|Ruling Planet:||the Moon
|Ruling House:||Fourth House
|Body Parts:||breasts, digestion
|Date with destiny:||Scorpio, Pisces
|Run for the hills:||Aries, Libra
|Where you glow:||hosting a party
|What makes you tick:||nostalgia
|Perfect jobs:||chef, nursery school teacher
|Best accessory:||hand - knitted scarf
|A sure thing:||best dish at the potluck
|Pleasure:||baking, comfort, children
|Pain:||snide remarks, forgetfulness, crab jokes
|What's my line?||Home is where the heart is.
Cancer is symbolized by the Crab. You're deeply emotional and intuitive, and your top concern is family. Something of a homebody, you prefer to stay in rather than go out on the town. You can be moody, drawing into your protective shell if things get too intense around you. Cancer, the fourth Sign of the Zodiac, is all about home. Those born under this Sign are 'roots' kinds of people and take great pleasure in the comforts of home and family. Cancers are maternal, domestic and love to nurture others. More than likely, their family will be large, too -- the more, the merrier! Cancers will certainly be merry if their home life is serene and harmonious. Traditions are upheld with great zest in a Cancer's household, since these folks prize family history and love communal activities. They also tend to be patriotic, waving the flag whenever possible. A Cancer's good memory is the basis for stories told around the dinner table, and don't be surprised if these folks get emotional about things. Those born under this Sign wear their heart on their sleeve, which is just fine by them.
The mascot of Cancerians is the Crab, and much like this shelled little critter, Cancerians are quick to retreat into their shells if it suits their mood. No wonder these folks are called crabby! For Cancer, it's not that big of a deal, though, since they consider this 'shell' a second home (and they do love home). The flip side of this hiding is that shell - bound Crabs are often quite moody. Further, in keeping with their difficulty in sharing their innermost feelings, it can become a Herculean task to pry a Crab out of its secret hiding place. What to do? Give the Crab time -- eventually these folks will come out to play again. When they do, they'll be the first to say so, in keeping with the Cardinal Quality attached to this Sign. It's said that Crabs are first to laugh and first to cry, so you can bet they'll fill you in. That shell, by the way, isn't the only tough thing about Crabs. These folks are tenacious and strong - willed and like to get their way. If their well - documented kindness and gentleness doesn't do the trick, however, they're not above using emotional manipulation to make things happen. If that still doesn't work, they'll just go back to their shell and sulk, or find a way to get back at the source of their pain, since Crabs can be rather vindictive. That said, any self - respecting Crab would tell you that they are ultimately motivated by protecting their home and loved ones, a most noble goal.
The Element of Water is associated with the Signs Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, and it also rules the Fourth, Eighth and Twelfth Houses. The watery words flow with this Element: fluid, flowing, wavering. These terms can easily apply to an individual's emotions, which are exactly the realm in which Water exerts its influence.
Water Signs are intuitive, sensitive and feel more intensely than the rest. They are emotional and nurturing and, like a river, run deep. How things feel is what matters to these folks, and they base their actions on sense, rather than on logic or intellect. Water is also about compassion and understanding, since the receptive talents of these individuals are remarkably high. Water Sign people can take in the feelings of others, process them, and put forth a plan or solution that will be conscientious to all.
Those graced by Water love to take their sense of the world and translate it into the artistic. They desire aesthetic beauty -- and for everyone to be happy as a result of that beauty. Much like still water can become stagnant, however, an inactive Water Sign person is not a Water Sign person at their best. Water Signs feel most fulfilled when they are helping others, and they do so in an enchanting, considerate and even romantic way.
The flip side of this dreamy Water world is the tendency of these individuals to brood. Water Signs are susceptible to mood swings, and, at their worst, they could become self - indulgent, controlling and hostage to a fantasy world. This also brings up the ability of these folks to see things more clearly than others. Call it psychic, if you will.
Water Signs are emotional, empathetic, receptive and feel things deeply. Alternately calm like the sea or possessing the force of a torrential rain, the emotions brought forth by this Element are plentiful, indeed.
