We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
~ Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama
(Sun in Cancer – July 6, 1935)
Happy Birthday, Cancer!
Cancer is the sign of the Summer Solstice, and heralds 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, (making it a cardinal sign), and forms its identity around home, family and personal experiences.
Cancer is ruled by the Moon, giver of emotions and feelings, and some Cancers prefer to call themselves Moonchildren. We are unusually sensitive and it is our nature, unless we’ve been profoundly wounded, to respond to the needs of others in a nurturing manner. But we can also be highly subjective and can find it difficult to see ourselves with detachment.
Moonchildren are natural nest builders, loving home and family. In fact, in some Native American traditions, the sign of Cancer is the time of the Flicker or Woodpecker.
As a cardinal sign, Cancers are often excellent leaders. They are naturals at gathering materials, people, and creative ideas, and giving birth to new groups, companies, and organizations. Their innate sense of nurturing gives them insight and empathy with those around them. Rather than dominating or forcing, they would rather motivate and collaborate, and may shy away from demanding the spotlight.
But being a water sign, Cancer also likes to go with the flow. They dislike confrontation, and may bend to external forces, preferring to go around obstacles, rather than meeting them head on. And crabs are well-known for their sideways progress, not always tackling things in a linear or head-on fashion. Although considered moody, Cancerians can be very intuitive, tenacious, and are also known for their sometimes loony merriment.
When the Sun is in the Sign of Cancer
Regardless of your sign, everyone is likely to move into a period where our emotional life takes center stage. Cancer is the sign that rules the primordial goo of feelings, the ebb and flow of our sensitivities, and our Lunar intuitiveness.
We may find ourselves feeling tender, even protective around issues to do with home, family, and traditions. And this is a time when our inner nurturer and mothering heart (men and women!) comes to the surface. Good food, cuddly time at home with loved ones, and being near water will enhance everyone’s enjoyment at this time.