Were you born on the Cusp? Do you know which of the Signs of the Zodiac is your true Sun sign?
Your true Sun sign depends not just on which date you were born, but for those of us born at a time of the month when the sun moves from one Zodiac Sign to another, it is also crucial to know the exact time we were born.
For example, my birthday is May 21st. In some years the sun is in Taurus on that date and in others it is in Gemini. However, because I know my time of birth, I am certain I am a Gemini, as the sun moved into Gemini two and a half hours before I was born. Had I been born on the same date and time, but five years later, I would have been a Taurus, because the sun did not move into Gemini until two and a half hours after I was born.
You will have noticed that different astrologers in different publications tend to give slightly different dates for when each of the zodiac signs start and finish. This is because the actual times and dates can vary from year to year.
These change-over dates and times are the reson why, if you were born on the Cusp, it is important to know exactly which star sign you are if you are reading your horoscope in newspapers or magazines – they always give a date range for each star sign but for some of us it will be wrong.
If you were born close to a ‘cusp’ and would like to know exactly what Zodiac sign you should be, than please use the links below, which will take you to a table which will confirm your star sign.
You will need to know your exact time of birth but PLEASE NOTE the times given in the Cusp Sign tables are Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Therefore, if you were born outside the UK time zone, you will need to convert your birth time of your location to GMT.
And there’s something else, which is crucial. If, once you convert your Birth Time to GMT and it takes you to within one hour earlier or later than your time of birth, you will need to check whether British Summer Time (BST) was in force on the day you were born. The UK puts its clock back by one hour on the last Sunday of October and forward by one hour on the last Sunday in March.
However, just to confuse the situation even further, in the UK in 1968, the Government embarked upon on a three year experiment. The clocks went forward as usual in March 1968, but in the following October, they did not return to Greenwich Mean Time. This was called called British Standard Time, and stayed one hour ahead of Greenwich Meantime until 1971, when the experiment ended and the UK reverted to GMT in the winter and British Summer Time (GMT + 1) between the end of March and the end of October.
Therefore, if you were born between March 1968 and October 1971, be extra careful when converting your local time to GMT.
Likewise, if you were born during the Second World War, Britain used Double British Summer Time. The clocks were one hour ahead of GMT in winter and two hours ahead in summer.
Why is it important to know your exact Sun Sign?
Your Sun sign represents the sign of the zodiac that the Sun was in at the precise time of your birth. Ruling ego and willpower, the Sun determines exactly who you are, what makes you “tick”, your potential and what is unique about you. As the Sun is the core of our Universe, so it is the core of our individual beings.
All of your personality and the life you lead is underpinned by your Sun sign. It forms the foundation of who you are, how you interact with others and how others regard you and are influenced by you.
However, if you are born on the cusp of two Sun signs, you will take on a combination of characteristics of both signs. From my own personal experience some of my Gemini characteristics are balanced out by the influence of Taurus – for example: as a Gemini I like to be free and independent, which means as a parent I can feel tied down by babies until they themselves start to get more independent. This is balanced out by the maternal nature I have that comes from my Taurus side.
So let’s take a look at the Cusp Signs and the characteristics you can expect to find in individuals born “on the cusp”.
Aries and Taurus
Those born on the Cusp of Aries and Taurus are certainly a force to be reckoned with. They are natural leaders, taking charge in the home and at work due to the successful combination of energy from both signs. Aries is compulsive and has an energy, which drives them forward, but they can become bored with a project before it is finished.
This is tempered by the more practical side of Taurus, who will take care of the fine details and is more likely to see it through. When it comes to achieving their goals, this is one of the strongest combination of starsigns because they can be so darn persistent.
But this energy can come with negative consequences. Aries and Taurus combined can be forceful and this can result in them being too driven and opinionated. OK, so they probably know they are right, but the Aries/Taurus can be very blunt and they need to make allowances for others’ views and feelings.
Those born on the cusp of Aries and Taurus cusp have the potential for great satisfaction in life, thanks great action Aries brings to the mix and the great will of Taurus.
Taurus and Gemini
The combination of Taurus and Gemini results in a youthful go-getter, who is physically strong, clever and communicative. They have tremendous imagination and are very expressive.
This makes them very adaptable, with an ability to get along with others from all walks of life and in many different situations. However, they can run out of steam. They want to be able to “do it all” and this can lead to fatigue because they don’t want to miss out on all the fun and sometimes they just don’t know when to stop.
Taurus and Gemini are both such pleasure-loving signs, that they need to be careful of not overdoing food and drink. They also need to try to be more sensitive to the feelings of others and if they would just learn to stop, take a step back and listen from time to time they would have the potential to be successful.
