I won’t divulge my age, but I will mention that a birthday on November 3 makes me a Scorpio – and I am so glad that I don’t live in the 17th century.
Bloodletting was the first course of action when someone was feeling under the weather…a bit like we use Advil or Tylenol now.
While most bleeding was done from the arm, it was sometimes thought advantageous to bleed from other parts of the body depending on the ailment.
And as you can tell from the bleeding chart here, astrology and medicine were closely connected from the Middle Ages well into the 18th century. The chart shows the places of the body that are governed by specific star signs. The heart is connected to Leo. The feet, Pisces. Libra, the gut. And Scorpio, well, ouch!
A barber-surgeon would do well to consult this or any of the many, many charts like it before bleeding. Any bleeding from the body part that matched the current star sign was ill-advised.
I’m sure men everywhere are relieved that the stars are in Scorpio right now.