Malala Rumi Johnson, photographed by Sharon Suh, and her natal chart.
As parents, there are many choices we make for our children, some before our babies are even in utero. When her first was born, Yasmine's 19 hours of back labor turned into an emergency c-section. When she found out she was pregnant again, she was advised that she should schedule a c-section just in case. It turns out, like L.A. preschools and Osteria Mozza, Cedars books out waaay in advance. A believer in planetary influences, Yasmine found herself daunted with choosing her baby’s birthdate and time. Enter Gahl Sasson, her Kabbalah Astrologer. Yes, we know how that sounds. And yes, we know you’re probably wondering, Why she didn’t opt for a VBAC? But those conversations were had ad nauseam with her doc, and again after viewing a documentary about midwife Ina May Gaskin.
As we were saying: Yasmine sat with Gahl in his expertly feng shui-ed Silverlake office. “Gahl, um, I am guessing, or at least hoping, you’ve gotten this one before? I have to schedule a C-section for my baby and I feel really weird picking a birthdate and time.” Gahl started tapping away on his Mac. (His is not a crystal ball kind of setting; it’s very scientific with Gahl talking you through precisely where the moon, planets, and stars will be at any moment, on any day, and what that means for your child.) As Gahl checked each Cedars-approved date, he thought out loud. Mornings before noon would be no good. The Sun, representing vitality and the father, would be in the 12th house, which “might create opposition to the father.” That sounded ominous. Okay, no morning scheduled C-section. The other big no-no was if the moon was going to be Void of Course. “It is said that when the moon is Void of Course, she does not listen to our needs,” Gahl reasoned. The only thing worse than opposition to the father on your delivery day apparently is a disagreeable moon! A few more charts and planetary considerations later and the date was settled: November 1st, after 12pm.
Or so we thought. As it turned out, Malala Rumi Johnson picked her own time. Thanks to renovations at Cedars and a shortage of rooms, she was born at 7:13 p.m. on her Gahl chosen date, November 1st. Next on Yasmine’s astrological agenda: having Gahl do Malala’s newborn chart to look at what energies would help her grow into her full potential. Again, we know, we know.
But consider it this way: Parents read nine months’ worth of pregnancy books. When our babies come into the world, we Google every symptom and examine every decision. We ask friends and family for advice on matters big and small. Science (not cosmic pondering) tells us the combined gravitational forces of the moon, the sun and rotation of the Earth create the ocean’s tides. Since our babies are made of mostly water, is it so crazy to throw astrology into the resource mix?
Cedars, we apologize in advance for any after 12 p.m. requests you receive. You can take it up with the Sun.
Click here for more on Gahl’s detailed 411 on scheduling an astrologically preferred C-section.
With seven children ranging in age from four months to sixteen years between them, sisters and MamaLA bloggers Yasmine Delawari Johnson and Soraya Delawari Dancsecs are experts at parenting in L.A. They take a break from PTA board meetings, cooking, and producing films to blog at CityThink each Thursday.