Astrology on the Cusp: Birthdays on the Edge of Two Signs
Is your birthday between two different signs? Discover new insights into yourself and others with this first-ever guide to cusp astrology.
We've all heard the term "born on the cusp"—but what does it mean, exactly? What if you were born just as the sun moves into Aries, but you feel more like a Pisces? If your birthday falls on a date when a sign changes over to another, you probably possess traits of each. Engaging and easy to use, this book goes beyond simple, cut-and-dried archetypes of sun sign astrology, yet doesn't require any special knowledge. You'll get a deeper understanding of your personality and motivations—and those of your partner, friends, family members, and anyone else whose birthday is on the edge of two signs.
Organized by date of birth, this astrology book lets you quickly look up your birthday so you can identify your particular strengths, gifts, and challenges. You'll also find out about your career and upcoming opportunities, times of the year when you can expect obstacles and rewards, and which signs are your best matches for love and romance. Helping to illuminate each cusp birthday's characteristics are examples of well-known figures such as Robert Redford and Meryl Streep.
Born on the Zodiac Cusp
What does it mean if you were born between two zodiac signs?
This article's content is based on The Secret Language of Birthdays book by Gary Goldschneider & Thomas Rezek.
Hey Baby, what's your sign? This isn't an easy question for some people to answer. You might be one of the many people who were born at the very beginning or very end of your zodiac sign!
No matter your birth date, there's only one answer -- no one actually has two signs. But if you were born within a few days of the Sun's move from one zodiac sign to the next, this means you were born on the cusp, and you might feel an influence from two different signs.
What are the zodiac cusps?
In general, you’re “on the cusp” if you’re born about three days before or after the change in signs. Each cusp period has a name that reflects the distinct energy it carries.
- Cusp of Power: April 16 - 22
- Cusp of Energy: May 17 - 23
- Cusp of Magic: June 17 - 23
- Cusp of Oscillation: July 19 - 25
- Cusp of Exposure: August 19 - 25
- Cusp of Beauty: September 19 - 25
- Cusp of Drama: October 19 - 25
- Cusp of Revolution: November 18 - 24
- Cusp of Prophecy: December 18 - 24
- Cusp of Mystery: January 16 - 23
- Cusp of Sensitivity: February 15 - 21
- Cusp of Rebirth: March 17 - 23
How does being on the cusp affect you?
If you're born on the cusp, you might find that you possess personality traits from your neighboring sign. For instance, people born under Aries, but on the Aries-Taurus cusp, often make great leaders. Normally, Aries impatient habits could have you making quick decisions and reacting too fast, but if you’re an Aries born on the cusp of Taurus, these traits might be softened with a more grounded, sensible Taurean energy. But this doesn’t mean that being a cusper is always sunshine and rainbows; the energies of your two signs may clash!
Either way, being born on the cusp can give you a variety of qualities that can blend and shine in different ways. Learning about both the blessings and the curses of your cusp helps you embrace your interesting -- and sometimes complicated -- self!
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The controversy of cusps
Cusps are controversial in the Astrology world! This is a concept that has been questioned and considered repeatedly. While some astrologers utilize cusps in their practices, most do not. A person’s Astrology chart is based on specific calculations that will indicate point-blank which zodiac sign a person is. But if a person is born on the cusp, and truly feels the influence of two signs, how can that be explained? Our astrologer Maria Desimone offers some insight:
"The Sun sign is a core component of the birth chart, representing one’s overall vitality as well as specific characteristics that a person is learning to develop and express properly in this lifetime. Whatever sign and house your Sun is placed in indicates how and where in your life you’re meant to shine, with the most remarkable luminosity possible. The concept of sign cusps not only dilutes the meaning of the Sun sign in the horoscope, but it makes absolutely no mathematical sense. There are 30 degrees in every sign, adding up to a perfect circle containing 360 degrees.
This concept of sign cusps is a misnomer because, even if you were born on a day when the Sun changed signs, the math will be clear: your Sun will be in one sign or the other. Relating to the sign before or after your Sun sign cannot be explained because you were born on this cusp. Your Sun sign is potent, clear and bright: he knows who he is supposed to be.
