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Astrological Cusp Signs:

A Guide To The Zodiac Cusps

People refer to people that are born on or near the star sign change over dates as cusp signs.

Are you born on a cusp sign? Do you feel a stronger kinship with your neighbouring sign rather than your own?

Here we are going to explore Zodiac Signs born on the Cusp.

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What Are Cusp Signs?

What are Astrology Cusp Signs?

A cusp is an imaginary boundary between one zodiac sign and the next or one astrological house and the next.

A sign cusp is an imaginary boundary between one zodiac sign and the next.

For example, the line between Cancer and Leo.

The definition of a cusp sign is a birthday that falls within a period of time when the sun leaves one zodiac sign and enters another.

Those unfamiliar with Cusp Signs or the practice of astrology say they are born on a ‘cusp’ when the Sun is within a few degrees of the cusp line that separates one sign from the next.

This is only referring to The Sun Sign.

Not other planets or anything like the rising sign or ascendant.

Two Cusp Signs

People born on or near a cusp at their time of birth (the Sun was a few degrees – or even days – from the division between (for example) Libra and Scorpio) will claim they possess some of the characteristics of each sign.

There could be a clash of self-expression or knowing who you are. 

Below is an example showing a hypothetical range in which a cusp sign could occur between Leo and Virgo.

Even though there is a clear distinction (cusp) between the signs, there is a “window” in which some people believe you can still be a cusp sign and feel the transition (and energies) of both signs.

Which Sun Sign are you when you’re both? Is being both even possible?

While this may be true that we do have energies from both charts, it will have nothing to do with being born ‘on the cusp’. It is more likely to be due to other planets in both signs.

Let us look at an example below.

If you were born on the 23rd August, this is the 1st day the Sun in Virgo, but it’s only just left the sign of Leo.

According to those who sternly believe in cusp signs, a Virgo born on the Leo-Virgo cusp will be a Virgo with some added Leo energy.

Someone whose birthday is the 21st of September would be a Virgo (born on the Virgo-Libra cusp) with some added Libra energy.

Make sense?

Cusp Meaning

We should state for the record that us here at Astrology42.com concur that while people feel they can be a mixture of both sun signs, we personally think that you’re only one sun sign.  The only example where this could be subject for inspection would be at the moment, the sun changes signs.

Is it a Cusp Sign?

Another point to stress would be the following. Often the signs will change over from one sign to another throughout the day. Where is in Astrology, it is presumed people change into the next sign at midnight. (like some Cinderella story)

Let’s look at the following example.

Prince George was born on Jul 22, 2013, 4:24 pm, the Sun was in Cancer, but he had been born 6:13 pm (I believe), the Sun would have been in Leo.

He was born at 29° 59 in Cancer. However, 2 hours later and he would be in Leo.

Same day. Two different signs. Now they’re often merging of some of those energies, but it is important to notice where the other planets are in person birth chart.  

If you look at his chart, he actually has NO planets in Leo at all and a stellium in Cancer.

If ever there is a case for Cusp Signs, it would be ONLY being born on the DAY that the signs change over, not a few days either side.

If you or someone you know was born on a cusp, you could learn all about your dual influence now.

Below are descriptions about the dual energies that can come from Cusp Signs.

Zodiac Cusp Signs and Cusp Dates:

The Complete List

Aries – Taurus

Aries – Taurus Cusp Sign

Cusp Dates: 16th April – 22nd April

The Cusp of Power

Those born on the Cusp of Power are forces with whom to be reckoned!

The Aries-Taurus cusp holds some of the most influential personalities in the entire zodiac. Dominance. We’re talking pure dominance. If you give or place an Aries-Taurus person in a position of power, they’ll take it to the next level.

And the next one.

And the next, until they are at the top of whatever game they are playing.

They are represented by;

  • Endurance
  • Generosity
  • Authority

Thankfully, this sheer will-force is tempered by a generous spirit.

Ruled by both Mars and Venus, they tend to be great art lovers, nurturing friends, and intuitive leaders.  They work hard and play hard, and while both feel incredible at first blush, this tendency can soon turn depleting and overwhelming, not only to the Aries-Taurus but also to those around them.

