What Does it Mean to Be On the Cusp?

What Happens if You’re on the Borderline Between Two Signs?

Do you remember the ruckus about the “13th” sign a few months ago that a scientist used to try to discredit Western astrologers – those who use the tropical zodiac? Well, while he was absolutely right about the constellations along the ecliptic (the path of the Sun), he was wrong about the very valid turning points that tropical astrologers use—the change of seasons. These are built on the Spring Equinox and Autumnal Equinox (0º of Aries and 0º of Libra – in that order in the Northern Hemisphere) and the Winter Solstice and Summer Solstice (0º of Capricorn and 0º of Cancer – in that order in the Northern Hemisphere – reversed for the Southern Hemisphere.)

This elegant zodiac system was developed by the Greeks ruling Egypt around the time of Cleopatra. They divided their zodiac allotting 30º to each sign, so when the signs change, you are born on the cusp. So, the tropical zodiac hasn’t changed in 2,000 years—true. Does the change of seasons affect us all? Absolutely.

If you are born at the end of one sign, or the beginning of another, you are considered “born on the cusp.” No one can deny the power of the cusps in tropical astrology, particularly at 0º of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Recent examples are hard to deny – the lunar eclipse at 29º of Sagittarius (21st of December 2010 Winter Solstice above the equator) brought all tropical astrologers to attention and the revolutions in the Middle East and Wisconsin followed shortly thereafter. When the planet that “shakes things up,” Uranus, reached 0º of Aries the earthquake happened in Japan on that exact day—and there are many, many more examples of the power of these points.

So how does this play out in your chart? When you are born on the cusp of Pisces/Aries, you are completing a life cycle of experiences and entering a “new birth” as a soul. If you were born on the Gemini/Cancer cusp, rejoice—this is the time of year most geniuses are born. Think in terms of Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson in the world of music, people still influencing artists today.

If you were born at the end of Virgo, beginning of Libra you are walking out of the Underworld (6th house to 7th house) into the world of “others.” Sexy and charismatic former President Bill Clinton had his Mars and Neptune near this point. If you were born at the end of Sagittarius/beginning of Capricorn (example: actress and activist Jane Fonda), you are shifting from the area of the explorer, student and teacher to someone who begins to organize businesses, politics and more. These “cardinal points” are the most powerful of the cusps.

My apologies to all of you Aries into Taurus folks, but you will be branded with the fact that Adolf Hitler was born at this time. It certainly shows its potency as a cusp. Taurus to Gemini is the golden voice meeting the agile speaker. Cancer into Leo is the homey person becoming the leader. Leo into Virgo is the leader becoming the analyst with perspective. Libra into Scorpio is the crucial crossing in the zodiac of the balanced person reaching into your own depths. Scorpio to Sagittarius is the famous Scorpion to the Eagle and they are transformed and transforming figures—think “Bobby Kennedy.” Capricorn to Aquarius is the structured person expanding and finding new technologies. Aquarius into Pisces is going from computer networking to reaching others through common intuition.

These turning points are powerful and show that your life will be a transformed and transforming one, dear cusp person!

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7 thoughts on “What Does it Mean to Be On the Cusp?

  1. natalie

    i was born on hitler’s birthday. Although for most of my life i have identified with more Taurus characteristics, i have Aries qualities as well. I do not think that if i want something, i can make it happen. Driven, passionate, stubborn are three of my characteristics. I do not think I am potent though.

  2. April Covington

    I find this fascinating! I have been trying to understand why I am so different ever since I was a small child. I was born at 550pm on Dec 22, 1973 in Covington, KY. I know & feel something huge is happening in this world present time, but can’t figure out what my purpose is to help out. In the last 3 yrs my mind has been changing rapidly & I have been seeing, hearing & visualizing more then ever. What’s happening to me?

  3. Gina Rose ext.9500Gina Rose ext.9500

    Excellent article on astrology, Debbie…..well done !!!!

    I so enjoy reading your astrological articles…you really know your stuff !

    Blessed Be )O(
    Gina Rose ext.9500

  4. Kathy

    Is there another interpretation to “new technologies”? I’m a Capri-quarian, (1/16) and I DON’T like “technology.” I’m in the SCA and wouldn’t mind staying there (in the past) in many ways. I prefer cooking to microwaving, writing letters as opposed to e-mails… and I HATE texting!! An old/original song or movie is typically better than any “remix” or sequel….IMHO.

  5. misskrystalmisskrystal

    Hi Debbie-this is the best cusp breakdown I have ever read. Being born on the Leo/Cancer cusp, I always see what is written about cusps. I am very homey, even though, technically, I am a 0 degree leo. You nailed that! You should see my new drapes 🙂 I spent weeks trying to figure out what would be best, and got lucky & found them on sale at JC pennys 😉 I love a good deal on stuff, where most Leo’s I have known don’t really care….Or until it is too late….My BFF is a Libra/Scorp cusp, she is more silent around a new people vs. the other libra’s I know…
    Thanks! Miss Krystal

    1. Ken Smith

      I am a cancer Leo cusp, born in the afternoon of july23. I would love to hear more about being a cusp and what your thoughts are about which is more dominant. I see traits of both,, but how do I pick the good or bad of which?

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