The Man of Signs (Zodiac Man)

Parts of the Body Each Zodiac Sign Affects

By The Old Farmer's Almanac
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Ancient astrologers believed that each astrological sign influenced a specific part of the body.

In every edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac is a short astrology section with the Secrets of the Zodiac and The Man of Signs.

The first sign of the zodiac—Aries—was attributed to the head, with the rest of the signs moving down the body, ending with Pisces at the feet.

Many readers use the Man of Signs to determine the best days for gardening, setting eggs, and even having surgery (however, the Almanac does not give medical advice).

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Hip Replacement Surgery

Hi, I am a Cancer born July 7th. I am scheduled on Jan 15 to have hip replacement surgery and am worried if this is the right date astrologically. Capricorn is my opposite sign and in January Pluto, Saturn, Mercury, the Sun and a New Moon Eclipse will be in Capricorn on Jan 5th. In January the Sun will be 180 degrees away from my Cancer Sun as will Mercury, Saturn and Pluto. I feel that everything is so far away from me and maybe I should wait for the planets to be closer to my Cancer Sun. Someone please advise. Thank you.

Lower Back Surgery

What is the best date to have surgery on my lower back in the month of January or February.

Best time for heart surgery

I know you do not give medical advice. I am looking for the best time for open heart surgery for 2019. The doctors have suggested 1/10/2019. I am a Leo if that matters. What is the best time for me to suggest surgery? I appreciate your help.

Many teeth pulled and dentures

I’m a cancer and want to get my teeth pulled and get dentures November 2018 when is a good date

dental work and the zodiac signs

Although I am not an astrologer myself, many of our readers look at the time when the Moon is in the sign associated with the part of the body where one is having surgery. One wants to be several signs away from that sign. For example, for dental work, you want to avoid times when the Moon is in Aries, which is associated with the head (see the Man of Signs illustration on this page), and also probably Taurus, which is sometimes associated with the lower teeth. Also, you want to avoid the time of the full Moon and a few days surrounding it, as it is said that one might bleed a little more freely at those times while healing. So, for November 2018, the Moon is in Aries on Nov 18, 19, 20, and in Taurus on Nov 21, 22. The full Moon is on Nov 23 (see, or page 164 of The 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac for November Moon phases). If you need to schedule in the few days remaining in November, then the best times might be at the very end, on November 27, 28 (both Leo) and 29 and 30 (both Virgo) of 2018. Our astrologer suggests November 27 and 28 as the very best days for dental care (see page 240 of The 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac)–she looks at other factors in addition to the Moon. Hope this helps!

Need help about ACDF NECK SURGERY FEB 11TH 2019?

HELLO, I am trying to calculate a favorable date for neck surgery. I am an aries. Thinking of the week of February 11th 2019. Any suggestions?

surgery and astrology

Although we don’t usually advise people about scheduling surgery, and urge you to work with your doctor about the best times, our readers do look at times when the Moon is in a sign that is several signs away from the one associated with the area where one is having surgery. Taurus is associated with the neck, so you’ll want to find when the Moon is not in Taurus, and ideally a few signs away from it, such as Libra etc. It is also said that one should avoid the time of the full Moon, and a few days around then, because during that time, one might bleed a little more freely while healing. To find out the Moon’s astrological signs in February 2019, you can go to page 225 of The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac (a digital version of the 2019 Almanac is available for purchase here, for immediate access ) The Moon phases for February 2019 can be found  on page 126 of the 2019 Almanac, or by using this tool:  The Moon is full on February 19, 2019. During the weekdays of Feb 11-15, 2019, the Moon will be in the following signs: Taurus (Feb 11, 12), Gemini (Feb 13, 14), Cancer (Feb 15). Although I am not an astrologer myself, based on criteria that our readers often use, if you need to have surgery that week, then perhaps Feb 15 might be best, as it is 2 signs away from Taurus. The last week of Feb, 25-28, actually looks better, perhaps, if you have the option: Scorpio (Feb 25), Sagittarius (Feb 26, 27), Capricorn (Feb 28).



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I need back surgery and am trying to hold off until a couple of days after Christmas. The signs are good for the beginning of Dec but I do not know how they are for the end. A friend read them to me but at the time I was focused on the beginning of Dec. I have to schedule it today or tomorrow at the latest. Thank you

I need to schedule anterior cervical decompression surgery with

I need to schedule surgery anterior cervical decompression with Fusion. I am an aries April 12. What is the best time to do this. I know aries rules the head. Would the best time be in March since pisces rules the feet and it is very far from the head neck area where I need to have c3-c7 removed. I have been putting this off, but, I realize I need to have the surgery. I am completely and utterly lost. I just need some guidance when would be the exact best dates to remove and fuse. I have tried to figure this out on my own for the past two years. Well, I actually decided not to do it. But, I realize I need to have this extremely barbaric , frightening surgery done. Atleast if I have a far enough date to really look to, I'm sure I could prepare mentally and physically. Thank you.

