Cancer Dates of Birth
The astrologists divide a year is into 12 periods, during each period the sun being in a constellation area. So everyone has a corresponding zodiacal sign according to the period his / her birthday lies in. The 12 signs are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. People believe that different signs of the zodiac present different characteristics and talents.
The Zodiac sign of Cancer represents the placement in the sky where the sun was during the time of birth and, in the case of Cancer, influences people who were born between the dates of June 22 - July 22. The Zodiac sign of Cancer is ruled by Mercury, one of the planets in the Solar system. The planet Mercury rules over the gemstone, or birthstone Ruby. The Ruby has its own unique properties relating to color, crystalline structure, character and abilities. The Ruby gemstone, or birthstone assigned to Cancer is believed to influence both positive and negative personality traits and characteristics of those born under the astrological sign of Cancer.
Cancer Dates: June 22 – July 22
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. Usually, people born between June 22 and July 22 have Aquarius 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 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 22 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.
If you were born on the 21st of June or the 22nd of July, you have to check if you’re really a Cancer or not. It never differs more than a day in each direction. The start of Cancer 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.
Mixed Zodiac Signs
Now, If you were born on June 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. If your sun is at the very end of Cancer, you may show personality traits of both Cancer and Leo. Here you can find more about Cancer Cusps.
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. There are three posible variation: Cancer 1st Decan, Cancer 2nd Decan and Cancer 3rd Decan.