Medical Astrology: How To Better Manage Life Based OnYour Body Clock
We read about it constantly in the health headlines and biohacking community — get your full seven to nine hours of rest, dreaming occurs between two and four AM, don’t eat past ten PM, wake up at four AM for that bestest life, yadayadayada.
I, for one, fully believe that every person has their own body clock that programs how you eat, sleep, wake, and repeat. One that shouldn’t answer these one-size-fits-all health recommendations unless it’s natural for you.
Are you a morning or night person? Do you eat breakfast or do you fast until lunch? Are you a midnight snacker? Do you nap a lot or do better without them? I believe these are questions we can explore through medical astrology.
Ancient Chinese medicine has used a standard organ clock that shows how human biorhythms affect our health and behavior. All thanks to what is called our circadian rhythm. Which is a basic survival mechanism within every living organism on the planet that controls our sleep cycle, appetite, and internal navigation system— it’s all the building blocks of life in working motion.
Circadian is derived from the Latin term ‘circa diem’ that translates to ‘about a day’. Earth’s rotation gives us about twenty four hours in a day to work with. The rising and setting of the Sun and Moon has shaped when and why we wake up. In most cases, we force ourselves to wake or stay up because of how off schedule our body feels when the world demands we answer to a completely different schedule.
The more I’ve researched, however, I noticed an unusual connection between our birth charts, birth time, and circadian rhythms. From both personal experience and testimony from social media followers, there just might be a link between the time of day you were born and how this plays out in your health routines.
For example, there’s people who are realizing they feel better after their sleep cycle changed from working at home because of the pandemic. There’s a “circadian rhythm” diet that is a growing wellness trend.
Learning Your Body Clock
So how do you draw out yours to understand the natural rhythm of your body clock? Here’s some pointers:
- First, find out your birth time and generate your birth chart. Birth certificates typically have your birth time listed (in some states, it’s a law to document the time). You can get your astrology birth chart here, here, or here.
- Sketch a wheel with twelve divisions on it. Place your birth time where your ascendant is as a starting point.
- Determine whether you have a day or night chart. PM should always go on the descendant with AM on the ascendant. So if you were born at 10 PM, put 10 AM on the ascendant anyways.
- From there, use two hour intervals and fill the times in going clockwise.
- Draw or note the planets in each of your houses, as they will affect how this house is expressed in your daily routines.
Why clockwise if everything else in astrology is based on counterclockwise direction?
For starters, Chinese medicine emphasizes clockwise motion on its body clock. Keep in mind that our birth charts are a visual aid to make sense of time and place. Here on Earth, luminaries rise in the east and set in the west. Your rising sign (aka ascendant) is by definition the zodiac sign that was ascending over the eastern horizon at your exact time of birth. A trick to help visualize this is to pull up a birth chart generator, set up the time for around sunrise, and click forward a few hours. You’ll notice the zodiac wheel turns clockwise in a left and upward motion, which is how it appears from a geocentric perspective.
You might see the traditional organ clock wheel starting with PM or 3 AM on the ascendant; however, I’ve noticed that AM works best simply because homo sepiens have actually evolved to need less sleep than other animals. Meaning our night owls and early birds alike typically have some daytime interaction regardless. The Chinese wheel isn’t necessarily wrong, but it also doesn’t account for individual biorhythms.
Now that you’ve drawn out your chart and times, now let’s discuss how to look at it to understand your own body clock:
12th House: This two hour window marks the start of your day and the common times you naturally wake up.
While 12th House/Pisces is generally associated with sleep and dreams, there’s the whole woke and conscious side of it as well. My theory is that many of us wake up within the two hour time window between the ascendant and 11th house cusp. Morning babes often wake up around the time they were born, afternoon babes are often early birds, and night babes often function best at night and love sleeping in. I’ve observed those born at 3:45 PM, for example, who effortlessly wake up between 4 and 6 AM.
This is also the same time window you look at for insight on your breakfast habits. We eat before we get busy, but some of us aren’t too hungry in the mornings. Others, however, have a big appetite and feel more energized after a good breakfast. Also look at the signs and planets in your 6th house to understand when you eat.
11th House/10th House: This four hour window is when you feel most energized and productive.
Four hours is a lot of time to hustle and get stuff done. Even cultures outside of the USA are stunned at how much Americans work because of hustle or needing to work second jobs to get by. In turn, people are forced out of their natural rhythms and subject to the time schedules of their employers. For those who get hungry around this time after skipping breakfast, perhaps you’re forced to either work hungry until your allotted lunch break if there isn’t flexibility in your work life. Which likely puts a damper on both your mood and performance at work. Those who have flexibility, however, I’ve noticed they get more work done in this window than they would spreading their time and energy thin throughout the day.
