1991, at the age of 30, the famous actor Michael J. Fox noticed a twitch
in his left pinkie while on the set of the movie Doc Hollywood.
After going to see the doctor, he was diagnosed with Parkinsonís. This
is a rare and incurable illness causing a progressive degeneration of
the nervous system. Symptoms include uncontrollable twitching, shaking,
seizures and paralysis. Eventually, those with Parkinsonís disease become
unable to walk and talk, and need constant care to manage their symptoms.
the time of his diagnosis, Saturn was conjoining Foxís natal Jupiter in
Aquarius and Pluto was making a square to his Mars. In other words, Saturnís
transit began to limit and constrain his nervous system (Aquarius) while
Pluto began to take him on a difficult journey affecting his physical
health and vigor (Mars in Leo).
J. Fox was uncomfortable telling the world about his illness and waited
until 1998 to go public. At that time, Fox was playing the mayorís assistant
on a very popular TV show called Spin City. While filming
last year, Fox made the decision to quit the show so he could focus on
helping educate and generate money for the cure of PD. This year, Uranus
has been opposing Foxís natal Mars and Uranus conjunction while also traveling
over his Aquarius Ascendant. These transits can have the effect of exacerbating
Foxís Parkinsonís disease symptoms. It is vitally important that Fox takes
considerable time to rest and regenerate his health through this difficult
Family Ties to Spin City
J. Fox began his acting career at the age of fifteen, and his astrological
chart shows someone who could be gifted as an actor. Foxís Gemini Sun points to his quick-witted, humorous and clever personality. His Mars
in Leo shows someone who is a natural talent who can shine for the cameras.
Fox also has his Mercury in the Fifth House, showing someone who can put
their natural intelligence and sharp wits towards an expressive and dramatic
auditioned for the television role of Alex P. Keaton on the comedy show
Family Ties in 1982. Though the producers of the show were
unsure about hiring him for the part, Fox and his supporters lobbied tirelessly
to get him the role. Through their efforts, Fox was hired and went on
to play the conservative, uptight older sibling until 1989. Fox continued
to gain fame when he signed on for the Back to the Future
movies in the late 80s. This comedic role helped gain Fox the considerable
success that he enjoys to this day.
and the Astrological Chart
studying Foxís chart, there are a number of factors that arise as to why
he may have contracted PD. Fox is a Gemini with Aquarius rising, both
air signs that are linked to the nervous system. People with these signs
accented in their charts can have a tendency toward more nervous system
disorders such as fibromyalgia, panic attacks and anxiety. Fox also has
his Mars conjoined to Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius. Mars is linked to
vitality and vigor while Uranus is connected to the nervous system. With
the two conjunct, there can be an increasing risk to Foxís nervous system.
or Free Will?
this combination of factors mean that Michael J. Fox was fated for bad
health in terms of his nervous system? I donít believe so. I think that
the astrological chart can show some tendencies, and that we can take
precautions to insure our optimal health. For some people, there may be
genetic and environmental factors that are very difficult to overcome,
even with the best intentions and care for our good health. In the case
of Michael J. Fox, he acquired this illness at a very young age and it
is likely that hereditary factors played a role in getting Parkinsonís
is taking a number of medications to help him with the severity of PD.
Along with his allopathic treatments, I will outline a few therapeutic
ideas that he, or anyone with a strong air and Uranus emphasis, could
use to help alleviate nervous system complaints.
skullcap and valerian are all very soothing to the nervous system and
allow us to relax and unwind.
can help open the lungs (connected to Gemini) so Fox can breathe deeply.
will help strengthen his adrenals, which can be sorely taxed by Uranusí
would do well to spend a lot of time resting. This does not just mean
watching TV or playing video games. Resting is best done in fresh air,
with lots of sunlight and near nature. Gentle stretching and light yoga
or tai chi would be tremendously beneficial. Deep breathing meditation
is wonderfully soothing and healing for the nervous system. It allows
fresh oxygen to circulate throughout the entire system and removes unwanted
stress from all the organs of the body. Fox would also definitely do well
to participate in a gentle exercise program so that he can sweat some
of the anxiety-producing toxins out of his body. This also helps energize
and soothe the nervous system.
proper rest, nourishment and care, Fox can assist his nervous system to
strengthen and heal. Though he may not be able to rid himself of all his
symptoms, Fox can help lessen the pain and severity of his illness.