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Leo Dates of Birth
Are you really a Leo?
Your 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.
Every fourth year we add a day to the calendar, the 29th of February, making that year 366 days. Actually, there's an additional rule, to make it more precise with the actual movement of earth and the sun: the starting year of a new century is not a leap year, unless it's evenly divisible by 400. So, 1900 was not a leap year, but 2000 was.
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 of the last 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 not
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 horoscope computed for free on several websites. Go here to find instructions and links to them: Your own horoscope.
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.
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 have your correct horoscope calculated to be sure of your star sign.
I'm a Swedish writer and astrologer. I've written several books about astrology. I'm also a historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. Google Profile. Here's my personal website: stenudd.com
By authentic Zodiac sign astrology I mean what can be astrologically deduced from only your star sign (where the sun was at your birth), which is but one of the many components in your birth chart horoscope. For a presentation of complete astrology, please visit: Horoscoper.