The Sun in Cancer June 20 – July 22
Cancer is the fourth sign in the Tropical
Zodiac, cardinal, like Aries, but changeable and watery in nature. The
Moon rules Cancer.
We are looking at our lunar or feminine
qualities through the sign of Cancer; thus we have the home, mothering
and nurturing, all things domestic--but primarily food--and family. This
sign also rules women’s apparel, the kitchen, the restaurant trade,
fluctuating moods and feelings and the crab--the creature associated
with this sign. The crab demonstrates some of the Cancer characteristics
in its push-pull relationship with the water’s edge as it sidles along
the beach, then suddenly scurries back into the water. Its human
counterpart wants to be involved and nurtured, but it doesn’t want to
be smothered, trapped or cornered. You’ll know you’ve gotten too
close to a Cancer when he or she suddenly becomes moody, evasive, or
Cancer is a dynamic movable sign, and in the
Northern hemisphere, it represents the solar “Full Moon” as the Sun
reaches the peak of its northern declination, bringing us the longest
days of the year. In Hindu Astrology, both the Moon and Mercury rule the
mind and it is thought to be very auspicious to depart from life during
the period culminating at the Summer Solstice. In many cultures there is
some form of celebration centered around this time of year.
Cancer ailments include emotional upsets and/or
breakdowns, digestive or stomach difficulties such as ulcers or
heartburn and problems relating to the breasts.
To recognize the Cancer person, look for someone
who is emotional, sensitive and kind; sympathetic, but who guards
his/her privacy carefully. Watch for sudden shifts in mood and for
exaggerated emotions when feeling cornered or fatigued. The Cancer is
very creative and drawn to the arts. They are intuitive and sensitive.
Look for the Cancer in your local bar lending the sympathetic ear… The
Cancer also loves the sociability of the internet—and the disappearing
act is so easy!!! It is no coincidence that the ice-cream cone becomes a
national addiction come summer, nor that we flock to the ocean in
hordes. Gardening and the related commerce owes its perennial success to
the fertility of Cancer.
Some famous Cancers are: The United States of
America, Meryl Streep, Jack Dempsey, Bill Blass, King Henry VIII &
King Edward VIII, George Orwell, Clarence Thomas, Helen Keller, Dean
Martin, Tom Cruise, the twins Abigail Van Buren and Ann Landers, Gina
Lollobrigida, and President Bush II.
When you find yourself in the kitchen, cuddling a
new-born, or tending to someone’s needs, your Cancer is showing. When
you are transported by sudden mood swings, lusting after that
smart-looking silver convertible, checking out the latest in fancy
lingerie (spectator or coy model), or lingering in the pots and pans
aisle at Wal-Mart, peak over your shoulder and you’ll see the fleeting