On the cusp: What being an Aries-Taurus cocktail means for your astrological personality


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As a late-April baby, I’m well aware of my Taurus zodiac status, but I’ve also always sensed that I teeter along the Aries-Taurus cusp. I’m down with being a bull, but nearly every “who you are, according to your zodiac sign” article makes me feel like either the stars are wrong, or I might be infused with some Aries energy.

According to astrologer Stefanie Iris Weiss, I’m not wrong: Aries season gave way to Taurus on April 20, and my birthday isn’t far behind—and that timeline is, indeed, astrologically significant.

“The important thing to know about being ‘born on the cusp’ is that you’re always one sign or the other.” Weiss says. “The difference is that if you’re an Aries born at the very end of the sign, you’re a Taurus-flavored Aries. If you’re born at the very beginning of Taurus season, you’re an Aries-flavored Taurus. But you’re definitely one sign or the other.”

“To use the cocktail analogy, an Aries-flavored Taurus might like a bit of spice in her more floral cocktail, whereas a Taurus-flavored Aries might like a floral note in her otherwise spicy Bloody Mary.” —Stefanie Iris Weiss, astrologer

If you’re born between April 17 and 23, you could indeed be an Aries-Taurus cocktail, and below, Weiss breaks down exactly what that may mean for you.

As a refresher, here are the traits of an Aries

Rams are far more fiery than the bulls, as they are very much literally fire signs ruled by Mars. They possess remarkable confidence that makes them natural-born leaders. Sometimes this comes with a slight “me-first” complex, which can manifest in a selfish and attention-seeking vibe. This can be at once intoxicating and infuriating for all the loved ones in an Aries’ life.

Furthermore, Aries are hip, confident, and march to the beat of their own drum. They’re incredibly creative and inspiring to their peers with positive, feel-good energy.

And if you need a reminder, here are the traits of a Taurus

Taurus folks are probably familiar with being called strong-willed, steadfast, and—my mom enjoys pulling out this diss on me—unwaveringly stubborn. But whatever, change isn’t something they love a whole bunch. Instead, they value security, stability, and usually keep an eye toward planting roots for the long-term (so ~*earthy*~).

Taurus is ruled by Venus, which for me translates to a hyper-feminine, hopelessly romantic, and somewhat materialistic way of living. Taureans adore sensual pleasures and take self care to the next level. And haters be damned—if you’re a Taurus, you’re probably a loyal friend who values a few close pals versus a veritable Rolodex of loose acquaintances.

So once again, what does it mean to be on the Aries-Taurus cusp?

Basically you’re still an Aries or a Taurus, but you may have a flavor from the neighboring zodiac sign that could inform your dominant Sun sign, which is maybe why I fancy myself a creative who doesn’t exclusively wear brown or exclusively eat granola.

Frankly, I like how Weiss sums it up: “To use the cocktail analogy, an Aries-flavored Taurus might like a bit of spice in her more floral cocktail, whereas a Taurus-flavored Aries might like a floral note in her otherwise spicy Bloody Mary,” she says. Sounds delicious either way.

For a full rundown, this is everything you need to know about your astrological sign. And BTW, this is why your moon sign is the most important when it comes to figuring out your personality.

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