The Cusps

Persons born "on the line" between two Zodiac Signs partake of qualities found in both Signs or, more strictly speaking, have a blend of traits that may compose an individual nature. Due to variations in astrological calendars, this may became apparent during the last few days of a departing Sign, but the "cusp" (as it is termed) pertains chiefly to the first week of the incoming Sign. While the new Sign is gaining its ascendancy, the influences of the old will persist but gradually loses its hold day-by-day until, by the seventh day, the new Sign is in complete control.

Pisces -- Aries
March 20 to 27

Individuals born on the cusp of Pisces (the twelfth and final Sign of the Zodiac) and Aries (the first Sign of the Zodiac) are ruled by both Mars and, dependent upon varying opinion regarding which Planet governs Pisces, either Neptune or Jupiter. The choice is that of the reader...perhaps whatever description appears to be more appropriate. However, the general consensus in terms of governing Planets, is that this is a Neptune/Mars combination and the Jupiter/Mars variation is included below purely as a secondary reference based upon what is now considered to be a somewhat outmoded blend. In essence, the Neptune/Mars information is deemed to be the most accurate depiction of this cusp. Regardless, it should be noted that in terms of cuspian tendencies, it basically makes little or no difference which planet is eventually deemed to rule the sign of Pisces.

The Pisces/Aries cusp combination, also known as the Cusp of Rebirth, corresponds symbolically to the beginning of human life. This is a most favorable and desirable cusp, indicative of a union between intelligence and understanding. In essence, these cuspians are likely to possess strong mental powers coupled with the priceless gift of comprehension. The chief characteristics of this blend are vigilance and caution...each step carefully weighed prior to being taken. The power of intuition inherent in these natives is truly quite remarkable and they rarely go amiss when they rely upon their own judgment as formulated by their intuition. There is an extremely keen and valuable foresight here in all matters of a financial nature and these subjects will work out in advance the most brilliant of schemes and projects which are then executed with total success. The minds of these cuspians are always busily engaged in devising plans for new enterprises and projects. Indeed, perhaps the novelty of a certain scheme holds the most attraction for the Mars/Neptune individual. Natives of this combination are frequently considered to be the "Chameleons of the Zodiac," being receptive to the needs of others while prone to be concerned with self and ego rather than the balance between people. Regardless, these people seldom fall into the category of being "loners."

The somewhat passionate nature of this cusp may be misled if delusions surface regarding leadership or cause of these subjects. Impatience is very much in evidence as Water and Fire mix with difficulty and perform best only under pressure. Failure to emerge as a hero to such a calling can result in depression and anger...even suicide. There is a deep desperation in the pursuit of goals which is unparalleled in any other sign combination of the Zodiac and it is important for these individuals to nurture an alternative plan of action in order to discourage feelings of helplessness. Temperament fluctuates with this cusp and is often volatile. A deep understanding of innermost motives and feelings is essential to those born of this blend in order for them to maintain any kind of relationship. These cuspians are sometimes regarded as elusive characters. They are thoughtful souls who often display incredible musical talent...yet, they are apt to want what they want when they want it. Those born of this blend may also be totally fascinated with dreams and dream interpretation. These are people who play as hard as they work and find much enjoyment in athletic activities since participating in sports will provide a positive and healthy outlet for some of the inherent aggression and emotional stress. Both individual challenges (such as aerobics) and group challenges (such as football and soccer) are appreciated by these cuspians and they especially relish sports which bring them into contact with water...swimming and sailing, for example. These are exceedingly artistic souls who may excel at music and drama.

Usually direct in their approach to life, individuals governed by this cusp are inherently outspoken and can be either admired or misunderstood. Since this is considered to be a "primal cusp," the natives are basic and elemental. However, although these subjects regard themselves as perceiving things in a simple manner, those who know them well often describe them as unrealistic dreamers who are unable to establish a firm grasp on the harsh realities of the world. While outwardly displaying a dynamic and direct approach, the Pisces/Aries individual is frequently sensitive and emotionally complex...possibly even inwardly troubled. Thus, these are "doers" in addition to "dreamers," possessing a rather "no-nonsense" attitude which may not tell the whole story. Misunderstandings regarding these cuspians are legion. For instance, this native may make a generous offer (of time or money perhaps) only to later be accused of acting "holier-than-thou" or behaving in a condescending fashion when the recipient of the gift feels resentful. The result is that the Pisces/Aries individual becomes hurt and experiences feelings of bewilderment. In short, the more simply and directly these natives behave, the more others seem to misinterpret their true intentions.

