Astrologer Wendy Stacey



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CAESAREAN BIRTHS


"A Young Chick breaks its shell and comes into the world when the right moment comes – unless this shell should, for some reason, be broken earlier.  Likewise, if an infant is prevented from being born at his chosen time, the planetary evidence of his temperament will not be available.  If labour is induced by the physician, the planetary configuration specific to the birth of this foetus can no longer be assessed.  This has been demonstrated in our studies".
Gauquelin, M., 1973.  Cosmic Influences on Human Behaviour.  Aurora Press, pg 198.

Gauquelin, in his quotation, attempts to bring light to the Astrological consequences of Caesarean and induced births, and births that involve anaesthetics.  My aim in this article is not to look at Gauquelins heredity displacements but to highlight the potential crisis we face as a society as well as to point out the psychological and sociological impact that Caesarean births have on both the individual and society.   The following research is far from completion and tends to expand upon further study so the aim of this article is to ‘provoke thought’ within Astrologers.

I am not condemning Caesarean section births.  Often there is a need for medical intervention or it is necessary to perform a Caesarean section.  Rather, I would like to address the unnecessary elected ones and consider the Astrological correlations to these increasing occurrences of these particular births. 

The Astrological chart of a Caesarean birth is neither ‘good’ nor ‘bad’, but Astrological signatures are becoming apparent and one that stands out is the relationship between Pluto and the ascendant as well as Pluto’s house position, (using equal, placidus and Koch, which have found similar results).  This shows a higher rate of 1st or 8th house placements.  There are of course other Astrological factors that also need to be considered which depend on the ‘type’ of Caesarean birth experience.  An emergency Caesarean birth will be most likely performed under a general anaesthetic and usually at a time when the mother has already started labour.  The mother of an elective Caesarean birth could be given a local anaesthetic and play a larger role both in the birth and immediately after.

HOW MANY CAESAREANS?

WHY CAESAREANS?

Caesarean sections are now in danger of becoming the rule rather than the exception. The reasons for women electing to have a Caesarean birth are largely due to the enormous litigation hospitals wish to avoid.  Consultants and Physicians often prefer a more controlled procedure to avoid complications in childbirth, and subsequently avoid being sued.   Other reasons where a woman may elect to have a Caesarean birth, may be due to pain reduction, sexual attractiveness, fear of giving birth, convenient timing and quite often because of fashion.   While celebrities such as Madonna and Victoria Beckham advertise their choice to have a Caesarean section birth their experience becomes a promotion.  This will have an enormous influence over women considering methods of childbirth.  An example of this was demonstrated to me, when during a national childbirth trust workshop (1995) I learned that more than 200 years ago when an English king wished to observe the birth of his child, it was felt that the most acceptable way for him to do this was to have the queen lying down, on her back.  This form of posture had never been used previously as it contravenes with the natural laws of gravitation during childbirth.  The king’s experience lead to women across the western world following suit to a point where it is now an unquestioned norm.  In a similar way, justifications for Caesarean births are ever increasing and often women are not making truly informed decisions on the matter.

STATISTICAL FINDINGS OF ASTROLOGICAL SIGNATURES

A database of 176 Caesarean births has been collected from the years 1931 – 2002.  The source of each birth has been given by either the mother or the adult themselves and has been collected from various geographical locations around the world.  Only exact birth times have been used.

Using Bernadette Brady’s Jigsaw, the following findings were;

House positions:

These figures were compared with a control group of 176 random dates and times where all the figures differed significantly, particularly Mars and Pluto.  Ideally these figures should be measured against a control group of unintervened births to demonstrate a clear and more correct comparison, which is in the process of being collected.

Aspects:

Using an 8 degree orb for all major aspects the most evident discrepancy when comparing the Caesarean birth database to the control group was aspects involving Pluto to the Ascendant and Neptune to the Ascendant. 

Pluto/Asc – the square tended to be at least 6% higher than the other aspects within the Caesarean database and 56% higher compared to the control group.  Overall, the whole Caesarean database found 28.4% of NO aspects, and the control database found 39%. 

Neptune/Asc – the square tended to be at least 5.5% higher than other aspects within the Caesarean database and 67% higher compared to the control group.  Overall, the whole Caesarean database found 26.1 of NO aspects, and the control database found 34.5%.

