Cancer- The Nurturer
Home is not where you live, but where they understand you
— Christian Morgenstern
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A birth chart is made up of 12 astrological houses, and while there are different systems that divide the houses up in different ways, your birth chart is never without any of the signs, just like it’s never without any of the houses. This means you embody all 12 signs (energies/modalities) even if you do not have any planets in that sign. Understanding how any of thee 12 zodiac signs work alongside your Big Three (sun, moon and rising) can help you to make more sense of your chart as a whole.
DATES: June 21 – July 22
SYMBOL: The Crab
MODE + ELEMENT: Cardinal Water
RULING PLANET: Moon
ASPIRATION: Harmony (Achieving our signs aspiration (things we can learn to master) is a key stage in the process of personal evolution. The fully evolved person will attain all 12 aspirations and so come closer to Divine.)
MANTRA: I Feel
BODY PART: The Stomach, Brain, Chest & Breasts COLORS: Silver & White
VULNERABILITIES: Indigestion, Ulcers & Chronic diseases
PLANTS & HERBS: parsley, sage, aloe, evening primrose, myrtle, cinnamon, lemon balm, hyacinth, bay leaves, water lily.
TAROT CARD: The Chariot
The word 'Cancer' originally means crab in Latin. Cancer is represented by the crab - a delicate, highly aware and skittish creature who wears a hard, protective shell, symbolizing its capacity to protect itself and honor its sensitivity. Living on both land and sea, it is adaptable to many environments, imbued with the capacity to nurture oneself. It's distinctive sideways walk symbolizes its capacity to flow with the shifts in its emotions, following an intuitively inspired path.
Water signs make natural empaths, with an ability to tap into the emotions of people around them. They're nurturing towards the ones they love but need to be careful they're not overly giving with anyone who might take advantage of this quality.
This element is a powerful force that can also cause us to accumulate anxiety and resentment when we feel manipulated, used or abused. As flood waters build up behind a dam and eventually overwhelm it, our emotional pressure can burst our uncontrollably, leaving hurt that is hard to heal. With awareness, we can use positive energy of water to make cracks in the dam if pent up emotions and relieve the
When in alignment
Enigmatic style that eludes others understanding
Seeking internal nourishment
Seeking to create safe and nurturing spaces around oneself
Seeking to feel alive on the feeling plane
Funny, bubbly, refreshing personality
Driven by pursuits that enable them to 'feel' fully
Emotionally centered and open
Strong emotional boundaries that reinforce self-sufficiency
When out of alignment
Clinging to the past
Hiding because one is unable to feel secure in their natural self
Over-giving, sacrificing one's own needs
"Neediness" because one does not know how to create boundaries and safe haven
sensitive rather than honoring one's sensitivity and finding power to nurture oneself
Affirmation to reconnecting with self:
I know how to love