On the Cusp: Why the Sagittarius-Capricorn Cusp Is the Sharpest Zodiac Combo

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Stefanie Iris Weiss

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.

Now, fully in holiday mode, it's time to give those on the Sagittarius-Capricorn cusp the dedicated astrological spotlight they deserve, and 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. Below, Weiss explains what happens when the pleasant, sage traits of a Sagittarius (November 23 to December 21) meet and blend with expertly overachieving Capricorns (December 22 to January 19).

If you're born on the Sagittarius-Capricorn cusp, let me begin with...sorry. We all know that December birthdays, especially those born between December 19 and December 24, get seriously lost in the holiday mix. There is an upside, though: Weiss says the Sagittarius-Capricorn cusp is one of the most distinct and powerful of all cusp-crossings.

"It's marked by the deeply meditative and magical winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere," Weiss says. "This is when we’re at our darkest moment, but also when the universe reminds us that the light will return in a few months. That’s the perfect blend of Sagittarius and Capricorn energies—where hope and strength are in perfect balance."

And, on that note, it's worth reminding all that when you're born on the cusp, you're always one sign or the other, but sometimes energies of the neighboring sign factor into your cosmic being. So, let's first unpack these separate identities before we examine how they might merge.

As a refresher, here's what to expect from a Sagittarius:

It's hard not to get along with a Sagittarius—they're malleable and easygoing, and least likely of your friends to be stressed out. Honest and wise, they're happy sitting quietly, thinking and philosophizing. And when they do speak, everyone listens intently. While these words may not always be the, um, kindest, given that Sags are not about tact, you can expect to hear hard truths that are sharp and often hilarious.

And even though Sags don't command attention in a big, extroverted way, they do seek out adventure. Sagittarius is big on solo travel, and that's why they're always imparting information that feels, quite literally, worldly.

And what about Capricorn?

Capricorns are big on a sense of propriety and practicality. They're disciplined and responsible, and one of the few zodiac signs that can always evolve into a better version of themselves when they make a mistake. Caps can be stubborn, but they usually get absolutely everything they want, thanks to that fierce determination.

If you're a Capricorn, it's likely that your work is gorgeous and meticulous, your home is minimalist perfection, and you're a role model to us all. According to Weiss, Caps are all about "carefully executed ambitions" and have "a five-year plan to rule the world."

So, what does it mean to be born on the Capricorn-Sagittarius cusp?

A sense of power and discipline is prominent: A Sag born in the late degrees of the season will know when and where to shout her beliefs. "She’ll do it with her whole heart, but she may know better than early or mid-season Sagittarians about how to do so without causing drama and chaos," Weiss says. "She'll tell you how the world works and what to believe in, but she’ll do it with a plan, likely because she knows she can change people’s minds."

So what about Capricorns born closer to the Sagittarius cusp? Well, they're freer in self-expression and have, according to Weiss, "a bit of fire in their hearts." They also go a bit easier on themselves, and are able to embrace a bit of fun when the moment calls for it.

"All Caps grow younger in spirit as they grow older in years, but cusp Caps have a bit of that adventurous youthfulness in them all through their life," Weiss says. "You can draw a Capricorn born close to the cusp into a spontaneously hatched plan with a bit of convincing, even if she planned to stay home and work. But your Capricorn friend born in January? Forget about it. If she said she’s staying in, she’s staying IN."

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