Birth chart rectification is sometimes necessary even when a person has their birth time on their birth certificate, as I have recently discovered. In my previous article, I wrote about certain doubts I had about my Ascendant, after having this discussion recently with a few people. Because, you know, birth certificates can be wrong. They’re made by people and people can make mistakes, just like your mother or father or aunt can be wrong in their memory of your birth time.
I say this because I have talked before about how, when I first had my birth chart done, I had that “eureka” moment when I discovered the rest of my personal planets and they made so much sense. But, the one thing that just didn’t make as much sense was my Capricorn Ascendant. I think I just learned to make sense of it and it was easy because I have such a strong Saturn influence that I believed to be the Capricorn Rising at play. And, in the end, I feel like I spent the past eight years projecting a lot about my chart and its placements instead of actually experiencing them and listening to my instincts, which would sometimes tell me that certain things were “off” but I became very good at rationalizing them.
Anyways, I decided to try out rectifying my chart because I felt like there was a very good chance that I was actually an Aquarius Ascendant and not a Capricorn Ascendant. And not just because of my North Node, either. My gut just kept nagging at me and telling me that there was more to the equation. So, I looked into it.
And honestly, the Aquarius Rising chart fits so much better in so many ways. It’s not that I didn’t like being a Capricorn Rising or didn’t think it was a cool sign or anything. I’ve always actually stood up for Capricorn against its bad press. It’s just that I never felt like, “This is me”, when reading about it like I would about my other placements. But, something about the Aquarius Ascendant resonates so much, beyond even just the North Node. So, from now on, this is the chart that I’m sticking to.
August 8, 1989
Little Rock, AR
So, that makes me:
Sun in Leo
Sun in the 7th House; conjunct South Node, square Pluto
Moon in Scorpio
Moon in the 9th; conjunct Pluto, sextile Mercury, Saturn, Neptune, trine Jupiter
Moon square Ascendant
Most of my house cusps are the same because my house line-up, in the old chart, was close to the traditional Aquarius Rising line-up anyway. I still have the North Node in the 1st, Sun in the 7th, Venus in the 8th, and Saturn and Neptune in the 12th. Jupiter moves to my 5th, Uranus to my 11th, the Moon and Pluto to my 9th, and Mercury and Mars to the 7th.
The thing that really tipped the scales for me, in terms of deciding on this new chart, was the transits for it. In my old chart, the transits were always generalized and, as I said, I feel like I did a lot of projecting them instead of experiencing them. I think I either lived them out the way I thought I was supposed to or looked back on them and highlighted the things I thought were relevant. As much as astrology haters may harp about “confirmation bias”, they do have a bit of a point. Astrology, of course, is not false or mind-trickery. But, it’s important for you to truly experience your birth chart and transit chart, instead of just going along with the descriptions or trying to be or do what you think that you should be or do because of them.
With this chart, the transits I’ve been through are more specific and compelling while they were so generalized in the old chart. I can actually pinpoint exact events with transiting planets hitting certain angles or moving into certain houses. A lot of turning points in my life are very accurately described by this chart. For instance, it seems like I actually just ended the Saturn in the 10th House transit a few days ago. It makes sense, as the past two years have been loaded with responsibility and me having to be “the boss”, which began ever since I started doing chart readings a couple years ago and became effectively self-employed. This occurred once Saturn in Scorpio hit my now 22-degree Scorpio Midheaven in October 2014. And for the following two years, I did experience a major boost in success but I also experienced serious roadblocks to certain successes as well as a constant feeling of pressure and of having things riding all on my shoulders.
When you’re doing a birth chart rectification, I see now that it’s not enough to just think about the person’s nature, behavior, personality. Testing the transits in the chart are really what make or break it. So, this convinces me that I’m actually an Aquarius Ascendant. So does the fact that my persona has always been progressive, independent, free-thinking, and nonconforming. Again, though I always blamed my North Node, I haven’t had to be “awakened” to this side of myself and my inner potential. I’ve always been conscious of it. I feel like, if you ask someone what they think of themselves, the first thing they respond with will be reflective of their Rising sign. Your Sun is your true identity, at the end of the day. But, the Rising sign is how you view your place in life and it’s much more immediate and impulsive than the Sun. So, the automatic way someone describes themselves is the Ascendant, while the more self-aware answer is the Sun. My first response when you ask me who I am has always been “different” or “free-spirited” a la Aquarius.
