Astrology is all about time. It is defined as the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies and how these are interpreted as having an influence on human interactions and the natural world. Where were these celestial bodies in the sky at the time of your birth? Where are they now? Where will they be in the future?

Before a consultation couples provide their natal data: the precise time, date and location of their birth. From this the astrologer will draw up each person’s birth horoscope or chart, and it is the analysis of these charts that provides the information regarding the couple’s chances of becoming parents.

Astrology teaches us that there is a time and place for everything and that it is not often that technology can manipulate our Fate. We can use Astrology to identify the times when we are most likely to conceive and even then, there is no guarantee, just an increased chance of conception.

Most doctors will agree with the statement that sometimes with fertility treatment, especially where there are no specific problems, that it is simply “not the right time”. Of course this is not comforting to the patient, who is usually desperate to fall pregnant, but an astrologer can help by pin-pointing those fertile moments in a chart and getting the couple to accept the nature of time and patience.

There can be up to three astrologically fertile moments in a year in anyone’s chart, at child bearing age of course, and it would benefit both the patient and the doctor if patients would use astrology to time their treatments.

Astrology can help diagnose medical conditions that inhibit fertility. This is the most wonderful practical application of astrology – one’s physical health and the condition of the uterus, the number of eggs, the condition of fallopian tubes and the sperm count as well as morphology and motility, are all visible in the chart.

A consultation can also help to identify previously existing conditions related to STDs and other blockages of the tubes and advise on the likelihood of laparoscopy or surgery . It can help identify thyroid or other endocrine factors that inhibit hormone development, and help identify any psychological background that might be inhibiting fertility in both men and women.

Astrology, says Smuts Allsop, is uniquely positioned to address illness in the sense that illness is seen as a journey of self-identity. This is in keeping with the genre of narrative medicine, established by doctors in the 1990s, that has shown that fiction heals. Which does not mean that one can simply “make it up” or that is rubbish; on the contrary the placebo effect is most effective, the more educated, the more thorough and the more skilled the astrologer.