Leo Virgo Cusp

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While August 18th to August 23rd are the days when the Sun can change signs, the Leo-Virgo cusp date range extends from August 19th to August 25th. If you happen to be born on one of those days, you are “on the cusp” of Leo and Virgo.

Leading with Leo

If you happen to be born “on the side of” Leo, then Leo traits lead your Sun sign expression. The symbol for Leo is the lion. As the Fixed Fire sign, these individuals work hard to be creative, playful and recognized. They are at their best performing, competing, and acting heroically. They must learn self-discipline to manifest their best results. Being near Virgo makes them more careful and practical, which helps these Leo individuals get their creative projects in good working order and finished.

Leading with Virgo

If you happen to be born “on the side of” Virgo, then Virgo traits lead your Sun sign expression. The symbol for Virgo is the young woman or maiden. As the Mutable Earth sign, these individuals adapt by solving problems, being inventive, and acting through service. They are at their best following instructions, paying attention to details, and fixing what is damaged or broken. They must learn to “see the forest for the trees” to manifest their best results. Being near Leo makes them more playful and creative, which helps these Virgo individuals loosen up and have fun when doing tasks or playing games.

The Points Involved: the Sun and Mercury

Each sign has a ruling astronomical point. The Sun rules Leo and Mercury rules Virgo. So, the Leo-Virgo cusp individuals merge or blend the Sun/Mercury.

The Sun represents our primary drive in life, our Life Path. Its placement in a Sign and a House reveals our lifelong energetic identity through the Quality of the Sign’s influence and the Quest of the House.

Mercury represents your Way of Communicating. Its placement in a Sign and a House reveals how we try to make sense of the world around us and develop our own internal dialogue, which we then try to communicate back into the world as we navigate our interactions.

These individuals will slightly favor masculine energy over feminine energy because Mercury is a feminine and masculine point; it rules both Gemini (a masculine sign) and Virgo (a feminine sign). So, the full formula for this cusp individual would be:

M (the Sun) + M (Leo) + F/M (Mercury) + F (Virgo) +, resulting in 3M/2F.

Therefore, these individuals will be attracted more to masculine energy signs than feminine ones.

 Leo-Virgo 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” Leo individual talking to a “pure” Virgo individual may really struggle to communicate, the same way someone who only speaks Spanish might struggle with someone who only speaks Hindi. 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 Leo-Virgo individuals have a much wider range of compatibility because they can work well with fire and earth signs. And they can complement air and water signs. If they happen to lead with Leo, they will favor the fire and air sign connections (Aries, Sagittarius, Libra, Aquarius, and Gemini). If they happen to lead with Virgo, then they will favor earth and water connections (Capricorn, Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces).

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. Leo is the “I create” sign of the Zodiac and Virgo is the “I serve” 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 Leo-Virgo cusp individuals are here to learn how to “create the life they want” and “be of service to others” in practical ways. 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.