Back from Vacation!

November 20, 2006 by  

Dear Readers,

I am now officially back from vacation.  It was very restful and energizing, and gave me some great ideas about my new astrology web projects.  I am currently working on a major new project, and will let you know about it when it’s ready to go live.  In the meantime, I just want to say it’s good to be back.

As always, you can email me with any questions or comments at

Nina Gryphon

Free Astrology Advice – Horary Astrology: Will I Conceive and When?

November 20, 2006 by  

Will I Conceive and When?


My husband and I have been trying to conceive for seven years. There are no health issues with either one of us. We have been through intra-uterine insemination and in-vitro fertilization to no avail. Would you be so kind to read me and let me know if there is a healthy pregnancy & birth in the near future? We are both in our late thirties. My husband has been tested for fertility and his sperm counts are average, though not above average.


Nina Gryphon:

Dear D.,

I really sympathize with your situation, because so many of my clients have the same issue, where they have been trying to conceive for a very long time with no success. In some cases, people know the causes for their infertility, but the most frustrating are cases like yours, where there doesn’t appear to be anything wrong with either partner.

Predictive astrology, such as the method that I use, horary astrology, is not only good at telling you what will be, but it will give you a very good snapshot of the situation as it is. As a result, it is very helpful in situations where you just want to know what is going on.

As always, I cast horoscope for the moment I understood your question, which will give us a chart that contains the answer to your question. The horary chart for your conception question is below:

Will I Conceive?

You are shown by Venus in Virgo, in the sixth house. Virgo is a barren sign, so the very placement of Venus tells us what we already know, that you’re having difficulty conceiving. The sixth house is the house of illness, so there is a hint here that there may be a hidden health issue with you. It could simply mean that the years of discouragement are affecting you negatively in your ability to conceive. In either case, it would be very helpful to get an unbiased opinion on your overall state both mentally and physically.

Moon in Scorpio, which is your co-significator and also the natural ruler of fertility, is quite weak in that sign, again showing us that you are not in a good position to conceive at the moment. The thing that concerns me most, however, is the presence of a very malefic Saturn in the fifth house of fertility and children. Saturn is in its detriment in Leo, and it is also a barren sign. Saturn rules the fifth house of fertility of your husband; or the fifth house from the seventh of partners. So there seems to be a very clear signal that your husband is most likely the cause of your difficulty conceiving here. I am not a fertility expert of any sort, but I am sure there is much more to fertility than just a high sperm count. So there may be issues of quality, rather than just quantity.

Even so, let us see if there is conception in your near future. The good news is that the Moon and Mars and the Sun are all in fertile or semi-fertile signs. So I do not think that all is lost, but I do think that you should have your husband very thoroughly examined physically. I do not see conception in the very near future, as I do not see a connection between the Sun, showing the child, and you, who is shown by Venus. This does not mean that you will never conceive, but rather that this obstacle shown by Saturn in the fifth must be removed first.

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On Hiatus until November 20

November 6, 2006 by  

Dear readers,

This is just to let you know the blog will be on hiatus until November 20 or thereabouts.  I will be checking my email, however, so if you feel the need to contact me (, feel free to do so.

See you all soon!

Nina Gryphon

Free Astrology Advice – Horary Astrology: Will We Have a Long-Term Relationship? Kids?

November 2, 2006 by  

Free Astrology Advice - Horary Astrology: Will We Have a Long-Term Relationship?  Kids?


Three months ago I “met” a man over the Internet and we are in a relationship; he’s planing to come to my place in December so we could meet each other and see what happens between us. Since we both are adults we are taking things slow but everything seems fine. I would like to know how you see this relationship. Could it be a long term one? He says he’s looking for that and I would want the same. Another thing I would like to know is if we could have a child together at some point. I already have a kid from my previous marriage. He doesn’t have kids but wants them and the truth is I would like to have another kid also.


