BORN BETWEEN APPROXIMATELY JUNE 21 – JULY 21
The Personality is developed from Aries to Virgo; the Soul is developed from Virgo to Pisces.
THE SUN REPRESENTS THE SOUL. THUS, THE ENERGY IN WHICH OUR SUN IS LOCATED REVEALS THE SOURCE OF OUR CONSCIOUS AWARENESS—I AM CANCER.
ZODIAC ENERGY: CANCER SYMBOL: The Crab
KEYWORD: I FEEL
ELEMENT: Water QUALITY: Cardinal/Feminine or Negative
Masculine signs are Positive; Feminine signs are Negative.
As a negative cardinal, CANCER is interested in crisis, in activity, and in what is going on.
PERSONALITY LEVEL: Moon SOUL LEVEL: Neptune
OPPOSITE or POLARITY ENERGY: Capricorn
RULES: CANCER rules the 4th house--------------Capricorn rules the 10th house
RAYS: 3rd RAY of Active Intelligence, 7th RAY of Ceremonial Order & Magic
BASIC SOUL PURPOSES: This incarnation is the first cohesive anchoring of the soul in a physical body for a new cycle of unfoldment (Alan Oken). CANCER is seeking a home and the Mother Goddess within. CANCER’s most important task is to find and stabilize her own inner anchor.
QUALITY TO OVERCOME: Possessiveness
LESSON TO LEARN: To grant loved ones the freedom to be who they are
MOTIVATED BY: Self-preservation
BASIC NEEDS IN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS:
MOST COMPATIBLE ENERGIES: Scorpio & Pisces
COMPATIBLE ENERGIES: Taurus, Virgo, & Capricorn
INCOMPATIBLE ENERGIES: Those of fire and air – often compatible Ascendant energies will largely overcome incompatibility.
NEUTRAL ENERGY: CANCER
An intimate relationship with another CANCER means inability to recharge each other’s energy field. There is a tendency to blend and “act as one element.” Unless there are other strong energizing elements present, there can be a slow starvation of the nervous system. Conflict need not be present.
Attraction to others attuned to an element one lacks usually does not form the basis for a lasting relationship. One or both end up saying, “We are too different.”
Relationships can be either “too intense” or “devitalizing” according to the energy combinations of both persons. A strong reason for knowing the Soul Maps of those with whom you have close personal relationships. We can work positively with what we know.
Sleeping together merges the energy fields and can dramatically affect each person’s state of health, for good or ill. If in an intimate relationship with a neutral or incompatible Sun Sign, sleeping in separate beds/bedrooms can be very beneficial. (Stephen Arroyo, Astrology, Psychology, & the Four Elements)
EVOLUTIONARY SPIRAL: (According to Alan Oken, Soul-Centered Astrology) – as we grow holistically, we spiral upward from Personality-centered >>> Awakening to Soul-Personality relationship >>> Soul-Centered Individual.
Functioning on the totally Personality-Centered Level – CANCER is totally unaware of self as an individual. She is completely identified with her parents, her background, her tribe. Unconsciously, CANCER replays, over and over again, the karmic patterns that bind her to the physical plane. Self-preservation is at the core of her being; there is a tendency to hoard, to possess, and to be attached. CANCER feels life both sensually and psychically. At this level, CANCER’s psychism is undifferentiated and simply responds to the influences of the Moon phases and the emotional vibrations within her environment. CANCER can have difficulty distinguishing between her impressions and the influence of others on her. She unconsciously struggles to retain the most elementary concept of self. This struggle often manifests through the collection of objects and attachment to money and food.
Awakening to the Soul-Personality relationship – At this level, CANCER awakens to her surroundings and begins to form a clearer relationship with them. (The Crab has come out of the ocean and is exploring land.) There is a growing sense of separateness, which can be frightening at first. This fear of separateness dissipates as CANCER chooses her path of creative self-expression and finds her “niche” in life. From this “niche” or nest, CANCER can then engage in objective contacts that allow her to express the nourishing aspect of her nature. CANCER now moves from the instinctual, overly protective care of her children – to a more intelligent guiding of her children into the world. She now develops the ability to differentiate between her own psychic impressions and the influences of others upon her. Still, CANCER is unable to separate that which is “hers” from that which is someone else’s. During the latter stages of this level, CANCER moves from feeling at home with her tribe only >>> to feeling more at home wherever she goes. CANCER’s inner anchor to life on Earth is now more integrated within the psychological mechanisms of her personality.
