Frequently asked questions
> Birth time
- How important
is the birth time and how exact does it have to be?
We need the birth time to be able to calculate your horoscope
correctly. The skies above us move by so quickly, that
in order to get the positions of the Ascendant, Sun,
Moon and planets right, we need the most precise birth
time you can give us. At best, the time is correct to the
minute. On average, the ascendant moves around 1 degree
every four minutes. So, the less precise the time, the less precise
the horoscope will be. Even 15 minutes can make
a difference in the interpretation.
time do I use?
Fill in your time of birth in "wrist watch time",
i.e. the normal time shown on clocks and watches at
the time and place of birth. Astrodienst automatically
does all the necessary corrections of time zones and
daylight saving time.
- Do you take
daylight saving time and time zones into account?
Yes, we do. Astrodienst uses one of the most comprehensive
databases for daylight saving times and time zones
through the ages and around the world. In extremely
rare cases the correct time may be uncertain. In these
cases you will get a warning message when entering the
can I find out my birth time?
In nearly all countries of the world the time of birth
is officially registered at the registry office where
birth records are maintained. England (GB) is one of
the few European countries which doesn't follow this rule.
Please contact the birth registry office in your birth
town, and request a copy of the registry information,
including the birth time. You must mention the birth
time specifically, because many birth certificates are
issued without the time, even when it is contained in
difference do induced birth or a Caesarian section make to the horoscope?
Astrology is pragmatic, it
works with 'what is'. Your real birth time is what counts,
not a hypothetical one which 'might have been if not...'.
- Do you offer a
chart rectification service?
No, we don't know of any really reliable method for rectification, and therefore
do not offer such a service.
For more information we recommend that you read the article on chart
rectification by Richard Vetter in our "Understanding Astrology" section.