There are many uses for astrology, but most people aren’t aware of them until certain circumstances present themselves in their lives. One of the more popular areas of life that lead people to astrology is when couples are trying to conceive a child. There could be any number of reasons for this, perhaps there was an interest in astrology beforehand, but never any real want to get into it. It could be that emotions are generally running high when there’s been no success after a handful of tries and so the urge to go into less orthodox methods takes hold. There may be some logic behind astrology and fertility, after all, both the female menstruation cycle and the lunar cycle are about 28 days, so maybe there’s something behind it after all.
Astrology generally has very simple rules when it comes to fertility and the likelihood of childbearing. Signs and planets are divided into either fertile or barren and basically the more you have of one the more or less likely you are to have a child or have many children. There are several different astrological methods to have a child, perhaps by using electional astrology to find a good time to have sex to conceive the child, or perhaps through the use of an astrological talisman to help increase the person’s natural fertility. Generally, though, it’s all there in the natal chart.
You can do a quick glance at your natal chart to see if you’re likely to have children or not, or just how much effort could go into the ability to conceive naturally. First, we have to have a rundown of the planets and the signs:
Venus and Jupiter are the two most fertile planets. Being the benefics, it’s their natural job to nurture and grow things to their full potential. On the other side of the line are Mars and Saturn who are naturally barren due to extreme heat and extreme cold, neither of which are conducive to proper growth. Mercury sits in the middle offering nothing of himself, but is described as either or depending on what planet he has the closest contact with. The Sun is more inclined to barrenness due to his heat, whereas the Moon plays a half-and-half role. Generally fertile, but it is mostly dependant on her phase; waning is barren, waxing is fertile.
The water signs Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are the three fertile signs. Pisces is the most fertile sign of the zodiac, being the domicile of Jupiter and the exaltation of Venus, Cancer is in the middle being the sign of the Moon and the exaltation of Jupiter, and Scorpio is the least as the domicile of Mars, the fall of the Moon, and the detriment of Venus. A warning comes with Scorpio, while pregnancy may be more likely in Scorpio than other signs, there is a risk of harm to the fetus or complications during pregnancy when Scorpio is involved.
Taurus, Libra, and Sagittarius are described as signs being more inclined to fruitfulness. While not the fruitful signs discussed earlier, these are a good second to have if you can’t have the water signs. Taurus is the domicile of the fruitful Venus and the exaltation of the often-but-not-always fruitful Moon. Libra gets this classification as the domicile of Venus, and Sagittarius gets in this group through being the domicile of Jupiter.
Going the other direction, the signs more inclined to barrenness are Aries, Capricorn, and Aquarius. All three of these signs are here because of their association to the barren planets. Aries is the domicile of Mars, and Capricorn and Aquarius are both domiciles of Saturn. Aries could have been saved by being the exaltation of the Sun, but even he is more inclined to barrenness. Capricorn is probably the worst of the semi-barrens as it is also the exaltation of Mars. Now, there does appear to be some arguments about where Aquarius really belongs, either in this group or the semi-fruitful group. Aquarius is home to some very fortunate fixed stars and the stream of water that pours from his urn is a depiction of fertility that manifests in the February rains washing the land and getting ready for the spring growth. However, I feel Aquarius more easily fits in this group as the domicile of Saturn and fall of the Sun, also, men can’t bear children and I bring this up because it is this similar logic that is used for a sign in the next group.
The worst of the worst, most barren signs in the zodiac are Gemini, Leo, and Virgo. Many modern astrologers consider Gemini as a fruitful sign and consider its placement in this group as counterintuitive. After all, you’ve got to be pretty fruitful to have twins when you were only trying for one! However, this isn’t the logic used. Gemini is the domicile of Mercury, who Lilly says “Discerns nothing of himself”. Meaning that since Mercury is neither barren nor fruitful, it makes it difficult to call, however the real breaker here is that men can’t bear children. Leo being the house of the rather barren Sun gets put in this group with the added argument that lions “bring forth young rarely”. Finally, Virgo also gets put in this group being the domicile and exaltation of Mercury, and if that double-whammy wasn’t enough, consider for a moment that virgins don’t have kids.
You can take these special considerations as well as the basics of horoscopic astrology and figure out the likelihood of having children yourself. For instance, I’ve got Cancer on my fifth house which is a good argument for fertility and having many children, the Moon is also waxing in my chart, adding another testimony on that side. However, the Sun in Leo is in the 5th and the Moon is in Leo as well. A barren planet occupies a barren sign in the fifth house, and the lady of the fifth occupies a barren sign as well. What makes matters worse is that the Moon is combust of the Sun. Unfortunately, there are no aspects helping the Moon out in this situation or aspects to the Fifth house cusp. So it’s either I’m going to have no children or only one. Wintersprite on the other hand has two children, a boy and a girl. Her chart has Gemini on the 5th with Mercury in Capricorn conjunct Mars. So far it’s a barren sign and a barren planet (Mercury takes on the attributes of the planet it’s most closely connected with, this being the aforementioned conjunction with Mars, and Mars is barren) in a semi-barren sign. There are no planets in the fifth house, and Mercury’s dispositor is none other than Saturn (barren) in Aquarius (semi-barren). There’s a saving throw by a very close Trine from Venus (fertile) in Aquarius (semi-barren). Had Wintersprite been a client of mine I would have told her she’s likely to have one son, but she has a firstborn daughter as well, which means she has some explaining to do.