Astrologer Interview: Dr. H. (Regulus Astrology), Part 1 of 3

January 2, 2009 by  

I am very pleased to present an interview with a rising star on the astrological scene, Dr. H., the anonymous author of two recent books on predictive traditional astrological techniques.  The first is A Rectification Manual: The American Presidency, first published in 2007, where the author uses medieval methods to find the birth times of all U.S. Presidents and their spouses, and then applies various predictive methods to determine the usefulness of such methods.  Primary directions, for instance, are found to be more reliable than solar arc methods.  The most recent edition of the Manual also includes rectified times for the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election candidates.

Dr. H.’s latest book is America is Born: Introducing the Regulus U.S.A. National Horoscope, where the author uses mundane events to rectify the birth horoscope of the United States, and while he is at it, conducts a test of the efficacy of Egyptian vs. Ptolemaic bounds.  He also introduces Abu Ma’shar’s method of participators and distributors (the mingled effect of the rulers of bounds through which directed planets are passing as they make aspects), and applies it to the U.S. horoscope.

His books have reawakened my own dormant interest in primary directions, and I suspect this is the beginning of a new resurgence of this topic, as serious astrologers rediscover its efficacy.


NG:  Tell us about your preferred astrological techniques.  You are a traditional astrologer; what methods do you use for natal delineation and prediction?

DH: Unlike many astrologers who seem to gravitate towards a particular favorite technique, such as transits or progressions, I do my best to use all the tools all the time. That said, the nature of my current practice has focused my attention on some specific delineation topics and specialized tools. Delineation techniques which allow me to profile an individual I may never interview, meet, or know is my current focus. Techniques including the Al-mubtazz Figurae (“ruler of the chart”) and character profiling based on analysis of the Moon, Mercury, and their rulers are the two most helpful methods for this purpose.

In profiling, I am interested in how benefics and malefics impact an individual. Is the person fundamentally good or evil? And do they stay that way? Do crimes signify a person who has been irrevocably lost to the dark side? or do crimes signify a temporary lapse of an otherwise good person? Are malefics a sign of an evil person or do they signify malefic events an otherwise good soul must suffer? And if people suffer, how do the malefics impact job performance? Does a physically impaired individual have the ability to focus his mind and achieve brilliance like Stephen Hawking or do physical limitations create obstacles too large to navigate? These kind of questions really cut to the core of the horoscope.

After reviewing the Al-mubtazz Figurae and analysis of the Moon and Mercury, I might examine how the Al-mubtazz Figurae interacts with the good spirit of the 11th house and the evil spirit of the 12th. By ‘interacts’ I mean examining how relevant aspects apply and separate (by zodiacal degree or antiscia) and which planet ultimately wins out through rulership and reception.

I also like to see how the Moon separates and applies. If the Moon applies to the 12th house ruler or a planet in the 12th, there will be some kind of problem. Usually the person becomes evil or suffers some other type of 12th house effect. If benefics are properly configured, some good may result of a 12th house confinement. Frida Kahlo comes to mind with her artistic career triggered by a crippling automobile accident which required multiple surgeries and a lengthy period of physical confinement.

As for prediction, because directions rank at the top of the predictive hierarchy for their ability to time discrete events within 24 hours, they rank among my most frequently used tool. Besides primary directions which are the mainstay of the medieval toolbox, I am an ardent supporter of the more recently discovered symbolic directions known as solar arcs.

NG:  Your recent work, A Rectification Manual, is the fruit of many years’ astrological research and testing.  What were some of your goals in your research and writing the book?

DH: There seems to be a consensus one needs to work through 200 charts before reading a chart professionally for a client. In attacking that goal as a student, I faced a problem common to all astrologers: how can one be sure the chart under study is accurate? Because the last thing anybody wants to do is waste time studying an incorrect horoscope. The answer today is to rely on third party databases for accurate birth data; North American astrologers primarily use Astrodatabank. As much as reference databases like Astrodatabank are helpful, I consider their data as starting points for investigation.

