Pay attention to self-care during tonight’s complex New Moon in Cancer, which is also a Solar Eclipse.  Influences from Saturn, Pluto and Uranus combine to put demands on your ability to understand and respond to your own needs.  You’ll find yourself crashing and burning if you don’t honor their demands.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: July 1, 2011
Time of eclipse: 1:54 AM PST
Type: partial (moderate in intensity)
Visible in: a small patch of ocean between Antarctica and southern Africa.
At: 9 degrees Cancer
Shadow Agents: Saturn (in Libra), Pluto (in Capricorn), Uranus (in Aries)

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you most likely experienced this eclipse:
June 26-July 6
September 27-October 8
December 26-January 5
March 25-April 4

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable.  A solar eclipse is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event (unlike a lunar eclipse, which is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door.  You answer it. The Sun and Moon sweep in, carrying trays of food.  Behind them crowd Saturn, Pluto and Uranus, carrying loads of cushy, comfy things.
Moon:  Mange, mange!  You’ve got to eat something!  You’re wasting away to skin and bones.
She pinches your cheek and fills a plate for you.
You:  But what if I’m not hungry?
Saturn:  Actually, you are hungry.
Pluto:  To be precise, your soul is hungry.
Uranus:  Hungry for freedom . . .
Pluto:  For change . . .
Saturn:  And maybe hungry for structure.
You:  I’m confused.
Sun:  You should be.  There’s a lot going on during this eclipse.
Moon:  The main point is you need to take care of yourself, or you’ll crash and burn—
Sun:  —and because this is a Solar Eclipse, you’ll see the effects in your life, out where everyone else can see them too.
You:  So what do I need to do?
Moon:  Take care of yourself.  Take good care of yourself.  Really take good care of yourself.
Saturn, Uranus and Pluto have been arranging pillows, cushions and other comfort items on the sofas.  The Moon is tucking you in while the Sun props a pillow under your head.  You begin to relax deeply and suddenly you remember it’s been a long time since you’ve allowed yourself this.
Saturn:  Take such good care of yourself that your responsibilities do not weigh on you, and you don’t need to choose between fulfilling promises to others and being kind to yourself.
Uranus:  Take such good care of yourself that you feel liberated, freed and energized by it, instead of trapped.
Pluto:  Take such good care of yourself that you can maintain a sense of safety and security even when life throws its biggest ups and downs at you.
You:  And what if I don’t?
Sun:  All kinds of bad things can happen.
Saturn:  Job loss, financial pressures, heavy responsibilities.
Pluto:  Deep gloom can descend.  Negative thoughts everywhere.  Emotional meltdown.
Uranus:  Chaotic disruptions.  Feelings of entrapment.  Rebellious outbursts.  You could really blow it!
Saturn:  Yes, this is definitely a test of your ability to care for yourself.
You:  I think I get the point.  It’s about self-care.  And all of you have reasons why it’s important.
Sun:  You’re darned tootin’ we do.
Saturn:  It’s time to wake up and become your own best mother, because nobody’s going to do it for you.
And off they go, leaving plates of food, cushy pillows and fuzzy blankets behind them.

Read about other eclipses coming up: 2011 Eclipses.

This month’s Full Moon is also a Lunar Eclipse and it’s setting up to be a doozy, with Mercury as the Shadow Agent.  The Moon is in sunny Sagittarius, while Mercury and the Sun are in cool Gemini.  Gemini and Sagittarius are polar opposite signs, so these factions are involved in a tug-of-war.  This eclipse is total, adding to its power.  Will you get caught in the middle?

Details About This Eclipse

Date: June 15, 2011
Time of eclipse: 1:14 PM PST
Type: total (strong in intensity)
Visible in: Australasia, Japan, Asia (except the north), India, Africa, Europe, South America (except the northwest).
At: 24 degrees Sagittarius
Shadow Agent: Mercury in Gemini

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you most likely experienced this eclipse:
June 10-20
September 12-22
December 11-21
March 10-20

