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P. Svarogich

(English editing by Ed Falis)

Principia of polyzodiacal astrology

7. Precision rectification of the creation (birth) time and symbolic times

The attainment of reliable results when working with symbolic times is wholly dependent on the correct choice of the fixed point of the progressed and other symbolic mappings, i.e. by the choice of the moment of creation (birth). The accuracy of determination of this point on the timescale is determined by the astronomical precision of the calculation of the Earth’s orientation. Since the precision of the calculation of the Earth’s orientation using the CONCEPT program is about 15", it becomes necessary to know the moment of creation with an accuracy of about 1 second of time. This requirement is much more stringent than can be expected of the information taken from hospital archives. Even when we observe the birth process ourselves in order to time it, it is incomprehensible what moment in the birth process to take for the moment of creation.

The investigations conducted by the author of the present work with Alexandre Bochkour have shown that the true moment of creation is not connected with some particular action of an obstetrician, or of the woman in birth, or of the newborn. It is necessary to define the moment of creation by purely astrological means, although other approaches are possible67) — that is, the rectification procedure is necessary. We state our understanding of the procedure below. We will consider the case when we reliably know the medical registration time (the preferred situation), or when we have a first approximation to the birth time as a result of one of the effective procedures for rectification that give it with an accuracy of several minutes68).

In the section on timing events, we formulated a hypothesis whose effectiveness has shown itself repeatedly: at a given place and moment of time something occurs if and only there is an exact aspect in one of the local zodiacs69). The accuracy of the aspect is crucial to a correct understanding of this statement. We mean a concrete accuracy of 0.5 angular minutes that could not be attained using the methods of medieval astrology. We do not pretend to more intelligence than the ancients. If we have discovered something new, astonishingly simple and practically very effective, it is only because they did not have our modern instrumental capabilities. Otherwise these techniques would have been known long ago. What they did not have was the accuracy of modern astronomical calculations. For any kind of aspect the orb could not be less than the errors in the precision of astronomical observations. If we take the orb as one degree between 10 (or 7) planets and 12 house cusps, it is always possible to find at least one aspect of some planet to some house. When working with an orb of 30", it is rare for even one such aspect to occur70). A moment when such an aspect exists is obviously distinguished relative to other moments.

Furthermore, an exact aspect at which an event occurs defines a certain profound symbolic meaning of the event for the human spirit. The first steps on the way of usage of exact methods of astrological calculation as proposed in this work, in the determination of an exact aspect in a directed or progressed chart for a particular event, have forced us to revise our astrological and philosophical understanding of events in the human life.

Each event is in correspondence with a fundamental triad: planet, aspect and station or house. From one perspective, the situation has been simplified: we no longer need to deal with the whole bundle of planets, aspects and houses simultaneously. On the other hand, such an analysis causes us to revise our understanding of the meaning of a considered event. In the long run, work on event analysis according the principle of the fundamental triad brings about a change to our interpretation of planets, aspects, and houses or stations.

The birth of a person is a significant event. It too must occur on an exact aspect. Furthermore, based on astrological symbolism, this must be an exact aspect of a planet to the Ascendant. In the language used in this work, we mean an aspect of a planet to the cusp of 1st terrestrial station in terrestrial zodiac, or to the Ascendant (as the projection of 1st terrestrial station onto the solar zodiac) in the solar zodiac. This statement is not a hypothesis following from the consistency of the notional construction given in this paper; it is an empirically verified fact.

In those birth events where such an aspect has been found, the most frequent aspect to the 1st station or Ascendant was from one of the slow planets. It is often easy to find such an aspect within several minutes of the time recorded in a hospital archive or that resulting from rectification. The check described below usually confirms a candidate moment whether it is alone or one of a cluster of triads close to each other in time71). In such cases it is often, but not always, one of the slower planets that both participates in a fundamental triad and is the ruler of the ascending sign72). It is interesting that it was often straightforward to choose the correct triad based on the psychological profile of the born; the planet fixing the moment of creation shows itself prominently in the character of the individual. By ‘check’ we mean event checking of the obtained time by means of conform progressions and directions. The check is considered positive if for considered events there is an exact aspect (triad) in one of the symbolic times.

In a large number of natal horoscopes (more than half) we did not find such a triad. We did not seek for an exact percentage of failures, as the sample we used was obviously non-representative. We have noticed that for bright creative natures it is not difficult to find such a triad. In these cases the aspect in the triad is most often both (a) major and (b) in the terrestrial zodiac. We posit two reasons for the cases when no triad is found:

1. It’s possible that the triads occur in zodiacs other than the solar or terrestrial, to which our work has been mostly confined. The leading candidate to consider is the lunar zodiac.

2. It may be necessary to look not only at aspects to the 1st station or its projections on the solar and other zodiacs, but to the 4th station and to the point where the central body is located and its projection onto another zodiac. Or perhaps it is necessary to consider the whole 4th order family of the conjunction point, i.e. the Descendant and the MC73). On the other hand, the increase by 4 of the harmonic number (denominator) of aspect as element of fundamental triad of birth could give us the possibility to restrict ourselves to the consideration of the Ascendant only.

The best way to solve this problem would be to scan the time interval surrounding the time of birth on a powerful computer in order to find that moment for which the events of the born’s life in symbolic time have corresponding fundamental triads with an exact aspect in one of the zodiacs. In the future we plan to implement this idea.

67. On this matter please write directly to the author.
68. It is necessary to note that books on astrology are overcrowded with descriptions of various birth time rectifications. For the most part, they are superstitions of their authors without presentation of the procedure used. Some methods are simply wrong. An example of a wrong procedure sanctified by centuries is the Triutine of Hermes. The only effective method of birth time rectification known to author is rectification using events once the ascending zodiacal sign has been determined. This determination of an unknown ascending sign according to the character, constitution and reactions of born is the most difficult and exciting art that a practicing astrologer can master.
69. An aspect of a planet in the solar zodiac to the cusp of a terrestrial house, or an aspect of a planet in the terrestrial zodiac to the cusp of a station.
70. Practically it is necessary to limit aspects to those of harmonics no greater than the twelfth.
71. Most often there are two, one an aspect in the terrestrial zodiac, the other in the solar.
72. It is exactly in the process of such investigations that we come to doubt that the notions of ruler, exile, exaltation and fall have a conceptual basis, except as an approximate indication of the strength of a planet in a sign. A significant proportion of exceptions was observed for the formulated rule. Besides, for those ascending signs where the rulers are considered to be internal planets, we cannot show a single case of which we’re confident.
73. It seems to be sufficient to take into consideration the Ascendant and IC, since there is always a simultaneous aspect to the opposite points whose harmonic (denominator of fraction of the full circle) is the same or 2 times higher or lower.
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