What Does Cusp Mean In Astrology

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The definition of a cusp sign is a birthday that falls on the time when the sun leaves one sign and enters another. If you were born on the cusp, you may technically be a Cancer, but you feel like a Leo. What does that mean? Even if it looks like you fall almost entirely in the house of Scorpio, you need to look at the beginning to see exactly where it starts. If there is a little cusp in Libra, then you have a Libra 7th House, instead.

  • Sagittarius Capricorn cusp compatibility. Attractions: Like all other cusps, the Sagittarius/Capricorn is attracted to other cusps, especially Taurus/Gemini(May 17-23) and Leo/Virgo(August 19-25) Capricorn Sagittarius Cusp. People belonging to Sagittarius Capricorn cusp are born on or between December 19 and December 24.
  • A cusp sign is someone who is born toward the end of a zodiac sign—you know, 'on the cusp' between your Sun sign and the one that follows it—and it can leave you feeling slightly unheard when.
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If you're into astrology, you've probably heard of the notion of being born on the 'cusp,' which usually refers to having a birthday that teeters on the edge of two sun signs' date ranges. But what does it mean if you're born on the cusp of two zodiac signs? Some people who were born around the first or last day of a zodiac sign's season claim they feel like a blend of both signs — but is that really possible?

Well, here's the final say when it comes to cusp signs in astrology: They don't exist. 'Cusp signs' are a popular astrological myth. A planet can only be in one place in the zodiac at a time, meaning you can only have one sun sign — because the sun can't be in two places at once. Sorry to burst any cusp-claimers' bubbles! However, if you are born on a so-called cusp of two zodiac signs, there are definitely some things to keep in mind — as this placement could make things a little bit complicated.

Born On A 'Cusp'? Check Your Birth Time

When people talk about their zodiac sign, they're usually referring to their sun sign in astrology. But the annual zodiac calendar isn't as cut and dry as a regular calendar (even though it may seem that way when you're reading your horoscope). While horoscopes usually provide clear-cut date ranges for each sign's birthday season, it's not always 100 percent accurate. That's because the sun moves into a new zodiac sign approximately every 30 days, and its movement doesn't align perfectly to the 24-hour clock, either. This means that sun signs don't just change when the clock strikes midnight on a certain date, like a calendar — the exact day and time that zodiac sign's season begins varies slightly from year to year.

For example, I was born in the morning on what's generally thought of as the last day of Libra season, but had I been born just about 12 hours later — in the evening of the very same date — I'd actually be a Scorpio (because the sun moved from Libra to Scorpio at 9:44 p.m. PT on the day I was born). This means that some people who share my exact birth date — same date, same year — are actually Scorpios and not Libras. Trippy, right? However, if a baby was born on my birthday in 2019, they'd be a Libra no matter what their birth time was — since the sun moved into Scorpio around 10 a.m. PT on October 23 last year.

If you more evidence to prove the importance of a birth time, you can also look to Lana Del Rey as an example. As a summer solstice baby born on the day the sun moved from Gemini to Cancer in 1985, Lana's true sun sign was the subject of speculation by both astrologers and LDR stans for years. For a while, she was believed to be a Gemini (based on a now-deleted Instagram comment posted from her account, pictured in the Tweet below). But in June 2019, Lana officially confirmed on Twitter what we've all been dying to know: She's a Cancer.

That said, if you're born on or close to the date of a sun sign change, you'll want to check your astrological birth chart based on your exact birth date and time to make sure you're really the zodiac sign you think you are — because I don't mean to shake the foundations of your entire horoscope-readin' career, but it might not be what you thought. This appears to be what happened to Lana Del Rey sometime between 2013 and 2019 (based on the Tweet above, anyway), but I also personally know several self-proclaimed 'cusp babies' who only discovered their true sun sign deep into their twenties, after having someone read their birth chart.

But What If I Feel Like I Have Two Zodiac Signs?

