Planets in Your Horoscope: Mercury in Pisces

January 31, 2007 by  

The Messenger

Mercury enters Pisces on February 2, 2007

Mercury entering Pisces is one of those run-for-the-hills combinations. In Pisces, Mercury is both in its detriment and in its fall, so it is doubly debilitated. Mercury is very strong in the opposite sign of Virgo, where it is both exalted and in its own sign. Therefore, it will be very weak in Pisces. Pisces is an amorphous, fertile sign, which is antithetical to Mercury’s logical nature. Also, Jupiter is such an expansive sign, that Mercury is quite lost in the signs ruled by Jupiter (Mercury is also in its detriment in Jupiter’s other sign, Sagittarius). Mercury in Pisces is something like electing an accountant to be pope. It just wouldn’t work.

If Mercury is in Pisces in your natal chart, you’re about to have a Mercury return. Let me know if this coincides with anything interesting happening for you. I have not yet observed Mercury returns to be powerful in my own chart, or those of my clients, but I am always open to new information. Mercury is not well placed in Pisces natally, but it does not necessarily doom you to a life of inarticulate expression, despite what a few ancient astrologers say. Hopefully, Mercury is aspected by a strong planet or conjunct a strong fixed star, to help pull it out of the soup.

If Mercury rules an important house in your natal chart, Mercury’s passage to Pisces would be a good time not do anything related to that house. If Mercury rules your second house of money, this is probably not the time to invest, but you may be stuck with doing your taxes since it is that time of the year. If that is the case, have somebody else do your taxes. Somebody whose second house is not ruled by Mercury, preferably. All you will have to do is sign on the dotted line, and even with Mercury misbehaving, that should not be too problematic.

Free Astrology Advice: Horary Question – Will We Marry in 2007?

January 31, 2007 by  

Meeting on Bridge

Horary Question:

Single, happy, independent. Not in a relationship, but met someone over the Internet. He lives in England, and I live in the Middle East. We have been cyber and telephonic friends since last fall. I will meet him at the end of January as he flies over to the Middle East on holiday. He cannot seem to secure a more rewarding job than his current one in England. I will not relocate over there. We seem to really hit it off. I am more gregarious than he is. The only fee atng I get that worries me is that he could be a silent type which I am not sure if I could handle for long periods. At present we both appear to be smitten with each other. Will we get married this year?


Nina Gryphon:

Dear T.,

I’m glad to hear that you are in a promising relationship, and I hope that your meeting earlier this month went well. I am always fascinated when people tell me they meet others over the Internet and finally decide to meet in person: I can only imagine how exciting and scary it must feel at the same time. This must be doubly true since the two of you live so far apart; it’s not the same as hopping down to your local coffee shop for a first date.

I set the chart for the moment I understood your question, and below is the horary horoscope:

If Marry in 2007?

You are shown by the Moon and Venus, while the guy in question is shown by the Lord of your seventh house of partners, Saturn. His co-significator is the Sun, which shows his male urge to find a mate. What struck me immediately was the degree to which each of you are primarily interested in your own lives, rather than going out and being in a relationship. I suspect that this has to do with the fact neither of you is willing or able to move, which would make the relationship rather difficult to pursue over the long-term.

The Moon is in its own sign, while Venus is in its exaltation. You are very much staying right where you are, and I don’t think you are about to change for this guy. His two planets, the Sun and Saturn, are in mutual reception, showing that he is primarily interested in his life as well. Neither of your planets are about to meet, which tells me that it will be very difficult for the two of you to meet halfway. I also see that Venus has recently left the sign of Aquarius, which tells me that perhaps you were recently interested in him, but are now much less interested. I also noticed that the Moon has recently separated from an opposition to Mars in the seventh house. Hopefully, your meeting went well. The planets seem less than encouraging on this count. Unfortunately, I don’t think the two of you will get married this year, just because neither of you seems that interested in dramatically changing their lives to please the other person.

— Readers who wish to get a horary reading (free or paid) with Nina Gryphon may do so via the astrology readings webpage.

Free Astrology Advice: Horary Question – Are We Through? Does He Love Me?

