What are the Aries dates?
Aries dates are between March 21 and April 19. If you were born between these dates you have Aries as your sun sign, because that is the Zodiac sign where the sun was at your date of birth. But it differs a little from year to year, because of the leap years.
If your date of birth is the 21st of March or the 19th of April, you have to check if you really fall within the Aries dates or not. It never differs more than a day in each direction. The start of the Aries dates must be within the dates 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.
|Aries dates||March 21 - April 19|
|Taurus dates||April 20 - May 21|
|Gemini dates||May 21 - June 21|
|Cancer dates||June 21 - July 22|
|Leo dates||July 23 - August 22|
|Libra dates||September 23 - October 23|
|Scorpio dates||October 23 - November 21|
|Sagittarius dates||November 22 - December 21|
|Virgo dates||August 23 - September 22|
|Capricorn dates||December 22 - January 20|
|Aquarius dates||January 20 - February 19|
|Pisces dates||February 19 - March 20|
Aries Dates: The Leap Year Bump
In 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.
Every fourth year we add a day to the calendar, the 29th of February, making that year 366 days. Actually, there’s an additional rule, to make it more precise with the actual movement of earth and the sun: The starting year of a new century is not a leap year, unless it’s evenly divisible by 400. So, 1900 was not a leap year, but 2000 was.
The leap years make the dates of each Zodiac sign change slightly. Normally, Aries dates start on March 21 and end 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:
Aries Dates: Cusp or Not
If you were born on March 20th or 21st, your sun may be on the very cusp (the starting point) of the Aries dates, or right by the end of Pisces. If you were born on the dates of 19th or 20th of April, your sun might be at the very end of Aries dates or at the cusp of Taurus.
You need to check with the Zodiac Sign Calculator 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 Aries dates.
Mixed Zodiac Signs
Now, 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 Difference
The 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).
Astrology is rather complicated, when dealt with seriously.
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 Calculator
If you’re unsure of your Zodiac sign, or if you want to know on what degree (between 0° and 30°) of the sign the sun was at your birth, please visit the Zodiac sign calculator. It’s very easy to use, and then you’ll know for sure. Click the header to get there.
Dates of Birth
Here 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.