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Following the Moon: June 10, 2021

I had hoped that the prominence of Jupiter in the May 26 Full Moon and eclipse chart would help renew our optimism. (Click here to see the article and the chart.) Certainly, as it becomes more and more apparent that we are exiting the darkest days of the pandemic, that has been the case. However, I also warned that the way that Mars was intertwined with the Sun and Moon indicated that there would be no relief from the gun violence that has plagued us for so long. Unfortunately, that also turned out to be true.

The other thing that concerned me about the Full Moon chart was the placement of Neptune in the Tenth Housesquare Mercury and Venus. Neptune muddies the waters and gives us false hopes. We’ve seen evidence of this in the way that the initiatives of the Biden administration have been stymied by opposition in the Senate and the conviction of some Republicans that if you count the same votes enough times the results of the 2020 election will be different.

The DuelBurrHamiltonImage

We’ve had some fun rectifying the horoscopes of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, but what’s the use of having such charts (speculative though they are) if we don’t also consider the event that is most associated with both of these men. That is the duel they fought on July 11, 1804 in Weehawken, New Jersey. (Click on Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr to see the speculative horoscopes.)

In terms of American history, this meeting of two of our founding fathers was not all that significant. Both Hamilton and Burr were both more or less spent as political factors by this time in their careers. Still, the mixture of fame and violence has fixed this duel in the public memory in a way that the more historic events of that period never will.

First, let’s compare the horoscopes of the two combatants. (Click here to see a double chart with Aaron Burr’s speculative horoscope in the middle and Hamilton speculative horoscope in the outside ring.)
The most noticeable thing about this double chart seems to confirm my rectification of Burr’s horoscope. Hamilton’s Pluto is directly on the Midheaven of Burr’s chart. Pluto represents a blockage and Aaron Burr had every reason to see Alexander Hamilton as blocking his career. When Burr and Thomas Jefferson were tied in the 1800 presidential election, Hamilton was instrumental in giving the edge to Jefferson. Then, in the 1803 race for governor of New York, Hamilton did all he could to see that Burr was defeated.

The Science and Art of Rectification (Part Two)

I my last article I attempted a rectification of the horoscope of Alexander Hamilton. (Click on Alexander Hamilton to see that article.) Reading about Hamilton got me interested in the life of his famous nemesis, Aaron Burr. Burr is another person for whom we are unlikely to ever have a time of birth, so I decided to apply the same process of rectification to his chart.

 With Alexander Hamilton we first had to deal with different opinions about his year of birth. That’s not a problems for Aaron Burr. We can say with great assurance that Burr was born on Feb. 7, 1756. He was an Aquarian by Sun sign and we know his Moon was either in Aries or Taurus. In terms of rectification, the uncertain sign placement of the Moon is actually a gift. It provides us with our first clue in timing Burr’s birth.

The circumstances of Burr’s birth were quite different from those of Hamilton. While Hamilton was born illegitimate on a distant Caribbean island, Burr was born into one of the more prominent families in colonial America. His father was a well-known minister and his mother was the daughter of Jonathan Edwards who was a major figure in the religious movement called the First Great Awakening. Aside from this, however, Burr and Hamilton had much in common. Both were orphaned at an early age (Burr at age two). Both (most likely) had genius IQs and their intellectual gifts were noted while they were still young. Both cut short their education to join the battle for independence from British rule and during that conflict, both displayed outstanding courage and commitment to the cause.

HamiltonAImageThe Science and the Art of Rectification

The gold standard for any astrologer is an official time of birth. Dates are easy. Just about everyone knows their date of birth. But the time can be harder, and sometimes it requires more than dragging out your birth certificate or calling your mom to learn this information. Other times, you have a time but it is approximate, rounded off to the hour or something vague like "around noon". In either case the only thing an astrologer can do is go through a process called rectification.

Rectification is the process of matching the events that occur in a person’s life with transits and progressions that occurred during those periods. Events that occur at a time when an important transit, such as a Saturn Cycle transit, is taking place are eliminated and the focus is placed on events that occurred without such a transit, the supposition being that such event must feature a significant transit to either the angles of the chart (Ascendant, Descendant, Midheaven and I.C.) or the Moon, all of which can only be definitively located with a time of birth.

Rectification can be particularly challenging when we are considering historic figures. These can be people born a long time ago for who a time of birth will never be known and, in some cases, even the date might be a mystery. Take, for example Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton has enjoyed a resurgence of fame in recent years because of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s play, but there are questions about exactly when he was born.