Born on the Cusp?
When reading your Horoscopes please note that persons born on or around the cusp and who do not know their actual Sun Sign might read both entries, especially the second one. For example, if you were born on February 19 your Sun Sign may be Aquarius or it may be Pisces. In this case you could read both Aquarius and Pisces. The “cusp” (border) between signs can occur anywhere between the 18th, especially in the case of the Aquarius/Pisces cusp, and the 24th day of each month, especially in the case of the Leo/Virgo cusp.
After a while you might realize which sign is actually yours. Again, you can read both, yet the sign that follows will certainly have a strong influence because the Sun “progresses”* into that sign.
If you do not know your time of birth and cannot obtain it from family records or family memory, you may decide to make the effort to get it. (Having an approximate birth time helps if an Astrologer is consulted to determine the birth time through a process called “Chart Rectification”. This is a true art that requires that the Astrologer be both intuitive and precise in the use of prediction techniques). You can do this by one of the taking one of the following steps:
- Approach the hospital where you were born. With computers, this information is becoming more readily available. If you are lucky, they will give it to you and for free.
- Contact Vital Statistics in the Capital City of the province, state, county, etc. where you were born.
- Some people have found success by using a pendulum or through muscle testing. Most Astrologers will want to test the time provided from such methods.
The official textbook dates for each Zodiac Sign are listed below. Again, you will notice cross over dates.
Aries: March 21 – April 19
Taurus: April 20 – May 20
Gemini: May 21 – Jun 21
Cancer: June 22 – July 22
Leo: July 23 – August 22
Virgo: August 23 – September 22
Libra: September 23 – October 22
Scorpio: October 23 – November 21
Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21
Capricorn: December 22 – January 19
Aquarius: January 20 – February 18
Pisces: February 19 – March 20
*Progressions are one of the most common forms of Astrological Technique used to decipher future events. Progression charts begin with advancing the Sun forward 1 degree for every year of age. If you born on or near the cusp, the Sun would have progressed into the Sun Sign that follows within 1 – 3 years after your birth. The younger we are the more impressionable and it is common psychological knowledge that the first two years of life are when we are the most susceptible to the influence of our environment. This sensitivity or impressionability remains quite strong even up to seven years of age. I like to use the metaphor of wet cement that takes seven years to completely dry – the first two being the easiest time to leave marks and permanent features. This is why those of you who were actually born on the cusp within two degrees are very much the blend of two consecutive signs.
If you are unable to determine a time of birth, consult a professional Astrologer who is practiced and able to “rectify” your birth time. The art and process of birth time rectification can be very challenging, yet is a necessary skill for serious practitioners.
The Process of chart or birth time rectification generally implies questions asked by the Astrologer about certain characteristics that best describe you and when certain key events occurred in your life. As might be imagined, this process can take some time, yet it is very interesting and educational and valuable in itself if it is done well. So, charges for this service are generally incurred.
I am well practiced in this art can help you to decipher the exact time of your birth. If you are interested in having your birth time rectified, please contact me with your full birth name, place, date and some events and dates that stand out as major experiences or turning points in your life.
On a final note, although the exact birth time is not entirely necessary to gain valuable awareness, insight and guidance into your personality and destiny, you will definitely benefit from getting your birth time rectified.