HYGEIA: THE ARCHETYPE OF HOLISTIC HEALTH. PART TWO By Hilary Bond PhD.
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Welcome to “Part Two of Hygeia: The Archetype of Holistic Health.” Today I write under the auspices of a New Moon with both the Sun (Apollo) and the Moon (Artemis), the teachers of Chiron, in Pisces. Today transiting Pluto is also at 17 Capricorn, which is exactly squaring my natal Hygeia. My Hygeia conjuncts my Moon. So I felt it pertinent to write again about Hygeia. I will introduce the mountain of primary and secondary material, first, and then make some deductions to help modern people with Hygeia prominent in their horoscope tp understand Hygeia’s archetype better.
We have a plethora of information about Hygeia and her healing partner Asclepius. It is hard to deduce whether he is her daughter or wife, but they worked together as a team. Hygeia was one of Chiron’s pupils or students and so was Asclepius. In fact Asclepius was an orphan whom Chiron adopted. History is always written from the point of view of the winners or colonisers of a country and we see Chiron’s country, Thessaly with a jaundiced eye. The Thessalians were seen as the home of witches such as Medea. Thessaly, or the country of northern Greece, was also seen as the enemy, the home of traitors, by the Athenians, traitors who allowed the Persians into Classical Greece.
But when we speak of Thessaly we are speaking of a country that existed roughly four thousand years ago. Mycenae in the south of Greece and Thessaly, in the north existed around 1600BC to 1100BC. The Myceneans drove the Minoans from ancient Crete out of the Mediterranean area. So Zeus’s birth story of being born at Mount Ida on Crete is enormously old. The Minoans had carried various Egyptian gods and goddesses and religious practices from ancient Egypt. And from their goddesses, such as the Libyan Moon goddess Neith eventually became Pallas Athene, Zeus’s daughter. We know Athena took Hygeia under her wing.
We also know Hygeia’s had a Thessalian, Neolithic age origins, (the new stone age), as Chiron and his students were feted by Homer in the Iliad, which gives the details of great-grandson Achilles and the Mycenaean battle to gain their princess Helen back from the Trojans. We also know Juno was a great friend of Chiron and her foster=father and uncle was Oceanus one of the original Titans or children of the great goddess Gaia. Thus Hygeian knowledge is very old.
The Dorians, who transformed into the Classical Greeks, conquered the Myceneans around 1100BC. These people were only herders, but they had iron swords and spears and the Myceneans only had bronze, which was much softer than iron, so they conquered the Myceaneans with their superior technology.
Strangely, although the Dorians who created the new Olympian gods and goddesses (Zeus, Juno, Athena, Apollo, Artemis and Bacchus) allowed Asclepius and Hygeia to travel from ancient Thessaly to set up their temples in many classical Greece places. The old Titan god Helios became Apollo and the old Titan goddess Phoebe became Artemis, but, they forgot Chiron and banished the old Titans. They must have needed Hygeia and Asklepius.
Hygeia was the goddess of good health, but specifically the goddess of holistic health and the first goddess to be a patron of ancient Greek hospitals. Hygeia is seen, by many ancient philosophers and historians, as the daughter (or wife) and attendant of the medicine-god Asklepios, and a companion of the goddess Aphrodite. Asclepius was the son of Apollo, the Sun God and Son of Zeus and Coronis, daughter of King Phlegyas of Trikka in northern Greece. The region of Trikala has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Suggestions of a permanent settlement have been uncovered in the cave of Theopetra, and date back to approximately 49,000 BC. Hygeia and her father’s ancestor are vital pieces of information here because Thessaly was also the home of traditional indigenous pagan practices in medicine, herbalism and all kinds of shamanic and vibrational healing.
Hygeia’s sisters included Panacea or All-Cure and Iaso or Remedy. Hygeia’s enemies were the Nosoi or Spirits of Disease. The Romans named her Salus. Pausanias, a Greek traveller and geographer who was born 110 AD and died 180 AD tells us that Hygiea is a daughter of Asclepius, but he also states that in one of the Orphic hymns she is called the wife of Asclepius, and Proclus and Plato in Timaeus makes her a daughter of Eros and Peitho. As time goes on the story changes and Hygeia becomes more Athenian and more squeaky clean. Pausanias maintains that Hygeia was usually worshipped in the same temples with her father, as at Argos, where the two divinities had a celebrated sanctuary, at Athens, at Corinth, at Gortys, at Sicyon, in Thrace, Rome and at Oropus.
