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Aries Dates of Birth
Is Your Zodiac Sign Really Aries?
Usually, people born between March 21 and April 19 have Aries as their sun sign, because that is the Zodiac sign where the sun was at their birth. But it differs a little from year to year, because of the leap years.
The Leap Year BumpIn astrology, your Aries Zodiac sign (also called sun sign or star sign) is decided by the position of the sun at the moment of your birth, as seen from Earth. The sun takes a year to travel through the twelve Zodiac signs, but it's not exactly a year of 365 days. The time it takes is closer to 365.25 days. That's why we have leap years.
Ephemeris, table of planetary positions, from the Renaissance.
The leap years make the dates of each Zodiac sign change slightly. Normally, Aries starts on March 21 and ends on April 19, but that's just the mean. In reality it changes slightly in a four year period from one leap year to the next.
Here are the leap years since the beginning of the 20th century:
If you were born on the 21st of March or the 19th of April, you have to check if you're really an Aries or not. It never differs more than a day in each direction. The start of Aries must be within the 20th to 21st of March, and the end of it between the 19th and 20th of April. People born on other dates need not be concerned.
Cusp or notIf you were born on March 20th or 21st, your sun may be on the very cusp (the starting point) of Aries, or right by the end of Pisces. If you were born on the 19th or 20th of April, your sun might be at the very end of Aries or at the cusp of Taurus.
You need to check with the Zodiac Sign Calculator (see the link below) or your exact horoscope, because on those dates it depends on what time of day you were born - and in what place.
It's particularly important with this check If you were born far away from Greenwich, England, since that's the base for the dates given for Aries.
You can get your exact complete horoscope computed for free on several websites. Go here to find instructions and links to them:
Mixed Zodiac SignsNow, If you were born on March 21st at a time when your sun is at the very end of Pisces, you probably have a mixture of Pisces and Aries in your character. It's a Pisces inclined to be more of an Aries. If your sun is at the very start (cusp) of Aries, though, you're definitely a Aries - and a firm one at that.
If your sun is at the very end of Aries, you may show personality traits of both Aries and Taurus, but If you were born at the very start of Taurus, no matter how early in it, you're most definitely a Taurus.
That's because each sign is the most powerful at its beginning, its cusp.
Decans Make a DifferenceThe strongest is not equal to the most typical, though. A Zodiac sign is its most typical at the part of it (decan) corresponding to its quality: cardinal, fixed or mutable.
Each Zodiac sign belongs to one of the four elements fire, earth, air, and water. It's also one of the three qualities. So, four elements and three qualities make twelve possible combinations - the twelve signs of the Zodiac.
Aries is the cardinal fire sign. That means its most typical part is the first one - the ten degrees making its first decan, 0°-10° Aries. That corresponds approximately to the dates March 21-31. If your birth date is within this range, you're likely to be a very typical Aries.
If you were born in early April, 1st to 10th, you're still an Aries, but with character traits comparable to those of Leo (the fixed fire sign). If you were born on April 11th to 19th, you have some tendencies similar to those of Sagittarius (the mutable fire sign).
But the most important thing to decide is what sign you are. So, If you were born on March 20th-21st or April 19th-20th, please check with the Zodiac Sign Calculator (see the link below), or get your complete horoscope chart, to be sure of your star sign.
Zodiac Sign Dates of BirthHere are all the twelve Zodiac signs and their dates of birth, i.e. the period when the sun passes through them. For more about the dates for a specific Zodiac sign, please click the link.