THE accuracy of any astrological prediction is fundamentally dependent upon three major inputs: a) accurate birth details of the native, b) sound knowledge and experience of the astrologer about the science of astrology and c) the correct casting of the horoscope. Of these three critical inputs, the correct casting of the horoscope is an essential sine qua non for which the accuracy of the birth details is of utmost importance. Birth details include the date of birth, place of birth and the time of birth. However, even though the native or her relative seldom misinforms the date of birth and the place of birth to the astrologer, the accuracy of the reported birth time has long been a major area of concern for the scientific-minded astrologers. This is because, as students of astrology, we are amply aware that wrong birth time would invariably lead to a wrong degree rising on the East as the Lagna (Ascendant) with wrong planetary degrees at birth. The problem is augmented more so, due to the wrong longitude of Moon at birth (emanating from a wrong birth time), resulting in a wrong balance of Dasa at birth and the subsequent periods. Since all the predictions are based on the cascades of Vimshottari Dasa periods of the nine planets, wrong time of birth will lead to prognostications of dubious quality, for no fault of the astrologer or the science of astrology.
Therefore, what we require is an effective technique of birth time rectification, which would be robust in its application and yield consistent results. However, a mere rectification through a robust logic is not enough. The rectified birth time should show immediately and clearly that the new (rectified) birth time is reflective of the native’s birth origin and life events. Here, we will discuss a modern and well-researched approach of rectifying birth time based on the principles of Krishnamurti Paddhati (KP). In addition to this, I would provide a novel means to ascertain whether this ‘rectified’ birth time truly reflects the origin of the native. The article would also demonstrate the techniques with the example of a few case-studies.
What is ‘birth’?
This is a question, which, unfortunately, is most often never asked, never answered, and seldom understood. In fact, this question has now become a deadly defensive in the discourse of rationalists targeting astrology and astrologers. The question of what actually constitutes birth has always perplexed the common person. Does ‘birth’ mean the time when the head of the child is first seen? Or ‘birth’ takes place when the child is fully out from her mother’s womb? Or is it that ‘birth’ takes place when the umbilical chord is severed? This question of what actually constitutes ‘birth’ has long remained unanswered in our ancient Indian scriptures, epics and astrological texts of high repute. Only recently, medical science has accepted the fact, after sufficient research proved that ‘still-born’ babies are not technically ‘born’, that ‘birth’ happens when the child cries out after taking in the first breath. Way back in 1901, Dr William Benham in the United States wrote in his book ‘The Laws of Scientific Hand-Reading’ that life begins after a child takes in her first breath and cries out. We must not forget that Dr Benham was trained in medicine.
Unfortunately, common person is not aware about the true event that constitutes birth. Even in American states, where the husband is allowed to remain present in the labour room of his wife/partner to witness child-birth, the recorded birth time may still be faulty for the simple reason that the husband—father does not know when the ‘birth’ took place. The situation is worst in countries like India where we depend on third parties like doctors or nurses to “kindly note down the time of ‘birth’ for family reasons.” Thus, there is absolutely no guarantee that the so called ‘accurate’ birth time given by clients to their astrologers can safely be relied upon. As a result, it is increasingly becoming an imperative to the astrologers to rectify the given birth time before they embark upon their astrological diagnosis and prognosis. However, there are numerous techniques of birth time rectification, which are not only cumbersome in their approach and procedure, but also lack consistency in results. In the following sections, I would elaborate on a novel means to ascertain whether this ‘rectified’ (new) birth time shows any connection with the origin of the native.
The Rectification Rules: the First Testing:
The rules of rectification are based on the principles of Krishnamurti Paddhati (KP) and Ruling Planets (RP). According to the principles of KP, a planet’s position, linkages and effects are determined by the Sign, Constellation and subdivision of the Constellation (popularly called as ‘sub’) that it occupies at a particular time. In other words, every planet is posited in a sign, occupying a particular star and situated in a sub in that star. Therefore, for a given moment of birth, the 1st cusp (that is the Ascendant/Lagna) would be posited in a particular sign, star and sub. This Ascendant sign-star-sub is our starting point and the increase or decrease in birth time would be operated on this cuspal point.
Our next consideration would be the Moon’s degree position in the Ruling planets. For those readers who do not have a clear idea as to what is ‘Ruling planet’, let me briefly discuss here. Ruling planets refer to the planets that become the Lagna sign-lord, star lord, Moon sign-lord, star lord and the day-lord at the time and place of judgment. Therefore, the ruling planets will invariably vary with time and place of judgment. According to the modern, modified KP principles, the Ruling Planets would include the Lagna sign-star-sub lords, Moon sign-star-sub lords, and the Day-lord of the time when the rectification effort is undertaken. For our method, we take into account only the Ruling Planet Moon’s position for seeking linkages with the unrectified Ascendant/Lagna.
