It actually tends to make the vast majority of astrological interpretations quite unreliable in many ways, especially when the inner nature and the spiritual-creative factors in the process of individuation are analyzed. To obviate such a handicap, the astrologer has recourse to a procedure called "rectification.
The various bases of these methods of rectification can be generally stated as follows:. This is based on the fact that the Ascendant refers to the structure of individual being — or rather to the features thereof. Structure, in the sense of the bone-structure, is a matter depending more upon Saturn and the Moon.
But "features" refer not only to the general body-structure, but even more to the general expression of the body, and especially of the face. The Sun-sign gives more the vital radiation of the personality as a whole; Saturn and the Moon, the frame of the body and the rhythm of the life of feelings, which is largely conditioned by this body-framework. The Ascendant refers to the individual's expression through the body, to the unique factor of being, to the manner in which the individual lives his life in a material structure.
That is why the Ascendant-type becomes usually more evident after the age of 35; for then the individual as such has become more fully "in-corporated," and his mark or signature more clearly visible. Twelve basic Ascendant-types of features being determined, the astrologer is then able, by looking at the native, to determine his "rising sign" — theoretically!
Practically speaking, such a determination is always more or less uncertain, as it is difficult to separate the Ascendant-factor from other factors which influence the bodily appearance. Moreover, this method determines only the nature of the sign rising — which, as an average, means a two-hour period during which the person may have been born.
This is, however, a very valuable procedure, always to be used when the person does not know even the hour of his or her birth. The principle of this procedure is that, as it is possible to foretell future events from an accurately known birth-moment, so it is possible to deduce the exact birth-moment from accurately known past events.
This is, properly speaking, "rectifying" a doubtful birth-time from the knowledge of the native's life-history. Obviously, the procedure is a most hazardous one except when the incertitude as to the birth-moment is confined within narrow time-limits — say, fifteen minutes or half an hour. Nevertheless, it is much easier to find the correct astrological aspect that is an expression of a certain life-event than to predict a precise event as a result of a coming aspect.
This, because past destiny is crystallized life — life minus the uncertainty of human freedom. To put it differently: No event occurs in a life to which an astrological aspect cannot be symbolically related, giving to that event an adequate meaning. But it does not follow that a definite aspect will always produce a definite occurrence.
An aspect is necessary for an event to take place, but it is not sufficient testimony for foretelling accurately the coming of a definite event. An important point which one should never forget! The difficulty is to isolate the particular past occurrence which is truly corresponding to, or signified by, a particular aspect that matured at a particular time. An aspect by secondary progression and an aspect by primary direction may appear to refer, let us say, to an important journey; yet they figure to dates a year or two apart.
The problem of rectification is: Which aspect is the one from which to figure back to the unknown birth-moment? Two or more aspects by secondary progressions may also be taken, indifferently; it may seem, to signify one definite event. If calculations are made backward from those several aspects, several putative birth-moments may be found. Thus rectification involves a very complex series of checks and counter-checks, of figuring backward and forward, which means — even when the life of the native presents sharp turning points the best case for the purpose of rectification — spending much time on it and much ingenuity.
A real psychological grasp of human life and human reactions is absolutely necessary if the astrologer is to determine which aspect is the most likely symbol of some past event; also the ability to elicit from the native information which he himself may have forgotten, or the importance of which he does not realize. Such an ability is not as frequent as might seem, and every psychoanalyst will be well aware of this fact.
Very few persons, indeed, realize which events of their past have really been significant; neither do people usually grasp the true significance of these events. The greatest value of astrology is probably to be found in the aid it gives man in discovering the significance of what has already happened. Only as every factor of his life-history stands out with clear meaning in terms of the whole life-destiny — only then is man really prepared to face his future with intelligence and understanding; in other words, in function of his true individual selfhood.
After considering most of the important astrological factors mentioned as the most telling for the purpose of rectification, we believe that those which Marc Jones mentions in his course Directional Astrology are probably the best; at any rate, they are by far the simplest. These are:. The passage over the Ascendant is in almost every case an index to some basic change in destiny or in self-realization.
It usually marks a significant change of residence or environment; in many cases, however, a change of "interior environment," a new approach to self-realization, are the only things traceable in the life especially in the case of typical introverts. Such aspects can be calculated according to the simplest type of primary directions; but from our standpoint, what they refer to is what we called the time-analysis of the birth-chart. The death of a parent — especially the first death — marks a definite psychological liberation of the individual factor in almost every life.
It is such a basic occurrence that it should be noticed in the very seed-form of destiny, in the blueprints of the individual structure of being. Such a death is normally accompanied by a release of psychic or soul forces from the deceased parent into the native; and the significance thereof is usually paramount. There are cases, however, in which the clear-cut estrangement of the native from the parents amounts to a "psychological death" of the parents; and it is to this event that the above-mentioned aspect refers, rather than to actual physical death.
The death-aspects to be considered are conjunction, square and semi-square of either Mars or Saturn to Mid-Heaven or Nadir point. If Mars is ten degrees apart from the Mid-Heaven, the death of a parent may occur at the age of ten. But it may also occur at the age of 35 by semi-square aspect. Again, such aspects do not indicate the necessity of a death; but if a death did happen at the age of 10, and Mars is shown to be 11 degrees away from the Mid-Heaven, then the logical conclusion is that the position of the Mid-Heaven is not correct, and should be moved one degree so as to make the arc between Mars and Mid-Heaven equal 10 degrees.
