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Cancer in Classical Astrology
The Cancer Zodiac Sign in the Horoscope
Cancer, the Crab, is the fourth sign of the Zodiac. The sun enters it on or around June 21, at the summer solstice. Cancer belongs to the element water, its quality is cardinal and its charge is negative. Its Ruler is the moon, and Venus exalts in it. Its motto is: "I feel." In the horoscope chart, Cancer brings a caring, affectionate and protecting character to planets or Houses therein.
Your Zodiac SignThose who have Cancer as their star sign are born when the sun was in Cancer, normally June 21 - July 22 (it differs slightly from year to year, because of the leap years). Therefore, it is also - more correctly - called the sun sign.
The sun in your horoscope is your natural self - what you are when you relax, when other planets in your horoscope are not active. It is your basic drive, a character you have as an ingredient - more or less evident in all you do and all you are. It is the most important point in your complete horoscope chart, but of course it is not the only thing that describes your personality. You need to look at all the components of your birth chart, to get a correct astrological description of yourself.
If your sun sign is Cancer, you are an emotional being, engaging yourself in caring about others. It is the motherly sign. That is far from a submissive character. Notice that the sign's quality is cardinal, leading. The Cancer character is caring in a protective way, a tendency to control, although with good intentions. Your perspective is one of feelings, more than of thoughts, things or action. You pay attention to moods, and strive to make everybody feel good.
A Zodiac sign does not give exactly the same influence all through its 30°. Its first third has something of a cardinal quality, whatever the quality of the sign as a whole is, its second third is slightly more fixed in quality, and the last third is more mutable.
If the sun is in the beginning of Cancer, you are very controlling and dominating, especially in an emotional way. You allow yourself to interfere, in order to make others feel better. If the sun is in the middle of Cancer, you are very protective, trying to maintain a stillness so that others don't get upset or worried. You strive for everyone to feel good. If it's at the end of Cancer, you are anxious to avoid situations that might worry others or make them feel unpleasant. In your efforts to please, you may unwillingly irritate.
Your FatherThe sun in the horoscope also represents your father (the mother is represented by the moon).
If you have the sun in Cancer, your relation to your father is one of deep affection, where both of you feel very committed to each other. You are also both quite protective, sometimes in ways that lead to frustration, because you both feel that you know what's best for the other. Still, your bonds are unlikely to ever break, and you cherish each other's company, without the need to either speak or do anything in particular.
The PlanetsWhen another planet or other point of the horoscope is in Cancer, it is also affected by the sign, getting something of its character. Here are those points, what they stand for, and how they are affected by Cancer:
Sun basic drive - Cancer brings caring and commitment.
Moon longing - Cancer brings a need for deep relations, and makes you quite emotional, sensitive to mood swings.
Mercury curiosity - Cancer brings ability to voice emotions, and a sensitivity to how words affect others.
Venus affection - Cancer brings a capacity to play on the emotions of others, to charm, please and delight.
Mars aggression - Cancer brings a will to protect and dominate, a temper and a tendency to upset others.
Jupiter luck - Cancer brings a sense of joy, and happiness seems near at hand.
Saturn duty - Cancer brings a love for the ways of the past and for the bloodline, also some angst.
Uranus contemplation - Cancer brings a capacity to see through others, to understand motivation and things implied.
Neptune fantasy - Cancer brings vivid and engaging dreams, and an imagination favoring the emotional.
Pluto catharsis - Cancer brings upsetting surprises and events that stir up emotions.
Ascendant, AC attitude - Cancer brings a pleasant way of behaving, with no fear of intimacy.
Medium Coeli, MC self-image - Cancer brings unselfishness, a wish to be good unto others.
The HousesIn the astrological Houses, the Zodiac signs also bring their characters, influencing the environments described by the Houses. Here are the twelve Houses, what they stand for, and how Cancer affects them:
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Classical astrology is according to the age old astrological principles, which are just as relevant today. The complete horoscope chart consists of many more components than your star sign (where the sun was at your birth). The latter has quite limited applications, which should be respected. This website deals mainly with the complete horoscope, and states clearly when that's not the case.
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