Cusp Birthdays: What Do They Mean?


What does it mean to be born on a cusp?

If you were born on or around the day the sun moved from one sign to another, astrology calls this being born on the “cusp”—or the borderline between signs. The sun moves from one sign into the next around the third week of every month—but the exact time and date varies slightly from year to year. Since most astrology books don’t have enough pages to include this information, they just list approximate dates. Naturally, this has caused some confusion. For example, a person born on August 23 may wonder, “Am I a Leo or a Virgo?” since they’ve probably seen themselves listed as both. Some astrologers believe that cuspers are a blend of both signs. Others insist you’re either one or the other.

Fortunately, the matter can be settled if you know your birth time. You can find out which sign you “officially” are by checking an ephemeris—which is an almanac charting the exact time that the sun (and all other planets) changed signs in your birth year.

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