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Sunday, July 26, 2015

My Stars, Our Future: Astrology and Hemophilia

Do you believe in astrology? The idea that the alignment of the stars at your time of birth can determine personality traits and more?

I'm a Scorpio, and according to the books, a near-perfect one, personality wise. Intense, probing, passionate. Right down to the fact that we love wearing black. 

Our colleague Richard Atwood of North Carolina has uncovered a fascinating history of hemophilia and astrology, which he writes may have more in common than might be expected. —Laurie

Hemophilia and other genetic disorders have been specifically studied in the field of medical astrology. The vision that medical care would be enhanced and better understood through astrology never materialized, but it leads to speculations on what might have happened to hemophilia if medical astrology had become a legitimate discipline of inquiry.
 John Addey (1920-1982) wrote the article Harmonics, Genetics and Diseaseand Charles Harvey (1940-2000) wrote the article Hemophilia - An Inherited Disease.Cambridge Circle, Limited, published these two articles in a 19-page, single-stapled pamphlet with the identifier New Directions 1. This implies that the pamphlet is intended as the first in a series. No date of publication for the pamphlet is provided, yet Addey mentions his new book, Harmonics in Astrology. Never stated as such, that book was published in 1976.1  

Addey broaches the topic of medical astrology and the relationship between astrology and heredity. He asserts that a knowledge of astrology is a valuable adjunct to the healing art.Then in a statement combining realistic pessimism with opportunistic optimism, Addey adds, Unfortunately, astrology is not part of the conceptual framework of modern medicine, but we can be assured that this state of affairs is about to change.Unfortunately for Addey, his prediction remains unfulfilled. 
 Addey asserts the argument that because natural characteristics are defined by laws of heredity and natural characteristics are calculated by a horoscope, it follows that the astrological code must be in agreement with the genetic code. This point of view assumes that physiological transmission of natural traits and cosmic transmission of natural traits are parallel expressions of the same theme. To an astrologer, this argument is evident so it must be true. 
 Proving his point, Addey cites the research by Michel Gauquelin. Earlier in 1970 Gauquelin had calculated the horoscopes for time of birth for 28,000 parents and children. He found a statistically significant tendency for parents to have the same planet rising or culminating as their children. To Addey, this astrological relationship of planetary position, though general, does exist, allowing him to build upon its foundation.
 Addey acknowledges some research obstacles. An absence of data on recorded birth times poses research problems for determining horoscopes. Addey is less concerned about the modern medical practices such as induction of labor and contraception that cause disoriented births.
 To substantiate his point, Addey provides personal data on his paternal grandparents, his father, himself, and his three children because he knew all of their exact birth times. Addey also provides data on Queen Victoria, a hemophilia carrier, who passed on the hereditary blood disease to one son and two daughters. Citing Harveys article, Addey claims that the affected descendants with hemophilia repeat the Saturn and Mars/Saturn midpoint by 45º aspect (involving appropriate significators) and within extremely narrow orbs. As a final example, Addey presents the case of Helen Keller, who acquired her hearing and sight loss due to scarlet fever at age 19 months, rather than by genetics. Through extensive computations for the 5th harmonic chart, putting the radical chart on to a 72º dial, or a fifth of the circle, Addey concludes that probably the only major indication of perception deprivation on Kellers horoscope is the fairly close square of Saturn, ruler of the third house, to Mercury. The origin of severe injury to the faculties of perception and communication by scarlet fever is found when the very harsh opposition falls with Saturn on the radical Mars. Addey proves his point through obfuscation, using terminology familiar only to astrologers, so the reader has to either acquiesce or give up trying to understand the complicated argument.
 Harvey, in a much shorter article, focuses on just the descent of hemophilia from Queen Victoria. Harvey discovers highly specific astrological correlates for the 24 hemophiliac and hemophilia-carrier descendants plus non-hemophiliac siblings for whom data are known. Strikingly, the sensitive point of Queen Victorias horoscope with Saturn at 28º46Pisces and her Mars/Saturn midpoint at 8º10Aries are duplicated in her descendants who suffered from or were carriers of hemophilia by 45º aspect. Harvey concludes that Saturn and the Mars/Saturn midpoint symbolize the hereditary deficiency of hemophilia. He explains that Jupiter has traditional rulership of blood while Sun/Jupiter is related the the regeneration of blood. Harvey also provides a simplified cosmic and hereditary pedigree for Queen Victoria over 4 generations.
  The pamphlet provides no information about the two authors. John Addey was born on June 15, 1920, at 8:15 AM GDT in Barnsley, England (53N34; 1W28). After the World War II, he joined the Astrological Lodge of the Theosophical Society in England and continued his astrological studies while pursuing a Masters degree. Addey founded the Astrological Association and published several books on advanced modern harmonics and the symbolic basis of numbers. Charles Harvey was born on June 22, 1940 at 9:16 AM BST in Little Bookham, Surrey, England. Having Addey as a mentor, Harvey earned his Diploma of Astrology in 1966 and became President of the Astrological Association in 1973. As an astrologer, teacher, organizer, author, researcher, and counselor, Harvey specialized in financial astrology and the astrology of world affairs. He died from non-Hodgkins lymphatic cancer.

 Hemophilia is defined by Diane L. Cramer in the Dictionary of Medical Astrology (2000) as malefics in second-eighth axis, Mars Saturn stress aspect, Jupiter afflictions, afflictions to Sun, Moon, or Ascendant.(p. 36). This definition is assumed to be self-explanatory as no further information is provided. The four malefics are Mars, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. A comparison of this dictionary definition of hemophilia to that stated by Harvey was not attempted.
 More detailed astrological charts of Queen Victoria, Alexandra the Czarina of Russia, and Czarevitch Alexei are readily available for downloads from the Astro-Databank. The issues of privacy for personal and astrological data are not addressed on these internet sites other than statements that content is available under permission. Much of the personal information on the European royalty is public knowledge, so their astrological charts are easily computed.
Medical astrology never became enmeshed in modern medical care even after John Addey proclaimed it would in 1976. Yet we can still speculate on the changes if astrology were included in hemophilia care today. Hemophilia treatment centers would now provide diagnostic, treatment, and forecasting services. As part of the HTC social intake form, HTC staff would gather detailed information on the exact date, time, and place of birth using GPS coordinates. These same data would be collected on CDC surveillance forms and processed by ATHN. In the beginning, these data would have been cumbersome, but today computer software, and even smart phone apps, would simplify the analysis. And to get the largest data set possible, the National Hemophilia Foundation would initiate a program called My Stars, Our Future to determine the astrological code of everyone with a bleeding disorder. We can always wish upon a star.

1. The publisher Cambridge Circle is listed in the Notes with a Green Bay, Wisconsin address.

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