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All opinions on astrology are those of the original author, and are NOT those of the maintainer. *** Questions about birth data *** 6.1) I notice that I need to know the time zone used in the place I was born and the latitude and longitude of my place of birth in order to erect a chart. How can I find such information? Answer: To find the latitude and longitude of your place of birth, you can estimate from a map (which is not really very accurate) or look them up in a reference book such as Thomas G. Shanks "International Atlas" or "American Atlas" (which also provide information about the time zone and the use of daylight savings and war time for each city/town); these are usually available in the astrology section of occult bookstores. Time zone information is usually available in a reference book at your local library, but if you think you might have been born when daylight-savings time or war time was in effect, you must either check a reference book such as Shanks' or phone the state/provincial archives for your birth place and check with them. Note that some cities changed the time zone they used at some point in their history, so it is *always* best to check with a reference such as Shanks or phone the state/provincial archives. A difference of one hour changes a birth chart radically! If you were born in the United States of America, there is another method for finding latitude and longitude: through the database server located at port 3000 at martini.eecs.umich.edu; this is accessed by the command "telnet 220.127.116.11 3000"; if this command does not work, type telnet, and, at the prompt, type "martini.eecs.umich.edu 3000". Once you are logged in, type in the name of any U.S. city, followed by the abbreviation for the state (e.g., Seattle, WA) and the programme will display the longitude and latitude. To end the session, just enter "bye." 6.2) I do not know what time of day I was born. Is there some way to find out? Answer: To find your exact time of birth, talk to a parent (who may have the time written down somewhere) or contact the hospital where you were born; sometimes the time appears on a birth certificate. If the time cannot be found, some astrologers claim to be able to determine the time through a technique called "rectification" which involves looking at astrological influences present when major events happened in the life, such as meeting a future spouse, marriage, birth of children, death of parent/sibling/spouse/friend, and so on. If no time is known, and if rectification of the time is not possible, some information about the person can still be derived from a chart. The position of the Moon, which moves about 13 degrees per day, will be inaccurate, and the positions of the planets in the astrological "houses" will be unknown. But the relations among the planets will be roughly accurate, and the sign positions of the planets (except perhaps the Moon) will be correct.