In works of art, she was represented as a virgin dressed in a long robe, with the expression of mildness and kindness, and either alone or grouped with her father and sisters, and either sitting or standing, and leaning on her father. Her ordinary attribute is a serpent, which she is feeding from a cup. Although she is originally the goddess of physical health, she is sometimes conceived as the giver or protectress of mental health and Aeschylus calls her mens Sana, or huliea phrenôn which suggests her affinity with Athena, surnamed Hygiea.
THE PRIMARY SOURCES OF HYGEIA
In history primary sources are the original writers of mythology and they are also dairies in modern times. In archaeology and anthropology, where peoples has no writing primary sources are objects such as weapons and jewels. Secondary sources are commentaries about a primary source.
Hippocrates, The Hippocratic Oath (Greek physician C5th to C4th B.C.):
“I swear by Apollo the physician, and Asklepios (Asclepius), and Hygeia, and Panacea, and all the gods and goddesses, that, according to my ability and judgment, I will keep this Oath and this stipulation . . .”
Greek Lyric V Anonymous, Fragment 939 (Inscription from Erythrai) (trans. Campbell) (Greek lyric B.C.): “Asklepios the most famous god of Paians! By him were fathered Machaon and Podaleirios and Iaso (Healer or Paian)! Fair-eyed Aigle (Aegle, Radiance) and Panacea, Cure-all, children of Epione, along with Hygiea (Hygeia, Health), all-glorious, undefiled.”
Ariphron, Fragment 813 (from Athenaeus, Scholars at Dinner) (trans. Campbell, Vol. Greek Lyric V):
“Hygeia (Health), most revered of the blessed ones among mortals, may I dwell with you for what is left of my life, and may you graciously keep company with me: for any joy in wealth or in children or in a king’s godlike rule over men or in the desires which we hunt with the hidden nets of Aphrodite, any other delight or respite from toils that has been revealed by the gods to men, with you, blessed Hygeia, it flourishes and shines in the converse of the Charities and Graces and without you no man is happy.”
Euenus, Fragment 6 (trans. Gerber, Vol. Greek Elegiac) (Greek elegy C5th B.C.):
“Drinking [moderately] is beneficial for body, mind and property. It is well suited to the deeds of Aphrodite and to sleep, a haven from toils, and to Hygeia (Health), most pleasing of the gods to mortals.”
Aeschylus, Agamemnon 1001 ff (trans. Weir Smyth) (Greek tragedy C5th B.C.):
“Truly blooming health, Hygeia, does not rest content within its due bounds; for disease (nosos) ever presses close against it, its neighbour with a common wall. So human fortune, when holding onward in straight course strikes upon a hidden reef.”
Orphic Hymn 68 to Hygeia (trans. Taylor) (Greek hymns C3rd B.C. to 2nd A.D.):
“To Hygeia (Health), Fumigation from Manna. O much desired, prolific, general queen. Hear me, life-bearing Hygeia, of beauteous mien, mother of all; by these diseases dire, of bliss destructive, from our life retire; and every house is flourishing and fair, if with rejoicing aspect thou art there. Each daedal art they vigorous force inspires, and the entire world thy helping hand desires. Hades, life’s bane, alone resists thy will, and ever hates thy all-preserving skill. O fertile queen, from thee for ever flows to mortal life from agony repose; and men without thy all-sustaining ease find nothing useful, nothing formed to please. Without thy aid, not Hades’ self can thrive, nor man to much afflicted age arrive; for thou alone, of countenance serene, dost govern all things, universal queen. Assist thy mystics with propitious mind, and far avert disease of every kind.”
Apuleius, The Golden Ass 10. 25 ff (trans. Walsh) (Roman novel C2nd A.D.):
“He [the corrupt physician] made a pretence of dispending the celebrated potion called by more learned people ‘The Health Offering’ (Salus Sacra), a drug necessary for easing gastric pains and dissolving bile; but in its place he substituted another draught, ‘The Death Offering’ (Proserpina Sacra) [i.e. poison].”
[N.B. Salus is the Roman name for Hygeia. Prosperina is Persephone, the goddess of death.]
Suidas s.v. Epione (trans. Suda on Line) (Byzantine Greek Lexicon C10th A.D.):
“Epione: wife of Asklepios (Asclepius), and daughters named Hygeia, Aigle (Aegle), Iaso, Akeso (Aceso), Panacea.”
Asclepius, as father or husband to Hygeia, is vital in her life, so we need to study him via the writings of ancient historians and philosophers.
