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Scorpio Dates of Birth
Is Your Zodiac Sign Really Scorpio?
Usually, people born between October 23 and November 21 have Scorpio 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 Scorpio 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, Scorpio starts on October 23 and ends on November 21, 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 October or the 21st of November, you have to check if you're really a Scorpio or not. It never differs more than a day in each direction. The start of Scorpio must be within the 23rd of October, and the end of it between the 21st and 22nd of November. People born on other dates need not be concerned.
Cusp or notIf you were born on October 23rd, your sun may be on the very cusp (the starting point) of Scorpio, or right by the end of Libra. If you were born on the 21st or 22nd of November, your sun might be at the very end of Scorpio or at the cusp of Sagittarius.
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 Scorpio.
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 October 23rd at a time when your sun is at the very end of Libra, you probably have a mixture of Libra and Scorpio in your character. It's a Libra inclined to be more of a Scorpio. If your sun is at the very start (cusp) of Scorpio, though, you're definitely a Scorpio - and a firm one at that.
If your sun is at the very end of Scorpio, you may show personality traits of both Scorpio and Sagittarius, but If you were born at the very start of Sagittarius, no matter how early in it, you're most definitely a Sagittarius.
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.
Scorpio is the fixed water sign. That means its most typical part is the middle one - the ten degrees making its second decan, 10°-20° Scorpio. That corresponds approximately to the dates November 2-12. If your birth date is within this range, you're likely to be a very typical Scorpio.
If you were born in late October, 23rd to 31st, you're still a Scorpio, but with character traits comparable to those of Cancer (the cardinal water sign). If you were born on November 13th to 22nd, you have some tendencies similar to those of Pisces (the mutable water sign).
But the most important thing to decide is what sign you are. So, If you were born on October 23rd or November 21st-22nd, 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.