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Your Time of Birth – Astrologically

To chart a native horoscope, the Astrologer will ask for three basic details DTP ~ Date of Birth, Time of Birth and Place of Birth. What should an individual consider while recording Time of Birth for a newborn? There are following moments which can be taken as birth time:


1. Adhana Lagna the moment of conception.

2. Siro Darshana Lagna when the head becomes visible.

3. Bhu Patana Lagna when the body touches the earth.

4. The First Breath (Shawas).

5. Cutting the umbilical cord.

In most cultures, natives are considered nine months older (Adhana Lagna) than age as per point 2 to 5 above, excluding premature babies. Frankly, Adhana Lagna and Siro Darshana Lagna (Fire) are hard to ascertain, therefore normally ‘Bhu Patana Lagna’ (Earth) or when the child touched the earth is considered as the time of birth. Astrologically, the native has destined count of breath (Shawas) whilst on earth. It is believed that the time of birth is reckoned when the child takes first breath (Air) which starts with the first cry. It is also believed that the time of birth is when the child gets separated by cutting the umbilical cord (Water).

Astrologers prefer to work on charts with accurate birth times. But what if natives do not have precise times of birth? Practically, there are following scenarios as well:


•> No Birth Time: If the birth date is correct, but the birth time is completely uncertain, the best strategy is to calculate charts to see which factors remain constant throughout the day, and only focus on those factors during the reading. For example, most planets will stay in the same sign all day and therefore can be delineated by sign, and most of the aspects between the natal planets will be present throughout the day, etc.

•> Approximate Birth Time: If the birth time is probably not more than 15 minutes off (e.g. the chart has a rounded off birth time), then calculate the charts for 15 minutes before the given time and 15 minutes after the given time, to see if the Ascendant changes, any planets change house (or even sign), etc. Again, only delineate the factors that stay the same during this 30 minute time range.

Lost Horoscopy is an art of pinpointing the time of birth and the technique given by the scholars is quite systematic to pin down the exact moment of birth by zeroing in the order of Birth Year, Birth Ayana, Birth Seasons, Birth Month, Birth Tithi (lunar day) and birth Lagna (the moment of birth).

Although most queries can be answered using Prashana alone, it is nevertheless important to draw the birth chart for the overall analysis of the horoscope. Good practice is that an Astrologer should refer at least two Dasha Systems. Example: analysing birth chart using Vimshottari Dasha, Yogini Dasha, Jaimini Chara Dasha etc.

My experience has shown Jaimini Chara Dasha supports to provide direction where time of birth is not known with certainty provided few parameters get satisfied. To a large extent an Astrologer ability to predict/ direct depends on vibes (reading of the energy field around your body through clairvoyance (clear seeing), clairaudience (clear hearing), clairalience (clear smelling), or clairsentience (clear feeling/ touching) while analysing the horoscope. This may seem to be unscientific, but the element of art in Astrology is influenced by God’s grace.

Sidheshwar Bhalla

Sidheshwar Bhalla

Jyotish Acharya

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Sidheshwar Bhalla qualified ‘Jyotish Acharya’ from Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan Delhi and qualified CA and CS.