I read about a new movie opening last night based on Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged. I haven’t read any Ayn Rand but I’m somewhat familiar with her general philosophies. There are two reasons I haven’t read her work, one, that I’m a pleasure reader and it doesn’t appeal to me, and two, I’m a Pisces and try to avoid things I see as cultish for fear of subconscious indoctrination.
I wanted to take a look at her chart and the two sources that had posted her chart had a birth time of 3:30pm. She was born in 1905 in St. Petersburg, Russia, and I thought, “Really? You have a birth time?” Poring over the fine print I realized they didn’t. I suspect that birth time was picked to give her a Leo rising and an Aries MC. What actually made me question the accuracy was the placement of a 7th house Sun. To my way of thinking, no, no way did she have a 7th house Sun. To me, Sun house placement would be more a focus in setting a birth time. But that’s me.
Some people like setting the birth time at noon when it’s unknown. That way you hit the middle and any aspects to the moon are likely to be within orb. I like to set it at midnight on the morning of the day. That way I can see the whole range of possibilities. Again, that’s just my way. I don’t see it as more valid that any other way.
I don’t try to seriously rectify charts (attempt to pinpoint a birth time) as I think there are just too many variables to account for. However, one thing I try to keep in mind when looking at charts of public figures is that there’s no way of knowing for sure if they have the correct birth time. Because of this I prefer to look only at the aspects between the planets, which is irksome as I really like seeing house placements.
What is your view when looking at a chart without a birth time? How certain are you of your own birth time?