What are the Cancer dates of birth?
Cancer dates are between June 21 and July 22, 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 June or the 22nd of July, you have to check if you fall within the Cancer dates or not. It never differs more than a day in each direction. The start of the Cancer dates must be within the 21st to 22nd of June, and the end of it within the 22nd or 23rd of July. People born on other dates need not be concerned.
|March 21 – April 19
|April 20 – May 21
|May 21 – June 21
|June 21 – July 22
|July 23 – August 22
|September 23 – October 23
|October 23 – November 21
|November 22 – December 21
|August 23 – September 22
|December 22 – January 20
|January 20 – February 19
|February 19 – March 20
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Cancer Dates: The Leap Year Bump
In astrology, your Cancer 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, Cancer starts on June 21 and ends on July 22, 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:
Cancer Dates: Cusp or Not
If you were born on June 21st or 22nd, your sun may be on the very cusp (the starting point) of Cancer, or right by the end of Gemini. If you were born on the 22nd or 23rd of July, your sun might be at the very end of Cancer or at the cusp of Leo.
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 Cancer.
Mixed Zodiac Signs
Now, If you were born on June 21st or 22nd at a time when your sun is at the very end of Gemini, you probably have a mixture of Gemini and Cancer in your character. It’s a Gemini inclined to be more of a Cancer. If your sun is at the very start (cusp) of Cancer, though, you’re definitely a Cancer – and a firm one at that.
If your sun is at the very end of Cancer, you may show personality traits of both Cancer and Leo, but If you were born at the very start of Leo, no matter how early in it, you’re most definitely a Leo.
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.
Cancer is the cardinal water sign. That means its most typical part is the first one – the ten degrees making its first decan, 0°-10° Cancer. That corresponds approximately to the dates June 21-July 1. If your birth date is within this range, you’re likely to be a very typical Cancer.
If you were born on early July, the 2nd to 12th, you’re still a Cancer, but with character traits comparable to those of Scorpio (the fixed water sign). If you were born on July 13th to 22nd, you have some tendencies similar to those of Pisces (the mutable water 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 June 21st-22nd or July 22nd-23rd, 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.