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Scorpio Dates of Birth
Are you really a Scorpio?
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, 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 of the last 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 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 Scorpio.
You can get your exact horoscope computed for free on several websites. Go here to find instructions and links to them: Your own horoscope.
Now, 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.
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).
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 October 23rd or November 21st-22nd, 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.