Rectification in astrology is the process of constructing a horoscope when the time is unknown or uncertain. It is an art form that, unfortunately, is incorrectly done more often than not. I have seen horoscopes rectified using logic such as, “He looks like he has Sagittarius Rising because he is tall and fiery.” What if the person lives in Thailand where the average height is much less than in America? It can’t work the same way, can it?
At any rate, this is one of two of the greatest books on rectification that can be found. I was fortunate, blessed and more to have been asked to write alongside such an esteemed panel of astrologers.
This book was published in 1995. It was the first time I was published and my knees were knocking for months. I decided to work on a rectification of Niccolo Machiavelli because I a fan of the Italian Renaissance and his book, “The Prince.”
These are collector’s items! I received a call in March, 1998 from Noel Tyl. The content of that call was basically, “Basil, no one on Earth knows my work as you do. I am asking you to relocate to South Africa to head up the teaching there in this fabulous building we are going to build. You will be the Chairman.” I responded in the affirmative immediately and I was off to South Africa that next June.
The items in the picture are now a collector’s item. These were the advertisements we passed out. Funding for the project never panned out and I made the decision to not return after a year but what a joy it was for me to be there in South Africa teaching classes in an actual classroom, especially since I was asked by the astrologer that I respected more than any other.
Steven Forrest is one of the premiere astrologers in astrology. I remember reading his first major seller way, way back in my embryonic stages of learning. Then, in 1999, I was a speaker at a big astrology convention in Denver. Imagine my shock and wonderment when Steven showed up at my lecture with a pencil and pad to take notes from my midpoint lecture. When someone that you idolized comes to learn from you, it is a great measuring stick.
I write a lot on this blog about the underlying principle that planets don’t do anything, people do and they are motivated by their needs, not controlled by the planets. Steven calls it, “The Astrology of Choice and Freedom.” That is a beautifully simplistic way of saying what I always say and perhaps it illuminates what I say all the time better than I do.
In the days of old (and unfortunately it is still present today), when society was very different than it is now, there were not many choices in society. Think about what life might have been like in any country in 1859 or even 1959, especially for women and minorities. The astrology HAD to match that time period! It is way, way different now. There are freedoms and options available that were unheard of even 50 years ago. No more!
Modern astrology isn’t about putting shackles on you because of planets. It is about empowering you with the knowledge of what you can be, of fulfilling your potential, not scaring you and confining you with astrological prescriptions that this is good and that is bad or this planet is “afflicted” or that one is “malefic.”
There should never be a feeling of doom associated from astrology alone. If you have been doing something dishonestly to make money and Neptune crosses your Midheaven and you end up in trouble, it wasn’t Neptune that was dealing drugs. If you have been cheating on your husband or wife, the relationship doesn’t break up because transiting Saturn squared your Venus in the 7th. You see, in the old days, your relationship could have been perfect and the astrologer would say, “Next June when transiting Saturn squares your Venus, your marriage will end.” The astrologer wouldn’t even raise the possibility that the marriage could become even more solid. It was just a flat, “It’s over,” because of planets. You had no say in the matter.
Modern astrology promotes choice. Modern astrology promotes freedom.
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Written analyses are done by me. They are not computer printouts. Consultations are done by phone with no particular time limit. Contact me at NewWayAstrology@gmail.com.
When writing my book, it was being designed as the textbook for every student who was to attend the school project we had in South Africa. Funds for the school dissipated but the book lives on.
In writing the book (The New Way to Learn Astrology…Llewellyn, 1998), I decided that through the many techniques and all the things available to learn, none of it would mean anything without a modern, fresh, perspective.
The very first paragraph of my book begins as follows: “It is quite easy to think and expect that studying astrology provides a sense of control over others and thus a control over life. The reality and magic of astrology are quite different: astrology teaches us about the controls of the life process, that which helps us to make life happen. In modern times, it is extremely important for a new astrologer to know and understand that astrology, a horoscope, does not describe a static fate of any kind, but a dynamically integrated holistic system. Indeed, planets do nothing; it is people who dictate the direction and quality of life. We people are motivated by psychological and biological needs that are REFLECTED in the wonder of the heavens - our Solar System - through the personalized drama of our planetary symbology. The planets symbolize our needs, and it is needs that make things happen.”