January 31, 2007 by  

Psyche Discovers Cupid

Horary Question:

I’m recently separated. My husband of 13 1/2 years, walked out last March and almost immediately filed for divorce. It’s been a very painful year. I’m still grieving for my lost marriage, my lost hopes.

My husband is going through a midlife crisis of sorts. He lost his job several years ago and decided to go to college and finish his undergraduate degree. After 4 1/2 years of college, he’s almost done. Now he wants to go to graduate school… and says he can’t pay child support. He’s living with his parents. Also, my kids are really angry at him. And this is cause for concern. I’m nearly certain that we have no future together, but I’d like this confirmed.

Meanwhile, I have had a crush on a man I’ve known for several years. I think he is the bee’s knees, even if he is very private and seems not to be attracted to me at all. We are friends. And we talk daily. Any future for us?


Nina Gryphon:

Dear M.,

I’m sorry to hear about your husband, who seems to be having issues greater than just your marriage. We’ll have to look at the chart and identify each of the men; since the seventh house of partners can only show one person at a time, we will have to decide what planet shows whom, based on the receptions among the planets. The horoscope for your question is below:

Reconcile or the New Man?  Horary Question


You are shown by Mercury, Venus, and the Moon. Each of these planets represent a different facet of yourself in this situation. We will discuss each one as it becomes applicable throughout the analysis. Let us see if we can locate your husband. He is shown by Saturn in Leo, retrograde. Mercury has recently opposed Saturn, an aspect that shows breakups or separations.

Saturn is in terrible shape as it is in the sign of its detriment, so we can see that your husband is not doing well at the moment. Mercury, showing you, is in the sign of Saturn, indicating that you are still trying to extricate yourself from the feelings and bonds you have developed with your husband. Mercury is about to exit Aquarius and move into Pisces. This tells me that in less than a year called you will have moved on. I do not think that the two of you will reconcile in the foreseeable future.

Since your husband the shown by Saturn, and the guy you’re interested in is shown by the seventh house of partners. The house is ruled by Jupiter in Sagittarius, where it is in its own sign. This tells me that your friend is primarily interested in himself, and he does not seem to be in a place where he is open to a relationship with you. I wouldn’t take it personally, but just recognize that he is simply not available at this time. His co-significator is the Sun, which is in Aquarius, the sign of its detriment. He doesn’t seem very available on the physical level, either. I don’t see any of your planets Mercury, Venus, or the Moon about to meet with his planets, which tells me that there probably won’t be much of an opportunity for the two of you have a romantic relationship. Of course, this does not mean that the two of you can’t be friends. I am a little bit concerned about Mercury moving into Pisces, which is the sign of Jupiter. I suspect you may find yourself more and more attracted to your friend, and I hope it does not destroy your friendship.

My main feeling about both of these relationships is that things will remain largely as they are. The Moon is void of course, meaning that it will not make any more aspects in its current sign of Cancer. The Moon void of course tends to indicate that the situation will not change, and not much will happen.

— Readers who wish to get a horary reading (free or paid) with Nina Gryphon may do so via the astrology readings webpage.

Free Astrology Advice: Horary Question – Will My Business Succeed?

January 29, 2007 by  

Woman Holding Balance

Horary Question:

I have been considering opening a business related to house-cleaning and repairs. It will be a partnership between 3 people and we will hire and train personnel to do the job. This idea has been on my mind for some time now, but only today, talking with one of the prospective partners, I had the idea of asking that question before I venture into something that would demand a lot of work, not to mention lots of time and money. If I open this business will it be successful? Will we make money out of it? Will it grow?


Nina Gryphon:

Dear I.,

Yours is certainly an interesting question, and I only wish that everyone had such foresight before jumping into new ventures. When I do the horary reading for your question, I will look at the overall success of the prospective company, as well as the kind of money that you can make from it. I cast a chart for the moment I understood your question, an ancient method known as horary astrology that you can learn about on my website. The horary chart for your question is below:

Business Success?

First, we see that the benefic North node is on your first house itself. I see this as a positive indication, one that is not too specific, but that gives the chart a more positive spin overall. We will want to look primarily at the 10th and 11th houses, representing your business and money from it, respectively. The 10th house is ruled by Jupiter, which is in its own sign of Sagittarius in the ninth house. Your business will do quite well and grow over time, as Jupiter is so strong.

