Western Astrology & Chinese Medicine

Western Astrology and Chinese Medicine is a fascinating book by Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott.

We can approach this topic from many perspectives and ideas of Chinese Medicine.

For example, we live in cycles within cycles. The Spring Equinox brings a new astrological year, starting with the sign of Aries. We are in the Wood Phase with Spring, Fire Element of Aries. Being in harmony also means the phase and element in polarity to Wood and Fire – Metal and Water – are in harmony.

In the northern hemisphere we have Spring and in the southern hemisphere, Autumn. This is an example of Mother Earth balancing.

The adaptability and mutability of Wood needs the experience and strength of Metal behind it or it may exhaust itself in crazy experiments; whilst Metal needs the enthusiasm and ambition of Wood to prevent it from falling into melancholy and obsessions with the past.

Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott, Western Astrology & Chinese Medicine

Wood & Metal

The rising of the Wood’s active and expanding energy also depends on its polarity, the Metal phase. This relates to the Lungs and Large Intestine energies, the season of Autumn, and the attitude/emotion of grief. Letting go and forgiveness are important keynotes of the Metal energy. This is salient as the world is currently experiencing an interesting phase of our evolution. Who knew everything would change seemingly overnight? The world is in mourning of the loss of so many, the idea or perhaps the semblance of “normal” and how the world was, pre-2020.

Is this energy moving, attended to, integrated?

One way to balance Wood and Metal is to find creative outlets (Wood) to express yourself and to grow your sense of self-worth (Metal). You can also hold your middle fingers (Wood) and your fourth fingers (Metal/Air) as a Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help.

In Chinese Medicine, illness is energetic blockage, which includes the inability to move on, through the phases and through cycles.

Jin Shin Jyutsu Teacher Wayne Hackett reminds us that all of our projects in life are either an inhaling or exhaling project. It’s either about receiving or letting go. Can we stay connected with the Breath of life and breathe through the phases and cycles?