Those born on the Aries-Taurus cusp give their all when giving advice. If they give you any advice that has to do with tackling a challenge, then take it!

These are intuitive, strategic people who can see situations from all angles and draw a clear path through the most complex mazes.

But, if this advice is regarding matters of the human heart, consider getting a second opinion.

This is not to say that their input is inherently bad – it just might not be taking into consideration those things called emotions.

If you are were born on the Aries-Taurus cusp, please use your powers for good. It’s no surprise that Hitler was also born on this cusp.

So, meditate if you can, because if you can get into the Jedi mindset, you really can take over the world.

And if you know an Aries-Taurus, understand that control is centrally vital to them. They’ll move mountains for you, as long as they don’t have to bend to your will.

Taurus – Gemini

Taurus – Gemini Cusp Sign

Cusp Dates: 17th May – 23rd May

The Cusp of Energy

Physically strong and mentally agile, stable and driven, bright and communicative; these are a few of the powerful combinations used to describe those on the cusp of Taurus and Gemini.

This cusp’s personality traits combine both worlds; – ambitious and grounded, smart and humble as well as versatile and creative.

They’re also prolific and are known to spread themselves regarding commitments thinly.

When you feel you can do it all, it’s hard to say no.

  • Versatility
  • Youth
  • Energy

Those born on the Taurus-Gemini cusp are great communicators, and they can talk to anyone about anything. What they aren’t great at is listening. They tend to monopolise conversations and can have a bad habit of talking over people.

They like to talk about their dramas quite a bit, but they have a hard time being there when others want to discuss their own drama. Even if they want to be.

Independence is essential to those who embody the Gemini cusp. They are proud, hardworking people who want to be acknowledged for their work. The dually Venus and Mercury-ruled do have boundless, youthful energy and when they focus that power, it is a blessing.

However, if not appropriately directed, that energy can manifest in the holder as scatteredness, jittery, and anxiousness.

So, if you’re born on the Taurus-Gemini cusp, try working on your listening skills.

Remember how much you appreciate the ear of friends and loved ones and try to reflect that same kindness back.

And, if you know a Taurus-Gemini cusp, be patient and honest with them. Encourage these people to confront their insecurities, and to strive for forgiveness in themselves and others.

Also, tell them to take a nap.

Gemini – Cancer

Gemini – Cancer Cusp Sign

Cusp Dates: 17th June – 23rd June

The Cusp of Magic

Gemini-Cancer cuspers are genuinely magical individuals!

Lighthearted and fun, caring and devoted, these people are an inspiration to be around.

Those born on the Gemini-Cancer cusp often find themselves to be the centre of attention. They can be the life of the party – whether it’s a dinner party they have prepared for all their near and dears or a raucous night on the town, their gregarious personality spices up the night.

But hidden within this bon vivant is a bundle of raw emotions, bubbling just below the surface.

  • Empathetic
  • Private
  • Romantic

Even though they can read you incredibly well, Gemini-Cancers are notoriously private about their own feelings. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re not aware of what’s going on in their life, in spite of their in-depth knowledge of your innermost feelings and thoughts. These people are blessed with many skills.

One would be avoidance of talking about themselves and instead, correctly telling you how you’re feeling.

The Gemini-Cancer cusp sign is a combination that commits. It might take a while, but once they decide they are in, they are IN.

They are ruled by planets Mercury, and the Moon and so like to surround themselves with people they know and trust. A trust is not given easily. Being sensitive and affectionate, Gemini-Cancers value their family greatly. That includes blood relatives AND friends (who are treated like family).

If you are a Gemini-Cancer, know that you’re an inspiration. This gift is your magic, and you must wield it without expecting a sense of repayment.

Also, don’t be afraid to be close and let people in. The world is not out to hurt you.

This cusp is loving, patient and they forgive and forget quickly. However, don’t push it too far. They might be harbouring feelings of resentment that they haven’t shared. So don’t take them for granted.

Cancer – Leo

Cancer – Leo Cusp Sign

Cusp Dates: 17th July – 25th July

The Cusp of Oscillation

Sensitive Cancer and dramatic Leo combine into a very contrary personality. It will take self-discipline to manage the extreme ups and downs of fire and water.

What do you get when you put Cancer and Leo into one body?

