On the Cusp: What it means when you’re a mix of intuitive Pisces and headstrong Aries


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Each month with On the Cusp, we point our astrological magnifying glass on all the people born between two zodiac signs. Because when your birthday falls at either the tail end or the very beginning of your sun sign’s season, your personality may be influenced by your cosmic neighbor.

Stefanie Iris Weiss

Stefanie Iris Weiss, astrologer and co-author of Surviving Saturn’s Return: Overcoming the Most Tumultuous Time of Your Life, is here to illuminate us about what being born on the Pisces Aries cusp may mean for someone’s personality. Below, Weiss (who is available for 2020 readings), explains what happens when psychic empath Pisces (February 19 to March 20) merges with fast-paced Aries (March 20 to April 19)

The Pisces Aries cusp is one of rest and rebirth; the twin-fish sign Pisces ends the astrological year, while Aries leads the charge of the next one. The  shift between these two signs also marks the transition from winter to spring, which can be a confusing time, but often poetic. As such, it’s worth noting this very apt pairing marks the final combination for the On the Cusp series (but you can check out all the others here).

We have two very different figures at war today: Pisces is calm, empathetic, and psychic—the mystic by the river. Aries is the knight who charges into action, someone who doesn’t feel, rarely thinks, and instead just acts. So will their combined energy be explosive? “It’s kind of confusing to feel the Piscean urge to merge mixed in with the Arian need to joust, but there’s a way to balance it out and embrace both sides of you,” Weiss says.

“It’s kind of confusing to feel the Piscean urge to merge mixed in with the Arian need to joust, but there’s a way to balance it out and embrace both sides of you.” —Stefanie Iris Weiss, astrologer

But first, a final reminder that even if you’re born close to the edge of your sun sign’s cut off, you are still always one sign or another, just with traits influenced by your cosmic neighbor. And with that, check out Weiss’s breakdown of what it means to be born on the Pisces Aries cusp.

One more time, these are the traits of a Pisces

The main gift of a Pisces is their sensitivity. They’re able to read another person’s energy with expert precision, and feel those feelings empathetically. They’re compassionate and artistic, idealistic and gentle. When you’re feeling down, they always have the perfect playlist to reflect what you’re going through.

But that sensitivity can be a double-edged sword for a Pisces; you cannot call a Pisces out on their flakier tendencies, because they may well burst into tears and play the victim. Still, you can’t help but adore a Pisces, even if the twin fish is always flip-flopping in two different directions.

And finally, here are the traits of an Aries

A ram, on the other hand, has no problem with direction, specifically the one direction in which it wants to travel: forward. Thanks to cardinal-sign energy, Aries are self-starters with the headstrong qualities common to leaders. People are drawn to them like a moth to the flame (ahem, total fire-sign quality) and will follow them anywhere.

Even though Aries can have that firstborn quality of being exceptionally selfish and not think of someone else before making a decision, these amazing and loyal friends are highly forgivable.

So what does it mean to be born on the Pisces Aries cusp?

If you’re a late-degrees Pisces, your telepathic abilities are actually fine-tuned by Aries energy. According to Weiss, you feel all your feels and then everybody else’s feels without words. Seriously, you’re that psychic.

“By the time we get to the end of this sign, you’ve so finely attuned to your ESP signals that you’re less apt to suddenly cry on a whim and not understand why, as mid-season Pisces can sometimes do. You’ve evolved—been there and done that—and at the very end of the zodiac, you’re ready to start again. Aries cusp Pisces contain all the wisdom of all the signs in one—that’s what it means to be last, at least in this case.”

You also have a little spark in you—a determined ability to fight for your rights that other Pisces don’t have. That’s because you’re cozied up with Aries, who basically doesn’t take anyone’s BS.

“Early-degree rams are surely fierce like their later-degree sisters, however they’re just a bit softer around the edges from that compassionate Pisces influence,” says Weiss. “They will stand up for what they believe in, but sometimes falteringly, because there’s a Piscean voice floating around their heads, saying ‘Don’t go too hard this time.'”

This is what it means when you’re on the Aquarius Pisces cusp and here’s what to expect from those who toe the line of the Aries Taurus cusp.

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