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Left side of the brain?

I was doing some online research into what planet/sign represents the right side of the brain and found that it has Aquarian influence. So I've concluded it would ruled by Uranus planet wise. Would it be logical for the left side of the brain to be ruled by the polar sign of Leo and the Sun planet wise?

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Re: Left side of the brain?

All I know is that I do not seem to have a hemispheric dominance, I am also ambidextrous, and I have a stellium that goes like this: Sun, Uranus, Mercury, Venus, Mars.
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Re: Left side of the brain?

Martha Lang Wescott seems to believe that the brain is ruled by the asteroid Psyche. Have you read any of Martha's vast writings on the Brain?

She has a huge volume entitled "Introductory Studies in the Astrology of the Brain" published in 1999. She associates a huge number of asteroids with different functions in the brain. The book is pretty difficult reading though. Most of it is a description of cases of brain cancer and its affects on planets and asteroids.

According to Rex Bills, the right hemisphere is ruled by Mercury, and the left hemisphere is ruled by Mars.
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Re: Left side of the brain?

In scientific literature, the left hemisphere is termed often "the left male brain" or, "extreme male brain" (see Simon Baron-Cohen) to describe man's concern with hard system as opposed to women's concern with more intuitive stuff. There are small pieces of support for this, gender wise, such as that Asperger's is a male dominated diagnosis, etc., and bigger pieces of support in terms of lateralisation. For example, language, in both sexes, is lateralised to the left hemisphere (see Broca's and Wernicke's areas). Irrespective of gender, I have found that people who show typical left brain traits in their behaviour (i.e., concerned with logic, system, sterile, emotionally cold, etc.) are Virgo Asc with mercury in first house.

Remember also that brain hemisphere is functional by contralaterality, meaning that the left eye projects to the right hemisphere and right eye to the left hemisphere. These projections are modulated by the corpus callosum, which facilitates hemispheric specialisation by allowing interhemispheric communication. Thus, if there was no communication between the hemispheres, more than likely we would have evolved with a language centre on each hemisphere rather than on just one. Children who have had a hemisphere removed end up developing all the centres that would be usually spread between two, in one.

I actually do not think that it is realistic to attribute hemispheres to planets because a hemispheres is only functional as a sum of its parts and each part can be said to correlate with a particular planetary resonance. For example, each hemisphere has grey matter, for processing, which contains cell bodies, and white matter for signal transduction, which contains only axons. Grey matter has six layers, some are excitatory some are inhibitory. Each cell body has a nucleus which holds the vitality of the cell: all the genetic information. And genetic information is again broken down into molecular significators, just like astrology, such that you get key players (i.e., planets): nucleobases of which there are only four (adenine, cytosine, guanine, thymine) but interact with each other in DNA strands within each person in a way that is as unique as, supposedly, an astrological chart. Just like the solar system is fast moving, so we do not get the same astrological profiles as the sun will never again be in the same place it was yesterday, so we never get a human with the same DNA as one that lived before.

But back to hemispheres, each hemisphere has lobes which are specialised. For instance, the frontal lobes are thought to be responsible for personality, motivation to do something, or lack of motivation in depression is correlated with decreased circulation in the fronal cortex. Also they are responsible for inhibition, such that people who have had frontal injury do obscene things in public. Frontal lobes are often called the executive centre of the brain because they also control memory and attention (both which may be seen as modulated by motivation). Being such an important part of maturity, I guess you could attribute them to Saturn. But then being such an important part of individuality, you may attribute them to the whole chart.

I dont know. But to me, asking which planet rules a hemisphere is like asking which planet rules humans (in general). In any event, given the evidence, I cant see it being as simple as the OP suggests.
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Re: Left side of the brain?

Hi Mandy,

It's kind of a synchronicity that I just read today that, unlike English, not all languages are lateralized only to the left-hemisphere http://www.pnas.org/content/103/51/19558.full
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Hi Mandy,

It's kind of a synchronicity that I just read today that, unlike English, not all languages are lateralized only to the left-hemisphere http://www.pnas.org/content/103/51/19558.full
Many of the far eastern languages such as chinese have a pitch component, and these are located in the right brain.
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Re: Left side of the brain?

