The news item given below is about how a couple have given birth to a healthy child by following the methods used in Vedic culture. The genetic aberrations can be put under check or even avoided if the couple plans the child in thoughtfully drafted methods of Vedic religion. Ayurveda and astrology have a say in these methods.
Speaking on astrology, I think I can give here some tips on conception of a healthy child as given by Varahamihira and others.
According to them the onset of menses follows certain planetary positions. Conception is successful in certain months only in which the menses has occurred under certain combinations.
The moon sign of the girl must be noted. The monthly movement of the moon with reference to this sign must be noted. The 3rd, 6th, 10th and 11th houses from moon sign are known as Upachayas. The other houses (1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 12th) are known as anupachayas or non-upachayas. Usually menses occurs when the moon transits non-upachaya signs. If at the time, moon receives the aspect of Mars (Mars aspects 4th, 7th and 8th houses from itself), that menses will facilitate conception in that cycle.
This is applicable to girls of child-bearing age. Sometimes menses may occur when the moon transits upachaya signs. It won’t facilitate conception even if Martian aspect is there on the moon. So the moon’s position (in non-upachaya) at the time of occurrence of menses is the primary requisite. Martian aspect is a facilitating factor for conception in that monthly cycle. Texts then proceed to analyze the conditions required for men also.
For the man, the moon must be in ‘reverse’ – that is in upachaya rasi from his moon sign and aspected by Jupiter or other friends of moon (sun, Mars) or Venus. When these conditions are present in a month for the man and woman, conception is more likely.
At the time of intercourse (lagna / ascendant) in such a month, there must not be melefics in the 7th house, for a healthy fertilization. There must be no planet in the 8th house. The lunar day (Thithi) of that time must not be Amavasya / Pournami / chathurthi (4th lunar phase) / ashtami (8th) / navami (9th) / chathurdasi (14th)
The day at that time (day starts at sunrise according to vedic astrology) can be Monday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday. Other days don’t ensure formation of a healthy embryo.
The favorable asterisms are Sravana, Rohini, Anuradha, Swati, Revathi, Moola, Uttara, Uttrashada, Uttrabhadrapada and Satabhishak. Pushya, Dhanishta, Mrigashira, Ashwini, Chiitra and Punarvasu are average.
If all the other combinations (Thithi, day) are present, the days of these stars are ok. Rest of the stars is not favored for conception. Since the moment of conception determines the nature of fertilization and the growth of the embryo into a healthy being, these astrological combinations were followed in Vedic system.
Proper dieting and body cleansing methods of Ayurveda are needed as complementary requisites to ensure birth of a healthy child. In these modern times of non-belief in Vedic system, it is a wonder that someone had thought about them and had recommended them for practice.
The news item below gives the details. Pumsavana (sex selection) is given in that article. I will write about it in a separate post.