A Cardinal Quality is attached to the Signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. The Cardinal Houses are the First, Fourth, Seventh and Tenth; if an astrological chart shows a preponderance of Planets in these Houses, its energy is weighted toward cardinality.
Cardinal Signs are the initiators of the Zodiac. They are also found at key jumping - off points on the chart wheel, specifically the Ascendant, Medium Coeli (M.C. or Midheaven), Descendant and Imum Coeli (I.C.). Individuals possessing a Cardinal Quality like to get things going. They are active, quick and ambitious. Many projects get started, thanks to Cardinal initiative, although a good deal of them are never finished. That's because Cardinal folks are much fonder of starting things than finishing them.
You won't find a Cardinal person slacking off. These people are full of vim and vigor and possess a drive and ambition that is unmistakable. Enthusiasm and a zest for life fill the Cardinal individual. Some might perceive this rampant energy as domineering, and, at times, it can be. Cardinal people can easily forget about the rest of the pack when they are busily focusing on their own endeavors. Even so, their energetic spirit often wins the day.
Cardinal folks are clever and want to win. They love to start things, and whether they finish them or not, there's always a lot going on. Nay sayers who find them to be too self - centered will simply have to watch (and marvel) as they speed by!
The Fourth House
House of Family and Home
The Fourth House is commonly referred to as the House of Home. When we think of home, we think of that place where we put down our roots. We lay our foundation and plant ourselves firmly into the Earth, as it were. One day, we will return to that very same Earth. The Fourth House brings things full circle by also addressing old age, endings and our final resting place.
Much of the emphasis of the Fourth House, however, is on the concept of home. By laying down roots, we make a home for ourselves, or more specifically, the self. It's worth noting that in addition to the external home (all the bricks and mortar around us), we have really brought the essential self home. 'I'm home.' The words themselves have a peaceful ring to them. The self is now centered, grounded, one and at peace with the Earth. We seek to come home both physically and psychically, for ourselves and for those we love. By creating home, we create a meeting place, a sanctuary, a sacred place for ourselves and for others.
In our home, we integrate the self with all that has come before us and helped to shape what we are today. We create a domestic space which comforts and nurtures us and serves to keep safe those we love. Also important here are family history, cultural and societal norms, and ways of being. All of these are ruled by the Fourth House, as are our ancestry, roots and heritage. These qualities are brought 'home' through us and integrated into the place we call home.
Helping to create the home we make are our parents, for it is they who greatly nurture and shape our being. Therefore, the Fourth House can also be thought of as the House of the Mother, the Parent or the Nurturer.
Looking at things from a strictly tangible point of view, we can see that the Fourth House also encompasses physical structures (houses) and real estate. The Fourth House represents family, history and traditions. All of these contribute to the process of becoming a true, actualized and individualized self. This is how we come home.
The Fourth House is ruled by the Sign Cancer and the Moon.
The Moon: Ruler of the Emotions
Since the Moon is the closest 'Planet' to Earth, this satellite literally zips around the Zodiac, completing its circuit in less than a month. It also touches us more deeply than most Planets.
We appear attractive -- and we attract others -- thanks to Venus's energy. Socializing with and relating to others are important to this Planet.
As the ruler of the tides, it is fitting that the Moon should be the ruler of our emotions. Still waters run deep? Making waves? A wellspring of emotion? Yes, our emotions have long been portrayed in terms of the sea: fluid, momentous, churning from within. Mood swings, instinct, how we feel about things and how our feelings affect others are all influenced by the Moon. Whereas the Sun gives us our spirit, it's the Moon which gives us our soul.
The Moon is goddess - like in that it symbolizes mother and the relationship between woman and child. This Planet (also known as a luminary) speaks to the women in one's life and their role as nurturer. Fertility, pregnancy and childbirth are also governed by the Moon. We see the Moon casting its silvery glow from our earliest moments, when we were stroked and caressed by our mother and felt her tender touch.
