“The Human Genome Project turns out to be a ferocious magnet for a host of synoptic metaphors, very few of which actually evoke the human body. Such terms as Holy Grail, code of codes, map of the earth, book, set of instructions, mosaic, jigsaw puzzle, recipe, scripture, blueprint, Talmud, software, the key to human nature, master medical model, summit of human knowledge all crop up regularly both in scholarly and popular discourse.”
How, you may be wondering, could the perennially debunked but still super-popular Blood Type Diet play into astrology? Well, there are four major blood types – there are four elements in astrology – maybe they correlate?
If you don’t know what i am talking about, the Blood Type diet waxes and wanes in popularity – though it is always big in Japan, where they even have dating sites based around it – but it has some avid advocates. The theory is that your blood is obviously hugely important and that your blood type determines the sort of foods that do wonderful things for you or basically act as agents of hell within your system. And then it can be taken further into genotypes – nomad, warrior, gatherer and so on. It’s kind of cool and weirdly, for many people, it seems to work. It seems to be to do with how different blood types deal with different lectins. Vegetables nutritious and fabulous for one blood type may actually mess up the metabolism of another.
So nobody has done this research but i would not be all surprised if somehow the four blood types correlated with the elements. Remember that there are four medieval “humors” – sanguine, choleric, melancholic and bucolic that correspond with the elements. The Chinese and Indian traditional health methods also have their elements.
But to my chagrin, my blood type turns out to O+ – the endurance predator of the blood zodiac. Equipped with fierce Cro-Magnon genes (my body thinks the time is 5000BC) i should be leaping into icy rivers to rip the head off unsuspecting creatures dumb enough to swim by me. Or pursuing mammoths with my stone axe, whatever. O+ is the blood type with a super strength immune system IF it shuns dairy, wheat/grains and potatoes but eats shit-loads of meat. So my vegetarian/vegan stance since age 5 status and mindset is obviously quite threatened by this. Cue: Pluto-Mercury transit. It would be amazing if Pluto in Capricorn square my Mercury in Aries meant i pen a best selling novel in ten hours or have a radical elevation of consciousness, spontaneously, while on the bus or something.
But no, Pluto is Pluto and i am instead being forced to reconsider my entire life beliefs around what’s healthy/not healthy/ethics etc. Because, for me, even just trying the tiniest elements of the Blood Type Diet have thus proved highly effective. My Scorpio doctor – Ashtanga teacher, degree also in surgery and nutrition, expert on the Gut-Brain connection, Vegan turned Paleo person – thinks it is the real deal. (There is actually a really intelligent and nuanced discussion of the whole thing here.) Take-Home Astrology Tip: When Pluto is in aspect to your Mercury, you question every aspect of your mindset, like it or not.
But there is more, i wonder if Chiron – the Cosmic Doctor – in some way is connected with medical advances. Broadly speaking, Chiron in Aquarius – 2005 to 2011 – seemed to correlate with a big leap in mechatronics, improvements in lasers, diagnosis, more lasers and computer imaging technology. Chiron in Pisces since then has seen this intensification of seeing almost literally the universe in a grain of sand. The brilliant book Gut – by Guilia Enders – talks of how even four years ago, all you could see in a sample of gut bacteria would be E-Coli – now that same sample yields veritable dynasties of species with roles far more complex (eg: manufacturing neurotransmitters) than was ever suspected. It’s beyond probiotics – it’s about the integrity of the biome. This opens the way to some truly radical remedies and innovation in medicine. And, for home use, yes you really ARE what you eat.
And for the full “as above, so below” experience, the same process has been occurring in astrophysics – the universe is really a multiverse and what was seen as “molecules” a few years ago is really, of course, at least 80% of the mysterious Dark or Quantum matter. The “Quintessence” of the Ancients.
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