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Rectification is a Diabolical Jigsaw Puzzle, part 2

By June 2, 2011September 15th, 2021Astrology for Non-Astrologers

(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


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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