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What Is My Sun Sign? Here's How To Find It + What It Means For You

Sarah Regan
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February 17, 2023
Sarah Regan
mbg Spirituality & Relationships Editor
By Sarah Regan
mbg Spirituality & Relationships Editor
Sarah Regan is a Spirituality & Relationships Editor, and a registered yoga instructor. She received her bachelor's in broadcasting and mass communication from SUNY Oswego, and lives in Buffalo, New York.

You've probably been asked about your sun sign before, and even if you have an idea what yours is, you might not know what it's all about. You could also be someone who simply doesn't know their sun sign at all! In either case, here's what "sun sign" really means, how to find yours, and what your sun sign says about you.

What is a "sun sign" anyway?

Before we get into each of the 12 signs, let's unpack what a sun sign actually is. For starters, there are 12 signs in the zodiac, each of them a constellation that resides in its own 30-degree portion of the sky. Altogether, the zodiac fills up the 360-degree chart that is Earth's orbit around the sun.

Throughout the course of the year, the sun "moves" through each of these 30-degree sections of the sky for roughly one month. These are known as the astrological seasons. (In reality, the Earth is what's moving, but from our vantage point, it looks like the sun is in a certain part of the sky.)

Your sun sign, then, relates to which astrological season you were born during, i.e., Taurus season (late April to late May) or Virgo season (late August to late September).

What is my sun sign?

If you want to map your entire birth chart, you'll need to know the exact time and location of your birth. But when it comes to sun signs, all you need is your birthday. Here are the dates for the 12 astrological seasons of the year—whichever window your birthday falls in is your sun sign.

Note: These are the dates for the western (or tropical) astrology seasons. For Vedic (sidereal) astrology dates, check out our guide to Vedic astrology.

  • Aries: March 21 to April 19
  • Taurus: April 20 to May 20
  • Gemini: May 21 to June 20
  • Cancer: June 21 to July 22
  • Leo: July 23 to August 22
  • Virgo: August 23 to September 22
  • Libra: September 23 to October 22
  • Scorpio: October 23 to November 21
  • Sagittarius: November 22 to December 21
  • Capricorn: December 22 to January 19
  • Aquarius: January 20 to February 18
  • Pisces: February 19 to March 20

An introduction to the 12 zodiac signs.

Aries:

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and is ruled by the planet of action and aggression, Mars. It is both a cardinal sign and a fire sign and is represented by the Ram. Aries also rules the first house of self-identity and self-image in astrology.

If you are an Aries sun, some of the qualities associated with this sun sign include:

  • Passionate
  • Bold
  • Confident
  • Determined
  • Impulsive

Here's our full guide to Aries for more information.

Taurus:

Following Aries, Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac and is ruled by Venus, the planet of love, beauty, and pleasure. Taurus is a fixed earth sign and is represented by the Bull. Taurus rules over the second house of money and stability in astrology.

Some of the quintessential qualities associated with Taurus suns include:

  • Loyal
  • Hardworking
  • Stubborn
  • Self-indulgent
  • Grounded

Here's our full guide to Taurus for more information.

Gemini:

The third sign of the zodiac and the first of the air signs, Gemini is a mutable sign ruled by the planet of communication and information, Mercury. It is represented by the Twins and rules over the third house of communication and local community.

Some of the qualities associated with Gemini suns include:

  • Talkative
  • Funny
  • Quick-witted
  • Curious
  • Adaptable

Here's our full guide to Gemini for more information.

Cancer:

Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac and the first water sign of the astrological year. It's the only sign ruled by the moon and is a cardinal sign. Cancer is represented by the Crab and rules over the fourth house of home and family.

Those with Cancer suns are known to be:

  • Emotional
  • Nurturing
  • Homey
  • Comforting
  • Self-protective

Check out our full guide to Cancers for more information.

Leo:

The fifth sign of the astrological year, Leo is the only zodiac sign ruled by the sun itself and, fittingly, happens to be a fire sign. Leo's modality is fixed, and the sign is represented by the Lion. This sign rules over the fifth house of creativity and self-expression.