Our emotions manifest themselves through our being and set the tone for our daily lives. The Moon is party to this continuum, rendering us vital one moment and fragile the next. We're up and down, naughty or nice, and may laugh wildly or cry at will. Through the Moon's energy, we endeavor to reconcile these varied emotions in order to make ourselves complete and one with the world. The Moon also helps us see that which we want, and to use memory and the past as part of this process.
The Moon spends roughly 2 1/2 days in each sign and takes 28 days to circumnavigate the Zodiac. It is feminine energy and rules Cancer and the Fourth House.
Cancer Beauty Profile
As a Cancer, a Cardinal Water Sign, you love to care for the downtrodden and very often your own needs are overlooked. Your beauty routine, then, is likely minimal -- if anything. Lucky for you, Cancers have expressive eyes and cheekbones to die for! While your sparkling, emotive eyes, chiseled bone structure and womanly proportions make you the picture of the feminine urge to nurture, there's more to you than meets the eye!
From the outside, you present yourself as a sensible care giver -- whether you're a mother or not -- but underneath, you're an emotional and sexual woman. Your beauty is of the librarian - letting - her - hair - down variety. When you do allow yourself a decadent moment, you love to luxuriate in a bubble bath or slather on avocado face masks and loofah yourself into oblivion. You prefer the classics -- pearls, pastel colors and tried - and - true products such as baby powder and witch hazel.
Your beauty comes from your generosity, your sympathetic nature and your realistic self - image. It's when you open your arms to give the world a warm hug that you become an absolute knockout.
Cancer Career Profile
Don't mistake a Cancer for an underachiever -- they're working it as much and as well as the next person, albeit in a subtle, low - key manner. The Crab's sensitive nature is readily apparent in business dealings, preferring a non - confrontational approach that protects them as well as those around them. Caution is the Cancerian's byword, lest they be forced to retreat into that handy - dandy shell.
The Crab likes to lead, and as long as these folks are comfortable with their proscribed duties and their colleagues in the quest, they will probably succeed. As long as their emotions can be kept in check, Cancerians can create a space of harmony and happiness for all. This empathetic and intuitive quality also makes the Crab a natural nurturer and someone well suited to the care giver role, whether it's as teacher, healer or protector. There are times, though, when even the Crab won't follow his good "medical" advice and can sorely benefit from creating a harder shell -- one can only take so much abuse!
Those born under this Sign may not look like they're out to conquer the world, but in their own way, they're getting a lot of good done. Cancerians are very creative and love family, qualities that can lead to bliss in the workplace if properly merged. Think of an art therapist or family counselor, and you're talking the Crab's talk. A word of caution to co - workers: Don't cross the diligent Crab. Those pincers have some sharp claws!
The Cancer office feels for all the world like home, with a couch for napping, a teapot for fixing something warm and soothing and favorite mementos all around. Crabs are the only ones who aren't clamoring for a spanking - new company car -- hey, that ten - year - old American sedan just got comfortable! The office is the Crab's favorite place for a business lunch, although a homey neighborhood spot is a close second.
Cancerians are well suited as doctors, pharmacists, teachers, nutritionists, chefs, realtors -- anywhere they can feel truly useful.
Cancer Fitness Profile
Of all the Signs in the Zodiac, Cancer is the most home - oriented. You'd rather stay in and work out to videos than go to the gym, especially if you can keep the same daily or weekly exercise routine. You excel in pulling people together to form teams for sports and games. You're the cheerleader who shies away from the spotlight in order to root your team on to victory. Fitness can easily be achieved when you're part of a team with a lot of spirit. Things like community baseball teams will do wonders for your sense of community and patriotism. Watch out for kidney problems, though. Be certain to drink a lot of water when there's danger of dehydration.
