Cancer is a disease of the entire body in a way. It is linked to dietary imbalances, acidic conditions in the body, weakened immune system, perhaps a bacterial or fungal infection which acts as a trigger, change in the normal growth behaviour of the body cells, exposure to mutagenic agents, then possibly genetically mutated cells, which then rapidly grow and consume the energy of the body weakening it dramatically often causing death of the body.
Generally it is observed that once cancer disease hits the body, life expectancy is drastically reduced and perhaps more importantly, quality of life deteriorates. From an astrological point of view, here are some of the things which are involved. (I have written a detailed post on overall medical diagnosis using astrology here.) Rahu’s nature is malefic, foreign, camouflage, unregulated, uncontrolled, breaking the rules, to reach his goal by any means possible. Ketu is a malefic too and represents dissociation, cut-off, and ‘wandering’, smoking habit in particular is linked to him. They both have a role in addictions and habits which are difficult to break. So both will be linked to cancer. In medical cases, Rahu/Ketu represent misdiagnosis and the disease conditions which are detected in the advanced stage, perhaps beyond treatment.
The Moon represents liquids and nutrition. It is said that mucus in the body is necessary for growth of these cells. These cells use up the nutrition meant for the overall body. Sugary foods and milk products add to the problem. In most cases mental strength of the person is decisive in pulling him out of medical problems, the energy of thought and positive thinking can work. Thus the role of Moon is important. A well placed Mercury too will help boost the mental morale and also help in faster and correct diagnosis. Getting the appropriate medical treatment at the appropriate time is essential.
Mars represents blood, thus red blood cells and bone marrow. Surgeries and invasive and painful operative procedures are his. Acidity in the body can be created by Mars and also increased by a malefic Sun. Saturn is another malefic who governs the ‘endurance’ and ‘ageing’ of the physical body, thus will be involved in all prolonged diseases including cancer.
Jupiter, is a benefic but represents expansion in every way possible. If he by chance indicates ‘expansion of disease’ he can indicate cancer. Also if he becomes a functional malefic in the chart, his role should be examined in detail. Venus too is a benefic, but can contribute to this by his connection to sugary foods and his role in creating addictions which can further lead to disease. eg chewing tobacco can cause cancer.
And the sensitive points in the chart are,
- The ascendant sign, the ascendant lord, these represent your physical body, the environment and the interaction between the two. A strong ascendent sign and its lord indicates the overall well being, vitality and the ability to bounce back after problems.
- Then the birth Moon sign, represents the emotional, astral, subconscious etc. A well placed moon is a big asset. The lens of perception he will decide how you perceive events around you.
- The 6th house is obviously the house of diseases thus the most important. If its ruler is malefic, under malefic aspects, retrograde, combust, debilitated or in the sign (or even in the lunar mansion) of its enemy planets, he will give bad results.
- The 8th is the house of surgeries and death. Take note of the planets placed here and the ruler planet of this sign which can link to the type of disease and organ involved.
- The 12th is the house which indicates loss of the manifested/’wasting away’. Again the ruler planet and the planets placed here can indicate the organ and the type of disease.
Look for patterns involving these houses, signs and their lords and occupant planets. Pay special attention to retrograde planets, diseases indicated by such planets take longer periods to cure.
For Cancer there will always be Saturn and Rahu/Ketu together in some way or the other influencing/ afflicting the Moon and/or the ascendant lord/sign, in addition to other planets contributions. Malefic influences in the house/sign and the body part which will be targeted, a very general list.
1st House/Aries – Brain, Head
2nd House/Taurus – Mouth
3rd House/Gemini – Throat, Neck, upper part of respiratory system.
4th House/Cancer – Chest, Breasts, lower part of respiratory system
5th House/Leo – Stomach, Blood, Bone Marrow
6th House/Virgo – Liver, Kidneys, Pancreas
7th House/Libra – Spine, back
8th House/Scorpio – organs in the lower parts of the abdomen, reproductive organs.
9th House/Sagittarius- Thighs
10th House/Capricorn – Knees
11th House/Aquarius – Calves, ankles
12th House/Pisces – Feet
The timing of the disease will be during the Vimshottari dasha main-period and/or sub-periods of the rulers and/or planets placed in the 6th, 8th and 12th houses. If death is to occur because of this cancer, then the periods of the Marak planets and/or Venus the natural marak must coincide with the disease causing periods.
Positive influences which can help recovery will be the planetary owners or planets placed in the, 3rd and 11th houses i.e. the bhavat bhavam of the 6th, 8th and 12th houses. Argala on these houses will also help health and recovery.
The physical manifested will be seen from the birth chart and the subconscious potential from the Navamsha D-9. When analysing for such a tragic disease, you should make use of the D-9 at least. Check if the ascendant lord gains power in the D-9, if the benefics and functional benefics/yogkarak gain power to give good results in the D-9. And the planets involved in the 6th, 8th and 12th houses of the birth chart? How do they get placed in the D-9? Do they get aspected by benefics so that their potential to cause disease is reduced or do they get under more malefic aspects?
Predicting something like cancer, which is being recognised more as a lifestyle disease caused by faulty behaviour, environmental pollutants or cryptic genetic factors will be difficult as it is quite vague in its nature and style of attack. If the exact time of birth os available then you can use the specific detailed divisional chart for the answer. The same logic as above will be used in analysing the detailed divisional charts. But if you need to know and it is just one question you can use prashna kundali, it will give a precise answer.
This post was in part response to this question I received in the contact form. I recently discovered your blog and enjoy reading it. Infact i read it almost everyday …..
………. there is a cancer patient in almost every houshold irrespective of lifestyle. Can you write something on the disease of cancer and the auras surrounding the person or the astrological combinations that point to this disease as most people realise that they have cancer only during the advanced stage….)