Barren Signs

Barren Signs

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The barren signs are the signs of the zodiac traditionally said to deny children (i.e., to indicate sterility) when placed on the cusp of the fifth house, the house of children. These signs are Gemini, Leo, and Virgo. A number of other signs are regarded as being somewhat barren. The traditional barren planets are Mars and Saturn; some astrologers now add Uranus. The fertile signs and planets are referred to as fruitful. The classification of the zodiac into degrees of barrenness and fruitfulness has been largely abandoned because contemporary astrological research has failed to verify this traditional interpretation. However, some modern astrologers hold the modified view that barren signs limit the number of children, rather than actually deny them. The traditional barren signs are still regarded as unfruitful in agricultural astrology, however.

Sources:

Gettings, Fred. Dictionary of Astrology. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1985.
Lee, Dal. Dictionary of Astrology. New York: Paperback Library, 1969.
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In agricultural astronomy (not astrology), the 12 benchmark constellations are divided into the six fertile signs and the six infertile or barren signs.