Asclepius was the god of medicine and reputed ancestor of the Asklepiades, the ancient Greek doctors’ guild. He was the son of Apollon and the Trikkaian princess Coronis. His mother died in labour and was laid out on a funeral pyre to be consumed, but his father rescued the child, cutting him from her womb. From this he received the name Asklepios “to cut open.” The boy was raised by Chiron, who instructed him in the art of medicine. Asklepios grew so skilled in the craft that he was able to restore the dead to life. However, because this was a crime against the natural order, Zeus destroyed him with a thunderbolt. After his death Asklepios was placed amongst the stars as the constellation Ophiuchus (“the Serpent Holder”). Some say his mother was also set in the heavens as Corvus, the crow (korônê in Greek). Asklepios’ apotheosis into godhood occurred at the same time. He was sometimes identified with Homer’s Paion, the physician of the gods.
Pindar describes the birth and childhood of Asclepius in his Pythian Ode 3. 5 (which is translated by. Conway) (This is in the form of a Greek lyric C5th B.C.):
“Long ago he Chiron nursed gentle Asklepios, that craftsman of new health for weary limbs and banisher of pain, the godlike healer of mortal sickness. Asclepius’ mother, daughter of Phlegyas the horseman, ere with the help of Eileithyia, the nurse of childbirth, she could bring her babe to the light of day, was killed by Artemis, and to the hall of death went down, because she had spurned Apollo. Apollo seized the baby from the dead girl and took the child to the Magnesian Centaur Chiron to teach him to be a healer for mankind of all their maladies and ills. Pausanias states that, “As the child lay exposed (with lightning flashing around him, he was given milk by one of the goats that pastured about the mountain, and was guarded by the watch-dog of the herd.” All then who came to him, some plagues with sores of festering growths, some wounded by the stokes of weapons of bright bronze, of by the slinger’s shot of stone, others with limbs ravaged by summer’s fiery heat or by the winter’s cold, to each for every various ill he made the remedy, and gave deliverance from pain, some with the gently songs of incantation others he cured with soothing draughts of medicines, or wrapped their limbs around with doctored salves, and some he made whole with the surgeon’s knife. But Asclepius was tempted to bring back to life, one whom the jaws of death had seized already and Zeus killed him.”
“Ovid writes in his Metamorphoses, “One day Chiron’s daughter came . . . Ocyroe (Swift-Flowing). The girl . . . prophesied fate’s dark secrets. In the mystic mood of prophecy, when hidden in her heart the heavenly fervour glowed, she fixed her eyes upon the child [Asklepios]. ‘Grow strong, dear boy,’ she said ‘Healer of the world. Often men shall owe health and life, and yours shall be the right to win again departed souls, and, though you dare this once in heaven’s despite, Jove’s [Zeus’] bolt will thwart that gift a second time. You, now divine, shall be a lifeless corpse, and from a corpse become divine again, and twice you shall renew your destiny.’ [I.e. he was deified following his death through the intercession of Apollon.]”
Asklepios was depicted as a kindly, bearded man holding a serpent-entwined staff. He is almost completely absent from ancient Greek vase painting, but statues of the god are quite common.
Aesculapius was worshipped all over Greece and his temples were usually built in healthy places, on hills outside the town, and near wells which were believed to have healing powers. These temples were not only places of worship, but were frequented by great numbers of sick persons, and may therefore be compared to modern hospitals. The principal seat of his worship in Greece was Epidaurus, where he had a temple surrounded with an extensive grove, within which no one was allowed to die, and no woman to give birth to a child. His sanctuary contained a magnificent statue of ivory and gold, the work of Thrasymedes, in which he was represented as a handsome and manly figure, resembling that of Zeus. He was seated on a throne, holding in one hand a staff, and with the other resting upon the head of a dragon (serpent), and by his side lay a dog. Serpents were everywhere connected with the worship of Aesculapius, probably because they were a symbol of prudence and renovation, and were believed to have the power of discovering herbs of wondrous powers. Serpents were further believed to be guardians of wells with salutary powers. For these reasons a peculiar kind of tame serpents, in which Epidaurus abounded, were not only kept in his temple (Pausanias), but the god himself frequently appeared in the form of a serpent. Besides the temple of Epidaurus, he was worshipped at Trikka, Celaenae, between Dyme and Patrae, near Cyllene, in the island of Cos, at Gerenia, near Caus in Arcadia, at Sicyon, at Athens, near Patrae, at Titane in the territory of Sicyon, at Thelpusa, in Messene, at Phlius, Argos, Aegium, Pellene, Asopus, Pergamum, Lebene in Crete, Smyrna, Balagrae, Ambracia and at Rome, where the worship of Aesculapius was introduced from Epidaurus at the command of the Delphic oracle or of the Sibylline books, in B. C. 293, for the purpose of averting a pestilence. (Pausanias the Greek traveller tells us most of this information.)
