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' - sooner or later all horary astrologers are confronted by this question but before they attempt to ans!er it they should first reflect upon ho! emotive and sensitive the issue can be" Pregnancy charts touch upon fundamental issues connected !ith life and death and require a great degree of delicacy in the !ay that they are dealt !ith" #ome astrologers feel that it is better to avoid certain aspects of this topic altogether - a pregnant !oman as$ing if everything !ill be %"&" for e'ample leaves the astrologer in a terrible predicament if miscarriage is foreseen in the chart" In such instances there is a need to discriminate bet!een the querent's !ish to $no! the future and the degree to !hich it may safely be foretold" %n the other hand if someone genuinely and sincerely !ants to understand about a particular problem and !ants to learn of !ays in !hich it can be alleviated then horary should certainly furnish the ans!er" %ne modern-day complication that you !on't find dealt !ith in Christian Astrology is that !hereas it may once have been a case of being 'fertile' or 'barren' and living !ith the consequences today's society no longer e'pects !omen to sit bac$ and let nature ta$e its course" Infertility is a !idespread problem affecting one in si' couples but ma(or advances such as the use of in-vitro fertilisation can often help to find a solution" Treatments can be terribly e'pensive traumatic and unreliable ho!ever !hich is !hy our ethical dilemma is not solved by simply refusing to ans!er a!$!ard questions - the querent may have a real need to $no! the truth even if it is hurtful and distressing at the time" %ne practical suggestion is to consider redefining the limits of certain questions" )or e'ample I refused to ans!er my sister's question 'Will I ever have a child?' but agreed to (udge a more immediate horary '!ill I have a child this year?' feeling that I could only give her an honest and unbiased ans!er on those terms" Another thing !e can do is to heed the advice implicit in the chart by ta$ing note of the planetary hour-ruler and paying close attention to the traditional 'Considerations before *udgement'" +ecause they have such a strong emotional pull pregnancy charts usually produce beautifully clear and stri$ing symbolism but that does not mean it is appropriate to pass the ans!er to the client undiluted, if the chart has a 'stricture' such as an early or late ascendant ta$e this as a !arning not that the chart is !rong necessarily but that you need to be careful in ho! you venture your (udgement" The aphorisms that follo! detail -illy's main considerations for dealing !ith pregnancy charts" .ost of them rest upon the condition of the /th house the traditional house of pregnancy and children" Where you are advised to be!are of an infortune remember that this can be any planet that is detrimentally placed" All bad aspects of the lord of the 0th 1th or 23th for e'ample can be regarded as an affliction even if the planet is naturally regarded as benefic and especially if that planet is affected by bad aspects and is peregrine or in detriment" Conversely #aturn and .ars the traditional malefics are not inevitably unfortunate" If they are !ell placed strong in essential dignities and direct in motion they can be relied upon to sho! the more positive sides of their natures" In
general ho!ever it is the fortunes that !e hope to see strong and !ell- placed in pregnancy charts4 *upiter the natural significator of children and 5enus the natural significator of fertility" Indications of Pregnancy4 Pregnancy is sho!n by some $ind of promising aspect 6con(unction se'tile trine or square7 bet!een the asc-ruler or .oon !ith the /th house ruler" 6+e careful ho!ever if the /th-ruler is applying to or is in aspect !ith an unfortunate or detrimented planet as this !ill suggest difficulties and problems"7 If there is no application loo$ for some $ind of translation collection or antiscion relationship by or from the principal significators !hich may sho! delayed success" The latter is a promising sign but is not as good as a direct application bet!een the main significators" %ther positive indications are4 o )ruitful signs upon the ascendant or /th cusp 6Cancer #corpio Pisces7" o /th-ruler or .oon in 2st house" o 2st-ruler or .oon in /th house" o 2st-ruler in 2st /th 28th or 22th house if it aspects !ell-placed benefics and *upiter is strong in the chart" o The above but !ith 2st-ruler in 9th or :th house suggesting that pregnancy !ill occur but !ill be delayed" o +enefic planets in the 2st house or angular or in a promising aspect !ith 2st-ruler 6loo$ for *upiter 5enus or #un !ell placed dignified and direct and preferably in a se'tile or trine !ith a principal significator7" o *upiter in the ascendant or free from affliction in a strong house 6providing it is not in a barren sign - see belo!7" o The asc in a fi'ed sign !ith a fortune placed in the first house or the /th-ruler strong in the asc or .C" o 5enus in the /th free from affliction" o -ord of the hour angular in reception !ith the ruler of his angle, or in the /th or 22th house in reception !ith the respective rulers" o 2st-ruler /th-ruler or .oon in aspect !ith and in reception !ith an essentially dignified planet in an angle 6-illy !arns that in these (udgements accidental dignity gives hopes but no real assurance7" o Asc-ruler in good aspect to ascendant or .oon in a good house and in a favourable aspect to a beneficial planet in an angle" o .oon in good aspect to /th cusp or having essential dignity there" -illy also mentions another method of (udging pregnancy using the planet from !hich the .oon last separated and that to !hich it ne't applies4 if the .oon's last planet rules the /th sign from the position of the .oon's ne't planet and there is an application or aspect bet!een the t!o the pregnancy !ill be successful" If this is the case but there is no aspect yet the planet to !hich the .oon applies is angular the pregnancy !ill be successful" ;e also notes that if the dispositor of the main significator is !ell placed and strong it increases the arguments for success"
