Which Zodiac Sign Is The Least Common? These Are The 3 Rarest


Have you ever wondered just how common your zodiac sign is? Checking your daily horoscope is a habit many of us have, but knowing your signs' traits — and other signs' traits — is extremely helpful too.

"When you know astrology, you know more about yourself and can understand other people more clearly," astrologer Judi Vitale tells Bustle. It's always a pleasant surprise to find that your forecast for the day was totally on point, like it was tailor-made just for you and whatever situation you're in. Astrology is just interesting in that way.

But just think, there are billions of people in the world and only 12 zodiac signs. Not every single Piscean is going to meet the love of their life on Thursday and not every Scorpio is going to be intense and broody. But while most of us know there are millions of other people with our same sun sign, not all zodiac signs are distributed equally. Some are rarer than others.

Astrologer Sylvia Sky, M.A. used data from The Daily Viz's 2016 "How Common Is Your Birthday?" in order to figure out the most common and least common zodiac signs. While Sky does note that no study has confirmed the most or least common signs (births that happen during "cusp" periods make it difficult to say for sure), from the information on birthdays available today, Aquarius is actually the least common sign. Here's who else is rare — and why it's significant.

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)

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At the end of January, the sun travels into Aquarius and stays there for about a month before shifting to another sign. In general, January has the fewest births of the year and February is shortest month of the year. So that would make Aquarius one of the most uncommon zodiac sign of them all.

According to Jaye, an astrologer with Gifted Astrology, one of the lesser known facts about Aquarius is that they're loyal in love. "Known as the sign that focuses on working for the people and/or the greater good, they have a reputation of not committing to one person," she says. "But that's simply not true! Once an Aquarius decides to commit, they’re extremely loyal."

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

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The period between March 21 and April 19 also sees fewer births than the rest of the year. Aries are known to be fiery go-getters. According to Cafe Astrology, the following keywords can best describe an Aries: active, initiating, independent, aggressive, and pioneering. "Aries love a chase," astrologer Haley Comet tells Bustle. "Give them a little something to lust after. They're all about the challenge and the conquest."

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)

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Sagittarius, which takes up most of December is also one of the least common zodiac signs because birthdays between November 22 and 28 seem to be some of the least common in the entire year. According to Jaye, Saggitarius is actually the "luckiest" sign in the zodiac due to their power to attract or repel money, depending on their mindset. In short, they're money magnets. "If they’re ignoring the bottom line (read: spending too much) a money manager would be best because Sagittarius don’t want to bother with the boring stuff," she says.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, the most common zodiac sign is Scorpio (those born between October 23 and November 21). Sky believes this may have a little something to do with the fact that Valentine's Day has become a bigger deal over the years. Another common sign is Virgo (August 23 to September 22), which shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Research has found time and time again that September is the most popular birth month in the United States. Then there's Gemini (May 21 to June 20), which sees a lot of births during the end of May to end of June period. Overall, the summer months do see more births than any other time of the year, so it's not too far fetched to say that Cancer and Leo are also fairly common.

So there you have it. Does being more common or less common have any real significance in the grand scheme of things? It's possible. "Sun signs usually share physical traits with each other, so, when you’re in public as a more rare sign, you’ll stand out a little more and probably appear to be unique," Jaye says. "What the sun signs do with that is up to them."

From the metaphysical perspective, if we look at our sun signs as not only gift givers but also teachers with lessons for us to learn from, the more rare signs are learning lessons that the majority of us may not take on in this lifetime, she says, meaning the least common zodiac signs receive the rarest gifts that the zodiac has to offer.

Being aware of astrology gives you tons of information that you can use for things like how to be a more interesting and fun person to date to how you can work with and relate to other signs. Astrology is there to help figure yourself out, as well as others around you.