We also need to look at the 11th house, which shows the money from your prospective business. The house is ruled by Saturn in Leo in detriment in the sixth house. Saturn could probably not be any worse, which would indicate that you may have trouble making money, perhaps despite having lots of customers. It is unfortunately all too possible to run a business such that you have a lot of work without getting paid very much for your efforts. That may be the case here. However, I would also look at Mars in its exaltation in Capricorn just on the cusp of the 11th. Mars is very strong, and gives us a sense that something will be propping the profits up. Mars rules the second house of your partners, so your partners’ money. It may be that even though the business is not terribly lucrative, your partners would be willing to prop it up for a while with their own investment or something similar.

I noticed that the Moon is now void of course, meaning it will not make any aspects in its current sign of Gemini. This can mean that nothing will happen, and you may choose not to go forward with your project. We see that the Moon’s last aspect has been a trine to Mercury, the planet ruling your seventh house of partners. Mercury is in the sign of Saturn, so we can see that your partners are primarily concerned about the possible profits from the business. It may be that your partners have decided not to go forward because they do not see the potential profits.

Given the above guidance, I think your business has a great deal of potential, but I would highly recommend that you have the money angle nailed down to the last possible detail. So many people start businesses without considering whether the money they make will be enough to keep them and the business rolling. Any planned growth will also take an additional influx of cash. If there are three of you, you can do more work, but of course you will need to make more money to pay everyone fairly.

—Readers who wish to get a horary reading (free or paid) may contact Nina Gryphon via her astrology readings webpage.

Astrology of Eclipses: Iraq and the Lunar Eclipse of March 3, 2007

January 29, 2007 by  


The lunar eclipse of March 3, 2007 will be visible from all continents, and the entire event will be visible in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Asia, Australia, and the Americas will only see portions of the eclipse. The eclipse will occur at 13° Virgo with the totality (the total obscuration of the Moon’s disk) lasting about 37 minutes. According to Ptolemy, all countries and cities ruled by the sign in which the eclipse occurs will be affected. However, those places where the eclipse is visible are especially strongly influenced.

Places traditionally ruled by Virgo:

Africa, Arezzo (Tuscany, Italy), Assyria, Babylonia (part of today’s Iraq), Basel (Switzerland), Bratislava (Slovakia), Brindisi (Puglia, Italy), Croatia, Cuma (Asia Minor), Erfurt (Germany), Gallia (France, Belgium, etc.), Jerusalem, Lyon (France), Mesopotamia (see Babylonia), Milan (Italy), Papia (Italy), Paris, Rheine (Westphalia, Germany).

Modern states and countries (those founded since about 1700) are not going to be found in the above lists, so we must include all places from which the eclipse will be visible. This lunar eclipse will be visible from all continents, so we cannot exclude any country.

Lunar Eclipse’s Effect on Iraq, March 3-June 4, 2007

Given the terrible situation in Iraq today, it is particularly disturbing that the lunar eclipse will affect modern-day Iraq (Babylonia/Mesopotamia), because the country falls under the rulership of Virgo. Moreover, you can see in this horoscope for the founding of Baghdad that the eclipse will be about 5° from the midheaven of Baghdad itself. The potential for serious and dramatic changes stemming from this eclipse is substantial. The horoscope for the lunar eclipse as seen from Baghdad, Iraq is below:

Lunar Eclipse March 3, 2007

The effect of the eclipse will be felt for a little more than three months after the fact, so we can expect any event related to the eclipse to occur between March 3 and June 4, 2007. The eclipse is at the top of the chart, which means that the effects will be particularly strong between April 3 and May 3, 2007, the second month of the period in question.

The Lord of the eclipse is Mercury, because he rules the sign of Virgo. Mercury is somewhat debilitated in the above chart, as it is retrograde, but at least it is in its own triplicity in Aquarius. Interestingly, in Baghdad’s founding horoscope, Mercury rules the country’s enemies or invaders. As I explain in this article about Baghdad’s horoscope, the city was founded at a time chosen to prevent conquest of the city by enemies.

