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Birth Chart Rectification

Updated: Feb 3

So, you don’t know your rising sign? This is so frustrating, especially when I have seen how astrology can benefit and validate so many people in such dynamic ways. I always forget about what a privilege it is to know your birth time, let alone your birthDAY. Especially those who move around as refugees, those who are adopted, those who are estranged from their parents or don’t have clear records of this beautiful, momentous occasion in which they were born.


Birth Chart Rectification is a process that addresses these questions. If you’re serious enough about it you can hire an astrologer who offers this specific kind of service. They go on an investigation and dig up hospital records, birth videos, parents/relatives memory, old photos that might have the timestamp, etc. Though, this doesn’t always work. In astrology, to get the most accurate results down to degree theory, it is important to get the exact minute that a person was born, but even an aunt who vaguely remembers something like “Oh.. well, I had to leave work, so I think it was about 10:00-11:00 am” can be helpful! It isn’t as specific as we would like it, but it's a start. From there you can narrow down which rising sign makes the most sense.


Others who have no leads?


I have tried to guess rising signs before- I've been correct, but there have also been times where I was wrong! I am a nanny for a 7 year old boy and after months of tracking his behavior and listing out all the reasons why he could be each rising sign, I guessed that he was a Virgo rising. I thought this for a lot of reasons but mostly because of the house cusps.

Virgo risings, in the universal whole signs system, have Scorpio on the 3rd house, Sagittarius on the 4th house, and Capricorn on the 5th house. Based on this, my brain developed its own case study.


In theory he would have:


3rd house = communication, local environment, primary education, friends, siblings, etc.


Scorpio = calculated, private, secret, selectivity, etc.


This boy is very particular. He likes to take the most secluded route on the walk home from school (avoidant of other people), he is very secretive about the things he talks about and learns about. He often likes to keep his communication private and one-on-one is better for him. He is also very calculated and strategic about the things he says/does/and especially the people he keeps around him.


4th house = home, family, parents, comfort, past, ancestry


Sagittarius = foreign places, cultures, foods, travel, beliefs, spirituality


His mom is Jewish and does incorporate traditional Jewish holidays and practices into his life. His dad is from Russia and between the two of his parents, they speak a few different languages and have even taught their kids some of these. Their oldest knows Hebrew and the boy that I am responsible for can understand and translate Russian. They always have interesting stories about their ancestors and are very involved in keeping these cultures alive for him.


5th House = childhood, how you act as a kid, your passions and interests, enjoyment, movies, plays, entertainment, etc.


Capricorn = seriousness, maturity, age, restriction


His parents encourage him to be a kid, but there are restrictions and limits on his entertainment. They would much rather he read a book, do a puzzle, play outside than to watch a movie. You also have to consider that between the ages of 5 and now almost 8 years old, he has been confined to pandemic precautions. Since his parents take safety precautions seriously (as they should imo) he hasn’t gotten to go see a play, eat at many restaurants, explore other passions and multimedia. All 5th house themes. He has been restricted in this way and generally finds more enjoyment in things like chess, or word games, or books. Plus, he hates music which just sounds so Saturn on the 5th to me.


This kid acts in these ways and exhibits these behaviors. Recently though, I found out his birth time from his mother and it gave him a Cancer rising! Which means:


3rd House = Virgo (not Scorpio)- Which explains why I thought he was a Virgo rising, he TALKS like one. Virgo is sextile Scorpio meaning they go about their communication similarly and are harmonious with one another. Virgo is calculated and private in communicating, like Scorpio, but it’s a different expression for a number of reasons. Virgo isn’t private about their communication, it is particular. There is a difference!

In the example that I mentioned earlier about him choosing the most secluded path on our walks home, he does this not for the sake of privacy, but because he is critical about the places he goes, the people he talks to, who gets to overhear his conversations. It was a good guess!


This boy is a Cancer rising with a Pisces Venus. So, he doesn’t have Sagittarius there like I had originally thought. Instead, he has his 4th house cusp in Libra ruled by his Pisces Venus in his 9th house. This shows a natural connection between:

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