Every sign in the zodiac represents an aspect of yourself, even if you don’t have any planets in that house. Understanding your zodiac sign at birth allows you to be more authentic. Understanding the zodiac sign of others expands your acceptance and celebration of diversity. This naturally creates a better world for us all.
Cancer: Established Roots, Home and Family, Intuitive Empathy
Evolved Traits: Calm, gentle, receptive, compassionate, supportive, protective, sustaining, actively loving, loyal for life, devoted to family, dependable, sentimental, comforting, nurturing, affectionate, intimate, deeply emotional, intuitive
Challenging Traits: Absorbs environment, vulnerable, wounded, insecure, needy, attached, prone to fear and depression, controlled by emotions, overly subjective, vague, elusive, wanderers, stuck in the past, sluggish, defensive, retaliatory
Meet Cancer The Zodiac Sign
If you grew up with a mother who loved to cook and clean for you, washed and folded your laundry, tucked you into bed every night, nursed you when you were sick, soothed your booboo-oweys, sympathized with you when friends were mean, kept the family photo albums carefully maintained, and was genuinely happy to see you as she welcomed you home each day… you know all about the Cancerian.
Cancer is the mother of the zodiac.
Cancer loves to nurture other people’s needs because their greatest yearning is to have their own physical needs met.
Because Cancer is so sensitive and vulnerable, a safe and secure home is imperative. So they pour their energies into their family and familiar possessions. Then they have every right to expect their home to be a secluded shelter protecting them from the constantly shifting, big bad world outside.
The only time you’ll see Cancer aggressive is when they sense their safe haven or loved ones are threatened. They know how to manipulate situations until they feel secure again – subjectively, of course.
Because Cancer is so inward-focused, they feel their emotions deeply. Anxiety and depression for Cancer feel more detrimental than they do for other signs.
It’s also why they might avoid antagonistic people and environments which are too direct, upsetting, ungracious or unkind. Or they give the silent treatment in hopes of drawing the love and security they crave.
Planets In Cancer
When the sun is in Cancer from June 22nd to July 22nd or when strategic planets are in Cancer, either in the sky or in your birth chart, you might feel drawn to take care of family needs, or start a family if you don’t have one, or cultivate a sense of belonging.
Or you might desire to upgrade your quality of life, the quality of food you eat, or improve your home to ensure it’s secure, safe and protected.
If you’re feeling erratically emotional, seek to establish your center which isn’t swayed by other people’s energies. This is your internal safe space.
On the other hand, you might be tempted to dwell on memories of the past, or maybe you feel a little needy. If you’ve been holed up for too long, your emotions might feel erratic or volatile, or you might feel an insatiable need to roam.
The primary problem for Cancer is finding security in an unpredictable, dangerous world. Not only is the external world always shifting, so is Cancer’s internal world of emotions and intuition.
The one place Cancer depends on for refuge – the home and family – isn’t immune to change and peril either. Children grow up and leave the nest, partners wander when they feel smothered or suffocated, and intruders break in to homes. Nightmares happen.
The intriguing irony is that Cancer is a cardinal sign. They thrive on change. But how can they find safety in an unstable, unsafe world?
The challenge for Cancer is to face their fears and pain, let go of attachments and the false security of their comfort zone, and learn to follow their own path, bravely venturing out into the world.
“She models empathy – which is the divine potency we unleash when we awaken to our pain. Empathy is the real treasure in our Cancer house.” – Dana Gerhardt
Venturing out doesn’t mean Cancer abandons their family. It means they find their true home which is within. This is what they ultimately want to accomplish anyway. Cancer looks everywhere for their home, except where it really is.
Instead of following the crowd of mass consciousness, and instead of trying to retreat from the world, they embark on their own solitary path. This is where they find their inner strength, their higher intuition and their soul family. This is where they finally find their security.
They can then relate to others including their human family from a sense of independence rather than neediness, with boundaries rather than self-sacrificing vulnerability, and with unconditional love rather than needy love.
The lesson for Cancer is: Heal fears and deep inner pain by allowing them to flow in everyday life and guide you to your true self and your true family – your soul family incarnated.
“Wherever the past is dropped away and safety abandoned, life is renewed.” – Alan Watts
Birthdate: June 22nd to July 22nd
Planetary Rulers: The Moon, Neptune
Elements: Cardinal, Water
Opposite Sign: Capricorn
Bodily Organs: Breast, Stomach, Solar Plexus
Symbols: Crab, Staff of Neptune or Rod of Shiva
Tarot Card: The Chariot
Career Potential: Alternative Psychotherapist, Community Leader, Interior Designer
Relationship Compatibility: Scorpio, Pisces, Cancer, Capricorn