Which Zodiac Sign is the Rarest?

Have you been wondering which zodiac sign is the least common? Keep reading to find out!

Some zodiac signs are just as rare as rainbows. Chances are, the zodiac sign that you’re most familiar with is your sun or star sign. This is determined by when you were born. If you explore your birth chart, you’ll discover that you have a moon and rising sign, along with others related to planets such as Mercury and Venus. 

Chronologically, the first zodiac sign is Aries while the twelfth and final one is Pisces. Aries are born between March 21 and April 19, while Pisces are born between February 19 and March 20. Some people may be cusps, which means that their birthday falls on a date that overlaps between two zodiac signs. This doesn’t mean that they have two signs, but just means that they may possess characteristics of both signs and may have the traits of one more than the other. 

When are the most (and least) people born?

Since your zodiac sign is directly influenced by when you were born, it’s important to know the distribution of people’s birthdays

Wheel of zodiac signs, symbols, and dates
Your star sign is determined by the day you were born, and some are far more common than others! Image courtesy of Strength Essence.

Of course, people’s birthdays aren’t neatly spread out, which means that some signs are much rarer than others. The most common birthday is September 9, with the most birthdays occurring during the month of September. Fewer births tend to occur during the holidays, with December 25 and January 1 being the least common birthdays. Most births occur between the months of July and October. 

Scientifically, human beings are more likely to conceive in the colder months, which is why winter and spring birthdays are so much rarer than those in late summer or early fall. 

So, which zodiac signs are the rarest?

Discover which signs you’re statistically unlikely to meet

Different zodiac signs and their symbols
Astrology is complicated, but by studying the occurrence of the sun signs, we can determine which signs are least common. Image courtesy of Brides.

Just because a zodiac sign is rarer than others doesn’t mean that they’re more exceptional or extraordinary than others. However, it does mean that you’re quite unlikely to meet someone with this sign in your lifetime, so if you do, cherish the fact that the odds were in your favor!

When it comes to the rarest zodiac signs, here are the top three:

  1. Capricorn

Capricorn is the tenth zodiac sign and is an earth sign ruled by the planet Saturn. Capricorns are known for their ambition, practicality, and determination. Capricorns are born between December 22 and January 20, which is when many holidays such as Christmas and New Years’ are celebrated. Only an estimated 0.06 percent of the population is a Capricorn, making them the rarest zodiac sign!

  1. Aquarius

Aquarius is the seventh zodiac sign and is an air sign ruled by the planet Uranus. Aquarians tend to be clever, optimistic, and progressive. Aquarians are born between January 20 and February 18, which means that there is some overlap between Aquarius and Capricorn birthdays. People born on the days shared by both signs will be a Capricorn-Aquarius cusp! About 0.063 percent of the population are Aquarians.

  1. Aries

Aries is the first astrological sign in the zodiac and is a fire sign ruled by the planet Mars. Aries are known for their passion, motivation, and confidence. Aries are born between March 21 and April 19. Most Aries would have been conceived during the summer months, which is a time when people are more likely to be enjoying their time outdoors. Thus, only about 0.07 percent of the population is an Aries.

What are the most common zodiac signs?

If those signs are the rarest, some must be the most common to encounter!

Zodiac fine art piece
Some zodiac signs are extremely common because people tend to conceive during the colder months. Image courtesy of Fine Art America.

Birthdays in the late summer months and early fall months are statistically the most common. Having a common zodiac sign isn’t anything to be ashamed of; in fact, it just means that you’re part of a wider community of people who may share your unique characteristics! It also means that you’re more likely to have a birthday twin, which is always exciting!

The top three most common zodiac signs are:

  1. Virgo

Virgo is the sixth zodiac sign, so it’s right in the middle! Virgo is an earth sign that is ruled by the planet Mercury. Virgos are born between August 23 and September 22. They’re known to be calm, humble, and logical. Most Virgos were conceived in December, which is one of the coldest months of the year and the one in which people are most likely to conceive. 0.093 percent of the population are estimated to be Virgos, which is about 1.55 times more common than the rarest zodiac sign, Capricorn!

  1. Cancer

Cancer is the fourth zodiac sign and is a water sign ruled by the Moon. Cancers are born between June 21 and July 22 and have a reputation for being emotional, compassionate, and sensitive. An estimated 0.09 percent of the population are Cancers. 

  1. Leo

Leo is the fifth zodiac sign and is a fire sign ruled by the Sun. Leos are born between July 23 and August 22, so there is some overlap with Cancer signs, which means that there are some Cancer-Leo cusps out there! About 0.09 percent of the population is a Leo, which is about the same as the percentage of Cancers. 

Zodiac signs aren’t everything, but they are helpful for getting to know yourself better and exploring your character traits, strengths, weaknesses, and interests. Although some signs are much more common than others, they each have their unique attributes and powers! If you are one of the rarer zodiac signs, or know someone who is, just know that you’ve defied the statistical odds! If you’re one of the more common ones (like me!), don’t stop that from recognizing your beauty and remarkability!


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Aarushi Pant

Aarushi Pant is a writer, animal lover, and activist.
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