ASTROLOGY AND CHILDBIRTH
(Investigator 176, 2017 September)
A PROPHETIC INVESTIGATION
If astrology is scientific and the stars or planets that people are
born under influence their lives for good or evil it would be important
to delay or induce babies' births accordingly.
A long-ago Investigator Magazine
investigation into this matter has turned out prophetic in that the
astrological timing of births is now occurring, particularly among
THE 1991 INVESTIGATION
In 1991 the following letter was sent to Adelaide's Queen Elizabeth
|1991 August 1
Dept. of Obstetrics
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
I respectfully request an answer to a question
Michel Gauquelin, a French scientist now
noted for discovering the alleged "Mars effect". He correlated
the positions of the planets with the moment of birth of
Obstetricians, nowadays, can induce or delay
safely by weeks. This is enough variation to change the constellations
and planets a baby is born under and hence whether he'll be rich or
poor, famous or ignorant, talented or stupid, etc. Get the timing wrong
and a life is ruined!
In view of the popularity of astrology it may not
long before society's failures sue obstetricians for letting them be
born under an unlucky star and denying them the good life that the
planets of a week earlier would have bestowed.
All this places an awesome responsibility on
charge of maternity wards and I would like to know what's being done
about it at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
A reply from the QEH was received and requested: "scientific evidence
showing that delaying, or delivering early, changes a person’s future
"Investigator" sent the reference An
Astronomer Defends Astrology (Omni, December 1989) and a note
If the stars and
planets influence our general course in life as well as daily events
then it is important to time the birth of babies as well as of surgical
operations not by the urgency of the case or by the availability of
beds or surgeons but by the calculations of astrologers!
If the Q E H has an Ethics Committee you will surely
want to bring this crucial point to their attention!
No further response from the QEH was received.
AN ANCIENT SUPERSTITION
Of course the 1991 investigation was "tongue in cheek". In Investigator #8 astronomer Michael
O'Leary had referred to astrology as an "ancient superstition", given
evidence against it, and concluded that "a little knowledge of
Astronomy" exposes astrology "as an absurdity."
The implication for childbirth in the letters to the QEH was merely
another way of suggesting that astrology is unscientific, therefore
irrelevant in medical practice, and rightfully ignored whenever
important is at stake.
However, the situation is different among Hindus and also changing in
Australia at large:
Wikipedia says of astrology in
concepts are pervasive in the organization of the calendar and holidays
as well as in many areas of life, such as in making decisions about
marriage, opening a new business, and moving into a new home. Astrology
retains a position among the sciences in modern India. Following a
judgment of the Andhra Pradesh High Court in 2001, some Indian
universities offer advanced degrees in astrology. (The decision was
upheld by the Supreme Court of India in 2004)
Astrology remains an important facet of Hindu folk
belief in contemporary India. Many Hindus believe that heavenly bodies,
including the planets, have an influence throughout the life of a human
being, and these planetary influences are the "fruit of karma." The
Navagraha, planetary deities, are considered subordinate to Ishvara,
i.e., the Supreme Being, in the administration of justice. Thus, these
planets can influence earthly life.
THE SITUATION TODAY
In 2012 The Economist
published a report on "Medicine and Astrology".
The report commences with a woman whose caesarian was timed for her by
a Hindu priest a month in advance:
Pranathi Reddy, is familiar with such requests. She timed the Caesarean
section so the baby would emerge, head first, at the prescribed hour...
Hindus believe that [fate] can be tweaked by picking
subha muhurtha, as
the lucky windows are known in Sanskrit. They marry, start a new job or
set off on journeys on good days of the week...
Dr Reddy says over 80% of the mothers she sees want to
give birth at an auspicious time if theirs is a planned Caesarean
delivery. Those who plump for induced labour also plan ahead...
Rising incomes and a thriving health-care industry have
pushed up the rate of Caesarean births in urban India, from 7% in 1993
to 17% in 2006...
Hinduism is becoming a major religion in Australia, sometimes labeled
"the fastest growing religion", almost doubling since 2011. Census
figures chart its progress:
The 24-page Government book Health
care providers' handbook on Hindu Patients (2011) includes a
brief mention of Hindu "Astrological Beliefs":
• Many Hindus hold strong astrological beliefs and may
believe the movement of the planets has a strong influence on health
• Patients may wish to schedule appointments or
surgeries according to these beliefs.
Of Australia's population as a whole over 40% take astrology seriously.
A survey published in 2009 of the percentage of Australians who hold
various beliefs included:
• Miracles 63%
• Heaven 56%
• Life After Death 53%
• Angels 51%
• ESP 49%
• Evolution 42%
• Hell 38%
• Devil 37%
• UFOs 34%
Several decades earlier astrology believers were estimated at 30% —
therefore seem to be increasing.
investigation seems to have been prophetic. With Hindus in Australia
increasing, and astrology believers already numbering over 40% of
Australia's population, the timing of births to coincide with favorable
planets and stars could become serious medical and legal issues!
Astrology And Obstetrics, Investigator
#23, March 1992
Health care providers' handbook on
Hindu Patients 2011, Queensland Government
Hinduism in Australia
O'leary, M. Reply To Astrology And The Art Of Writing, Investigator #8, September 1989
December 19, 2009. Faith: What Australians believe in