I understand that my unconventional position and practices need constant clarification, and that I bear the burden of persuasion. So let’s go over it again …
A specific time recorded for your birth, such as 10:36 AM, is not a guarantee of accuracy. Specific is not synonymous with accurate. I know that the assumption is specific means it must be accurate, but when you’ve been doing this work as long as I have you see the many ways in which that is not true.
I make no assumptions about anyone’s chart.
I assume such recorded birth times are usually accurate within 4-5 minutes clock time, but that is not the same as the certainty of an accurate birth chart.
– that time is a single piece of medical datum, and the least important one on that document to the medical professionals who made it.
– the other — the astrological birth chart with its Ascendant — is a complex figure in an entirely different language, the unconventional language of relative time, planetary/zodiacal time.
This means I only specify and interpret aspects to Ascendant and Midheaven once I have verified them enough to be reasonably confident of them. That means verification of your personality relative to the sign on the Asc of your chart, and related to planets in aspect to that Asc and/or to the Midheaven of the chart.
That means charts may be adjusted slightly or rather dramatically from what your birth certificate implies ‘should’ be your correct chart. I do what is needed to make the determination with input from you, and on an astrological basis — not a presumptuous one that relies on non-astrological data. I do this to be best of my ability, and am happy to correct any mistakes I may make in the effort.