The sick, who visited the temples of Aesculapius, had usually to spend one or more nights in his sanctuary. In this time Asclepius revealed the remedies for their disease in a dream. (Aristophanes.) Many temples of Aesculapius contained statues representing Sleep and Dream. (Pausanias.) Those whom the god cured of their disease offered a sacrifice to him, generally a cock or a goat (Pausanias.) and their names, disease and cure were recorded in the temple on a tablet. The temples of Epidaurus, Trikka, and Cos, were full of such votive tablets, and several of them are still extant. (Pausanias.) Many festivals were celebrated in honour of Aesculapius. Besides the attributes mentioned in the description of his statue at Epidaurus, he is sometimes represented holding in one hand a phial, and in the other a staff; sometimes also a boy is represented standing by his side, who is the genius of recovery, and is called Telesphorus, Euamerion, or Acesius. (Pausanius.) Many marble statues and busts of Aesculapius, as well as his many representations on coins and gems still exist.
CURES AT THE ASKLEPION.
Before the Askelepions there were no hospitals. The Askelepions or Temples of Healing begun around 500BC were the first. There were two stages in a patient cure by Hygeia and her father. The first part of the cure was known as the Catharsis or purification stage. The had to have a series of baths and other types and processes of purging, such as having a pure diet over a series of several days and using art therapy to purge their emotions. Then the patient would offer money to the temple and a prayer to Asclepius and Hygeia. The priest would suggest a prayer to ease the patient’s mind and create a more positive outlook for them.
The next stage was the sleep and dream therapy, which was known as incubation. The patients would sleep at the temple of Asclepius so they could be visited by a god. Whilst they dreamed the patient would receive correct treatment or receive directions from Asclepius on what the necessary steps were to treat their ailment.
The Asklepion or Healing Temple of Asklepion and Hygeia at Epidaurus took in seriously ill patients who needed sanctuary. The Roman emperor Antoninus Pius later enlarged the temple at Epidaurus by creating a hospital that furnished 180 rooms for the dying and for women in childbirth. Most importantly, many of the Temples of Healing were built in wooded valleys close to springs and caves where ‘good spirits’ were thought to dwell. This suggests a continuation of the energy of the great Earth Mother. In many healing temples a cock was sacrificed at the altar of Asclepius. In Plato’s “Phaedo”, the final words of the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates prompted Crito to sacrifice a cock for him to Asclepius. The cock was sacred to Apollo, the sun God and helps us to wake up, so we hear a physical, spiritual and emotional wakening at Hygeia and Asklepion temples. In other words the etheric body or life force was kicked back into action like a good engine.
I have summarised some important information about an ancient temple of Hygeia from an article called “Pautaliya, Asklepion: Imperial Temple and hospital” from a book by Yordan Kotev of Kyudtendil. The book’s title is “Osogovo Mountain.” Yordan Kotev tells us that there was also an Asklepion at the ancient Thracian (or now Turkish) city of Pautaliya. In ancient Greek times, this city used to be at the bottom of a warm lake. Today, many ancient coins can be seen scattered around as they were offerings at the healing springs. Yordan Kotev points out that the image of snake on the coins was a symbol of the blessed water, a magic sign to protect the village. The patrons of the city were the god of medicine, Asclepius (or his genius of recovery: Telesphorus, which means small medical clairvoyant) and his daughter (or wife), the goddess Hygeia. Asclepius was taught the secrets of healing by the wise centaur Chiron and his father. In Pautalia, the legends about him are mixed with the Thracian heroes. Chiron was seen here as a god of fertility, life and death. On a bronze coin of Emperor Caracalla’s times there is a spectacular temple with a statue of Asclepius. At the top is situated the most important temple of the god of medicine with pediment supported by four columns, of which the sacred fire of Asclepius had spreading the glory of blessings city. Temples of Hygeia, Telesphorus, the three Graces, the Hoare, Apollo and altars decorate the sides of the hills. Over the hot springs, at the foot of the hill, there was the sacred temple and hospital centre; Asklepion. The facilities of Asklepion – bathrooms were surrounded by stadium for games, gymnasium, meeting places, theatre. Music from the ancient Thracians had a festive, ritual and healing function. Thracian folk medicine was famous, as was Thrace itself. To the ancient Greeks, Thrace was an exotic land, shrouded in the secrets of wizards, witches and healers. Kotev further explains that the Asklepion had bathrooms, changing rooms, moderately warm rooms, hot rooms, cold rooms, a laundry, a gym and other medical rooms. Water treatments were obviously vital. There were psychotherapy rooms. It seems the temple was as pleasant as our present day prime resorts. In one of the sacred baths had a mosaic floor with images of the healing snake. In Christian times, around the springs was built temple of St. Archangel Michael.