The negative qualities of each star sign are successfully balanced out by the positive qualities of the other. Taurus is literally bull-headed at times and this is tempered by Gemini’s ability to reason with people. Likewise, the flighty nature of Gemini is balanced out by Taurus’ ability to be persistent and dependable.
On the negative side, Taurus/Gemini can be too materialistic as they look for constant stimulation.
The combination of Taurus and Gemini results in individuals who remain youthful and lighthearted throughout their lives. They are charming and friendly and make natural leaders. They usually have many friends and contacts in all walks of life. They tend to be very successful in what they choose to do.
Gemini and Cancer
When flirty, social butterfly Gemini combines with caring, sensitive and traditional Cancer it results in something special, which will inspire other people. Caring and devoted, those born on the Gemini-Cancer cusp bring to their world a lighthearted kindness. They are also very expressive and have great imagination. They love to learn and will also generously share what they’ve learned with others.
They can be super-emotional, so they prefer to live their lives surrounded by family and friends and if they have no-one to devote themselves to, this can lead to depression and self-destructive behaviour. But because they are so friendly and gregarious it is rare to find a Gemini/Cancer alone for long.
The energy of Gemini may seem at odds with slower Cancer, but it actually results in someone who, while they can be moody at times, is generally bright and airy and also capable of deep emotional attachments.
Protective of those they love, Gemini/Cancers won’t stand by when they are threatened. They often have many friends and acquaintances and what you see is what you get – their emotional honesty is amongst the strongest in the Zodiac.
This starsign combination results in individuals who have close family ties with their siblings. They are lovers of people and their varied interests and pursuits make them interesting to converse with. Their strong interest in food and their willingness to always try something new makes them excellent cooks.
One of their strongest attributes is their ability to understand the difficulties of others and what they need to do to work through it. Totally affectionate, the Gemini/Cancer combination makes them among the most caring characters of the Zodiac.
Cancer and Leo
If you are a Cancer and Leo, you may sometimes find it hard to live with the inner turmoil created by the conflicting characteristics of these signs. Cancer is gentle and sensitive, while Leo is one of the dramatic signs of the Zodiac. There will be a lot of ups and downs to cope with.
The opposing elements of Fire and Water can result in Cancer/Leos being shy one minute and then totally outgoing the next. This can lead to others thinking that whichever way you go, you are totally self-absorbed as you veer from ultra-sensitive to totally insensitive. So you have a constant battle to try to level out between the two.
On the plus side, this Zodiac combination makes for very creative people with a very caring nature. Both make great parents and traditional family life is very important to them.
They both have a natural ability to act and their love of the spotlight means that many Cancer and Leo combinations can be found on the stage and screen.
They also have a strong ability to see projects through to the finish. Leos are natural leaders and Cancerians are natural organisers – a winning combination, particularly as both tend to be popular.
Friendly, sociable, loyal, fun-loving and romantic, they live life with enthusiasm, which makes them a lot of friends.
Leo and Virgo
Like the combination of Cancer and Leo, Leo and Virgo can be another complicated combination. Leo is one of those larger than life characters, which, if you consider how reserved Virgo can be, is bound to lead to internal turmoil. The Element of Virgo is Earth and Leo is Fire. Will earth smother the fire or will the fire continue to burn despite it?
The result is that sometimes the Leo/Virgo will be full of beans and the next minute they will have reverted to not wanting to see anyone, while they do their own thing.
Leo has a huge need to create. Virgos combine their skills and talents together for the good of others. This results in a combination that has huge energy and ambition to be successful in whatever they choose to become involved in.
They have great business acumen because of their meticulous attention to detail combined with their ability to stick to a well thought out organised routine. They tend to be popular and even inspiring to others.
Although the Virgo side of their nature can make them want to keep their own company at times, Leo and Virgo cusps are friendly and sociable. They love to have fun and live life with enthusiasm, throwing themselves into whatever they choose to do.
The natural leadership of these people and their administrative prowess help ensure that their projects are successful. They are real “givers” and one of the most caring Zodiac sign combinations.
Virgo and Libra
Ruled by the planets of Mercury and Venus, this makes for a delightful Zodiac combination thanks to the influences of the planets representing communication and love.
Lovers of beauty in people, art and nature, this Zodiac combination does have a more serious side. They have brilliant analytical skills and have a strong work ethic, which grows even stronger with age. They have an excellent head for business because of their logical approach to problem solving, combined with their diligence and reliability.
