Asclepius 4581

AsclepiusAsclepius was a god of medicine and healing, a son of Apollo by a mortal woman, who died while pregnant. Apollo saved the unborn child from her womb when she was on her funeral pyre, and gave him into the keeping of the centaur Chiron, who taught him the healing arts. In time he became so proficient that he cured everyone who came to him, even bringing people back from the dead. Zeus, concerned that overpopulation would result if Asclepius kept everyone alive and even cheated death, eventually killed him with a thunderbolt. Asclepius carried a rod or staff, entwined by a serpent, which continues to this day as an emblem of the medical profession.

Astrologically, Asclepius represents healing, medicines, and physicians. It can be what is required for healing, i.e. cures, for physical or mental ills, or indicate contact with doctors or hospitals. There may be an attraction to homeopathic or alternate healing methods.

Alex Miller is a professional writer and astrologer, author of The Black Hole Book, detailing deep space points in astrological interpretation, and the forthcoming Heaven on Earth, a comprehensive study of asteroids, both mythic and personal. Alex is a frequent contributor to “The Mountain Astrologer”, “Daykeeper Journal”, and NCGR’s Journals and “Enews Commentary”; his work has also appeared in “Aspects” magazine, “Dell Horoscope”, “Planetwaves”, “Neptune Café” and “Sasstrology.” He is a past president of Philadelphia Astrological Society, and a former board member for the Philadelphia Chapter of NCGR.

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