Now you know that cusp signs aren't real, and you simply can't be half one sun sign and half another. But if you're born on the day before or after a sun sign change and feel strongly that you do have personality traits from both signs, there might be reason for it — and it's not because you're a 'cusper.' Because you have a whole astrological birth chart to explore, it's likely you have other significant points or planets in your neighboring zodiac sign, and that can add an influence into your personality. A professional astrologer can help you figure this out — or alternatively, you can look up your birth chart online, or simply check the exact times/dates for each sun season in your birth year.


Critical Degrees & What They Mean

Even though there are no such thing as 'cusp signs,' being born within an extremely close proximity to a sun sign change can be significant — although it has nothing to do with a cusp. What it does have to do with is the degree of the zodiac that the sun was at during your exact time of birth. In astrology, each zodiac sign has 30 degrees (0 through 29), and as the sun travels through the sign, it moves from degree to degree. If you're born within the very first or last day of a zodiac sign, your sun is likely at either 29 or 0 degrees of your sign. These two points are known as critical degrees in astrology and they can affect how your zodiac sign is expressed.

'The 29th and 0 degree are known to be sensitive degrees in astrology,' astrologer Lisa Stardust tells Bustle. '0 degree of a cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) marks the seasonal shift (equinox and solstice). It marks immediate change [and] action. You can be extra sensitive and intuitive if your Sun is in a cardinal sign at a critical degree.' This degree is significant for the rest of the zodiac signs, too: 'Any sign at 0 degrees increases the qualities and characteristics of the sign,' Stardust says. 'The closer to 0, the more you exemplify the sign.' So if you're born within approximately the first 24-hour period after the sun moves into a new sign, you're more likely to purely embody the qualities of that sign in an unadulterated, unfiltered way (which, interestingly, is quite a contrast to the false notion that being born on a so-called cusp will give you traits from both signs!).

If you're born during the very last day of a sign's season, your sun is likely at 29 degrees. 'The 29th degree, also known as the anaretic degree, sparks the need to take time in decision making, as it points to rampant indecisiveness,' Stardust says. 'There’s a rush here to move on to the next sign, which is why it’s important to hold back.' Because the energy of the 29th degree is so close to tipping into the next sign, it can give people's personalities a sense of hastiness and anticipation — which can be high-energy and exciting, but may also require some tempering and self-discipline in order to make sense of. 'If you are born between 29 and 0 [degrees], you may experience major difficulties in understanding yourself because you are always running forward and not standing still,' explains Stardust. 'There’s a spontaneity and impulsiveness that other degrees don’t feel — and sometimes a lack of self-control (depending on the sign).'


Being born on the 'cusp' of two sun signs can be complicated — it can make it a little extra challenging to know your true sign, and also likely means you're born at a critical degree that can certainly influence your personality. But what it doesn't mean is that you have two zodiac signs — so let's put that myth to rest once and for all. Now, go triple-check your birth time like Lana Del Rey and get to reading your birth chart!

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Diving deeper into the realm of your astrological birth chart can produce all kinds of exciting perspectives and revelations about different aspects of your life. And once you dive in, you'll find that it's not just the planets in astrology that influence things in a meaningful way — there are also some really important points in an astrological chart that represent significant pieces of your cosmic puzzle, too. One of these points is referred to as the imum coeli in astrology (often abbreviated as IC), which is Latin for 'bottom of the sky.' This angle is also known as the 'midnight point,' as it's tucked away at the very bottom of your birth chart. The meaning of the IC in astrology focuses on our private lives, personal foundations, and roots, and it can tell us lots about our inner world.

The IC on the birth chart is placed exactly opposite to your Midheaven sign. The Midheaven point is located at the very top of your birth chart, on the cusp of the tenth house of public affairs, and it illustrates the most powerful contributions you'll make to the world through your career and public image. Conversely, the IC is located on the cusp of the fourth house of your birth chart, which represents your home, family, and foundation. Unlike the public-facing, legacy-building energy of the Midheaven, the IC speaks to the inward-focused energy of our private lives, as well the roots and foundations of who we are — including our past memories, our childhoods, and our family lives.

