Have you ever thought your horoscope was completely wrong? Or that personality traits given for your zodiac sign felt ‘off’? Do you feel more like a Pisces than an Aries? Or more of a Scorpio than a Libra? Chances are you were born on the cusp. Zodiac sign cusps refer to a brief period just before and just after a change in zodiac sign. Generally speaking that’s three days either side, though the actual boundaries are fluid.
Astrologists are divided over the concept of cusps. Some say the birth chart is what it is and that a person’s sign is set in concrete. However others acknowledge that some people report feeling a bit of a pull toward their neighboring sign.
People born on the cusp of two signs are fascinating. Some may feel more drawn to one sign than the other. Or they may feel a mixture of two signs. If you add into the mix your Moon and Ascendant, it’s going to cause a great deal of uncertainty as to your overriding zodiac personality. Being born on the cusp can be both a blessing and a curse. Know that you are unique and special, and you shouldn’t worry too much about it. However, just for fun, we’re taking a peek at the first six zodiac sign cusps and what they mean for you. Check back next week for part two, and the final six cusps.
Pisces-Aries Cusp March 19-24
The Cusp of Rebirth
This is the cusp of rebirth because Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac and Aries is the first, thus the old is passing away and the new is upon us. Many civilizations view the onset of Spring as the beginning of the year.
Pisces-Aries see themselves as having great clarity, yet their friends and family often describe them as sensitive dreamers. However, Pisces-Aries is active and ambitious. Direct in speech and uncompromising in actions. Sometimes they don’t have a clear awareness of the effect of their words and deeds on other people, so it’s important they cultivate a habit of thinking before they speak, and risk-assessing their actions.
Those in close contact with Pisces-Aries might adopt a ‘go-along’ attitude. In other words, rather than trying to direct or disagree with them, go along with it until Pisces-Aries realizes that their first impulse was not quite correct.
Pisces-Aries are deeply passionate and generally very loyal. However, they can be tempted if their regular relationship is not as exciting as the new one on offer. Yet, at the same time, they need routine and stability. It is up to their partner to square that circle.
Aries-Taurus Cusp April 19-24
The Cusp of Power
Falling in the middle of Spring in the northern hemisphere, the Aries-Taurus cusp symbolizes the most energetic and forceful growth period of the year. This mix of dynamic Aries fire and the indomitable strength of Taurus admirably lives up to the label, Cusp of Power.
The practical nature of Taurus tends to calm the impulsiveness of Aries in people born at this time. They have a very clear idea of what they like, what they want, and where they are going in life. They also have the determination to reach all of those goals. Aries-Taurus is also extremely good at gentle persuasion, thus they attain their ambitions without upsetting or antagonizing other people. Yet their calm exterior is unable to completely mask the simmering fire just below the surface. It makes for a charismatic, attractive personality type.
In any relationship, Aries-Taurus will be both the driving force and the stable element. They are extremely loyal and are the sort who are able to pick up the pieces should their partners experience any kind of emotional crisis. One thing Aries-Taurus must do is to relinquish some of their power in order to make any relationship, whether friendship or love, balanced and reciprocal.
Taurus-Gemini Cusp May 19-24
The Cusp of Energy
This is a chaotic time of growth and expansion, often leading to an over-abundance of energy and lack of direction. The grounding element of earthy Taurus plays its part in stabilizing airy Gemini, while free-thinking, experimental Gemini lifts Taurus toward the realm of innovation and invention.
One possible problem, Taurus-Gemini faces is a lack of application and endurance. It depends how strong the Taurus influence is in this respect. Those with more Gemini traits may find they gain lots of experience in work and in life, yet it is all a bit superficial.
This mix of earth and air results in a popular, charismatic personality that many find irresistible. Being fully aware that they have this effect means Taurus-Gemini may be somewhat flighty. The abundant flow of friends and lovers ensures they don’t have to make much effort to maintain relationships. They also have a tendency to compare and contrast people’s personalities, behavior and habits, seeking and recognizing positive aspects early on, but then ferreting out and focusing on the negatives as time passes. This gives them justification (in their view) to move on.
Taurus-Gemini do best with partners who have a strong sense of self and inbuilt confidence. This type attracts the less-stable part of the cusper, who secretly longs to be like them.
Gemini-Cancer Cusp June 19-24
The Cusp of Magic
This is an enchanting, magical time of year encompassing midsummer and the summer solstice. Love is all around, magic and seductive mystery permeates the days and nights. Gemini-Cancer is an emotional mix; full of romance and idealistic expectation.
These gentle people are quite capable of looking after themselves. Beneath that sweet exterior they may well have boundaries of steel. And while, on the surface they are emotional and charming, underneath they are as logical, analytical and ambitious as the next person.
Love and personal relationships are the most important things to Gemini-Cancer. Love is their reason for living and it emanates from them, making others feel comfortable and emotionally ‘at home’ in their company. Yet Gemini-Cancer is also able to withhold love, and even if you think they are one-hundred percent committed, they may not be so. Once they have invested themselves heart and soul, they tend to mate for life.
Cancer-Leo Cusp July 19-25
The Cusp of Oscillation
This is the turning point of the year, when growth slows. It is a time of year when changes take effect and new paths become visible and viable. This is when water and fire come together in Cancer-Leo to create a steamy combination of emotion and energy. The moon and the sun together.
Out of all the cusps, this is the one which shows up the differences between the signs. People born in this period usually gravitate towards one sign or the other. Those which have a combination of the two have the challenge of reconciling the contrasting influences within them. They will either be successful in creating a balanced personality, or they won’t, which leads them into instability and mental stress. What will help them is understanding that they are able to determine which way they go. That they are in control and not at the mercy of external pressures.
Cancer-Leos are great at teamwork. They function well as leaders, supporters, and also able to rely on others. This makes them useful members of any organization. They are also capable of taking a gamble, but they must do their best to restrain themselves from extreme risk. As they have a tendency toward self-doubt and depression, it’s important that Cancer-Leo surround themselves with a reliable support network of family and friends. At the same time, they may attempt to chase excitement in order to fulfill a need for danger. Again, finding a balance is key.
In love, Cancer-Leos express a wide variety of preferences. They rarely stick to one type of partner. They enjoy experimentation and are likely to ‘try out’ various permutations of relationships. Their most successful relationship are with people who are open-minded and understanding.
Leo-Virgo Cusp August 19-25
The Cusp of Exposure
This is the time of year when preparations to harvest are happening in the northern hemisphere. Not just in agriculture but throughout life in general. School and college beckons. Working environments may change, for better or worse. Extrovert fire and introvert earth come together in the Leo-Virgo cusp.
Those born in this week may exhibit either/or tendencies. Some may present a quiet, thoughtful exterior with a smouldering fire beneath, or they may show a passionate, enthusiastic outer personality while having an inner core of stability and strength. They often hide aspects of themselves, only revealing them when they feel able to do so.
They generally have to work very hard throughout their lives to raise themselves above the crowd. If they succumb to minimum effort and boredom they will live a life of mediocrity and low attainment. Withi this in mind, it is important they make the most of their innate skills of observation and judgement. As they mature they are able to express those observations and thoughts in a unique and interesting manner.
Leo-Virgos have no need for validation or flattery, but they do appreciate being understood. This is the most important quality they look for in a partner or friend. Someone who can see beyond their outer persona to the human being underneath. Once they have a partner like that, who can accept them, faults and all, they will form a long-lasting bond which is rarely broken.
Don’t forget, if you were born on a cusp between September and February, come back next week for your analysis.