SERPENT-ENTWINED STAFF OF ASCLEPIUS
Pseudo-Hyginus in his treatise: Astronomica 2. 14 (translator, Grant) (Roman mythographer C2nd A.D.) tells us:
“Certain people have said that Asclepius holds the snake for the following reason. When he was commanded to restore Glaucus, and was confined in a secret prison, while meditating what he should do, staff in hand, a snake is said to have crept on to his staff. Distracted in mind, Aesculapius killed it, striking it with his staff as it tried to flee. Later, another snake came there, bringing an herb in its mouth, and placed it on its head. When it had done this, both fled from the place. Where upon Aesculapius, using the same herb brought Glaucus, too, back to life. And so the snake is put in the safe guardianship of Aesculapius and among the stars as well. Following his example, his descendants passed the knowledge on to others, so that doctors make use of snakes.”
THE DISCOVERY CHART OF HYGEIA
There was no actual discovery time, so I put Hygeia on the Ascendant.
Firstly it seems significant that there are eight planets in fire in this chart: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto. From what the great healing trees in a giant forest have told me, fire means purification of old dead energy; purification of psychically dangerous energy and purification of toxic energy. This is purging on a giant scale. The fire too indicates a radiant, enthusiastic energy, which brings luminescence and bright colour. Fire indicates honesty, ethics, never ending strength and high energy. Wow. This is great. The life force here is incredibly strong. It is no co-incidence that people who visited the Asklepion (hospital) temple had to sacrifice a rooster, as a cock crowing as the sun rises indicates radiant new life force after a dark night.
Venus the ruler of Hygeia’s sign is in Taurus, so it is at home. Thus we have a grounded, nature-loving energy here. Hygeia’s temples are mostly in the country side and they feature springs and serpent energy which flow, Toa-like through the valleys and hills. Venus is not just in a sign with an earth element, but in a sign that aligns itself with farms, abundance and the countryside. It is full of fresh air and good health.
Hygeia, in this discovery chart is the apex of a yod. How interesting. Hygeia quincunxes Vesta and Neptune. What does that tell us? Stephen Arroyo speaks of the 150 degree aspect as one that speaks of inner tension that needs a direct action to feel good: an adjustment. When one looks at a graph (with a horizontal and vertical axis the energy flow between Vesta and Hygeia) these two planets will not be synchronised. They will be the same frequency, but the personal effort between the two planets to fulfil a need, will be at odds. They will be fighting each other.
Now the interesting part here is that Venus is the ruler of both Hygeia’s sign (Libra) and Vesta’s sign Taurus. Therefore there is an urge for harmony and that is half the battle. But Vesta is in earth and Hygeia is in air. That is where the activating point comes in between Neptune and Vesta. It should be six-seven degrees of Aries. When my Dad was alive he used to tell the story of my great-grandfather’s jib horse that pulled their small carriage. Jib horses won’t move. He said that his grandmother, a giant of a woman, with a Libra stellium, would light a fire under the horse to make it move. The horse was stubborn and stuck, but it moved fast when threatened with fire. Fire is symbolic of life force, but essentially, when Vesta is compromised one’s life force or inner fire is blocked and must be started again. This suggests chronic fatigue or because of Taurus, which is earth sign, a stomach-spleen meridian problem. But essentially this chart is telling us that Hygeia can break up the stuck energy of yods, which can effect one’s finances as well as one’s health. This discovery chart warning suggests massage and diet. The patient may not have been eating good wholesome foods. When there is an earth imbalance diet must be scrutinised and toxins from toxicity and excess heat from inflammation dealt with.
The other negative or challenging behaviour or energy that this “Hygeia Discovery Chart” is describing is stuck Neptunian energy that needs to be adjusted, is self-destructive escapism, evasion of responsibilities and our soul’s deepest needs; a refusal to face our challenging motives and a lack of or refusal to see that there is a spiritual dimension of experience. This not only speaks of psychotherapy, but also suggests that with Hygeian healing one must look at etheric blockages and any negative astral energies that are contaminating the human patient. One can also look psychically at the home environment to see if the patient is sleeping on negative leylines (or dragon –python- lines.) These areas of holistic health investigation would include dreams.
