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 reason 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, then 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.
To take a look at the Cusp Signs and the characteristics you can expect to find in individuals born “on the cusp”, follow the links in the table below to your Cusp Sign.
However, if you find it confusing to work out your time of birth in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), leave a comment and I will do it for you
|Aries and Taurus||Libra and Scorpio|
|Taurus and Gemini||Scorpio and Sagittarius|
|Gemini and Cancer||Sagittarius and Capricorn|
|Cancer and Leo||Capricorn and Aquarius|
|Leo and Virgo||Aquarius and Pisces|
|Virgo and Libra||Pisces and Aries|
To find out your true Sun Sign if you were born on the Cusp, follow the links in the table below.
If you find it all too confusing then go to this page and use the Free Birth Sign Calculator