If you were born around the time when the Sun moved from one zodiac sign to another, you might think of yourself a “cusp”—somebody who embodies the traits of both signs. But in fact, “cusp signs” are hotly debated in astrology. Here, Cosmo(s) Council astrologer Jake Register and the Astro Poets, Dorothea Lasky and Alex Dimitrov, weigh in:
Cusps Are Not a Thing
“Whenever anyone tells me they’re a cusp—aka born in a ‘gray area’ ‘between’ two signs, making them ‘a mix of both’—I send out some subtweets, bc no way. See, the way astrologers like me calculate birth charts is very mathematical. We study 360-degree maps of the sky at a specific time in a specific place. That’s how I know that Leo season started at 4:37 a.m. ET on July 22, 2020, which means anyone born before that minute (even at 4:36 a.m.) is a Cancer, not a Leo—and definitely not a hybrid. Look, it’s true that your birth chart is more than your Sun sign, and it’s just fine if, say, your Moon sign feels more like you. You’re still not a Canceleo, though, and you never will be.”
You’re obsessed with all things astro. Same. Join Cosmo Unlocked for ~exclusive~ astro content.
Cusps Are Totally a Thing
“Sorry, but cusps are real. Especially for astrologers like us, who use something called a karmic wheel to understand the zodiac. It represents the 12 signs and how they progress along their spiritual journeys. Translation: We think of the zodiac as more of a spectrum than a set of fixed categories. (Plus, we’re poets—we don’t believe anything is definite.) So it’s entirely possible for someone to straddle signs if they’re born minutes, hours, or even days around the official switch. Need more proof? People born during these times tend to have world-changing energy. You only need to look at Aquarius/Pisces cusp Rihanna to see what we mean. We’ll rest our case now, thanks.”
Hey there! This story originally appeared in the April 2021 issue of Cosmopolitan. So if you like what you see (wink), subscribe here!
You Might Also Like