My husband's mother presented me with a document from the hospital he was born at, which noted his birth time as 1:30pm.
We sought confirmation for this time from the hospital, however, they had his birth time noted on record as 1:25pm.
Whilst 1:25pm or 1:30pm might be the totally accurate birth time, I believe that he was likely born between 1:25pm-1:30pm, and the hospital staff just rounded up/down.
This has bothered me for years because his ascendant would be between 28°36' Leo or 0°20' Virgo.
Does anyone have any advice on how I could determine which sign is most likely his rising sign? i.e. based on his appearance, his upbringing, your experience with 28°-29° Leo risings and 0° Virgo risings.
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consider using the foregoingYes, nowadays I ignore the syzygy and focus on the planet which makes the closest exact aspect to the Asc (and Dsc) or the Mc (and Ic). A major technical difference between this and the Ptolemaic Animodar is that mine requires a planet to be at the angle or in aspect, while Ptolemy seems to allow it to be disjunct, only requiring the numeric degree it has passed within its sign to be the same (it is like an exact semi-sextile or inconjunct modern ''aspect''). This does not seem physical to me, but rather numerological and uncharacteristic of Ptolemy's intentions of astrology.
So I recommend that one follows a more limited approach with regard to aspects, but more broad approach with regard to rulers. Often, the two methods (the Ptolemaic Animodar and the Petosiris Animodar) will give the same results, since they are based on similar physical reasoning.
I recommend one step - a planet in conjunction, sextile, square, trine or opposition with an angle. Take for example the chart of Ptolemy's second biggest fan (after me) - Girolamo Cardano - https://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Cardano,_Girolamo
There is no planet in aspect with an angle at 18:29 when the Ascendant is at 6° 22' Taurus. But noticing that Jupiter is nearby, we can put him exactly at the Ascendant giving us 18:20 time, or a 9 minute rectification. Jupiter rising rather than declining may better explain his life and fame.
sourced from the following thread link1. Examine the preceding syzygy, whether it was a new moon or a full moon.
2. If the preceding syzygy was a new moon, observe its degree at the time of the nativity.
3. If the preceding syzygy was a full moon by night, we observe the degree of the syzygy. By day, we observe the degree opposite the syzygy, which is the degree of the luminary above the horizon (in that case the Sun).
4. Observe the degree at the approximate time of the nativity, and give a point to any of the following planets with rulership over the degree at the time of birth (see http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Ptolemy/Tetrabiblos/3A*.html#note9)
5. Give a point to any planet in the same sign as the degree or in sign with some aspect (sextile, square, trine or opposition) to it.
6. If one star is familiar with the degree in all or most of these ways, whatever degree of its sign it is passing at the time of birth, the same numerical degree is rising (Asc) or culminating (Mc) at the time of birth.
7. If two or more stars are predominators, observe the one that is closer to the approximate time. If it so happens that we do not have the nearest hour of birth, we can establish it through combination of accidental qualities. The foregoing rectification is for time with approximate hour.
If his potential AC rulers are conjunct each other, and in the same sign, that makes using his appearance to determine his ascendant very difficult. Ascendant ruler is one of the key testimonies we look at for physical appearance (rising sign also plays a part, and sun and moon signs, and any planets in the first house or conjunct the ascendant). If his rising sign is Virgo, its ruler conjunct Sun could add some Leo-like qualities. If it's Leo, the conjunction to Mercury could add some Mercury/Virgo quality. Either way, Sun and Mercury are both reflected.His sun is conjunct his mercury, both in Taurus.
He is of moderate hight and weight, dark complexion, with a full head of black hair. There is a section of hair on his crown that sticks right up if it is cut wrong - which is why I believe he is a Leo rising