Glitter - 2001
Mariah Carey (source: Rolling Stone)

March 27 is Mariah Carey’s birthday.

Like almost every showbiz diva worth her weight in sold-out Las Vegas residencies, Mariah Carey is an Aries through and through. However, there is some controversy surrounding her age. Astrotheme has a natal chart for the performer with the year of birth listed as 1969. In that chart, her Aries sun, Venus and Saturn all reside in the twelfth house which just happens to contain the entire sign of Aries.

Having the sign that contains your natal sun intercepted should theoretically weaken your sun. Having the sun in the twelfth house far from the ascendant should also weaken its influence in the horoscope. If that’s the case, why is Mariah Carey such a stellar example of textbook Aries traits?

I don’t know how to explain it except to admit that I believe the 1970 birth date is the accurate one. A chart with that year of birth not only puts the sun, Mercury and Venus in Aries, but it also puts Mars right on top of her ascending degree. The whole sign of Aries is still intercepted, but it is strengthened by the planets it contains, by Mars’ position in the chart, and by the fact that Saturn and Venus are no longer conjoined in the sign. Saturn is actually in Taurus in the 1970 chart.

I could be wrong, but I’m probably not. Still, I’ll probably never know which date is correct because Mariah Carey is probably still telling people that she’s twenty-nine . . .

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