What are the Capricorn dates?
Capricorn dates are between December 22 and January 20. If you were born between these dates you have Capricorn as your sun sign, because that is the Zodiac sign where the sun was at your date of birth. But it differs a little from year to year, because of the leap years.
If your date of birth is the 22nd of December or the 20th of January, you have to check if you really fall within the Capricorn dates or not. It never differs more than a day in each direction. The start of the Capricorn dates must be within the dates 21st or 22nd of December, and the end of it almost always on the 20th of January. People born on other dates need not be concerned.
|Aries dates||March 21 – April 19|
|Taurus dates||April 20 – May 21|
|Gemini dates||May 21 – June 21|
|Cancer dates||June 21 – July 22|
|Leo dates||July 23 – August 22|
|Libra dates||September 23 – October 23|
|Scorpio dates||October 23 – November 21|
|Sagittarius dates||November 22 – December 21|
|Virgo dates||August 23 – September 22|
|Capricorn dates||December 22 – January 20|
|Aquarius dates||January 20 – February 19|
|Pisces dates||February 19 – March 20|
Capricorn Dates: The Leap Year Bump
In astrology, your Capricorn 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, Capricorn starts on December 22, right after the winter solstice, and ends on January 20, 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:
Capricorn Dates: Cusp or Not
If you were born on December 21st or 22nd, your sun may be on the very cusp (the starting point) of Capricorn, or right by the end of Sagittarius. If you were born on the 20th of January, your sun might be at the very end of Capricorn or at the cusp of Aquarius.
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 Capricorn.
Mixed Zodiac Signs
Now, If you were born on December 21st or 22nd at a time when your sun is at the very end of Sagittarius, you probably have a mixture of Sagittarius and Capricorn in your character. It’s a Sagittarius inclined to be more of a Capricorn. If your sun is at the very start (cusp) of Capricorn, though, you’re definitely a Capricorn – and a firm one at that.
If your sun is at the very end of Capricorn, you may show personality traits of both Capricorn and Aquarius, but If you were born at the very start of Aquarius, no matter how early in it, you’re most definitely an Aquarius.
That’s because each sign is the most powerful at its beginning, its cusp.
Decans Make a Difference
The 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.
Capricorn is the cardinal earth sign. That means its most typical part is the first one – the ten degrees making its first decan, 1°-10° Capricorn. That corresponds approximately to the dates December 22-31. If your birth date is within this range, you’re likely to be a very typical Capricorn.
If you were born in early January, the 1st to 10th, you’re still a Capricorn, but with character traits comparable to those of Taurus (the fixed earth sign). If you were born on January 11-20. you have some tendencies similar to those of Virgo (the mutable earth sign).
Astrology is rather complicated, when dealt with seriously.
But the most important thing to decide is what sign you are. So, If you were born on December 21st-22nd or January 20th, 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 Calculator
If you’re unsure of your Zodiac sign, or if you want to know on what degree (between 0° and 30°) of the sign the sun was at your birth, please visit the Zodiac sign calculator. It’s very easy to use, and then you’ll know for sure. Click the header to get there.
Dates of Birth
Here 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.