Hi Therese! It is interesting, I will read the paper now. So far, I have read only the abstract and find it pleasing that the study has employed simultaneously spatial and temporal scanning into its data set, as technology is now starting to allow.

In terms of what Zarathu notes, I remember also (vaguely) when I took a music psychology class that musicians have a developed (i.e., in the nature versus nurture debate, this is not a nature but a 'nurture' factor) brain area for the recognition of pitch, not present in non-musicians. Such evidence may suggest, anecdotally, that Eastern children, raised with English as a mother tongue, would not necessarily show the same results as their Eastern-lingual counterparts. Just my ad hoc theory.

I also remember vaguely some research, though I could not find the reference for it when I needed it recently, of one particular patient who had damage to one or both of the language centers and this caused him to completely forget English as a language, but there was complete sparing of his mother tongue. Quite amazing.

The brain is an infinite mystery, works on so many levels, differs by culture and by genetics, by function, by disease, by psychology. We try to examine it, keeping control of the parameters but I think the brain simultaneously recruits more parameters at any one time than humans can truly understand. Anyway, as you cleary enjoy this stuff, you have probably heard of Ramachandran, one of my fav neuroscientists. Here is a TED video you may find interesting. http://www.ted.com/talks/vs_ramachan...ilization.html

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Re: Left side of the brain?

I have used the following astro-anatomical schema relative to the brain for many years, and perhaps it might be of interest to some of our AW members:

Affinitive to the brain and brain function in general:
Mercury, also Sun, Moon and the 4 Cardinal signs
-Note: brain function is often strongly affinitive to the ASCENDING DEGREE of the natal chart (regardless of which sign it might be)

Brain substance (tissues): Moon, Mercury

Brain chemistry: Moon, Neptune

Neuro-transmitters: Mercury, also Uranus

"Nerves" of the brain": Mercury

Cerebral cortex: Aries
Frontal lobe: Aries, Mars, Sun
Occipital lobe: Cancer, Moon
Parietal lobe: Libra, Venus
Temporal lobe: Capricorn, Saturn

Both hemispheres of the brain together as a unit: Aries
-right hemisphere: Mercury
-left hemisphere: Mars

Cerebellum: Taurus, Moon: also somewhat to Libra and to Scorpio

Medulla oblongata: Taurus, Moon

Pons varioli: Sun, Taurus

Dura mater, meninges: Cancer, also Uranus

Pineal gland: Leo, also Neptune, Pluto, Sun

Thalamus: Leo, Sun

Hypothalamus: Virgo, Mercury

Anterior pituitary: Libra
Posterior pituitary: Scorpio

CNS (general): Mercury

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Re: Left side of the brain?

A very detailed analysis indeed. Loved it! Interesting to see the complexities of this wonderful organ are related to some many signs and planets. No wonder the brain is so complex.
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Re: Left side of the brain?

That was a wonderful reply, Dr. Farr. I've saving it. Not good enough just for a thank click.
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Re: Left side of the brain?

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-Note: brain function is often strongly affinitive to the ASCENDING DEGREE of the natal chart (regardless of which sign it might be)

how does this work?

I use myself as an example my asc degree is 29 Gemini. where do I go from there for further study? I don't have any planets at 29 degrees.. moon is conjunct asc at 28 but that is as close as it gets. Are you referring to sabian symbols..? just trying to understand this better.

I know that I am right brain dominant... it would be fun, to see this indicated in my chart too...

more insight please ..
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Re: Left side of the brain?

I agree with the general consensus that the "brain" itself is very complicated. But generally I have found Mercury to be indicative of the "mind".

Jupiter and Uranus have also been prominent in the charts of people who think differently, whereas Venus and Mars tend to show the kinds of things people think about, or show personality (rather than influencing thought processes themselves).

I have a retrograde Mercury conjunct the Asc. and I am left handed. But I also have my Scorp. Asc and Mercury ruler (Mars) in Aquarius in the 3rd, which would directly support Saturnian's original post about Aquarius having a correlation to the right hand side of the brain.
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how does this work?

I use myself as an example my asc degree is 29 Gemini. where do I go from there for further study? I don't have any planets at 29 degrees.. moon is conjunct asc at 28 but that is as close as it gets. Are you referring to sabian symbols..? just trying to understand this better.