Drama.

When the personality traits of the emotional Cancer and the fiery Leo are combined, the smallest things can be blown out of proportion. But, hey, they keep it interesting.

  • Volatility
  • Oscillation
  • Moodiness

The Cancer-Leo cusp is all about movement. Both physical and emotional. Swinging from one emotion to the next, this cusp signs challenge is to find their emotional centre.

Meditation is an excellent ally for those who struggle for balance.

Life as a Cancer-Leo is never dull. The combination of Moon- Sun energy might appear shy when you meet them for the first time, but by the end of the night, they’ll in be the spotlight, singing or dancing. Even if only for a little while.

Those born on the Cancer-Leo cusp can be sensitive to criticism, so tread carefully when making suggestions on how they can better conduct themselves.

They also pay considerable attention to detail and tend to have a good memory. Including the ability to hold a grudge.

Affectionate and devoted, this cusp loves to love and be loved in return. When things are going well, there’s no-one better to share the moment with. But, when things are bad, well let’s just say this. This cusp might put on a brave face, but they are easily wounded and will hide it well.

If you are a Cancer-Leo, try not focusing on what others are doing.  Focus on what is going on in your life. Try to find your own centre.

If you know someone born on the Cancer-Leo cusp, be kind to your sensitive friend. Take the time to think about the right way to say that important thing so that it doesn’t hurt their feelings.

Leo – Virgo

Leo – Virgo Cusp Sign

Cusp Dates: 19th July – 25th August

The Cusp of Exposure

These two signs are very different so a person born on this cusp can carry different and conflicting energy. The fire in your heart is smothered by earth, or it can burn bright.

With this Cusp, command meets caution, passion meets perfectionism, and fire meets earth.

While these seemingly disparate personality traits may bring balance to the Leo-Virgo, there is a definite conflict within this cusp, and they may feel torn between the two energies.

  • Activist
  • Conflicted
  • Persuasive 

One way to think of this polarities would be a war between extroverted and introverted.

The Leo-Virgo cusp is one of leadership and communication but also one of independence and secrecy.

An essential skill set is knowing precisely what to say at the right time. This cusp sign can be wonderfully persuasive when they get behind a cause, which brings us to the inner activist at the heart of the Leo-Virgo cusp.

A happy place for this Sun and Mercury-ruled cusp is in the mix, working with people to solve a problem.

But, when transparency and vulnerability are essential, their desire for privacy and tendency for secrecy can be their Achilles heel. Their strong desire to pull away, withdraw or retreat could cause conflict within a group dynamic.

Interestingly enough, intimacy is something that this cusp craves, but something that does not come quickly. Being vulnerable is an essential aspect of intimacy and affection, and this is something that the Leo-Virgo struggles with.

Not so much the vulnerability of others, but more themselves.

So, it’s hard to be vulnerable when you hold so many secrets, and silence is your ‘go-to’ emotional mode. It’s hard to explain this instinct to others when at other times you are direct, loud and communicative.

Consider that inner conflict the next time you are faced with a confused significant other. Sometimes, your wish to keep things to yourself isolates those around you. This is not what you want.

Try finding the words that say what you are feeling. It does not matter that those words could be “I don’t know.”

If you know a Leo-Virgo cusp, consider that they might need plenty of time. Don’t expect them to open up immediately, yet continue to share with them. Understand that they are struggling with their boundaries around self-protection.

Virgo – Libra

Virgo – Libra Cusp Sign

Cusp Dates: 19th September – 25th September

The Cusp of Beauty

Virgo and Libra complement one another very well to create an intelligent, artistic individual who is beautiful inside and out.

It’s common knowledge that Libras are obsessed with beauty, and that holds true for Virgo-Libra cusps as well.

Add to that the Virgo’s attention for detail, and you get the ultimate aesthete.

People born between Virgo and Libra tend to be super charismatic, creative, sensitive, intelligent, and kind. Drawn to attractive people, beautiful art, and sensual pleasures, this cusp is known for being excellent at putting together a party. Event planning would be an excellent career choice for the Virgo-Libra cusp.

  • Nurturing
  • Empathetic
  • Aesthetic

This talent has a flipside, though, as they also can too focused on the way things look and appear from the outside. Introspection may not come easily, but those Virgo-Libra cusps could do with some time thinking about the old saying, “It’s what’s inside that counts.”

