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Western astrology is based on the Sun. Just as the Western calendar is solar, based on the movements of the Sun, so is the Western Zodiac. This is the opposite of Eastern astrology that is lunar (moon) based. Both systems of astrology can provide insight into an individual's personality, life and possible future. Solar astrology follows the Sun's path across the sky throughout the year. A person's birth sign is determined by what area of the sky the Sun was in at the time of his or her birth.
The movement of the Earth around the Sun causes the Sun to appear to follow a path through the sky. This path is represented by the signs of the Zodiac and is divided into twelve sections of thirty degrees each. The word Zodiac comes from the Greek word "zoon" meaning a living creature, because most of the constellations in the Sun's path are represented by animals and each constellation occupies one part, or section, of the Sun's path. Each of these sections is thirty degrees across and the Sun transits from one to the next as the year goes by.
But that transition is not instantaneous. As the Sun appears to move, due to the Earth's orbit. It shifts slowly out of one sign and into the next. This means that the characteristics of any particular sign can be modified depending on when a person is born and some people are born exactly on the cusp, which is the dividing line between one thirty degree section and the next. And so, the characteristics endowed by a particular sign are never absolute and astrologers must take this into consideration when preparing charts. Here we will delve into what being born on the cusp between different signs entails and what traits are present but fading and what characteristics are present and increasing depending on the which Zodiac signs the Sun is in transition between.
The transition between Cancer, the forth sign of the Zodiac and Leo, the fifth sign, takes place between July 19th and July 23rd. A Cancer-
Aries to Taurus is the first transition in the Zodiac and runs from April 19th to April 23rd. This is an interesting transit as Aries is a fire sign, while Taurus is an earth sign. Those born on the cusp have the fiery Aries attitude toward life that is tempered by the more practical nature of Taurus. This makes for an interesting combination as intellectual Aries mingles with sensual Taurus.
This transition runs from May 19th to May 23rd. Taurus is physical and sensual and Gemini is intellectual and artistic. While Gemini is more poet than scientist, the Twins are very good at gathering information. Taurus is less inclined toward information, but is quite social, as is Gemini. A combination of these two signs can result in a person who is a fantastic communicator, imaginative and capable of being very expressive physically as well. This is an excellent combination for an actor or politician.
This transition between the tenth Zodiac sign, Capricorn, and the eleventh, Aquarius, can create one of the most interesting blends of personality traits. Capricorn is a traditionalist, and as such the Goat feels surefooted as long as all four feet are on the ground. Aquarius is the Water Bearer who pours out the old to make room for the new. Both Capricorn and Aquarius are group oriented signs. This means that both are interested in things like management and politics.
This transition takes place between June 19th and June 23rd. Gemini is the third sign of the Zodiac and Cancer is the fourth. Gemini, like Pisces, is a dual sign. Its symbol is the twins and the dual nature of Gemini makes it one of the more confusing signs when it comes to assigning attributes. Like Pisces, Gemini can go in two directions at once. A Gemini can be both emotional and intellectual at the same time. This is why Gemini tend to make better philosophers than hard scientists.
Leos are quite a creative group and it is generally the kind of creativity that reaches out into the environment. Leo loves to receive approval from others, so you can expect the Lion will roar in the arts and the business world and that roar will be to attract attention. Virgo is relatively quiet but can be creative as well. Virgo's creativity is more concerned with dealing with problems that are close at hand. Virgos love to solve difficulties and making the environment quiet down and behave is their definition of coming out on top.
Here is a transition that will make an excellent investigator, either police or private. Libra is smart, intellectual and has a strong sense of justice. Scorpio is tough minded without being stubborn and has a strong instinct for emotion in other people. The Scorpio sign can almost be emotionally empathic at times. This combination of intellectual capability and emotional understanding makes a Libra-
This is a transition between the last sign of the Zodiac, Pisces, and the first, Aries, and occurs between March 19th and March 23rd. The metaphysical nature of Pisces adds a certain level of spirituality to generally materialistic Aries. A Pisces-
The transition between Sagittarius and Capricorn takes place from December 19th through December 24th. It has sometimes been called the Cusp of Prophecy because the ancients believed that those who were born between these dates had the gift of prophecy. While this hasn't always proved to be true, Sagittarius-
The symbol for Scorpio is the Scorpion and the Archer is the symbol for Sagittarius. Scorpio is a water sign and Sagittarius is a fire sign. Scorpio is a fixed sign, which means that the attributes that the person is born with are rarely added to during his or her lifetime. This is very different from mutable signs like Gemini, Aquarius and yes, Sagittarius. This isn't always bad. Fixed signs can be far more persistent. They have a stick to it nature that isn't present in mutable signs. They refuse to give up and abandon an activity, once they've put their mind to it. This quality tends to modify less persistent Sagittarius.
Virgo and Libra are the sixth and seventh signs of the Zodiac. Virgo is symbolized by the Virgin and Libra by the Scales. As with all other Zodiac signs, these symbols represent the qualities of those born under these signs. A Virgo to Libra transition is marked by a number of very special qualities. The Virgin is concerned primarily with house and home, she is the ultimate nest builder and those born under Virgo hold home, family and security in the highest importance. Libra, the Scales, is more concerned with justice and understanding the different sides of any issue. When these two signs are blended together, you get a person who is very people as well as very justice oriented.
February 19 to February 23
Aquarius is the 11th sign of the zodiac. Aquarians are humanitarians and philanthropists, the visionaries of the zodiac. Aquarians value friendship and often have many acquaintances in addition to their close friends. Pisces is the 12th and final sign of the zodiac. All that is learned by the first 11 signs comes together to help Pisces reach the pinnacle of their potential. Aquarius/Pisces are selfless and spiritual, often strongly intuitive and receptive to the collective unconscious.