Today I am going to be exploring the sign of Cancer:
Cancers are often simplified to being cry-babies and nurtures however, there is more to them then just these things. The lesson for cancer placements lies in their heart. How many beatings must one take to the heart before its stoned over in a material of blocking, locking and ever ending contemplation.
Being lunar (ruled by the moon) in this way makes one susceptible to the conditioning and molding of the world around them due to the fact that the Moon changes signs every 2.5 days. You are experiencing the entirety of the zodiac over a course of 28 days. Depending on what your ultimate lover, the Sun, is doing—You are constantly riding a wave of different zodiac flavors: Aries-Pisces. This is not to say that **everyone else** isn’t feeling the lunar influence, its just that Cancers are exclusive to the Moon. The Moon only rules CANCER. Cancerian people are CARDINAL – don’t mistake cardinal energy for Martian energy. They have to lead with their heart and feeling nature. They must feel out certain environments first before feeling comfortable. They want to make sure everyone is okay energetically before beginning something.
If Cancer is unable to do this, then the cosmic weeping begins and they become lost. Lost in a pattern of protecting others and not protecting one self. Cancer’s need space to be Cancers. Their internal soft side is often abused by others over and over again. Unable to recognize their true reflection and nature they turn cold or empty. They end up living life as a total projection of other people’s imprint on them. They carry all the experiences from the past and walk in that truth when they should’ve left it behind. Carrying all that baggage is why Cancer takes things so personally – they have their entire shield, home and protection carried with them all the time (Cancer is symbolized by the Crab)
When I say, lead with your heart I intend for you to have yourself in mind. Expressing catastrophic emotions while not doing something to change the reason behind these emotions is the same thing as ignorance. Cancer must learn to not neglect themselves. They must draw from their opposite, Capricorn, who build foundation first and then moves forth in extending any helping hand to others.
The Cancer-Capricorn axis asks us to use the stable power of destruction and malfunction within us, to propel us into situations that are meant for us. To simplify, the dark lonely forces within you must be brought to the surface in your own way. Capricorn deals with a lot of Karma while Cancer provides the divine milk for this Karma to be churned in for the most decadent cream. What do we do with this cream? Obviously, we make cake. We make something beautiful; we materialize these emotional drives. Allowing this cake to be consumed and cleared from our subconscious, thus allowing space for manifestation.
If Cancer does not have a safe place to go to, or was over sheltered by parental figures growing up (this is usually the case), Cancer gets stuck in a time warp. They get stuck on ONE specific thing or a consistent set of things. (Having an obsession with someone or something, having a dream unfulfilled, tunnel vision) Their opposite, Capricorn, is ruled by Saturn “The Lord of Time”: having blockages from an early age is the opposite of what Cancer needs: Cancer needs validation and encouragement, patience and understanding. Waves are CATASTROPHIC often, FATAL. Keeping Cancer in a capsule is a lazy way to tend to their needs. Cancer is the Mother, already born into this life with wisdom and understanding to develop themselves in a respectful way. A way that suits them in this life time. Cancer needs to be able to create and feel safe while doing so. They often look to idols and icons to feed this insatiable creative energy that they feel inside and often wish they could possess. What sometimes happens is, Cancer gets disappointed and discouraged when they get cast back into the reality of their obsession and realize they aren’t at the same level as the people they idolize and fantasize about.
Cancer has to realize, as the first water sign, being the only cardinal water sign, they DO have the immense power to be just as impactful and influential as the people they look up to. They just need structure. Water has no real form, it’s boundless—If Cancer is the beach, they need lifeguards. Lifeguards to watch and protect them from drowning within themselves. Friends and family can be very important to Cancer but they must be aware of not letting codependency fuel them – The neurotic chemical release of joy when someone drowns in their waves.
In ancient Egyptian culture, Cancer was seen as the dung beetle or Scarabaeus- rolling the Moon around like a dung beetle rolls its feces up into a ball so that it can lay it’s eggs. The eggs hatch and eat the dung ball. In my eyes, this represents Cancer’s Phoenix-like life. The Moon grows and decreases as if it were to die and be reborn. The eggs represent new growth in Cancer’s life. I also see it as the releasing of emotional creation. Khapera was an ancient Egyptian God who took form of this Scarab.
“Initiates of the Egyptian Mysteries were sometimes called scarabs; again, lions and panthers. The scarab was the emissary of the sun, symbolizing light, truth, and regeneration.” – Manly P. Hall
If Cancer can reflect the light they are given, in a way that is honest for them, they are able to travel through life being the ultimate mirror for others. Others can get inspired from Cancer placements when they are at their best potential. Cancer’s cardinal energy is what allows them to be pioneers in areas where they focus. People often seek advice from Cancer and are astonished by their routine and process. Cancer will often reflect your own potential back at you. This can get messy when people refuse to realize the impact of Cancer in their lives and take Cancer for granted. Cancer will give people multiple chances just as a mother does with her son.
My advice to Cancer placements? Lead with your heart. Follow your heart. Do not let the world try to harden you. Allow yourself to feel and you will attract people who respect that.
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