Free Astrology Advice – Horary Astrology: When Is the Best Time to Conceive?

September 30, 2006 by  

Free Astrology Advice - Horary Astrology - When to Conceive?  Mother and Child


Me and my husband have been recently thinking about having a baby. We thought we would start trying at the end of the year. The problem is that I have gone and looked at my transits for the next few years and am now completely scared as a result of what I see and can’t explain to my husband why it may not be a good idea to do this. (He thinks astrology is ridiculous.) What I am worried about is that I am only seeing the negative side to all of this and I really need someone else’s opinion about these transits in relation to deciding to have a baby. At the end of 2007, saturn moves into my fifth house and will eventually oppose my pisces sun and moon at the same time that transiting Uranus conjucts them. I see that as a pretty heavy thing by itself but when a baby is added to the picture it seems crazy. Then there is the fact that the child would be born with this configuration and forever activate this in me.
I don’t know. To be honest I feel ridiculous basing such an important decision off of astrology. I have studied astrology long enough to know that all is not negative, that things can be looked at in many more ways than one but still I am lost in my fear of really screwing up my rather wonderful life by having a baby.


Nina Gryphon:

Dear A.:

Knowing astrology can be somewhat debilitating, because you can always find reasons why the universe is conspiring against you. We seem to have this notion that for any endeavor to be successful, whether it’s having kids, or starting a new business, the stars all have to be aligned perfectly. But of course, successful projects get started all the time, and not all conditions are optimal. The main thing when deciding what is the best astrological moment to do something, is for us to practice some damage control. This takes a lot of the pressure off, and allows us to start at least on a neutral playing field, if not always a favorable one.

In a post this weekend, I discussed the best time to cut hair for fullness. In that particular chart, we were able to find some pretty darn good conditions for cutting hair. I also mentioned in that post, that electing a moment that is favorable astrologically to your purpose can be quite expensive, because it is very time consuming. In the post I’m about to write now, I will use horary astrology, normally used for answering questions, to elect a more favorable time to do something. It is not as optimal as finding a good time with election will astrology, which takes the natal chart into account, but if you’re looking for a generally positive time to do something and don’t need a lot of exactitude, it will do the job nicely.

This method does not specifically look at the transits – it incorporates them into the answer. Whatever “it” is that answers our questions through horary astrology takes the whole situation into account. Saturn transiting the fifth, by the way, is not uncommon during the first pregnancy, and does not necessarily mean awful things. Saturn is responsibility and commitment, and if pregnancy isn’t that, I don’t know what is.

The horary chart is below:

Free Astrology Advice - Horary Astrology - When to Conceive?

In a chart about fertility, we will want to look at the first house, which is the client, and the fifth house, which is the baby. We will want both houses or their rulers strong, and in reasonably good reception, showing mutual compatibility and love. In this chart, we will want to make sure that Mercury and Saturn are both reasonably strong, because they rule the first and fifth houses respectively. The way things stand now, the situation does not look fabulous. Mercury, the client herself, is about to conjoin a rather malefic Mars in Libra, where it is in its detriment. So, ideally, we will want to have conception after Mercury passes Mars. Mercury hits Mars in 1.5 degrees, and we can assume that the timeline we are looking at for the client, based on the planets’ location, is that of weeks. So, from the time of the question, which is on September 14, 2006, we’ll want to wait at least 10 days (1 1/2 weeks). Anytime after that will be good for the client. Mercury is in its triplicity, so it is fairly strong in Libra. This ensures that the mother will be in good health if she conceives after September 24, 2006.

Let us turn our attention to Saturn, Lord of the fifth house, showing the baby. Saturn is in Leo, where it is in its detriment, and it is in the malefic 12th house. We will have to wait until Saturn leaves Leo, symbolically speaking. Saturn will enter Virgo in 10.5 degrees, and the location of Saturn in a cadent house gives us a timeline of months. Therefore, the client will want to wait 10 1/2 months from the time of the question to conceive. This will ensure both that the baby is healthy, and that the relationship between mom and baby is good. In Libra, Mercury is in the exaltation of Saturn. This shows that mom is just crazy about the child. Saturn in Virgo is in the sign of Mercury, showing that child loves the mother.

This gives us a pretty good timeline with which to work. I would strongly advise against conceiving before the 10 1/2 month time is up, both for the well-being of the baby and the relationship between mother and child. Good luck, and let me know how it goes.

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Free Astrology Advice: Will I Conceive? Or Should I Adopt?

September 20, 2006 by  

Free Astrology Advice - Fertility - Lady Cockburn with Three Sons


I am in my late thirties, and not in the best of health. In and before my three years of marriage, I have had eight surgeries, several on my reproductive system. My husband has been tested for fertility, and has been found to be quite fertile. Will we be able to conceive naturally or will we need to do fertility treatments to achieve a pregnancy? Will I be able to carry a baby to term after the treatments for my illness end? Are the treatments and also the fertility treatments dangerous for me? The drugs they are giving me have AWFUL side effects and I’m scared. Is adoption a more reasonable approach (for us) to parenthood, and should we put more emphasis on this approach to familyhood?


