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Leo Dates of Birth
Is Your Zodiac Sign Really Leo?
Usually, people born between July 23 and August 22 have Leo as their sun sign, because that is the Zodiac sign where the sun was at their birth. But it differs a little from year to year, because of the leap years.
The Leap Year BumpIn astrology, your Leo Zodiac sign (also called sun sign or star sign) is decided by the position of the sun at the moment of your birth, as seen from Earth. The sun takes a year to travel through the twelve Zodiac signs, but it's not exactly a year of 365 days. The time it takes is closer to 365.25 days. That's why we have leap years.
Ephemeris, table of planetary positions, from the Renaissance.
The leap years make the dates of each Zodiac sign change slightly. Normally, Leo starts on July 23 and ends on August 22, but that's just the mean. In reality it changes slightly in a four year period from one leap year to the next.
Here are the leap years since the beginning of the 20th century:
If you were born on the 23rd of July or the 22nd of August, you have to check if you're really a Leo or not. It never differs more than a day in each direction. The start of Leo must be within the 22nd to 23rd of July, and the end of it within the 22nd or 23rd of August. People born on other dates need not be concerned.
Cusp or notIf you were born on July 22nd or 23rd, your sun may be on the very cusp (the starting point) of Leo, or right by the end of Cancer. If you were born on the 22nd or 23rd of August, your sun might be at the very end of Leo or at the cusp of Virgo.
You need to check with the Zodiac Sign Calculator (see the link below) or your exact horoscope, because on those dates it depends on what time of day you were born - and in what place.
It's particularly important with this check If you were born far away from Greenwich, England, since that's the base for the dates given for Leo.
You can get your exact complete horoscope computed for free on several websites. Go here to find instructions and links to them:
Mixed Zodiac SignsNow, If you were born on July 22nd or 23rd at a time when your sun is at the very end of Cancer, you probably have a mixture of Cancer and Leo in your character. It's a Cancer inclined to be more of a Leo. If your sun is at the very start (cusp) of Leo, though, you're definitely a Leo - and a firm one at that.
If your sun is at the very end of Leo, you may show personality traits of both Leo and Virgo, but If you were born at the very start of Virgo, no matter how early in it, you're most definitely a Virgo.
That's because each sign is the most powerful at its beginning, its cusp.
Decans Make a DifferenceThe strongest is not equal to the most typical, though. A Zodiac sign is its most typical at the part of it (decan) corresponding to its quality: cardinal, fixed or mutable.
Each Zodiac sign belongs to one of the four elements fire, earth, air, and water. It's also one of the three qualities. So, four elements and three qualities make twelve possible combinations - the twelve signs of the Zodiac.
Leo is the fixed fire sign. That means its most typical part is the middle one - the ten degrees making its second decan, 11°-20° Leo. That corresponds approximately to the dates August 2-12. If your birth date is within this range, you're likely to be a very typical Leo.
If you were born on late July, the 23rd to 31st, you're still a Leo, but with character traits comparable to those of Aries (the cardinal fire sign). If you were born on August 13-22. you have some tendencies similar to those of Sagittarius (the mutable fire sign).
But the most important thing to decide is what sign you are. So, If you were born on July 22nd-23rd or August 22nd-23rd, please check with the Zodiac Sign Calculator (see the link below), or get your complete horoscope chart, to be sure of your star sign.
Zodiac Sign Dates of BirthHere are all the twelve Zodiac signs and their dates of birth, i.e. the period when the sun passes through them. For more about the dates for a specific Zodiac sign, please click the link.