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This is a brief post about Rectifying the Birth Time
About Rectification – when we work backwards using events in a person’s life to find the birth time (which is unknown at first), this is called Rectifying the Birth Chart. This is yet another example of how, in the hands of skilled astrologers, astrology definitely “works!!” Using information we have explored and discussed with the client about their personality, we might have a strong suspicion about the Rising Sign (which is the sign on the Eastern horizon at the time of birth – it creates the framework of the chart and it is vital to get events accurate in Timing Astrology) but we might not know which degree it is on.
For instance, say someone is a natural leader, they are fiery yet refined and they have a strong sense of inner confidence and self-worth, and if this influence does not show up in many other areas of their chart, there is a chance this person is a Leo Rising. But were they born with an early (e.g., 2 degrees) Leo Ascendant (Rising) or a later one (29 degrees)? In general I find the traits of early degrees to be strengthened, meaning the Leo Rising at 2 degrees would be more fiery and less refined whereas the 29 degree person would have had more time to “figure out the Leo Rising energy.” To find out, at least to within 10 minutes of the accurate birth time, we work backwards using major events from that individual’s life – these could be the birth of children, marriage, divorce, significant accidents, illnesses or surgeries, major promotions, etc. If I can get my hands on five or six accurate dates of major events, I can usually rectify a chart to within 5-10 minutes of the accurate birth time, within an hour or two. And this is not an easy accomplishment, if I may brashly say so myself! :~)
Sometimes I find that I had the right Rising sign in mind, other times not. There are indicators that can throw you off – say the individual has Neptune on their actual Rising sign, this can really fog and cloud the process of finding it! That is until you realize this possibility, ask the right questions and then it becomes clearer! Similarly having Uranus rising (near or just below the Ascendant) can fool one to think that individual has an Aquarius Rising sign, when they actually have another sign there. As the reader can discern, there is much to keep in mind when interpreting a chart, and this comes into play when rectifying the birth time.
Kirby Moore has been studying Western Astrology since 2003, having studied under numerous Western Astrologers with backgrounds in Karmic Astrology, Evolutionary Astrology and Hellenistic Astrology. He sees clients professionally for Spiritual Astrology interpretations both in person and over the phone. His private practice also includes Craniosacral bodywork and healing facilitation through healing touch. To schedule an appointment, you can reach Kirby at the following number in the U.S.: four three four, four six five, zero six zero three. Thank you for reading.