Astrologer in Training – Cancer

by Cindy Fadoir

courtesy of Anna Blanchard

courtesy of Anna Blanchard

Cancer is the first sign of the Summer Season. Here we encounter the element of water which reminds us all of summer times at the beach, in the swimming pools, under sprinklers in the yard. Memories of home and family, vacations to historical sites and neighborhood kids playing under watchful mothers eyes. All these are characteristics of Cancer, ruled by the watery Moon.

Our astrology training continues this month with the forth sign of the Zodiac experience. Now in the adolescent phase of the zodiac experience, watery Cancer is striving for independence yet family is still crucial, like the adolescent going off to school. Friends and community become an important part of this homey picture. The key phrase for Cancer is “I feel”. Having many mood swings, Cancers tend to keep these emotions below the surface, imagination bubbling and worry brewing. The Cancer child now displays a strong will and more control and discipline over emotions, appearing insensitive on the outside but actually soft and vulnerable on the inside. Cancer is symbolized by the Crab.  Like the Crab, Cancer seem to be guarded, evasive, “side-stepping”, as if the hard shell is protecting the little child underneath.  Sometimes overly sensitive and easily hurt, Cancers like to “nest” in safe places and love to feel needed.

Cancers have a need for security, both emotional and financial. Cancers always seem to feel financially insecure, not matter how many billions they own.  Many prominent Rockefellers have a Cancer sun-sign. Cancers are also very intuitive, and when trusted, can alleviate the worry of insecurities. Their excellent memory is helpful for more than just remembering the past, where they do tend to dwell, and their favorite subject in school tends to be History. Their worrisome ways and their natural nurturing trait may combine into smothering and co-dependency.

Cancer sun signs tend to have round pale faces like a full moon, clear watery eyes, light hair, short and stocky builds and the women have ample breasts. They tend to have stomach issues do to all that worry. And though mutable is not often associated with cardinal quality signs, the ever-changing lunar influence results in Cancer also being changeable. And of course, Cancer suns love to live near water.

Additional Cancer traits are shrewd, sensitive, cautious, secretive, sympathetic, kind, protective, “crabby”, resourceful, and moody.  They are also thrifty and economical, intuitive and imaginative.

A quick note to the United States of America, a true Cancer entity, with its watery land from “sea to shining sea”, protective “home of the brave” and it’s intuitive “founding fathers”. And of course, they would be the first to land a man on the Moon, the Cancer ruling planet. They have a cautious “homeland security” and even show celestial Stars on the flag represent each family member. Happy Birthday!

The Moon relates to how we express our emotions, needs, and what makes us feel secure. When the moon appears in Cancer, having strong family ties, being needed and nurturing are all desired.  Psychic abilities and fertility are heightened. The desire to withdraw and side-step, like the Crab, occurs when hurt. Being overly sensitive, moody, worried and needy are all more apparent.

Mercury influences how we think, study and communicate. With Mercury in Cancer, the memory, imagination and intuitions are heightened, possibly overly so. Living in the past is shaded with emotional memories resulting in sensitivity.

Venus represents how we relate, what we value, how we handle finances, and our artistic nature. When Venus aligns with Cancer, security is valued and represented through home, marriage and family ties. Spend thrifts and savers may also be clingy, emotionally possessive.

Mars relates to our physical stamina and sex drive, and how we use energy. The Mars in Cancer shows up as cautious, protective and emotionally demanding which might overshadow sexual desires. Crabbiness appears as side-stepping and hiding strong will under hard shell.

Jupiter influences how we seek to expand, grow and express our intellect. When Jupiter appears in Cancer, spiritual expansion appears as nurturing and compassion for others. Food is often used as emotional sustenance.

Saturn is an expression of how we deal with authority and cope with serious issues personally, spiritually and societally. Saturn in the sign of Cancer results in protective boundaries for loved ones and finances. Emotional security is greatly desired and if denied, can lead to depression and moodiness. Intuition is somewhat stifled.

Uranus relates to how we manifest personal individuality and humanitarian freedom, and where we experience change. Uranus in Cancer pursues independence from restrictive parental authority and through emotional expression. Greater psychic abilities may result in spiritual or occult activities in the home. Unpredictable moodiness, outrageous imagination and emotional instability may be indicated.

Neptune represents how we reveal our imagination and intuitive capacity, and where our illusionary blind spots exist. Neptune has not appeared in Cancer for about a hundred years, so there are not many living today that have this planet placement in their birth chart. Neptune will next appear in Cancer in the year 2065 so our current children may have grandchildren with this placement. With the watery Neptune in the watery sign of Cancer, those grandchildren may have enhanced psychic abilities and the imagination might be overly creative.

Pluto influences how we personally transform and regenerate. When Pluto moves into Cancer, home life is disrupted and domestication of new worlds requires deep emotional involvement. Pluto currently resides in Capricorn, as it has since around June 2008, when the stock market crash resulted in a need to transform and rethink how material resources and possessions are handled and valued. Also, government size and reform continue to be campaign hot topics.

Next month, we will continue over experience by entering the Sun ruled world of Leo, the Lion. Until then, may the heavens be full of sizzling sunshine and blazing stars.

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