Sylvia Sky, astrologer, Tarot reader, and gemstone enthusiast, is a widely published author of books and articles about spiritual matters.
People Who Age Like Fine Wine
Some public figures, male and female, seem only to improve with age, growing in power and influence. We can hardly remember these famous people being young! They include the Sun Capricorns singer/songwriter Dolly Parton (birthday January 19), and actor Samuel L. Jackson (December 21); Sun Virgos Sean Connery (August 25) and Mother Teresa, now a saint (August 26); and Sun Tauruses Queen Elizabeth II (April 21), and Willie Nelson (April 29). Then there was the late Betty White, a Capricorn (January 17), at the peak of her acting fame at age 99.
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 Queen Elizabeth II (April 21), 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.
The Sign to Bet On for Lasting Fame
The zodiac sign Capricorn rules the institutions and traditions that are pillars of world culture: government, business, 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. If you are one, you know that's not true. The most misunderstood sign is Capricorn, the sign ruling maturity. As human lifespans increase, astrology must evolve and clarify its views about aging.
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Earth signs, smart and disciplined, preserve their health so they shine after other Sun signs have burnt out. 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.
Capricorns (besides Betty White, Dolly Parton, and Samuel L. Jackson, already mentioned) with unexpectedly lengthy and productive careers:
- Anthony Fauci, physician (December 24)
- Stan Lee, artist (December 28)
- LeBron James, athlete (December 30)
- Anthony Hopkins, actor (December 31)
- Stephen Hawking, physicist (January 8)
- David Bowie, singer (January 8)
- Joan Baez, folksinger (January 9)
- George Foreman, boxer (January 10)
- Jeff Bezos, entrepreneur (January 12)
- Shonda Rimes, screenwriter and producer (January 13)
- Regina King, actor (January 15)
- 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), Lin-Manuel Miranda (January 16), 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?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Sylvia Sky