If you’re one of those June Cancerians born in the early days of Cancer month (June 21 – July 23), you may have been wondering for about a year now why life has been so bumpy, and full of more switches and surprises than placid-tempered Cancer natives normally prefer. There’s a reason for this. Since 2009, some of the slow-moving “outer” planets – so called because they’re farthest from the Sun -- have been moving through the early degrees of Aries, Libra and Capricorn. These zodiac signs, like Cancer, are called “cardinal” signs (from the Latin cardo, meaning “hinge”) because they open like a door to begin each new season of the Earth year.
What’s made the last year so weird for early Cancerians, especially mid-2010? Last summer was the beginning of several turbulent “cross” alignments that have formed as Pluto in early Capricorn has opposed the early degrees of Cancer, while Jupiter and Uranus in Aries, and Saturn in Libra, have all formed 90° “squares” with the early and middle degrees of Cancer. While these squares are often considered “difficult” or “stressful,” it’s better to see them as indicators that long-overdue changes need to be made, and we’d best get creative about them. So if you’ve felt lately that your plans don’t move, your personal power is blocked, things that look like good new opportunities turn out to be only flashes in the pan, and you feel restless, impatient and ready to break out of jail at all costs – be careful. Big decisions made under stress have a way of being brittle. And hang on. Neptune and Chiron are in early Pisces now, and can bring spiritual insight and healing in the months and years to come.
Cancer month opens the summer in the northern hemisphere. The Summer Solstice on June 21 marks the annual transition point when masculine energy reaches its peak in the longest days of the year, and the feminine now begins to wax as the days grow shorter through the six months until Mother Night on Dec. 20. Cancer is ruled by the Moon, and is naturally linked with the element of water and the 4th house of home and motherhood.
The symbol of Cancer is apt, as a crab moves sideways in the indirect way that is typical of Cancer people. And like a crab, protected by its carapace, Cancerians are famously sensitive, tending to withdraw emotionally when hurt, and to protect themselves from danger. So it’s only to be expected that Cancer types like Tom Cruise (July 3) are notoriously bland and opaque when it’s interview time, though it rarely is. Natural stars like Princess Diana (July 1) attract the spotlight, but never feel safe in it, and crave instead the privacy and comfort of home. “I love to be alone,” H. D. Thoreau (July 12) wrote. “I never found the companion that was as companionable as solitude.” Moody and introspective, Cancerians favor lives and livelihoods that are true to one’s heart and convictions. They are less apt to adjust to the “outer” world than to bring it into alignment with their inner vision. The Dalai Lama (July 6) spoke like a classic Cancer in saying, “There can be no world peace unless there is inner peace.”
Yet there can also be much steelier fiber in some Cancer personalities, and they’re not all shyness, sensitivity and privacy. Meryl Streep (June 22) did not get to be Hollywood’s reigning diva by shrinking from challenges. Other very tough Cancer cookies like Bob Fosse and Frances McDormand (both June 23), John Cusack and Gilda Radner (both June 28), Lena Horne (June 30), Barbara Stanwick (July 6), Angelica Huston (July 8) and Chris Cooper (July 9) have somehow found the courage and endurance to survive and shine in very competitive professions.
What explains this unexpected, hidden courage that many Cancers have? Maybe it has something to do with the way that mothers can summon up amazing reserves of strength and ferocity when their children are under threat. Maybe it’s the way that love and water ultimately overcome everything. Whatever it is, a curious fact about Cancer is that some formidable fighters, like Jack Dempsey (June 24), Mike Tyson (June 30) and Leon Spinks (July 11), the movie boxer Sylvester Stallone (July 6) and the pugnacious tough guy writer Ernest Hemingway (July 21) were all born under the sign of the Crab. Be careful about tangling with a Cancer. The most famous one in history, Julius Caesar (July 12), was not known for being timid or indirect.
Nor was the most celebrated Cancer in the mythic realm: the Hindu deity Krishna, who is said to have been born on July 19, 3,227 BC. This may explain why he is always depicted with a watery blue skin, and as a matchlessly beautiful and irresistible lover who wins his way with gentleness, charm and the seductive magic of his flute. That is how it happens with Cancer types. The manifestation of their goals can take some time, as it took water some time to make the Grand Canyon. But with this most patient and loving of all zodiac signs, as the I Ching says, “Perseverance furthers.”
Want to know how the year ahead affects people born in your sign? Dan Furst has been a professional astrologer for thirty-three years. He is the author of Dance of the Moon, and his new book Surfing Aquarius will be published by Red Wheel Weiser in September. He lives in Peru, and does astrology and astrocartography readings for people all over the world by phone and Skype. You can reach him at 51 – 984 – 155622, email firstname.lastname@example.org. His astrology web page is Dan Furst Astrology Web Page.