If you know a bit about the what the planets represent astrologically, you'll notice that the I.C. shares a bit of thematic overlap with the meaning of the moon in astrology, too. That's because the fourth house is naturally associated with the sign of Cancer, which is the one zodiac sign ruled by the moon. Of course, that doesn't mean your IC falls into the sign of Cancer, or that it's anywhere near the moon in your birth chart. If you want more insight into how the IC manifests in your life, check the zodiac sign that the fourth house cusp falls into, which is located at the very base of the chart. That zodiac sign's energy will flavor your IC and speak to the foundations of who you are, as well as your relationship to your home, family, and private side.

Here's the scoop on what the IC represents in astrology and how you can make more sense of yours.

It's The Foundation Of Who You Are

It's no coincidence that the IC is placed at the very bottom of your birth chart. This is because it represents your roots and personal foundations — the lessons you learned, patterns you created, and early life experiences that shaped who you are today. 'The IC represents your personal views and emotions,' astrologer Lisa Stardust tells Bustle. It speaks to the pieces of your soul and psychology upon which your identity was built — the pieces that come together to make up who you are at your very core, on an unconscious level. While the outside world may not always see these more subterranean parts of you, they can still drive your emotions, views, and other aspects of who you are. Understanding your IC sign can help you get in touch with those things.


The IC Tells You How To Feel Comfy & Cozy

Want to ground yourself and make yourself feel at home, wherever you are? Let your hair down, carve out some space for privacy, and lean into the energy of your IC sign — then watch yourself relax. The IC represents our inner world and the foundations on which we build our public-facing identities and goals, so it's an important place in our chart to manifest a feeling of safety and security, emotionally and otherwise. Let your IC sign lead the way when you're looking to fully relax and be yourself, without worrying about anyone else seeing or judging you.

The IC Gives Insight Into Your Family Life & Childhood

The fourth house is all about our home, family life, and even our childhoods, so the IC represents the way these elements of our lives are felt and expressed. 'It is our home and relationship with our family, particularly the maternal,' Stardust says of the IC's meaning. This point can shed light on the dynamics within our family lives growing up, as well as the families we've created for ourselves in adulthood. Some astrologers believe the IC qualities get activated when we take on a maternal role for someone else in our lives, too. Obviously we're able to outgrow things, evolve ourselves, and break free from patterns created by our early life circumstances, but the growth that comes with learning lessons through formative experience is what your IC is all about. You need a solid foundation under your feet in order to launch yourself off the ground, after all.

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It's The Most Private Part Of Your Birth Chart

'The IC is the part of the chart that we hold private, don’t share with anyone, and hold dear,' says Stardust. Because it's also known as the 'midnight point' of your chart, you may associate it with sleep — which sounds relaxing, cozy, and comfortable. And the IC can certainly be that! But sleep is also the time when our bodies go into full-restoration mode — and the IC reflects this side of the coin, too. Growth is necessary, but it's also full of awkward stages and growing pains that we'd probably rather experience in the privacy of our own home. The IC is the space in which we retreat to do our behind-the-scenes restorative work, and that's why we're less inclined to show it off to the world. It's our cuddly little cosmic safety zone.

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We Might Try To Hide Our IC From The World

Cusp Signs Love Compatibility

Given that the IC represents such personal, vulnerable, formative pieces of our soul, mind, and past, it's a really vulnerable aspect in our chart — and one of the most intimate and private, as mentioned above. That said, it's likely that the qualities of our IC zodiac sign align with personality traits that we're more private about. The qualities of the zodiac sign your IC falls into might be qualities that you tend to repress, find undesirable or too vulnerable to share, or that you simply don't strive toward — and that's totally OK. While you should look to your Midheaven sign (the direct opposite of the IC) to highlight your public-facing persona, don't forget the importance of the IC as your jumping off point. The traits of your IC sign are still very much a part of you, even if you keep them hidden from view. Don't be afraid to acknowledge them, even if you don't show them off.