You may have heard someone say they were born on an astrological cusp in reference to their Zodiac sign. What exactly does that mean? Each sun sign has a personality all its own: behaviors, patterns, potential aptitudes, and a generalized montage of what your life might be like because of the influence of the stars at the time of your birth.
The Twelve Cusps of the Zodiac
If you were born on a cusp, you are teetering between two signs, at the transition dates from one to another. There are about two or three days before and after each zodiac sign in which your birthday may rest. As one sign closes, the next starts opening but there is a space in between, filled with all the potential and possibilities of both the incoming and outgoing zodiac signs.
Take, for example, being born on April 18th. This is the Aries-Taurus Cusp – the Cusp of Power April 16-22). So you’re not completely like a typical Aries or a Taurus, but have attributes of both sprinkled into your character. How much or how little is somewhat theoretical. But the prevalent conjecture is that the closer you are to one sign, the more the sign energetically impacts daily life. Let’s take a look at each cusp and how the two neighboring signs dance together in harmony.
1. Aries-Taurus Cusp
Dates: April 16 – April 22
Nickname: Cusp of Power
As the nickname implies, this is one of the most robust cusp signs. Taurus is strong with well-tuned leadership skills. Aries offers bravery and an aptitude for facilitating nearly anything. If you were born on this cup, your potential is nothing short of magnificent. The only serious limitation you have is when other people who share your cusp around try and grab the spotlight.
2. Taurus-Gemini Cusp
Dates: May 17 – May 23
Nickname: Cusp of Energy
If you were born between these two dates, you are the embodiment of spirit and drive, making for a dynamic experience daily. You have the work ethic of a Taurus and the charisma of a Gemini. In the workplace, this can equate to recognition and upward movement. There is a strong focus in the Cusp of Energy on “doing it once, and doing it right.” After that? Well, you’re going to have some fun!!
3. Gemini-Cancer Cusp
Dates: June 17 – June 23
Nickname: Cusp of Magic
People born during the Cusp of Magic have a special spark about them. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you like it nonetheless. These individuals want people for whom they can show deep caring. In an intimate relationship, devotion is their middle name. If this is you, you make the best of partners and a light-hearted friend.
4. Cancer-Leo Cusp
Dates: July 19 – July 25
Nickname: Cusp of Oscillation
Back and forth, up and down. If you are a Cancer-Leo cusp-born person, your life can be somewhat dramatic. One day you’re happy as all get out, and the next you cry over a sappy commercial That’s because Leo is dramatic and over-the-top, while Cancer is perceptive and sensitive. As you mature, you find balance within yourself and ways of applying both signs to the greatest end.
5. Leo-Virgo Cusp
Dates: August 19 – August 25
Nickname: Cusp of Exposure
If you look in the dictionary under “grounded” don’t be surprised if you find the Cusp of Exposure there. You are down-to-earth, yet assertive. That means you can start something with a strong cornerstone and have the energy to see it through to the finish line. People born during the Leo-Virgo Cusp are some of the best leaders because they listen to those around them, and apply the best of those ideas.
6. Virgo-Libra Cusp
Dates: September 19 – September 25
Nickname: Cusp of Beauty
The energetic influences of the Virgo-Libra cusp make for someone hard to pin down. You don’t make decisions quickly and remain indecisive to the point of driving friends and family crazy. It’s unlikely you will settle down for a long-term relationship. Yet, you make a caring and thoughtful friend who often anticipates someone’s needs and wants.
7. Libra-Scorpio Cusp
Dates: October 19 – October 25
Nickname: Cusp of Drama
The beauty of this cusp matchup is that Scorpio helps your Libra side overcome indefinite hesitancy. Meanwhile, Libra’s charm overcomes a portion of Scorpio’s tendency toward pessimism. The dramatic air that surrounds you is curious to many. Friends know you are a black-and-white person for the most part. You are forthright and shoot straight from the hip. The caution here is hurting people who then turn away.
8. Scorpio-Sagittarius Cusp
Dates: November 18 – November 24
Nickname: Cusp of Revolution
Being born on the Cusp of Revolution makes you a mover and shaker. You’re intense, honest, curious, and smart. Wherever the action lies, you’re already on the road there. You have deeply held beliefs with what you consider solid foundations and ethics behind them. The Scorpio-Sagittarius Cusp brings a global way of seeing things, with connectedness. As a result, one of your gifts in life is showing people something new, different, or revealing.\
9. Sagittarius-Capricorn Cusp
Dates: December 18 – December 24
Nickname: Cusp of Prophecy
Being born during the Cusp of Prophesy has boons and banes. You are a visionary, and like many wise people, gurus, and sages, you’re not always understood. People like you because you are loyal and honestly caring. You can communicate in engaging ways. Even so, sometimes your words and ideas fly right over their heads. Be patient. Not everyone is on your wavelength. You can teach, especially in areas of spirituality, but take it slow. In relationships you are adventurous and independent, needing a partner who gives you space at the right moments.
10. Capricorn-Aquarius Cusp
Dates: January 16 – January 22
Nickname: Cusp of Mystery
Who doesn’t like a good mystery? People born during the Capricorn-Aquarius Cusp always seem like they have a secret, and they probably do. But they’re tight-lipped about it, particularly if it’s not their tale to tell. If you share this cusp, you’re very focused, sometimes too much so. If you’re engaged in an idea the entire world fades. Someone could be talking to you, and you miss most of the conversation. Thankfully, once you snap out of it, you provide great advice to friends and family, knowing how to see several sides to any question.
11. Aquarius-Pisces Cusp
Dates: February 15 – February 21
Nickname: Cusp of Sensitivity
You know people’s worries and feelings all too well. It weighs you down because you can’t always disconnect. Those born on the Cusp of Sensitivity are the empaths and psychics of the world, who are so accurate as to make some folks antsy. There is a temptation posed by the Aquarius-Pisces Cusp to go into hiding because all the energetic input can overwhelm you. That’s your self-preservation instinct, and it’s worth heeding so long as you to stay away forever. Eventually, you discover a “dimmer switch” so you can cope and use what you glean to really help people.
12. Pisces-Aries Cusp
Dates: March 17 – March 23
Nickname: Cusp of Rebirth
The Zodiac comes full circle, back to the starting point. Winter ends, Spring begins, and something is restless in your soul. You sniff the air, watch the grass, feel hopeful, and just know something wonderful is about to happen, not just in nature but also within YOU. While the Aries aspect of self would like to ride in where angels fear to tread without a second thought, Pisces tempers with forethought. Meanwhile, Aries won’t let the Pisces nature keep your imagination from running wild. People born during the Cusp of Rebirth make excellent facilitators for change.