For example, you might get 7–8 hours of sleep. You might feel none of this applies to you because you don’t wake up between X and Y time. However, it’s important to ask if you lag energy throughout the day or if your body legit feels good when waking up. I call this “stale sleep”, which is when a full night’s rest is only enough for basic functioning. It doesn’t actually feel like it’s a new day or that new potential awaits. The goal of sleep is to reset the mind, but a disruption in our circadian rhythm can lead to a constant state of dread or just blah. (And yes, if your circumstances are blah, then it takes a toll on your circadian rhythm.)
9th House/8th House: This four hour window is probably the busiest time of the day.
Busy and productive aren’t the same thing per se. Things speed up while your energy gradually slows down. Whether it’s at work, doing homework after school, after school job, picking up the kiddos from school, or wrapping up the day overall. Some of you are hungry, tired, or eager to get home and try out a new idea.
7th House/6th House: This four hour window is ideal for free time, catch up, and dinner.
You’re more interactive and akin to other people’s needs. On average, this is the time where most people are getting off work. Or in the least, more discussions within friend groups and family on what’s for dinner. Most of us get our most nutrient packed meal at dinner because we have more of an appetite. Even those who don’t answer to a traditional 8–5 schedule may be ready to eat. Hence, some night babes may be akin to midnight munchies or eating dinner around 10 PM before going to bed around 2–3 AM.
5th House: This two hour window is for down time that promotes both relaxation and pleasure.
5th House rules sex, creativity, children, and play time. This is why many of us watch our favorite show, read a book, or splurge on dessert a few hours before bed. We can’t asleep when aroused, so stimulating the pleasure center of your brain with activities like sex or entertainment releases the extra energy or tension from the day. This is where you create a bedtime routine that motivates you to take your rest seriously.
4th House-1st House: This eight hour window is generally when your sleep cycle takes place.
The 4th House is where you get comfortable and slowly fall into a light euphoric sleep. Feeling happy or relieved before bed is how you prepare for your sleep cycle.
The 3rd House is stage 2 (NREM). Which is where breathing slows down and spurts of mental activity keep you distracted so you don’t wake up to external stimuli. Hence, the 3rd house actually rules the lungs.
The 2nd House is stage 3 (NREM). This is where you fall into a deep state of relaxation. This is said to be the most pleasurable and creative stage of sleep, as you subconsciously process information before unconsciously visualizing it in stage 4.
The 1st House is stage 4 (REM). Best known as rapid eye movement sleep, which makes sense considering the 1st house rules the eyes and brain. Everything processed from stage 2 is basically played back to you through dreams. Though REM sleep happens throughout the night, the peak period is when deep sleep subsides closer to morning time. Even if you don’t remember dreams, the 1st house still prepares your mind to wake up.
Perhaps it’ll make more sense if I discuss a few examples:
This is my body clock chart. Mine is pretty typical because I was born slightly after sunrise.
8:37 AM-10:37 AM — I kid you not, there’s so many mornings I recall waking up at 8:37 AM on the dot. This is what prompted me to question our body clocks. In most cases, it’s generally 8:20–8:30, but it’s pretty spot on. Though I don’t typically start my day until about 11 AM.
Because I’m a Virgo rising, this means I have a Leo Sun and Moon in my 12th House. Leo rules the heart, and in ancient Chinese medicine, the “hours” of the heart are when we feel the least hungry and productive. So my heart hours tend to be around when I wake up. Which makes sense because I’m not a breakfast person. I either watch the news, take the pups outside, and go sit out in the Sun to get some warmth when I first wake up.
I can’t stand immediately waking up and having something to do. I stopped signing up for 8 AM-9AM classes in college because I poorly performed. Once I started scheduling noon classes, however, my attentiveness dramatically improved and I actually retained the information I learned. Meaning I spent far less time studying and doing schoolwork because it was easier for me. Likewise, my friend was born and always woke up around 5:30 AM. Was worn out by 2–3PM but absolutely needed 8 AM classes because that’s when she performed best.
Not to mention that I’m ADHD. Knowing my body clock has helped me manage its symptoms. Though I can’t promise this will work for everyone. However, I still think it’s worth sharing because it might help some of you as well.
10:37 AM-2:37 PM — As I noted above, these are my most productive hours of the day. I typically scheduled classes during these hours. I work remote and independently, which has helped me understand my body clock better because I work on my own schedule. If you’re neurodivergent and you resonate with what I’m saying, it’s worth communicating with your department about time slot accommodations. There were a couple occasions where they got me approved for a full time slot because I told them my ADHD makes morning class incredibly difficult. Thankfully I graduated from a smaller university, so a close knit campus meant they were more far more accommodating and understanding. I understand not everyone has this choice, however.
