Books by Stefan Stenudd:
Pisces Dates of Birth
Is Your Zodiac Sign Really Pisces?
Usually, people born between February 19 and March 20 have Pisces 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 Pisces 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, Pisces starts on February 19 and ends on March 20, 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 19th of February or the 20th of March, you have to check if you're really an Pisces or not. It never differs more than a day in each direction. The start of Pisces is on the 18th or 19th of February, and the end of it on the 20th or 21st of March. People born on other dates need not be concerned.
Cusp or notIf you were born on February 18th-19th, your sun may be on the very cusp (the starting point) of Pisces, or right by the end of Aquarius. If you were born on the 20th-21st of March, your sun might be at the very end of Pisces or at the cusp of Aries.
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 Pisces.
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 February 18th-19th at a time when your sun is at the very end of Aquarius, you probably have a mixture of Aquarius and Pisces in your character. It's an Aquarius inclined to be more of a Pisces. If your sun is at the very start (cusp) of Pisces, though, you're definitely a Pisces - and a firm one at that.
If your sun is at the very end of Pisces, you may show personality traits of both Pisces and Aries, but If you were born at the very start of Aries, no matter how early in it, you're most definitely an Aries.
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.
Pisces is the mutable water sign. That means its most typical part is the last one - the ten degrees making its third decan, 21°-30° Pisces. That corresponds approximately to the dates March 11-20. If your birth date is within this range, you're likely to be a very typical Pisces.
If you were born in late February, the 20th-29st, you're still a Pisces, but with character traits comparable to those of Cancer (the cardinal water sign). If you were born on March 1-10. you have some tendencies similar to those of Scorpio (the fixed water sign).
But the most important thing to decide is what sign you are. So, If you were born on February 18th-19th or March 20th-21st, 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.