If you insist that you connect to qualities of your Sun sign’s neighboring sign, it is likely due to the fact that one of several personal planets traveling close to the Sun are placed in that sign you relate to. So, for example, if you were born on the Aries-Taurus cusp, a correct Astrology chart cast for the date, time, and location of your birth will reveal clearly whether your Sun is at the final degree of Aries or the first degree of Taurus. If you were born when the Sun was traveling through the final degree of Aries, but can relate to Taurus qualities, it is most likely due to the fact that Mercury, Venus, Mars, your Moon, or even your Rising sign are in Taurus. But your Sun cannot be two signs. He is not having an identity crisis ... and you shouldn’t be either!"
While most astrologers and Astrology enthusiasts will agree with this idea, there are many individuals born on the cusp who believe that they inexplicably exert a heavy blend of both zodiac signs. For those of you who identify with your cusp or are intrigued by cusps in general, we encourage you to explore and learn about each cusp and the different ways that these energies work together!
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Each month with On the Cusp, we point our astrological magnifying glass on all the people born between two zodiac signs. Because when your birthday falls at either the tail end or very beginning of your sun sign's season, your personality may be influenced by your cosmic neighbor.
With summer heating up, it's Gemini and Cancer feeling the love. Below Stefanie Iris Weiss, astrologer and co-author of Surviving Saturn’s Return: Overcoming the Most Tumultuous Time of Your Life, explains how social butterfly Gemini and Group Mom Cancer may exist in one star-powered person.
Happy birthday, turn-of-the-solstice babies! Those born on the Gemini Cancer cusp (around June 21) have the distinct honor of blossoming during a pretty baller time of the year. "This cusp marks one of the loveliest transitions of all—that delicious moment when spring officially slides into summer on the solstice," says Weiss. "It's one of the most magical points of the astrological year."
But, why? And what does it actually mean to be born on the Gemini Cancer cusp? First, a reminder that you are always one sign or another, but depending on your birth date, hues from your zodiac neighbor may influence your nuanced personality. So maybe you're a Gemini with Cancer-esque qualities leading you to pause and feel, or you're a Cancer with Gemini tendencies to dial your emotions from an 8 to an 11—but you're still certainly one sign or the other. But before we get into what that means, let's backtrack to actually explain those signs.
Gemini personality traits look a bit like this:
These are the socialites of the zodiac: Think the Olsen twins in their hard-partying NYU days, not in their reclusive, dressed-like-a-Victorian-widow-with-a-Venti days. (Or maybe both—who am I to judge?) Gemini babies are known for their dual nature and their unfortunate tendency to flake. When they do show up though, they're intelligent, vivacious, and able to go with the flow.
Definitely invite a Gemini to a party if you need someone to light up the room with their charismatic personality. Just...don't rely on them to bring anything crucial in case "something" comes up.
And here's the deal when it comes to Cancer signs:
My best friend from Maine is actually a tried-and-true Cancer and wants everyone to know—she even illegally got the zodiac symbol tattooed on her stomach at age 14. Adolescent-ink choices aside, she's emblematic of the sign's most enduring attributes. If you're a Cancer, you're—for better or worse—known for your deep sensitivity. You have artistic sensibilities, being exceptionally creative and imaginative.
Cancers also need constant love and validation from the people in their life. They can be clingy and moody, but are overall good to keep around: Their intuitive, empathetic, and nurturing nature makes them the best person to cry with when life gets you down.
So this is what it means if you teeter on the Gemini Cancer cusp:
Being on the Gemini Cancer cusp means you may skew more sensitive than the average person, but really, it depends precisely on your birth date, Weiss says. "If you’re born in the very last degrees of Gemini—before the sun officially enters the waters of Cancer, you’re still more of a thinker than a feeler," she says. "A Cancer-inflected Gemini knows how to emote and can translate their emotions into words easily, but they’ll still pass through the filter of the mind before the heart and gut."
"People born on this cusp, depending on other factors like where their Mercury is placed, are the type that will labor over long emails, like a Victorian romance novelist, waiting days to hit send." —astrologer Stefanie Iris Weiss
And if you're a Cancer who feels the tug of Gemini? You still feel all the feels, but you're not necessarily going to let them drive you everywhere you go. "A Gemini-inflected Cancer, a person born in the very first degrees of the summer seasons’s very first sign, is likely to be a heady-yet-moody type," Weiss says. "You’re less likely to trust your intuition than someone born in mid or late Cancer, and more like to feel those feels yet wonder if, how, and when to convey them."