Even accurate horoscopes backed up by birth certificates timed to the minute usually need slight adjustments before one can attack the figure with directions. And these are the best cases. I have found many Astrodatabank A-rated figures presented with times rounded off to the nearest half hour to be inaccurate. So much so that in a small sample I recently looked at, I determined that 15-20% of A-rated figures did not appear to have the correct Ascendant!

So the choice to tackle rectification was made in order to develop a set of accurately timed horoscopes as fodder for further educational study.

NG: Can you give a big picture overview of the method/order of operations you advocate in the Manual?

DH: I have outlined a three-stage rectification process:

1. Determine the Ascendant Sign

2. Determine the Ascendant’s Range within 1-4 degrees

3. Determine the exact Degree and Minute of the Ascendant

Stage 1 starts by confirming the Moon’s sign and proceeds to eliminate large sections of irrelevant time periods through planetary period techniques like Firdaria. The sequence of Firdaria rulers is different for diurnal or nocturnal figures. Usually the native’s life events can be easily matched to either the diurnal or nocturnal Firdaria sequence even without knowing the Ascending sign. Right away this knocks out about half the day’s 24 hours from consideration. There are some other techniques like the Moon’s separation and application which can also be used to cull large blocks of time from consideration. Using robust predictive techniques like Firdaria is quite effective in honing in on the correct Ascendant with very little effort.

Stage 2 begins with physiognomy in order to select the rising decan and proceeds to Arabic Parts which further narrow the Ascendant’s possible range. Arabic Parts are the bread and butter of Stage 2 rectification. I would go so far to say that no rectification can be declared successful unless event timing with Arabic Parts passes muster. Directions are used in Stage 3 to finish the job. They are the diamond drills of rectification.

NG: One of the topics you address in the Manual is the length of life and the potential cutting off of the predicted lifespan due to uncontrollable external influences, such as natural disasters.  I am referring to the doctrine of subsumption (articulated by C.E.O. Carter); the natal chart is subject to bigger picture mundane horoscopes that can overrule it and produce death earlier than the individual horoscope shows.  I am somewhat uncomfortable with this concept: shouldn’t major life events, especially death, be shown in the natal chart?  How has this played out in your research?

DH: Considering American Presidents, there is only one individual I found whose natal horoscope did not indicate death: William McKinley. His assassination was timed by a Saturn direction in the Regulus USA National Horoscope of my own computation; to be released by year end 2008.

In making a more general answer, I will give you my thoughts but disclose they are not more than that; I have not undertaken any original research on this topic. I suggest that the larger the disaster, the less likely it will be promised in horoscopes of the dead purely on statistical grounds. Probably the best way to test this is to start with a small sample and then work larger.

Ken Gillman’s “Who Will Survive?” analysis of the Dunblane School shooting of March 13, 1996 is an excellent example of a small sample approach (footnote 1). Among his findings are angular benefics are helpful to survival and the presence of the Moon on the Ascendant-Descendant axis is not. It appears that angular luminaries make one stand out from the crowd. This is good for raising one’s status in society, à la Ptolemy’s Rank of Fame model, but not so great if one is trying to avoid an assassin’s gunfire. Also a reason why individuals with the Sun in 12th are able to fade into crowds without detection.

Now suppose instead of gunfire, Dunblane School was attacked with a nuclear bomb. I don’t see how having an angular Jupiter would be of much help in survival. So the larger the catastrophe, the less likely an individual with a ‘favorable’ delineation or ‘protective’ dynamic activity will be able to withstand the event.

NG:  In researching the various traditional methods, you must have run into more than a few dead ends – methods that are esteemed but proved ineffective.  Can you name a few such techniques?

DH: Treatment of latitude in primary direction calculations has been botched by most everybody. This business of reducing the latitude by one-half for sextile or trine aspects advocated by Morin and others is bogus. Probably the greatest technical discovery I made while preparing A Rectification Manual is the solution to the latitude problem. I call it the ‘primary direction sequence.’ I leapfrog the question of optimal latitude by computing a pair of directions for planet-angle directions; one with the full planet’s latitude and a second with a zero latitude planet assumption. This yields two dates. What happens are two events on each respective date, often linked, as is the time period between the two dates which tends to be marked by additional events whose nature conforms to the delineation of the planet involved in the direction.