One of the most influential personality traits of this cusps, ruled by both Mercury and Venus is their sense of responsibility and fairness. Always looking out for everyone else, the Virgo-Libra’s nurturing tendencies kick in when romance is on the table. In search of a harmonious relationship, this cusp always remembers the little things that make their love interest feel special.

When they work as part of a team, fairness and open-mindedness are some of the Virgo-Libra’s strongest points. They don’t shy away from healthy conflict either. Instead, they love a good rousing debate when both sides can spar with respect.

If you are a Virgo-Libra cusp, it’s time to take stock of your inventory.

Make time to consider the way you’ve grown lately; spiritually, emotionally and physically. Use some of your skills to focus on the details of your interior life.

If you know a Virgo-Libra cusp, try to understand that this person’s precise nature can be tedious at times for you and others around them. Their dissatisfaction might sometimes feel passive-aggressive, but remember that it’s not you, it’s them.

Libra – Scorpio

Libra – Scorpio Cusp Sign

Cusp Dates: 19th October – 25th October

The Cusp of Drama and Criticism

These two signs are ruled by passionate planets Venus and Pluto, and as such, these individuals are typically intelligent, driven, flamboyant and sexual.

Ah, the Libra-Scorpio cusp. The beauty and the beast.

Being ruled by Venus and Pluto, this cusp has the power to be a sexual dynamo. But, all that combustibility has its drawbacks.

It’s not easy being the person who always speaks the truth, regardless of who it may hurt. That’s right, those born on the Libra-Scorpio cusp are quick to speak their minds. So, don’t ask them hard questions unless you are open to receiving a potentially blistering response. This disarming personality trait can be valuable in both professional and personal lives, but can also cause drama in both when not delivered constructively.

  • Seductive
  • Tenacious
  • Critical

Because of this truth-telling tendency, the Libra-Scorpio has a leg up when it comes to social interactions. Their charisma stems from their raw sexual energy and their detached charm. They can be sarcastic and bossy. However, there is a level of, well, honesty to it all, making this potentially unattractive trait somewhat… admirable.

In personal relationships, Libra-Scorpio cusps are romantic and loyal. Of course, the flip-side of that is jealousy, which will harm their love lives if not kept in check.

Thankfully, the Libra-Scorpio is blessed with a determined tenacity, so if keeping their resentment in control is something they genuinely want to do, they can figure out a way to make it work.

That determination and tenacity come in handy in the professional life of a Libra-Scorpio as well. It gives them all the ingredients it takes to accomplish any big goals they set for themselves. Ego could come into play here, and it’s a good thing to consider when faced with those stubborn moments when change feels hard.

So, if you are a Libra-Scorpio cusp, ask yourself; Is your ego preventing true greatness? Apply that renowned intellectual honesty and internally.

Go full tilt. Sometimes, burning everything is a natural part of the growth cycle.

Also, remind Libra-Scorpio cusp people that jealousy won’t get them anywhere.

Ask them to trust those around them and in themselves. It might be hard to give them the advice though, as they’d prefer if you’d mind your own business.

Scorpio – Sagittarius

Scorpio – Sagittarius Cusp Sign

Cusp Dates: 18th November – 24th November

The Cusp of Revolution

Those born with a mix of magnetic Scorpio intensity and bold Sagittarius action combine to make a fearless individual full of rebellious energy and strength.

What happens when that dark and intense Scorpio energy meets the bold and active Sagittarius?

It’s a wild and intense combination, and it’s not for the faint of heart.

Ruled by Pluto, Mars, and Jupiter, Scorpio-Sagittarius cusps live and go against the grain. If you tell them things are one way, they’ll show you another way to do it. These are self-taught experts, and they want to learn by doing. They’re the zodiacs wild child. However, what happens when the child grows up? When and will the rebel becomes the ruler?

  • Rebellious
  • Revolutionary
  • Contrarian

The fearless leader, that’s what. If the Scorpio-Sagittarius cusp can apply all they’ve learned in their full, adventurous life, they can make incredible authority figures. They have the potential to be genuinely progressive and influential, but they need to remember to be objective and not to let their emotions rule the moment. Knee-jerk reactions will be their downfall.

