In astrology, a cusp is the imaginary line that separates a pair of consecutive signs in the zodiac.
Not all astrologers agree a person can be included in more than one sign. They say one sign may have a degree of another, but one cannot be part of both.
Yet, as someone who was born a few hours before the clock struck Capricorn, I feel like I'm teetering on the edge of two signs.
When I realized the dual nature of my birthday, I began reading the horoscopes for both Sagittarius and Capricorn. And I found myself feeling more like a Sagicorn.
Maybe I wanted more information to choose from, and maybe I liked picking the cream of each crop and ignoring the parts I didn't enjoy. But, I am always teetering between the two.
And whether it's astrologically accurate or not, I choose to live in both worlds. These are the things I've learned to be true:
1. A Sagittarius' optimism and fearlessness mixes well with a Capricorn's hardworking and practical nature,
I'm able to dream big, and then plan and sweat until that dream comes true. I love starting new projects, and I get really giddy about new adventures. (Thanks, Sag!)
The goat side of me then scouts out the best plan of attack and gets things done.
“Those born on the Sagittarius-Capricorn Cusp begin preparing themselves early for what life may bring. Their motto is 'Always be prepared,'” explains AlwaysAstrology.com.
2. The Sagittarius-Capricorn combination creates a balanced personality.
The strengths of this sign combination are friendliness, humor and loyalty. However, these traits are balanced by moodiness, intensity and a propensity for being closed off.
This means I am usually pretty content to spend the evening reading a book or watching "Project Runway." Yet, if I need to go to a party, I can crack some jokes and schmooze with the best of them.
Being able to turn on one's social switch is a great asset. It takes a lot of focus to maintain relationships, but it is doable.
After all, being responsible and reliable is in my nature.
3. Saying “I love you” is not the easiest, but when it finally comes out, it's said often.
It is said this cusp sign doesn't fall in love easily. I can confirm this, as I have spent years avoiding the casual “OMG, I love you," even with my closest friends.
However, when I find those special someones, I am faithful to the end. I will always stock the fridge with my loves' favorite things. I am always looking out for them and sending them heart-eyed emojis.
I hesitate to give people all of my love because I'm afraid I won't receive the same from them. As Tarot.com succinctly puts it, “Sagicorns need others to give their very best. Because they put forth the best themselves, they won't accept less from anyone else.”
4. Mental and physical athleticism is important.
“A personal challenge is always appreciated.” I get it. I run 30 to 40 miles a week, and I also do at least 50 minutes of planks. I rock climb and do YouTube fitness videos a few times a week.
And I still feel lazy because I don't have a six-pack. Clearly, it's important for me to vigorously compete with myself. This goat starts from the ocean and ascends to the highest mountaintops.
On top of reading, studying and writing for hours every day, I also solve crossword puzzles. For fun, I play with foreign language apps and strategy games.
My mind is one of my prizes.
The Archer (Sagittarius) is a centaur, a half-man and half-horse. It is the only sign of the zodiac that is half-man and half-beast. Centaurs were the great scholars and intellectuals of Greek and Roman myths.
It's reassuring to know I am equally invested in my body and mind.
5. Sagittarii and Capricorns tend to be lucky.
Sometimes, this comes in very literal forms. Take last year, for example.
I won six pairs of shoes, three books, a box of makeup, some koozies, nail decals, a gift card and a week's worth of gourmet food. Maybe I should go to Vegas?
All in all, I like learning about the complexities of my cusp birth, regardless of the accuracy or science behind them.
Who doesn't want to analyze his or her birthday with ominous or fortuitous predictions?