Earth & Air: The Capricorn/Aquarius Cusp

If you were born anywhere between January 17th and January 23rd, you may have a hard time fully identifying with your Sun sign, whether it happens to be Capricorn or Aquarius. The reason for this is because you were born during the few days a month that are thought by some astrologers to include the cusp of two signs.

In other words, when a birthday falls near the astrological shift from one sign to another, that individual may experience personality traits that belong to both signs. If you were born on January 17th, you may technically be considered a Capricorn Sun, but you might find yourself just as interested in or connected to the Aquarius section of the horoscopes.

While the idea of a “cusp sign” is somewhat controversial in astrology, the fact remains that many people born near the cusp of two signs experience a connection to both signs. Certain specific traits are attributed to cusp signs as well.

Let’s dive right in and take a look at the traits that make the Capricorn/Aquarius cusp so unique.

The Capricorn/Aquarius Cusp

While it may seem like this cusp might just exist as a combination of these two individual signs, this cusp actually has its very own set of personality traits that exist separately from both Capricorn and Aquarius. Think about the art of combining colors – when you mix red and yellow, you get orange.

A Motivated Energy

This cusp is one of the more motivated and driven cusps that exist, stemming from the success-driven Capricorn and the revolutionary Aquarius. While a Capricorn may feel ambitious about achieving success, the Capricorn/Aquarius cusp derives its motivation from the thought of changing the world around them. Aquarius adds a sense of rebellion against the status quo and a desire to shake things up.

This cusp is concerned with making changes, and their drive stems from a sense of responsibility to their fellow human. There may also exist an element of spiritual drive or philosophical focus in your work, as you tend to look at things from a big-picture point of view. You want to understand the world, and you want to make it better.

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Inevitable Success

This drive possessed by the Capricorn/Aquarius cusp may not come from a desire to be successful, but it tends to lead to material success and abundance. The fact is that you work hard at whatever you do, which will not go unrecognized. While your focus may rest on your vision for the world and the people in it, your energy inspires those around you and your innovative ideas can’t help but bring you success.

One reason for this seemingly inevitable success is your ability to maintain focus. You know how to keep your eye on the prize, whereas other signs may suffer from a short attention span. If you can maintain this drive and focus throughout your life, you will be able to accomplish anything you put your mind to.

The Conversationalist

This cusp derives great pleasure from intellectual conversations containing depth and honesty. The combination of Saturn, which rules Capricorn, and Uranus, which rules Aquarius, makes for a sense of both logic and mystery that lead you down a path of intrigue. You’re drawn towards life’s puzzles, and you enjoy trying to find the answers within the conversations you hold with others.

The Mystery-Seeker

Saturn is the planet of lessons, teaching us what we need to know in order to grow. Uranus, on the other hand, is a spontaneous, exciting planet that brings surprises and mystery into our lives. The combination of these two planets creates an air of curiosity within you. You seek understanding, knowledge, and wisdom in your daily life.

This combination may also indicate a very creative individual, perhaps someone who works through their desire to understand the world around them with the use of art and poetry. If you haven’t yet found your creative outlet, you may want to start trying out new mediums.

A Grounded Imagination

Aquarius is a naturally imaginative sign, while Capricorn is more practical and pragmatic. When these two energies come together, you’ll find an individual with grand ideas and the pragmatic skills to bring them to life.

If you can learn to harness and utilize your sense of imagination without letting yourself escape into a world of fantasy, you’ll be able to find real-world applications for your many incredible ideas.

Other positive personality traits include:

  • Wise
  • Opinionated
  • Intellectual
  • Complex
  • Ambitious
  • Creative
  • Intimidating
  • Exciting
  • Entertaining
  • Witty
  • Empathetic

Negative traits include:

  • Judgmental
  • Nonchalant
  • Reserved
  • Selfish
  • Disorganized
  • Critical

Concluding Thoughts:

Every sign in existence possesses both positive and negative traits; learning about negative traits can help you foster and amplify the amazing qualities of your personality. While you may sometimes feel emotionally reserved or detached, knowing that about yourself can help you open up to loved ones when you feel safe enough to do so.

There are many wonderful qualities inherent to the Capricorn/Aquarius cusp, so embrace your unique personality and the many great things it may lead you to!

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About The Author

Rhiannon Liselle

Rhiannon Liselle is a nomadic Sagittarius with a passion for writing and trying to help others grow. She’s studied astrology for about 10 years, and has been writing about metaphysical, spiritual, and esoteric subjects for 3 years. Rhiannon lives in the mountains of Colorado, and loves drinking coffee and spending time with her coloring books.
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