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable.  A lunar eclipse is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event (unlike a solar eclipse, which is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door.  You answer it.  Mercury stands there, flanked by the Sun and Moon.  Apparently they are all having an argument and Mercury and the Sun are ganging up on the Moon, who is losing badly.  She walks in, looking sulky.
Moon:  Why is it so wrong to hope?
Mercury:  Logic dictates it makes no sense.  Even the Sun agrees with me on this.
Sun:  On any other day, I’d be on your side, Moon, but right now I’m in Gemini, so I do agree with Mercury.  Logic is important.  Besides, it makes me look cool.  The Sun pauses to check his appearance in a nearby mirror.
You:  What’s the problem here?
Moon (weeping):  they’ve burst all my balloons!  All my wonderful big ideas, my hopes, my faith, my sense of sweeping possibilities.  They’ve popped them all.  She opens her hands and shows you a set of sad, empty, bedraggled pieces of rubber that used to be balloons.
You:  Now, guys, why’d you have to go and do that?
Sun:  Because they were there?
Mercury:  No, because they were illogical.  They made no sense.  She had no foundation to back up her hopes.  Based on nothing but hot air.  How could I resist?
You:  Mercury, you can be really mean sometimes.
Mercury:  Just doing my job.
You:  And what’s that?
Mercury:  Showing you the shadow side of Sagittarius—unfounded hopes, big dreams that lead nowhere and castles-in-the-air with no foundation on the earth.  You see, you have no idea how she was before we burst her balloons.
You:  How was she?
Mercury:  Insufferable.  Impossible.  Puffed up, loaded with ego, zealous and certain of her rightness.  Completely not open to other ideas.  Pushing her ideas on everybody.  Again, shadow-side of Sagittarius.  It’s my job to show that up during this eclipse.
Moon:  Without my big ideas I have nothing.  I am nothing.
Sun (aside):  Strictly speaking, that’s not true, but she might never learn it without having to lose those big ideas she’s so attached to.  Next time these two are trined in the sky, they’ll get along fine.  For now, the Moon will have a big meltdown, she’ll cry for a while, then she’ll be over it.  Mercury will argue, but he won’t really mean any of it.  He’ll regret it all later.  Want us to stay and show you?
You:  No, I think I get the point.
Their job done, their point made, the trio depart.

Read about other eclipses coming up: 2011 Eclipses.

This Is A Pivotal Day
If you are one of the millions of people having a Saturn transit this year, today is likely to be pivotal for you.  Sometime around January 25, when Saturn turned retrograde, you were cast on an inner journey to discover what your unavoidable responsibility is.  By now you should have done a lot of soul-searching and reached some conclusions about what’s in front of you.  You’re work is cut out for you and now it’s time to hunker down and, in a serious push lasting several months, complete all those tasks leading to a tremendous accomplishment.

“What is a Saturn transit like . . .”
When Saturn is affecting your chart it tends to feel heavy. You feel the weight of life more than usual. You feel serious, and the pressure to take a more professional approach is enormous.  You are more aware of your limitations than usual and you feel you must take steps to improve your situation.  A Saturn transit is never comfortable, but it calls out the best in us and demands that we perform to, or even beyond, our standards.

“. . . and how do I know when I’m having one?”
First of all, you know by feel.  If what I’ve described resonates for you, it’s likely you’re having a Saturn transit.  (If it resonates, but only a little, you may be having a transit, but by a planet other than Saturn.)  That sensation of heaviness and duty that’s peculiar to a Saturn transit is because there’s hard work to be done in some area of your life and Saturn is making you aware of it.

You can find out whether you’re having a Saturn transit by peeking at your chart.  This year Saturn is covering the space from 10 to 17 degrees of Libra.  It will affect you if you have any planet in the space from 10 to 17 degrees of any of the four Cardinal signs (Libra, Capricorn, Aries, Cancer).

If you don’t have your chart, or don’t know how to read your chart, you might want to order your own personal Astrology Chart Decoder.  This is a special tool I’ve invented that puts your chart’s details into English, instead of astrology symbols.  Your Decoder tells you where every planet in your chart is located:  the sign it’s in, the house it’s in and the exact degree it occupies.  When you’ve got your Decoder in front of you, check to see if you have anything at all in 10 to 17 degrees of Libra, Capricorn, Aries or Cancer.  If you do, you are definitely having a Saturn transit this year.  And knowing that gives you a chance to understand the change you’re involved in and to make use of the pressure, instead of feeling overwhelmed by it.

