Why Do Sun Sign Dates Vary?

Sun Sign Dates


Why Do Sun Sign Dates Change All The Time? They don’t. But it’s easy to see why you might think that they do.

My response to “The Now Extinct Aquarian” may help to illuminate matters.

Dear Mystic,

Why Does Your Sun Sign Change? I was born at 4.30am in England, on Feb 18th.1947  Although not normally too thick, I  still cannot understand why, after some fifty-odd years being quite happy as an Aquarian, I am now – sometimes, but not always – listed as a Piscean.  Not that I have anything against Pisceans, but it has left me puzzled.  Do you have the time to explain, please?

The Now Extinct Aquarian.

Dear Now Extinct Aquarian,

You are born on the cusp of a sign. ie; right near the very end or beginning. Your Sun is in Aquarius but the reason some scopes list you as Pisces is thus.

Every year the Sun changes signs at slightly different times. eg; people born on March 20 one year are a Pisces but the same birthday the next year would render them an Aries.

Horoscopes can’t work off the individual dates of everyone so they go for the most likely day or use the dates current that particular year.

It is a hot-button issue for some. Once I got an email from a Scorpio furious that she had “become a Sagittarius without my consent.

She loathed Saggos, found them feckless and unsubtle and could not bear their apparent refusal to face up to their responsibilities. Yes, a particular Sagittarius gentleman had inspired her wrath.

So you are the Sun Sign that you were at birth. The position of the Sun in the Zodiac at the moment you draw your first breath determines your so-called Sun Sign and that does not alter.

No matter what dates you may see on a Horoscope.  If you’re not certain of Sun Sign dates, the best way to clarify is to get a natal chart reading, such as my Astral DNA report.

And, b.t.w, the word cusp refers to the border between two signs. It’s incorrect to say you were “born on the cusp” – the Sun was either in one sign or another when you were born.

Image: Gemma Booth

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March 2, 2011 3:50 pm

E.T. was on this morning. Pisces Drew Barrymore was so cute. I chuckled as I remembered how I’d been on the couch asleep and little Kataka (about three years old then, now 24) had been watching. She woke me up and exclaimed in tears “he’s dying!”

January 15, 2009 11:50 am

I’ve alwasy felt confused about who I am, and all this isn’t helping;). Only 1 degree taurus, and no other taurus in chart, but don’t identify with aries at all. Once, when asked when my birthday was I gave the first date which came into my head – 15th June. Strange, as many people think I’m Gem, but absolutely no Gem in my chart. It’s still my “official” birthday tho. Feel more in tune with cancerian moon and jupiter in aquarius, but that can get mightily confusing and disorientating when in the midst of a deeply emotional situation and analysing… Read more »

Unpredictable Pisces
Unpredictable Pisces
January 14, 2009 9:43 pm

Multiple Pisces…i agree…I would love to know what it’s like to be a sweet, diplomatic Libran who is unfailingly socially acceptable, or a Leo with very sound self-esteem, great grooming and an inability to doubt oneself. I mean, it does happen sometimes but only in the kaleidoscopic whirl of other moments in my life consisting of crazy hair days, workaholic-ness, self doubt, weekends of isolated creative whimsy, blunt social encounters where I lose patience with associates or some event, and long evenings of study, and plotting world domination. Plus time for loved ones somewhere in there… we’re all only human… Read more »

Multiple Pisces
Multiple Pisces
January 14, 2009 9:20 pm

Gawd I’d love to find out am actually a Sagg, a la the various examples in your post. Sadly as a Pisces/Aquarius cusp it will never be…

Kim Falconer
Kim Falconer
January 14, 2009 8:59 pm

I remember Dennis Elwell, a brilliant English astrologer, saying that there isn’t an actual door out there in the night sky where one sign or house ends and the other begins. He was into shades of grey, wide orbs and the reminder that we each have all 12 signs of the zodiac in our charts. There is also Mercury and Venus to consider. They orbit no further from the sun than 30 and 45 degrees so the Sun can be 19 Aquarius 55 , just about to change signs, and Mercury (the spokesperson for the sun) already in Pisces. That… Read more »

venus a-go-go
venus a-go-go
January 14, 2009 8:45 pm

Sometime the cusp does have its downfalls. My wonderful, beautiful, articulate mother is the cusp of Taurus and Gemini…. she dons both cloaks, but this mean that she can not make up her mind, but she is going to be incredibly stubborn about it.

taurean with the HMBOTS
taurean with the HMBOTS
January 14, 2009 9:26 pm
Reply to  venus a-go-go

oh ha ha ha, LMAO, venus a go go, i’m 2 1/2 hours a taurus and spent most of my life thinking i was a gem though now i’ve been labelled a taurus (though rather a fast one, LOL!) can see how ridiculous to ever think myself a gem.

and as a complete non sequitur: where is Cheshire Cap????

Leonine Librarian
Leonine Librarian
January 14, 2009 10:46 pm

westward direction…charleville with her friend that wanted to set her up with a couple of likely blokes. I think…still?

venus a-go-go
venus a-go-go
January 15, 2009 7:56 pm

HMBOTS: There is one trait of my mothers that I have _absolutely_ no idea how she pulls it off (and I admire it greatly). Its her ability to get people to do stuff for her. People (family, friends, passers by) will pop around the house and she will have them doing some chore within minutes. … Only her children really be-grudge her ability… the other don’t have it happen often enough to care (vocally), but even after all these years I will find myself going over for lunch (which will be delicious and bountiful) and find myself clean out her… Read more »

Unpredictable Pisces
Unpredictable Pisces
January 14, 2009 6:47 pm

Indeed FA…why stick to one boring old sign for one’s whole life when you can chop and change as the need arises 🙂 hee hee

January 14, 2009 6:36 pm

Oh Angel of the Fall, did you see me go out for an icecream and end up in Bangladesh. We must have been in Singapore the same time looking at the BananaMoon in a reverie. My rising sign has changed from Aquarius to Capricorn the last few years. In Aquarius it explained my new age hippiness.and why i gravitated to Aqua’s. In Cap it has explained my dedication to career & tenacity. Both worked for me…..one astro symbol evolves into the next anyway, doesn’t it? If the moon changes signs approx every 2 days, then we can be a different… Read more »

fallen angel
fallen angel
January 14, 2009 5:42 pm

Darling Extinct, I too live on the border and spent the first 4-5 years of my life as a Gemini, until all of a sudden, I was shunted off to the Camp of Cancer and there I have remained ever since. You can imagine what it did to my budding astro sensibilities when suddenly I am tagged as moody, emotional, and everything else sooky goo goo, as well as having all my comms reduced to a range of meaningful looks and silence.. Surely not, I chatted away in hyper Gemini fashion at age 4… Then as if that were not… Read more »

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