2:37 PM-8:37 PM — this is the time of day I typically get the busy work done that doesn’t require my creativity or mental power. Whether it’s grocery shopping, working out, walking the pups, running errands, house chores, etc. If I work on a creative project during these hours, I notice it’s lower quality than when I do it during my peak time.
8:37 PM-10:37 PM — I get hungry later than the average person. I don’t typically eat until around 8:30 or 9:00 PM. Family members used to always tell me that it was so terrible to eat at night. Of course, I learned that it’s about having a consistent routine. Allowing a time window between dinner and sleep helps the small intestine and stomach function best, to include your sleep cycle.
10:37 PM-12:37 AM — I get unusually creative at this time. While I don’t start working away per se, I journal or read over my work from earlier in the day. It’s rare that I go to bed before 12 AM if I’m being honest. Again, I’m only able to do this because I work remote. The fact my time schedule is at my discretion and these are the consistent times I sleep, wake, and eat show this is likely a result of my body clock.
12:37 AM-2:37 AM — I often fall asleep while reading news or trendy Buzzfeed articles. Though I’ve been trying to not fall asleep with my phone near me as much lately. It’s rare that I stay up past 2:30 AM unless I force myself to. All of which I typically regret the next day, as it throws off my entire body clock. Even if I can sleep in an extra hour or so, I still feel ‘off’ or less creative.
2:37 AM-8:37 AM — I’m one of those people who only needs 6 or 7 hours of sleep. I also wake up once or twice each night, even though I immediately fall back to sleep. Sometimes I randomly chug water or get in a comfortable sleeping position. It makes sense why I felt so blah if I woke up before 8 AM. Regardless of what time I went to bed.
What about night charts?
My brother was born at 10:54 PM (I have his birth certificate). Here’s where it gets interesting: he is notoriously a late sleeper. As we’re both still in our mid twenties, we both moved home because of the pandemic. He started working remote as well, which means I was able to observe his habits. He now wakes up between 11:30 AM-12:30 PM. Leaves the house around 1 and won’t get home until about 9:30 PM. Nonetheless, he also goes to bed around 3 or 4 AM. He eats later than I do and is definitely a midnight snacker.
In high school, our school had an early release/late arrival system for juniors and seniors because our school was so crowded. Most people did 1st and 2nd period then left, such as himself, but I did 2nd and 3rd period while having late arrival. Meaning I was always home for his alarm clock going on for 45 minutes straight until he turns it off -or- my parents losing their minds because he slept through 1st period again. Ever since he’s been able to answer to his own schedule, he’s far more productive and has grown his opportunities.
The Scientific Translation
This isn’t about personality or horoscopes — it’s about electromagnetism. Our senses and thoughts work through electrical currents in the body. Our circadian rhythm dictates just about every aspect of daily life. A chemical called magnetite is found in brain issue of most animals, which is attributed to our geomagnetic sixth sense. All of which is sensitive to light oscillations from the Sun and Moon.
Similar to the magnetic connection of orbiting electrons within an atom, I argue that our energy field is synchronized with the rotation of our planet and the planetary orbits of our solar system. Matter of fact, much of our understanding of the universe stems from medical and biological science. Every system in our universe works on the principle of circular motion. Our planets orbit our Sun while our Sun orbits a barycenter it shares with heavyweight Jupiter.
Our body’s cells are made up of atoms. Atoms are mostly ‘empty space’, if you will, that essentially generates an energy field where electrons orbit the nucleus. Together these atoms form a unique group of cells that create organs that also generate their own energy field.
This basic understanding of how circular motion shapes the universal mechanics of time and space on a microscopic level is what expands humanity on a cosmic level.
Here’s the thing: I don’t necessarily think that our circadian rhythm can heal everything. Though I can’t help but speculate whether our over-demanding work and social environments are exceedingly inflammatory to our body and wellness. There’s certain genetic conditions or accidents that have long term implications, so this theory isn’t to invalidate an illness or disability or promote a false sense of hope. However, we all know just how many problems a disrupted circadian rhythm can create long term. The goal here is a preventative approach and reprogramming your body.
I believe in the power of the human body to heal itself in its optimal state. Which involves a body, mind, and spirit connection fueled from the electricity of our thoughts, emotions, physical environment, and the energy we consume. After all, science says itself that our body has a much better fighting chance to do more and fight illness when our circadian rhythm is in sync.
This topic needs far more research to pass off as fact. However, I’ve observed enough compelling evidence where this is a topic worth exploring. Whether it’s neuroscience, psychology, or medical science. A goal of some astrologers in the future is to apply new EMF technologies to research on how the electromagnetic field interactions work during different times of the day — to include during certain astrological transits.