Month a baby is born ‘suggests what career they will have’ – Telegraph

Being born in a certain month appears to indicate the statistical likelihood of what job a person will end up with, the study by the Office for National Statistics found.

Researchers have uncovered that the month in which babies are born could also affect everything from intelligence to length of life.

A child born December is more likely to become a dentist while someone whose birthday falls in January will tend to a debt collector, they found.

A February birth appears to increase the chances of being an artist while March babies appear to go on to become pilots.

Meanwhile, April and May are said to have a fairly even spread of professions, births in the summer months mean a much lower chance of becoming a high-earning football player, doctor or dentist.

The study was derived by researchers who analysed the birth months of people in 19 separate occupations using information from the last census, the Daily Mail reported.

Although these trends may be difficult to explain, correlations between birth months and specific health problems have a scientific basis.

Spring babies are at greater risk of illnesses including schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma and autism.They may also be less clever than classmates born in other parts of the year.

Research has suggested many of the differences are linked to a mother’s exposure to sunlight in pregnancy.

Sunlight triggers the production of vitamin D in the body and lack of this in the first months of life may have long-lasting effects.

Speaking earlier this year, Russell Foster, an Oxford University neuroscientist, said the effects were small “but they are very, very clear”.

“I am not giving voice to astrology – it’s nonsense – but we are not immune to seasonal interference,” he said.

via Month a baby is born ‘suggests what career they will have’ – Telegraph.

So um, apparently Mr. Foster doesn’t quite understand that Astrology does not necessarily indicate that there is a causal link between heavenly bodies, merely that there is a correlation between their position and various personal traits (we did use them to map the seasons for quite some time…and really, still do). Anyway, the prenatal Vitamin D link makes a lot of sense. As someone who casually studies astrology, I very much welcome new data that provides the mechanism behind the functions that have been studied by astrology for the past few millenia, and this is some very exciting data.

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