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Given that I practise Ancient Astrology, I have been asked whether I can actually teach traditional birth chart rectification methods to modern astrological students and practitioners.
Before I answer this question, it is vital, as far as this article is concerned, that I define what I mean by “Modern Astrology”.
By this term I mean a type of Astrology, which though it may use some psychology, it actually deals with objective reality. In other words, one of its central principles of delineation and rectification is that the client’s chart does not only describe him or her but shows other people in his or her life. For example, the 3rd house does not show how the native feels or thinks of his or her siblings or relatives, but what their siblings’ life is about. In short, by Modern Astrology, I mean a type of 20th (or even late 19th) century Astrology that deals with making specific statements and descriptions of the native’s life.
Contrary to this is the so called “Psychological Astrology”, with its various subdivisions. One of its central principles is that the native’s horoscope does not describe their objective life but only his or her internal world and psychological predispositions. As such, the whole horoscope is about the native. The problem with “Psychological Astrology” is that since it does not deal with objective reality, (because it cannot and nor does it want to) it is incapable of doing birth time rectification. Of course, not being able to do horoscope rectification, it automatically follows that it cannot predict with a good degree of accuracy, for if one can’t match recorded past events, how would he or she be able to predict future events?
What readers need to know is that “Psychological Astrology” has so dominated the Western astrological community over the past decades that it has come to be synonymous with Modern Astrology, which is not entirely correct.
Thus the answer is “Yes”, I can teach ancient birth time rectification methods, but only to Modern Astrology students and practitioners and not Psychological Astrology practitioners, not because the latter are inherently incapable of learning it, but because they would have to be willing to unlearn/”to empty their cup” and, in my experience, they would not be willing to do it due to their non-astrological beliefs getting in the way.
How do I know, and not merely believe, that I can teach horoscope rectification, with or without a time of birth, to modern astrological students and practitioners?
The answer is because at least one of the students of my 24 Hour Astrology Rectification Course is studying at a prestigious Western astrological college.
After doing sufficient research on the topic of courses on Western Astrology rectification, and sifting through the search engine optimization tricks of various practitioners that do not offer complete rectification courses but merely write about rectification, or offer partial rectification services, this student of mine told me they chose to invest in my work.
An issue which I want to address is the prevailing opinion that Ancient Astrology is far more difficult and demanding than Modern Astrology and, as such, those that have no knowledge of the various traditions, would find it too challenging to attempt birth time rectification, even more so with unknown time of birth, though they may greatly desire to learn how to do it.
When it comes to fully delineating the birth chart/horoscope, there is no question whatsoever that the above opinion is true. However, it is vital to realize that when I am teaching rectification, I am not using the full arsenal of considerations that go into horoscope delineation. For example, what are indispensable factors in delineation, such as position relative to the Sun, essential dignity, reception, planetary aspects, heliacal phases, fixed stars, rejoicing conditions, etc, etc, are almost entirely ignored.
As I have written before, knowing what to use and what not to use is powerful knowledge, because it protects you from not only getting sidetracked from the essentials but from introducing more and more variables, which exponentially increase the odds of you accumulating errors during the rectification process.
It is always useful to know the roots of what one is practising. Ancient Astrology is the mother of Modern Astrology. Disregarding the modern innovations over the past few hundred years, we are using the pretty much same building blocks: planets, houses, rulerships, etc.
For example, when it comes to delineation and prediction, a modern astrological practitioner, who I have actually benefited and learned from (though at the beginning of my astrological studies), is American author Sophia Mason. What she and others are teaching is worth studying and practising. It is also important to keep in mind that when they were teaching, the astrological community did not have access to the ancient translations which we have been blessed to have over the past 25 years. As such, these practitioners did the best with what limited knowledge of the full scope of Astrology they had. The fact that Sophia Mason made many predictions which came true, the fact that her students or clients won money from the lottery, shows beyond a doubt that Modern Astrology has merit.
Thus I want to stress that learning to do birth time rectification with ancient methods does not mean a modern astrological practitioner has to abandon what they know. To make it clear: I am not teaching methods and rectification approaches that have nothing to do with Modern Astrology. What my rectification course teaches are ancient, forgotten methods, which while may seem are very different, are actually approaches and techniques of showing the full picture of the chart by making the most of the fundamentals in a complete manner. Therefore, rectifying the horoscope, with or without an approximate time of birth, is actually way easier with Ancient Astrology than with any type of Astrology that I am familiar with, such Modern, Indian/Jyotish or Chinese.