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Cancer- The Nurturer

Home is not where you live, but where they understand you

— Christian Morgenstern

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


KEWORD: Careful

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.)

HOUSE: Fourth


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

  • Denying feelings

  • 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

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