I do believe we are going to see some serious changes in the way that Iraq is administered during the three-month period, and may even see the beginning of withdrawals from Iraq. Mercury is retrograde in the eclipse chart, which makes me think that there will be some backpedaling regarding the United States’ involvement in Iraq. Moreover, the same eclipse falls right on the ascendant-descendant axis in Washington, DC, often a sign of dramatic changes in the country in question.

Free Astrology Advice: Will My Ex Return to Me? Will I Meet Someone New?

January 26, 2007 by  

Bashful Lover

Horary Question:

My ex broke up with me in September 2006 saying that I had hurt him too much (we had been fighting a lot plus I am very reactive and emotional) and that he had other issues that he had to deal with in his life and didn’t think he could be in a relationship (his grandpa who brought him up died, he wanted to look after his two younger brothers, he said he generally felt sad about the choices he had made in his life etc., and was not sure he loved me anymore, plus he is currently in the U.S. and I am in Europe and long distance was complicating things).

I have made many efforts over the last few months to reach out to him because I love him very deeply — but to no avail. We had something very special and I am saddened that he is not interested in working to save it because together we can.

I hope that 2007 will bring some positive changes for me, that I will heal, that maybe he will open his mind to trying again. I finish my contract here in Europe and am moving to North America in March and will be much closer to him. I am really hoping to see him in March and talk to him in person. Will I get back together with my ex? If not, when will I meet someone special?



Nina Gryphon:

Dear R.,

It’s odd that your ex would not want to reconcile, especially since none of his reasons seem to have to do with you. But that is the beauty of horary astrology – it shows people’s true motivations, whether we wish to see them or not. The horary chart for your question is below:

Will We Reunite?  Horary Question

In this horoscope, you are shown by the Moon in Taurus, which shows your emotions, and Venus in Aquarius, which shows you as a personality. Since you asked about two potential partners, your ex-boyfriend and an unknown potential partner, we have to figure out who is shown by what planets. They cannot both get the seventh house of partners. Venus seems very interested in Saturn, because she is in his sign, Aquarius. Conversely, neither the Moon nor Venus are very interested in the ruler of the seventh house, Mars. As a result, I would say that Saturn represents your ex-boyfriend, while Mars represents a future partner who may come along should the ex-boyfriend not return.

Your boyfriend’s planet, Saturn, is not in good shape — it is in detriment and retrograde. Retrograde motion means that the planet seems to be moving backwards from our perspective here on earth, showing that your boyfriend may return. The only question is whether you would want somebody symbolized by Saturn in Leo back in your life. As you said, he does seem to be going through a lot right now, and even though he may wish to come back, he is really in no place to be in a relationship. Saturn is not interested in either of your significators, Venus and Moon, and this does not appear to change in the near future. So the two of you may reconcile, but I doubt it would go very far.

Venus is about to move into its exaltation, Pisces, and the sign of Jupiter. Shortly, you will not care too much whether your boyfriend comes back or not. The Moon will next square Mercury, and then will square Saturn. Here, Mercury would act as a prohibitor and it rules your second and fifth houses. Either your self-esteem is too high to be in this relationship, or you may want children, neither of which is compatible with this relationship in the near future.

I will not give a prediction as to when you will meet your next partner, because you are not ready to meet anyone right now. The Moon is in the detriment of the seventh house ruler, showing that you’re really not interested in someone else at the moment. It is also in the 12th house of self undoing, showing that you are sad right now, which does not help with your new relationship odds. Based on this chart, I would recommend seeking closure with your current relationship, and understanding that your boyfriend really needs some time to heal. While you may go so far as to actually resume your relationship (Saturn is retrograde, after all), I do not expect that it would last or be very satisfactory, because he will still be in his depressed state. The best thing to do would be for each of you to work on your own lives, so that you may move forward as healthy and whole people.

–Readers who wish to get a reading from Nina Gryphon may do so via the astrology readings webpage.

Astrology of Missing People: The Missing Local Student

January 25, 2007 by  

Sunset California Yosemite

One of my astrological interests is learning the fate and whereabouts of missing people via astrological charts. For higher profile missing people cases, the police and sometimes the family often hire psychics (not astrologers, typically) to help them find the person. However, I do not know of too many cases where the psychic was the one who broke the case.