The Sun is 22 degrees Aries exactly conjunct Pluto and Uranus in the 7st house of relationships and one’s shadow. Thus part of Hygeia’s therapy can be soul mate or twin flame work and past lives work (Pluto), as well as minimising one’s shadow. With Sun conjunct Uranus there would be great sincerity, honesty and a real urge to invention or experimentation with a partner. With Pluto I could be sexual and cathartic and persistent need for transformation.
I will be looking at this chart more thoroughly in my book.
HYGEIA, THE ASTROLOGICAL ARCHETYPE
Hygeia is aligned with Aphrodite (love, attractiveness, fertility and beauty), the Charities (kindness and service) and the Graces (which could include the concept of Grace, when karma is too harsh). Therefore a Hygeia person has all these attributes and abilities. She or he brings the best in life. She is an enemy of disease and the darkness and death that Hades (Pluto) brings or overseas.
As a mathematician- yes my first university degree was in “Commerce-Law”: I do love calculus and graphs, not to mention geometry- I would then extrapolate that Hygeia must work with Hermes-Mercury as he is the psychopomp who ferries the souls of the dead away to Summerland (where we go between incarnations) if they are stuck in the lower astral worlds of Hades. So look at your chart to see if you have an aspect between Hygeia and Mercury or if there is a sign, element or house affinity. Hygeia is after all “mental hygiene” or sanity and that includes the higher elements, once we escape phobias, obsessions, morbid gossip etc. to clarity, focus, compassion, and self-actualisation. Self-actualisation is a term Maslow used on his pyramid of needs and it includes all the initiations to further our soul and higher self. Flowing aspects between Athena and Hygeia also help mental clarity.
We know from the beginning that Hygeia, like Chiron, is a holistic healer. Therefore she has an affinity with the 8th house, as much with the 6th house of health. The 8th house rules psychotherapy as well as surgery, whereas the 6th house and Virgo seems to fit with allopathic or non-holistic medicine. Yet Hygeia takes in both of these. Perhaps she rules the 8th house and Scorpio and is exalted in Virgo and 6th house energy. Therefore Hygeia could be in detriment in Taurus and in fall in Pisces. Yet I do not believe so. Hygeia’s energy is an earthy, North direction common sense energy. It is grounded. Thus I see it having an affinity with Taurus and Capricorn. Perhaps Hygeia rules every sign and every house.
Hygeia, like her father-partner, is also trained by a master healer, (Chiron) who combines martial arts, surgery, astrology, herbalism, and indigenous ways of working with Nature to prevent illness and to cure. A Hygeia person will seek out such a mentor and may become such a master mentor or teacher of holistic health.
They (Asclepius and Hygeia) run the first hospital in history, the Asklepion (temple) which is usually set over a spring or near a spring or in a valley. As springs and valleys are in Mother Goddess energy we know, secondly, that the energy of Hygeia brings with it the ancient arts of healing and Indigenous “medicine.” As Asclepius and Hygeia work as a team we have a holistic approach, with yin and yang working as one. Secondly, as this is leyline or earth meridian energy we deduce that a Hygeia person may have knowledge of dowsing and sacred places and a knowledge and ability to work with etheric body energy. So they can unblock and reset chakras and life force energy. Thus they may use acupuncture, acupressure, vibrational etheric healing, earth healing and they may practice or teach chi gong, tai chi, yoga, pranayama and various daily healthy practices. Thirdly, as Hygeia and Asclepius always work over leyline energy we see why they are snake people. The snake is the serpent energy of earth life force. In China it would be seen as dragon energy. In the body it is our qi or life force energy and our kundalini curling up through the chakras.
I am not going to write more on her archetype, because I want to have some surprises in my book, but I want now to look at Hygeia’s aspects, signs, houses elements, but again briefly.
