Sylvia Sky, astrologer, Tarot reader, and gemstone enthusiast, is a widely published author of books and articles about spiritual matters.
The Sexiest Man Was 69 Years Old?!
It’s said that women reach their peak attractiveness in their twenties, and that men are most attractive until . . . well, no one agrees. But it's before 55. Except for the late Scottish actor Sean Connery—a Sun Virgo (birthday, August 25)—who at age 59 was named by People magazine “The Sexiest Man Alive.” He was by far the oldest man ever so honored.
Then, unbelievably, ten years later, in 1999, the magazine named Connery “The Sexiest Man of the 20th Century.” Yes, at age 69. Sir Sean Connery died in 2020 at 90, and his obituaries praised his movie portrayals of the suave and elegant spy James Bond. He so embodied that character that the public never accepted another actor in that role.
Other public figures, male and female, seem only to improve with age, growing in power and influence. We can hardly remember these people being young! They include the Sun Capricorns actress Betty White (birthday January 17), singer/songwriter Dolly Parton (birthday January 19), and actor Samuel L. Jackson (December 21); Sun Virgo Mother Teresa, now Saint Teresa of Calcutta (August 26); and Sun Tauruses Queen Elizabeth II (April 21), and Willie Nelson (April 29).
Studying which zodiac signs age most gracefully, a pattern emerges: the majority have their Suns in the “Earth” signs: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Let me prove it.
They Won't Let Age Keep Them at Home
Of course every Sun sign has seniors with major mojo. Among Water signs, U.S. Representative John Lewis (birthday February 19) and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 15), who were both Pisceans, were sages in their oldest years. Water sign people often are. Cancerians who matured into world fame include Angela Merkel (July 17) and Nelson Mandela (July 18). President Joseph Biden, the oldest U.S. president ever, is a Scorpio (November 20).
Some individuals with Fire and Air signs also only got better with time. Fire signs include actor Helen Mirren (July 26), and Tony Bennett (August 3), both Leos. Bennett holds the Guinness world record for the oldest singer ever to release an album, at age 95. Among Air signs, former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney (June 18) and Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood (May 31) are Geminis; former U.S. president Jimmy Carter is a Libra (October 1), and Oprah Winfrey (January 29) and Toni Morrison (February 18) are Aquarians.
The beauty of a woman, with passing years, only grows."
— Audrey Hepburn, Taurus
So any Sun sign can age like fine wine, but a list of people with careers lasting 40 years and beyond will show an outsized number of Taureans, Virgos, and Capricorns. Earth signs: They go big or go home!
Stone-cold or stubborn in the face of Father Time, Earth signs refuse to let aging define them or send them to the sidelines. Some Taurus Suns are Barbra Streisand (April 24), Bob Dylan (May 8), Tony Hawk (May 12), and Cher (May 20). Enduring Virgos who never retired: U.S. Senator John McCain (August 29), investor Warren Buffett (August 30), maverick politician Bernie Sanders (September 8), and author Stephen King (September 21). They sing, skate, ride, agitate, and write novels well past the age of retirement, and make news with whatever they do or say.
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But What About Capricorns?
The zodiac sign Capricorn rules the institutions and traditions that are pillars of world culture: government, commerce, patriarchy, corporations, banking, education. Capricorn’s ruling planet Saturn is widely disliked because it forces us to earn the rewards it grants. Saturn also rules aging. Appropriately, it was a Capricorn who discovered gravity (Sir Isaac Newton, birthday January 4).
The astrological cliche calls Earth signs dull, slow-moving, stubborn, cold, grim, serious, exacting, critical, cheap. The most misunderstood Earth sign is Capricorn, the sign ruling maturity. Because humans now live longer than ever, astrology must evolve and clarify its views.
Earth signs are smart, classy, disciplined, and responsible. This helps preserve their health so they can shine after other Sun signs have burnt out. If they build on their inborn financial skills, the wealthy among them start charitable foundations or stand up for their favorite causes. They’re flexible but not flighty—they tend to marry only once. You will not find them in all-night clubs and bars unless they are the owners. They act like lords and ladies because, astrologically, they are!
Some stellar Capricorns (besides Betty White, Dolly Parton, and Samuel L. Jackson, already mentioned) who are recognized worldwide, with unexpectedly lengthy and productive careers, and wisdom they shared:
- Stan Lee, artist (December 28)
- Stephen Hawking, physicist (January 8)
- David Bowie, singer (January 8)
- Joan Baez, folksinger (January 9)
- George Foreman, boxer (January 10)
- Kate Moss, model (January 16)
- James Earl Jones, actor (January 17)
- Muhammad Ali, boxer (January 17)
- George Burns, comedian (January 20)
Aging is the process whereby you become the person you always should have been."
— David Bowie, Capricorn
Creative Capricorn Influencers
Some Capricorns who might not have lived especially long, but left durable cultural chem-trails, and are influencers to this day:
- Rod Serling, television writer (December 25)
- J.R.R. Tolkien, author of Lord of the Rings (January 3)
- Elvis Presley, singer (January 8)
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader (January 15)
- Benjamin Franklin, statesman and inventor (January 18)
- Edgar Allan Poe, author (January 19)
Some younger Capricorns, not yet “seniors,” seem destined to leave lasting impressions on the world. These include designer Alexander Wang (December 26), singer Patti Smith (December 30), Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (January 9), and Michelle Obama, former U.S. First Lady (January 17). They aren’t afraid to face cameras. Capricorns don’t resist aging; they glory in it. Capricorn David Bowie memorably said:
“Aging is an extraordinary process whereby you become the person you always should have been.”
So, Are You Persuaded?
The answer to our title question seems to be "Earth signs." Place your bets on Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn Sun people for influential and inspiring lives. Those who age well are role models for all Sun signs in their own generations and those that follow.
Now, whatever your Sun sign, if you had your choice, would you peak early in your life or later?
© 2021 Sylvia Sky