“How long does it last?”
A Saturn transit will typically last for about 9 months.  This year’s Saturn transit will be over in September of 2011.  Today is just one part of it, a pivotal day in its flow.  If this transits is affecting you, the timing of it will be unique to you.  It takes an astrologer to look it up—it’s not something I can just tell you in a blogpost.  In an astrology reading you can find out the timing of it and how to move through it consciously, instead of spending this valuable time agitated and disturbed.  You can also find out which part of you (i.e. planet in your chart) is feeling the pressure to take responsibility.  Is it Relationships (Venus)?  Career (Saturn)?  Home (Moon)?  Or it could be something more subtle.

“What do I do now?”

People generally respond to a Saturn transit one of two ways: either they roll up their sleeves and get to work on the area of life where the pressure is or they run away and stick their head in the sand.  Are you using the pressure as a motivation to accomplish things you’ve been wanting to accomplish for a long time or are you avoiding the responsibility you know darned well is right in front of you?  The good news is that the moment you decide to be responsible and you take action towards that responsibility, the feeling of heaviness lifts.  Saturn has been propitiated and he eases off.

Saturn’s Gift
The principle behind Saturn’s pressure is extraordinarily simple:  do the work and you’ll get the reward.  That’s all.  It’s a simple input/output machine and there’s nothing complicated about it.

Face the hard work.  Approach it in a practical way.  Break down what there is to do into small tasks and do them.  Awaken your ambition to build something great out of what you have, and let it take over.  Paradoxically, practice, when done properly, does lead to flow, that elusive state where time melts away and you are one with your practice.  Ultimately your effort will pay off—that’s Saturn’s promise and believe me, his word is good.

When it’s over, it’s over
Every transit only lasts so long and this one will only last a few months longer.  I’m a big fan of taking advantage of transits while they are happening, instead of spending the precious time resisting or waiting for them to be over.  A transit is the most powerful while you are in the thick of it.  That may be the hardest time to change but it’s also time when the most pressure to change is brought to bear.  You cannot afford to be lazy during a Saturn transit because it feels so much worse than laziness usually does.  If you decide that Saturn’s pressure is your friend, you can get him on your side.  And with Saturn beside you, you can climb—and move—mountains.

Want to know more about how this Saturn transit affects your life?
Contact Jamie at pandora@pandoraastrology.com
to schedule a reading.

(Seen this post before? That’s because Chiron goes retrograde every year. This year, does it affect YOU? Read on to find out. . .)

“Wake up!” says Chiron.  “Are you feeling wounded?  Recently I brought you a difficult experience.  It was also a reminder, an echo of a difficult experience from your past.  I have a special message for you about how to heal it once and for all.”

Chiron Turns Retrograde June 8–A Pivotal Day
When a planet turns retrograde it makes a pivot in the sky and also creates a metaphorically “pivotal” experience for human beings.  This time, that planet is Chiron.  It’s as if Chiron is telling us, “You can’t go on avoiding this change forever.  Now I’m delivering a wake-up call.”  If Chiron is touching a planet in your chart this year, this message is for you and it will have very specific meaning, depending on what planet that is.  That planet, and the part of you it represents, is being sent on a healing journey.  It’s time for old, wounded places to surface so that real, deep healing can happen.  June 8 is the peak of Chiron’s wake-up call, but it could happen anytime within 5 days surrounding that day.

Initiation Leading To An Inner Journey
Sometime between February and now, Chiron showed us an area of life in which we are due for a change.  What he delivered was an initiation and it was our first chance to catch a clue about the healing journey to come.  That clue may have been obvious or it may have been subtle, but we’ve been shown a way to heal something deep.  And the road to that healing may be pretty rocky.

The clue was delivered, but did we notice?  It’s human to go into denial.  During the spring we may have said to ourselves, “Maybe I don’t have to do anything about this.  Maybe it was just a one-time thing.  Maybe I can just move on.  Maybe I can get away without paying attention to this.”

Or maybe not.  Now Chiron turns up the volume and gives us a reminder.  “That deep healing you’re going through?” he says, “You’d better get with the program.”  This week, Chiron’s retrograde journey begins and with it begins our healing journey.  Chiron will continue moving retrograde (i.e. backwards) until the day it turns direct, which is November 10, 2011.

