Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Mammal Dads Matter More Than Previously Thought

When a mammal dad provides fatherly care, such as feeding hungry young and toting sons and daughters, he usually gets more matings with mom as well as larger litters, finds an extensive new study. This means that fatherly care goes hand in hand with the reproductive success of mothers, according to the research, which is published in the journal Nature Communications. While the study doesn't name the top dads among mammals, co-author Isabella Capellini offered some possibilities. June 14

The research was carried out at the University of Hull and published during the First Quarter Moon. A chart for the Moon phase at Hull carries hints about the subject of the research. The luminaries form a T-square with the TNP Cupido (family) in the 5th house of children. The Moon is conjunct Jupiter amidst the stars of Ursa Major, the Great Mother Bear. On the Ascendant are the stars Kochab, beta Ursa Minor and Dubhe, alpha Ursa Major i.e. stars of the Mother Bear with her little cub. Mother Bears are known to be very protective of their cubs.

The Sun [21ge] is conjunct Capella. Alpha (α) Auriga, Capella, is a white star and the 6th largest star in the sky marking the goat that the Charioteer is carrying on his left shoulder. Auriga is a strange figure and is often depicted with  Haedi, the two stars depicted as kid goats, offspring of Capella, following her. About this area Diana Rosenberg writes:

At some point they need to recognize that they are role models for the next generation and to accept this joyful burden, resisting temptations to be selfish, dishonest, careless or irresponsible or they will have failed the lessons of this lifetime. The Charioteer, reins firmly in his hands, protects and takes responsibility for the mother Goat and her Kids in his charge.

With the foregoing highlighted by the First Quarter Moon chart, it should be no surprise that the subject of the study is good parenting!

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