I suspect the reason for this is that psychics seem to work best when they have some connection to the case. As an example, they typically do extremely well when locating someone of their acquaintance, and will do very well when they are working directly with the family or close friends of the missing person. However, if they are only working with the police, we already have several degrees of separation, and therefore, their intuition is less reliable.

As astrologers, we face a similar challenge. Unless we’re working directly with the people looking for the person in question, or we are trying to locate the person ourselves, it is best that we cast a chart for the time and place the person was last seen, rather than the time we think of the question. I suspect that this is why asking questions about rulers of faraway countries with whom we have no real connection will give us a lower rate of success than we are accustomed to.

Below is the chart for the time and place that May Zhou, a local graduate student, was last seen. There seems to be no indication of foul play and neither her credit cards or cell phone have been used since her disappearance. Our goal will be to determine whether she is alive, and where she is.

May Zhou Last Seen

I will not give details of my analysis here, but will post them when more is known on the situation, due to the sensitive nature of the information.

UPDATE (1/26/2007): May Zhou’s body was found in her locked car trunk, about 100 miles to the north of Stanford.  The car was parked at a junior college planetarium. The police believe that she committed suicide, though her family has doubts.   Below is the analysis I held back yesterday:

The missing girl is shown by the ruler of the first house, Mars, and her co-ruler is the Moon.  Seemingly, May is fine, seeing as she is symbolized by Mars in its exaltation on the cusp of the strong 10th house.  However, her co-significator, the Moon, is not in as good a shape.  It is on the cusp of the 12th house of self-undoing, opposing a very nasty Saturn in detriment in the malefic 6th house.  Saturn rules the 12th house, so the opposition is a malefic double whammy.  William Lilly writes that oppositions to the rulers or planets in the malefic houses (6th, 8th and 12th) bode badly for the missing person.  With this in mind, I looked at the location of the Arabian Part of Death, which is at 6.32 Capricorn, with the girl’s significator going to meet it.  The picture does not seem positive, to say the least, but I will be very happy to have been wrong about this part of the judgment.

What about the girl’s location?  I am struck by the position of Mars at the top of the chart, and in its exaltation.  She is somewhere high up (hopefully this is not meant metaphorically, as astrology can do that sometimes).  Capricorn gives barren land, where beasts, wood or tools are stored.  Moon in Aquarius gives hilly ground that has been newly dug up.

The chart did not give strong clues as to May’s location, which makes me suspect that these “last seen” horoscopes may not show the location as clearly as the person’s being alive or dead.  It is quite likely that the planetarium is on an elevation or hill, but I could not confirm this.  Sadly, this horoscope showed May’s fate too clearly.

Free Astrology Advice: Horary Astrology – When Will I Meet That Special Man?

January 25, 2007 by  

Love and Maiden

Horary Question:

Will there be a special man in my future? I have been divorced over two years after a 25 year marriage where he cheated on me. I haven’t dated much as I am picky. I turn down opportunities. Do you see anything in my near future? I want somebody close by. Have done Internet dating; flying to towns, etc. I don’t want that anymore. I want a solid, passionate, loving, committed relationship with the right man. I feel I have a lot to offer. What do you see?


Nina Gryphon:

Dear A.,

You obviously made a pretty substantial effort to meet people; if half of all those who claim they are looking for relationships made that kind of effort, I would be happy. And one can see it in the chart. This is the idea that I keep coming back to in this blog; the chart will only reflect your reality. It will not make one’s future boyfriend or husband appear, but if you have done your homework and really tried to meet people and put yourself out there, the chart will look a lot more positive than if you’re sitting at home eating Ben & Jerry’s.

I cast a horoscope for the time that I understood your question, which is a method known as horary astrology. You can read more about horary astrology on my website. The horary chart for your question is below:

Find Mr Right Soon?  Horary Question


You are shown by the ruler of the first house of self, Venus, and your co-significator is the Moon. The Moon shows your emotions. Your future special man is shown by Mars, ruler of your seventh house of partners, and his co-significator, symbolizing his male urge to mate and find a partner, is the Sun. Venus is at the end of Aquarius, about to enter Pisces. Its most recent aspect was in opposition to a highly detriment of Saturn in Leo, which is in the fifth house of pleasure.