Every Healing Journey Begins With Pain

Have you ever had a medical condition that had to get worse before it could get better?  Perhaps you had a broken bone that set wrongly and had to be re-broken and set properly before it could really heal.  Perhaps you had a dislocated shoulder that had to be pulled out and dropped back into place.  Perhaps you had an abscess that a doctor needed to dig into and clean out before it could finish healing and seal over.  All these experiences reflect the fact that real, enduring healing often requires the opening of an old wound.  Chiron, the Wounded Healer, is in charge of this process.

Chiron’s process is connected to the homeopathic “doctrine of similars,” which is a principle that a very small dose of exactly the same thing that harmed you will assist your body to heal itself.  This principle is also the theory behind vaccination.  Similarly, you can have a life experience that delivers a small amount of emotional pain in the present, but that also brings up a whole mass of previously unexamined feelings from the past.  This brings us to Chiron’s “healing crisis.”

A “healing crisis” is a moment in which we feel worse, but we’re actually getting better.    This is a powerful moment and the way we respond to it determines how things unfold:  do we get caught up in the symptoms and mistake them for the reality of the situation, allowing them to propel us into a more difficult future?  Or do we recognize the symptoms as an opportunity to heal more than the surface discomfort?  It is normal and human to get caught up in the pain of the moment and it usually doesn’t occur to us to question its deeper roots.  But amazing things can happen if instead we stop and ask ourselves, “What does this remind me of?  What does this connect to in my past?  And is there something ancient there which, if healed, would liberate me?”

Is This Story Your Story?
If this feels true for you, it may be that you are personally touched by this transit.  Chiron may be triggering a planet in your own chart, thus bringing these themes up for you.  This year Chiron is covering the space between 0 and 5 degrees of Pisces.  If there is anything in your chart in 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 degrees of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius, you will feel this.  And knowing it can help a lot if you’ve been feeling smacked down by the universe and you don’t know why.  If Chiron has sensitized you this year, this could be the year when you finally let go of all the old baggage and gain access to more of yourself than you’ve ever had before.

What Area Of Your Life Is Being Affected?
Good question.  It will have to do with the planet in your chart that’s being triggered by Chiron.  If Chiron is affecting your Venus, you may find yourself in a painful situation in a present relationship that brings a larger relationship pattern into focus.  Now is your chance to heal this so as to stop unawarely bringing the past into the present.  If Chiron is affecting your Mars, you may find yourself feeling wounded about how you express anger or hold boundaries—this is an opportunity to heal this deeply in a new way.  And if you are turning 50 this year, then you are having your Chiron return, which is an enormous life passage loaded with healing themes and opportunities to clear the past and create a more powerful future.

Chiron’s Gift
A wonderful thing happens when we choose to examine a present pain more deeply.  Chiron links the past with the present such that, if we heal the new wound in the present, the healing echoes into our past.  Similarly, if we delve into our past and heal the ancient root of the problem, then the present wound can disappear as if by magic.  And the very best part is that whatever part of us was caught up or locked into that old wound gets released and we find that Chiron’s healing journey has left us more whole.  The part that’s released may be some part of us we haven’t had access to for a long time—we may even have given up on it long ago.  It’s funny how it ends up feeling like finding buried treasure, right in your own backyard.

Want to know more about how this Chiron transit affects your life?
Contact Jamie at pandora@pandoraastrology.com
to schedule a reading.

(This article is continued from two days ago, so please begin here to join the conversation already in progress . . . )

Astrologers use a combination of personality traits and event-dates to rectify a birth chart.  So an astrologer who is about to do a rectification will ask you for the likeliest time-span in which you were born (which might have been anything between an hour and all 24 hours of your day of birth, depending on what you know or what you were told about your birth) and also will ask you for a set of dates of significant events in your life (like deaths, accidents, marriages, divorces, moves and so forth).  Usually the astrologer will need at least 10 of those, spaced more than 2 years apart.  From all this data, the astrologer begins fitting puzzle pieces together and will consider not just your personality, but the timing of events in your life.  There will necessarily be times of day at which, if you were born then, events later in your life would happen in specific timing.  Through a process of elimination, the astrologer gets the chart to line up with the timing of the events you provided and when that lining-up happens, the “ah-ha!” is in full swing.  And when that lining-up also produces a natal chart that describes the individual in detail, you’re really cooking with gas.