Many, many people write to me and are still very caught up in control still. I am asked, “What is going to happen to me when _______?” Or, “I read that Jupiter going over the Sun is a good thing. Nothing happened when it went over my Sun.” These kinds of questions have imbedded in them the idea that “I am under the control of a planet.” As long as you think that way, astrology will disappoint you.
In my horoscope for this year, there are a LOT of “movers and shakers.” There is great potential for advancement so what I am doing is working hard to make things happen. I plan on releasing my CD. I plan releasing my book. I have submitted materials for publication and more. With this kind of push, it puts me in position to take advantage of the astrology. Otherwise, if I just sat on my ass and expected something great to happen because I have Solar Arc Venus coming to the Midheaven, it would come and go.
I urge you to keep this perspective in mind because if you don’t, it won’t matter what you learn in astrology.
The world is not flat!
The email I received asked me why a perfect synastry between two people resulted in divorce. It is an easy question to answer.
Horoscopes are drawings. They are not people. People have to work things out. Their horoscopes will only show potential. Horoscopes cannot make people have a great, long lasting relationship but if you believe people are controlled by planets, you won’t be able to understand this.
I have said it before and will continue to: a planet in a Sign means that the function of that planet NEEDS to express itself in terms of that Sign. For example, Aries is a Sign of assertion, of fiery, thrusting energy that needs to be #1. If a person has Mercury in Aries, they NEED to think and communicate using Aries energy. IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT THEY ARE AUTOMATICALLY THAT WAY!
Our horoscopes tell us about our needs. When you see a horoscope with 45 planets in Leo and the person is shy, retiring and doesn’t like recognition, something has detoured that person’s development but the astrology suggests that that person would be best fulfilled using the behavior linked to the Leo archetype.
I am really thankful for the consultations. I learn something about astrology in every experience.
A great many of you coming to me for consultations have at least a cursory knowledge of astrology and we eventually get into astrology talk because at heart, I am a teacher.
I want to re-caution my readers. Astrology is not black and white. It is not this means this and that means that every single time. You will see something in a book or web site like, “Saturn in the 2nd House means a difficulty earning money; poverty; earning money from antiques or the elderly.” NO!!!! Just today, one of my clients said that he was told prior to Pluto’s transit of his Moon that his mother would die when Pluto hits his Moon.” With BS like that, is it any wonder that astrology is looked upon as something that kooks and nuts believe in?
Understand that there are thousands of web sites with astrological information on them, basic astrological information. The information on these sites was/is rarely written by a world class astrologer. What is a world class astrologer? A world class astrologer has been published many times in the leading publications. A world class astrologer has usually written at least one great selling book. A world class astrologer has done those things plus has spoken at a respected conference like the United Astrology Conference. A world class astrologer makes her or his living in astrology. That’s for starters.
Otherwise, PLEASE understand that anyone can have a web site and write things on it about astrology that will sound good when you do not know any better. I would never, never, ever write a word of astrology that you will not find useful 85% of the time. I don’t write black and white statements. “You have Jupiter in the 7th House so your marriage will be wonderful.” No. It doesn’t work that way.
Astrology is holistic, not black and white or either/or. When you see this kind of astrology, IGNORE IT. Come and study with a holistic astrologer!
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ANALYSIS & LEARNING
No matter what the level of interest in astrology is, everyone would like to be able to be able to look at a horoscope and be fluent with it. The whole point of being interested in astrology, of doing it at all, is to be able to illuminate identity and gain insight into life. The problem in doing this is in putting al the parts together to make one whole.
I have a far share of students…well, actually, I have a LOT of students. There have only been a few that came to me as brand new. Everyone else had some knowledge of astrology. They had read books, knew the basics, etc. But most could not put a horoscope together. It is not an easy thing to do when you don’t know how to do it. Once you do know, it becomes quite easy.
