Happy Birthday Cancer


I’ve always used my Nan as an example for my Cancer Sun posts, but Nan hasn’t been here for five years now. I still miss her. We all miss her.

Nan wasn’t your typical Cancer- well, not as far as the textbooks go, anyway…

Typical Cancers aren’t supposed to have a love for partying and fun. They’re supposed to be moody, gloomy and grumpy. Yet Nan danced in silver heels and a feather boa (probably with a fake tiara) in her 90s – right up until a few months before her cancer diagnosis.

Typical Cancers are supposed to be insecure, depressive, fearful, over protective, clinging and paranoid. Nan began her volunteering career in her 80s (she was the oldest volunteer at the Sydney Olympics) and continued to do so until she couldn’t.

Not as fearless or dramatic as the Fire signs, not as social as the Air signs or as practical as Earth, and not as sorry and dreamy as Pisces or as dark and sexy as Scorpio, Cancer generally gets a bad rap. Cancer is also extremely misunderstood. The thing is, every sign has a range of light and shadow – and everyone has some of every other sign in them.

But when I remember my Nan, I remember the quintessential Cancer. I remember a woman who was fearless, courageous, protective, nurturing, and enclosing.

She was the mother who would do whatever it took to ensure her children were fed, clothed, housed and safe – even though I never recall her actually cooking anything.

She was the grandmother whose house was stuffed full of photos, trinkets and memories – all surfaces, all spare pieces of wall. I remember calling Nan when I had my heart broken for the first time. I knew that she’d understand – and she did.

She was the party animal, whose day would be made complete because everybody in the room was dear to her.

She was the guardian who would stand up to anybody who dared criticise any of her (beautiful) family – regardless of whether you were born into it or married into it. Once you were in, you were in.

As far as I‘m concerned, Nan embodied the best of Cancer – as well as, from time to time, the worst.

Cancer is associated with the archetype of the Mother – and there is no doubt that Cancer has an innate ability to provide compassion, emotional and physical security and nutrition for their family – but this amazing talent to nurture and protect is extended beyond kids and family to whatever is important.

Not everyone with a Cancer Sun (or Moon) necessarily wants or has a family – many Cancer Suns are not even close to their family – but they all need something to look after and grow to be the best it can be. The “baby” may be a business venture, a job, a pet, a project or a partner.

It is often the case, however, that Cancer forgets to look after herself.  Cancer will provide a meal for others and go hungry if extra guests arrive. Cancer will bake up a storm, even if she is on a diet. Cancer will ensure her children are well clothed, even if it means she has to go without. Cancer will work extra jobs to pay for the best possible education for her children – to ensure her kids get a better start than she may have had.

Cancer nurtures the body and the soul, Cancer does more with less and Cancer will fight tenaciously when her “baby” is threatened. Only after everyone else is cared for and the job is complete, will Cancer consider her own needs.

The Moon rules Cancer. Not only is this responsible for their celebrated moodiness, but it also is why Cancer is one of the most sensitive and emotionally intuitive signs in the zodiac. If my Cancer friends tell me they feel something or someone is not right, I will trust them… implicitly. They feel it, therefore they know it.

Despite their pragmatic appearances, underneath the hard and mistrusting outer shell of every Crab is the soft underbelly of Cancer. Cancer might seem to be all business as usual and for your own good-ish, but underneath she cares deeply. If you care just as deeply, you’ll see that.

Happy Birthday Nan, we miss you.

Doing it for yourself…

Where is Cancer in your chart? This is the area of life you will feel most ready to grow and nurture. It may also be an area that you feel is threatened and need to protect.

Feed it, clothe it, nurture it, educate it and send it out into the world in full awareness that when the bad stuff hits, your creation knows it can come back home for a meal and some compassion.

If you don’t have your chart, read this post on how to get one.

If you don’t know what the houses mean, check out series 1 of the Toolbox or this post. For me the Sun is travelling through my fifth house. I’m smack in the middle of the rewrite for my new novel, and also madly considering covers and titles for the first of my planned astro ebooks.

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide. Naturally, if you do know where Cancer falls in your chart, you won’t need this guide.

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer the Sun will be transiting your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, the Sun will be transiting your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, the Sun will be transiting your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, the Sun will be transiting your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, the Sun will be transiting your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, the Sun will be transiting your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Capricorn, the Sun will be transiting your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, the Sun will be transiting your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, the Sun will be transiting your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, the Sun will be transiting your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, the Sun will be transiting your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, the Sun will be transiting your 2nd house.