Soul-Centered Individual – On this level, the nurturing Mother aspects of CANCER assume the quality of Christ Consciousness. CANCER has now evolved into an individual with limitless compassion and tremendous inner reserves of nurturing energy. NEPTUNE, on the soul-centered level, is the most benefic and mystical of planets. NEPTUNE (6th RAY) RULES THE SOUL-CENTERED CANCER. Now CANCER is an advanced human being who selflessly creates forms and structures on Earth that work for the betterment of humanity. CANCER is now the person of Goodwill, the one who feeds and nourishes a starving world. She is the Universal Mother who is in touch with the Goddess within self. She uses her 3rd RAY active intelligence, coupled with her 6th RAY devotion, in order to create a better Earth to be “home” for humanity (7th RAY). CANCER can now announce to the world, “I build a lighted house and therein dwell.” CANCER’s former illusion of separateness gives way to her illumination of universality. CANCER’s home and niche is now the world. CANCER, as the “light of the world” is a source of unlimited nourishment to all forms of life.
The I FEEL, THEREFORE I AM sign is mothering, sustaining, and nurturing. CANCER is patriotic, industrious, and sociable. CANCER rules the mass public; thereby enabling CANCER to be attuned to public trends and desires. CANCER possesses expertise in business, especially in real estate, restaurants, and other types of businesses that offer a sense of security, beauty, and nourishment to her clientele. In fact, CANCER will tend to spoil her clientele and employees (spoil her employees with everything but financial abundance). CANCER is frugal and saves for the unknown future. Hers is an excellent memory, which CANCER especially likes to focus on the past—collecting antiques and souvenirs. CANCER loves home and family, while also enjoying the adventures of roaming over the planet. CANCER will work hard for family security and welfare; she likes a secure home base, even is she is seldom at home. CANCER loves to cook and can be excellent at it. In love, she is emotional and tender. Hers is a gift for helping others to feel secure. CANCER is loyal, easy-going, and pleasant. The intense emotions of CANCER can find a beautiful release through engaging in creative endeavors. CANCER is the Cosmic Womb of creativity. CANCER can be creative on the intuitive, artistic, imaginative, and business levels. CANCER will work to establish a nurturing home for her family; she desires a spouse who is also responsible, family oriented, and a good parent. Some of the most nurturing of homes are established by CANCER & Capricorn as mates.
NEGATIVE CHARACTERISTICS: (Remember that as you focus on developing your positive characteristics, the negative ones tend to disappear. Those who express in negative ways are frustrated, consciously or unconsciously, because they are not being who they truly are.)
A strong attachment to home and Mother makes cutting the umbilical cord that binds her to the past difficult. CANCER is an intensely emotional energy, likened to the ebbs and flows of the ocean waves. Learning to control and creatively channel her emotions is a major task for CANCER. Though CANCER does not like to be emotional in front of others, she unconsciously projects her emotions onto those around her. CANCER is a psychic sponge, soaking up vibrations in her environment and often not distinguishing between her feelings and those of others. CANCER thinks with her emotions and is not beyond “emotional blackmail.” For example: “If you won’t do things my way, I’ll sulk until it forces you to come around.” There can be a strong karmic link with the family-of-origin and the family CANCER creates. CANCER is possessive of loved ones. She will feign the martyr in order to hold on to her family, especially her son. Example: “How can you leave me after all I have done for you?” CANCER will postpone or eliminate her efforts to be creatively self-expressive in order to (in her eyes) provide the best possible home life and education for her family. Many of CANCER’s behaviors are unconscious and based on her need to hold on to security and life as she knows it. There is a need to be needed. CANCER can be at the mercy of her moods. She often lacks the ability to be forthright and take direct action. There can be a vagueness about CANCER that feels very elusive to others.
A CANCER INCARNATION offers the opportunity to get in touch with the feelings and to learn to control and constructively channel emotions into creative and humanitarian endeavors. CANCER marks the beginning of a new cycle of evolution and the building of a strong inner foundation upon which to base future spiritual evolution. CANCER is to learn to “let go” all the familiar signposts of security and to move out into the world. It is an opportunity to develop the qualities of compassion and nourishment.
CANCER AS YOUR ASCENDANT
Be sure to check your chart to see what your Ascendant is.
The zodiac energy on the ASCENDANT is the energy that the public beholds. We also look at the world through our ASCENDANT. CANCER ASCENDANT, on the mundane level, sees a world whose insecurities necessitate a home nest for protection. CANCER ASCENDANT is often revealed by facial dimples.
In soul-centered astrology, the ASCENDANT indicates the soul’s purpose in physical embodiment.
CANCER ASCENDANT reveals that the soul is to be activated through the 3rd RAY of Active Intelligence and the 7th RAY of Ceremonial Order & Magic. CANCER ASCENDANT, especially as a child, feels a deep-seated insecurity and timidity. They need to be guided into constructive avenues for the expression of their very active imagination. CANCER ASCENDANT has incarnated on the 3rd RAY of the Active Intelligence of the Divinity within all of creation. The 3rd RAY is very much involved with matter and the creation of forms. It is the Great Architect of the Universe and the Builder of the Foundation. It is the RAY of activity, thus CANCER ASCENDANT is busy nurturing the Earth and its inhabitants. Sensitivity to the 3rd RAY allows CANCER ASCENDANT to attune to her inner depths and to realize that she is an expression of the One Life.
