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Rectification is a Diabolical Jigsaw Puzzle, part 1

By June 1, 2011September 15th, 2021Astrology for Non-Astrologers

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


Jamie has been practicing astrology in the Bay Area since 1992 and teaching since 1997. She is currently certified at NCGR Level 3. She specializes in feminine archetypes and a positive, empowering approach. Jamie enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families to improve the quality of their lives and expand each person’s choices.

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