Virgo & The 6th house
Ancient medical astrologers long associated Virgo and the sixth house with nerves, eating habits, and the digestive system. Mercury rules Virgo and information is broken down in the brain in the similar fashion to minerals being broken down in the intestines. Recent scientific studies point to the evidence the gut is a ‘second brain’, and this ties in with the mental (Mercury) and intestinal (Virgo) sixth house area. Psychological symptoms, especially nerves can manifest through stomach aches, gastrointestinal upset, and strange food cravings and eating habits. Fears or trauma in the individual, these being unconscious if placed in the outer planets can also contribute to gastrointestinal distress. The sixth house relates to disease and neuroses, a sort of mental and physiological breakdown after the enormous swell of the last five houses. With planets in the sixth house, the individual may develop symptoms that evade physicians or have no organic causation, many of these relating to the stomach or the mind. The individual can into extreme eating habits, especially when powerful planets like Saturn or Pluto fall here, or the ruling planet makes many aspects. The Moon rules Virgo in esoteric astrology, and the Arterial System of astrology suggests that Virgo relates to the flora and fauna aiding digestion. Mercury is the ruler of parasites and bacteria, and also the health of a fetas, who is in less eloquent terms a parasite on the mother until birth. A baby is held in the stomach, sharing the zone with Scorpio. The digestive system absorbs nutrients the same way Virgo absorbs information, as a form of nourishment and enrichment.