While September 18th to September 23rd are the days when the Sun can change signs, the Virgo-Libra cusp date range extends from September 19th to September 25th. If you happen to be born on one of those days, you are “on the cusp” of Virgo and Libra.
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 Libra makes them more social and charming, which helps these Virgo individuals be less critical and more engaging.
Strengths of Sun in Virgo on the Cusp of Libra
Unlike full-on Virgo individuals, these people can be more social and engaging. Positively, they will be more extroverted and socially adept, which can help them be more successful in management roles and as a leader among their friends than what you might see with a typical Virgo.
Weaknesses of the Sun in Virgo on the Cusp of Libra
A Virgo Sun near Libra can pick up some of the indecision and concern for what others think that plagues the shadow side of Libra, which can rob Virgo of his or her natural confidence in their skills and knowledge, leading to mistakes and second-guessing that a full-on Virgo would mostly avoid.
Leading with Libra
If you happen to be born “on the side of” Libra, then Libra traits lead your Sun sign expression. The symbol for Libra is the scale. As the Cardinal Air sign, these individuals initiate through analysis, decision-making, and judgment. They are at their best negotiating, balancing/re-balancing life circumstances and relationships, and creating harmony where there is disharmony. They must learn to be assertive to manifest their best results. Being near Virgo makes them more critical and discerning, which helps these Libra individuals be less taken in by others and more particular about the quality of their relationships.
Strengths of Sun in Libra on the Cusp of Virgo
Unlike full-on Libra individuals, these people can be more prudent and discerning about others’ intentions. Positively, they will be more inclined to trust the facts and act cautiously, even if it upsets people, which can help them be better “judges of character,” making them much more capable of getting things done on their own than what you might see with a typical Libra.
Weaknesses of the Sun in Libra on the Cusp of Virgo
A Libra Sun near Virgo can spend too much time finding fault in others and themselves, which comes from the shadow side of Virgo, and can rob Libra of his or her natural grace in social situations, leading to rejection and social distancing that a full-on Libra would not encounter.
The Points Involved: Mercury and Venus
Each sign has a ruling astronomical point. Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo and Venus rules Taurus and Libra. So, the Virgo-Libra cusp individuals merge or blend Mercury/Venus.
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.
Venus represents your Way of Relating. Its placement in a Sign and a House reveals how we appreciate pleasure, beauty, art, creativity, our interactions with our environment, and our interactions with the people in our lives.
These individuals are especially complex regarding masculine and feminine energy. They are balanced, but just have more going on than the rest of the cusp individuals. Their masculine/feminine formula looks like this:
F (Virgo) + M/F (Mercury) + M (Libra) + M/F (Venus), resulting in 3F/3M.
These individuals turn out to be the “best translators” of them all!
Virgo-Libra 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” Virgo individual talking to a “pure” Libra individual may really struggle to communicate, the same way someone who only speaks Afrikaans might struggle with someone who only speaks Zulu. 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 Virgo-Libra individuals have a much wider range of compatibility because they can work well with earth and air signs. And they can complement water and fire signs. If they happen to lead with Virgo, then they will favor earth and water connections (Capricorn, Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces). If they happen to lead with Libra, they will favor the air and fire sign connections (Aquarius, Gemini, Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius).
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. Virgo is the “I serve” sign of the Zodiac and Libra is the “I partner with” 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 Virgo-Libra cusp individuals are here to learn how to “be of service to others” in practical ways and “form partnerships for success” in life. 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
- 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
- Aquarius Pisces cusp: February 15 to February 21
- Pisces Aries cusp: March 17 to March 23