14 Nov 2009
Medical Astrology: Sun in Pisces, Part 1 by Eileen Nauman, DHM, medical astrologer
Pisces is the SOLE of our foot and our SOUL. How profound. Neptune has rulership over our soul but it is Pisces who puts it all into motion.
And you must ask yourself: How can Pisces, which is a mutable sign, considered weak and wimpy by many, and run by watery, nebulous, foggy Neptune, end up having rulership over our FEET, of all things? Feet are the FOUNDATION for movement of our human body. And in a parallel, our Soul is out spiritual foundation of ourselves (in or out of physical form). This should give everyone pause to take a new and different look at this sign in a medical sense. There’s more than meets the eye here and just like Neptune, Pisces’ abilities can be easily overlooked. But isn’t that just like Neptune? What you don’t see you don’t realize is there? Or that being invisible, we don’t realize the impact of it on ourselves. That’s a good definition of our quiet, unobtrusive lymph gland system.
Pisces rules the ENTIRE lymph gland system; so important to our immune response. Not enough can be said in this blog, but I’ll touch on highlights. The lymph system is so Neptunian; it “shadows” our circulatory system. You never know its there, but in times of illness, it is your front line warrior who protects you.
Pisces is badly misunderstood in medical astrology. Everyone seems to know it rules the feet, but there is much, much more. And what Pisces rules over will make or break a person’s chance at health or lack of it. The equally important rulership is our lymph gland system. Like the mutable sign Pisces, it is a multitasker. The circulatory system has a heart pump to move our blood along. Not so in the lymph system, which is just as large and spread throughout our body. It has no heart to rely on.
This is a partial view of our lymph gland system. The little purple dots denote some of the many lymph node stations are at.
As the entire system collects our ‘garbage’, this drains into lymph capillaries which are very, very tiny vessels. Think of it as a sponge that gives and takes water and transports it to the blood or lymph, when needed. The fluids are then pushed along by our breathing, gravity and our movement (as muscles contract it shoves the fluid forward). Massage, which is excellent for this system, is another “hand’s-on” way to get the lymph and the debris it carries, to empty it into the circulatory system so it can be discharged. That is why light exercise, yoga breathing tai chi, and massage are excellent ways to move our lymph.
The lymph can suck extra fluid out of the circulatory system. If it didn’t, we’d have ‘edema’ or swelling of the feet, ankles and legs, as an example. Basically old dead cell debris and other toxins are carried by the system that shows the circulatory system. Like Neptune, you don’t see it or feel it, but it’s there quietly doing it’s job.
Lymph consists of watery (think Neptune here) fluid that is clear, and contains protein molecules, urea, glucose, salts and other debris material. It’s responsible for accumulating extra fluid to send it back (or remove it from) the circulatory system when needed. This process is performed in the tiny capillary beds all over the body where veins, arteries and lymph all meet to make this exchange occur.
This drainage is a vital and important part to keep the body cleaned up. Think of the lymph system as a broom, mop, sweeper and dust rag. Anything that could hurt the body usually ends up in this shadowy drainage system. Its job is to protect us from bacteria, virus and fungi.
Secondly, it is a huge part of our immune system, but not all of it. You can read about the Spleen (it’s job is to break down old red blood cells and other unknown bodies from the bloodstream in order to protect us from infection. The Thymus and the liver round out the bulwark of our defense system against bacteria and viruses.
The lymph nodes are found all over the body. Think of them as “filtering stations.” As the fluid comes through these nodal stations, macrophages (one type of white blood cell) fights off unknown bodies such as bacteria and remove them from the bloodstream. Then, the “clean” fluid can leave the node to return to the veins. There, they reenter the bloodstream and the process is repeated.
The main duct is known as the Thoracic Duct. It starts near the lower part of our spinal column and gathers the lymph nodes from the pelvis, abdomen and chest. This goes all the way up through our chest and empties into the blood which runs through the large vein on the left side of our neck.
Here is an illustration of the thoracic duct on both sides of the spinal column. If you ever needed a reason to get a massage, this is WHY. Massage moves lymph from the spinal column area and it’s a good way to get rid of toxins faster, quicker and better.
The right lymph duct gathers lymph from the right side of our neck, chest and arms. This is then emptied into a large vein on the right side of our neck.
The Thymus gland sits very close to the heart. It is the largest when we are children because it is the main guardian of our struggling immune system to get on line. It is fully functioning at birth and by the time we’re an adult, it has shrunk considerably. It’s job is to release lymphocytes. They are carried to the lymph nodes, spleen and other lymphatic tissue. They form colonies and this forms the basis of the T-lymphocyte, one our main immune system defenders.
The lymphatic system serves as the sewage system for cellular waste in the body. Three percent of the lymphatic fluid draining the breast is found in the lymph nodes located in the area of the breast bone in the internal mammary nodes. Ninety seven percent of the fluid is drained through the nodes located in the area of the armpit, referred to as the axilla.
If you ladies ever thought that the lymph gland system isn’t important and a part of why women get breast cancer, think again. Wear bras prohibits the toxins from filtering out of our breast region. And the garbage sits for years and begins to rot–and then cancer begins. Throw away your bra. Your breasts will be happy and you won’t have to worry about breast cancer in my opinon.
There are three levels of lymph nodes under the arm. The first level is located from the breast to the underarm area; the second level is behind the pectoralis minor, a small muscle on the chest wall. And the third level is located higher on the chest near the collar bone.
And so where does all the toxins that the lymph glands carry and they can’t escape because women wear tight bras around their torso and stop it from flowing downward and out of this area? Why, into the fat cells! Think of a tight band around your torso. Gravity, muscle movement nor breathing can get the toxic stuff from the lymph out of your breast area because you have constricted to the point where it cannot flow out. So, the garbage dump of toxins resides in your breast tissue. Not a pretty picture, is it?
It doesn’t matter where in the body there are lymph nodes and the lymph system, it is all under Pisces’ domain. Lymph becomes very important to women who wear bras. Check it out: the modern bra was patented by a New York Socialite in 1913. However, it was men who invented these breast cancer traps a decade earlier, she just got smart and got a patent on it, was all.
If you think I’m over stating this, I’m not. When you study the amount of lymph around and in a woman’s breast, plus the fat (which is a storage vessel), and you put something tight and restrictive around a person’s entire body, you’re going to have problems. Have you ever noticed we didn’t have breast cancer hardly at all before 1913? Check out the breast cancer rates now. It blows me away. Throw your bra away.
Why? Because the woman who wears a tight bra is stopping the lymph from its natural gravitational downward flow. And as we already know, the lymph contains toxins and debris–it is our garbage dump. It’s job is to get RID of these toxins before it kills us. So, when the lymph can’t drain completely, guess where its stored? Yep, in the fat cells of our breasts. And there’s back up and refuse in the lymph nodes above and under our armpits. All these become “breeding grounds” for disease. In this case, breast cancer.
And if any of you doubt me on this working theory, check out this book called DRESSED TO KILL by Singer and Grismaijer, Avery Press, 1995. This book will convince you not to wear a bra. I threw my bra away at age 40. I always hated bras; they’re unnatural. Allow your breasts to swing free–as they move, the lymph moves and everything works fine. But start tying your breasts down with under-wire bras, tight, constricting bands around your torso and over time, you are asking for trouble.
Next Week: Pisces and our Feet
lymph node illustration
Lymph with blood vessels
half body lymph system
rt/left thoracic lymphatic duct system
Our immune system entire body
How lymph empties out into blood vessels
lymph nodes around woman’s breast
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