Qualities associated with Leo suns include:

  • Courageous
  • Creative
  • Fierce
  • Generous
  • Regal

Here's our full guide to Leo for more information.

Virgo:

Coming in after Leo we have Virgo, a mutable earth sign that is ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication and information. Virgo is represented by the Virgin and rules over the sixth house of health and service.

Virgo suns are associated with the following characteristics:

  • Detail-oriented
  • Dedicated
  • Flexible
  • Independent
  • Practical

Here's our full guide to Virgos for more information.

Libra:

Marking the halfway point of the astrological year, and fittingly represented by the Scales of Justice, we have Libra. Libra is a cardinal air sign ruled by the planet of love, beauty, and pleasure, Venus. It rules over the seventh house of relationships.

Libra suns are often thought to be:

  • Diplomatic
  • Balance-seeking
  • People-pleasers
  • Compassionate
  • Fair and just

Check out our full guide to Libras for more information.

Scorpio:

Following Libra, the eighth sign of the zodiac is Scorpio. Ruled by Pluto (the planet of transformation) in modern astrology and Mars in ancient astrology, Scorpio is a fixed water sign and is represented by the Scorpion. It rules over the eighth house of rebirth.

Some qualities associated with Scorpio suns include:

  • Deep
  • Mysterious
  • Loyal
  • Ambitious
  • Skeptical

Check out our full guide to Scorpio for more information.

Sagittarius:

The ninth sign of the astrological year is Sagittarius, represented by the Archer (a centaur with a bow and arrow). Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the planet of abundance, and is a mutable fire sign. Sag also rules over the ninth house of growth and expansion.

Sagittarius suns are often known to be:

  • Adventurous
  • Honest
  • Free-spirited
  • Knowledge-seeking
  • Optimistic

Here's our full guide to Sagittarius for more information.

Capricorn:

Coming in after Sag, we have Capricorn, a cardinal earth sign ruled by Saturn, the planet of discipline and responsibility. Capricorn is represented by the mythical sea goat and rules over the 10th house of achievement and public reputation.

Capricorn suns are thought to be:

  • Status-oriented
  • Diligent
  • Serious
  • Structured
  • Wise

Here's our full guide to Capricorn for more information.

Aquarius:

Aquarius is the second-to-last sign of the astrological year and is a fixed air sign. Represented by the water-bearer, Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the planet of innovation and change, while the sign itself rules the 11th house of large groups and networks.

Some telltale Aquarius qualities include:

  • Quirky
  • Humanitarian
  • Innovative
  • Optimistic
  • Peaceful

Here's our full guide to Aquarius for more information.

Pisces:

Last but never least, we have Pisces, a mutable water sign ruled by Neptune, the planet of illusion and the subconscious. Pisces is represented by two fish swimming together and rules over the 12th house of endings and surrender.

Pisces suns are often thought to be:

  • Empathetic
  • Psychic
  • Dreamy
  • Generous
  • Naive

Check out our full Pisces explainer for more information.

FAQ

How do you know your sun sign?

Your sun sign is determined by your birthday and which astrological season it was on the day your were born.

What are my 3 signs?

If you've heard people talk about their "big 3" in astrology, they're referring to their sun sign, moon sign, and rising sign. You can get all three by looking up your full birth chart.

Is your sun the same as your zodiac sign?

Yes, "sun sign" and "zodiac sign" are often used interchangeably. When people say they're a Leo, for example, they typically mean they're a Leo sun.

How do I know my sun and moon sign?

You sun sign is determined by the astrological season it was when you were born, while your moon sign is determined by which sign the moon was in when you were born.

The takeaway.

Now that you know a bit about your sun sign, there's so much more to explore. As you'll come to find, your full birth chart involves all the planets, not just the sun—with your sun sign being the mere tip of the iceberg. Ready to learn more about your unique moon sign next?

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