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Birth Times And Astrology

At a glance

* It’s not just your Sun sign that describes your personality; the time of day when you were born also affects who you are. See how Sun sign qualities change depending on birth time.


* Knowing your birth time adds another dimension to your understanding of yourself.


* Where the Sun shines in your chart describes where you come alive, have vitality and feel content.


* Recognising the significance of the birth time, and hence the chart emphasis, can be valuable in providing an understanding of the differences in family dynamics.


* The Ascendant represents the sign on the horizon at the time of birth. It colours your persona and how others see you when they first meet you.


* This time also influences the location of the Sun in your chart, determining where it shines its light and where your energy is centred.


Knowing your birth time adds another dimension to your understanding of yourself. Where the Sun shines in your chart describes where you come alive, have vitality and feel content. Recognising the significance of the birth time, and hence the chart emphasis, can be valuable in providing an understanding of the differences in family dynamics.


When you first meet someone, it’s normal to form an opinion about their personality, maybe even asking, “What star sign are you?” Sometimes, you are surprised by the reply. How can that seemingly outgoing person be a self-contained Virgo or the shy, self-effacing individual be a Leo — normally a real party animal?
Much of what is written about Sun signs seems accurate; however, there is another factor that can influence how the Sun expresses itself. Sarah, a restless Sagittarian, loves having her overseas friends and family to stay. On the other hand, Sue is a soft, nurturing Cancerian who spends most of her life running a successful restaurant. Both personalities contradict the typical description of their sign. Sagittarians are known as the travellers of the zodiac, whereas Cancerians are considered home bodies.

A factor that colours normal perspectives of the signs is the time of day an individual is born. Just as your activities change and unfold during the day, so being born at midnight rather than midday influences how you express your energy and respond to life.


Many people have heard of the Ascendant or Rising sign, which is calculated from your birth time. The Ascendant represents the sign on the horizon at the time of birth. It colours your persona and how others see you when they first meet you. This time also influences the location of the Sun in your chart, determining where it shines its light and where your energy is centred.



Astrology provides a wonderful backdrop to life and can enable you to gain a deeper understanding of the similarities and differences between individuals. Next time you meet an outgoing Virgo or a shy Leo, ask them the question: “What time were you born?”



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