I suspect that this separating aspect shows a recent unsatisfying “relationship.” It may be that the person in question only wanted to party and have fun, without really committing to anything meaningful. In Aquarius, Venus is in the sign of Saturn, showing you are still getting over this past relationship. The good news is that shortly, Venus will move into its exaltation in Pisces, and you will move into a new and more positive phase in your relationships.

The Moon, the significator of your emotions, has just moved into its exaltation in Taurus, showing that emotionally, you’re much more ready to be in a positive relationship than just a while ago. Now let us see whether we can get your planets and his planets together.

The Moon is about to square the Sun in Aquarius. Both planets are angular, so we can see both of you are in a good position to act and try to find someone. However, neither planet seems very interested in the other, and I also do not love the fact that the Sun is in its detriment in Aquarius. So we could say that in about two years (shown by the 2° that the Moon has to travel before squaring the Sun), you will get an opportunity to be in a relationship with someone, but you may not be satisfied with him. After squaring the Sun, the Moon will trine Mars, ruler of your seventh house, but again the mutual reception is difficult, with the Moon and Mars kind of disliking each other. I suspect that this will show a relationship that you will actually enter, probably three years or so, but it may not be easy, perhaps because he lives far away, or because you may have long-term compatibility issues.

These two planets may represent two different people, or just two phases of a relationship with the same man. If it is the former, I would probably go with the first guy, as the mutual understanding seems somewhat stronger.


— Readers who wish to get a horary reading with Nina Gryphon may do so via the astrology readings webpage.

Free Astrology Advice: Horary Astrology – Will We Get Back Together or Should I Keep Looking?

January 24, 2007 by  

Loves of the Winds and of the Seasons

Horary Question:

Will I soon find my true & lasting love? And what about my ex-girlfriend, is it possible to renew our relationship in a healthy way this time? Let me start by telling you that I have known my last girlfriend a few years. We were friends then became lovers, and back again, friends, since we broke up six months ago. We had some trust issues, age differences to work up with, or just bad timing, I don’t know. Anyway, I had that painful feeling like losing my soulmate long after the breakup…we had a great time, and we understood each other, but didn’t have a clue.

After some time I found new opportunities, got on with my life, and convinced myself that I can handle this situation if I can manage the uncertainty of it to a minimal level, but, I still miss her optimism, warmth, sincerity, energy and great humor, all the qualities I admire in women most. We are still seeing each other occasionally, only that now she has someone else. I can feel that we still express much sympathy for each other, much joy talking to each other, but on the other hand if I am to ever stand a chance of getting this woman back, maybe I should marry her.

I’m not obsessed with her, but I’m curious to know what’s going on between us, what’s the purpose behind our earth ”relationship”?


Nina Gryphon:

Dear A.,

One of the challenges that I see a lot in relationship questions in horoscopes is that for whatever reason, the person who wants to find the perfect relationship is not quite ready to do so. Over time, in my astrology practice, that is what I look for first and foremost when asked the type of question you’re asking. I look at the readiness of the person to be in a relationship before I even look to see whether Mr. or Mrs. Right will ever show up. After all, if one is not ready, the relationship will never begin, even if there are a thousand perfect partners hovering nearby.

With that in mind, I cast a horoscope for the time that I understood your question, a method known as horary astrology. Horary astrology is the art of answering questions with a horoscope based on the moment when the astrologer understood the question. The horary chart for your question is below:

Reconcile or Find True Love?  Horary Astrology Chart


You are shown by the ruler of the first house of self, Mars in Capricorn. Your male urge to find a mate is shown by the Sun, while your emotions are shown by the Moon. The seventh house shows partners, but we do not know whether it shows your ex-girlfriend, or some other potential partner. We will have to untangle the chart to see which planet represents whom.

Both the Sun and Mars are in strong dignities of Saturn, so they are interested in whatever Saturn represents. This is one hint that Saturn may be your ex-girlfriend, but you seem conflicted about her, to say the least. The Moon, your emotions, is in the fall of Saturn, so it looks as though emotionally you are still kind of torn up about what happened between the two of you. I believe that you are not in a good place to begin a relationship right now, even if Mrs. Perfect showed up on your doorstep. This is because the Moon is also in the detriment of Venus, who I believe shows some future potential partner. On the other hand, the Moon is very interested in Mars and the Sun, your co-significators. Seeing the Moon just inside the first house of self, I get the feeling that you are nursing your wounds at this point.

