In January I posted my answer to a horary question from a pregnant woman asking, “Will my baby be born at the birth center and when?” I’ve heard back from her, and happily she and her new baby girl are both doing well – after a scary start. She gave me permission to post a follow-up post, so let’s see if I read the horary chart correctly.
At the time, I broke down her question as follows:
“Can I do what I want? (i.e. have my baby at the birth center)”
I said, “Yes, to some extent.” The querent’s significator was Jupiter in its term – a minor dignity.
“When will the baby be born?”
I saw that Venus, Lord 5 and thus ruler of the baby, was 7 degrees of arc from crossing the ascendant. I suggested this meant the baby would arrive in 7 days. I also saw an applying sextile between Moon and Mercury, perfecting in 15 degrees but with poor mutual reception. I said the querent shouldn’t wait the full two weeks (15 degrees = 15 days) before inducing if necessary.
The chart was cast on 22 December at 6:22 am. The querent reports that she went to the birth center 6 days later, very early in the morning, and the baby arrived a couple of hours later. (The querent has asked that I not share exact birth date & time.) However, the baby was having some difficulties and was quickly transported to a neonatal ICU, while the querent also had to be admitted to the hospital with low blood pressure issues. Querent was released 3-4 days later, while the baby stayed in the hospital for a full 10 days after her birth. As the querent said to me, “a very scary way to start but she’s a perfectly healthy and happy baby now… So, I guess I sort of got what I thought I wanted with the birth center birth, and honestly, it’s probably better we were there as I think that the birth was faster. Had the end stage taken longer, she may have gone into distress.”
I predicted that the querent would be able to do what she wanted to some extent, namely, have her baby at the birth center. She did give birth there, though medical issues required her and her child to be admitted to the hospital shortly after the birth.
I predicted that the baby would arrive in 7 days. Actually, the baby arrived 6 days after the date of the chart. Pretty good, though not exactly right. Venus, representing the baby in the horary chart, was traveling at about 1 degree 15 minutes per day when the question was asked. This is faster than average for Venus. If I’d seen that, I might have realized I could trim a little bit off my prediction.
I saw that something was happening in 15 days, but didn’t really have insight as to what it was. The baby was finally released from the hospital 15 days after the date of the chart. But I’m not taking credit for that, as I didn’t understand it.
Class dismissed! Have a great day, and thanks for reading. If there’s a horary question I can answer for you, just ask.