Exploring Astrology, Homeopathy and the MICH Method

Exploring Astrology, Homeopathy, and the MICH Method

While practicing astrology before I was a homeopath, I often felt there was something missing in my practice.  While helpful to a certain extent, sessions sometimes felt superficial and while ‘aha’ moments did occur, I sometimes felt ill-equipped.  I was especially uncomfortable when asked to predict something, or if something indicated in the chart was inevitable.  What was I not seeing that would make a difference in this person’s life and their relationship to the universe? What did I not know that could empower them to move through their life with more freedom and optimism?

It wasn’t until my studies at MICH that I learned to work with clients in a way that encouraged dialogue, and that I learned how to embrace subtle dimensions of experience. By doing so, my clients sense of self empowerment and healing grew along with my confidence.  In my journey of becoming a homeopath, I learned that we’re organized by something greater than ourselves…not just in a conceptual, theoretical way, but that in accessing and developing our relationship with the transpersonal, immaterial level of consciousness we can dissolve unconscious patterns that are creating our suffering.   

Almost overnight, my practice changed.  In applying the MICH Method and dialogue principles to my work, I discovered that clients will access and express their relationship to their pattern spontaneously (after all, they are moving, multidimensional expressions of the symbolism of their natal chart) and that I could facilitate dissolving the aspects of the pattern that were preventing them from aligning with the movement of the universe. 

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Understanding Astrology

At its core, astrology is a system of observation and symbols honed over millennia as a divinatory language. From its ancient origins to modern-day practice, astrology has evolved alongside humanity, offering insights into love, health, and prosperity. Today, astrologers utilize tools like software to condense and interpret data that originated as observations of experience, but at its heart, astrology remains a dialogue with the soul and can be used to perceive the threads that connect us to the transpersonal; the dimensions of consciousness that lie beyond our identity and pattern.

An Embodied Relationship with the Cosmos -
Returning to our Astrological Roots

Our ancestors’ intimate connection with nature compelled them to observe celestial movements for practical reasons, from tracking lunar phases to aligning activities with planetary cycles. Over time, astrology developed diverse branches, including medical astrology, which sought to correlate planetary positions with bodily correspondences and health outcomes.

Here is where we will usually find methodologies and protocols that are less individualized and based on theory; not the human being that is suffering from the experience of life.  While these are helpful approaches, they’re limited and may not be as powerful as medicine or guidance that is individualized to someone’s experience of being moved by something greater than ourselves.

Navigating the Natal Chart: A Cosmic Blueprint

The natal chart, a symbolic map of an individual’s unique moment of birth, encapsulates the essence of our being, including what inspires us, challenges us, as well as our preferences and aversions. It comprises a complex interplay of planetary placements, signs, and houses, reflecting the multidimensional layers of human experience. Through the lens of astrology, we explore the deeper dimensions of existence, from the energetic spectrum to the unconscious patterns that shape our lives.  Most important in the chart, and the energy that ‘enlivens’ us, is how we are expressing the energy of the Sun and Moon, the generative and reflective lights of our world.

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The Essence of Homeopathy:
A Journey of Discovery

Enter homeopathy, pioneered by the brilliant Hahnemann, whose insatiable curiosity led to the discovery of a profound system of medicine. Rooted in individualization and the power of the immaterial dose, homeopathy offers a holistic approach to healing. Hahnemann’s aphorisms emphasize the importance of discerning the true nature of disease, understanding the curative properties of remedies, and tailoring treatment to each individual.  

Aphorisms 9 and 10 in particular point out the nature of what we need to observe in a case (the subtle energy of the expression of symptoms).

APHORISM 9
In the healthy human state, the spirit-like life forces (autocracy) that enlivens the material organism as dynamis, governs without restriction and keeps all parts of the organism in admirable, harmonious, vital operation, as regards both feelings and functions, so that our indwelling, rational spirit can freely avail itself of this living, healthy instrument for the higher purposes of our existence.
 
APHORISM 10
The material organism, thought of without life force, is capable of no sensibility, no activity, no self-preservation.  It derives all sensibility and produces life functions solely by means of the immaterial wesen (the life principle, the life force) that enlivens the material organism in health and disease.
 
It’s clear from these Aphorisms that we would not look to the chart to perceive what needs to be cured and that we should engage our whole organism and look to the client and their experience of health and disease.  The MICH Method is true to Hahnemann’s instructions here, as well as in our practicing to recognize our own bias which may prevent or distort how we listen and perceive in casetaking. 

The Luminaries: The Vital Energy of the Sun & Moon

Central to the natal chart are the luminaries—the Sun and Moon—symbolizing vital energy and emotional depth, respectively. Their positions and aspects unveil essential themes and modes of expression in an individual’s life journey. Throughout our lives, the Sun and Moon map a pattern of profound influence on our inner and outer worlds which are associated with our striving for an ideal as well as our sense of safety, reactivity and sensation.

Alchemy of Remedies:
Aurum and Argentum Metallicum

Within the realm of homeopathy, remedies like Aurum (Gold) and Argentum Metallicum (Silver) resonate deeply with the astrological symbolism of the Sun and Moon. Aurum embodies the qualities of striving for divine order and responsibility.  The desire to be highly responsible in every circumstance, and the need for achievement and praise, could be manifestations of the internal experience of having to “hold everything in its place”.  Conversely, Argentum Metallicum reflects the reflective, adaptive qualities associated with the Moon, and the pressure to perform and be appreciated for transmitting that performance.  Argentum Metallicum holds the struggle of navigating the reflection of the central wisdom of feeling and intuition and how this ever changing experience can be communicated.

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Applying the MICH Method for Facilitation of The Journey

As we embark on the application of any tool like astrology in our practice as homeopaths we’re invited to embrace integration as a key component of our learning and healing journey.  Not just through theoretical understanding, but by way of true integration through experience and application. By honing our perceptual skills and cultivating a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of all things, we can see through the limits of labels and categories to unlock the transformative potential within ourselves as practitioners and our clients on our healing journey.

In conclusion, our exploration today was just a glimpse into the vast and wondrous tapestry of astrology, homeopathy, and the Mich Method. As we continue on our journey of self-discovery and healing, may we find inspiration in the interconnectedness of the cosmos and the profound wisdom encoded within the depths of our being.

 
References
  1. Hahnemann, Samuel (1842). Organon of the Medical Art, edited and annotated by Wenda Brewster O’Reilly. ISBN 978-188961300-0
  2. Burk, Kevin (2001) Understanding the Birth Chart, A Comprehensive Guide to Classical Interpretation. ISBN 978-1-56718-088-6
  3. Rudhyar, Dane (1967) The Lunation Cycle – Key to the Understanding of the Personality.  First published under the title of The Moon, The Cycles and The Fortunes of Life.  ISBN 978-0-943358-26-0

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About Suzana Da Costa, DHOM, N.D., DHPS

Suzana is a teacher and facilitator at MICH and also holds a private practice. Her work as a homeopath is complemented by astrology as well as her passion for self discovery and the human journey.

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