Astrological Cusps - A Line, Not a Section
If you’ve dabbled in Astrology, or looked into your Zodiac Sign, you’ve probably come across the term “Cusp.” What is it?
A Cusp is the part of a cycle where one section ends, and another begins. The image above illustrates the cusp between Aries and Taurus, wherein the line in the center is the Cusp between the two Signs. It is an invisible line, or division, between the two Signs.
Some Astrologers, websites, and Bloggers give credit to what is called “Cusp Signs”, or a blend of two of the Zodiac Signs. As if the Sun was in a separate section denoted for such an area. This is not the case.
To be fair, the Solar Disk is half of a degree in diameter, which means it is possible for it to be in two signs at once - if it were at, say, 29.40 degrees through Aries, it would also be 0.10 in Taurus.
However, most Astrologers and Astronomer consider the Sun’s center as what is relevant, and the Sun’s Center can only fall on one side or the other of a Cusp Line.
Therefore, you can not have two signs - you can only have one. Even if you were born close to the Cusp line, you’re still one one side of it, or the other.
The Astrological dates are relative - this means they vary from year to year. One year, the Sun can move into Aries at noon on March 20th, and another year it’ll still be in Pisces until the evening of March 21st.
This “wiggle” room, is why the “Cusp Signs” are often given a span of a few days.
However, with the advances of technology and the wide capabilities of the internet, it’s possible, easy, and free to attain a Natal Chart report, which shows you what your Sun Sign is in, down to the degrees.
Some people often feel as though they have the traits of both signs and that’s fine and well, but there are many more factors that may explain why that is. In the Natal Chart, there’s the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Ascendant, Imum Coeli, Descendant, Midheaven, the other Houses, North and South Nodes, Lilith, Juno, Eros, Vesta, Pallas, Ceres, Chiron, Psyche, and so much more that all depict what traits may be felt and which will be expressed.
There’s also your personal upbringing, family life, age, personal history, mental and physical health, life circumstances, and many other variables that effect how you’ve grown and developed.
Regardless - the Cusps in Astrology are a Line, not a Section. The Sun can fall on one side or another, but not both.
"I Was Born On A Cusp!"I have two Astrology signs! Please don’t utter these words. It’s enough to make your Astrologer weep.Your Sun is located in one sign, and one sign only. There is no such thing as being born on a cusp. A Sun sign can be located in a book of planetary tables called an Ephemeris. Cusps do exist. But they have nothing to do with your birthday or Sun sign. They are the divisions between the twelve houses of the zodiac. Imaginary points on a line. That’s all. Honest.
Loads of peeps like to say that they’re xyz sign but”born on the cusp”. ie; the last or first day of their Sun sign.
It does not actually mean a thing – you one sign or the other. The Sun was either in – say – Libra or it was in Scorpio.
However, i can see why there is confusion.
Take, for example, the actor Ryan Reynolds, whose birthday it is today. (Betcha thought this as another inspirationalSelf-Actualizing post didn’t you)
We don’t know his time of birth and as today is when the Sun changes from Libra to Scorpio – he could be either. Aphrodite knows he’s beautiful enough to be a Libran but there’s a Scorpio glint in his eye and his film choices of late have been, well, edge…no?
So no to cusps but in the case of peeps who don’t know or do not publicise their birthtimes, there is room for confusion.
And the Sun does not change signs on the same day each year. This year, for example, the Sun will be in Scorpio (Sydney time) at 23.36 but in other years it has been at various times of this day, October 22 and October 23.
If Ryan R was born early AM, he’s a Libran…Later – likely a Scorpio.
And, if you are born at a super-late degree of a sign, your Sun very quickly progresses into the next sign anyway. So he’s had a progressed Sun in Scorpio until just recently, when it would have progressed into Saggo.
People who crap on about cusps are just being bimbonic. I know because i was so embarassed about my Pisces Sun for years that i’d always stress how i was “on the cusp” of Aries. Because i thought Aries were cooler. It’s a bit trag. Like being definitely in one particular suburb but insisting that your street is actually in the more salubrious one next to you.
And yes, Ryan is not only a genius and a Libra or a Scorp; he also obviously works out well, hard and often.
In astrology, the word “cusp” refers to a point that either separates two consecutive signs from each other in the zodiac or two consecutive houses in the horoscope. In other words, the cusp defines where one Sun Sign ends and the next one begins.
When most people hear the expression born on the cusp, they interpret it to mean that the person embodies characteristics from both Sun signs. In other words, the individual is betwixt and between and can’t really lay claim to either sign. Sounds like quite an identity crisis, but is it true? Is there really such a thing as a cusp personality?
In a word: No.
Think about it. If there was in fact such a thing as blended cusp energies, then it would have to be true for every planet.
Seriously, when was the last time you heard of an astrologer saying, “Well, if you were born on a day when the Moon (or Mercury or any other member of the planetary gang) changed signs from Virgo to Libra, emotionally speaking, you’re a blend of Virgo and Libra traits.”
Never, that’s when.
Cusp astrology is junk astrology.
You see, while cusp individuals may in fact express characteristics of the two Sun signs, it is not because they were born on the cusp. Rather, it is because some of their “personal” planets (e.g., Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars) or their Ascendant are in their Sun’s neighboring sign.
Make no mistake about it: If you were born on the cusp of two signs, you are either 29 degrees of one Sun sign or 0 degrees of the next one. So if your Sun sign really is just “one sign or the other,” then which sign are you if you were born on the cusp?
Well, that depends on the exact day and year you were born because the dates of the cusps that separate the Sun signs aren’t always consistent. For example, one year a Sun sign might begin on the 21st of the month but in the next year it may begin on the 22nd.
This inconsistency is caused by the fact that although it takes the Sun 365 days, 4 hours, 35 minutes and 12 seconds to make a complete rotation through all 12 of the zodiac signs, we use a 365-day calendar to measure to our years. Consequently, every four years we correct this variance with a leap year.
For those of you who are born near a cusp date, you need to check the position of the Sun on the day and year you were in order to determine whether your Sun 29 degrees of one sign or 0 degrees of the other.
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.