In addition, the direct nature of this cuspian appears to inevitably arouse antagonism. However, this is something that others who are unwise enough to directly oppose the Pisces/Aries native will quickly come to regret. Additionally, due the inherent quickness in grasping concepts (and frequently in implementing their intuitive hunches), these cuspians may encounter resistance from those around them who move at a slower pace which, in turn, leads to displays of impatience from the Pisces/Aries individual. Therefore, these natives must learn to curb their natural tendency toward impetuosity, learn to listen to the often helpful suggestions from another quarter, learn to slow down their tempo and synchronize with the rhythm of the group as a whole. Essentially, the Pisces/Aries subject needs to weigh alternatives with care prior to speaking or acting. If this can be accomplished, then their logic may well prove to be remarkably persuasive and their thoughtfulness quite compelling. Nevertheless, these cuspians generally refuse to change. They truly fail to see any fault in what they do since, in their personal view, they are acting courtesy of pure intentions. Eventually, this cusp combination is likely to get its own way...whether by relentlessly forging ahead or by simply holding out until the other party stands down. In short, dealing with failure is particularly difficult for Pisces/Aries individuals. Outright failure is simply not in the vocabulary of these cuspians and, when confronted with unavoidable defeat, they are often baffled and completely bewildered. Nonetheless, the defense mechanism here is so superb that defeat is frequently masked by a refusal to recognize it as such. Although these natives are not so unrealistic as to mistake a losing situation with a winning one, they will often view losing as simply a partial setback on the road to victory...nothing more than a temporary postponement.

The key to successfully getting along with Pisces/Aries subjects is to not dig too deeply into their motives or urge them to explain themselves. It is also important to refrain from analyzing the personality here or even force them toward self-analysis. Those who can utilize example rather than precept when encouraging this native to be more objective will garner considerably larger success in that area. It should be noted that this is not to say that Pisces/Aries cuspians cannot learn from their own mistakes but rather that they must, from time-to-time, be encouraged to do so. Of course, the simpler way to get along successfully with these natives is to just do what they least for the moment in question. If a better idea can be formulated at a later date, then these cuspians will be prepared to listen. However, this will rarely happen while they are caught up in their first burst of enthusiasm. Impulses, hunches and first actions are of paramount importance to these individuals and blunting or negating their intuition may well alienate them forever. That having been said, however, it is unlikely that any will ever succeed in breaking the spirit of the Pisces/Aries native or hinder the forward movement for very long.

With regard to relationships, individuals born of this blend are rarely led away by their passions. Indeed neither the males nor the females are particularly sensual. However, they are clean-minded and generally of admirable normal character, as well as being playful, devoted and somewhat romantic. These can be faithful partners, although the faithfulness may be more emotional than literal. Love can be given both deeply and short, the bestowing of much attention upon the love object...but these natives are not always monogamous. The intuitive and fiery aspect of this cusp will always be vulnerable to new and exciting prospects which suddenly appear and any partner may be expected to play the more stable and long-suffering role. However, in return, Pisces/Aries individuals themselves seldom demand monogamy from their mates and, in many cases, a relationship which is more open on both sides will suit them better...perhaps because it allays any guilt they might experience regarding their own indiscretions. Women governed by this cusp are usually amiable and industrious souls, often inclined toward a single life and preferring to profit by the experience of others in matrimonial affairs. Conversely, the Pisces/Aries man is inclined to marry early in life.

The natural sensitivity of the Pisces/Aries combination makes for one of the most understanding characters of the Zodiac. There is the ability here to reach out to others more skillfully than most other cusp combinations and these natives find much satisfaction in aiding those around them to achieve full potential. Natives born on the cusp of Pisces/Aries generally function better as parents than they did as children, feeling more loyalty toward and responsibility for their offspring than they did to their elders when they themselves were younger. A sense of family can have a somewhat surprisingly strong meaning for these highly independent cuspians but, in the larger sense, the definition of "family" here will usually also include friends and associates as well as "kith and kin."

The most important lesson to be learned by the Pisces/Aries native is the benefit of patience and every effort should be made to curb the impetuous side of this subject's nature. As with all cusp individuals, these cuspians tend to be attracted to others born on the cusp...particularly those who fall within the Libra/Scorpio and Taurus/Gemini combinations.

Over View
-- Possess the dreaminess, active fantasy, quietude and sensitivity inherent in Pisces --
-- Possess the uncomplicated and fiery forwardness inherent in Aries --
-- Unusually direct in approach to life --
-- Outspoken...which can be both admired and misunderstood --
-- Refusal to be denied --
-- Personal belief that they can do no wrong --
-- Generally will not change for other people --
-- Both "dreamers" and "doers"--
-- Resent being analyzed --
-- Short on patience --
-- Extremely impetuous --

Notable Pisces/Aries Cuspians Include:
Wyatt Earp; Glenn Close; Spike Lee; Johann Sebastian Bach; Fanny Farmer; William Shatner; Chaka Khan; Steve McQueen; and Joan Crawford