You will not find this kind of teaching frequently. I have some people who were certified by this or that organization or person and still could not synthesize a horoscope. Synthesis is taught by a handful of astrologers. I happen to be one of them.
Take a look at the horoscope fragment first. It shows the Sun in the 9th being opposed by Saturn Rx in the 3rd House. The Sun rules the 11th House and Saturn rules the 4th House. This fragment alone is almost enough to base an entire consultation on if you know what to look for and know what it means.
For starters, we know that the Sun represents a person’s fuel; it shows the quality of that person’s life energy by the Sign it is in. This energy is adjusted by the aspects made to the Sun (if there are any). What do I mean by this? Let’s say that the Sun is in Pisces and is squared by Uranus. In addition to the Pisces energy that underscores that person, the Uranus dimension of individuation becomes a part of the basic energy.
So, here, we have the Sun in Gemini opposed by Saturn Rx. An opposition means “awareness of.” Imagine that you are at the end of a tunnel. You look at the other end of the tunnel and all you can see is Saturn. Your awareness is focused on Saturn. That is all you can see. That is what is happening here. This person’s basic, focal energy is in complete awareness of the Saturn Rx symbolism.
Now, we know that there is a suggestion that 85% of everyone who has Saturn Rx has a father concern. The father was either absent, was tyrannical, provided no authority, had substance abuse, etc. Whatever the case may be, the father was likely not fulfilling the needs that the individual had for a father. This father drama would be a basic part of this person’s life energy. It shapes who “she” is at her core. In just this one aspect, we have learned a lot. The whole of psychology is rooted in what happens to adults who did not receive fulfilling parental support. It is the most important thing in life. It is the most important consideration in a horoscope.
The 3-9 axis is all about attitude, mindset, the way of thinking, etc. It is more, of course, but on a psychological level, they are the general concerns. When we place the Sun-Saturn contact in this axis, we have a mindset and an attitude that is shaped by this father concern. In other words, her attitudes and thoughts about things are underscored by the constant awareness of the early father concern. Stated simply, she could have a bad attitude due to anger regarding the father situation. It is a common, everyday scenario…..not rocket science. You know people like this. I know people like this. What we cannot tell from the horoscope alone is to what degree this issue is allowed to exist in the person’s life. What we ARE able to see is what areas of life all this incorporates.
You can see that Leo, ruled by the Sun is on the cusp of the 11th House. This tells us that the initial deduction about the father is also going to affect or spill over into the 11th House. Please, for the sake of your sanity in life, do not refer to the 11th House as friends, hopes and wishes. You will never be able to make any sense of the 11th House that way. The 11th House represents how you feel about yourself in terms of being lovable; it is the House that shows whether or not there is an emphasis in your life on receiving love and attention. In this horoscope, the sense of lovability is affected because the Sun is the significator of the 11th House. The fact that Pluto is in the 11th House, squared by the Moon, brings a mother influence into play, as well, especially since the Moon rules the other parental House, the 10th. Pluto rules the 2nd House and so we have self worth dimensions brought into the picture. Saturn’s rulership of the 4th House only adds emphasis to the father syndrome. It tells us conclusively that there is a father issue at the core of things.
In a consultation setting, we might say, “I see you standing here, attractive and impressive. You present yourself in a gracious, fair, easy manner that easily attracts others. But in our astrology, we are able to illuminate things about identity. There is a suggestion here that your attitude and mindset have been well shaped by the lack in the relationship with your father and, along with your mother, there has been a spill over affect regarding how you feel about yourself in terms of worth, value, and your sense of lovability.”
Look at all that has been able to be detected JUST FROM TWO ASPECTS without even having the rest of the planets in the horoscope.
Our astrology contains a lot. The language is vast. There is so much there that making sense of it all easily becomes confusing unless you have direction. If you want to learn, I can provide the direction!
