Whether we are rich or poor, educated or uneducated, whatever our nationality, color, social status, or ideology may be, the purpose of our lives is to be happy.
— His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, born July 6, 1935
Cancer is the sign of the Summer Solstice, the beginning of the warmest season of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It is also the birth sign of the United States of America. Cancer is the first water sign of the Zodiac, which makes it a Cardinal sign. Cancer forms its identity around home, family and personal feelings.
When the Sun is in Cancer (June 21-July 22, 2010), we all move into a fertile, receptive and mothering energy. During this time, we are encouraged to eat healthy, nurturing foods, and focus on security, clarity, and lavish loving for our homes and families.
Cancer is ruled by the Moon, giver of emotions, cycles and clairvoyance, and some Cancers prefer to call themselves Moonchildren. This is one of the most sensitive signs and it is our nature, unless we’ve been damaged in some fundamental way, to respond to the needs of others in a nurturing manner. But, we can also be highly subjective and may find it difficult to see ourselves with detachment.
As a water sign, Cancer prefers to go with the flow, moving around obstacles, rather than meeting them head on. Although sometimes considered moody, the problem often comes from Cancer’s sensitive, empathic nature. Good boundaries do not always come naturally to Cancerians and when, inevitably, they are hurt or angry, they may turn their negativity upon themselves or retreat into their tough shell. But ruled by the Moon, they can easily have a change of heart, and they rarely hold a grudge.
Moonchildren are natural nest builders and homebodies. In fact, in some Native American traditions, the sign of Cancer is the time of the Flicker or Woodpecker, who is known for these qualities. Although sensitive, Cancer is a cardinal sign, so they are rarely passive followers. Instead, they are known for their initiative and leadership, and for being gifted stewards of materials, people, and creative ideas. They are also often known for occasional loony merriment.