Why is Birth Time Important and How to Calculate Birth Charts?

Birth time is extremely significant in Astrology and acts as your personal astrological number. It is the exact time you gained consciousness and entered the world. 

Why is Birth Time Important?

Birth time can be explained as the time when the soul enters your body. It helps in reading of the birth chart and can be used to acquire your rising sign.  

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 are Birth Charts 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.