The biggest distinction, though, seems to be in the mediation between mind and heart. Cuspers definitely lack the impulsive nature of other Geminis and allow a minute to think on their emotions before expressing them with an emphatic eloquence.
"People born on this cusp, depending on other factors like where their Mercury is placed, are the type that will labor over long emails, like a Victorian romance novelist, waiting days to hit send," Weiss says. "A true Gemini would just text a sentence with no punctuation, but these natives will make sure that all the feelings are on the proverbial page. A true Cancer would insist on a meet-up over a glass of rosé and only 24-hours later, after multiple crying bouts, feel as if they had adequately conveyed her feelings."
So, bottom line: True Gemini-Cancer cuspers have it in them to be really great and expressive friends without going overboard.
Is your astrological sign two twin bulls? Here's what it means to be born on the Taurus-Gemini cusp. Or if you're an April baby, here's the breakdown for the Aries-Taurus cusp.
What It Means To Be Born On A Cusp
Ask anyone in the Western world, “What’s your sign?” and they’ll no doubt have a quick retort. Most people identify with their one sun sign out of the 12 and its clear-cut personality watermarks; but what if you were born under two signs? For those born in the gray area of when the sun is transitioning out of one sign and into another, otherwise known as being on the “cusp” of two signs, they might feel torn by a cosmic identity crisis of feeling influenced by two different—and sometimes quite opposite—signs. And that’s exactly what happens: While we can’t hold dual citizenship in two different sun signs, it is possible for cusp-born people to possess traits from both signs.
Cusp zones are delineated by five days surrounding the date the sun officially moves into the next sign, so if you were born somewhere between July 19 and July 25, for example, you can technically consider yourself as being on the cusp of Cancer the Crab and Leo the Lion. This position can lend sweet, motherly water sign Cancer a dash of the drama and assertive drive characterized by fiery Leo, a complex combination if there ever was one. Still, this is simply a splash in the personality of a cusp-born person; you get one sun sign—even if you were born exactly on the transitional day, such as January 22, when Capricorn moves into Aquarius. You’re either definitely a Capricorn or absolutely an Aquarius, there’s no need to read two horoscopes like you may with a rising sign, but it’s helpful to understand why you may feel confused or torn about your actual sign.
Fascinating and complex, each cusp is like its own individual sign, turning the 12 traditional signs into a cool two-dozen. The cusp between Pisces and Aries (roughly between March 17 and March 23) is known as the Cusp of Rebirth, and is characterized by imaginative daydreamer Pisces traits water-colored by fiery impulsiveness and a go-getter attitude of Aries, combining fearlessness with compassion. The Aries-Taurus cusp (April 19 to April 23), possibly one of the most chill cusps out there, is the Cusp of Power, defined by a natural head for leadership from Aries and a taste for getting down to the nitty-gritty details, thanks to taskmaster Taurus. The Taurus-Gemini cusp (from May 17 to May 23), the Cusp of Energy, provides these “cuspers” with the ability to backbend into adapting to many different situations with ease as a Gemini would, with the stability and cleverness of a Taurus.
The Cusp of Magic, or the cusp between air sign Gemini and water sign Cancer, roughly from June 17 to June 23, is known as the flirtiest of cusps, emotions running high from Cancer’s influence but with the lightheartedness and fun, non-committal nature of a Gemini. The Cancer-Leo cusp we touched on earlier is known as the Cusp of Oscillation and occurs between July 17 and 25. These folks are characterized by a conflict between two majorly different signs, hence giving these personalities a tendency toward swinging from the sensitive Cancerian side into a full-on drama explosion, a la Leo.
The Leo-Virgo cusp, or the Cusp of Exposure, which lands between August 19 and 25, is another complex combination of fiery, driven Leo with studious, detail-oriented earth sign Virgo. These folks are either loud and direct or silent and secretive with little leeway between these two sides. When Virgo moves into Libra between September 19 and 24, or the Cusp of Beauty, you can expect a gentle personality motivated by a blend of physical beauty and easy communication in tandem with a balance between their external and internal worlds. The Cusp of Drama and Criticism, or where airy, calm Libra moves into the tumultuous waters of Scorpio between October 20 and 25, is all about sex appeal, precise skill, and extremely calm judgement—but with a big dose of egotism that can become exhausting.
