While February 18th to February 23rd are the days when the Sun can change signs, the Aquarius-Pisces cusp date range extends from January 15th to January 21st. If you happen to be born on one of those days, you are “on the cusp” of Aquarius and Pisces.
Leading with Aquarius
If you happen to be born “on the side of” Aquarius, then Aquarius traits lead your Sun sign expression. The symbol for Aquarius is a woman pouring water from an urn, which often leads people to think that Aquarius is a water sign; it is not.
As the Fixed Air sign, these individuals work hard to find their role in the community, to bring ideals into the world, and to connect people into cohesive groups. They are at their best finding their niche, socializing, and visualizing the future.
They must learn quiet fortitude to manifest their best results. Being near Pisces makes them more intuitive and imaginative, which helps these Aquarius individuals be adaptable and emotional.
Strengths of Sun in Aquarius on the Cusp of Pisces
Unlike full-on Aquarius individuals, these people can be more imaginative and emotionally available. Positively, they will be more sensitive and empathetic to others, which can help them understand more of the vulnerability people feel trying to get through life than what you might see with a typical Aquarius.
Weaknesses of the Sun in Aquarius on the Cusp of Pisces
An Aquarius Sun near Pisces can pick up some of the delusional behavior and wishful thinking that plague the shadow side of Pisces, which can rob Aquarius of his or her natural objectivity, leading to “choosing favorites” that a full-on Aquarius would not express.
Leading with Pisces
If you happen to be born “on the side of” Pisces, then Pisces traits lead your Sun sign expression. The symbol for Pisces is two fish chasing each other’s tails. As the Mutable Water sign, these individuals adapt by being intuitive, sensitive, and flowing.
They are at their best dreaming, imagining, and tapping into the collective conscious. They must learn toughness to manifest their best results. Being near Aquarius makes them more socially conscious, which helps these Pisces individuals be more logical and self-aware.
Strengths of Sun in Pisces on the Cusp of Aquarius
Unlike full-on Pisces individuals, these people can be more focused and engaged. Positively, they will be more inclined to keep their emotions in check, which can help them share their dreams with more people who will appreciate them, making them much more capable of interacting with society than what you might see with a typical Pisces.
Weaknesses of the Sun in Pisces on the Cusp of Aquarius
A Pisces Sun near Aquarius can try too hard to get their dreams to be the dreams other people want to embrace, which comes from the shadow side of Aquarius and can rob Pisces of his or her natural ability to empathize with the needs of the community, leading them to be callous in a way that a full-on Pisces would find unsettling.
The Points Involved: Uranus and Neptune
Each sign has a ruling astronomical point. Uranus rules Aquarius and Neptune rules Pisces. So, the Aquarius-Pisces cusp individuals merge or blend Uranus/Neptune.
Uranus represents your Way of Awakening. Its placement in a Sign and a House reveals where we must be unconventional and challenge norms, where we need to do or encounter the unexpected, and how we need to express our authenticity.
Neptune represents your Way of Mystery. Its placement in a Sign and a House reveals how we are connected to the mass consciousness and the spiritual energy of the universe.
These individuals will have a more balanced masculine and feminine energy instead of leaning heavily into the masculine energy of Aquarius or the feminine energy of Pisces. They can move more comfortably and fluidly with their need to break through to bring about new ideas (Uranus) and their desire to imagine and dream (Neptune).
Aquarius-Pisces Cusp Compatibility
Cusp individuals can work very well in relationships because they have a connection to two energies as part of their natural design. Imagine that each sign has its own language.
A “pure” Aquarius individual talking to a “pure” Pisces individual may really struggle to communicate, the same way someone who only speaks Russian might struggle with someone who only speaks Spanish. The cusp individual is bilingual and can speak both languages, which makes them very valuable to society. Essentially, they can translate between signs.
Here we discover why the simple model of compatibility or incompatibility is insufficient to explain real relationships out in the world. There is a good chance that “cusp sign” individuals are involved where two signs that should work well together do not, and two signs that should struggle together, actually work.
In the first case, the influence from one of the extra signs causes friction; and in the second case, one of the extra signs smooths out the friction. Therefore, basic compatibility measures are just starting points for understanding how any two people might relate.
The Aquarius-Pisces individuals have a much wider range of compatibility because they can work well with air and water signs. And they can complement fire and earth signs. If they happen to lead with Aquarius, they will favor the air and fire sign connections (Libra, Gemini, Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius). If they happen to lead with Pisces, then they will favor water and earth connections (Cancer, Scorpio, Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo).
The Bridge Between
One useful way to understand the progression of the signs, starting with Aries and going all the way through to Pisces, is to see them as a series of evolving steps. Aquarius is the “I civilize” sign of the Zodiac and Pisces is the “I imagine” sign. Individuals with Sun signs in the middle dates and degrees of the sign are here to work on the central energy of that sign. But individuals born on the cusp are here to work on the transition from one energy to another.
Therefore, the Aquarius-Pisces cusp individuals are here to learn how to “make the world a better place” and “connect to the vast unknown” to understand their spiritual purpose. On the positive side, this “in-between” cusp energy gives them a broader view. On the negative side, they can feel “caught” in between, making it harder for them to find a place that is a perfect fit.
- Aries Taurus cusp: April 16 to April 22
- Taurus Gemini cusp: May 17 to May 23
- Gemini Cancer cusp: June 17 to June 23
- Cancer Leo cusp: July 19 to July 25
- Leo Virgo cusp: August 19 to August 25
- Virgo Libra cusp: September 19 to September 25
- Libra Scorpio cusp: October 19 to October 25
- Scorpio Sagittarius cusp: November 18 to November 24
- Sagittarius Capricorn cusp: December 18 to December 24
- Capricorn Aquarius cusp: January 16 to January 22
- Pisces Aries cusp: March 17 to March 23