Chart Validation Standards

Fixed Standards Are Necessary To Accurately Rectify Birth Charts

A key is understanding planetary and house significators for each personal quality and knowing how to sort out an aspectarian. The standards below limit unnecessary subjective judgments, filter out biases and personal preferences from me or the client whose chart I’m working on.

All birth chart rectifications that I do are only final when the chart is fully functional. That means each and every precisely timed life event will show in the progressions with exact or near exact aspects involving the appropriate factors. They must meet these standards. Then they are considered validated.

It is important to understand that time comes into play. It is often easier to come to a spot-on rectification for a deceased person’s birth chart (especially one of notoriety) because there is a lifetime of events, relationships and behaviors to draw from. This does not preclude an astrologer from arriving at the authentic, exact birth chart of someone much younger. There will need to be information of an accurate quality and sufficient quantity to draw from.

The Standards

1. The person’s physical qualities (starting with the face) and personality must generally match the sign on the Asc of the chart.

Or more specifically, the sign on the Asc must match the general orientation and physical equipment of the person’s modus operandi.

The Ascendant is the embodied “I AM” of the person in question, correlating to Aries, thus signifying the head, the thinking and the self.

  • Cardinal signs on the Asc or containing many planets produce a rounder face generally fuller at the cheeks than average. Planets of the cardinal principle generally do the same, however, Saturn acting in angular aspect upon the Asc tends to elongate the face (and body) or produce skeletal or jagged features in some.
    Planetary significators:
    · Aries = Mars, Pluto;
    · Cancer = Moon;
    · Libra = Venus;
    · Capricorn = Saturn, Uranus.
  • Fixed signs on the Asc or containing many planets produce a more full jaw and squarish or rectangular head. Planets of the fixed principle (Sun, Uranus, Pluto) do the same. Venus in angular aspect to the Asc can be an exception and tends to soften the features. Uranus tends to produce a higher/enlarged forehead just as often.
    Planetary significators:
    · Taurus = Venus;
    · Leo = Sun;
    · Scorpio = Mars, Pluto;
    · Aquarius = Saturn, Uranus.
  • Mutable signs on the Asc or containing many planets produce longer and/or narrower faces than average. Planets of the mutable principle (Mercury, Jupiter, Neptune) do the same. In addition, Jupiter tends to enlarge the body or make it taller.
    Planetary significators:
    · Gemini = Mercury;
    · Virgo = Mercury;
    · Sagittarius = Jupiter, Neptune;
    · Pisces = Jupiter, Neptune.

2. Planets in angular aspect alignment (conjunct/parallel, opposite/contra-parallel, square) with the Asc in longitude and declination must also show in the person, the personality, behavior, experiences or aims of the person.

3. The marriage date sets up a litmus test in which the chart in secondary progressions must show proper activation of one or more 7th house factors:

  • Aspect to progressed or natal DC (7th cusp) in longitude or declination within 0°04′ of exact;
  • Aspect to progressed or natal planetary significator of DC in longitude or declination within 0°04′ of exact; Example: Libra on DC of natal chart makes Venus the significator of the 7th house.
  • Aspect by a progressed planet moving through the 7th house to a natal or progressed planet or Asc in longitude or declination within 0°04′ of exact;
  • — OR —

  • Progressed aspect of Midheaven to natal/prog Venus or the planetary significator of natal 7th house;
  • Progressed aspect of Venus or planetary significator of natal 7th house to natal Midheaven.
  • If only one such aspect is seen it must be exact: orb 0°00′; otherwise there must be multiple prog-to-prog or prog-to-natal aspects present, generally 2-3, all of which must be within 0°05′ of exact, with some within 0°03′ of exact.

If the progressed chart does not show these factors then the natal chart being considered is invalid and thrown out.

4. All exactly dated life events must show up with near exact progressed-to-progressed or progressed-to-natal aspects within 0°04′ or 05′ of exact.

The greater number of these life events that are exactly dated, the greater certainty we can achieve.

In addition, the aspects must involve the correct natural or horoscopic significators for the corresponding house. Example: birth of a child is a 5th house matter. Leo over the cusp of that natal house makes the Sun the significator, so it or the 5th house cusp or the contents of the (natal or prog) 5th house must show up in prog-to-prog or prog-to-natal aspects within 0°05′ of exact.

5. The resulting chart must show very close aspects in synastry with close family members and mate to the most specific personal parts of this chart: Asc/DC axis in longitude or declination, IC/MC axis in longitude or declination, Moon in longitude or declination

6. Additionally, any slower moving planet that progresses to any exact aspect to the natal Asc or Midheaven (in longitude or declination) must be accompanied by at least one significant life event in accordance with energies of the planets/chart factor involved, or the natal Asc is inaccurate and must be adjusted.

These standards are not a description of the rectification process.

While transits (in declination or longitude) can often give pointers to the correct Asc, transits alone cannot be relied upon for chart verification. Asteroids also cannot be relied upon to validate a chart.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The common method of calculating the Midheaven and intermediate house cusps uses polar rather than magnetic north. This creates a Midheaven/house cusp that frequently starts in the natal chart off by a few minutes of arc, sometimes by a quarter degree or more. It is important to make the adjustment or to have software (like SolarFire) that calculates it correctly from the beginning.


5 Responses to Chart Validation Standards

  1. Vallie Travers says:

    Hi Kannon, Do you use Chiron and the Nodes for rectification work? I find them relevant, but it gets kind of busy.

    • The Nodes, but not Chiron or any other asteroid. The Nodes in close progressed aspects to faster moving natal or progressed points can sometimes highlight the accuracy of a rectification or even help determine it. I never go there with asteroids, as the 19,000 of them that are named would be a never ending story of diversion.

    • Vallie Travers says:

      Thanks Kannon. I have noticed the nodes crossing angles a couple of time with the death of a parent. There were other indicators but the nodes were definitely present at the angle. Also, wish to add that I like your stressing of relationship events. These indicators can be easier to pinpoint than other events. eg. Saturn can mean a lot of things but Pr-Venus is usually relationships. This clarity is helpful.

    • Nodes are significant often in progression when meeting a key person that helps move life forward or release the old.

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