What are the Leo dates?

Leo dates are between July 23 and August 22. If you were born between these dates you have Leo 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 23rd of July or the 22nd of August, you have to check if you really fall within the Leo dates or not. It never differs more than a day in each direction. The start of the Leo dates must be within the dates 22nd to 23rd of July, and the end of it between the 22nd or 23rd of August. 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

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Leo Dates: The Leap Year Bump

In 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.

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 since the beginning of the 20th century:

1904

1908

1912

1916

1920

1924

1928

1932

1936

1940

1944

1948

1952

1956

1960

1964

1968

1972

1976

1980

1984

1988

1992

1996

2000

2004

2008

2012

2016

Leo Dates: Cusp or Not

If you were born on July 22nd or 23rd, your sun may be on the very cusp (the starting point) of the Leo dates, 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 the Leo dates or at the cusp of Virgo.

You need to check with the Zodiac Sign Calculator 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.

Mixed Zodiac Signs


Now, 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 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.

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).

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 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 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.

Zodiac Sign
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.

Aries Dates

English name: The Ram

Sun sign dates: March 21 – April 19

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Taurus Dates

English name: The Bull

Sun sign dates: April 20 – May 21

Taurus Dates

Gemini Dates

English name: The Twins

Sun sign dates: May 21 – June 21

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Cancer Dates

English name: The Crab

Sun sign dates: June 21 – July 22

Cancer Dates

Leo Dates

English name: The Lion

Sun sign dates: July 23 – August 22

Leo Dates

Virgo Dates

English name: The Maiden (or Virgin)

Sun sign dates: August 23 – September 22

Virgo Dates

Libra Dates

English name: The Scales

Sun sign dates: September 23 – October 23

Libra Dates

Scorpio Dates

English name: The Scorpion

Sun sign dates: October 23 – November 21

Scorpio Dates

Sagittarius Dates

English name: The Archer

Sun sign dates: November 22 – December 21

Sagittarius Dates

Capricorn Dates

English name: The Goat (or Sea-Goat)

Sun sign dates: December 22 – January 20

Capricorn Dates

Aquarius Dates

English name: The Water-Bearer

Sun sign dates: January 20 – February 19

Aquarius Dates

Pisces Dates

English name: The Fish

Sun sign dates: February 19 – March 20

Pisces Dates

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