Why Does Your Birth Time Matter?

June 25, 2022

Your birth time is like your own personal angel number—it marks the precise moment that you gained consciousness, and is a crucial part of determining how your birth chart unfolds. 

How Important Is the Birth Time?

The birth time indicates the exact moment your soul entered your body when you were born. It’s required to be able to figure out your rising sign, which is considered to be the most “you” part of your birth chart in astrology. 

The time of birth allows you to understand what sign was rising or “ascending” over the eastern horizon when you were born, which is how your rising sign is discovered. The rising sign essentially marks the official beginning of your life here on earth, so the birth time’s meaning is by far the most critical aspect of your natal makeup—even more so than your sun sign or your moon sign. 

Because the rising sign changes so frequently, an accurate birth time is required in order to uncover this important part of your chart. This makes the rising sign the part of the chart you will typically identify with the most, as it’s determined by such a precise moment in your life – the moment you were born. No other part of your birth chart is determined by your time of birth. The sun changes signs once every 30 days, and the moon changes signs roughly every two days. 

How Birth Charts Are Calculated

To calculate your birth chart, you’ll need your birthday (month, day, and year), the location where you were born, as well as the time you were born.

If any of this information is inaccurate, it could potentially deem your chart unreliable, and you may not be able to get the best interpretation when trying to understand the planets in their signs and houses

How to Read a Natal Chart

Once you have the information needed to pull up your birth chart, you’ll want to enter it into a birth chart calculator. Once you pull the chart up, be sure to take a look at the rising sign – this is the part of the chart that represents your behaviors, your personality, and your overall vibe. 

The rising sign is how you respond to your environment, how you behave unconsciously, and what motivates your soul. It’s the starting point of your life. You’ll then want to note what sign and house the ruler of your rising sign is, because this will allow you to understand where your efforts and energy in your life tend to be directed.

 In order to locate the ruler of your rising sign, you’ll want to understand which planets rule which signs. For example, if you’re a Virgo rising, your chart ruler is Mercury, and the sign and house Mercury is placed in will tell you more about how you show up in your own life, and what you typically tend to be occupied with. 

The sun and the moon are also important parts of your birth chart. The sun tells you more about where you typically receive an acknowledgment, as the sun is the light of our universe. It illuminates the house its placed in, and speaks to how and where you’re most often seen and perceived.

The moon represents your internal self: your emotional needs, habits, and behaviors, and the sign and house its placed in can tell you more about how you go about ensuring your needs are met. 

While there’s plenty more to uncover within a natal chart, these aspects of your cosmic compass can provide you with a deep understanding of your chart, as well as provide you with a deeper understanding of yourself. 

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