Cusp Astrology: What Are Cusps?
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What is a cusp in astrology?
So, what does “cusp” mean, you ask?
Well, it comes from the Latin word “cuspis,” which means point or spearhead.
In astrology, a cusp refers to the point where two zodiac signs or astrological houses meet.
It’s like blending energies, making it an exciting and unique spot in your birth chart.
Now, let’s talk about the cusp in zodiac signs versus astrological houses.
When someone is born on a cusp, it means they were born during the transition between two zodiac signs.
On the other hand, when someone has a cusp in their astrological houses, it means the cusp falls on the line between two houses in their birth chart [you know, those little pizza slices that make up your chart].
So, why should you care about cusp energy?
Well, it can add some serious spice to your astrological profile!
Those born on a cusp might experience a blending of traits from both signs/houses, giving them a unique perspective and a bit of a challenge [hey, life’s not supposed to be easy, right?].
Plus, having a cusp can make you a bit of an enigma [ooh, mysterious!]
and keep your friends guessing about your true astrological identity.
The Cusp in Zodiac Signs
First things first, what is a cusp, you may ask?
Well, a cusp is the boundary between two zodiac signs.
It’s like a transition zone where the Sun shifts from one sign to another.
So, if you were born during that transitional period, then congrats, you’re a cusp baby!
To determine if you were born on a cusp, you gotta check if your birthday falls within the days bordering the Sun’s transition into a new sign.
And typically, you’re considered “on the cusp” if you were born about three days before or after the change in signs.
For example, let’s take the Aquarius-Pisces cusp.
This cusp falls between February 19 to February 23.
So, if you were born on February 20, you’re right, smack on the cusp!
You may have qualities of both signs, and you’re a rare breed of a hybrid zodiac baby.
Now, some astrologers don’t believe in working with cusps in their charts out side of houses. Others look more towards the blending of traits.
It’s all up to interpretation, really.
But if you feel like you relate to the characteristics of two different signs, then you might just be on the cusp.
The Cusp Debate Between Astrologers
There is debate among astrologers as to whether or not people share parts of two different signs if they are born between signs.
Many astrologers feel that people cannot have more than one sign ruling over them.
They would say for example, a Scorpio that has some Sagittarius traits may have just developed them over time in her life rather than having been influenced by the Sagittarius sign next to them.
Most hold, however, that it is a very legitimate influence on sign and that its effects can be seen on the people it applies to.
The Cusp and Astrological Houses
This term refers to the point in the sky where one astrological house ends and the next one begins.This is where things get interesting because the cusp represents a blend of the energies of the two houses it straddles.
For example, if your sun sign is in the 11th house, which represents friendships and social networks, but it’s on the cusp of the 12th house, which represents spirituality and hidden truths, you might have a deep spiritual connection with your close friends or be involved in a secret society.
[Hmm, secret society, you say? Sounds intriguing!]
Now, let’s talk about the degree of the Ecliptic that marks the beginning of each house.
The Ecliptic is the apparent path of the sun across the sky, and it’s divided into 12 equal parts to mark the beginning of each astrological house.
The degree that marks the beginning of a house is like the anchor point that sets the tone for the energy of that house.
For example, if the beginning of your 7th house, which represents partnerships and marriage, is at 15 degrees of Libra, you might attract partners who are balanced and fair-minded.
[Who doesn’t want a partner like that?]
That is the difference between House cusps and the main one we are talking about in this article.