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Rectification is a Diabolical Jigsaw Puzzle part 3

By June 3, 2011September 15th, 2021Astrology for Non-Astrologers

(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


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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