This is what is meant by "rectifying" a chart. They are put in one category because both are attempts to define the emergence of the individual factor in a new life-cycle first breath in function of its maternal ancestry. The idea is that certain periods affecting the formation of the bodily substance of the being through the mother led in a measurable way to the beginning of the period of individual existence.
Much has been said for and against making a chart for the time of conception.
We may merely point out that conception is a moment in the mother's life and not in the life of an individual person who can in no way be called an individual until he has acted as an independent and relatively self-sustained entity: viz. It pertains to the cycle antedating his own individual cycle. It is the last of a series of events, stretching as far back as the beginning of the solar system, which conditions that out of which the individual emerges. It sums up heredity.
But heredity is merely one of the basic aspects of the collective factor of being; the other aspect is the environment.
It does not determine the individual factor. It only conditions that through which this individual factor has to express itself.
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In the calculation of the chart of the "prenatal epoch" which, besides, does not seem to refer to the exact and actual moment of physiological conception , a relation is established between the Ascendant at birth and the Moon at the approximate time of conception. This is to say symbolically that there is a moment in the mother's life, about the time of conception, when she foreshadows in her creative imagination what the individual self of her future child will be.
We might conclude by saying, as previously, that the reason why it is so difficult to ascertain exactly the cusps of the houses and all elements referring to the axial rotation of the Earth is that they symbolize the true individual factor in man. And this individual factor is indeed sacred.
It is well, therefore, that it be hidden from the scrutiny of the indiscreet and the curious. The exact degree of the Ascendant is the key to man's uniqueness of being and destiny. In a world where the individual is scorned and so often crucified by collective stupidity, we should perhaps rejoice in the fact that the Ascendant, and all the cusps, which are the gateways to man's innermost creative selfhood and to his creative freedom, are usually veiled in mystery. The "Building of the Temple" and the Point of Self.
As we close this part of our study, which deals with the factor of time-evolution in astrology, we wish to come back to a matter which we have previously mentioned, but which we are now in a much better position to understand. If we mention it again now, it is because to our mind both these types of time-analysis go deeper into the matter of ascertaining the real values of "becoming" than any other more usual methods which bring in planetary factors produced after birth.
All these methods progressions, directions, transits fail to consider the individual as a whole, susceptible of perfection. They break the singleness, uniqueness and unity of astrological symbolization. They spread out birth into an indefinite period of minutes, days, or years; and they show man beginning cycles of development which he cannot normally complete in the present state of human destiny. They show him with the three parts of his nature evolving according to rhythms which do not exactly match. In this, it is true, lies freedom — but also unfulfillment. In the procedure explained in "The Dial of Houses" we deal with cyclic fulfillment.
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Man is seen as able to complete the building of his temple of immortality within the span of 84 years three year cycles. He is seen as the experiencer of whole cycles of experience, through which all his planets, and all their mutual relationships of any conceivable type Parts, aspects, etc. Here, indeed, is a positive, constructive view of Man, a God in the making; whereas in progressions, directions and transits we are made to witness the spectacle of a runner starting on a threefold race which he cannot possibly hope to finish.
His "progressed Sun" will never complete the zodiacal race.
His "directional Mid-Heaven" will never know a complete day of activity. The transiting Sun will never set upon a personality fulfilled through the " leaps" of the Great Serpent of Eternity, of which the Kabbala and H. Blavatsky speak Chapter 4. What, then, is the use of being born, if the individual is fated to be defeated by the race karma and cannot hope to reach the goal of wholeness? Is there no man who, within the normal compass of our present Earth-life, does ever reach fulfillment? If fulfillment is possible for the individual, in spite of the racial environment — if not as an outer personality, at least as an individual self — then progressions, directions and transits alike tell only one part of the story of the life-process.
They may deal with the tangible Earth-body and the racial personality; but there is a realm which they do not consider — the only realm, it seems, in which the individual may reach completion, and thus — immortality. The time analysis which we presented in the last chapter does not attempt to chart the wholeness of any cycle of development.
It sets no particular limits, refers to no particular cycle. It merely gives information concerning certain critical moments in the process of working out in actuality the implications contained in the birth-chart. But such critical moments could be theoretically repeated ad infinitum. Even the equation "one degree equals a year" is not a necessary factor of such a "time analysis. What it really intends to show is not the exact time of an occurrence as much as the sequence of the operations involved in the process of actualizing the potentialities shown in the birth-chart.
In other words, the building operations may be speeded up, but the roof will not be placed before the walls are built, nor will the walls be built before the foundations are dug. What the time-analysis reveals, therefore, is a sequence of operations; and the one-degree-a-year equation is only a coefficient which appears to be the most nearly accurate at the present rate of human endeavor. When we detailed the method by which the individual's progress through three year cycles could be charted, we also wrote that this was a way to determine the schedule of operations in the building of the temple of Man.
But by the very nature of this type of time-analysis of the birth-chart we deal with closed cycles.
We deal with very definite — archetypal-time — limits with reference to one life-span. What is not done when it should have been done is left forever undone. But the terms "done" or "undone" do not refer to personality-behavior as much as to individual realizations.