Astrology Birth Time Rectification

Birth Time Rectification

The easiest method of rectification is by transits. First and foremost, the data of events in a person's life should be analysed. Life's major events are usually shown by transits to the Ascendant or Midheaven, natal planets, and the relevant houses. At least ten such events will allow the rectification process to be more definable with regards to most likely timing. Exact dates and times are the best to use due to the accuracy of planetary positions. Just knowing a year is not of much use.

Accidents, traumatic incidents, major illnesses and the like are the best kind to use, as they are peculiar to that person rather than general to a large number. Marriage, divorce, childbirth, death of a parent or other close relative, change of employment, promotion or any other major change in circumstances affecting the native should be included. These types of things are most often shown by a major transit over the ascendant and/or MC axis or in aspect to it, though often will be found to have some correlation to the natal planets too. Naturally, the older the person, the more life experiences and therefore more to work with in the process of rectification. The events used should be spaced out as much as possible over the years. This becomes even more important if using Progressions or Solar Arcs for rectification purposes.

It is perfectly valid to erect charts for such events rather than just base it on the ephemeris. By erecting a chart it is much plainer to see the correlation between that chart and the birthchart. Even simpler is to construct a graph plotting the planetary positions for each event. This will enable easy identification of degrees that occur most prominently as they will peak in the graph. The object is to identify sensitive points which are likely to be representative of the angles of the true natal chart. The angles are the Ascendant/Descendant axis and the MC/IC axis, cusps of the first, seventh, tenth and fourth houses respectively except when using the Equal House System. The angles change by about one degree every four minutes and are very sensitive to major transits, as are the natal planetary positions. Therefore if by using event charts the major theme recurring is a hit to a natal planet, that is not very helpful initially. What we need to find are sensitive points unrelated to the planet's placements of the birthchart.

When it is noted that particular degrees are most prominent in event charts, and in particular qualities, i.e. cardinal, fixed or mutable signs, then the chances are that the most likely Ascendant and Midheaven have been found. At any given latitude the ascendant and degree is always relative to the degree of the Midheaven. So, by adjusting the birthchart in terms of the ascending degree and sign it will automatically adjust the sign and degree of the Midheaven. If the two most prominent degrees shown by the life's events charts are set so that one is the ascendant and the other the MC (Midheaven) and it works at that latitude, then this should show the natal positions of these angles.

Of course, it may be found that these sensitive points happen to be in the same position as a natal planet. This complicates the rectification procedure as, if the planet is conjunct or in a fourth harmonic aspect to the true natal angle it can overshadow the angle itself and obscure it from being an obvious sensitive point that we are hoping to find the ascendant/MC from. If no other sensitive points are located, then this is most likely to be the case.

Having found at least one sensitive point or specific degree of a quadruplicity, the next task is to ascertain whether this will be the ascendant or Midheaven. Two charts using both settings will highlight two more degrees of the other angle in each. If that then corresponds to another peak in the event charts placements you can be surer that this is indeed the rectified chart. If there occurs a problem with polarities affecting the ascendant, then both signs should be taken into account and the most likely used as the ascendant by following the verification considerations given below.

Having some idea of the time of birth, for example, born in the morning, afternoon or evening narrows down the possibilities of the ascending and Midheaven signs. Having no idea whatsoever of a time, it is necessary to try charts using a particular degree of each of the discovered quality or quadruplicity in the positions of both ascendant and Midheaven until, by elimination, only one chart remains. That will be the rectified chart and time.


Verifying Considerations

When the data of events has been analysed and the most likely ascending sign found it can be verified or not by a study of its attributes. Bearing in mind that the ascendant or rising sign is the first impression others tend to have of someone, it may be possible to eliminate certain signs as being likely candidates. Physical appearance and general temperament are also considerations when establishing a likely rising sign. For example, dark intensity being immediately noticeable on first meeting a person is most likely to show a Scorpio ascendant, but can also be an indicator of Pluto being posited near the ascendant or in the first house.

The Ascendant ruler, the ruling planet of the sign of the ascendant, is a sensitive planet in the birthchart. So, note should be made if one planet more than any other features strongly in event charts by transits or progressions or in major aspect to it. Use co-rulers too in the case of signs having two, one by tradition (before the outer planets were discovered) and one modern. This could be a prime indicator of the ascending sign.

A study of genetic (family) charts may reveal predominant signs and thus show more likelihood of some signs rather than others. There is usually much correlation between charts of family members.

Similarly, the charts of non-family but significant people affecting the life of the native also show some correlation. Setting an event chart of the meeting with a person who in time became a partner for instance will be useful. So too will the birthchart of that person in further highlighting particular degrees.

These latter considerations should be used as a back-up source to the analytical data.

Always to be borne in mind when using rectification methods is the use of daylight saving times. To gain a possible correct time when a likely ascendant is found, it should be remembered that the time that will equate might be an hour or so different due to this.

Finally, the Moon is a "planet" to pay attention to because, as in Horary astrology, it indicates a more precise timing as it shows what is happening as it aspects one planet then another. The Moon moves approximately 1 degree in two hours and can therefore pinpoint quite accurately the most likely birth time when all other considerations are taken into account.  However, some astrologers prefer to discount the moon altogether in rectification as it is so fast moving and therefore fleeting in its usefulness.

The prime and the most important step for gauging the accuracy of the horoscope is to tally the main events that have already happened in the life of the native after going through DBA (Dasha, Bhukti and Antra) & Transits. If the events tally, the horoscope is correct, if the events do not tally the horoscope requires " Birth Time Rectification ".

With a simple cursory look at the horoscope, an astrologer can know whether the time difference is little or more. On the other hand, if the horoscope is not showing the happening of the events, the native is keen to find his correct ascendant, or the astrologer is keen to cast a correct horoscope then the astrologer should apply the theory of ruling planets for " Birth Time Rectification ". This theory gives accurate and precise results. If you do not know your birth time, then do not worry….. You have come to the right place.

I will arrive at your correct birth time. I am one of the few Astrologers in the world who can rectify your birth time and arrive at your correct birth time. You only need to give me your day, month, year and place of birth along with the approximate time of your birth. You could tell me whether you were born in early morning, after noon, evening, night, mid night etc. Along with these details you need to give me some of your events which happened in your life in past along with the approximate time/day/month.

Past events could be education, marriage, separation, love affairs, illness, purchase of vehicle, property, number of siblings, number of children, parents alive or not, physical attributes or any other event which you could think as important. These events are matched with the horoscope and if these match with the time provided then the time is correct other wise the chart needs rectification which is done accordingly.

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