Astrology, in the western version, is held by many people—especially those of the allopathic medical world—as absolutely invalid. While many people of all walks of life nonetheless swear by it, faithfully consulting their horoscope daily before doing anything, it is generally held to be ineffective by the majority. Many alternative medical personnel also cast doubt on astrology’s reality.
However, when it comes to Chinese astrology, things are radically different. Not so much in our time but in the past, this was part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. While no longer so much employed in diagnostic procedures as before, there may still be something to learn from it. Based on animals and their qualities, combined with the five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water, as well as the yin and yang principles, it has no connection to the western system which relies on the positions of the sun, moon and planets.
With the Year of the Snake beginning today in Asian nations as well as among those of Chinese, Vietnamese and other cultures here in the US, we might consider what effects this could have on human health. The element for 2013 is water; the snake, with its history of survival since the beginning of creation, is certainly a symbol of endurance. All seasons, in fact, each hour of the day, has a representative of the Chinese astrological chart. Taking into account the animal involved, the element, and whether yin or yang is involved (as in the chi life force, this must also be balanced for optimal health), the picture we can get of the effects on health are far greater than we may perceive.
Perhaps we could all do ourselves good to consult an expert in Chinese astrology. We can always learn a lot from the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese medicine in all its aspects, as well as from our animal brothers and sisters.