CHARTS OF CAESAREAN BIRTHS

The mother of this child, whom I personally assisted, resisted the pressure to have a Caesarean advised by her Consultant.  The mother of this child carries her children ‘sideways’ which is medically labelled an ‘unstable ly’  and was therefore clinically advised to have a Caesarean birth in order to avoid a breech one.  Despite the fact that the mother had a maternal history of unstable ly’s but eventually having a head first birth, she was pressured to have a Caesarean one.  They booked her appointment 14 days before her due date and harassed her with calls from paediatricians at all times of the day, and dumped boxes of literature on her front door outlining horror stories of breech births to convince her to have a Caesarean birth.  The following appointment was made for her:  The chart for this time is labelled Chart 1.

This woman researched childbirth extensively and continually resisted the pressure to have a Caesarean birth.  She felt she wanted a natural birth for her child and to give the child a chance to arrive when it wanted.  Although, not an easy labour with the continuous pressure from consultants and physicians, with the assistance and support of her midwife, she delivered at home 4 days before her expected date and the birth chart of the child is labelled 1A.  The point of this comparison is that if the mother had relented to the pressure, this child would have perhaps had a more difficult birth, with moon conjoined Pluto applying to oppose the ASC, placed in an intercepted house (placidus) square Mercury, ruler of the chart.  Additionally, Uranus and Neptune are conjoined with the MC, which could have made anaesthetic and separation issues more highlighted.  Although neither of these charts is necessarily preferable, it at least demonstrates what we as Astrologers can expect with Caesarean birth charts.

Chart 2 is the chart of a child who was born despite their mother’s resistance for a Caesarean birth.  The hospital’s policy (as with most UK hospitals) has a maximum allowance of 10 hours for labour.  The mother of this child was in labour for this time so physicians found it necessary to break her waters and give her medication to induce her.  The mother found this frightening and unnecessary and felt given time her child would have come naturally and at their own time.  Although it is difficult to assess the impact of the birth due to the child’s age the mother still feels she has not completely given birth to her child.

THE ASTROLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES ON THE INDIVIDUAL

“This amazing and astonishing means of knowing a child’s temperament from the moment he is born is now in danger of disappearing just at a time when we have come to understand it scientifically – unless our cry of alarm is heard.  Naturally, we do not advocate a return to the middle Ages, where nature alone ruled supreme.  We do not want to deny a mother assistance when she needs it, but many deliveries could progress normally without unnecessary intervention”.

M Gauquelin. M., 1973. Cosmic Influences on Human Behaviour.  Aurora Press, pg 203

There is very little medical research to date on the effects of Caesarean births in later life.  The small amount of research conducted tends to concentrate on the first few months of development following the birth.  One study found by Churchill, found mothers to find their Caesarean birth children to be more difficult, found discipline a problem, had less immunisation, felt their babies develop later, had less eye to eye contact and rated their infants less optimally on revised infant temperament questionnaires (Churchill, 1997:p97).

How do we interpret the consistent and evident relationship between Pluto and the Asc and 1st or 8th house, what do we expect from someone with this Astrological signature and how would we assess the effects of a birth in later life?

If we take the Ascendant as the birth moment we have a child who is possibly denied the first and extraordinarily deep transformative experience, which all human beings endure.   The child plays no role in controlling their experience or internal environment or given the chance to co-operate with their mother.  Instead, the long awaited and anticipated transformation is replaced with one of another kind, one of a more violent, traumatic and unexpected nature.  Overwhelming shock and absolute horror might well be the first feelings a child experiences as its first encounter into their new environment.

This is a primate position where the individual strives to survive and perhaps feels they have to control their environment, almost a feeling of defending oneself against anything that may threaten them or their existence.  Their first experience of anything may be met with speculation as it does not trust easily, which may result in a feeling of isolation, where personal strength thrives from their ability to depend only on themselves.  There is often a need to exert their personal power onto others and their environment as it yearns to understand and change things to confirm their existence.   There is also a tendency to feel somewhat oppressed or suppressed in some way or this may be projected onto others.  They have the ability to smell a rat – as they have to!  They are suspicious of others, and hence, how others perceive them, which often makes them reactive rather than creative, which may create a need to mask themselves in order to avoid exposure.  Interestingly, Churchill’s quote on how mothers perceive their children to be, with less eye to eye contact and temperament issues could be reflective of this Astrological signature.

WHAT ABOUT THOSE BORN WITH PLUTO ASPECTING THE ASC HOUSE OR A PROMINENT POSITION IN THE CHART?

Those born with the same Astrological signatures and who did not have a Caesarean birth may still have had a traumatic birth.  How we interpret the Astrological signatures is potentially the same.  My own chart has the same signature and although I had a reasonably normal and natural birth myself, (interestingly, every effort was made to ensure this), my own two experiences with childbirth have been difficult with Caesarean births advised also, which of course I declined.  Additionally, I had been passionate about the subject of Caesarean births long before having children, which was sparked by rectifying clients charts and discovering how the birth process can play a major part in attempting to rectify, or confirm the timing of a birth chart.  It was both shocking and fascinating to find the amount of Pluto/Asc Astrological signatures associated with Caesarean births.

