Rectification of the Birth Time

Speaker’s report September 2021 with Kim Akinta

Our September speaker Kim Akinta presented a topic that many of us would have heard of and might even have been asked if we would do that or know someone who would – Chart Rectification. It is a technique that uses the chart owner’s major life events to backward engineer and determine the correct birth time. This can be a rather involved and time-consuming process (you have been pre-warned) but definitely one extremely useful to learn (and at least try once, in my opinion).

Before we engage in such assignment, Kim noted it is important that we prepare the chart owner emotionally as this method requires them to retrace their life events down to (hopefully) the exact date. It could be an unpleasant or even painful and stressful activity for many. Secondly, given ‘major life events’ is the anchor of this method, the chart owner will need to have experienced enough ‘life events’ (and remembered at least month and year of each of the event for that data point to be useful) for the astrologer to work with. It is therefore more feasible to apply this method to charts that are belong to those who have past certain age (such as the first Saturn return). Lastly, this is a lengthy (for the astrologer) and therefore potentially costly process (for the client), so both parties need to be prepared for that.

The foundation of this method is built upon the principle that the sensitive points in a natal chart will react to transiting planets. In a nutshell, we are applying predictive astrology but in reverse. Using the client’s major life events in the past we can find out the planetary positions (mainly Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) at those junctions (in degrees and minutes), which in turn can help us to pin down the exact degrees and minutes (or as close to as possible) of the Cross of Matter (ASC/DSC and MC/IC axes). Kim also introduced the use of ASC/MC midpoints (including short and long arc midpoint and indirect midpoints) in this exercise and reiterated the importance of understanding the movement and patterns of the 4 planets mentioned above (over time), the sun and the cross of matters (over the 24-hour period). To rectify a chart, you will need the ephemeris (and a clear head, a meticulous manner, good excel skills and a professional astrology software definitely help), and the transiting aspects you will be working with are conjunction, opposition and square (no trines, sextiles, or any other minor aspects).

In relation to the type of major events required for this process, we are focusing on significant and life changing ones, such as (1) deaths of parents / spouse / children (including miscarriages or terminations); (2) major residential relocations (city / state / country’s level moves); (3) major employment changes (such as promotion / terminations / resignations / career change); (4) major health events (surgery / hospitalisation / serious accidents / births); (5) marital status changes (marriages / divorces / separations); (6) court cases of any kind; (7) major changes in physical appearances (such as scarring / getting the first tattoos / changing in clothing and/or hair style(s) / cosmetic surgeries); (8) major travel (those once in a life time trip such as an extended period of time in another country / continent for leisure or for work, not the yearly trip/holiday) and; (9) birth of children and maybe younger siblings.

After the mental and emotional preparation, we can start the work. Step 1A is for the client to do: He / She will need to put together a list of major life events and the date of each of the event (best to ask the client to provide the list in chronological date order). Ideally, we need a list of 15 to 30+ data point (ie. life events) and it is best to have down to exact date (A-grade data point). We can use data point that has only month and year (B-grade data point) but not those that only have the year (which can only be used as extra confirmation once you have a fair idea of the birth time).

Step 1B will be for the astrologer to do: Once you receive the list of events with dates from the client, you can use the ephemeris to find and record the degrees and minutes of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto for each of the event. If you have a B-grade data point, use the planetary position as of the 15th of that month. (You can record the position of other planets and Nodes if you like. They could be used as confirmation once you get down to the potentially correct birth chart.) After you have put the information in a table (See Figure 1), you should start noticing patterns – cluster of degrees throughout recorded events.

Step 2 will be to create some kind of parameters – the potential range of positions (ie. degrees, minutes and signs) of the Cross of Matters – so that we can compare them with the dataset we collect in Step 1 (ie. the planetary positions at those major life events). To do so, we need to generate charts using the rough birth time the client provides. For example, if the client believes his/her birth time is between 2.30am and 3.30am of a particular date, you will then generate one chart every 15 minutes, starting from 2.30am (which means, in total, 5 charts). As you can imagine, the longer the time frame you are given, the more charts you would need to generate and work with. The suggestion from Kim is, if you have a time window between 4 hours and 8 hours, you will be better off using 30-minute intervals as a start. Beyond that, you may even need to consider 1-hour or even 2-hour interval. The idea is to keep the total number of charts you work with at any given time manageable. Once you created those charts, noted the ASC, MC and their midpoint details (signs, degrees and minutes) in an easy-to-read manner (see Figure 2). Using the main degree cluster identified in Figure 1 (which is between 6 degrees and 9 degrees), we can tell the client’s birth time should be close to 3.30am.