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