a serious problem and long term healing. Ligaments do heal, but you’re looking at 6-8 weeks, initially and six months of rehab with a physical therapist (highly recommended because a PT can shave off weeks or a month if you’re working with one). And the ACL ligament is the number one injury to the knee.
Women, in greater numbers, get ACL tears now. Women’s athletics has blossomed and with it, sports related injuries. In studies it has shown that women are four times more likely to suffer an ACL tear than a man. A woman’s knees don’t hold as steady, which gives them less knee protection during heavy physical exercise. Further, women’s quadriceps and hamstring muscles work differently than a man’s. The quadriceps is a thick muscle on the front of the thigh and it has to work hard during knee-bending activity. This pulls the tibia forward and places the ACL at risk for a tear.
Below is an illustration of “runner’s knee,” that can occur to those who jog too much. Even knees need a rest every once in awhile.
A woman’s hamstring muscle (at the back of the thigh) responds more slowly than a man’s hamstring does. This muscle protects the tibia from sliding too far forward when pressure is placed on it. Because a woman’s hamstring is slower in response, medicine feels this allows the tibia to slide forward more and strains or tears the ACL ligament as a result. Studies suggest that estrogen is the culprit. And for these reasons, thus far, female athletes get high risk ACL tears.
Another knee problem is known as Baker’s (or popliteal) cyst. When our knees move together, there is cartilage on the end of each leg bone. A joint fluid which is made by the joint lining (synovial membrane) keeps this area ‘slippery’ so that these bones/cartilage slide freely. The fluid is contained in soft tissue that is enclosed around the knee joint. This is called a joint capsule.
Here is an illustration of Baker’s Cyst that is found on the back of our knee.
The knee joint, for whatever reason (probably genetic) produces too much fluid. This is most often seen in people who have degenerative or other types of joint disease (rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis). In runner’s, repetition of jogging can lead to abuse of the knee and the meniscus or ligament is injured. Or if you are over using your knees in another form, Baker’s cyst can occur. It is NOT a blood clot. It is a fluid collection. And,the good news here is if the cyst is NOT painful, surgery is rarely required. Treatments such as massage, work with a physical therapist, compression/wraps/elastic bandage, can help reduce the fluid. And sometimes, the cyst will reduce on its own.
Next Week: Sun in Capricorn, Part 2, the Gallbladder
Anatomy of knee
Knee joint side view good anatomy illustration
Knee injury chart
Types of knee pain illustation
Bleeding into the knee
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