Rectification is only possible with a person who is capable of recognizing himself, who knows himself well enough to say, “yes—that’s what I’m like” or “no, I’m not really that way.”  Clients who do not remember dates from their own past or cannot clearly say whether particular personality traits describe them or do not describe them—these folks will not be good candidates for rectification.  The client’s own self-recognition and willingness to disclose (rather than waiting for astrology to prove itself) makes it possible for the astrologer to do the laborious process of checking each puzzle piece for proper fit.

Part of what frustrates me about rectification is that at the end of it I feel the client has just given me a reading of himself!  At that point I’m not satisfied until I am able to use the chart we rectified together to assist the client to gain some insight about himself that he had not realized on his own and that, hopefully, he can put to practical use.  And I do get the satisfaction of knowing I’ve helped provide the client with his accurate chart, a tool he can use for self-understanding and guidance through every event and experience for the rest of his life.

To read the whole article, see:

Rectification is a Diabolical Jigsaw Puzzle, part 1
Rectification is a Diabolical Jigsaw Puzzle, part 2
Rectification is a Diabolical Jigsaw Puzzle, part 3

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“Wake up!” says Neptune.  “Recently I showed you that there is more to your life than what can be experienced with the physical senses.  I demanded that you look deeper.  Now I’m telling you again:  it’s time to re-dream your life.”

Today Is A Pivotal Day
When a planet turns retrograde it makes a pivot in the sky and also creates a metaphorically “pivotal” experience for human beings.  Today, that planet is Neptune.  It’s as if Neptune is telling us, “You can’t go on avoiding this change forever.  Today I’m delivering a wake-up call.”  If Neptune is touching a planet in your chart this year, this message is for you and it will have very specific meaning, depending on what planet that is.  That planet, and the part of you it represents, is receiving a vision of what is possible; during this time you’ll be asked to re-dream that part of you.  Today is the peak of Neptune’s wake-up call, but it could happen anytime within 5 days surrounding today.

Initiation Leading To An Inner Journey
Sometime between now and the beginning of last November Neptune showed us an area of life in which we are due for a change.  What she delivered was an initiation and it was our first chance to catch a clue about the spiritual reorientation to come.  That clue may have been obvious or it may have been subtle, but we’ve been shown a way to become much bigger and much more like our ideal.  And we may have to push through some uncomfortable delusions to do it.

The clue was delivered, but did we notice?  It’s human to go into denial.  During the winter we may have said to ourselves, “Maybe I don’t have to do anything about this.  Maybe it was just a one-time thing.  Maybe I can just move on.  Maybe I can get away without paying attention to this.”

Or maybe not.  Today Neptune turns up the volume and gives us a reminder.  “That redreaming you’re going through?” she says, “You’d better get with the program.”  Today, Neptune’s retrograde journey begins and with it begins our journey into our personal land of dreams (and nightmares).  Neptune’s retrograde journey lasts until the day it turns direct, which is November 9, 2011.

Journey Into the Imaginative Realms
The veil between physical and nonphysical realities is thin right now.  If you close your eyes you can reach right through it.  You can enter that place between the worlds where nothing is actual and everything is possible, that magical, in-between place where imagination is rich and you can dream up your future to be whatever you want it to be.  Neptune is the stuff fantasy books are made of.

But Neptune is also the planet of illusions and delusions.  While Neptune is retrograde (until November 9) you will be pulled into circumstances that bring your delusions into sharper focus.  Examine your life carefully—are there places where you are pretending things are different than they are?  Are there places where you are living a fantasy because it’s nicer than the reality you face?  Sometimes a fantasy is a form of healthy escape that helps us cope with a painful but necessary reality, but at other times escaping from reality keeps us from coping and from courageously changing our reality to better match our ideal.

This transit can be great for those who live by their imaginations:  writers, artists, filmmakers and creative people of all stripes.  It can also be great for those who know themselves to be psychically sensitive.  Neptune’s action is gentle and so subtle that it can be hard to notice unless you are already the kind of person who pays attention to your imagination.  This is a great time to attend a dream-group or keep a dream-journal or to do Morning Pages.*

Is This Story Your Story?
If this feels true for you, it may be that you are personally touched by this transit.  Neptune may be triggering a planet in your own chart, thus bringing these themes up for you.  This year Neptune is covering the space between 28 degrees of Aquarius and 0 degrees of Pisces.  If there is anything in your chart in 28 or 29 degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Leo or Scorpio, you will feel this.  You’ll also feel it if you have anything in 0 degrees of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius.  And knowing it can help a lot if you’ve been feeling sucked into other worlds and you don’t know why.  Neptune has you in a walking dream this year, because she has an important message for you.  Your ideal life is calling and if you listen to her siren song, this could be the year you make a subtle shift in direction that leads to a whole new future.