If readers take away a single topic from this interview, it should be the primary direction sequence. I name it the Holy Grail of Rectification because the odds of computing a pair of directions corresponding to a pair of life events – often separated by a year or more – is so low that the statistical odds of a correct rectification solution quickly approach 100%.

NG:  Can you give an example of this method in a horoscope?

DH: Let’s turn to Barack Obama. As his campaign got underway in the spring of 2007 there were questions raised concerning stock market and real estate transactions. The real estate deal with Tony Rezko had been covered earlier in the local Chicago press but the stock market transactions were new charges. On March 5, 2007, broke a story that questioned the ethics of Obama’s purchase of two small cap stocks whose activities benefited from Obama’s legislative actions. Obama was forced to make a press conference on 7 March regarding his activities.

This event opened up a series of events which forced the Obama campaign to scrutinize its campaign donations. Financial dealings with Rezko and his associates resurfaced during this review process. Concluding this episode was the decision by the Obama campaign to make dollar-for-dollar donations to charities with the amount equaling the total campaign contributions received from associates of Tony Rezko. These donations were made on June 2 and June 8, 2007.

Now that the life event is outlined, let’s look at how this might be shown in the natal figure. Who is Tony Rezko to Barack Obama? He is (was) a friend, a valuable political alliance for his fundraising expertise, and a real estate developer. As of 2008, Rezko is also a convicted felon and has been a source of embarrassment to the Obama campaign for Obama’s prior financial dealings with Rezko. Because Mars cuts and Virgo is an earth sign, Mars/Virgo signifies the real estate developer Tony Rezko. Mars is the exalted ruler (and al-mubtazz) of the 11th of friends and political alliances and the 12th of enemies, using Alchabitius quadrant house cusps. Mars falls in the 8th house of investments. So by position and rulership, the houses Mars are involved in are consistent with Mars’ signification as Tony Rezko. Financial dealings can be sought from the Part of Fortune, especially with Obama’s criticized real estate transaction with Rezko because the Part of Fortune falls in the 4th house of real estate (whole sign houses).

Using primary directions software built by Janus 4.0 and choosing the Placidus under the Pole method of directing, compute the following direction:

Dexter square of Mars d. => Part of Fortune (POF).

Hold the POF constant and direct the square aspect of Mars until it meets the POF. So far so good. There are a few assumptions made here, but nothing out of the ordinary. It is at this point where the primary direction sequence comes into play. To handle the latitude of Mars [00n43’22”] compute two directions. First compute the direction using the full latitude of Mars. Second assume Mars has zero latitude.

The two dates are March 9, 2007 and June 2, 2007. This pair of dates essentially forms a set of bookends which match the events cited above. Considering the difficulty of computing a pair of dates using primary directions which matches a pair of life events, it is virtually impossible to make these kinds of calculations unless the rectified birth time is highly accurate.

Now it turns out this particular example is a bit more complicated because if one also includes solar arc directions (for which the latitude concept employed in the primary direction sequence does NOT apply), one finds converse solar arc POF opposed Mars computed for March 5, 2007. This is the exact date of the investigative report by Sometimes it happens that with all permutations of directions (e.g., latitude assumptions, solar arc and primary directions, direct and converse motion) that this kind of overlap occurs. The trick here, and this is my own finding, is that solar arc directions tend to time events which have a distinctly public character to them. Press releases, promotions, this kind of thing. So often when I see a major life event which makes waves in the public sphere, I will look to the solar arc direction more than the primary direction when rectifying the event. Vice versa for events which are important but whose effects are felt within the normal realm of an individual’s sphere of influence.

Footnote 1:

Read Part 2 of Gryphon Astrology’s interview with Dr. H. of Regulus Astrology

Read Part 3 of Gryphon Astrology’s interview with Dr. H. of Regulus Astrology


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