I bet you know your Sun sign–your Zodiac sign–and the Sun sign of your lover, your parents, your bestie, etc. And when someone new angers or excites you, you might even try and guess their sign. Your Zodiac sign, also known as your “Sun sign” or your “Star sign” is a quick and easy Astrology moniker for the position of the Sun at the time of your birth. But this sign may not be true to your nature, and the associated horoscope may not be very accurate for you.
Haven’t you noticed how some folks are born in one sign yet emanate the attributes of the preceding or following Sign? It happens all the time. We are in a solar system in which all parts are moving; nothing is ever sitting still. This means the odds of being 100% of a given Sun sign are slim–you would have to know the exact time of your birth, and location of your birth, in order to determine if you were born at a particular zenith. Some people are born so close to that dividing line between Sun signs they delight us with their multiplicity.
What I am referring to today are those delightful beings who are born in that colorful misty zone of when one sign tapers into the next sign, and their attributes and characteristics are filled with the verisimilitude of neighboring signs. The Cusp. You’ve heard it time and time again, “I was born on the Cusp.” And someone born so close to the border between signs seldom fails to delight us or confuse us with their mix of traits. For example, someone born on August 20th is a Leo but they are also within a day or two, respectively, of being Virgo. So which are they? It is hard to say; sort of like asking is 11:50am still morning or is it noon? Okay. Then by that rationale if you are 39 years young, and you are filling out a personal ad, are you in your 30s or your 40s? You see. So we call it the Cusp. And since this blog is posting right on the Leo/Virgo cusp, let’s dig a little deeper into Leo/Virgo.
On the Leo side we see fire, the need to inspire, the hunger to create and light things up; a being who soars when they are the center of attention; a being who wants to win and who will never be complacent. Leos want to delight us and they want to be wanted. They are fiercely loyal and they spoil the ones they love. Some of the more dominantly Leo personalities of our time are Jennifer Lopez, Johnny Depp, Mick Jagger, Halle Berry, Madonna, Monica Lewinsky, Helen Mirren, Sandra Bullock, and last but not least, Barack Obama.
On the Virgo side we see beings who are practical, reliable, acute attention to detail, and the waters run oh-so deep. Virgos are not afraid to dive in, analyze, and then report back the new parameters of perfection. Some of the more famous Virgos of our time are Sophia Loren, Patsy Cline, Leonard Cohen, Sean Connery, Mother Theresa, Leo Tolstoy, Mary Shelley, and so forth (the sign of Virgo is teaming with writers, by the way).
So when a Leo is born close to the line between Leo and Virgo are they a Leo with Virgo traits and profluences (undercurrents)? Yep. Will a Virgo born close to the line between Leo and Virgo be a Virgo with Leo traits and profluences (undercurrents)? Yes! These Leo/Virgo and Virgo/Leo cusps often appear as the Obi Wan Kenobi type, the Yoda, the light-bearer who is insanely creative but prefers to use their godly faculties for uplifting humanity, creating a better world–e.g., Robert Redford, Robert Plant, Sean Penn, Amy Adams, Kirsten Wiig, Ray Bradbury, Bill Clinton, Kobe Bryant, HP Lovecraft, and so forth.
Okay, you say, great! But when is a sign on the cusp and not on the cusp? Am I on a cusp?
Western Astrology is based on two older Chaldean systems where each sign is divided into 10-degree arcs or periods called decanates or decans, with each sign having three decans. Each decan is equal to a 10-day period, respectively. I say respectively because, well, three decans for each sign equals 360 degrees and there are 365 days in a year–hence, some decans vary by a day or two from year to year. The cusp is when a Sun sign is in the last 5 degrees as it exits a sign, or the first 5 degrees as it enters a sign. This works out to be somewhere between the last 5 days of one Sun sign and the first 5 days of another Sun sign, e.g., August 16 we started the Leo/Virgo cusp. The Sun actually straddles both signs for a brief period. And if you were born on a cusp you know how it feels to be one sign and have the roaring traits and profluences of another sign.
The only way to really know your specific traits and influences is to have an accurate chart drawn up with the date, time and location of your birth. However, cusps generally fall on the following time ranges:
April 16 to April 26: Aries/Taurus
May 16 to May 26: Taurus/Gemini
June 16 to June 26: Gemini/Cancer
July 16 to July 26: Cancer/Leo
August 16 to August 26: Leo/Virgo
September 16 to September 26: Virgo/Libra
October 16 to October 26: Libra/Scorpio
November 16 to November 26: Scorpio/Sagittarius
December 16 to December 26: Sagittarius/Capricorn
January 16 to January 26: Capricorn/Aquarius
February 16 to February 26: Aquarius/Pisces
March 16 to March 26: Pisces/Aries
What does all this mean to you. The Sun sign generally influences your basic personality; it’s your ego, the self you present to the world that most people know. Being born on the cusp of two signs means you have influences from the two different Sun signs. How influential each sign may be depends on the actual time and place you were born. The closer you are to the moment of the transition, the more balanced the influence from the two different signs will be. The further you were born from the moment of transition, the more one sign will be dominant than the other.
Next month we will discuss cusps further as they apply to Virgo and Libra.
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