In astrology rectification is the process of using astrological techniques and considerations in order to retrospectively determine when an event occurred, usually when that information is otherwise unknown or unavailable.
Rectification is most commonly used in order to determine a person’s birth time, either when no birth time is known, or when only an approximate time of birth is available.
The premise underlying birth chart rectification is that if a person’s birth chart is supposed to reflect both the nature of their life as well as events that will occur during the course of it, then it should be possible to infer what placements a person should have in their chart by working backwards from known events and circumstances in the person’s life.
In this way rectification is used either in order to determine information that would otherwise be completely unknown, or in order to fine-tune data that is already available, thus making the chart calculations more precise, in theory.
Rectification is usually viewed as a highly complicated and speculative process due to the number of factors involved in rectifying a chart. The fact that it is speculative and subject to error usually leads astrologers to view rectified charts as not very reliable for research purposes. Occasionally debates occur over which rectified chart is correct for certain celebrity nativities where the birth time is unknown.
An astrologer is said to “rectify” a chart, although the process itself is known as “rectification”.
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Retrograde Motion :
When a planet appears to be moving backwards (“in reverse gear”) in the zodiac (as opposed to direct motion). See also Retrograde Zone Info.
Retrograde Station :
The point in a planet’s retrograde cycle where it is standing still (at a station), preparing to go from direct motion to retrograde motion. Coming early in the retrograde cycle, it indicates a situation that is starting to crystalize, eventually building to a crisis point later in the cycle. See also Retrograde Zone Info.
Retrograde Zone :
The space along the zodiac between the direct stationand retrograde station of a planet. This is a zone of heightened influence for that planet, since it passes back and forth across this area 3 times over an extended period of time. See also Retrograde Zone Info.
A point in time when a planet moves around the zodiac and comes back to the same zodiacal position (degree, sign and minute) it occupied in your birthchart. Also refers to the entire chart for the time of a return, as in “solar return chart”. Returns of the Sun and Moon are commonly used in astrology, although the return of any planet is considered highly significant. Keep in mind that the return (transiting planet is conjunct your natal planet) is also the start of a cycle for that planetary energy, so the return chart is indicative of the meaning of the entire cycle.
In astrology the rising sign is the sign of the zodiac that is rising over the eastern horizon at a specific moment in time, particularly at the moment of birth.
More specifically, the rising sign is the sign of the zodiac that contains the ascendant in an astrological chart.
The rising sign is most commonly referenced within the context of natal astrology when studying a person’s birth chart, although technically the term can be applied in any astrological chart where the ascendant is known and used.
The ascendant and the rising sign are seen as particularly important because they form the starting point for the system of the twelve houses.
The quality of the rising sign and any planets associated with it in the birth chart are particularly important in describing the nature of a person’s personality.