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.
As we lean toward the fall equinox and seasons shift, Virgo (August 23 to September 22) and Libra (September 23 to October 23) compete for the astrological spotlight. Below, Stefanie Iris Weiss, astrologer and co-author of Surviving Saturn’s Return: Overcoming the Most Tumultuous Time of Your Life, explains what happens when zodiac’s perfectionist queen Virgo blends with just and fair Libra.
The scales are tipping toward Libra season, meaning it’s time to kiss away those last vestiges of summer and wave goodbye to the reign of Virgo. Well, unless you’re born on the Virgo Libra cusp, that is. If that’s the case, you teeter between both cosmic worlds and may live life in a bit of a neurotic power struggle. “The autumnal equinox reminds us that these cusp babies are in a constant quest for balance,” Weiss tells me. “Many misunderstand the nature of Libra—assuming that because the sign’s glyph is the scales, they’ve always got it under control. The truth is that Libras are always searching for that ever-elusive balance. And when they’re born near the cusp of Virgo, they tend to experience this anxiety more acutely.”
“Libras are always searching for that ever-elusive balance, and when they’re born near the cusp of Virgo, they tend to experience this anxiety more acutely.” —Stefanie Iris Weiss, astrologer
But before further exploring the dynamics that commonly come with being born on the Virgo Libra cusp, it’s worth pointing out that you’re always one sign or the other, and there’s no such thing as an equal-parts sun-sign blend. So, you’re either a late-term Virgo with Libra influences or born in the first blush of Libra with some Virgo traits.
So tell me, what are common traits of a Virgo again?
As a person with many beloved Virgos in her life, I can personally attest that the defining trait of the sign is perfectionism. They’re often type A, can only rest easy when every detail is in order, and more than happy to put in the hard work to ensure things are 100 percent. And, job-interview tropes aside, this perfectionism really is their biggest strength and weakness.
That said, Virgos are also known for their kindness, modesty, and loyalty.
And, as a refresher, here are telltale signs of a Libra
Think to the scales of justice when it comes to Libras. They’re diplomatic and take the time to analyze a situation fairly. If you’re looking for some smart, no-BS advice on how to behave in a certain situation, text a Libra.
The scale-sign also indicates a Libra’s tendency to skew indecisive, teetering between decisions before deciding to fall to the fairer side. Also worth noting is that the Venus-ruled sign is into all things love and beauty, they work well in pairs, and they tend to jump from relationship to relationship to relationship.
So, if you’re on that Virgo Libra cusp, what can you expect?
Late-degree Virgos have birthdays so close to New York Fashion Week that it feels fitting they often embody a stylized presence. That’s because they’re hyper-controlled and on top of the small details that help them come across as #flawless—even when they’re freaking out on the inside.
“They typically arrange everything so perfectly that they can easily fool you—and sometimes themselves—into thinking that because every hair is in place, everything’s going to be okay. The truth is usually more complicated.”
As for early-degrees Libras, who truly believe that love and beauty can conquer all, they feel most secure when they’re working their charms. “This is where the Virgoan need for control meets the Libran need to have gorgeous aesthetics shot into their veins,” Weiss says. “The trick is to relax a little on the need to control the look of everything and to find balance through the expression of authentic love and tolerance. The real beauty is found in creating harmony for others.”
So no matter what side of the scale you fall on, remember to not be so self-critical and that, really, you look terrific.