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Born on the Cusp of a Sun Sign
If you were born on the cusp of a sign, it's important to know the cusp changes yearly,
sometimes by as much as a day.
Example: Someone born in the morning of July
22, 1952 is a Cancer, but another person born that night could be a Leo just as the Sun is going into the sign of Leo. So, if
you're a Leo but you see July 22 also listed for Cancer on the forecast, or anywhere else, read only your sign's forecast. You
are either a Cancer or a Leo, not both.
You can't be two signs by being a "cusper." :-) It does make a huge difference to know which sign you are in.
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From astrologer Marilyn Muir
Astrologically, "cusp" is a common word that is used for both signs and houses. A sign cusp is that point where the end of a sign gives way to the beginning of the next sign. A house cusp is the degree, sign and minute of the dividing line between houses at a specific earthly longitude and latitude. Let us take a moment to back up and understand some basics before we attempt to move forward.
There are no fences in space to create a clear demarcation (of space) dedicated to a sign, they just run into one another at a somewhat obscure meeting point. The constellations are of irregular length (longitude) but the corresponding signs are thought to have an average of 30 degrees each (who made up these conflicting rules?). I doubt if it could get much "spacier" than this but I can tell you from personal experience that the 12 sign zodiacal system does work.
So, each of the zodiac signs is 30 degrees long and just runs into the sign on either end because there are no fences or physical transition points in space that I know of. We number the celestial longitude distance in the sign 0 to 29, with 30 degrees becoming 0 of the next sign. But there is no physical division in space. Enter the word cusp. The transition between one sign and another is referred to as the cusp. The explanation for sign cusp is not complicated. A sign cusp is the transition point between one sign and its neighbor. Technically the accepted transition occurs between 29 degrees and 59 minutes of any sign and 00 degrees and 00 minutes of the following and adjacent sign. This is true of either end of a sign, the beginning or the end. 00:00 is the beginning and 29:59 is the end of any sign.
It is the planets that are read as being in a sign, which is a simple explanation for the appearance of a planet (which is closer to us) as it passes in front of the zodiac constellations. The zodiac is located in outer space beyond our solar system, therefore the planet is seen with the sign as a backdrop. How do you know which planets are cuspal? Astrologers usually allow three degrees at the end of the sign and the beginning of the next sign. That would equate to 26 degrees and 59 minutes to 29:59 for the end of a sign and 00 degrees to 3 degrees (no minutes) for the beginning of a sign. Astrologers would simply say plus or minus three degrees to the change of any sign.
How do astrologers read this? There is a blending of energies that occurs at a change of sign, a blurring where the signs are not as distinct. One influence is waning, one is emerging, both are involved but in a blended way. The strength of one diminishes as the influence of the other sign becomes stronger. This is a gradual process over six degrees of space. I have a friend who was born with the Sun at 29 Taurus 50, almost into Gemini, plus she has four planets in Gemini. Day to day you see a very strong Gemini influence but do not ever forget she is a Taurus. She is fully capable of acting as an Taurus whenever she finds it necessary. Her Taurus has not vanished; it just is sublimated to some degree, buried under all that Gemini. Taurus can still appear whenever it chooses. Astrologically, she is a Taurus with very strong Gemini overtones, or cuspal.