Nina Gryphon:

Dear C.,

Thanks for sending in your question. Sometimes people ask me when they are going to meet their soul mate and all but want me to produce one for them. I think more realistically, astrology can tell you whether the man is a saint or a serial killer, or whether he is just okay, the last being the most likely. Too, we can see whether your feelings will change in the future or his feelings will change, which will give us a hint as to whether the relationship can last.

I cast a chart for the moment I understood your question, which is a method known as horary astrology. This method is based on the idea that the answer to a question is contained in the horoscope cast for the moment of the question. The chart for your question is below:

Free Astrology Advice - Horary Astrology: Will We Have a Long-Term Relationship?  Kids?
You are shown by Venus which is in Virgo in the 12th house, and the Moon, which is in Libra in the first house. Venus is in its fall, and it is on the 12th house of self undoing, which gives us the sense of grasping after straws here. But if we waited until we were in the perfect place to allow us to start a relationship, we would never start one. I do not love the fact that Venus is applying to conjunction of the South node, which is very malefic, so that would be one piece of evidence against this relationship being a good long-term bet. However, if you look at the Moon, we do see that it is conjunct the very benefic and protective star Spica. Even here, however, the testimony is not entirely positive. The Moon is void of course, which means that it will make no further aspects to any other planet before it leaves its current sign. Usually, void of course means nothing will happen. But this testimony can be overridden by convincing contrary evidence.

We see the man is ruled by Mars, ruler of your seventh house of partners, and the Sun. Both of the planets are in Libra, so the man is very interested in you, as the planets are in a sign ruled by your planet, Venus. The only challenge here is that both Mars and the Sun are very weak in Libra; the Sun is in its fall there and Mars is in its detriment. So there is a sense that he is very interested in you, but he may not be able to deliver on the initial promise. I’m also a little bit concerned that we don’t have a lot of fixed signs prominent in this chart. If we are asking about whether a situation will last, we’ll want to see either Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius prominent. Here, we get predominately Cardinal signs, which may be a hint that the situation starts strong but peters out in the long-term.

The thing that I am curious about, and this is something that you didn’t address in your question is that neither the Moon nor Venus seem very interested in the man’s planets. It could be because you are predominantly interested in your own emotional security here and it’s really not that much about him. To be fair, you haven’t yet met the guy, and the Moon is moving from Libra into Scorpio, which is Mars’s sign. So there is a sense that you will get emotionally interested in him much more than you are now.

Finally, asked whether you would have kids together. Your fifth house is ruled by Saturn, which is in the barren sign of Leo. So that is one argument against kids. His fifth house (the radical 11th) has this barren Saturn in it, which is not a positive sign for children from his end, either. Also, none of your or his significators is aspecting Saturn, so I would not think that pregnancy is imminent for you.

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Free Astrology Advice – Horary Astrology: Should I Apply for This Job?

November 1, 2006 by  

Free Astrology Advice - Horary Astrology: Should I Apply for This Job?


I am currently an assistant director at a medical training program. I have had some problems over the last year with the Director not communicating with me and making me look bad to some of the residents. I have been interested in eventually becoming the Program Director for some time. However, besides not communicating with me and making me look bad she also let things at the program fall into disrepair. The residents are not happy and some are considering leaving the program to go somewhere else. Also, her resignation comes in the middle of our recruiting time when we are looking for our next class of residents and this doesn’t bode well for us as far as getting a good class for the upcoming year (students don’t like to come to programs in flux as it make them anxious about the stability of the program).

I had considered eventually seeking a position as Director at another program, but recently our Director announced she was resigning. Not just from the position, but from the organization itself. Now the position is opening to both internal and external candidates. Finally, I am concerned that our site visit and accreditation are due this time next year and I have never even been a part of one, let alone in charge of it. I guess some of the question has to do with will I succeed if I get the position or will it all fall apart around me. With my difficulties over the last year I don’t know if I should apply or not. So, my question is . . .Should I apply for the Director position, and if so, will I get it?


