The Astrologer’s Process: Dirty Data, Rectification and Amy Winehouse’s Birth Time

Every astrologer has had this conversation with a client at least once. “My mother said I was born at 10:00 o’clock.” “AM or PM?” asks the astrologer. “Not sure, I’ll have to ask my mother.”

In an astrologer’s perfect world birth times would published right along the birth date. This would make our job easier and would eliminate what Lois Rodden would label DD, dirty data. Dirty data is anything along the lines of “my mother said” or “Auntie remembers it to be . . .”

A birth time is important because it fixes the ascendant and the moon, two of the the Big Three that includes the Sun, the three most basic markers of your personality. A birth time also fixes the position of the houses which important when it comes to making predictions based on the movements (transits) of the positions.

Whenever I give a reading that does not include an accurate birth time I tell the client straight up that the lack of the birth time can affect the accuracy of the reading.

Astrologers also have a technique called rectification that can pinpoint the possible birth time by matching life events against the chart to see which time makes the most sense in terms of what happened in an individual’s life. Rectification is a lengthy process, very technical, requiring a willingness to look at a lot of charts. Not all of us want to do that. Personally, I’d rather rip out my upper lip hairs with tweezers. Continue reading

The Astrology of Substance Abuse: Amy Winehouse’s Addictions

Amy WinehouseIt is more likely than not that vocal artist and songwriter Amy Winehouse lost her life through her use of drugs on July 23, 2011.

Amy’s addiction was apparent to everyone but herself. In her 2007 hit “Rehab” she sings:

They tried to make me go to rehab but I said ‘no, no, no’
Yes I’ve been black but when I come back you’ll know know know
I ain’t got the time and if my daddy thinks I’m fine
He’s tried to make me go to rehab but I won’t go go go Continue reading

The Astrology of the Twelfth House: It’s Just a Transit, Maybe

DreamsIn a recent dream, I come back from lunch and tell my boss that I am sick (true, in the dream I had a heck of a cold) and that I’ll hang around to get some critical tasks done, but that I couldn’t work that night. The boss starts a verbal tirade, saying things like I wasn’t too sick to go to lunch. He launches into a whole list of things I hadn’t done, which was certainly what I didn’t want to hear at that time. After the boss spends his fuel, he walks away. I decide to go have a talk with his boss, but of course, that guy wasn’t in his office. In fact the office was shut up tight, with no prospect of his return.

It was one of those dreams where you’d swear you were actually there. Continue reading