Sun Sign Dates John Asks: I was born on August 23, 1939. Now that you recognize I’m old, it might explain my mystery involving astrology. I thought I was under the Leo sign up to about the 70’s or 80’s. Since then the papers have listed me as a Virgo. No one will believe that I was a Leo. Am I losing it? Please fill me in. Miss R. Asks: I was born on the 19th February 1971, 5.00 a.m, I am on the cusp and do not know for sure whether I am Pisces or Aquarius, can you help? Raven Asks: What are the actual, real dates for a sign? Why do different sites say different dates? My sister was born on February 20, and some sites say she’s an Aquarius and some say Pisces! I’m really confused! Kevin Answers: John, Miss R., and Raven, “Sun Signs” are based on the placement of the Sun in the birth chart. One of the reasons that this type of astrology is so popular is that it’s usually very easy for people to identify their Sun sign, since the Sun’s cycle is very consistent, spending approximately one month in each sign. The problem is that the Sun does not change signs on the same dates or times from year to year, and this is why the date ranges for Sun Sign columns can vary from place to place. This happens for the same reason that we have a leap year every 4 years, by the way: the actual time it takes for the earth to complete an orbit around the Sun is a little more than 365 days (and you can’t evenly divide 365 by 12, anyway). The only way to be certain of your Sun Sign is to calculate the Sun’s position in your chart based on the date, time and location of your birth.