How to find your birth time

by Leslie Tagorda

Why is it so important to have an exact birth time?

Your birth time in astrology will tell you which sign was the most prominent in the sky, and what rotations your life will see with that sign at the forefront of your life. The stars and planets are constantly moving and your birth chart provides a snapshot of that movement from the moment you were born.

For example, rising signs, also known as your ascendant, change between each zodiac sign every 1-2 hours, and the exact degrees of the sign advance even faster. The ascendant sign in astrology governs your sense of self, identity, and leadership style. It’s essentially the role you play in this life, and the face you wear to the earth.

It’s different from the Sun in that the ascendant tells of the themes you frequently play up and wrestle with as active energy you are embodying; whereas the Sun instead speaks of a big-picture idea of “what” you radiate naturally in absolution regardless of time.

Your rising sign isn’t the only one affected by the planets moving. Your moon sign (intuition), descendant (relationships), MC (career), and more are all determined by the exact time, date, and place of your birth.

Knowing the exact time, date, and place of your birth is essential for an accurate chart reading. Not having your birth time makes it harder to track how transits will affect you or have already affected you. It only tells what energies and planetary prominence you were incarnated with, but not the timeline in which you’re rotating.

So what do you do if you don’t know your birth time?

Steps to find your birthtime

  1. Find a copy of your birth certificate – The best way to find out the time you were born is to look at your birth certificate. These will often list the birth time, but if you do not see one listed you may have a short-form birth certificate that only includes essential information like name and birth date. If this is the case, call the local government office that manages birth records and verify they have a birth time listed and request a long-form birth certificate. In some cases, you can simply ask the person what time is listed without having to order a copy of your birth certificate.

    If you’re unsure of which government office to call or can’t find your birth certificate, contact the hospital where you were born and they may be able to point you in the right direction.

  2. Search through old belongings – There may be a chance your long-form birth certificate is stashed away with old baby books and boxes. Search for anything related to your birth. It’s also possible a relative wrote down your time of birth in a baby book, diary, or on the back of a photo.
  3. Ask family and friends –  Your parents, relatives, or family friends might recall what time of day you were born. Ideally, you want to find an official document, but a “best guess” can still help pin down some astrological placements like your moon rising sign.
  4. Birth Time Rectification – If you cannot find an official document with your birth time, you can get your natal chart rectified by a rectification astrologer. Rectification is a process where the astrologer reverse engineers your birth time based on events in your life. Contact me for birth time rectification referrals.
  5. Have a rough idea of your birth time? Experiment! – If you are able to narrow down your birth time to 1-2 hour window, you can still estimate your moon and rising sign. Go to astro.com to pull up your chart using your estimated time of birth and note the planetary placements. Then try any other estimated birth times. Read the information about the signs and see what fits. It is also helpful to ask family and friends how they perceive you and see if it matches with any of the charts you pulled.

What does the exact birth time do?

You are made up of more than just what signs the planets were in when you were born. You also had a particular sign that was “rising” with the sun when you were born — this is the sign of your ascendant, in what is known as the “house” system of astrology. It’s essentially the role you play in this life, and the face you wear to the earth. The birth hour will tell you which sign was the most prominent in the sky, and what rotations your life will see with that sign as the forefront of your life. It’s different than the Sun in that the ascendant tells of the micro variances of your life and what themes you frequently play up and wrestle with as an active energy you are embodying; whereas the Sun instead speaks of a big picture idea of “what” you radiate naturally in absolution irregardless of time.

There are 12 houses for this part of your soul that dictate areas of your life from relationships to possessions to public status, and the 12 different zodiac signs are placed in these houses and rotate through cycles based on the planetary transits in the sky in real time.

The birth time also tells you, based on whether you were born during the day or night, which planets will play bigger parts in your chart (want to learn more? I definitely go into this deeper with each client with my 1:1 AstroBrand™ readings. Sign up here to learn more).

In essence, not having your birth time makes it harder to track how transits will affect you or have already affected you.

If your birth certificate is not easily available, contact the hospital or the county you were born to get a copy.

These times are extremely valuable if you want to go deeper into astrology!

If you were adopted or the records were lost, not all hope is lost. Some astrologers out there do specialize in chart rectification, which is a process where they can figure out your ascendant sign without your birth chart. DM me and I can find more info to find a good fit for you.

All in all, it’s important to find the birth time if you want to go deeper into astrology. Otherwise, your chart will continue to feel like only represents part of you without the whole!

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