January 17, 20114 Comments

By Deborah Smith Parker

I’ve had four breast lumps in my life. With the first three I had an inner knowing that they weren’t malignant. But when the fourth lump appeared that inner knowing reported something more chilling long before the biopsy results. This one would be cancer. And it was.

In this post and the next I’m going to report on

  1. How I knew it would be cancer and when to have surgery; and
  2. In the following post why I chose homeopathy over western medicine’s conventional cancer weapons.

I’m an astrologer so I’d been tracking the transits of Pluto as it stalked my natal Mars, ruler of my house of disease. That’s what a Pluto transit aspect feels like, being stalked by something so immensely and inescapably overpowering that it will exact not just one but many pounds of flesh. AH-OOGA alarms shrieked in my head that a potential health problem was in the making.

Pluto is the lord of death but he isn’t usually the astrological harbinger of death. It’s true that when Pluto drags you into his underworld you feel such tension, isolation and fear that you think you’re going to die. The good news/bad news is that you don’t die. He keeps you prisoner for a long time. You have to live through it and find a new way to do things, let the old ways die.

Transiting Pluto opposing Mars can be many things but in my case I knew that no matter what it was and what I did there would have to be surgery. Mars is the planet ruling surgery and Pluto, as its higher octave, rules all things dead, dying, their removal and any resurrections. Pluto rules my second house which is commonly known as the house of resources, values etc. However, at its most base level, left out of most analyses, it also indicates what you need in order to survive. Because of retrogrades (apparent backwards motion of a planet) I knew that the best option for surgery would be a year down the road, so I had time. Try holding on to that when dealing with doctors.

If you have cancer it was a long time in the making so there are many things you need to learn to do differently. Plus you have this nasty potentially fatal tumor to deal with. So just surgery wasn’t going to be enough. I had to learn and apply new ways of living. But as is the case with Pluto, when he first drags you underground I didn’t have a clue what to do to get out of there. That comes with time and Pluto makes you take lots of time S-L-O-W-L-Y.

My husband and I went to a highly recommended hot shot young female surgeon for a consult. At first she seemed great. We chatted as amiably as one can do in those circumstances. Then I told her I would be working with alternative medicine and that there would be no chemo, no radiation and no tamoxifen. That’s when things started deteriorating to the point that a few days later we had a shouting match over the phone. She kept screaming, “But you’ve got cancer!” I volleyed back with “Quit projecting your fear on me—you’re toxic!” I fired her on the spot.

Now what to do. The day after I’d been diagnosed all the hands fell off my Mickey Mouse watch. My priorities well in order, I told my husband we had to go get another one at Disneyland only 90 minutes away. I had to have my Mickey. I also needed some childish fun. It was on that trip that my course of action for homeopathy fell into my lap. I’ll talk about that in my next post.

(Deborah Smith Parker is the author of “Humanus Astrologicus” available on this site. To follow her on Twitter and Facebook click to the right of this post)

About author:

Deborah Smith Parker is re-writing the often impenetrable language of astrology into a much friendlier form. She has spent her 30 plus years as an astrological consultant, writer, teacher and lecturer freeing the rich astrological images and their descriptions increasingly buried under modern clinical and technological descriptions. Her additional work in public policy has provided many outlets for demonstrating her ability to break down highly complex systems into information that’s easily understood.

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  1. What an awesome beginning Deborah! While I respect people’s wishes to seek the type of treatments that they want, there really is so much misinformation (and fear) out there!! I went the homeopathic route for clearing uterine fibroids that my pendulum dowsed as being pre-cancerous (and they are almost gone, I started in March). I am not only an astrologer, but a trained herbalist. I STILL went the homeopathic route – it operates on a really deep and different level. Having Saturn square Neptune in my natal chart allowed me to see that Homeopathy would indeed be a perfect blend of these planetary energies, since it seemed that therapies aligning with either/or weren’t quite getting there. BRAVO for you for firing the hot-shot doc (well, likely she is really good – for THAT type of “medicine” and it isn’t for you)!!! Love you!!

  2. ElaineGreen says:

    This is a very intriguing post, thank you. I think it is amazing that you had the courage to try an alternative route and not give in to the doctor pressuring you. Several of my friends have recently had cancer and I am beginning to believe that the doctors are doing what they can (legally) to scare folks into treatment- even when you express that you want to wait for a few weeks to do research then they press even harder.

    I know some folks who’ve used homeopathy, too and I know it’s incredibly powerful. In fact, when I was researching homeopathic cancer treatment, I found the following research. There are actually scientific studies on it, showing that it’s effective!! I’m so excited to show some of my friends this. Maybe it will help a few others who are skeptical and need assistance in their research.

    Thanks Deborah. Blessings and good health to you. Elaine

  3. Arthyr says:

    The two fields of medicine, allopathic and homeopathic, are always at odds with each other, the more obvious is one is cheaper than the other. Congratulations for hangibg onto your beliefs and following your heart. Today’s modern medicine appears to hold more side effects than cures. . . good work on this report, I’m sure it will give other people the courage to get the second opinion.

  4. Terri says:

    *LOVED* the tale of the Mickey watch — wonderful self affirmation to get ticking again immediately. This one touched my heart! And I’ve been inspired and impressed with your journey and choices – it’s been a blessing to witness. ; )

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