Research Predicting Seizures Lynne Asks: “I began studying astrology when I was 14, about one year before I had my first seizure and was diagnosed with epilepsy. While my seizures are generally under control medically, perhaps once every year I may have one (luckily at home). I was looking at my chart to see what causative agent could predict a seizure in someone already diagnosed. Do you have any helpful suggestions, and particularly, how to cope with any transit that may trigger a seizure? (If that is what is happening.) I believe that it is very Uranian and Lunar in nature: in my case, a sudden, unexpected nervous condition due to being very emotionally upset, excited or anxious. Am I missing any pieces of the puzzle here? While I understand that I have free will (and am very glad about that!) to ameliorate this condition, nothing makes it completely go away. I have been very good about medication, exercise, eating right, and trying to keep a balanced perspective on life. I have been repeatedly by doctors that I am very lucky compared to most diagnosed with epilepsy, because I can lead a full life. However, whenever I get really excited, I can expect a seizure at an unknown time and place. I don’t want to happen when I’m scuba diving or driving on LA freeways.” Kevin Answers: Lynn, What you have here is an astrology research question. Granted, since you’re going to be researching issues that only affect you personally, it’s not a research question with a very broad audience. However, the approach and techniques that you will need to use can be applied to most research questions. First of all, I need to reiterate some of your disclaimers, and add a few more of my own. Having a seizure is not something that can be predicted for any number of reasons, not the least of which is that you have a rather significant degree of control over whether or not you’re going to have one in the first place. By choosing to take your medication as prescribed, by paying attention to your overall health and nutritional requirements, you’re greatly reducing the chances of having a seizure in the first place. Now, seizures can certainly be brought on by stress, and yes, astrology can certainly help you to become aware of the cycles and transits that are likely to increase the general level of stress in your life. From your question, I’m sure that you’re aware of the control that you have over these seizures; nevertheless, it’s essential that you remember that even if you are able to identify certain astrological events that have been clearly linked to seizures in the past, this doesn’t mean that these events in the future will trigger a seizure. Now that all of the free will disclaimers out of the way, we can get down to the research methodology disclaimers. What I’m going to be proposing is first and foremost entirely sloppy scientific research. True astrological research begins with a specific hypothesis that is then tested against a representative sample of charts, and a control group, to determine if a specific hypothesis has broader or universal applications. You don’t care, however, what transits may trigger seizures in general; you’re only concerned about the triggers that are specific to you and to your chart, and therefore, you can afford to work backwards. NOTE: The techniques that I’m going to be talking about are at the intermediate to advanced level, and I’m not going to spend too much time explaining them here. I’m also going to assume that you have access to a professional astrological charting program, such as Solar Fire, because while all of these techniques can be performed manually, it become nightmarishly time consuming to do so. NOTE: These techniques can be used for other personal cycles and events as well. Whenever I refer to a “seizure” simply substitute the other event(s) in question. To begin with, you’ll need your accurately timed birth chart, as well as the dates (and if possible, times) of as many seizures as you can muster. You’ll probably need at least six seizure dates to be able to identify any significant trends. You can also factor in times when you felt like you might be getting ready to have a seizure, but were able to respond in time with medication or rest, and so avoided the seizure. What we’re looking for here are both actual events, and times when the potential for that event was particularly strong, whether or not the event occurred. If the seizures are sufficiently significant events, they can in fact be used to help rectify your natal chart. It’s quite possible that one or more of the Angles in your chart are involved in the seizures. Since we’re dealing with an event, and an unpleasant and stressful one at that, we’re going to be focusing on the hard aspects—the 8th harmonic series. Set up a table where you list the positions of the planets and of your Progressed Moon, for each of the event dates. Note if there are any obvious themes among these dates. Are there a significant number of planets at the same degree of a specific modality (e.g., several planets in each example around 12 degrees Mutable)? Is there some aspect common between all of the charts (transiting Moon in hard aspect to Uranus, for example?). The best way to look at the way that the event transits impacted your natal chart is to use a Graphic Ephemeris. (Click Here for an example of a Graphic Ephemeris for my chart, tracking the transits for the month of January 2000). With the Graphic Ephemeris, you can immediately see how the planets in your chart are being aspected, and in particular, you can see when groups of planets in hard aspect in your natal chart are receiving multiple hard aspect transits—these are the stressful days and weeks, and it’s likely that you’ll find some very significant patterns when you look at your seizure charts. You can generate a graphic ephemeris for any modality. Using a 45° angle gives you all of the 8th harmonic aspects, and this is generally the best place to start. If, however, you have a natal chart that has strong 7th or 14th harmonic patterns, it’s also important to look at a 14th harmonic graphic ephemeris (use an angle of 25 degrees 42 minutes 51 seconds). Finally, you’ll want to look for planetary pictures and midpoints formed between the transits and your natal chart, using the 90° dial. According to Uranian Astrology, the following planetary pictures are associated with Epilepsy: Sun + Neptune – Uranus Mercury + Neptune – Uranus = Moon It may be that what you’re ultimately looking for involves one of these planetary pictures that when it occurs by transit also centers on your Sun, Moon or Ascendant. If you’re not able to do all of this research, the best way to pinpoint the times of increased stress is by using the Graphic Ephemeris. Any time period where you’ve got two or more planets triggering any of the hard aspect clusters in your chart is going to be stressful; and when you have three or more planets hitting at the same time, you’re definitely looking at crisis days when you’ll want to be extra careful.