June 21 to July 22
The Archetypes and Roles
The Mother, the Carer, the Psychic, the Counselor, the Protector
Just as the Crab encases itself inside a shell, the Cancer person has an active inner life. Beneath a tranquil facade many conflicting needs and emotions brew. Those born under this sign often mingle home, family, and the influence of mother figures into all of life's experiences. Many will work at home or be drawn to an occupation which is an extension of the home. Successful family-owned businesses frequently have a Cancer at the helm.
"I Feel" is your cry for spiritual identification with the outer world. Ruled
by the Moon, Cancer has always been the champion of goddess archetypes.
No one has ever said Cancerians are easy to understand. You may appear gentle, kind, sympathetic, and a patient listener. Then you turn cranky, snappish, and appear to be completely indifferent to anyone's problems but your own.
Like the tides, Cancer is the sign of powerful forces moving under the surface. That surface is very difficult to penetrate, for there is an elaborate array of defenses to hide their deep feelings and extreme sensitivity.
Complex, fragile, unpredictable, temperamental, the typical Cancerian needs constant support and encouragement. You want desperately to be loved and approved of but resent needing approval so badly. When you get what you need, you give the best you have in return.
You tend to be a worrier and a silent brooder. People may pour their hearts out to you, but the flow never goes in the other direction. You guard your secrets well.
If offended, you do not strike back directly. Your method of retaliation is to sulk, and it is often very effective. (Somewhat like being whipped to death by a dozen strands of boiled spaghetti.)
Cancer's symbol, the crab, has a hard outer shell that protects soft, vulnerable flesh underneath. The same is true of Cancerians, who can often be crusty, gruff and grumpy, but possess a proverbial heart of gold. You are a sentimental softie who will make any sacrifice for someone in need. If someone asked for a favor, your first reaction will probably be no, but the final answer is always yes.
Anyone who becomes a part of your life will never again be entirely free. If you let anyone go out of your life, it is unwillingly and never completely. You try to stay in touch with everyone.
You are almost psychic with your intuitions. You are devoted to home and family and continue to believe in the old fashioned idea that marriage is forever-even if the events of your own life contradict this.
Cancerians are crab-like in their approach and never direct.
If channeled in the right direction, your enormous sensitivity can be a great source of strength. Once you overcome your shyness and touchiness and master your turbulent emotions, your intellect and imagination enable you to become a success in almost anything you undertake.
A Cancerian never gets enough love and approval; you always need more. It is very easy to fall in love with this loyal, devoted, affectionate, and protective Moon-child.
ASSOCIATIONS IN THE OUTER WORLD
PART OF THE BODY RULED BY CANCER
ANIMALS RULED BY CANCER
MOST LIKABLE TRAIT
This page is dedicated to a few of my favorite Cancers- My husband, Danny, Chris Cornell, and Danielle.
Page constructed 11 Sep 1999