The Cusp of Revolution, or when sultry Scorpio moves into adventurous Sagittarius between November 18 to 23, is characterized by intense individualism and a fierce rebellious streak, largely playing by their own rules. Sagittarius-Capricorn, or the Cusp of Prophecy, is an odd bird indeed, running from December 18 to 24. These personalities are colored by their exceptionally bright intellect and raucous sense of humor, making them outgoing and friendly as well as reliable and responsible to a T. The Cusp of Mystery and Imagination, when earthy Cap moves into airy, inquisitive Aquarius between January 17 and 23, are known to be offbeat and eccentric intellectuals who sometimes struggle to balance the differences of being at once reserved and extroverted, guarded and safety-driven, but always fiercely independent. Finally, the Cusp of Sensitivity, or when Aquarius moves into Pisces between February 15 and 20, serves up a personality that’s stimulated by many visionary experiences, making these people intensely intuitive and generally offbeat.
For those born on the razor’s edge of two signs, you can discover which sign’s camp you absolutely fall into by researching the degree of your sign, or where exactly the sun was moving in the cosmos during the time of your birth. This information can be found easily by having your natal or birth chart calculated either by a professional astrologer or, thanks to the Internet, a quick punch of the keys. Even so, knowing the precise degree of your sign likely won’t completely lift the veil of confusion—you’re bound to identify with one sign melded with the traits of its neighbor sign for life.
Leo cusp gemini
Imaginary line that separates a pair of consecutive astrological signs in the zodiac or houses in the horoscope
In astrology, a cusp (from the Latin for spear or point) is the imaginary line that separates a pair of consecutive signs in the zodiac or houses in the horoscope.
Because the solar disc has a diameter of approximately half a degree, it is possible for the Sun to straddle the cusp as it moves across the sky. When this occurs at the moment of birth such a person is said to be "born on the cusp" and some believe that their life is influenced by the characteristics of both signs. For example, if an individual was born when the Sun (by convention the point at the centre of the Solar disc) was located at 29 degrees, 50 minutes Gemini, then one might say that he was born on the cusp of Gemini and Cancer. Much of the Solar disc was actually in Cancer even though the centre was in Gemini.
Although the term "cusp" is universally used for the boundaries of signs, not all astrologers agree that an object can ever be included in more than one sign. Many consider relevant only the location of the Sun's centre, which must be entirely in one sign, and would describe the natal Sun in the example as simply being in Gemini. If late degrees of Gemini have a Cancer-like character, they would describe that as simply the nature of that part of Gemini rather than some influence spilling over from the next sign.
On the other hand, astrologers who consider objects "on the cusp" to be meaningfully different from objects entirely in one sign may apply such a description even when no part of the object crosses the boundary. That point of view may consider the Sun to be "on the cusp" even when its centre is as much as two degrees away from the sign boundary. They may also call other objects (much less than half a degree in diameter) "on the cusp" despite no part of the object being in the adjacent sign. Their claim is that the influence of the cusp gets weaker but does not suddenly disappear as the object gets further from the cusp.
A similar debate applies to cusps between houses.
Is Gemini Compatible With Leo In Relationships?
If anyone’s going to prove the theory that couples who laugh together, stay together to be true, it’s Gemini and Leo. Together, the zodiac’s witty twins and vivacious lion make a couple that everyone loves being around. Gemini’s youthful charm and Leo’s bright personality complement each other so well, that anyone that sees them together would think they make the perfect pair. But just how perfectly matched are they? Gemini and Leo’s zodiac compatibility will tell you everything you need to know about this fun zodiac couple.
“A Gemini-Leo relationship can be defined as playful, exciting, and jovial,” astrologer Kristina Semos tells Bustle. “They’re an incredibly compatible match, as Gemini thrives on variety and Leo on creativity and pleasure. These two tend to have lots of overlap.”
In general, Fire and Air sign relationships tend to work well as air feeds fire. According to astrologer Leslie Hale, fiery Leo is all about “show and attention,” while the airy Gemini is happy to explore everything the lion has to offer. Leo can be as wild and creative as they want, and Gemini will encourage their partner to shine.
