The 9-Step Process (with Illustrations) for Determining Your Birth Time

It may be worth the time and money to track down a complete birth certificate, as not all hospitals or countries record birth times.

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    Inquire with the people who were there when you were born. You could ask your parents about the day you were born, or they could put you in touch with other relatives or friends who were present. A copy of your birth certificate may also be on file with them.
    • Look through your parents' "family history" boxes for birth-related documents like diaries, family bibles, and family newsletters.
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    Learn the rules of your country regarding birth certificates. Birth times aren't always included on birth certificates. If you're curious about the laws of the country you were born in, do some research online. More information may be required in certain countries.

    • It is only on the "long form," or "full," version of a birth certificate in the United States that the time of birth is indicated. Many birth certificates issued prior to the 1930s or in cities with a population of less than 100,000 do not include this information.
    • Multiple births (twins, triplets, etc.) are the only ones for which the exact time of birth is recorded in the United Kingdom. including some Scottish hospitals [1]
    • There are official birth time records in many Western European countries, but none for Australia, Canada, Ireland, or India. [2]

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    Get your hands on an official birth certificate from the government. A copy of your birth certificate can typically be obtained from the county, province, or state vital records office in which you were born if you do not have a copy. There could be a number of id requirements as well as a fee. Remember to specify that you are seeking your birth time record. To begin your search, click on the link that corresponds to your country of origin:
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    Inquire about medical histories at the hospital. If all else fails, visit the medical center where you were born and ask to see your birth record. Get in touch with the hospital via phone, email, or a personal visit to see if your birth time is recorded anywhere. One or more forms of identification may be required of you.

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    Check if it's really needed to do this. If you have faith in astrology's ability to foretell your future based on your date and time of birth, you may have already made or commissioned a star chart. Your star chart could be off if the time of your birth was guessed at, if it was rounded up to the nearest hour on your birth certificate, or if your mother simply forgot. If you want to know how likely it is that a specific star chart or segment of a star chart is accurate, you can use the online tools provided below to do the math for you. If you only have a rough idea of what time of day your birth occurred (such as "3"), or if you have no idea at all (such as "12"), enter the number of hours you believe your birth time guess could be off by. It may be unnecessary to go through the hassle of the steps below if there is a good chance that your horoscope will match the forecasts anyway.
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    Get together a star map that is a "best guess" Since this is just a guide, a detailed star map isn't necessary. Make the chart as if you were born at noon if you don't know the exact time of your birth. Make the chart for 6:15 if the time was between 4 and 8:30. [3]
    • If you do not know how to do this, you can consult an astrologer or educate yourself on the subject. Instead of following these instructions, you could just pay an astrologer to "rectify your star chart."
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    Create a timeline of significant occurrences. Make a list of all the significant things that have happened to you. All you need is the year, the date, and, ideally, the time. Include not only traumatic events and accidents but also major life changes like getting married, divorcing, having children, or switching jobs. [4] These can be used to compare the events in your life with the ones predicted by your horoscope.

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    Use the star map to make educated guesses. Use the "best guess" star chart to draw up predictions using transits, solar arcs, and other astrological techniques. Here are some suggestions for which to employ, depending on the rate at which the planetary bodies transit the chart. [5] If you are unfamiliar with this practice, it is recommended that you seek the advice of an astrologer or an astrology website.
    • Other than the Ascendant, Midheaven, and Moon, any other solar arcs
    • All of the major planets, plus Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and the Lunar Nodes, will be in transit this year. Put the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars in order if you're sure of the birthday.
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    Examine how closely the forecasts match your experience The basic idea behind "rectifying" a star chart is to see if your life events are consistent with the predictions made by the astrologer, or to see if your life events can be explained by a different birth time. These are some of the methods employed by professional astrologers:

    • Get rid of things that could have been predicted by your birth chart's planetary alignments Analyze the remaining events to see if they are concentrated when the stars, planets, and other celestial bodies reach certain degrees. [6] If the angles are right, your Ascendant and Midheaven could fall at those degrees.
    • Examine the alignment of recent events in your life with the transits of the outer planets (Jupiter through Pluto) to determine which house you believe is most influential. [7]

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    Where can I obtain a certified copy of my birth certificate?

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    How to apply for one and what forms of identification are required vary by state of origin. For more information, you can call or visit the state's office that maintains birth records.

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    Is the information contained in birth certificates available to the general public?

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    This is conditional on the laws of the state in which you reside. They are public in some states and private in others. Moreover, if the person was adopted, their birth records may have been sealed by the state to protect the privacy of the biological parents.

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    When and where did I enter this world

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    This data can be found on a copy of your birth certificate, should you be able to track one down.

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