CANCER ASCENDANT’s 7th RAY function is to actively infuse spirit into the substance of matter with which she works. A simple example can be the conscious infusion of the love vibration into the food being cooked. CANCER ASCENDANT and the 7th RAY are to change those forms—physical and mental—that no longer serve the unfoldment of humanity’s creativity. CANCER ASCENDANT is to build (or create) forms and concepts that assist in building a strong inner foundation. The joy of holding one’s own creation (a child, a painting, a piece of music, sculpture, whatever) builds a strong foundation for knowing self as a “creator” after the likeness of the Creator. CANCER ASCENDANT needs to be creative; CANCER ASCENDANT is to assist others to be creative. Whether a CANCER ASCENDANT is presently in a male or female body, the soul is feminine. Though a male’s CANCER ASCENDANT is not indicative of homosexuality, it can be a difficult soul journey for the male in our society. Occupations, such as ministry, counseling, boat building, and chef, afford the male CANCER ASCENDANT the opportunity to openly express his creative, nurturing nature and his attunement to water/ocean.
THE HOUSE IN WHICH NEPTUNE—AS THE SOUL LEVEL RULER OF CANCER-- IS FOUND will indicate the area of life’s experiences where the lessons of the 3rd and 7th RAYS will tend to manifest. Since NEPTUNE CHANNELS THE 6TH RAY OF DEVOTION, many of the lessons will involve serving others with devotion while detaching emotionally from them. This service is to ask or expect nothing in return, but to be devotional in nature.
MOON IN CANCER
Be sure to check your chart to see where your MOON is located.
The MOON reveals the personality as it is displayed in our reactions to the events within our daily lives. It also reveals much that is hidden within our subconscious minds.
On the soul-centered level, the MOON reveals habit patterns that must be overcome or transformed in order to advance in spiritual maturity. This struggle to overcome the negative tendencies by the MOON is the “cross” we bear (Alan Oken). The MOON reminds us of the negative habit patterns formed in prior incarnations that created the karma we brought into this lifetime.
MOON IN CANCER indicates that soul growth will occur as the individual learns loving detachment. In prior lifetimes, CANCER MOON has been too possessive of her loved ones, especially children. She has used emotional blackmail in her efforts to hold onto those she loved. CANCER MOON has sought to live vicariously through her children. She has been overly protective of them, holding them close to her rather than allowing them to explore the outside world. This prior lifetimes possessiveness of family members created karmic debts that CANCER MOON is now to pay off. These karmic debts most often appear as karmic relationships within the present family.
Doing things for others is a major source of satisfaction for CANCER MOON; however, the motive must be clean of emotional blackmail. CANCER MOON has been the family martyr who hampered the growth process of others by doing for them what they could do for themselves and then, throwing it in their face: “Look at all I have done for you and now you are moving to another city.” CANCER MOON clings to resentment and pain, allowing it to fester into bodily dis-ease. CANCER MOON can be attached to unconscious feelings and psychic impressions that can result in addictive behavior.
CANCER MOON is to learn detachment, forgiveness and release, and to establish her own inner foundation—realizing the Goddess dwells within her. CANCER MOON needs to let go.
THE FOLLOWING APPLIES TO ALL THREE OF THE ABOVE – SUN, ASCENDANT, OR MOON IN CANCER.
HEALTH & WELL-BEING: The CANCER/CAPRICORN POLARITIES work together to bring a positive regulation of energy flow within the physical body.
Achieving a balance between the qualities of CANCER & CAPRICORN, thereby transforming negative habit patterns, will assist in maintaining good health. For example, achieving a balance between:
CANCER’s emotional sensitivity – and – CAPRICORN’s exterior severity.
CANCER ‘s attachment to people – and – CAPRICORN’s detachment.
CANCER’s tendency to hide in her shell – and – CAPRICORN’s need for the limelight/public recognition.
CANCER’s changeable moods/decisions – and – CAPRICORN’s self-discipline.
Failure to recharge one’s Sun Sign energy results in depletion, irritability, and increased vulnerability to physical and emotional dis-eases. The element of one’s Sun Sign is the fuel needed to feel alive. It is the source of vitality and power, the resource for coping with stress and challenges.
CANCER recharges by: 1) Regular contact with other watery people, such as SCORPIO & PISCES; 2) Intense emotional involvement in their work or creative projects; 3) Close contact with bodies of water, especially the ocean. Swimming is an excellent way for CANCER to release emotional tension. CANCER may have to be encouraged to exercise, as her energy is slow-moving and passive.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION: CANCER dislikes conflict and will attempt to circumvent it one way or another. CANCER is indirect and evasive in communications. She may snap out unexpectedly, just as the crab. She will attempt to hide her true feelings; however, CANCER unconsciously projects her emotions onto those around her. She will cling to resentment and emotional pain—often allowing it to manifest in the form of physical dis-ease. CANCER can distinguish the symptoms of physical dis-ease; she has difficulty recognizing and claiming as “hers” her own repressed negative emotions.