Issues of childbirth may still be prominent whatever the birth experience.  Some woman may feel quite scared at the thought of delivering a child or (men also) could be fearful of the child’s safety during such a ‘natural’ procedure and would prefer a more controlled procedure.  Parent’s anxiety surrounding the physicality of childbirth could very well be a deciding factor not to have children.  The childbirth issue will be evident or present itself in some form or another, which may (or may not) reflect the process they personally endured when they were born.

DON’T YOU THINK A CHILD WILL BE BORN AT A TIME WHEN IT CHOSES?
THE ASTROLOGICAL SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES 

Astrologers find themselves in fate and free will debates often and many Astrologers believe that a child is born at a time that it chooses, naming their circumstances.

If this is the case with Caesarean births then we are about to encounter enormous psychological and political ramifications within our society. 

If the ‘lexicalised’ childbirth process increases at the rate it has in the past decade natural birth runs the risk of becoming the exception or the radical.  We are all part of a society responsible for pioneering a technological revolution where cloning and genetic engineering will ultimately become an integral part of our society.  Is there any concern that we may not have natural births anymore?  The knock on effects of this could manifest in choices such as, why do we need women to even carry babies for 9 months, and then maybe why even physically procreate.  This may sound far fetched but if we look at the fashion associated with the King of England 200 years ago, and the changing attitudes towards technology and childbirth only 20 years ago, we need to give careful consideration to the outcomes of ‘medicalised’ childbirth, and Astrology can help us define and analyse this.  Al Morrison wrote an article on ‘Untimely births’ saying,

“Dumping this vast population of Astrologically –displaced people into our general population at such a cataclysmic rate promises drastic social stresses that will increase at exponential rates as such high-tech practices are more often pursued and more often ‘recorded’ as normal.  There is nobody aware of this active, destructive impact on our social order.  Nobody is doing anything about it”.

Al H Morrison, The Mountain Astrologer, March, 1994.

If we consider the notion that children are born at a time that the ‘soul’ chooses we would have to accept that these children are born before the time they would arrive naturally, which was their own choice, and they have allowed the consultants diaries to advocate for them.  Caesarean sections are scheduled to ensure this and where mothers or physicians elect a Caesarean, the procedure is conducted between the hours of 9am – 5pm.  The Astrological correlations for these babies would be to have their natal Sun, almost always Mercury and (frequently Venus) positions presented only in the houses between the 8th and the 12th.   Which means of course that as an example, it will be the exception to be a Capricorn with a Virgo Ascendant or a Libran with a Taurus Ascendant.

The present database wasn’t able to define which particular Caesarean births were elective or emergency so an analysis was taken from the last 8 years to the present when Caesarean births were more ‘elective’ than before, but please note that many of these births could still well be emergency Caesarean.  It was found that the 9th house Sun positions were notably lower, where the 12th, 11th, 10th, and 8th were still significantly higher than other house positions.  Which is what we would expect in the future for elected Caesarean births.  The notably lower 9th house positions we can also expect as these possibly account for consultant’s absence during lunch hours!

The question Astrologers are confronted with is, either:

Do we accept the notion that society wishes to present itself in this way, and if so, what does this mean?  Is it that the western world is collectively and unconsciously anxious to create a new purist society through a less controversial and voluntary type of cloning that will inevitable change psychological profiles and ultimately major global events.

Or do we see unnecessary and scheduled intervention a major contributor to imposing restrictions on the individual and society.  To what extent are we removing personal freedom and privacy, and the individual Astrological complexity each of us possess.  Gauquelin and Morrison expressed the need for a wake up call, and as Astrology is perhaps the best (and only) tool to define the consequences at this point in time, are we prepared to support them.

References:

1  Churchill, Helen., 1997.  Caesarean Birth; Experience Practice and History.  Books                   for Midwives Press.

2  Gauquelin, Michael., 1973.  Cosmic Influences on Human Behaviour.  Aurora Press.

3  Gauquelin, Michael., 1973.  The Cosmic Clocks.  Granada Publishing.

4  Kitzinger, Sheila., 1991.  Homebirth and other alternatives to hospital.  Doubleday.  London

5  The UK National Childbirth Trust website.

6  Morrison, Al H., 1994.  Untimely Birth.  The Mountain Astrologer.


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