Rectification: Deducing Your Birth Time

Rectification: Deducing Your Birth Time
Here's the scoop about rectifying (deducing) birth times:

If you've exhausted all the possibilities for finding your birth time, and you've narrowed down the possible time frame as much as you can--found your birth certificate, looked for baby books or journals, asked all your relatives for any recollection of what they were doing when they heard you were born, etc., perhaps contacted the hospital or adoption agency when relevant--then the last step is rectification. I enjoy doing them; rectifications are like a great big astrological crossword puzzle.

But there's also no guarantee I'll be accurate to the minute. The narrower the possible time frame within which you were born, the better chance I have of finding your accurate birth time.

Please do all you can to narrow the time frame as long as you have reasonably concrete evidence to do so, such as a blurry birth certificate, more than one person's memories, or your mother's specific memory with a good reason to have remembered it. ("I'd just looked at the hospital clock, and it said 10:00 a.m. on the dot," for example, or, "I'd just heard the bell tower ring noon," etc.).

Please don't use a pendulum, and please don't narrow the time frame without some evidence for doing so. If I don't have a wide enough time frame, you risk my not arriving at the right chart. That's because the patterns I'd be looking for might not exist within an inaccurate time frame. If you were born in or after about 1968 in the U.S., the time should be on your birth certificate, and it's often there even if you were born earlier than 1968. Do try to find your birth certificate, even if your mother or someone else is "sure" of the time.

Mothers have been known to insist, "It was 7:10 in the morning," when your birth certificate says you weighed 7 pounds and 10 ounces, and the birth time recorded on the certificate is totally different!

The website has a web page with the Department of Records or its equivalent agency in each U.S. state, and also a note about a website that *might* be helpful for overseas births.

To do a rectification, I start by looking very closely at several possible charts equally spaced within your time frame, and seeing how accurately they would have reflected the placements of the planets on a list of extremely important dates in your life. To begin this process, I need at least two dozen dates, more if at all possible, of important events in your life. I need the events' dates to be just as precise as possible: month, day, time and year if at all possible. If not, then month and year is better than season and year, and early or late in a month is better than just that month as a whole.

Are you stuck? Maybe your spouse, aunt, sister, co-worker or neighbor has an excellent memory for dates. Maybe you kept your appointment books or your personal journals. Maybe some business or governmental or educational agency involved in the event has a record of it. As for what sort of events are important, I try not to "lead the witness" too much, because what's important to you can also give me clues about your birthchart.

With that in mind, any of the following might or might not be important TO YOU: entering or leaving school or work, beginnings and endings of significant relationships (friendships or love affairs), earning or losing a lot of money, work changes, including learning new work skills, highly creative times, outstanding personal achievement, deaths of significant others or family members or beloved pets, earning educational degrees or professional licenses, changing religions, meeting mentors or important teachers, entering psychotherapy, joining or leaving significant groups, etc.

Don't try to find an event in each of those categories; just list events that were important to you.

Exceptions to my not leading the witness: please DO include:

1. parents', sibs', spouses' and children's birth dates, places and times, or just the birth dates if you know them.

2. any event that's both *unusual and significant to you personally*--for example, unexpectedly winning a lottery, accidents, injuries, illnesses or assaults, surviving a natural disaster, arrests, surgeries, struck by lightning, met your favorite musician or actor/actress or writer, had a feeling not to take a plane that crashed, a wonderful stray animal adopted you, you had a revelation in psychotherapy that changed your life, a fabulous vacation, you had a short story accepted for publication, etc...

3. whenever you moved/relocated to a different physical address (where you sleep, rather than something like moving your office)

It's also helpful to have several photos of you at different ages.

Feel free to scan and email them to me at, or to snailmail them to me at PO Box 1311, Ramona, CA 92065, and let me know if you want them returned.

I ask for prepayment by check or money order, please, sent to PO Box 1311, Ramona, CA 92065, or by Paypal to

A. All credit cards: Visa, MC, Discover, AmEx, etc.
B. I also take Ven*Mo payable to @Jodie-Tighe

Within 7 hours: $475.00
Within 6 hours: $425.00
Within 5 hours: $375.00
Within 4 hours: $325.00
Within 3 hours: $275.00
Within 2 hours $225.00
Within 1 hour: $175.00

For time frames wider than seven hours, please ask if rectification is feasible in your case. Sometimes it is, depending on your individual birth data and on what you might know about the circumstances of your birth.