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Woodcut titled "The Anatomy of Man's Body as govern'd by the Twelve Constellations" from Benjamin Franklin, "Poor Richard's Almanack", Philadelphia, 1750. Medical astrology is an ancient medical system that associates various parts of the body, diseases, and drugs as under the influence of the sun, moon, and planets, along with the twelve astrological signs. Each of the astrological signs is associated with different parts of the human body. The underlying basis for medical astrology, astrology itself, is considered to be a pseudoscience or superstition as there is no scientific basis for its core beliefs. The Zodiac Man or homo signorum was used in anatomical diagrams dating from ancient times to the later medieval period. The human body was believed to be linked to the heavens during this period. This was often illustrated with the Zodiac Man, who had every part of his body linked with an astrological sign. The astrological sign was linked to humorism alongside the weather. As well as the Zodiac man being intimately linked with heaven it was also the common drawing of the human body at the time. The underlying basis for medical astrology, astrology itself, is considered to be a pseudoscience or superstition as there is no scientific basis for its core beliefs. Zodiac to body part is as follows Aries head, face, brain, eyes, Taurus throat, neck, thyroid gland, vocal tract, Gemini arms, lungs, shoulders, hands, nervous system, brain, Cancer chest, breasts, stomach, alimentary canal, Leo heart, chest, spine, spinal column, upper back, Virgo digestive system, intestines, spleen, nervous system, Libra kidneys, skin, lumbar region, buttocks, Scorpio reproductive system, sexual organs, bowels, excretory system, Sagittarius hips, thighs, liver, sciatic nerve, Capricorn knees, joints, skeletal system, Aquarius ankles, calves, circulatory system, Pisces feet, toes, lymphatic system, adipose tissue.
May 30th, 2013
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