But they have to be careful that the perfectionist nature of their Virgo side, does not take over too much and because their highly balanced nature means they can always see every side of a dilemma, it can make it difficult for them to make decisions.
When Virgoan/Librans set goals for themselves, they have a dogged determined to succeed in reaching those goals. Because they tend to want to improve the lives of others, rather than constantly looking inwardly at themselves, the Virgoan association with health will often influence this combination to seek a career in medicine.
Because of the influence of Venus, the Zodiac combination of Virgo and Libra are at their happiest when they’re in a relationship and they have a strong sense of loyalty. They rarely display anger but if their sense of fair play has been violated, they are not beyond using subtle means to get even.
Virgo/Libra has a wonderful ability to see all sides of a situation, making them one of the most just and fairest of the Zodiac combinations.
Libra and Scorpio
This starsign combination with the ruling planets of Venus (loving and balanced) and Pluto (obsessive and compulsive) may prove too hot for some people to be able to handle! This is one powerful combination of intelligence, drive, gorgeousness and sex appeal.
They have larger than life, dramatic personalities and are not afraid of voicing their opinions, which may lead to friction as they annoy the heck out of people who do not enjoy their directness.
Libra brings to the combination their great judgement and Scorpio is very precise, so they have to be careful of not being seen to want everything their own way. But the inner conflict comes when Libra’s thought and intellect is disturbed by Scorpio’s powerful and very deep emotions. Libra is ruled by the head and Scorpio is ruled by the heart.
However, both signs like to get to the bottom of things and discover the truth, so they are happy to look at things from every angle to achieve this. However, this combination can be stubborn. They will refuse to give up when others have lost interest in a project and they are determined to see it through and reach their goal
The Libra and Scorpio combination makes for a seductive and attractive individual who has a commanding presence and can be very intense. They are happy to be communicative and talkative and love social situations.
They may repress their emotions, so they can be misunderstood and a negative characteristic is that they can be sly or manipulative when trying to get their own way, without people realising.
Libra and Scorpio are both mystical signs that have great depth but if they are not careful their passionate natures could get them into trouble. You may also be surprised to hear that they can be lazy, despite enjoyiong challeging pursuits, particularly outdoors.
If these cusp signs can find a position where their opinions really count, like in teaching or some form of leadership, then they will do great.
Scorpio and Sagittarius
Full of strength and rebellious energy, this Cusp Combination is a dynamic mix thanks to Scorpio’s boldness, aggression and intensity and the adaptability of active Sagittarius. This combines to produce a rebellious, fearless individual that could be accused of running wild.
Rebelliousness need not be a bad thing though – these people are free-thinkers and willing to speak their minds. This can lead to conflicts with authority however, so self-employment may be a good career option and if it can be something that benefits human-kind, then so much the better.
Selfishness is a trait that needs working on and they need to try to be more in tune with others’ feelings and they can be impatient and pushy if something isn’t being done in the way they want. However, their natural generosity and sense of humour provides a balance to their more negative qualities.
Scorpio and Sagittarius people like to indulge in deep and focused learning. They are versatile and progressive, but at times they are unsure of their motivation. Their natural secretiveness can also hold them back.
Outgoing and friendly, the Scorpio/Sagittarius combination is deep and loyal, but can often be misunderstood, and others may see them as controlling or sarcastic. Broad-minded and enthusiastic, they sometimes need to engage their brain before they open their mouth, which can get them into trouble.
Scorpio and Sagittarians are both very mystical and scientific Star signs, giving them a special awareness of what is going on around them. They love to debate and their confidence may come across as being argumentative, while their directness can make them seem blunt – but they are just trying to get into the core of the discussion, not realising they may offend.
Natural comics, they are high-spirited and enthusiastic, often flirtatious, while being possessive in their own relationships and they tend to enjoy social life immensely. In their spare time they tend to participate in sports that will stretch their abilities.
The great strength of Scorpio/Sagittarius is how they are so determined to see things right through to the end. They will not succumb to boredom to stop them completing projects and they have total commitment in everything they do. Their great love of information and research makes them one of the most learned and knowledgeable characters of the Zodiac.
Sagittarius and Capricorn
Fast pacy Sagittarius combined with plodding Capricorn could cause conflicts, but they both have the imagination to create new ideas and the drive to make them a reality.
Those who share this Star sign combination are ambitious, determined, disciplined and committed to achieving their goals. They are also practical and realistic enough to not bite off more than they can chew. Sagittarius’ optimistic nature, combined with their fearlessness and bravery is a powerful mix with the hardworking, practical nature of Capricorn.
