Leo dates in astrology are typically from July 23-August 22. If your birthday falls in this date range, you most likely have a Leo Sun sign. Although Leo horoscope birth dates can change depending on the year, these are typically the Leo calendar dates.
For about 30 days each year, the Sun travels through the part of the zodiac occupied by Leo. July 23-August 22 is typically the Leo birth date range. Occasionally, the Leo start date will be a day earlier on July 22, or the Leo end date will fall a day later on August 23.
Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac, which contains 12 signs in total. The Leo star sign is an extroverted fire sign (element) and a loyal fixed sign (quality). As the only fixed fire sign in the zodiac, Leo people are natural leaders who take extreme pride in their talents and beliefs. No surprise so many Leos are dynamic public figures: Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Martha Stewart, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton (to name a few). Love ’em or hate ’em, Leos leave an unforgettable impression. If you date a Leo, prepare to make them the center of your world (an exhausting job at times, as they rarely tire of being admired). With any luck, they’ll return the favor by lavishing you with romance and adoration.
The constellations have shifted. Is there a different Leo birth date range now?
Periodically, astronomers will announce “breaking news” that horoscopes aren’t accurate because the constellations have shifted. Or they will announce is a 13th zodiac sign, citing the constellation Ophiucus and claiming that the horoscope dates for Leo (and every other sign) have changed.
Here’s an interesting bit of clarification between astronomy and astrology. The actual constellations have shifted over the ages, but astrology follows a different system, which uses “artificial” constellations. Rather than following the movement of the visible stars, Western astrology is based on the apparent path of the Sun as seen from our vantage point on earth. Within that path, astrologers have carved out static zones, and we track the planetary movements against these. That is why Leo dates remain the same even as the heavens keep shifting.
In second century Alexandria, the great mathematician and astronomer/astrologer Ptolemy created the Tropical Zodiac, which is a fixed system that is not affected by changes in the constellations or the Earth’s axis. Ptolemy used the same names for the zodiac signs as he did for the constellations, which is why there is confusion around the Leo birth date range. The Tropical Zodiac is static and not affected by shifts in the Earth’s axis. It begins every year with the Aries pseudo-constellation, which is based on the position of the Sun at the spring equinox on March 21.
As the website Astrologer.com explains it:
Western astrology is based on the planets and their motion relative to our year (the Earth’s annual orbit of the Sun) and not on the distant stars. Before astrologers started to compile planetary tables, the backdrop of the distant visible ‘fixed’ stars proved to be most consistent system for measuring the positions of the ‘wandering stars’, known as the planets in our solar system. The 12 sign zodiac was defined by the stars within chosen constellations along the ecliptic (the apparent annual path of the Sun) in Mesopotamia at the end of the Iron Age (around 500 BC). Though the Babylonians used stars and constellations for measurement, they were also using zones which start from the position of the Sun at the March Equinox which was, is and will always be the start of the sign of Aries in the western system.
Vedic Astrology and Leo star sign dates
Vedic astrology, also known as Jyotisha, is the traditional Hindu astrology system. It is based on the Sidereal zodiac, or Nirayana, which is an imaginary 360-degree “belt” of zodiac signs divided into 12 equal sectors. However, Vedic astrology is different from Western astrology in that it measures the fixed zodiac, rather than the moving zodiac. So in Vedic astrology, the Leo dates would be August 15-September 15. Go figure!