Is your Birth Time really necessary?
When you book a reading with me, I am going to ask for your birth details – your place of birth, your date of birth and your time of birth. The first two are relatively easy to get, but when it comes to the time of birth, I usually hear “I have no idea. Is it really necessary? Short answer – Yup!
Here’s the long answer….
The birth chart is like a snapshot of the planets at the time of your birth. Their positions provide a myriad of information about you and your life. Without your correct birth time, the snapshot could be drastically different, and both of us will end up really disappointed in the reading.
Here’s why – (spoiler: quick astrology lesson coming up folks):
The birth chart is a circle, which rotates 1 degree every four minutes.
It is divided up into 12 sections, called houses, which represent different areas of your life.
Each house is ruled by a different sign (Aries, Taurus, etc), which describes how you act in that area of your life.
The planets are scattered around the chart, in different houses and signs, and represent a different aspect of you personality/makeup that will be ‘acted out’ – the way you think, the way you love, etc.
All together, it shows all your characteristics – how you are playing them out and where.
Still with me? Good…let’s keep going…
If your time is out by only a few minutes, the chart will have rotated, the signs ruling each house may have changed and a planet may have dropped into another house, or another sign. That could be the difference between us being concerned about changes in your job, instead of being concerned about changes in your marriage.
What can make a birth time wrong?
a) You just have no idea what time you were born.
b) The clock in the room you were born in was running slow/fast.
c) The doctor rounded down/up the time to a nice round number.
d) It was recorded incorrectly – bad hand writing.
e) It was remembered incorrectly by your family
How can you find out the correct time?
a) Ask every relative/family friend that may have been around when you were born. They may be able to at least narrow it down to a smaller time frame – “between smoko and lunch” is better that having to work with the whole 24 hours.
Ask as many people as possible – a failing memory or trying to remember something from an adrenalin rushed moment, may lead to an error. If more than one person has the same response, you could be on a winner!
b) Go to the hospital where you were born and see if they still have records. It’s a long shot, but worth a try.
c) In some countries, these details are kept by government bodies. Start Googling to find out if this is the case in your area.
d) Chart rectification. This is a very tedious (and very expensive) process, where an astrologer works with you to determine a possible time. Lots of charts, lots of questions, lots of hours. In the end, it is still an educated guess.
Can we still do a reading?
We can, but it won’t provide as much detail as one with the correct time (and will still cost the same price).
a) Using our trusty ephemeris (the Astrologer’s planetary reference book) we can work out in what sign most planets will be.
b) We may not be able to give an exact position of the moon, but we may be able to see the phase that it would be in – this can give some useful details.
c) We can also work with some of the aspects - angles formed between planets.
d) We could throw in a few asteroids, which move very slowly each day. I don’t usually work with asteroids…but when I have limited information, I will use what I can.
To summarise, yes, time is important.
Try really hard to get as much information as you can (no matter how insignificant it might seem).
In the end, if all else fails, I will always try to help as best I can.
I’ll bring the cake!