HYGEIA AND THE ELEMENTS
Of all the elements Hygeia, according to logic, is most at home in water. Why water? Here I refer you to, if you are a beginner, Marion March and Joan McEvers’ book on “The Only Way to Learn Astrology: Volume I” and Clare Martin’s “Mapping the Psyche: An Introduction to Psychological Astrology.” Then for a more advanced study please study Stephen Arroyo’s book: “Astrology, Psychology and the Four Elements. “
So Audrey Hepburn the actress and human rights worker has her Hygiea in water; specifically in Pisces and in her first house, so even though she does not have Hygeia conjunct ASC, she has a Hygeia persona. You do feel with her in her films, in her compassion for starving children, in her sadness for her lost father. She was sensitive and she was a psychic sponge who was affected by the people she worked with and had relationships with. She was a romantic in the sense of the romantic poets- Keats, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Byron and Shelley. Yes, I studied them at university. She did become totally immersed and absorbed in films and projects to aid hungry children. Was it good for her? No she died prematurely, probably because of her incessant smoking (a water addiction) which was not healthy for a Hygeia person. But why water? Hygeia is compassionate. She’s a healer. Her healing centres are near springs and underground water and in valleys. Bathing is an integral part of Asklepion-Hygeian therapy, as are dreams and sleep. This is all water.
Hygeia also seems very comfortable in earth. William Blake the great poet and artist have his Hygeia conjunct the asteroid Medea. His Hygeia is trine Venus and both his art and poetry have a visionary quality. He grounded his visions in a practical, creative way to inspire others. You will know his poems: “The Tyger” and “The Lamb.” I wrote one in my “Hygeia and Dreams” article.
Edgar Cayce’s Hygeia was in Libra, an air sign and even though he was dubbed the “Sleeping Prophet” we remember him for his spoken and written word whilst he was in a trance.
Stephen Arroyo who is both a psychologist and astrologer has his Hygeia in both the first house and Aries, so his fiery ability to heal through one-on-one psychological counselling, marriage counselling and his amazing astrology books which are so accurately and specifically written, about karma, transformation and knowing oneself, encapsulate the Hygeian need for spoken and written soul-persuading work.
HYGEIA AND ASPECTS
Audrey Hepburn has Hygeia sextile Vesta and trine Mars. Her Hygeia is conjunct Medea, so there is something of the seductress in her, especially in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but she also has love affairs with her co-stars. Sextile Vesta? She does seem self-contained and she undoubtedly became a state icon for Belgium and the Netherlands. She has a grand trine in water. Her Hygeia is also trine Juno- she loved being married, but except for Robert Wolders she has had trying marriages. With the grand trine and first house Hygeia, the Goddess Hygeia is an archetypal sub-personality.
Jimmy Carter, the ex-American president has a great number of Hygeia aspects. I have found this man, always to be genuine and caring. I don’t know what party he aligns himself with, but I know he is very caring and he still, in his nineties works on projects for the poor and needy. He is obviously an evolved man. I have taught propaganda in high schools and at university, so I am aware of the power of the media and the banking and armaments cartels that see no use for poor and disadvantaged people because they are not economically viable. Moving right along from my soap box- ha, ha, ha. Jimmy Carter has Hygeia in the seventh house in practical, common sense, hands on, love of the land Taurus. Hygeia is the apex of a T Square. Hygeia here in the house of “others”, seen enemies and marital relationships squares his Venus, North Node and Neptune in the 10th house in Leo. He has glamour in the South, but the snobbishness of the north would not accept him. Now Neptune in the tenth should endow a public glamour, but he is no beauty although he is hugely sweet with that Libra Sun but his Moon in Scorpio tells the truth too often, so here there is a tension to his health from the media I suspect. I am wondering whether with his Moon widely opposite his Hygeia and Neptune squaring his Hygeia whether while he was in public office he had a lot of psychic attacks. Luckily he is a religious man, so I don’t think any attacks were successful. Hygeia though does trine his Mercury in the 11th which means he has mental clarity and a clean bill of mental health. Hygeia is also squaring south node in Aquarius conjunct Mars and Vesta. I suspect with his Sun in the 1th as well as Vesta-Mars squaring his Hygeia that he had many lives as a priest, monk or druid and he would have had to go on many retreats to maintain this self-contained part of him.
HYGEIA IN THE HOUSES
Audrey Hepburn has Hygeia in her first house trine her Mars in the sixth. One senses Hygeia as an identity and indeed her first husband; Mel Ferrer always had to stop her frenetic pace, because she had broken down. In the first one’s body may be sensitive not only to the toxins in the environment but also to the food and liquids that are eaten. In the first a person is constantly reminded that the body is the temple of the soul and that excesses will damage the aura of wellbeing. And this is a person with Hygeia in Pisces in the first. We see the waiflike-pixie-elf enchanting, beautiful goddess, but with that Piscean-Neptunian enchantment is a very delicate person, in fact a Sun conjunct Chiron person whose childhood had harmed their health and their soul.