Although their elements are compatible, this couple can run into some challenges due to their opposing modalities, or way of expressing their energy. Gemini is a mutable sign, which means they’re constantly changing, while Leo is a fixed sign who typically hangs on to their ways and ideas. Naturally, these two may butt heads over Gemini’s need for variety and Leo’s stubbornness.
But, Gemini values personal freedom more than most, and won’t push Leo to be a certain way. According to Hale, “This will delight Leo, and these two can create a bond together by just being themselves.”
Gemini & Leo’s Sexual Compatibility
In bed, Gemini and Leo are a highly compatible pair. According to Semos, Leo likes a mix of luxury, playfulness, and passion. They’re also creative and have no problem taking control. Gemini, on the other hand, is pretty much open to anything. They enjoy variety, and would gladly try anything at least once. With these two, the possibilities are endless. Their physical intimacy will be fun, energetic, experimental, and lighthearted.
And things will only get better as time goes on. “Leo can help Gemini bring out new feelings and experiences, and will never lack at finding new ways to spice up their love life,” Hale says. Leo will also appreciate Gemini’s ability to bring freshness and a sense of adventure to their sexual experiences together.
Gemini & Leo’s Emotional Compatibility
Emotionally, Gemini and Leo can balance each other nicely. According to Semos, Leos are warm, generous, and love being the center of their partner’s universe, like the Sun that rules their sign. Geminis, on the other hand, are intellectual Air signs that crave dynamic conversations, witty banter, and companionship.
“Even if Gemini doesn't express their feelings quite as passionately as Leo (or has lots of nervous energy floating around), they will appreciate being in this duo and having Leo as their emotional rock,” Semos says.
If Leo can patiently wait for their Gemini partner to fully open up and recognize that they’ve fallen in love, these two can form a real lasting connection. Once trust is fully established, Gemini will have no problem communicating their adoration for their partner, and Leo will be touched at Gemini’s sincerity.
Gemini & Leo’s Intellectual Compatibility
Mercury-ruled Gemini loves learning. As the fifth sign in the zodiac, Leo rules the house of the performing arts, creativity, love, romance, pleasure, and all things related to children. These two will constantly teach each other.
This pairing works especially well because of their playful natures and Gemini’s never-ending curiosity. “These two will play, these two will laugh, and Gemini will always take an interest in whatever creative project Leo is up to,” Semos says.
Potential Problems In A Gemini-Leo Relationship
Both Gemini and Leo value independence, but have a tendency to focus on themselves. According to Hale, neither partner is particularly great at listening closely to what the other has to say.
“This can turn into a problem if Leo feels that Gemini is not paying enough attention, and if Gemini doesn’t feel like Leo appreciates their rationality, intellect and ability to always seek new information and experiences,” Hale says. “Both signs need to focus on the other’s needs, rather than their own if this is to be a successful relationship.”
It’s also no secret that Leo loves being the center of attention. According to Semos, Gemini’s flirtatious nature can upset the regal lion who “demands undivided attention and adoration from their partner.”
Despite these possible challenges, Gemini and Leo are a great zodiac match. These two complement each other well, and their differences can be worked out with some communication. These two have what it takes to make a relationship last.
Kristina Semos, astrologer and owner of AstroOils
Leslie Hale, an astrologer with Keen.com
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As if life wasn't confusing enough, imagine the life of a zodiac cusp - someone who is born three to four days before or after the signs transition. Sound confusing? Tell me about it. Being on the cusp of two zodiac signs would be classified as any of the following: Capricorn-Aquarius, Aquarius-Pisces, Pisces-Aries, Aries-Taurus, Taurus-Gemini, Gemini-Cancer, Cancer-Leo, Leo-Virgo, Virgo-Libra, Libra-Scorpio, Scorpio-Sagittarius, and Sagittarius-Capricorn. People who identify as cusp may see themselves as being unique within their sun sign.
While having the best of both worlds is often celebrated, try being on the cusp of two zodiac signs that uphold separate characteristics and personality traits. My life as a Capricorn-Aquarius cusp includes the urge to live a responsible yet spontaneous life! Perplexing much? If you're on the cusp like me, or just find yourself constantly identifying with more than one sign, keep reading for 9 reasons why it isn't always ideal (and for some ways to overcome all of that!).
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