Happy Birthday Cancer~The Moon-Child!
For those born between June 21~July 22nd. The Key Phrase is: I Nurture.
On June 21st, the Sun enters the sign of Cancer at 00 degrees. Uranian Astrologers link 0 degrees to all cardinal signs. Cardinal energy (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) initiates, is action oriented, and outgoing. These signs are restless, often impatient, open to change and project that energy onto others and the environment. Others may view them as domineering because of this desire to make things happen. Cardinal energy represents movement from an inner, passive quality to an assertive, outer quality. It is our will to be noticed, like seedlings pushing their way through the soils surface towards the warmth of light. Interestingly, there are fewer geomagnetic disturbances in the ocean at the Solstice points of June/July (Cancer) and December/January (Capricorn) than during the Equinoxes.
Cancer is caring, responsible, romantic, sensitive, and sensual in their romantic relationships. There isn’t anything Cancer won’t do for their partner and loved ones. They are generous with their time, love, and possessions once trust is developed. Developing trust in relationships is critical. Security and loyalty are most important to lunar folks which is why betrayal in love has such a devastating effect. Scorpio’s might say “Don’t get mad, get even”, yet a Cancerian never forgets…and some say they never forgive an emotional betrayal, although rationally they may. Considered to be old-fashioned, maintaining traditional values, Moon children are sentimental; they save and collect just about everything. They are people who stay in contact with old friends and save memorabilia from the past. They are most devoted to their mate and family, specifically their brood. Their memories and intuition are acute and possess the ability to store past emotional memories and impressions with acute accuracy and detail.
Cancer the crab has a hard outer shell yet a very soft interior. Crabs crawl into their shells when they are frightened and will move at a slow and constant pace. If you chance to watch a crab move, he tends to move from side to side, not front to back. This symbolism is prominent the lunar-ruled. There is a tendency to not confront a problem or person straight on but in a round about fashion. The way in which conflict is resolved is most prominent. Remember, Cancer is a cardinal sign. Discussions are about timing (within the emotional waters or tides) and it must "feel" right to engage in communication.
The astrological glyph is the Crab, and the shape of a sideways 69. Numerologically, the number 69 reduces to the number 6 (6 + 9 = 15 or 1 + 5 = 6) symbolic of service. Moon children are the nurturers and "mother's" of the zodiac. Because Cancer resides in the 4th house of the zodiac, she is ruled by our satellite the Moon. Emotions, feelings, children, ancestry, cooking, and the home are most important to lunar folks. Emotional comfort and personal security is critical to a Cancer. The Moon is often called a “light” or “luminary”. She is symbolic of our instinctual emotional nature, how we may or may not have been nurtured as a child. Our “perception” of our own mother and how our emotional needs either were or were not met early in life are symbolized by the placement of the Moon in your chart. “She” is the feminine principle (yin). The Moon is receptive as she retreats during the day, hidden from view, absorbing the light and energy of her partner, the Sun. This energetic "light" is reflected back to us in the evening, once the Sun has disappeared from view. She might be considered the “shadow”.
When the Sun is in the sign of Cancer it combines the union of opposites, both Solar and Lunar energy, the masculine and feminine. In the book Mythic Astrology by Guttman and Johnson, when a person is born under the sign of Cancer it said to be “the sign of the “mystic marriage”, the union of alchemical opposites”. For this reason, lunar folks are said to be psychic for they are very open to universal energies.
Don’t ever believe that Cancer is weak. That would be your first and last mistake! Cancer is an intuitive cardinal sign. Do not doubt that lunar folks are tenacious and persevere under the worst circumstances. Emotional depth perception is bestowed upon Cancer’s and energized by the Moon’s radiant reflection.
Faithful and kind,
Might be confused for weak...
…an innocent streak.
~ "I Wish You"~ by Gloria Estefan
In health matters, lunar-ruled Cancer relates to the breasts and stomach, symbolic of the nurturing instinct i.e.: breasts for feeding babies and the stomach for consumption of food/sustenance. Considering the disease Cancer and the proliferation of breast Cancer, specifically in women, we see women who give too much, don’t speak up for themselves, and whose emotional needs are not being met. As a result, the pattern becomes internalized and a disease develops to render the "giver” incapable of giving because they are too ill to do so. The reverse happens where the “nurturer” becomes the one nurtured.
Cancer’s polar opposite (4th house~home, our ancestral roots, end of the matter, children, family food and nurturing) is the cardinal, earth sign Capricorn (10th house~career, public reputation). The integration of home and family versus work and the public are issues to be addressed in the life of Cancerians. When under stress, each sign operates through negative characteristics of their polar opposite, the sign 180 degrees opposite itself. When under stress, Cancer becomes cold as ice, hiding in their shell, willful and decisive, similar to earthy Capricorn (the Sea Goat) ruled by Saturn. Remember too that Saturn is the ancient ruler of Aquarius and that “flavor” can be added to the above interpretation. Aquarians may seem distant, aloof or cool because they are an air sign.
If you have your…
Moon in Cancer: Mother was often seen as the proverbial “mother”, preparing meals, washing clothes and performing perfunctory household tasks. Her emotions waxed and waned and were intuitively felt by you. There is an emotional need to retreat when under stress and to be nurtured and mothered. There exists an emotional need to care for children. You are imaginative, sympathetic, protective, possessive, refined, gentle, receptive, moody, critical and loyal. This is an impressionable moon.
Mercury in Cancer: You are intuitive and prefer to discuss your feelings in conversation. Changing thoughts create changing moods and visa versa. Possess a keen imagination and an excellent, retentive memory.
Venus in Cancer: Values security in love. You want to be pursued by a partner in a relationship because you require reassurance that your partner wants you enough to go after you. You are a romantic, sentimental and sensitive partner. Poetry. Loves to care about and for children and cooking. Content to stay home.
Mars in Cancer: Desires security in a partner. You can be willful and react with emotional outbursts and temper tantrums. Carpenters and home improvement specialists. Nurturing professions. Chefs. The sexual act depends upon the “mood” and this will change like the phases of the moon. Passion is contingent upon what is received from the partner.
Famous Cancerians: Hermann Hesse, German Visionary Novelist~July 2, Tom Cruise, Actor~July 3, Ann Landers, Advice Columnist and Geraldo Rivera, TV Talk Show host~July 4, Sylvester Stallone~July 6, Marc Chagall, Russian/Jewish Painter~July 7th, Dancer, Ginger Rogers born July 16th, Film Actor James Cagney~July 17th, Carlos Santana, Guitarist/Musician born July 20, Ernest Hemingway, Author, Cat Stevens, Musician/Songwriter, Robin Williams, Actor/Comedian, and Lorraine Valente (me), Astrologer/Writer all born on July 21. :-)
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