by Alan R. Wheatcroft
AFA, Inc., 6535 S. Rural Road,
Tempe, AZ, 85283, 2015.
Paper: 157 pp.
Books on medical astrology are fairly rare. Good ones are rarer still. This is a good one, but you may as well be forewarned right at the beginning: It’s not recommended for beginners, and Wheatcroft’s system is incredibly complex. If you’re not prepared to do a little work, chances are good that you won’t find anything here for you. The author is well versed in both traditional and modern astrology as well as evolutionary astrology, and he manages to synthesize the three fairly well, though some prior knowledge of each would be helpful if you’re to make the most of the material presented.
The first portion of this book is on biorhythms and chakras. All of this material is new, and I must admit that it took me several tries to understand some of what he was saying once I got past the very thorough section on Astrological Influences and Effects, which for the most part was fairly familiar to me. The section on the body’s hypersphere was pretty much beyond me. There is information there, but I was unable to use it. To do so, the author asserts, we need to use our third eye chakra and look deep within ourselves for answers, using guided meditation and color therapy. Since I have only a rudimentary knowledge of color therapy and not a lot of experience with guided meditation of this sort, I have left that for another time when I have more time to study and meditate. The list of the hyperspheric colors will no doubt come in handy at that point. I found the chapter on chakras easier to understand – and the fact that he offered Patrick Swayze’s chart for analysis was very helpful. I will again note, however, that this chapter is not devoid of new material. The author feels that at this time, chakras are in the process of changing colors. Additionally, he feels that 5 new chakras are being integrated into the psyche at this time. This material, and his explanation of the chakras in regard to health was very interesting, especially alongside the Swayze chart.
In contrast, the material on biorhythms was easier to use, though I did have to read it several times. This, by the way, could be a good system for timing and possibly identifying sources of illness. And I did find a couple of incidences where it was spot on with my own past history.
On the whole, I would like to have seen these sections expanded into one book with more detail. I get the feeling that Wheatcroft could merely touch on the surface of these fascinating subjects here. And I would have liked more.
The three chapters on the Moon’s Nodes are apt to be more accessible for most of you. There was plenty of excellent material here, including material on North Node and South Node transiting conjunctions. There is also a tie-in with traditional numerology in this section and a display of how the rulers of the Nodes can be strongly tied to various parts of your life path. This chapter alone is worth the price of the book.
The book ends up with case studies – cardiovascular and lung disease, bursitis, breast cancer, and even narcissistic personality disorder. These are not case studies of wellknown figures, but they are very thorough and helpful.
Again, this is not the book for you if you’re looking for a quick guide to medical astrology. Nor is it the book for you if you’re closed to metaphysical principles. Otherwise, it’s worth looking at.