Let’s see how your ex-girlfriend feels about you. I think she is attracted to you on a physical level, because Saturn is in the sign of the Sun, which is your bio urge to mate. I think that she might be interested in a reconciliation, because Saturn is retrograde, showing a potential return to the relationship. The Moon will trine Saturn in about 4°, which may indicate an opportunity to reconcile. My concern is that the Moon will still be in the fall of Saturn — you’re not going to be fully onboard with reconciling, perhaps because old disagreements or problems will once again resurface. Unless we see some degree of mutual interest, the reconciliation odds seem against you.

So, will there be anybody else on the horizon? This person will be shown by Venus, ruler of the seventh house. After meeting Saturn, the Moon would have gone to sextile Venus. I do believe that Saturn acts as prohibition in this case; your emotional entanglement with your girlfriend will probably prevent you from entering another relationship in the near future. However, the overriding take-home message is this: you have to put yourself in a position where you are truly ready for a relationship, and can contribute something of value to the partnership. Right now, you are nursing your wounds, which is not that helpful.

—Readers who wish to request a horary reading from Nina Gryphon may do so via the astrology readings page.

Free Astrology Advice: Horary Question – When Will We Conceive?

January 23, 2007 by  

Woman with Baby in Lap and Small Child

Horary Question:

When will we conceive?My husband and I are currently trying for a baby. We got married last August and started trying at the end of September. We are both in our late 20s and everything is very good in the relationship at the moment. The negative tests I’ve gotten for the last two-three months are becoming a bit depressing. I was wondering if you can offer any advice as to how long it looks like it might take us to get pregnant. I’m very positive every month as we have no reasons to worry, but also have an impatient streak!


Nina Gryphon:

Dear M.,

It’s interesting getting such a range of fertility questions as I do; ultimately, they’re all the same, because they ask the same question.However, the people asking the question couldn’t be more different.This, of course, results in charts that are very different — some practically shout yes, while others are quite discouraging.The horoscope always reflects the situation, and once you have done this for a while, you can see the overall tenor of a chart almost at first glance.The horoscope for your horary question is below:

Conceive - if and when?  Horary Astrology

The first order of business, as ever, is to check whether you can conceive at all.Many people assume they can, but they don’t really know.Out of our four significators of fertility (yours, his, and each of your houses of fertility), three planets are in neutral signs and one is in a barren sign.Given your age, this is pretty encouraging, though it’s not as strong as if several of the planets in question had been in fertile signs, for example.But you already knew that, since if you were positively brimming over with fertility, you wouldn’t be writing to me today.

There are a few idiosyncratic features of your chart that are worth noting.One, we see that your significator, Jupiter, is extremely strong.Even though it is in a neutrally fertile sign, its very strength will ensure that you can conceive.Jupiter is in its own sign of Sagittarius, and it is just outside of the 10th house, a dominant position in the horoscope.

Two, we see that the baby, shown by the ruler of the fifth house, the Moon, is in the first house, where it has lots of power to act.Finally, we see that Mars its exaltation in Capricorn is on your husband’s fifth house of fertility (the radical 11th house). Normally, I do not like to see malefics in the houses of fertility, but seeing that this one is exalted, it is less of an affliction and might give us a hint as to what is going on.It could be that your husband is not quite as fertile as he may seem, though he is still plenty fertile.The exaltation causes you to have higher expectations than warranted, in other words.

Since you have established that you will eventually get pregnant, we can push the Moon forward through so-called prohibiting aspects (namely, the upcoming square to Mars), until the Moon aspects Jupiter.It doesn’t take very much, since Jupiter is the next planet after Mars to get aspected by the Moon.This is another good sign, and this is what I mean by saying that some charts just have a much nicer tenor than others.The Moon will trine Jupiter in about 9°, which I would interpret as weeks, though if you try hard enough, perhaps you can reduce it to days!

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