In terms of the Descendant, I have always been way more attracted to Leo than Cancer. I’ve always been looking more so for someone who is self-confident with a strong personality than someone who will take care of me or protect me (I actually don’t really like that). And if Mercury in Virgo is in the 7th, that explains, beyond my Virgo Venus, just why I have always been so drawn to and close to Virgo people. Also, having the Moon now square my Ascendant actually makes more sense than having it conjunct the Midheaven. The Moon would still be conjunct my Midheaven ruler, Pluto, and in the same sign, so it still has some subtle affect in terms of my life goals and public profile.
But, my struggles with being defensive, guarded, and sometimes shy while growing up would be more symbolized by Moon square Ascendant. That was a block to the very friendly, open side to me sometimes because I was always just scared of being hurt or the situation not being “safe”. Yet, when I deliberately stopped taking things personally and let that guard down as an adult, I was able to naturally be really friendly in behavior and not have my emotions (Moon) get in the way (square). Also, I have always said that I have to “feel people out” when I meet them and go with my immediate hunches about them. My Scorpio Moon could be quite harsh about that, back in the day, and then that would totally affect how I acted toward that person. Nowadays, I have a much better handle on that but I still have that raw honesty with people. I just act on my feelings a lot!
I do not take the “Ascendant is your appearance” thing too literally. I actually think it can get quite silly. A person’s lips or jawline does not tell you their Rising sign, in my opinion. It tells you their genetics. But, I do think that every Ascendant can manifest certain significant physical traits, due to the bodily parts and functions they rule. Aquarius rules the blood circulation, nervous system, calves and ankles. My legs have always been a standout feature and more developed than my upper body. If I had a dollar for every time people told me my hands were cold (even when I’m not cold at all), I’d be rich. I do get weird nervous tics and twitches as well as random body spasms. Many Aquarius Rising people are remarkably tall and my height gets commented on a lot. I’m 5’10” but people act like I’m 6’2”. I look taller than I am, thanks to being so lean and having such freakishly long limbs.
Basically, I can relate to so much more about the Aquarius Rising appearance, as well, like looking much younger than you are (instead of the Capricorn Rising thing where I was actually supposed to look older in youth, which has definitely never been true), getting stared at a lot, and being able to surprise people just through your movements or your presence. In my gut, this feels like the right Rising sign. So, I’m going to take the risk and go with it. It’s good to have a healthy sense of doubt and not blindly follow whatever you are told. So, remember that just because you have your birth certificate doesn’t mean that this is your actual time of birth. I’m not saying everyone’s time will be off but it can be the case for many people, which is why you need to think for yourself.
There is one astrologer that has a theory that the time that the soul is born is the actual time of birth, not the time one comes out the mother’s womb. So, the soul’s birth time trumps the physical birth. That may or may not be true and may be too esoteric for some people. Maybe the wrong time was recorded or remembered. Regardless, if there is some sense of discrepancy there between how you feel and what your chart says, you should look into it. Who knows? You could actually be the Rising sign either before or after your alleged Ascendant, which would usually be the case if working off of the birth certificate.
Anyways, that is the end of the ramble about myself. I just thought I would share that because I’ve used this blog to share so much about my chart (which I used to have posted up) and many of you probably know quite a bit about me, in that regard. It’s kind of a trip to get a new chart after eight years of the old one. But, it’s great because it’s not only a better fit but I feel like it is my destiny in my life, thanks to my Nodes, to have a stronger, more self-defined sense of who I am. True to my South Node, I thought I knew who I was but I was just sort of “performing” a version of myself. But, now, I feel like I finally have a perspective on myself that is based on my point of view and not someone else’s. And that’s the reason I’m here.
P.S. I know my blog posts have been seriously lacking lately. I feel like, after all of the series I finished earlier this year, I’ve just become tapped out recently. I am thinking of a new series to do, along with much more frequent articles. I feel like I want to do a “Jupiter in the houses” series next. If you would be interested in that or if you have ideas for any other one, comment below about it!