Acdf surgery

I wish you good luck and send you positive vibes! I am also an Aries (April 6th). I had the same surgery....3 times(once through the front and twice through the back)! I had crappy workers comp drs. You most likely have much better drs than I did! I hope this surgery helps you!!

Such a surprise to get a response

Thank you for responding. I was never notified I had a response. I happened upon it by goggleing " okay Google, (ridiculous right...) when is the best time to have neck surgery if I am an aries. I was thinking March, but according to the climate, didnt realize it, but not a good time for sutguty. I'm so confused. I know the moon travels through the different signs monthly so, just because March is pisces rules feet far away from neck, doesnt necessarily mean thats the best time. That's why I came here. I have faith in God, but also mother earth. Just something a little extra that is tangible.
Wow! That's pretty cool your birthday April 6th. My stepmom was April 6th. 40 years we lost her 3 years ago. Very difficult. She would have told me what to do. I had a second opinion and they said I need the surgery yesterday. So you said you didn't share very well with your surgery huh? It's a barbaric surgery I don't know of too many success stories it's about A5050 shot anyway I just need to find a date sooner than later at least now that I have the 2nd opinion my dad's awake to act like he cares I just need to be prepared mentally quit smoking which I started when I was 28 i am51 now so. There was stupid of me but sometimes we do stupid Things. Like have this surgery hahaha is just hard to figure out I really need some Guidance about the days. What would you suggest. Thanks to reaching out playing and I hope you get better as well. Blessings stay cool

i need surgery to repair a rotator cuff in dec. 2018

Is that doable. I recently had Morton nueromas removed on sept 13 and my would has opened up and am still off my feet and elevated changing dressing daily. Someone said ii should have checked the stars. This also has to totally heal before my shoulder surgery.

Surgery for Giant Haital Hernia asap

I am a Cancer & am needing surgery for a very bad haital hernia in Oct or Nov 2018. When would the best time be?

Wisdom teeth removal

My daughter is having her wisdom teeth removed today. She is a Sagittarius. Is this a good day for that for less pain?

I am a libra and have surgery

I am a libra and have surgery scheduled for the 24 to have my tonsils removed can you tell me where the signs are and if it is a good time


My son is a Gemini and is scheduled for a tonsillectomy on December 18,2018. Where are the signs on this date

Dec 18 is waxing moon and in

Dec 18 is waxing moon and in Taurus which rules face which is too close right next to the neck so avoid
And too close to next day Moon in Gemini (rules neck lungs etc and have s sign)
So a big no
Do this week of Dec 23 between December 26 (3 days after full moon)-Jan 5 2019

October 10

I am having foot surgery on the 10th, is this a good time?

Yes it is a safe timing for

Yes it is a safe timing for this :)
Good luck!!!

Pickling ears of corn in a churn

When is the best time to pickle ears of corn in a churn? I believe the signs are in the head & neck right now.


For the best days for pickling, you can go to the chart on page 240-241 (2018 OFA). On page 240, about the 6th entry, there is a category “Can, pickle, or make sauerkraut.” Our astrologer recommends September 29 and 30, and October 6, 25, 26 as the best times through October 2018. Also found:

Various cooks have different traditions–if you look for a certain Moon’s astrological sign to do pickling, then you can consult the chart on page 239, the Moon’s Astrological Place. For Monday, September 24, 2018, the sign is in Pisces, the feet. On Sep 25, 26, it will be Aries (head) and Sep 27, 28 will be Taurus (neck).

Hope this helps!


My sister-n-law is having a histerectomy on the 23. She is a sco. is this a good day?

Too close to the full moon(24

Too close to the full moon(24 was full moon)expect heavier bleeding pain and swelling.
Best to avoid near full moons

Quit smoking

I am a Virgo, when is the best time for me to quit smoking?

On a New Moon(not full moon)

On a New Moon(not full moon) or first day/night of waning Moon


Which dates in November 2018 would be best for knee surgery?

Foot surgery

When is the best time for foot surgery 2019, jan Feb?


Is the sign in the feet for Sept 10, 2018?

Oral surgery Sept 7,2018

Signs where head ok???