A friend of mine who is not a professional astrologer (but knows her astrology better than some who will take your money to perform that service) has recently had some significant medical issues with her cat. I’m going to call the cat “Contessa.” Yes, that’s right — I take astrologer-client confidentiality seriously enough that I’m not even going to use the cat’s real name.

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Contessa was born February 26 2010, time unknown in Bellevue Canada. What’s noteworthy in her chart (as far as health goes) is that she has a Mercury-Neptune-Chiron conjunction between 25 and 26 degrees of Aquarius. I should note that the Mercury-Neptune conjunction, often indicates breathing difficulties and Contessa has asthma.

Also: a Chiron-Neptune conjunction, can be notoriously tricky for getting a proper diagnosis and/or for things “getting squishy and falling apart.” Both of these have happened recently with Contessa.

For the last month and a half, she has had medical issues that include a slipped disc in her back. She also has had arthritis, for the last nine years, and we can probably blame that on her relatively on aspected Saturn at three degrees Libra. The only other aspect that planet gets is a square from Pluto at five degrees Capricorn. So that would tend to indicate bone and joint issues.

Contessa has had some serious issues in the last couple of months. I could drone on and on and on about the astrology involved edit is fascinating, but I don’t believe here is the place for me to do this.

I will point out, however, the transiting Neptune is now close to Contessa’s natal Uranus, and that transiting Jupiter for the last couple of months has been forming a quincunx to Contessa’s Saturn. But I don’t want to turn this into a dry astrological essay about medical astrology. Instead, I would like to address something that my friend said:

“You don’t find it kinda weird for a cat to be this correlated with astrological transits? Cause many just kinda brush me off as a freak for mentioning this. Or as a crazy cat lady.”

There’s a couple of things I would like to say about that. First of all, I don’t think that caring about another living being necessarily makes you crazy. However, once you find that there is a three to one ratio (or higher) of “cat” to “lady,” you might want to show a little caution.

Your question raises an interesting point. A lot of astrologers shy away from making predictions or delving into medical astrology. Predictive astrology is a lot harder than simply making generalizations about your personality. It’s also easy to get it wrong and get discouraged. Also: beware of medical advice for anyone who isn’t a doctor who has seen your tests results.

But in my experience, if you know what you’re doing with predictive astrology (and apply some common sense) making accurate predictions for a human being is not that difficult. Sometimes those predictions don’t work out. Sometimes that’s because the astrologer got carried away, or forgot to look at a different factor. Also: humans have some degree of free will as regards their actions. If transiting Mars is square your natal Mars next week, you don’t have to stab anyone… even if you feel like it.

However, in my experience, astrological transits do work very well for pets. They work even better than that in mundane astrology — which is the study of the birth charts and transits of things like nations and corporations. Why is that? First of all human beings are complicated creatures with complicated motivations and a whole lot of free will. I don’t know that a cat has less free will than the average human being, but the average cat’s circumstances are a lot more controlled and regulated than that of the average human being. And finally, it’s hard to make a case for a corporation having free will at all.

In conclusion: get well soon Contessa… and your mama ain’t crazy.

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