For those on the Scorpio-Sagittarius cusp, with intense Scorpio energy, jealousy could also be their Achilles heel. They can be possessive in relationships, but they can also be kind, romantic, and loving. Their competitive personality is the real engine for their success, especially when their main competitor is competitive. Combined with their innate ability to see things through to the end will get them across the finish line, first, every time.

So, if you are a Scorpio-Sagittarius, and you clash with your bosses, give self-employment a try. Of course, knowing you, you’ll already figure that out long ago and have built a career for yourself where you to answer to nobody.

If that is the case, take note:

Focus on generosity and kindness when it comes to professional interactions.

 Sagittarius – Capricorn

Sagittarius – Capricorn Cusp Sign

Cusp Dates: 18th December – 24th December

The Cusp of Prophecy

These people are the real visionaries in the world and headed for sure success. Optimistic Sagittarius and practical Capricorn are a great mix of cheerful attitude and realistic vision to dream the big plans and see them through.

We’re you born a Sagittarius-Capricorn cusp?

If so, know we’re all depending on you to save humanity. To grab the steering wheel on this social experiment we call reality and get us back on the path to enlightenment.

So, no pressure.

Seriously though, if anyone can do it, it’s this cusp. Known for their uncanny ability to sense what is needed and to be the one to deliver it – the Sagittarius-Capricorn cusp isn’t called the Cusp of Prophecy for anything.

Here, the optimism of Sagittarius meets practicality of Capricorn in this ambitious and trustworthy section of the zodiac. Their tendency towards silence over outburst makes this cusp wise beyond measure.

  • Traveller
  • Visionary
  • Prophet

If you often forget to pack critical components for a camping trip, be sure to invite a Sagittarius-Capricorn cusp along. They have preparation rituals that are somewhat nerdy. However, their meticulous personality and knack for thorough preparation make a perfect travel companion.

In a relationship, the Sagittarius-Capricorn is almost a perfect romantic partner: They’re loyal, understanding and dependable. Naturally, every cusp has a shadow side, and this Jupiter and Saturn-ruled cusp often suffer from an intense desire to control their surroundings.
Sometimes, they can intensify a situation with the desire to be perfect, and this can cause isolation if they aren’t thinking about the way their moods could affect others.

If you’re born on the Sagittarius-Capricorn cusp:
Can you tell us all that the future holds, please? Also, work on your temper. If YOU can’t breathe and count to 10, we’ve lost all hope.

And, if you know a Sagittarius-Capricorn:

Don’t pressure them to inform you of what the future holds, that’s not uncool. Do, however, be patient and firm when setting your boundaries. That’s healthy.

Capricorn – Aquarius

Capricorn – Aquarius Cusp Sign

Cusp Dates: 16th January – 22nd January

The Cusp of Mystery & Imagination

Capable Capricorn and quirky Aquarius combine to form a highly unique individual. There’s never a dull moment with these vivid dreamers of rich fantasies.

Regardless of what personality traits Capricorn-Aquarius cusps show to the public, their private life is the most important to them. Inner fantasies or waking dreams are the areas that excite these creative souls.

Because their interior lives are so visualised, Capricorn-Aquarians cusp folk can feel a little disappointed with “real” life. The reality that we all share can feel dull, monotonous and constricted and dull. This causes the beleaguered cusp to feel that life is somehow “lacking”. This distant sense of ennui often spills over and affects their relationships in a negative way. It’s not easy to be with someone who feels that their life doesn’t live up to the fantasy they’ve created in their minds.

  • Mystery
  • Imagination
  • Contradiction

The upside to this abundantly imaginative mind of theirs is the creative personality that overflows from within them.

Luck for us, Capricorn-Aquarian Cusps are great communicators.

Their most satisfying relationships draw on intellectual and lively discussions. The combining energies of both of their ruling planets, Saturn and Uranus are emotional and creative, but it also needs context. This cusp admires logic and reasoning. They are driven and competitive.

When you combine this with their creativity, it makes room for success at work. Only if the Capricorn-Aquarius cusp can commit to working for success in the real world.

