THE CRAB (JUNE22–JULY22)
Keyword: Nurturing, emotional drive
Planetary Ruler: Moon
Rules: Breasts, stomach, digestive system; natural ruler of the fourth house
Once Aries, Taurus, and Gemini have discovered, settled, and expanded their new land, Cancer comes along and tames it — civilizes it. These people need roots, a place or even a state of mind that they can call their own. They need a safe harbor, a refuge in which to retreat for solitude.
Imagination, sensitivity, and the nurturing instinct characterize this sign. Cancerians are generally gentle and kind people, unless they're hurt. Then they can become vindictive and sharp-spoken. They forgive easily, but rarely forget. Cancerians tend to be affectionate, passionate, and even possessive at times. As parents, they may be overprotective. As spouses or significant others, they may smother their mates with love and good intentions.
Emotionally, Cancerians act and react in the same way the crab moves — sideways. They avoid confrontations and usually aren't comfortable in discussing what they feel. They're reluctant to reveal who they are and sometimes hide behind their protective urges, preferring to tend to the needs of others rather than to their own needs.
Cancers are intuitive and can sometimes be psychic. Experience flows through them emotionally. They're often moody and always changeable; their interests and social circles shift constantly. Once a Cancer trusts you, however, he lets you in on his most private world.
At first she seems enigmatic, elusive. She's so changeable in her moods that you never know where you stand with her. Beneath her gentle and sympathetic nature, beneath her bravado, she's scared of being pinned down and insecure about who she is.
If a Cancer woman doesn't have children of her own, she probably has some sort of connection with children. Animals or people in need are like her own children — she likes to extend herself emotionally. Somehow, her nurturing instinct finds expression through giving to other living things, including plants.
She needs roots — her own home, preferably near water — where she can establish a base. She nurtures everything — animals, her own children, waifs, and orphans of all shapes, sizes, and species. This woman is emotion distilled into its purest form. She feels first, then thinks. Sometimes she's a psychic sponge, absorbing every emotion around her.
Like the female Cancer, the male has expressive eyes that communicate a kind of forlorn nostalgia for things past. He's kind, affectionate, and nurturing, but only to a point. When he feels his personal space has been infringed upon, he retreats just like the crab — rapidly to the side. Then he buries himself in sand by retreating to his special place — his own home. Like the female Cancer, he is often nurturing and gets along well with children.
This guy is hard to figure out. Sometimes he courts you with flowers and candlelight; other times he's sacked out on the couch lost in his own gloom. Your best course of action is to let him be. Don't prod him when he's in this kind of mood. You won't get anywhere with him even if you do.
If he's interested in spiritual issues, chances are he's in deep. In this sign, you're likely to find psychic healers and clairvoyants — people who use their intuition in highly developed and sophisticated ways.
Cancerians may be happiest when they work from their own homes. Due to the intensity of their feelings, they do well in medicine, working directly with patients. For the same reason, they also make good psychic healers, counselors, and psychologists. Teaching children, publicity and marketing, being involved in sociology or anthropology, running a daycare center, or even taking care of other people's homes are also good fits for the Cancerian personality.
Cancers aren't lavish spenders except when it comes to their homes and families. Then, nothing is too expensive. Otherwise, they tend to be big savers. As teens, they stash their allowance in cookie jars; as adults, they stick their money in long-term CDs.
This sign is more recognizable than some of the others because Cancerians have round faces. The entire body, in fact, may be rounded, though not necessarily overweight. Cancerians benefit from water sports, a day at the beach, or anything having to do with water. There's usually some lightness in the eyes — even if they're brown. Many Cancers also have eyes the shape of a cat's.
If any Cancers have hang-ups about their earlier lives, particularly childhood, hypnosis might be a good way to dislodge and work through the past. It's important that a Cancer not cling to past hurts and injuries, because these emotions eventually lodge themselves in the body and create health problems.
Introspection is the key with Cancers, and it doesn't matter if it's provided in the guise of organized religion or an alternative belief system. When they feel a particular set of beliefs is a fit, they stick with it, explore it, and draw upon their innate intuition to understand it.