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Term: Birth Data


Birth Data:

This is the important data needed to construct an accurate natal astrological chart. Although many newspapers give astrological predictions or forecasts based only on the date of birth, that is like trying to fully understand how a car works by looking at the gas cap. For an accurate chart you need three things:

  1. Date of birth
  2. Time of birth
  3. Location (the latitude and longitude) of birth.

If one or more of these factors is not known, but if the time, date, and location of important life events is known, some astrologers will do a very time-demanding research (known as chart rectification) to create an accurate natal horoscope.


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Transits and Progressions
Just as your birth chart shows where the planets were when you were born, at any moment another chart can be created. The planets in a chart for a particular moment are called transits. As the planets move through the zodiac, they interact with ...
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Signs of the Zodiac
The signs of the zodiac are the most widely known part of the astrological system. As mentioned earlier, almost everyone knows your Sun sign. The daily horoscopes in the newspaper are based on the position of the Sun in the zodiac. The zodiac is ...
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Your Birth Number
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Scientific Astrology
Astrology is astronomy brought down to earth and applied to the affairs of men. —Ralph Waldo Emerson Astrology is the science that relates planetary patterns measured by positions in the sky and mapped in relation to the physical ...
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Astrological Houses
Your astrological chart is divided into twelve sections called houses. They are numbered from the left side counterclockwise around the chart. The chart represents the planets against a background of the signs of the zodiac, and these signs rise in ...
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Norse Gods & Goddesses
Partial List of the Norse Gods, Goddesses & Other Supernatural Beings Their Lore, Powers & Influence The Names of the deities are in the old Norse language while the Rune names are in German. (Note: Many of the correspondences given in ...
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What Is A Horoscope?
Your astrological chart, or horoscope, is drawn from calculations based upon the date, time, and place of your birth. Every element of the horoscope (which, if itís like most Western horoscopes, will be drawn on a circular wheel) is expressed ...
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