I have to admit, having just recently graduated from nursing school and soon to be on the hunt for a job, I wondered how my potential future employers might look at me if they "googled" upon my astrology website.

I believe that astrology can be used as a positive healing tool, for those who it resonates with.  So, I was very pleased to see Christiane Northrup, MD, one of my favorite public figure/female physicians, had written a positive blog on Astrology. 

Christiane Northrup, an OB-BYN for over 25 years, is a pioneer and leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness.  She is internationally known for her empowering approach and encourages women to tune into their inner wisdom.  Dr. Northrup believes in a mind-body-spirit approach to health.

Here is what Dr. Northrup has to say about Astrology:
  1. Astrology is simply a tool—it has no power other than what you give it. It’s like checking the weather forecast to see if you should pack a raincoat.
  2. Astrology gives you a roadmap for the journey of your soul. It’s designed to help you maximize access to your soul’s original blueprint. From time to time, I will look at someone’s chart with them. Invariably, the first thing he or she asks is, “Is it bad?” There aren’t any “bad” charts. Every chart has its challenges and its gifts.
  3. Similarly, as astrologer Tosha Silver teaches, there are no “bad” transits if you know how to align with the Divine. No one is a victim of their astrologic chart—though it’s true that some aspects will test your soul’s resolve more than others. For example, wherever Saturn is going through your chart (a transit), it’s likely that that particular area of your life is undergoing a bit of “breakdown to breakthrough.” (The degree of orbiting Saturn in the sky coincides with a particular portion of your own natal chart—the position of the planets at the time of your birth. And each of these positions is associated with a different area of life, such as home and roots, partnerships, career, etc.) 
  4. Sun Sign astrology, such as one sees in newspapers and magazines, is nothing more than an interesting parlor game. This form of astrology was started at the turn of the 20th century to sell more newspapers. But the sun sign is just one aspect of your individual astrologic signature. And it won’t give you much information unless you also know your rising sign, moon sign, and the positions of your personal planets, including Venus, Mars, and Mercury.
  5. When looking for a trustworthy person to work with or follow, avoid “doom and gloom” astrologers. These are the astrologers who call planets like Saturn “malefic”—as if a planet could reach down and make your life a living hell.

I first heard of Christiane Northrup in the late 1990's, along with Andrew Weil, MD.  I always admired their open-minded approaches to healing, integrating both Eastern and Western Medicines.  As a nurse, I hope to continue this type of holistic healing tradition.

Check out the rest of Christiane's recent blog on Astrology here:


Astrology, Doctor? Are You Kidding?
-By Christiane Northrup  May 31, 2013