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xiv Stars Behind the Tortured Soul
Maimonides, a 12th-century Turkish Jew who was a phy-
sician and a scholar in Jewish Law, did not personally believe
in the effectiveness of amulets for healing. But, he said they
were permitted if they helped the patient to feel better. He
recognized the very real power of the placebo effect 900
years before it was scientifically documented. Contrast this
with Christian attitudes during the Middles Ages, where heal-
ing was to be conducted only by faith in pieces of “the True
Cross” and other Christian relics, and you can see why “Jew-
ish medicine”was so much better back then (which, unfortu-
nately, often got the Jews burned at the stake along with the
pagan healers).
The rabbis of old were very practical people. They saw
that folk medicines often worked, even if the explanations of
how they worked were false. In the case of healing, we can
set aside certain religious prohibitions if it will save a life. I feel
the same way about astrology. When stripped of its pagan
origins and trappings, it contains a spiritual science that can
sometimes help to sort out one’s past-life karma—which is,
after all, a form of healing. And, as Miriam points out in this
book, there are Jewish forms of astrology, which she has inte-
grated into her system.
To me, a natal chart is like a snapshot of the Universe at
the moment you were born. In a sense, it is a particular day
on a huge cosmic calendar. Where you were born plays a big
part, which is why people born at the same time can have dif-
ferent details in their charts. So, while I do not believe that the
planets are gods affecting my destiny in the pagan sense, I do
believe it is possible to learn something about that destiny
from reading the cosmic calendar.
According to Kabbalistic and Hasidic teachings, the