I know that I am right brain dominant... it would be fun, to see this indicated in my chart too...

more insight please ..
Here's an example:
The functioning of the brain as a whole would be (usually) particularly influenced by the qualities and conditions of the ascending degree.
So:
-Ascendant = 29 degrees Gemini
Therefore the overall (tendency) of the "brain function" would be particularly connected with:
-the sign Gemini
-the Moon (because the Moon is conjunct the ascending degree)
-the Moon in Gemini (as a modulation of the Moon's influence)
-the ascending degree is in the 3rd decanate of Gemini: so the sign of the 3rd decanate would also have an impact on the overall function: this sign is Aquarius
-the ascending degree is also in the 3rd face of Gemini, which is affinitive to the Sun: so the Sun would also play a special role in overall brain function trends
-the ascending degree is also in the last duodenary (sign 1/12th) of Gemini, which is affinitive to Taurus: so Taurus would also play a special role relative to overall function.

Therefore, the following astrological factors, all connected with the ascending degree, would come into special prominence relative to overall brain functional trends for this person:
Gemini
the Moon (particularly as the Moon in Gemini)
the Sun
Aquarius
Taurus
Futhermore, the bright magnitude star Betelgeuse, is conjunct the Moon, and its orb reaches to the ascending degree both directly and through the Moon's conjunction with the ascending degree: so Betelgeuse would have a definite modifying influence upon the trend of brain function in this person.

...that's an example of how we would delineate the ascending degree of a nativity for information about (probable) influences upon the trend of the person's brain function.

Note: I am not aware of the astro-medicalists who used this procedure, having applied Sabian (or other) Symbols-however there is no reason why one could not experiment with the Sabians, for additional (symbolical) information regarding the situation...
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Here's an example:
The functioning of the brain as a whole would be (usually) particularly influenced by the qualities and conditions of the ascending degree.
So:
-Ascendant = 29 degrees Gemini
Therefore the overall (tendency) of the "brain function" would be particularly connected with:
-the sign Gemini
-the Moon (because the Moon is conjunct the ascending degree)
-the Moon in Gemini (as a modulation of the Moon's influence)
-the ascending degree is in the 3rd decanate of Gemini: so the sign of the 3rd decanate would also have an impact on the overall function: this sign is Aquarius
-the ascending degree is also in the 3rd face of Gemini, which is affinitive to the Sun: so the Sun would also play a special role in overall brain function trends
-the ascending degree is also in the last duodenary (sign 1/12th) of Gemini, which is affinitive to Taurus: so Taurus would also play a special role relative to overall function.

Therefore, the following astrological factors, all connected with the ascending degree, would come into special prominence relative to overall brain functional trends for this person:
Gemini
the Moon (particularly as the Moon in Gemini)
the Sun
Aquarius
Taurus
Futhermore, the bright magnitude star Betelgeuse, is conjunct the Moon, and its orb reaches to the ascending degree both directly and through the Moon's conjunction with the ascending degree: so Betelgeuse would have a definite modifying influence upon the trend of brain function in this person.

...that's an example of how we would delineate the ascending degree of a nativity for information about (probable) influences upon the trend of the person's brain function.

Note: I am not aware of the astro-medicalists who used this procedure, having applied Sabian (or other) Symbols-however there is no reason why one could not experiment with the Sabians, for additional (symbolical) information regarding the situation...
Thank you! that is more insight than I was expecting.
I understand the gist of it now. and your reply also inspired a bit of research on the fixed stars and their influences on some of my planets.. I don't want to veer off topic, so I will leave it at that. thanks again.
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Re: Left side of the brain?

isnt it that left side of brain controls right side of body and vice-versa?
i knew it when i met a person who was paralyzed on left side of bod due to effect on right side of brain
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isnt it that left side of brain controls right side of body and vice-versa?
i knew it when i met a person who was paralyzed on left side of bod due to effect on right side of brain
Yes it is opposite side. I think Mercury does the exchanging job and the crossed pathway of the each side of the brain to the sides of the body. Is almost like the twin girl photo on my profile page. The twins one looking at the left and one looking at the right, they are wearing the same skirt, however, that picture to me looks like the sign of Gemini.
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Re: Left side of the brain?

One of the reasons that Mercury is the prime indicator for the brain: Mercury is the essence of adaptation and adaptability, and the brain is extremely adaptable in its functions.
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