Jun 14 2009
Medical Astrology: Sun in Virgo, Part 1 by Eileen Nauman, DHM, medical astrologer
Sun in Virgo rules an amazing amount in our body. It is so large that I’m sure I’ll get three blogs out of it; such is the nature of how Virgo works to keep us healthy.
From a general standpoint, Virgo is known for it’s organization, detail work and ability to get to the bottom of something with logic.
Virgo has rulership over the pancreas and the Duodenum in this illustration. The gallbladder is ruled by Capricorn, the stomach by Cancer. All work in concert with one another in regards to digestion of the food we eat.
Let’s start with the most important part of Virgo–it rules the ‘breaking down,’, organizing and analyzation processes that take place in the body.
For example, let’s talk about enzymes. These are what I term ‘lock-and-key’ chemical functions that are essential to the body and its health. In the Pancreas (ruled by Virgo) there is the breaking down regarding the carbohydrate metabolism.
This organ produces pancreatic juice containing digestive enzymes. It is also an endocrine gland because it produces important hormones. This gland is concerned with the release of pancreatic juices that will digest all kinds of food. Internal secretions from the pancreas (known as the Islets of Langerhans) also includes the hormones insulin and glycogen, both of which play a vital role in the carbohydrate metabolism.
Without Virgo’s proper breaking down process and utilization of these two products, people can become prone to diabetes or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), both sugar related diseases.
As a Virgo ruled organ, some general diseases of the Pancreas may include, benign tumors, cancer, cystic fibrosis, diabetes and Pancreatitis, among others.
The Pancreas is located in the upper center-left of the torso and is protected by the ribs. The Pancreas has a tube that leads into the Duodenum (the first 12 or so inches of the small intestine after the food leaves the stomach). There, the pancreatic juices, true to Virgo form, change, break down and work on the food. As the food leaves the stomach as ‘chyme’ (a greyish-white thick fluid), it is in the Duodenum where the breakdown processes really begin.
The chyme is partly broken down food in the stomach. Hydrochloric acid in the stomach takes the food and starts the breaking down process. From there, there chyme is emptied from the stomach to the Duodenum where several other organs get involved in the digestion phase.
The Gallbladder squirts in bile, the Pancreas squirts in a number of enzyme processes that continue to break down the food so that eventually, as it passes through the intestinal tract, all the nutrients can be drawn through the membrane to feed tissue and cells.
The Pancreas is a main source of enzymes (just think of them collectively as ‘breaking down’ something) for digesting fats and proteins. These are not small services to the body–they are huge. These enzymes are Trypisn, Chymotrypsin, Pancreatic lipase and amylase.
The entire small intestine tract is beneath Virgo’s rulership. It is more than eighteen feet long in an adult. That’s a lot of intestines curled up and working in our abdomen! The first twelve inches of the small intestine (also called the small bowel). It has three sections to it. The first is the duodenum, jejunum and ileum. Much of the bowel is enclosed in a thin layer of fat which gives it a lot of bend ability and flexibility. The part we’re interested in is called the Duodenum.
The Duodenum is just below the opening to the bottom of our stomach. Here, it receives a thick mixture called chyme and it is partly digested food. Hydrochloric acid is used in the stomach to break down the foods we consume. Once it reaches the Duodenum, the environment for the chyme turns alkaline. It is here that the gallbladder squirts some bile and the pancreas sends digestive enzymes into it, too. The food mixes with bile, mucus and pancreatic and other digestive enzymes. This is truly, the ‘breaking down’ process of Virgo to work.
It is here that the bulk of the digestion of carbohydrates, fats and proteins takes place before the material is allowed to travel any further into the small bowel. There is a tremendous amount of work done by just a tiny twelve inches of the small bowel. From there, it flows into the jejunum (3-6 feet in length) and this is the midsection of the bowel. The first part, the Ileum is about 3 -8 feet in length. The inner lining of these two sections contain ‘bumps’ that scientist call villi. These areas create increased surface area and improves the ability of it to absorb nutrients.
In the jejunum and ileum that the tiny, broken down molecules are digested and completed.
Foods are resorbed back into our body along with liquids. Vitamins, minerals, salts and water all move across the thin walls of the small bowel so that tissue is ‘fed’ and we live a healthy life. Any food that has not been digested in the small bowel moves into the large intestine.
Issues with the small bowel included Celiac disease, peptic ulcers in the Duodenal area and infections in the digestive tract. For example,Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacteria that causes peptic ulcers.
They respond to a high salt diet and the bacteria becomes aggressive and causes the ulceration in the stomach and Duodenum. About 10-15% of people infected with the H. pylori disease develop peptic ulcers. Other factors must be present to actually create the ulcer. Stress is one of them. Strong emotions that are not given release (grief, fear, anger, ect.) also play a part.
A peptic ulcer is an open sore or a raw region that tends to show up in either the lining of the stomach or the Duodenum. Long term use of non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) is the second most common cause of ulcers. Items such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen fall into this category. And basically, you can look at NSAIDS as weak acids.
No wonder, if a person takes aspirin daily, the potential of the acid to eat into the digestive lining of the stomach or Duodenum can occur.
Duodenal ulcers are three times more common than a gastric ulcer (stomach). Most ulcers are one-quarter to one-half inch in diameter. Hydrochloric acid is found in the stomach. In the Duodenum, it is Pepsin, an enzyme. Pepsin’s job is to break down the protein in the chyme. The only problem is (for Virgo’s) is the WALLS of the Duodenum are composed of protein! Therefore, the area is susceptible to ulceration should there be too much Pepsin in the Duodenum. This is an important criteria and one of the factors for an ulcer to form in this area.
Mars, the planet of inflammation and ulcers in Cancer can produce a gastric ulcer/gastritis. Mars in Virgo or Pisces may find a Duodenal ulcer. Only if this natal planet had three or more hard aspects to it is this a potential. When you think of why this combo works, Mars equals fire. Cancer and Pisces are water. Fire + water = steam. The steam of emotions that have been suppressed or repressed or shattered. The earth sign Virgo sets themselves up with anxiety and worry. They are the worry wart of the zodiac, bar none. When they can stop being perfectionistic, all their health issues will evaporate. The greatest gift a Virgo can give themselves is a garden or doing something that gives them pleasure (sewing, painting, dancing, playing a music instrument, knitting, crocheting, ect.). This hobby actually releases the ‘worry valve’ and dissipates it.
And all these signs can do well at either swimming because water is healing. For Virgo, give them a small garden to care for. Sinking their hands into the earth is fully healing for them and releases their anxiety.
Next Week: Sun in Virgo, Part 2
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