A Modern Medieval Textbook – Nicola Smuts Allsop
Published April 2018 by The Wessex Astrologer Ltd, 4a Woodside Road, Bournemouth, BH5 2A
Fertility Astrology is a landmark work produced over a decade of client sessions and accurate predictions of successful pregnancies. Framing astrology in terms of narrative healing, South African-born astrologer Nicola Smuts Allsop discusses the prominent myths that reveal ancestral beliefs about fertility, timing, and the interrelationship between stellar imagery and cultural practice.
She argues that accurate fertility astrology is more than just a glance at the lunar phase or the ruler of the fifth house and its condition. Her intricate fertility astrology practice weaves together techniques from various astrological traditions, including Hellenistic, medieval, traditional, fixed star, and modern astrology’s.
Often, modern medicine has difficulty in correctly diagnosing infertility in couples. Using medical astrology, Smuts Allsop shows you how to diagnose the quality of fertility of those wishing to conceive, and what should be focused on in these unexplained cases of infertility. She then teaches techniques for the successful timing of pregnancies and births. Her techniques will aid all those couples seeking to achieve conception, those using natural methods, those who need medical assistance, those using donor egg or sperm, and in worst case scenarios, surrogacy.
This is by no means a modern ‘cookbook’ of fertility astrology. Several detailed case studies demonstrate how to navigate the complex web of delineation techniques used and provide you with all the elements you need for successful client sessions. The book concludes with resources and helpful study aids to cement the material in your own practice.
Beyond the immediate concerns of fertility, Fertility Astrology provides a compelling model for the use of astrology as a narrative healing methodology in the wider, general practice of medicine.
Review by Jenn Zahrt