Rectification of birth time
What constitutes the moment of birth? The first breath of the infant
would probably rate as number one choice amongst astrologers. Other
times such as the appearance of the head or the cutting of the cord
have their advocates as well. All would agree the all important moment
is somewhere close to these if not actually any of the aforementioned.
The Nadi Technique of rectification locates the time of birth as a moment near these times but not necessarily
any of these precise times.
The Nadi method emerges from ancient Hindu Astrology and is virtually
unknown in the west. The basis of the system is that throughout the
day there are times at fairly regularly spaced intervals at which
life begins; that is life from an astrological viewpoint. If you are
present at a birth and with an accurately timed stopwatch capture
the moment thinking that you have it then you might have to think
again. The Nadi method seems to suggest that the first breath can
be the birth moment but this is not always the case. There can in
fact be two birth times; a physical birth time and an Astrological
According to the Nadi method the times of birth spaced throughout
the day are predetermined times for which horoscopes are to be timed.
What predetermines these times? In a rather convoluted and characteristically
quaint Hindu Astrology fashion nine variable values are employed to
arrive at the birth time. Some of the factors under employ are:
- Day of week
- Sex of the individual
- Date of birth
- Birth Place
- Time of sunrise
- Ayanamsa (the Tropical/Sidereal Zodiac difference)
By application of a simple formula these variables give us the time
of birth. It is worth keeping in mind that the time of birth located
by the Nadi method can sometimes be up to 30 - 40 minutes prior to
a written recorded time or even a little later than the recorded time.
Of course someone’s memory of the birthtime can be even more
astray. For all sorts of reasons personal recollection of the birth
time can be a long way out.