Cancer Fashion Profile
Happiness is a sweater that has been your friend for years. Almost as attached to clothing as you are to your loved ones, you've spent years trying to bring back parachute pants, nehru jackets and jump suits. Some of these things may still be in your wardrobe, as will the most comfortable styles from every trend that catches your eye from now on. Even clad in the most traditional or comfortable of garb, you always keep an air of femininity about your wardrobe. Lace takes precedence over denim, and cargo pants are definitely out. One of the only things you spend haphazardly on is lingerie, from sports bras to sultry nighties. A favorite outfit might be a long, flowing skirt with a v - neck sweater and a raincoat. On warm days, beach wear and wraps with sandals are a must.
Long necklaces and pretty jewelry makes any outfit complete. Pearls are a favorite, and any shade of green is a pleasure to don. You probably don't go much for makeup, unless it is soft and easy to manage. You might not even own a blow dryer, preferring to let your hair dry naturally and hang down over your shoulders. On busy or windy days, you may only pause to pull it back in a loose knot. Cancer prefers to dress for the comforts of home and isn't given to new trends, but you know how to look for the world outside.
|Fave Label:||Ralph Lauren
|Would Look Good On:||Liv Tyler
Cancer is a homebody that, as a Water Sign, is looking for comfort food. The Crab is an excellent cook, so making delicious meals with their favorite flavors -- like basil, garlic, mint, nutmeg and vanilla -- is no problem!
Cancer Friendship Profile
The Crab is likely to send you frequent invitations to dinner. Of course, they enjoy your company, but they love it when you come over and complement them on their house, decorations and excellent cooking skills. They make loyal friends, so long as you do nothing to betray their trust If you can handle a super emotional pal who is likely to call you up and cry into the phone for no reason, you will have a devoted buddy who is just as likely to arm themselves with a box of tissues and come to your aid when you're feeling blue. Though the Crab would usually rather sit around the house tending the garden and organizing their bits of nostalgia, they will still occasionally be in the mood to go out for dinner and a movie. As a friend of a Cancer, you'll never need to worry about recording important events. Your favorite Crab will always be there with a camera. As your friendship grows, your Cancer buddy will likely invite you to family dinners as a matter of course. A Cancer who is hurt hurts deeply and for a long time, though, so take care with the fragile emotions of your friend.
Best Friend Bets: Taurus, Virgo
Cancer: Karmic Life Lessons
Cancer is an emotionally intuitive, caring and nurturing energy. A real homebody, Cancer prefers staying in to going out, since staying in provides all the comforts of home: good cooking, a comfy couch, family and friends. Family is one of Cancer's great interests and concerns in life, whether the connection is positive or troubled. One of Cancer's most famous traits is being sensitive and moody. All that deep emotionalism can easily translate itself into over - sensitivity to the emotional states of others. If a Cancer is around someone who is irritable or tense, suddenly Cancer is irritable and tense as well. It is most important for a Cancer to learn to build better personal boundaries to protect against this sensitive nature. If Cancers can learn to emotionally self - regulate a bit better, no one will ever have cause to call them moody again!
Just because they're emotional doesn't mean they're pushovers. In fact, Cancers can be quite tenacious and they love getting their way. If kindness doesn't work, they just may resort to emotional manipulations to try to get things going. If they end up not getting what they were after, they can become vindictive. Cancers are excellent at holding a grudge, but must try to stop and ask themselves, "What do I gain from maintaining a grudge against someone?" The answer is, nothing. Keeping anger alive and thriving inside oneself is a hugely taxing endeavor, a real drain on energy -- and has no real payoff. Cancer would do well to remember that the next time things don't go as planned.
Cancer's deeply emotional nature comes from its ruling Element, Water, and Planet, the Moon. Water refers to the depths of our unconscious minds, and under the Moon's cool light, everything is shadowed, subjective. Cancer is very in touch with its emotions, but may tend to give more time to negative ones and has a tendency to brood. Again, why always look on the dark side of things? Like the Chinese symbols of yin and yang, life is a balance of light and dark, positive and negative, active and passive. To lean too far to one extreme is to upset the natural balance. One of Cancer's strengths is lending others a nurturing, sympathetic ear; perhaps when brooding sets in, it would help for Cancer to turn that energy outward, away from the self and toward someone else. Feeling sorry for oneself doesn't do any good; like nursing a grudge, it merely amounts to time and energy wasted.
