I’ve written about depression and mental illness in astrology and have often thought about exploring other medical areas. Last week I learned that a favorite musical icon, Linda Ronstadt, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s (PD) is a disease that is hard to understand. But we hear about it more and more. It can start quietly at any time in adulthood with various symptoms but is not usually diagnosed until late in life. PD is actually one of several degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), multiple scleroses, arthritis and lupus that lead to many years of suffering. The aspects in the chart of a PD patient are often the same as for patients with these other illnesses.
Generally speaking PD is the result of the reduction of dopamine producing brain cells that brings about a progressive degeneration of the central nervous system. PD is considered idiopathic (having no known cause). Tremors, difficulties in walking, handwriting, lifting, maintaining balance, speaking, swallowing reflexes and sometimes even the mental processes are just a few of the symptoms. Linda Ronstadt, Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali are some diverse and well-known examples of PD. I saw my own mother go through the last stages of the disease so I have had the privilege to observe it up close.
Linda Ronstadt age 67 is a Cancer with Sag rising, an incredibly talented rock singer (“You’re No Good!” and “Different Drum”) who struggled with drug addiction for many years. She spent some time in rehab. She also has had weight problems and sleep apnea. According to an AARP interview she thought something was wrong eight years ago but was only recently diagnosed with PD. This has been widely reported in the news for the past several days. Sadly she has lost her ability to sing and is having difficulty walking. Her Aquarius Moon is opposite Mercury and Pluto in 8th house. She has the Sun conjunct Saturn square Jupiter her ruling planet. On the good side she has a Grand Trine in air. Remember that Grand Trines are very helpful.
Michael J. Fox age 52 is a Gemini with Aquarius rising, a popular and charming actor who first noticed his symptoms at age 30. He was unusually young. He had brain surgery that was helpful and he is still able to work. He has written three books and continues to appear regularly on television. He puts on a brave face and a great sense of humor, showing that he is still a functioning adult leading a normal life in spite of PD. He has a loving wife and four children. He is a good example of grace and courage in spite of PD. He has a T-square with the Moon and Venus square Saturn and Jupiter opposite Neptune. His Mars is conjunct Uranus his ruling planet and square Neptune. He has some helpful trines including the Moon and Venus trine Pluto, which is good for personal transformation and making new beginnings.
In Part Two tomorrow, read about Muhammad Ali and the spiritual lessons to be learned from PD.
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