Interestingly, Prince Harry of Britain is also a first house Hygeia man. He looks an unlikely healer, but with Hygeia in Aquarius he is a real “people person” and a humanitarian type, like his mother. He spends a great deal of time in Africa and different poor countries of the world setting up educational facilities and housing for homeless children. He is a great charity worker like Diana, Princess of Wales.
Queen Elizabeth II, present queen of Britain; the United Kingdom has Hygeia strongly in her sixth house of health. Her Hygeia is in Cancer midpoint Pluto conjunct North Node. She uses homeopathy rather than allopathic medicine. Hygeia conjunct North Node also means Hygeia is a subpersonality. She is seen as a state icon and a tourist advertisement which is no surprise because her Hygeia is part of a Cancer mother figure stellium containing Vesta, Athena and North Node. She appears very healthy and at age 90 her health and active outdoors life style is remarkable. So Hygeia is part of her job.
Edward Bach, the amazing inventor of Bach Flower Remedies has his Hygeia in the fifth house of things, people and beings we love. His discovery of the secret of Bach Flowers was an act of creative love in his interaction with the flower nature spirits.
Louise Hay’s Hygiea is in Virgo in the second house, so it is no surprise that she is so famous for creating positive affirmations about people values (2nd house) and beliefs about their health (Virgo) and self- image (2nd house.) Her Hygeia trines her Mars (energy, power and vitality) in the 10th house, so Louise’s social standing and career are enhanced by her “positive vibes.” Her Hygeia also sextiles Pluto conjunct North Node in Cancer in the 12th house giving her the ability to expose all the old beliefs about themselves that have become people’s shadow, deep unconscious toxic, self vampiring beliefs that need airing and purging to become affirmations of beauty and love. Old past life beliefs have crept in there too.
HYGEIA’S ASTROLOGICAL QUALITIES: AS MUTABLE, CARDINAL OR FIXED
Edward Bach’s Hygeia is in a cardinal sign (Libra), as is Doctor Douglas Baker the creator of modern Esoteric Astrology (Hygeia in Capricorn), and Stephen Arroyo (Hygeia in Aries.) Edgar Cayce’s Hygeia was in Libra too. They all take the initiative to do ground breaking, original work and they have helped so many people on their soul path as a result.
Doreen Virtue, famous for her angel work (I am one of her Angel Intuitives) has her Sun conjunct Hygeia in the fixed sign of Taurus. It is a fixed sign; stable, resolute and dignified and in Taurus always beautiful, with lovely clothes. She also loves music and she uses this to heal as well as her clairvoyant work. She also uses her past life experiences. We can see this as Hygeia aspects her stellium of Venus, Saturn, Mercury and North Node in Pisces.
Well, I sure hope you have enjoyed this long expose of our beloved Hygeia. It was meant to be short, but my love of Hygeia slipped out and had fun writing busily about Hygeia (and it’s good to have fun. I have even laughed loudly at my own jokes as I write.) Regardless of the length this has just been a taste of my Hygeia book, which will also contain the Hygeian past lives of the wonderful people who choose to partake of this journey with me.
Sophia from Britain has already volunteered. Thankyou Sophia. How exciting! I love your chart and I am looking forward to working with you on our Hygeian heroine’s journey.
I wish that God bless you all and may your lives be full of beauty, stability, Grace and love, because you are all special and you deserve the best.
Please never forget that and remember the affirmation, “I love myself and I deserve the best. I deserve love just because I exist.”
Take care and may love and light be yours forever, from your friend, Hilary.
Greek Lyric to Hygeia: Licymnius, Fragments – Greek Lyric C4th B.C.
Greek Lyric V to Hygeia: Ariphron, Fragments – Greek Lyric B.C.
Greek Lyric V to Hygeia: Anonymous, Fragments – Greek Lyric B.C.
Greek Elegiac Euenus, Fragments – Greek Elegiac C5th B.C.
Aeschylus, Agamemnon – Greek Tragedy C5th B.C.
Hippocrates, The Hippocratic Oath – Greek Medicine C5th-4th B.C.
The Orphic Hymns – Greek Hymns B.C. as well
Apuleius, the Golden Ass – Latin Epic C2nd A.D.
Pausanius, Guide to Greece – Greek Travelogue C2nd A.D.
Ovid Metamorphoses. Latin Epic C1st B.C. – C1st A.D.
Theoi. Asclepius. http://www.theoi.com/Ouranios/Asklepios.html
Theoi. Hygeia. http://www.theoi.com/Ouranius/Hygeia.html