There is a lot written about the cusp online and in books but much of it is written in such a complicated manner its as though you need some kind of astro degree to understand it. I always endeavour to write in a way that everyone can understand, as astrology affects us all not just those who choose to study it and learn extra long words.
Many people write to me to tell me that they don’t think their characteristics match that of their given Sun sign and ask why this is. Just looking at a person’s Sun sign is never going to give you the full picture as their is so much more going on in someone’s birth chart. However, a lot of the time when you explain that they were born ‘on the cusp’ everything becomes clearer.
Being born on the cusp just means that you came into the world on the day the given sign changes or is about to change. For example, if you were born on the 23rd September you may be brought up to believe you are a Libra, but you could also share some of the traits of a Virgo as the sign of Virgo ends on the 22nd - 23rd September, depending on the year. In fact I believe that this can last up to 3-4 days after the sign has changed. So for instance if you were born at the very beginning of Libra you may feel that reading up about Virgo describes you very well, indeed many people who are born on the cusp find it a comfort to read up on both signs and feel that this gives them a greater insight into their character traits. This also works if you were born when one sign is coming to an end. So say you were born on the 20th or even the 18th or 19th you may feel that you have some of the watery traits of Cancer.
This can become altogether stronger when you have the same sign in your birth chart. If you are a Cancer but within your birth chart you find that there is a heavy Water sign influence it will mean that you just might be somewhat less chatty and more creative than a true Gemini. I’ve heard so many people try to tell me that astrology is tosh based on the ‘on the cusp’ scenario and then once explained they really don’t know what to say. So many people don’t believe or disagree with astrology because they do not fit their sun sign description which half the time they have read in the news paper, when really they are simply reading the wrong sign!
So if you are one of the many many people who just don’t feel they fit into their sign simply check out the sign before or after depending on when you’re born. I have listed the signs below. Please remember that these dates are approximate and can change depending on the year.
Aries: March 21st to April 19th
Taurus: April 20th to May 20th
Gemini: May 21st to June 20th
Cancer: June 21st to July 22nd
Leo: July 23rd to August 22nd
Virgo: August 23rd to September 22nd
Libra: September 23rd to October 22nd
Scorpio: October 23rd to November 21st
Sagittarius: November 22nd to December 21st
Capricorn: December 22nd to January 19th
Aquarius: January 20th to February 18th
Pisces: February 19th to March 20th