In astrology there is an imaginary line which separates each zodiac sign from its neighbor. Try to visualize the astrological ellipse as a huge flat plate with the Earth at its center. The plate’s outside edge is divided into the 12 signs of the zodiac. From our vantage point on Earth we see the Sun appear to move through each of the signs. When it is about to cross the line from one sign to the next, we call it ‘transitioning’ and if you were born around the time of a transition, you are said to have been born on the cusp.
Born on the cusp during the previous six months? Zodiac Sign Cusps: March to August.
Virgo-Libra Cusp September 19-24
The Cusp of Beauty
The Virgo-Leo cusp lands on the autumn equinox. Days and nights are of equal length. This period is a well-tempered, balanced time of the year. Growth is ceasing, animals are making their winter preparations. Humans of the northern hemisphere are enjoying the beauty all around them, while their southern hemisphere counterparts are gearing up for spring.
It’s no surprise then that people born on the Virgo-Libra cusp are also consoisseurs of beauty and balance. They are very much attracted to beautiful things: art, nature, and people. And not only things they can see, but music, good food, and luscious scents will also send their pulses racing and their beauty anntena twirling. This means that Virgo-Libra has a heightened sense of self. They are very concerned about their own appearance; if they don’t look good, then the sky is probably falling. On the plus side, they are able to put their innate sense of style to good use in their career. They have an uncanny ability to be able to put together combinations of color and objects that would never occur to other people.
Cool, rather than passionate, Virgo-Libra needs a partner who understands their desire for order. They also require someone who can deal with the more uncomfortable aspects of life, as Virgo-Libra spends so much time and energy dealing with aesthetics that often they find themselves unable to cope with a messy real-life situation. On a positive note, they seek harmony and sweetness in their relationships, so will rarely instigate melodrama or meanness.
Libra-Scorpio Cusp October 19-25
The Cusp of Drama and Criticism
A clash of the elements: air and water indicate storms on the way at this time of the year. And similar forces are at work in people born on the cusp of Libra-Scorpio. In fact the best way to describe this personality is ‘stormy’. Highly intellectual, yet deeply emotional, they often feel they have to retreat for their own well-being. Yet they always have something to say on any subject. Libra-Scorpio make good, if very strict, teachers. Underlying their tough exterior is a real softy.
Their perceptiveness is a double-edge sword. While they are able to discern the truth of any situation, this can make life difficult when their loved ones are unable to maintain those high standards. Often those closest to them eventually start to withdraw because they cannot bear feeling as though they are constantly being judged for their actions, their characters, and even the way they look. Libra-Scorpio must do their utmost to rein in their critical nature.
In personal relationships it is usually beneficial for the partners to give each other space. Those who live very closely with Libra-Scorpios may find that life is difficult in the extreme. Yet there is a certain chemistry that glues the partners together. Working out a relationship dynamic which works for both is a worthwhile challenge.
Scorpio-Sagittarius Cusp November 19-24
The Cusp of Revolution
As the year marches towards its end many of us wonder if we made the most of it. Indeed some people may find themselves at a turning point. They wonder if they have fulfilled their potential, filled their lives with good things and beautiful memories. The feeling that time is slipping past often sparks a change of lifestyle, a complete life makeover perhaps.
One thing that characterizes people born on the cusp of revolution is that there are no half-measures. They are either for or against, happy or unhappy, are financially poor or extremely well-off. They are in love with you, or they hate you. This leads the Scorpio-Sagittarius down paths which tend toward the extreme. The elements of water and fire come together to create a steamy combination. Leadership comes naturally to Scorpio-Sagittarius. Others flounder along in their wake, expecting to follow one direction, then finding themselves going a completely different way. Scorpio-Sagittarius people are a law unto themselves.
While not the most stable of partners, it cannot be denied that they are charismatic, passionate, and loyal to those they love. However, their love-life never follows a predictable course. They tend to settle down late in life, but even then they need a lot of freedom to ‘be themselves.’ Extreme jealousy may also be a factor in their relationships and their partners sometimes find they are unable to offer enough reassurance to keep them happy.
Sagittarius-Capricorn Cusp December 19-25
The Cusp of Prophecy
The time of year that the land lies fallow yet people need to reaffirm that life continues. Thus they feast and celebrate, knowing that the year is turning through the winter solstice and the days will soon become longer again.
The fiery sun and the deep winter manifest in the Sagittarius-Capricorn cusp resulting in a contrast of characteristics. Push and pull. Part of the Sagittarius-Capricorn wants to lay low, hibernate, but the other part wants to spark and expand. This can result in a person who really wants to have fun but tends to self-regulate themselves. With any luck these personalities learn how to control these diverse aspects of their character; allowing hard-working Capricorn to dominate when necessary, yet letting their fun-loving Saggie out when it’s time to relax.
Those born in this week have a highly developed intuition, even to the point of clairvoyant capabilities. Another characteristic is that they like to let people know exactly where they stand; Sagittarius-Capricorns have no time for ambiguity. It’s the same in their personal relationships—they need to know precisely the status of the relationship and their role within it. Potential partners of Sagittarius-Capricorns may be pleasantly surprised by their passion and willingness to experiment—once they feel comfortable enough to let their guard down.
Capricorn-Aquarius Cusp January 17-22
The Cusp of Mystery and Imagination
The world is still caught in the grip of winter but the first tiny stirrings are beginning to whisper that things are changing. Excitement for what is to come is building, slowly it’s true, but nevertheless spring is on the horizon.
People born on the cusp of Capricorn into Aquarius can barely contain their enthusiasm for life. Passionate, exciting, charismatic and unconventional, these individuals are unpredictable and irresistible to others. They are temperamental: withdrawn one minute, dangerously risk-taking the next. They may find it hard to find their niche in their professional life. Some will take manual jobs in order that they can be free to explore as they wish outside of work. Others will find their purpose in activism and charity work.
They hate domestic duties and therefore expect their partners to muck in and help out. Anyone who refuses to pull their weight will get short thrift from Capricorn-Aquarius. They cannot bear shirkers, while they are not averse to a little shirking themselves.
Capricorn-Aquarius people tend to grow into their relationships, those who don’t may find that the single life is more to their taste.
The Aquarius-Pisces Cusp February 16-22
The Cusp of Sensitivity
Spring is right round the corner now, and as the last snows of winter melt away, February is known as the month of purification. The violet and primrose make their appearance in the northern hemisphere and birds begin their quest for mates.
Aquarius-Pisces cuspers often feel that they have something to prove to the world. No shy violets or primroses are these feisty characters. Extremely goal-oriented, they can become quite aggressive in their determination to be top dog. However, this hard exterior hides an extremely sensitive soul underneath. Vulnerable to criticism, they will build a defensive wall rather than expose their emotions to the world. Those who are less goal-oriented tend towards idealistic pursuits. This means they will either follow a road to the top of their chosen profession, or they will seek to work with those less fortunate. What they must be careful to avoid is allowing concerns about work to seep into other aspects of their lives.
Relationships can be difficult for Aquarius-Pisces because of their inability to open up and share their feelings. Partners who are able to pierce the hard shell, may find a completely different person underneath. Gender, too, makes a difference; male cuspers can veer towards their feminine side, while females toward the male aspects of their character. Friendships are important too. Slow to develop, they offer a way for Aquarius-Pisces to engage fully with the world by developing and refining their people skills.
Creating a happy family environment can result in fulfilment for Aquarius-Pisces. If that isn’t an option then a single life, perhaps shared with pets, is maybe what they need. As long as they have the opportunity to express their inner softy by nurturing children or animals they will be happy.
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