In response to a few questions I had from readers after other astrologers wrote about the New Moon being in Pisces, I thought it would be useful to discuss the idea of the “cusp.” This is one of those concepts about which you can read a myriad of different opinions from very reputable astrologers.
The cusp idea comes mainly from the popular world of “sun sign astrology.” Since the Sun doesn’t move from one sign to another on the same day every year in order to give readers an idea of which sign their birthdate fell in there was a need to find a way to describe those few days in which there could be some leeway between one sign or another as you can see in this image which put the cusp between Aquarius and Pisces as being between the 18th and 22nd of February. For example, the Sun moved into Pisces last night right after the New Moon at 29 degrees Aquarius, the 18th of February. But in 2012, the Sun moved into Pisces on the 19th of February. Still, in the past 80 years the Sun has not moved into Pisces later than the 19th, so the idea that the Pisces cusp extends to the 22nd is not really valid.
Popular astrology columns often say that if you were born “on the cusp,” meaning in the few days before or after the day the Sun changed signs, that you have a dual influence as shown by the illustration above. Astrologers reading birthcharts often extend the cusp idea to the nature of other planets and points, including the Ascendant and Midheaven angles.
What I have come to see in reading many charts over the years is that the last few degrees […]