Scorpio Dates: October 23 to November 21


Scorpio dates in astrology are typically from October 23 to November 21. If your birthday falls in this date range, you have a Scorpio Sun sign. Although Scorpio horoscope birth dates can change depending on the year, these are customarily the Scorpio calendar dates.

For about 30 days each year, the Sun travels through the part of the zodiac occupied by Scorpio. October 23 to November 21 is typically the Scorpio birth date range. Occasionally, the Scorpio start date will be a day earlier, or the Scorpio end date will fall a day later on November 22.

Scorpio is the eighth sign of the zodiac, which contains 12 signs in total. The Scorpio star sign is an emotional water sign (element) and a leadership-oriented fixed sign (quality). As the only fixed water sign in the zodiac, Scorpio people are driven, focused and don’t trust easily. But once you DO win them over, they are loyal to the end. In business, these powerful strategists have a cunning, competitive style. If you date a Scorpio, prepare for an intense ride as their penetrating insight and singular attention can be downright addictive.

The constellations have shifted. Is there a different Scorpio 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 Scorpio (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 Scorpio 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 Scorpio birth date range. The Tropical Zodiac is static and not affected by shifts in the Earth’s axis. It begins every year with the Scorpio 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 Scorpio 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 Scorpio dates would be November 15-December 14. Go figure!

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