Compassion is not religious business, it is human business; it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability. It is essential for human survival.
~ His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, born July 6, 1935, with Sun and Ascendant in Cancer
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 it 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. Astrologer Stephanie Weiss writes, “Cancer is perhaps the most emotionally sensitive sign of them all — even more than the other Water signs, Scorpio and Pisces. Cancer is ruled by the Moon and, by virtue of the lunar cycles, its energy constantly vacillates.
“Cancer’s shell is there for protection — it doesn’t have a stinger like the Scorpion, nor the ability to swim in two directions at once, like the double fish of Pisces. [And] unlike the other Water signs, Cancer rarely traffics in emotional blackmail.”
Despite our vulnerabilities, though, unless we’ve been profoundly damaged, Cancer’s reflexes are 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.
For Everyone When the Sun is in the Sign of Cancer
June 21-July 22
Regardless of your sign, everyone is likely to now 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.
During the Sun in the sign of Cancer, we may find ourselves feeling tender, even protective around issues to do with home, family, and traditions.
Stephanie tells us, “In terms of your relationships, it’s vital to find a way to communicate without being hysterical. If something really deep and transformational comes up for you during Cancer season, take a moment to find some clarity and emotional stability before you charge ahead with accusations or confrontations.”
Best of all, 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 during this Cancerian season.
Do you have a Moonchild friend or loved one with a birthday between June 21 and July 22? Or maybe you are a Cancer who is hoping to make this upcoming birthday the beginning of your best year yet!
Why not join my Birthday Club? Treat yourself (or your Cancer friend) to a full year of growth, mystical discovery, and self-nurturing (perfect for Cancerians, who love depth, security, and innovation all rolled into one!).
All the details are here!