What To Do When You Don’t Know Your Birth Time: A Guide

As your interest in astrology grows, you may decide that getting an astrological reading from a professional astrologer is something you'd want to do. You reach out, eager to learn more about yourself and your birth chart, only to be told that you can't have a natal astrology reading since you don't know the exact hour and minute of your birth time.

Why Accurate Birth Time Is So Important

This astrologically plotted introduction into life is a blueprint that determines your path, traits, personality, patterns and cycles, and so on. The exact positions of the celestial bodies on the 360-degree wheel, which is split into 12 houses and controlled by 12 signs at the moment of your birth, are crucial to readings. In all types of astrology, knowing the proper ascendant at birth or ascendant is critical since time dictates the structure and functions of your chart. When you leave the womb and breathe your first breath, you are no longer a part of your mother's life and begin your adventure on this planet. There's where your guide to navigating the stars and revealing your inner wisdom begins.

Here are things you can do when you don’t know your birth time:

1. Concentrate on Partial Charts

Because the planets do not move as rapidly as the Moon, you may utilize them instead. An incomplete chart is one in which the houses have been removed, and just the planets are visible. It's generally built for noon as the birth hour, but you can make two charts. One for midnight (12 AM) and one for 11:59 PM on the day you were born, so you can see where your planets lie across the spectrum.

This is particularly useful for the Moon since you can see if the Moon changed signs on the day you were born. If it didn't, you already know your Moon sign; if it did, you now know you're one of two Moon signs and may research them to see which is best for you. Planets may be used similarly to homes since they govern different aspects of your life and personality.

2. Hunt Down Your Birth Records

The laws governing birth records differ from one country to the next. In the United Kingdom, for example, birth certificates rarely include the time of birth. Multiple births are the sole exception. If your mother had twins, you might be able to locate your birth time directly next to your birth date. There are two types of birth certificates in the United States. You'll want to seek a "full version" since that's where you'll discover the documented birth time. A birth certificate issued by most European nations is likely to include your birth time. Official birth records in Canada and Australia, however, do not include this information.

3. Try Out Chart Rectification

Chart rectification is a professional astrologer's service. They use certain significant events in your life to piece together at the very least your Ascendant sign, if not the degree position. You should be aware that some individuals do not believe in corrected charts, but if you're interested, it's not a bad idea to give it a shot. Rectification can take a long time for astrologers (hours of combing over your chart for transits, combing for a needle in a haystack). Thus, it's likely not going to come cheap.


Don't worry if you don't know when you were born. You may still benefit from astrology, whether on your own or with the assistance of an astrologer. You can still obtain an astrological reading; all you have to do now is be more open and imaginative about what it involves.

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