Everyone, including Capricorn-Aquarians, hold many contradictions within them. They feel a strong need for security, yet they also long for freedom. They love to learn but are also quickly overwhelmed by the challenges of life. To feel disillusioned by reality, yet feel driven to change and better the world.

If you’re a Capricorn-Aquarius cusp, Pay attention. You can be critical, and that can be hard for people to take. Try to soften the way you deliver your (admittedly, ultimately beneficial) critiques.

If you know a Capricorn-Aquarian, just know that it’s not you; it’s them. Relish their spark, when it’s there.

Aquarius – Pisces

Aquarius – Pisces Cusp Sign

Cusp Dates: 15th February – 21st February

The Cusp of Sensitivity

Aquarius-Pisces cuspers are the most original people among us, often labelled as ‘offbeat’ and ‘eccentric.’ They thrive in new and unique situations but can have trouble following through on projects.

Those people born on the Aquarius-Pisces cusp are the natural psychics of the zodiac.

Loved for their understanding, compassionate and tolerant traits, Aquarian-Pisces cusp folk can have more extroverted personalities than you might imagine expecting for those with such sensitive, introverted souls. Being around people helps rejuvenate an Aquarius-Pisces, give them a sense of purpose and helps relieve stress.

The only problem for them is this extroverted desire is often coupled with a sense of isolation and feelings of being misunderstood.

  • Compassion
  • Sensitivity
  • Eccentricity

Though they are goal-oriented, those who embody the Aquarius-Pisces cusp are significant procrastinators. Sometimes this procrastination is built-in, given the inherent disorganisation that disrupts any organic flow that might have carried them to the finish line.

But who has time for organising things when your mind is filled with so many great ideas?

This cusp sign has so much creative energy, compassion and emotion that the chores that make daily life run smoothly can quickly be forgotten.

This cusp sign is dually ruled by both Uranus and Neptune. This is is you, know this: You are amazing. You are brilliant. You are terrific, highly intelligent and creative. It may seem at times that people don’t understand you.

But, hear this: People don’t need to get you. You get them already. That’s all that matters. That is your greatest strength.

And if you know a person born on the Aquarius-Pisces cusp, tell them this: You love the way their mind works. You love the way they see the world, and you are grateful to be able to be a part of theirs. Let them know they are seen.

Pisces – Aries

Pisces – Aries Cusp Sign

Cusp Dates: 17th March – 23rd March

The Cusp of Rebirth

Pisces the dreamer and Aries, the go-getter combine to form creative and impulsive people who can visualise what they want and make it happen.

The psychic dreamer meets the doer in this highly successful cusp.

Given their natural role-modelling skills and their empathetic, sensitive personalities, the Pisces-Aries make effective, unconventional leaders.

They’re not afraid to take action. Also, they’re not scared to carry those around or close to them along for the ride. Overthinking is where their engines my start to stutter. This is where their impulsiveness should kick in. Just buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

  • Rebirth
  • Leadership
  • Impulsiveness

One specific personality trait that can be found in those born on this cusp is their tendency to keep pushing boundaries. It may not be purposeful. Boundaries are pushed that the Pisces-Aries folk weren’t even aware of.

This can lead to hurt feelings, profound misunderstandings, and general awkwardness. Thankfully, those born on the Pisces-Aries cusp can also be very adept at connecting and making others feel at peace and comfortable. This is a good thing because if that awkwardness wrongs don’t get righted, the Pisces-Aries would worry themselves thin trying to analyse what the heck just happened.

This Neptune and Mars-ruled combined cusp is interested in their own success.

They get almost as much gratification helping those around them achieve success as they do from their own. Success is something that really can come quickly to this cusp, so long as they temper their impatience and work on their communication skills.

So, if you were born on the Aries cusp, that’s your task.

Slow down a bit and allow those around you to slow down also. Think before you speak, but don’t concern yourself with whether what you are saying is right.

Instead, think about how what you’re saying might make others feel. If it sounds harsh, soften it.

And, if you know someone who was born on the Pisces-Aries cusp, understand that their passion doesn’t necessarily equal commitment. And that’s ok. They believe in you so much, and they just want you to be happy. Be grateful for the support and encouragement you get from them, and know that it is sincere – even if it is fleeting.

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