Do We Choose Our Own Birth Time?
I am not referring to reincarnation or any other metaphysical theory but rather to two separate, but perhaps related, ideas.
People have always asked the question “How does astrology work?”. That it does work is a given, which has been shown empirically and statistically, but the mechanism itself still eludes us. However, there have been a couple of developing theories in the scientific community which taken together might just provide the answer.
The first concerns an accepted concept that at the end stage of its development, the fetus releases hormones which signal the mother’s body to produce endocrine changes. These changes then actuate the birth process itself.
The second idea concerns quantum theory which has shown that in the microscopic world things are not solid but consist of electromagnetic vibration. Scientists measure the vibration by measuring a cycle of waves by frequency. We can see examples of this in our everyday life when we turn on the radio. The transmitter and the receiver must be tuned to the same wavelength (frequency)in order to function. In electronics when two systems are similarly tuned they are said to be resonant.
Astrologer Rick Levine, has suggested that while scientists recognize vibrations which are in the high frequency ranges, they pay little or no attention to frequencies which are in the low (or slow) ranges such as those produced by the planets. Levine hypothesizes that the human consciousness is resonating to the cosmic transmitters – the planetary energies- and that when we are `in tune’ our intuition is maximized. This may well explain the scientific art of astrology.
Respected British astronomer Percy Seymour, who is known for his work in understanding magnetic flux, advanced a theory based on these ideas. Levine writes:
Seymour poses the idea that the magnetic structure of the fetus grabs a moment in time when the external magnetic structure is similar. It’s as if the tuned frequencies of the genetic coding look for resonant frequencies from the cosmos and react with hormonal response when the conditions seem most favorable.
If Seymour’s theory is true, the unborn baby is, as Levine puts it, “like a surfer, stretched out on his surfboard, waiting for the ideal wave..”
This elegant idea would explain a great deal about astrology. If a person ‘chose’ to be born at a time when the planets of the solar system were most in tune with his/her own physical structure or DNA, it would stand to reason that transits to those planetary energies would coincidentally be transits to the personal physical (electromagnetic) structure and so would resonate with the individual.
This theory, however, raises a problematic question. What happens when a fetus doesn’t ‘choose’ its birth time? It would stand to reason that if the birth time were significantly different from the norm due to accident or induced birth, that the individual might experience less ‘effects’ astrologically during some transits than he/she would had they chosen to be born at a more synchronous time. In other words they would not be ‘in tune’ with as many planetary factors, especially those associated with the faster personal planets.
This would be a fertile field for research and I would be most interested in hearing from any astrologer whose has had experience with these kinds of births.