Indications of Infertility4 o '+arren' signs on asc or /th cusp" 6-illy lists barren signs as -eo 5irgo and <emini adding Aries Taurus -ibra #agittarius Capricorn and Aquarius as signs that signify fe! children" =orotheus says of #corpio that it abounds in children 'and in deaths for them' 7" o Infortunes or detrimented planets in the 2st house !ith the 2st- ruler poorly placed and *upiter !ea$ or unfortunate" o .oon 2st-ruler /th-ruler or hour-ruler unfortunate and badly afflicted" o An infortune in the /th denies pregnancy unless it is direct s!ift dignified and generally !ell-placed" o /th-ruler retrograde combust peregrine or other!ise unfortunate sho!s problems connected !ith children" o *upiter afflicted in the /th house indicates that the !oman is not pregnant or that the pregnancy !ill not be successful" The same if 5enus is afflicted by .ars or #aturn is under the #un's beams or is combust" A fortune in the /th house ho!ever mitigates unfortunate indications and improves the chance of a successful pregnancy" o #aturn .ars or especially #outh >ode in the 2st or /th house" -illy says that #outh >ode in the /th house usually sho!s abortion 6miscarriage7 in the 2st house e'treme fear and mistrust of it" o /th- ruler retrograde cornbust or cadent from its sign or e'altation" o #aturn or .ars in opposition to the /th-cusp or /th-ruler denies pregnancy their square aspect hinders it" o 2st-ruler con(unct or aspecting a retrograde or combust planet or one in a cadent house" Will I ever have a Child? If the querent has been trying for a child for a long time !ithout success her chances of pregnancy are good if she has4 o 2st-ruler or /th-ruler in :th" o /th-ruler or :th-ruler in 2st" o .oon !ith :th-ruler" Timing4 o To see ho! many years before a !oman has a child (udge by the house position of the /th-ruler i"e" the 2st house indicates the 2st year the 3nd house indicates the 3nd year and so on" The nature of the sign should also influence the (udgement4 moveable signs hasten time common signs are less s!ift and fi'ed signs are slo!" Above all consider !hether the significator is s!ift in motion and direct !hich is the best indication of speed" o 5enus or some other fortune unafflicted in the /th house suggests an early pregnancy" The nearer a fortune is to the ascendant the sooner the pregnancy !ill occur" The more remote the more time must be allo!ed" o .ars !ell dignified in the :th house suggests the !oman is ne!ly conceived" If a !oman is not sure ho! long she has been pregnant (udge by the closest separating aspect
bet!een the .oon /th-ruler and hour-ruler" Trine ? @ or / months, #e'tile ? 3 or si' months, square ? 9 months, opposition ? : months con(unction ? I month" o The time of birth is often triggered by the transiting con(unction of the #un or .ars !ith the /th-ruler .oon asc or hour-ruler or is sometimes sho!n by the querent's signiftcator changing signs" Another method is to (udge by ho! far the /th-ruler is removed from the /th cusp allo!ing one month for each sign" If you need to (udge !hether the birth !ill be by day or by night go by the ma(ority of significators, that is !hether they are in diurnal signs 6sho!ing a day birth7 or nocturnal signs 6night birth7" T!ins o T!ins are indicated by common signs 6<emini 5irgo #agittarius Pisces7 on the 2st or /th house cusp !ith a fortune placed inside the house" .ore so !hen the #un .oon or /th-ruler are also in common signs" o >orth >ode con(unct *upiter or 5enus in the /th house can indicate t!ins the same is true if one of these casts a partile 6!ithin 2 degree7 se'tile or trine to the degree ascending or /th house cusp" o )i'ed signs on the asc or /th cusp deny t!ins" o .oveable signs on the asc or /th cusp !ith the #un and .oon inside these houses also denies t!ins" #e' of Child4 -oo$ for strong indications sho!n by a collection of testimonies i"e" 2st-ruler /th-ruler hour-ruler and .oon all in a masculine sign degree or quarter !ould indicate a male child and vice-versa" Additional considerations are4 o *upiter" in the :th suggests a male child" o Pisces or #agittarius on the :th cusp indicates a female" o .oon in the /th applying to *upiter or 5enus signifies a girl" o %f the signs masculine signs denote male children, feminine signs denote female children" o %f the planets #aturn *upiter .ars and #un denote male children 5enus and the .oon denote female children" .ercury varies according to its aspects and position" AAAA Al!ays form your (udgement upon the ma(ority of testimonies" If the indications loo$ equally balanced - defer (udgement"