What Area Of Your Life Is Being Affected?
Good question.  It will have to do with the planet in your chart that’s being triggered by Neptune.  If Neptune is affecting your Mercury, you may find yourself a little mentally fuzzy and more prone to daydreaming than usual.  What’s happening is an awakening of your intuition, so make room for that.  If Neptune is affecting your Venus or Juno, you may become aware of illusions you’ve had in your relationships.  You’ll want to clear those away.  If Neptune is affecting your Moon you may have a psychic opening or a very active dreamlife this year.  Pay attention to your dreams—they will contain wisdom for you.

But whatever planet Neptune is affecting, you can bet that the dreamworld is catching hold of you now.  You may find yourself more distractible, more prone to daydreaming.  You may even want to sleep more.  It’s as if there’s another you, who dwells in your dreams.  That other you is activated right now and when s/he is awake, you must sleep.  This is normal for a Neptune transit.  Get the rest you need.  Pay respect to Neptune and in return, she’ll make your dreams come true.

Want to know more about how this Neptune transit affects your life?
Contact Jamie at pandora@pandoraastrology.com
to schedule a reading.

*Morning Pages are a creativity-priming technique devised by Julia Cameron and described in her book The Artist’s Way which I recommend highly.

(This article is continued from yesterday, so please begin here to join the conversation already in progress . . . )

But patterns (and thus standout traits) are only recognizable when you have the whole picture in front of you to sort through.  Doing a rectification is like assembling a jigsaw puzzle without the picture on the box.  Without being able to see what you are trying to put together, how can you know where the pieces go?

That’s bad enough, but there’s more.  Imagine that in this jigsaw puzzle each piece is printed on both sides, so that, when assembled, there is a complete coherent picture on both sides of the sheet.  I have seen puzzles that are this way and they are, indeed diabolical.  Not everyone is up for that sort of puzzle.  This means each piece could fit either way until you figure out exactly how it does fit.  You are unsure how it goes until the very instant you fit it into place.  Everything’s up in the air until you spot a pattern you can be certain of.  I draw this analogy because the pieces of the chart that are unclear at the beginning of a rectification could go either of two ways—each piece actually is a toggle.  You may be sure that you have Venus in Sagittarius, but you can’t be sure whether it’s in the Eighth or the Ninth House.  If you were born at 1pm, it was in the Ninth, but as the clock approached 2pm it slipped into the Eighth.  Venus in the Eighth means some very different things compared to Venus in the Ninth and it would seem easy to choose, but you have to choose many other factors at the same time, and some of those factors may have overlapping meanings, further muddying the waters.

Fortunately for astrologers, there is a world of difference between the life-experience of someone born with Venus in the Ninth vs. Venus in the eighth, and this is what makes rectification possible at all.  During a good rectification, there should be an “a-ha!” moment where the pieces start to fall into place and as they do, they begin to limit the number of places the remaining pieces can go and the number of options for which side of each piece must be visible.  Once this “a-ha” moment happens, you’re almost at the finish line and many pieces fall into their general places all at once.  After that you fine-tune until you are satisfied that the chart fits the person.

What I’ve just described suggests that personality traits alone can determine or help to fix an unknown birth time, but personality traits are subjective and astrologers don’t use them by themselves.

(to be continued tomorrow. ..)

