Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. The greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older. But Alzheimer’s is not just a disease of old age. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Other contributing major factors for this disease are hereditary, old age, brain injury, Down syndrome, smoking, depression, elevated homocysteine level, heart problems.
Primary astrological factors for Alzheimer, in addition to Mental Disorders and Astrology:
Planets: Mercury (intelligence, communication, nervous system), Saturn (chronic diseases, shrinking, under-function, retardation, and collapse, old age etc)
Houses: 3/6th house (nerves, nervous system), Ascendant (self, brain), 8th/12th house (chronic disease); 3rd house ruling lower mind and 9th house ruling higher mind involvement
Signs: Gemini, Virgo
Hard aspects to Mercury (esp Mercury under hard aspects from Saturn and Mars) , Gemini, Virgo (read with overall strength of Lagna / Ascendant) affects the nerve system and mental strength. Gulika/ Mandi conjunction with Mercury too work as hard aspect on Mercury.
Few astrologers have traced Alzheimer disease with Dwarf Planets Arachne (Spider Goddess Asteroid – grand talent and enviable powers of perception can be spaced out Mercury; #asteroid 407 – check out via the Extended Chart Options on Astodienst), Orcus (second planet representing the Roman god of the underworld – #asteroid 90482– check out via the Extended Chart Options on Astodienst) and Hypnos (God of deep sleep Asteroid – #asteroid 14827 – check out via the Extended Chart Options on Astodienst).
Numerous case studies affirm that Arachne and Orcus are the major markers of Alzheimer’s disease in the nativity. But it bears repeating that it makes no sense to rush off and look up one’s own susceptibility. These are merely the routes to a result that your soul needs to manifest. If Neptune becomes your strongest power then you are simply letting go of control in your life, and you can resist that need to let go if you like. As Louise Hay writes of dementia: what is it that you need to forget?
For Ronald Reagan, it is my view that he could not face the ultimate powerlessness of his own mortality on the fateful Washington morning in 1981, exactly as Reagan’s Arachne progressed onto his Midheaven! The sheer randomness of that dreadful threat must have shaken him to his core. Hinckley, his would-be assassin was declared insane and quite rightly, after all, he decided to kill the President in order that he might impress Jodie Foster.
Jodie Foster incidentally has a one-degree opposition between Orcus and Arachne.
This is what Eleonora said: “I checked Hypnos (there is an underworld river of oblivion in the greek mythology, called Lethe. There is no asteroid with such name, but Lethe is connected to Hypnos, and to Pluto of course). In nearly all charts (I checked around 20 different) secondary progressed Hypnos was conjuncting a planet AND aspecting the moon (memory) when Alzheimer appeared. Alternativly, it was conjuncting / aspecting the ruler of moon. In case of Terry Pratchett, it was his Saturn. His natal Hypnos conjunct Pluto.
There is one more interesting thing… The orbit of Hypnos is not steady. It is a very fast asteroid, but it remains in zodiac signs gemini, cancer and leo, longer (about 3 years), and then it moves very fast through other signs (1 year). So, most of us have their natal Hypnos in gemini, cancer or leo. Consequential, the generations with pluto in these signs will be more prone to get the Alzheimer (especially pluto in cancer, because Hypnos is longest in this sign (the sign of memory).“