This is the querent’s second pregnancy. The first was difficult and she needed a cesarean in order to give birth. She is now seven months pregnant. She really wants a natural birth and does not want another cesarean at all.
She wishes to know whether she will be able to give birth the way she wants it. Here is the chart and interpretation.
The angles at early degrees depict well a new beginning, a birth.
Let’s look at the mother first: she is Venus, the ascendant ruler, and the Moon. Venus is peregrine and succedent. The Moon, her emotional side, is in its detriment and angular. She is clearly distressed emotionally.
She’s concerned with the outcome of her pregnancy so next, let’s look at the worst possible outcome. Is the mother’s of the baby’s life in danger?
There is no applying aspect between Venus or the Moon and Mars, the mother’s L8. There’s no danger of death for her. Venus is conjunct the North Node by antiscion: very good; she will be well. Neither is there an aspect between Mars and Saturn, or Saturn and Mercury, the turned L8. The baby will be fine too.
OK, now let’s answer the question. Will this be a natural birth without complications?
Saturn, the baby, is in the first house; very nicely showing the baby “inside the mother”. It is well dignified by exaltation, but it is retrograde and in station. It is barely moving and going in the wrong direction. The baby is healthy but unable to do what it is supposed to do, that is, come out of the womb.
Jupiter is well dignified by triplicity and term but is sitting in a very undesirable place, right on the descendant opposing the mother; in negative reception with both the mother and the baby. The mother, Venus, is in Sagittarius, ruled by this Jupiter, who happens to be her L6. Once we see the outcome below, Jupiter’s role will become clear.
Then, we have two weak planets, one peregrine and one in detriment, afflicting the 5th house.
She will have the baby. But there are too many afflictions indicated. There will very likely be complications. The birth may not be natural.
Thankfully she was prepared. After over twenty four hours of difficult labor her cervix did not dilate, the tissue did not expand and open up. Jupiter, the principle of expansion was opposing the birth and therefore the baby could not move out — Saturn retrograde and in station. She had to have a second cesarean.
Mom, dad and baby are happy now!