To read the whole article, see:
Rectification is a Diabolical Jigsaw Puzzle, part 1
Rectification is a Diabolical Jigsaw Puzzle, part 2
Rectification is a Diabolical Jigsaw Puzzle, part 3

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This month’s New Moon is also a Solar Eclipse and it’s also an occasion for lightening up.  That may seem like a contradiction, because an eclipse tends to have a heavy feel, plus Saturn is involved, which also feels heavy.  But this eclipse falls in the Air sign of Gemini, and draws on Libra, another Air sign.  Lightening up could be the most responsible course of action during an eclipse like this one.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: June 1, 2011
Time of eclipse:
2:03 PM PST
Type: partial (moderate in intensity)
Visible in: eastern Asia, northern Alaska, northern Canada, Greenland, Iceland, northern Scandinavia.
At: 11 degrees Gemini

Shadow Agent
: Saturn (in Libra)

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you most likely experienced this eclipse:
May 28-June 7
August 30-September 9
November 29-December 8
February 25-March 7

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable.  A solar eclipse is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event (unlike a lunar eclipse, which is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door.  You answer it.  Saturn stands there, appearing today as a well-manicured older woman in a twin set and skirt.  Her graying hair is in an attractive, streamlined cut.  She is the very model of social appropriateness.
Saturn:  Good afternoon.  I’ve brought you something.
You:  What might that be?
Saturn extends her hand to you, opening it, palm up.  In it is a small, beautiful butterfly, flexing its wings.
Saturn:  Consider the butterfly.  A butterfly does not live long, but enjoys the days it’s given.  A butterfly stays light and follows the moment.  A butterfly is always well-dressed.
You look closer at the little insect and notice its beautiful coloring.
You:  Do you think I should be more like that?
Saturn:  You take life too seriously sometimes.  You need to lighten up.
You:  Look who’s talking!
Saturn:  Sometimes everything depends on rising above the dirt and grime of life.  Sometimes everything depends on a graceful word spoken at the perfect moment.  Sometimes everything depends on good manners.  You’ve got to have the ability to respond in those moments.
You:  I’ll think about that.
Saturn:  Please do.  Especially in your relationships.  All of them.
With that, Saturn opens her handbag and releases a flock of butterflies into your living room.  You panic and begin chasing them down, in an attempt to catch them all.
Saturn:  Stop that!  There’s no need!
You:  But they’re everywhere!
Saturn:  Just observe.  It’s a meditation.  Relax.  Let them have your home for a while.  They will die soon enough.  For now, just watch them move.
You sink into a chair and soon are lost in a trance, watching the colorful wings flutter, land, flutter again.  Eventually you realize that Saturn is gone and you are alone in a room full of beautiful moving symbols of pure grace.

Read about other eclipses coming up: 2011 Eclipses.

You may have heard astrologers talk about “rectification,” describing it as a difficult and mysterious process (which it is), often expensive and certainly time-consuming.  Rectification is an intricate process which is particular to astrological work and I thought I’d tell you what it’s all about.

First of all, a bit about what rectification is.  “Rectification” means “making right” and it is a technique of reverse-engineering a chart from incomplete birth data.  Rectification is backwards to my usual work because my usual work is to read a person’s chart to her using accurate birth information, and to then tell her all about who she is, what her life is like and to make suggestions on how she could be living it more to her satisfaction and success.  In rectification my work is to ask a person who she is and how her life has gone in order to arrive at an accurate chart so that I may—you guessed it!—then go on reading their chart forwards to let her know more about her life.  It involves going backwards in order to go forwards.  Very weird.

Today it struck me that rectifying a chart is a lot like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.  This is because when you are presented with the birth date but no time (or a time span instead of down to the minute) you do have some information you can hang your hat on, because some pieces of the chart were the way they are all day.  A person with Venus in Sagittarius generally was born when Venus was going to be in Sag all day.  Same with Mercury and (most of) the rest of the crew.  So this actually gives me a lot of information that I can be sure of.  But the parts that are missing are very like pieces not yet assembled into a jigsaw puzzle—they can appear anywhere in the picture, and are not organized into just one area.

Why is this is an issue?  The very benefit of seeing an astrologer (instead of getting a computerized report) is that an astrologer can look over the whole chart and see patterns.  A computerized report gives you details, many of them, and they are true (if the report is well-written), but you are left with a sense of yourself that’s full of contradictions, not as the whole being you are.  Seeing an astrologer gives you the chance to understand your chart’s patterns and your standout traits, which are what you experience of yourself.  So when you have an accurate chart and a good astrologer to read it, you have the opportunity to recognize yourself in the reading.

(to be continued tomorrow. . .)

To read the whole article, see:
Rectification is a Diabolical Jigsaw Puzzle, part 1
Rectification is a Diabolical Jigsaw Puzzle, part 2
Rectification is a Diabolical Jigsaw Puzzle, part 3

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