I’ve been planning to get back to my blog with the Vernal Equinox for a long time, and that included putting a daily birthday/astro-information up on my facebook page. Of course I never actually looked and planned ahead to find a good birthday to use first.
A couple of days ago, I decided Holly Hunter would be an awesome person to start up again with. She’s all feisty and forward and a fantastic example of a haute Aries but …. . we don’t know what time she was born. She was born on March 20, but the Sun spent part of that day in Pisces, and part of it in Aries.
So I look at the Astrodatabank. Plenty of great people to use for the birthday thing: Mr. Rogers. Mr. goddamn Rogers! Except… we do know what time he was born and it was on March 20, but when the Sun was still in Pisces. Anybody remotely interesting: same thing.
People born on the cusp aren’t just “cuspy”. They are born in one sign or another. The Sun moved into Aries at 4:02 am this morning (pacific daylight time, that would be 7:02 am on the east coast). So babies born between 12:00 and 4:01 am would have a Pisces Sun, and anybody born after that, an Aries Sun. The Sun is always in one sign or another.
I have a wonderful friend whose birthday is today. Talk about feisty. And fun and rad and full of energy and always moving, forward, go go go. She spent her whole life thinking she was a Pisces, and that wasn’t making too much sense. She’s an Aries of course, born on March 20, but after the Vernal Equinox had arrived. (Sometimes the Sun even waits til March 21 to change signs, that’s why you see the dates of the signs fluctuate in horoscope columns.)
I also have friends who thought they were one sign their whole lives and then found out that no, actually they were the other one. A Scorpio who thought she was, and fully identified being, a freewheelin’ Sagittarius this entire time. A Gemini who believed he was a totally comfortable Taurus, completely dumbfounded that he was supposed to be this talkative, double-sided, completely different way.
(In both cases, they have their Mercury in the previous sign, and so their thought processes are very Sagittarian and Taurean, respectively. It makes perfect sense they’d identify with the sign of their Mercury - Mercury represents how you think and communicate.)
If you were born on the cusp, and know what time you were born, it’s cake to go to astro.com and find out whether you’re one sign or another. Choose sides.