Aug 22, 2017

When the Leo season rolled in last month, a friend posted a photo of a classic Costa Brava cake with bright red icing that screamed “Boo Leo.” It’s her least favorite sign, she says. But I think Leos are the most amazing people. Maybe I’m biased because I’m a Leo myself, but it’s also said that Leos are creative and independent. They (or we) are also branded as egoistic and arrogant individuals (that’s not always true, though). And surprise, there are many Leos in the world.

In the past weeks, there have been a ton of notifications popping up on Facebook, reminding me of a friends’ birthdays. There was my mom, my cousin, a couple of classmates and co-workers, a photographer, a handful of famous people, and more.

So, why are there so many Leos in the world?

In a 2010 study, August had the most number of births in the U.S. for a couple of years between 1990 and 2006. In another study conducted between 1994 and 2014, however, September defeated August and other months with the highest number of births in the U.S. In the Philippines, statistics from the UN Data show that births in October are consistently high.

Okay. So, there’s no collective data that proves the overflow of Leos in the world. Still, we see a high number of births from the month of August to October. But why?

I got curious and tried to trace the date of my conception through this website. And I discovered that I was made in November. As we all know, the months leading to Christmas see the entrance of cooler weather due to Amihan or the northeast monsoon. And as they say, it’s the best weather for sex.

According to The Telegraph, which notes December 11 as the most popular date for conception, the cool weather helps men produce a higher quality of sperm.

“Biologic hypotheses include deterioration of sperm quality during summer, seasonal differences in anterior pituitary-ovarian function caused by changes in the daylight length, and variation in quality of the ovum or endometrial receptivity. Increased sexual activity associated with end-of-year holiday festivities has also been postulated as a possible behavioral explanation for the December peak in conceptions. The exact reasons remain unknown,” researchers from the University of Texas School of Medicine affirms.

Born on August 10, Kylie Jenner is a Leo. According to the conception calculator, she was conceived between November 13 and 21. Aside from her, former U.S. President Barrack Obama, Jennifer Lopez, and Cole Sprouse are also Leos. In the Philippines, Fernando Poe Jr., Dolphy, Pilita Corrales, and Iza Calzado are Leos. Screengrab from YouTube

However, the high birth rate between August, September, and October may also be attributed to the abundance of holidays and days-off during colder months. According to a study, holidays and vacations make for a stress-free environment or state, making women more comfortable in engaging in sexual activities. There’s Thanksgiving in the U.S. every November, while the Philippines has All Saint’s Day, All Soul’s Day, and Bonifacio Day. December, on the other hand, is when most individuals get their much-awaited vacation, in time for Christmas and the New Year celebration.

With an estimate of 360,000 births per day, we really just can’t pinpoint which month has the highest rate of birth. There are many Leos in the world, but there are also millions of Virgos, Libras, and so on. If you believe in astrology and signs, at least you know that procreating sometime in November and December will result in a Leo baby. But Leos aren’t that horrible at all, right?

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