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Born on the CUSP? End the Sun-Sign Confusion

by Elbert Wade, PMAFA - Professional Certified Consultant Astrologer
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Born on the cusp? It can be confusing -- even frustrating trying to find out which is your Sun-Sign and who you really are -- or at least what your Sun-Sign actually is. [Still don't know? Find out for sure. See last paragraph below.]

Below are two tables each containing the start and end dates for the twelve signs of the Zodiac. The first table is copied from this site's page where you can go to get your daily horoscope, courtesy Dell Horoscope magazine which has, over the years, published some 300 Astrology-related articles written by yours truly, Elbert Wade. (More than 50 other articles were published by 'American Astrology,' etc.) The second table data was found elsewhere. Where is not important since this table (and others similar to it) can be found on many web pages and in Astrology books and magazines -- maybe even etched on the walls of caves once occupied by Neanderthal astrologers. :)

You will note the start (Sun's ingress) and end (Sun's egress) dates for the twelve Zodiac signs, in most cases, are different. Surely something is very, very wrong here. Which one of the two is accurate; which is inaccurate?

ARIES: March 21 - April 20
TAURUS: April 21 - May 21
GEMINI: May 22 - June 21
CANCER: June 22 - July 23
LEO: July 24 - August 23
VIRGO: August 24 - Sept. 23
LIBRA: September 24 - October 23
SCORPIO: October 24 - November 22
SAGITTARIUS: November 23 - Dec. 21
CAPRICORN: December 22 - January 20
AQUARIUS: January 21 - February 19
PISCES: February 20 - March 20
ARIES: March 20 - April 20
TAURUS: April 20 - May 21
GEMINI: May 21 - June 22
CANCER: June 22 - July 23
LEO: July 23 - August 23
VIRGO: August 23 - Sept. 23
LIBRA: September 23 - October 23
SCORPIO: October 23 - November 22
SAGITTARIUS: November 22 - Dec. 22
CAPRICORN: December 22 - January 20
AQUARIUS: January 20 - February 19
PISCES: February 19 - March 20

Surprise! Suprise! BOTH are inaccurate if used for all calendar years, but they do serve as acceptable 'guides' for approximate beginning and ending dates for the Tropical Zodiac . [The dates can vary by as much as 2 days from year to year, depending on the cycle of leap years.] The Sun's sign-change dates depend mainly on which year is being considered (your year of birth). The problem is not with the Sun but with Earth's calendars.

[NOTE: If your or anyone's birth was (or will be) in the following years, the second table (above) diplay denotes the likely Sun-Sign: 1904, 1908, 1912, 1916, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, 2028, 2032, 2036, 2040, 2044, 2048.] If still confused (understandable), scroll down to the leap year calculator and input your birth year.

This Table Allows for All Leap Year Cycles Variables
ARIES: March 20 or 21 - April 19 or 20
TAURUS: April 19 or 20 - May 20 or 21
GEMINI: May 20 or 21 - June 21
CANCER: June 21 or 22 - July 22 or 23
LEO: July 22 or 23 - August 22 or 23
VIRGO: August 23 - Sept. 22 or 23
LIBRA: September 22 or 23 - October 23 or 24
SCORPIO: October 23 - November 21 or 22
SAGITTARIUS: November 22 or 23 - Dec. 21 or 22
CAPRICORN: December 21 or 22 - January 20
AQUARIUS: January 20 - February 18 or 19
PISCES: February 18 or 19 - March 20 or 21

Earth's annual revolution (circling) of the Sun causes the Sun to appear to be in one after another of the twelve Zodiac signs. But Earth's yearly trip takes slightly more than 365 Earth days -- actually 365 + 1/4 days. Because of this, Earth's calendars must be adjusted to compensate for this difference. Hello Leap Year!!!

That's 365 + 1/4 days -- perhaps causing some frustration for many "born-on-the-cusp" individuals, and the reason for LEAP YEAR and the absolute need to add an extra calendar day to the month of February every 4th year.

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
All the rest have thirty-one
Excepting February alone
Which has twenty-eight days time;
Leap years, February has twenty-nine.

Learn all about the reasons for the necessary calendar changes by reading this explanation based on the Gregorian calendar, first established 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII:

A normal year consists of 365 days. Because the actual length of a sidereal year (time required for Earth to revolve once around the Sun) is actually 365.25635 days, a "leap year" of 366 days is used once every four years to eliminate the error caused by three normal (slightly shorter) calendar years. Any year that is evenly divisible by 4 is a leap year: for example, 1988, 1992. However, there is still a small error. To eliminate this, the Gregorian calendar states: A year evenly divisible by 100 (example: 1900) is a leap year only if also evenly divisible by 400. For this reason, the following years are not leap years: 1700, 1800, 1900, 2100, 2200, 2300, 2500, 2600 since they are evenly divisible by 100 but not by 400. These years are leap years: 1600, 2000, 2400 since they are evenly divisible by both 100 and 400. Most recent year:: 2012. Upcoming Leap Years: 2016, 2020, 2024, 2028, 2032, 2036, 2040, 2044, 2048, etc. [See Leap Year Calculator below. Find individual years or a range of years.]

Check For Leap Year -- Year: is
Leap Years Within A Range -- Start Year: End year:

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