Sarah Palin’s Birth Time Discovered
Tonight a friend and reader of the Political Astrology Blog sent in a tip which directed us to an article that mentions former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s birth time.
The article is from the Winter 2009 issue of Sandpoint Magazine, and it can be accessed online here. The magazine covers local news related to the city of Sandpoint, Idaho, which, of course, is where Sarah Palin was born.
The article itself is a somewhat short biographical piece on Palin, written by a local author named Sandy Compton who appears to have done a number of interviews during the process.
A few paragraphs in it gives an account of the circumstances surrounding Palin’s birth, including the time that she was born.
According to the article, Sarah Palin was born at 6:00 PM.
Here is the relevant section from the article:
That evening at 6 p.m., Dr. Helen Peterson, Sandpoint’s first female general practitioner/surgeon, delivered a 7-pound, 11-ounce baby girl.
This appears to be a rounded time, and while it may derive from the birth certificate, it could also simply be based on someone’s recollection, and so it is not entirely trustworthy.
Conflict With Other Birth Times Reported
Note that the birth time listed above conflicts with the two times listed by Astro-Databank. The second time, reported by Gregg DeLaCastro as 4:40:07 PM, appears to be entirely baseless (a nonexistent Wikipedia entry), and can safely be ignored.
The first time listed, 9:43 PM, was apparently reported by someone named Thor based on some source on a mailing list. Purportedly it was derived from a local records office through unspecified means, although since a birth certificate was never produced, it also comes off as just as baseless as the other time listed.
What all of this means is basically that this 6:00 PM time is probably the most accurate approximation of Palin’s actual birth time that anyone has come up with yet. Certainly it is the only one that appears to have a documented source – although again, I hasten to add that the source is not necessarily the birth certificate, and thus the time may only be an approximation.
Sarah Palin’s Birth Chart
The 6:00 PM birth time gives Palin early Virgo rising. This is somewhat problematic since, if this is only an approximate birth time, she could have been born slightly earlier, which would give her a different rising sign. In fact, if Palin was born about 23 minutes earlier, or before 5:37 PM, then her ascendant would be in Leo. Nonetheless, here is the 6:00 PM birth chart with Virgo rising:
Sarah Palin – Born February 11, 1964 in Sandpoint, Idaho at 6:00 PM
Big thanks to Renee Quesada from the Myspace group for the tip on Palin’s birth time.
- Update – December 23, 2009: Patrick Watson found more information on the source for the data: “The article was not written by Sandy Compton as it said on the site. And, Sandy Compton is NOT female. Instead the article was written by Marianne Love. My question was forwarded to Marianne Love and she said she got the story from a birth notice in the Sandpoint News Bulletin, which she looked at in the Bonner County Museum. Regardless, 6 pm is what it says in the newspaper. Until we get to see the actual birth certificate, we can’t be sure if 6 pm is anecdotal or rounded up or down.”