Sagittarius and Capricorn are the seekers of truth and the meaning of life – the Scholars of the Zodiac. Their views are not normally fixed and they can adapt as needed, but they can be stubborn and fixed if others try to impede them.
This Zodiac combination is often very successful in the workplace, many taking the role of business leaders. However, having said that, Sagittarius/Capricorns like to enjoy the freedom to do what they want when they want and they can be impulsive and independent.
They are also trustworthy and charming, adaptable to all situations, outgoing and friendly but they are also amongst the most responsible and traditional starsigns. Their willingness to work hard makes them one of the most successful Cusp combinations of the zodiac.
Capricorn and Aquarius
This cusp combination often struggles to balance the two very different charateristics of their combined star signs. They can be social, but reserved; independent while craving security; traditional, yet not traditional.
Things are never dull around Capricorn/Aquarius and they can be found leading unusual lives. They love to talk and socialise and are happy having all sorts of conversations about strange or unusual topics.
Friendship is a priority and they have many contacts, in addition to their close friends. Ambitious and disciplined, determined and dedicated to achieving their goals, they crave independence, and can sometimes seem aloof, which can lead to difficulties in close relationships. In business, they are practical, realistic and very careful not to get in over their heads.
Capricorn and Aquarius is another Zodiac combination that works extremely hard to bring their ideas to reality and will doggedly refuse to give up. And although they are peace-loving and friendly,and normally tolerant and broad-minded, they can be narrow-minded and overcritical of anyone who does not have their drive and ambition.
They are logical and self-confident, but this can also make them aloof from the people around them. This is one of the responsible and traditional Zodiac combinations and among the most innovative and hard working, their great strength is in their ability to set goals and their willingness to keep working until they achieve them because they have inexhaustible ambition and are not easily distracted from their goals.
Aquarius and Pisces
Spritual, compassionate, imaginitive, peace-loving, artistic and very friendly, this Cusp sign combines the quirky enery of the air sign Aquarius, with the dreamy Pisces to produce individuals who are very intuitive and receptive to the needs of others.
They are very intellectual at a high level, but fail miserably when it comes to practical details and following through. They can be so taken up with their thoughts and ideas that they will become forgetful, turn up late for appointments and lose things.
Although strongly spiritual, this Zodiac combination may not be religious. They are artistic and have ideals, but sometimes these are undefined and vague and not at all practical. They see reality as an intrusion, which can then make them pessimistic and lacking in mental energy, but they are willing to adapt and are broad-minded, so their ideals can change if necessary.
Aries/Pisces are logical and self-confident, but they can become aloof from people around them and may seem cold toward people who don’t share their attitude to life. They can also become frightened or withdrawn if their emotions are abused too many times and will hide their real selves.
Very sociable, they find that contact with others and excercise will relieve stress – team sports are best for them. In love Aquarius and Pisces can be flirty, caring and romantic.
The great strength of the Aquarius and Pisces combination is in their visionary nature and their compassion. They are adept in persuading others see things in a new light. Their ability to work around and even break the rules to help others reach their fullest potential makes them one of the most understanding Cusp signs of the zodiac.
Pisces and Aries
At first glance, you would be excused for wondering how this combination of Sun signs could possibly work, without causing massive internal conflict, but it does. Combine the dreamy mindset of Pisces, who is strongly intuitive, with the get up and go of Aries and you have someone who knows what they want and how to get it – now!
This Zodiac combination is dedicated, assertive and likes to get things going. As a result they are strong leaders. This is helped by the fact that they know how to push limits and take others along with them.
But they have to be careful they don’t rub people up the wrong way, with their impatience, directness and total conviction that they are always right. They need to work on their social skills, particularly developing more patience with others and not expecting everyone to keep up with their pace. They also need to keep their ego in check and understand that life is not just about what they want or think is right.
If a project takes time to complete there’s a danger that Pisces/Aries will become bored and lose interest before the project is completed. However, despite their natural impatience, they can be compassionate, sensitive and sympathetic to others and imaginative. They love new projects and their enthusiasm and the need for challenge will cause them to jump in immediately, looking to see if they can push beyond normal limitations.
Pisces/Aries are sometimes enigmatic, hiding their real selves. They are thoughtful and some are blessed with exceptional musical talent. In their leisure time, this Cusp sign will play as hard (and competitively) as they work at the office.
They enjoy venting their natural aggression and emotional stress in sports, both individual and team.
The greatest strength of the Pisces and Aries Zodiac Combination is in their compassion, energy, initiative and courage. Although they can be ego-centric, their natural sensitivity makes them one of the most understanding of the Cusp Signs.
To find out your true Sun Sign if you were born on the Cusp, see the links below.