Nina Gryphon:

Dear L.,

A number of my clients are concerned about fertility – as more and more women postpone childbearing for economic reasons, the likelihood of conception also drops. Fertility treatments are very expensive, so many of my clients contact me to figure out their odds before spending tens of thousands of dollars on medical intervention. Adoption is expensive too, so for many people, the choice comes down to the financial dilemma of additional fertility treatments or an adoption application. As with all health-related questions, this is a good place to mention I am not a doctor, and you should always listen to what your doctor says first and foremost, etc.

Now let us take a look at your question, and see what is going on with your fertility potential.

Free Astrology Advice - Fertility: Can I Conceive or Should I Adopt?

First, we want to get a general sense of your and your husband’s overall fertility. You are shown by Mercury (Lord 1), in Virgo. Mercury is strong in Virgo, which is good, but Virgo is one of the non-fertile signs. The baby is shown by Lord 5, Saturn, in Leo, another non-fertile sign. This is not auspicious, but other testimonies can override it, so let us not despair yet. Your husband is shown by Lord 7, Jupiter in Scorpio, which is a fertile sign. As you mentioned, he is rather fertile. His fertility, Lord 11 (turned 5th house of fertility) is the Moon in Aries, which is a neutral sign. Mercury (you) has recently separated from the malefic South Node, showing that you have lately had health problems. Since this is shown to be in the past, the hope is that your health will improve from here on out. Note that the South Node is right on the Ascendant, showing its harmful effect on your health.

So the overall picture shows that there is some potential for fertility, but the situation is hardly optimal, due to your ill health. You mentioned that the medications are causing you serious side effects; indeed, in addition to your husband’s fertility, the Moon is the treatment. The Moon is in Aries, the fall of Saturn, so it harms whatever Saturn represents. Since Saturn rules the 5th house, it is the baby. Also, the Moon squares the 5th house cusp, further harming your fertility. Yes, the medications may well be harming your potential to conceive. The good news is that the Moon will soon move out of Aries, and will thus stop harming Saturn and the 5th house. Either your medications will finish and thus will not harm you any longer, or they will stop harming your fertlity for other reasons.

The next step is to see whether the opportunity for conception will arise. There is no applying aspect between Mercury (Lord 1, or you) and Saturn (Lord 5, the baby), so it does not look as though fertility treatments or natural means will lead to conception in the foreseeable future. Now, astrologers can be wrong, especially on something as finely balanced as fertility – if you had unlimited funds, I would say go out there, do all the fertility treatments you can and prove me wrong. But you did mention that a major concern for you is the lack of money, so you have to choose your course of action carefully. I do think adoption may be the higher-odds bet here. Some people like to do one more round of fertility treatments to satisfy their conscience and know they have done all they can in that regard. I wish you the very best of luck in creating the family you want.

– To schedule a private consultation with Nina Gryphon, you can email me at

Celebrity Astrology: Princess Kiko Has a Boy!

September 6, 2006 by  

Princess Kiko and Son - Virgin Mary with Child

For those of you who are not completely up-to-date on the Japanese Royal Succession Crisis (what do you mean, there was a crisis?), the fact that Princess Kiko had a boy today is great news. There has not been a male heir in line for the Chrysanthemum Throne for 41 years, and the country has been fretting over these for years now. If you are an astrologer, you are not surprised, of course, because Princess Kiko’s horoscope showed it all along.

Princess Kiko and the Japanese Succession Crisis

Princess Kiko was born into a middle-class Japanese family and married Prince Akishino (given name Fumihito), who is second in line to inherit Japan’s Chrysanthemum Throne. They met as undergraduates at university and married in their early twenties, a love match by all indications. Throughout her pregnancy, all eyes were on Princess Kiko. Neither Prince Akishino nor his elder brother, Crown Prince Naruhito, have sons, so the Princess’s son will be third in line to the throne, after his uncle and father.

Princess Kiko’s Horoscope

Princess Kiko’s chart is quite fortunate; the fixed star Dirah (also known as Tejat Posterior), on the left foot of the Northern Twin, is right on the ascendant. Dirah is of the nature of Mercury and Venus, and promises power and protection. Castor is the mortal of the two Twins (the Dioscuri), so Princess Kiko did not reach the very highest power, as she would have by marrying the Crown Prince, but still did very well nonetheless. In the 2nd house, exalted Jupiter on the cusp confers wealth. Jupiter rules the 10th house of status, so wealth will come from her position or occupation. Interestingly, the wealth of the spouse is not tremendous; the ruler of the 8th house is an angular but retrograde Saturn in Pisces. The fixed star Terebellum, of the nature of Venus and Saturn, sits on the 8th cusp, indicating fortune but with regret and disgrace.

For royalty, children are more a part of their fortune than the rest of us. So we must look at Princess Kiko’s 5th house of children. One of the royal stars, Spica at 23 Libra, is conjunct the 5th house cusp, promising a child who will be king. This is the only royal star in the Princess’s chart and is the more suggestive for its uniqueness.

Princess Kiko Horoscope

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