Personal thoughts on the sign Cancer

Sun in CancerThe Sun moved into Cancer at the Summer Solstice, and I have been thinking a lot about that sign.  I have a client who used to say “don’t call me a cancer!!” so I am now very politically correct, calling people born under that sign “Cancerians” rather than “Cancers.”  And this is somewhat representative of the Cancerian sensitivity.

I was raised in a family of Cancerians.  My sister and my mother share the same birthday (or did up until my mother’s death in 2012) in the early degrees of Cancer.  My father was born at 29º45′ Gemini, which is pretty darn close to Cancer, and anyway he has five other planets in Cancer.  So this was a very Cancerian bunch, especially for someone born with three planets in Libra and a Leo Moon and is mostly air and fire with a bit of fiery water (Scorpio/Pluto) thrown in.  I always felt like the odd man out, like there was some emotional handbook that they all had but which I was never given.  It wasn’t until I started doing client consultations that I began to understand these mysterious crabs.

If you watch the movement of crabs at the beach you will get a good sense of the Cancerian personality.  They can be somewhat fearful, especially when they are younger and their vulnerable shells are still soft.  I know they are delicious at that stage, but they are also extremely sensitive and if wounded while their outer shells are soft they become hard and crusty and it can be nearly impossible to break through.  Crabs don’t approach anything directly – they sidle up slowly when you’re not looking and are very easily spooked.  However, once they are ready to grab the prize they will not let go.  They can be tenacious and protective of what is theirs.

I never understood why my mother and sister were so deeply affected by events in the world, taking global tragedy so personally that they experienced these events as though they were occurring in their own family.  Later I discovered that this is a Cancerian trait – there is a connection to the world at large that is unparalleled in the rest of the zodiacal realm.

Cancerians are nurturers, but as cardinal (leadership) signs they are more comfortable when they are the ones in charge.  It can be difficult to try to take care of a Cancerian person and you may be fooled into thinking that they do not crave the kind of nurturing that they give to others.  But that would be a highly erroneous assumption to make!  The more vulnerable a Cancerian person feels, the harder that exterior shell becomes.

Cancerians are deeply rooted to their home and crave a connection to their history.  They are not always family-oriented, but they long for a sense of belonging – a tribal affiliation.  They are well known for their love of food and cooking, and there is no better way to the heart of a Cancerian than through their stomach.  If you can get to the kitchen, that is, because they are more likely to be cooking for you.

Tomorrow is my Cancerian sister’s birthday.  She has had a hell of a year.  I’m excited about her Solar Return chart, which shows 0 degrees of the cardinal signs on the angles (ascendant and midheaven), suggesting that she is at the verge of some new beginnings, and her Sun is right at the Midheaven, a placement which is generally fortunate for career decisions and potential moves which she is looking into.  One thing I’ve learned, or am trying to learn, is that the more she appears to not need or want any help, the more she really does need and want it.

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By | 2014-06-24T13:08:33+00:00 June 24th, 2014|Astrology in my world, Signs|10 Comments


  1. Lilith Adams June 24, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Perfect timing–today as I mull what to do about a soon to be 23yr old step-son who has lost his way…..and continue to miss my dear Cancer the Crab daddy who passed away 3+ years now…………good advice you give there…..thank you.

  2. Sarah June 24, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Cancerians. I like that 🙂
    And btw Lynn… I think I’m overdue for a reading 🙂

    • June 24, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      Ha. You recognized yourself!! Call any time my dear. 🙂

  3. kimmie June 24, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I have had one heck of 2 year span myself. I’m a cancer sun, with a sagg moon and rising. I can’t seem to much information on this. I have lost my job this year, and I’m having trouble making decisions, or just having clear thoughts. Could it have something to do with the combination of signs? Just to give more information, I was born July 12th, 1981 chapel hill.

    • June 25, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Kimmie, I live in Chapel Hill. Nothing is jumping out at me from your chart but there is probably something going on with the ascendant or midheaven, do you know your birth time?

  4. Jill June 25, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Regarding “hell of a year”….I have nothing to hide anymore and who knows, this may help someone else. Or I’m just an incorrigible clickbaiter.

    Start here:

    Then follow through from here:

    • June 25, 2014 at 11:49 am

      These stories are highly recommended by me as an example of my sister’s ability to find humor in the midst of despair.

  5. Lisa June 25, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Yes, it is hard being a Cancer….I’m a Virgo but have Cancer rising, Cancer moon and Saturn in Cancer, all in the first…. I can totally relate to your mom and sister getting upset with world events and even tragedies in the community…. It is tough going thought life feeling everything…..please excuse us while we feel…LOL!

    However, over-sensitivity should not excuse poor behavior just as much as an overactive Mars shouldn’t….Channel these energies in a positive manner…and look to other strengths your chart as well…

  6. kimmie June 26, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Well hello my fellow Tarheel!!!! My birth time is 17:09 🙂

    • June 27, 2014 at 8:27 am

      Aha – Neptune is squaring your ascendant. Neptune’s job is to inspire us to detach from the material world, and this can make it difficult to live in the world. Things seem confusing and unclear. Try to stay focused but also bring more Neptunian things into your life – meditation, music, arts, creativity.

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