Nina Gryphon:

Thank you for sending in your question,, J., and I can understand the difficulty of your situation. There are issues here regarding the quality of the job, whether you would even want to do it, and perhaps some questions of self-worth. What we’ll want to look at in this horoscope is whether you will get the job, and the quality of the job itself.

I cast a horoscope for the time that you sent in, since you asked a horary question yourself at your own location. Sometimes, when my clients do this, I will run my own chart and look at them both. In your case, I will just look at your horoscope, however. For readers who are just joining us, horary astrology is an old method that casts a horoscope for the time the astrologer understood question, and looks for the answer in the horoscope of the question. The horary chart for your question is below:

Free Astrology Advice - Horary Astrology: Should I Apply for This Job?

You are shown by Saturn in Leo in the seventh house. Some astrologers will not interpret charts when the seventh house is afflicted, because they believe that it shows the astrologer will be wrong. I wish I had those amazing powers that would allow me to discern charts where I would be correct or incorrect. Then I would be correct all the time. Except that the chart shows that I’m wrong in making that decision, so there is a logical fallacy here… But I digress. Saturn is quite strong because it is angular, so you definitely have a lot of power to act in the situation. Because Saturn is just outside the seventh house cusp, it shows that you are dominating your rivals for the position. As assistant director, I would expect you’re in a somewhat better position than many other candidates. However, Saturn in its detriment is not going to be a shoo-in. If you were my client, I would send you off for a series of cleansing baths right away. People who have been in traumatic or abusive situations for a long period of time usually need fairly extensive psychic scrubbing so they are ready to face the world with their full strength once again.

Let us take a look at the rivals for the job. They are ruled by your seventh house Lord, the Sun, since the seventh house is the house of our open enemies and opponents. The Sun is not great now, and it will get worse. It is about to be eclipsed by the Moon, which represents you. After that, it will enter Libra, the sign of its fall and the sign where it exalts Saturn. You definitely have an advantage over your opponents here, as they are going to be somewhat intimidated if you enter the ring.

The job itself is shown by Jupiter at 16 Scorpio in the ninth house. At 16 Scorpio, Jupiter is Peregrine, having no dignity at that point in the zodiac. This describes very well what you said about the program; that it is in flux. Peregrine planets are ones with no moral rudder, so the drift this way and that. As Bonatti said, planets that are Peregrine can go toward good or evil, but will naturally tend more toward evil. So we see that the program is not terrible, but is definitely in need of a firm hand and decisive action so it does not go off the deep end. To the extent that you can provide that, you would be a pretty good choice for Director. If we put Saturn just inside the 10th house, we see that it would also be Peregrine, which is not great, but it is an improvement from your current detrimented state. Putting the Moon just inside the 10th, showing how happy you would be at your job, it is also Peregrine. So the job is not going to give you the warm fuzzies, but it’s not going to hurt you either. Also, note that if we put any of your planets inside the 10th house, they would be very close to Antares, a Royal star suggesting endings. So you could take the job but perhaps would later leave it for something else.

To show whether you will actually be offered the job, we would want to see contact between Jupiter and Saturn, the significators of you and the job. Jupiter and Saturn will eventually come to a square, but not before Saturn is sextiled by Mercury and then Mars. This is known as prohibition, because another planet or planets get in the way of a perfecting aspect. So the judgment would have to be that you will be en route to getting a job, but something will prevent that from happening. Mercury rules the fourth and fifth houses, so there is a possibility that your home or your child could simply take precedence over this. Or maybe the boss of a competitor will put in a good word for them (turned 10th house from the seventh). Mars rules your second and ninth houses, so this could be financial, related to your knowledge, or some combination thereof.

So the odds don’t seem terribly high of you getting the job, but you could probably put the fear of God in your competitors for the position, which may make applying for it worth it, depending on your situation. But then, I’m a Mars type of person, so consider the source. And remember, I would highly recommend taking those cleansing baths, regardless of what happens.

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