With the two clients I have today, I will have had 20,000 since 1980!!!! It is an enormous feeling to have been of assistance to that many people. Thank you if you were one of them.
Nothing can compensate for actual client experience in astrology. No matter how much you read or study, the chickens come home to roost in the consultation setting. That is the best way to confirm that what you have read or studied has substance. It is for that reason that I have forgotten more than I actually use now.
Once again, thank you!
Dane Rudhyar is the father of humanistic astrology. He wrote, “We can truly speak of individuality ONLY when a person deliberately severs the myriads of psychic threads attaching him/her to a particular collectivity and culture, and emerges as an at least relatively individual, independent, self. We have to free ourselves from the programming we receive from the family, schools, and the media.” Beautiful, isn’t it?
What happens so often is that a person does NOT decondition self from family, culture, etc. Then, when they read that having 5 planets in Leo means thus and so, and they are not like that, astrology is criticized.
Horoscopes don’t make anyone anything. They show what you need. What was a woman with the Sun, Moon, Ascendant in Aries to do in America in 1900? How does she express that energy when society (insecure men) won’t allow it?
These kinds of scenarios have to be considered in astrology. The life of the person MUST be looked at and then be measured against the horoscope.
I have the most opinionated position in astrology in my horoscope. It is Mars in Sagittarius. I grew up under the rulership of a very autocratic father. My opinion never counted. You just learned to keep silent. Now? Get me started on certain topics and you will run for cover ducking from the opinions. But when I was 25, I wasn’t that way. I had to grow into it.
Keep these things in mind in astrology. Do not limit anyone to what you know in astrology because you don’t know about their development and circumstances. Astrology is the guide but people call their own shots! Recognize the human first.
In the past 3 months, several people who have had their jobs “on the line” have contacted me about the propositions. The results have been 100% in every case and I want to thank those included in this for consulting with me. I learn from every consultation.
I would advise anyone who is interested in astrology to know that there is a big difference between reading books, reading astrology on the Internet, and doing a consultation. When you are faced with the reality of the live person, you know, for sure, what works and what doesn’t work. Books are theory. People are real.
I had such success with the adjustment of my consultation fees that I decided to change the pricing permanently to see how it goes. Everyone is pinching pennies (or whatever your currency is).
The fee for a phone consultation is $50. If you want a written analysis and a phone consultation, the fee is $90. If you want a written consultation alone, that is $75.
What you get are the things that are important and crucial to your identity and to further development. And you will know what the climate ahead holds so that you have a strategy going forward to either take advantage of things that look productive or if you should be cautious because things look challenging. These things combine with any specific questions or concerns that you have. The prices are extraordinary. My peers charge upwards of triple or quadruple for the same quality of service.
I will not load you down with meaningless things that you can find on the Internet. You do know that there are many places on the Internet where you can enter your birth information and get a readout right on screen, right? These reports will tell you that your Sun is in whatever Sign and what that means. It will tell you what House your Sun is in and what that means. The aspects will be added. Every planet is treated that way and you can get that for free. At the end of the day, that kind of information is barely useful. Why?
Let’s say that 400 people have the Sun in the 2nd House trined by Jupiter. Such a report is going to give a glowing financial report for all 400 people. Common sense tells you that that cannot be true, right? What a report cannot do is make the horoscope relevant to you as an individual. It doesn’t know if your parents supported you, didn’t support you, what culture you are, if there was emotional or sexual abuse, or whether you came from wealth or poverty. These things make a difference. The most important thing in any horoscope are the indications of parental or a lack of parental support, bar none. That is the garden that we all have to begin growth in and a report cannot provide that for you.
If you are interested in anything, contact me at NewWayAstrology@gmail.com.
Growth through crisis, especially the 8th House. My client, Iyanla Van Zant has her Sun and 2 planets in the 8th. Imagine waking up on Christmas morning and having your daughter die in your arms! That is one of many life crisis she has had to face. It is how she is able to work with healing others. Read her book, “Piece From Broken Pieces.” It is practically a tribute to the 8th House.