According to the rule of rectification, if we find a linkage with the RP Moon sign-star-sub with the un-rectified Ascendant sign-star-sub AT ALL THE THREE LEVELS, then we are sure that the given birth time is correct. Or else we need to correct it by establishing this Three Level Linkage and find the new time.
Stated otherwise, in order to ascertain the correctness of the birth time, we need to check whether the RP Moon sign-lord is linked to the un-rectified Ascendant sign-lord, RP Moon star-lord linked to the un-rectified Ascendant star-lord and RP Moon sub-lord linked with the un-rectified Ascendant sub-lord. This rule is therefore, a rule of three level one-to-one linkage. Let us now understand what constitutes a ‘linkage’. For the purpose of birth time rectification, let us assume the following notions:
Ascendant sign lord: X1 Ruling Moon’s sign lord: Z1
Ascendant star lord: X2 Ruling Moon’s star lord: Z2
Ascendant sub lord: X3 Ruling Moon’s sub lord: Z3
According to this method of birth time rectification, we need to first check the linkage between X1 and Z1, to ascertain whether the birth sign is correct or not. If there is no linkage between X1 and Z1, then we need to do rectification at this level first. Once this level is rectified, we need to check whether there is any linkage between X2 and Z2 to find the correct ascendant star. If there is no linkage, then we rectify the time at this level. Lastly, we need to check whether there is linkage between X3 and Z3 to find out whether the Lagna sub is correct according to the given time. If no linkage exists, then we need to increase or decrease the birth time till such sub-level linkage is obtained.
Linkage is said to be present directly if anyone of the following conditions are observed:
1. X and Z are same
2. X is in sub of Z or vice versa
3. X is in star of Z or vice versa
4. X is in the sign of Z or vice versa
5. X is in the star/sub of a third planet that appears as the star lord or sub lord of Z.
The above rule for linkage is to be applied for ALL THE THREE LEVELS, that is, at the sign, star, and the sub level for creating linkage between the Ascendant and RP Moon, if such linkage is absent in the given birth time.
The Rule of Origin: the Second Testing Rule:
What is the guarantee that the correct birth time arrived through the above procedure of linkage is 100% correct? KP astrologers are so passionate about Ruling Planets that they seldom go beyond the results indicated by the RPs. We take it for granted that the rectified time is fully correct without any further testing. Any scientific effort requires the rigour of testing the results for reliability and validity and astrology should never be exception to this rule, if it has to achieve the status of a pure science. Therefore, what is required is a ‘re-check’ whether the rectified birth time is in fact correct or not. For this, I would now put forth a rule that I have been enlightened by the grace of lord Ganesha and personally tested over many charts and found highly satisfactory results. Though the logic of this rule is found in the ancient texts of astrology, I have been using this rule in birth time rectification using KP method. I call this rule as the Rule of Origin. The rationale behind the Rule of Origin is found in the ancient texts of astrology. According to the classical texts of astrology, the birth of a native happens due to his past Karma, Purva Punya (good deeds in the past life) and the father (who is the giver of the Beeja). The mother is only a bearer of the child (Kshetra), but the seed of life comes from the father. Thus, the 9th house of a birth chart shows the qualities of antecedents of a native. So, if the rectified time of birth is truly correct, then the Ascendant/Lagna must be linked with the 9th cusp. This is because every human being is born due to his father. Even modern medical fertilization requires at least one donor sperm cell for effective fertilization of the ovum. Therefore, our ancient astrological dictum about the human origin from his father can never be denied. Every birth must therefore, invariably be linked to the house of father, that is, the 9th cusp.
In my Rule of Origin, I have found that the rectified birth time is indeed correct, if any one of the following is observed:
1. The rectified Lagna Star lord is appearing as the 9th Star lord or sub lord.
2. The rectified Lagna sub lord is appearing as the 9th Star lord or sub lord.
3. The rectified Lagna Star lord or sub lord is linked to the 9th Star lord or sub lord through a third planet only.
If this above linkage is observed between the rectified Lagna and 9th cusp, then only we can be sure that our rectified birth time is indeed correct. It is only after the satisfaction of the Rule of Origin that we can look into some of the life events of the native and corroborate with the rectified horoscope. I have always found that after the exercise of these two rules, the life events of the natives have been reflected in their birth charts to the highest degree of accuracy.