Cancer, the fourth sign of the zodiac, is all about home. Those born under this horoscope sign are ‘roots’ kinds of people, and take great pleasure in the comforts of home and family.
Cancers are maternal, domestic, and love to nurture others. More than likely, their family will be large, too—the more, the merrier! Cancers will certainly be merry if their home life is serene and harmonious.
After a season of curiosity, exploration, and understanding, Cancer brings a balance of emotion, sensitivity, and strong boundaries. Our sign of cardinal water, Cancer is loyal, intuitive, and intensely compassionate. This is an energy that understands how to sink into heavy emotions, but that prefers to keep their most vulnerable sensations and longings to themselves.
How do you understand privacy? What happens in the depths of your subconscious, that you may keep so hidden that you aren’t even completely aware of it yourself? With Cancer, we are invited to explore various kinds of intimacy, particularly around caretaking, nurturing, nourishing. Like all water signs, Cancer isn’t interested in the superficial — but this season, having a container for emotion, relationships, community, and vulnerability is incredibly important. What do you guard, hold back, and what do you allow others to see? How do you decide what to share, and what to protect? Who do you let in, and why? When do your boundaries erode, and how do they become fortified?
where is privacy doing more harm than good? You’re simultaneously nurturing and protective, and often that is most clear in the ways that you treat yourself — you won’t let just anyone in, but once someone has access to that tender heart, you expect them to treat it with respect. But sometimes we build a narrative around suffering, that we have to do so in silence, that our challenges are ours alone to bear. This season, offer yourself the gifts of compassion and perspective, particularly if you find yourself caught up in a victim mindset. Is it really that bad? What do you gain by suffering in silence? And in letting someone else in on your pain, how might they help you see it in a new, more accurate light?
With Cancer being a water sign, we often think of their season as a watery, emotional, moody vibe but Cancer is so much more than that.
Cancer is strong and often underestimated, they may be natural caregivers with a psychic sense that can tune in to how others are feeling… but don’t get them wrong, they will pop off on someone who disrespects people they care about (and hey, they might cry in private after they do it but don’t we all?). They are amazing friends and family members who are often under valued for the stability and comfort they bring to others.
This Cancer season let us all tap into our mystical moon-like energy, flow with our emotions, and enjoy the ride.
The constellation known as Cancer has its roots in many ancient civilizations, where it has been identified as various hard-shelled mythological creatures. In Egyptian belief, it was associated with the scarab, the symbol of immortality. The connection with the afterlife continues into Babylonian culture, where Cancer was thought to be the god that was the guide to the passage through the underworld and death.
The Crab makes an appearance in Greek legend, with its notable part in the tale of Hercules battling the Hydra. Karkinos, the Crab, was sent by the goddess Hera, who was not a fan of Hercules, to distract him and give the Hydra an advantage. When Karkinos bites Hercules on the foot, he kills him by cracking his shell. As a reward for risking his life to do Hera’s bidding, Karkinos is placed in the heavens, to shine for eternity.
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A cardinal water element sign, Cancer embodies emotion, intuition, dreams, home and family, and the maternal. The United States is actually a Cancer baby, “born” on July 4th. As we are seeing now, the call to attend to the emotional needs of its people, to view ourselves as more of a family unit than as a gaggle of warring strangers, and to place greater value on our collective intuitive wisdom is mighty and loud. Strongly associated with ancestral healing, particularly the maternal line, Cancer is actively inviting us to reflect on our past and take expansive action with emotional intelligence. This is where The Chariot card steps in to lead the way.
Ruled by the moon, Cancer’s archetypal traits are derived from its receptive, feminine, or yin qualities, making this sign oriented toward contemplation, and engagement with inner awareness. Alive in both a Cancer woman or Cancer man, those born with the Crab as their rising, sun, or moon sign have a sensitive, intuitive, and protective awareness in the core of their personality; an echo of the life-supporting and sustaining energies of the Summer season.
As a cardinal sign, Cancer takes leadership in the roles of being a nurturer, host, protector, and caretaker. Those born with the sign of the Crab prominent in their charts are focused on forming and maintaining family ties. They are naturally empathic, sentimental, and home-loving by nature.
The primary Cancer strengths can be found in their kind, giving, and sympathetic natures. Always ready to host, and set a table, they can be counted on to feed and care for friends, family, and any weary traveler that stays in their home. With strong empathic powers and talents for healing, Cancer natives can sense what others need, often long before they have articulated it themselves.
The famous sideways walk of the Crab can be observed in the cautious way a Cancer native enters a space or social gathering. They tend to come in quietly, carefully surveying their surroundings, before they open and reveal their whole selves. This protective instinct makes Cancerians good at reading the emotional tone in a room, helping them anticipate danger or crisis early.
There is always something familiar about those born under the sign of the Crab, and those with this sign rising, especially, give people the uncanny feeling they have met them before. This quality has roots in this archetype’s connection to nurturing and building a home, often making people instantly feel at home with them.
The ease, familiarity, and trust they inspire allow those who meet them to open up in quickly, saying to the Cancerian “I feel like I could tell anything” or “It’s like I’ve known you my whole life.” This uncanny quality serves the Crab natives well in their roles and professions, which usually have some healing or nurturing aspect to them. Cancer natives are usually steadfast and loyal, and once you have been accepted into their hearts, and inner circle, they will be your friend for life.