Cancer places a high value on security of all kinds; whether it's financial or romantic, Cancer wants to know it can count on the important things in life. This love of security and the attendant fear of the unknown can result in quite a possessive streak. Possessiveness is just one more thing that is a waste of one's personal energy. Material possessions don't make us more or less worthy; a lover's fidelity can't be assured by clinging to them possessively. Cancer must learn to accept a certain level of unpredictability in life, as the one thing that never changes is change itself.
Aries possesses an abundance of the light, energetic joie de vivre that Cancer may lack, and can teach Cancer to experience emotions in an immediate way -- and then let them go. Libra can teach Cancer about balancing those turbulent emotions, and Capricorn can show Cancer the benefits of abandoning emotions in favor of determined hard work.
Cancer Kid Profile
If you're a Cancer, you like to stay home a lot, close to your parents and your siblings. Cancer is a Water Sign, which means you're emotional and sensitive. This can be a good thing: You're very artistic and creative, and loyal to those you love. Do your brother and sister pick on you and hurt your feelings? Even if they do you don't stay mad long, since family is really important to you. Plus, you're so moody, you can run back and forth between happiness and sensitive grumpiness countless times in a day! After all, Cancer is represented by the Crab; why do you think they call it "crabby"?
Cancer Money Profile
Why do you think Crabs come equipped with a hard, protective shell? It's because security is of the utmost importance to these folks and that means financial security as well. Cancerians like having money and feel especially good when there's a pile of it in the bank. Instinctive as they are and quick to trust their gut, making money comes fairly easily to those born under this Sign, but then it can also be said that that's because they've worked at it, perhaps while no one was looking.
The Crab is an excellent strategist and is quite good at making a pincer movement to close a deal, a natural move for one with some pretty sharp claws. Even so, the Crab won't resist retreating into that shell if there's a better time to do business. Once Cancerians nab the prize, however, they won't let go. Ever! These folks enjoy accumulating money (they need to!) and intend to hang on to most, if not all, of what they get.
Loving money as they do (green must be their favorite color!), Cancerians make excellent bankers and business people, seemingly endowed as they are with a head for money. Crabs also view money as a measure of their value -- it validates them and helps them feel more powerful. It also allows them to take care of those they love and buys peace of mind. No rainy day woes for the cautious Crab!
Cancerians enjoy doing the budgeting and will always see to it that the fridge is full, the bills are paid, and that bank balances are healthy. They won't charge it if they can pay now, and they usually can. These folks are also cautious about lending money, unless it's a family member that's doing the asking, in which case their generosity is boundless.
Any shopping sprees in the Crab's future? Probably not. It's better to hang on to those bucks, you know -- they could come in handy someday.
Home is where the heart is for Cancer, a great nurturer and protector of family, home and tradition. This sign is ruled by the Moon, and the Crab's emotions often swing with the cycle of that shimmering orb. Catch that mood on an upswing, and you are likely to encounter a caring and devoted soul who can easily take the lead in romance. The strong - willed, persistent Crab will usually get its way, but that's not a bad thing, since it usually means being drawn into a shell, which is rife with carnal pleasures. As is natural to a Water sign, Cancer's moods can flow like a meandering river or rage like the highest seas. Either way, the Crab rewards brave sailors with a seductive nest in which to test many moods, feelings and emotions. Scarlett O'Hara, that great protector of Tara, must've been a Crab!
Cancer and Romance
Where the romance dance is concerned, the Crab enjoys being the initiator in the game of love. Gentle, tender probing can soon turn to heightened passion, and few will be able to resist Cancer's charms, which is just fine. Romance here often involves a beautifully prepared meal, since those born under this sign have an innate feel for the comforts of home and the joys they can bring. This love of physical and emotional well - being, which the Crab must have, is a duty which a partner must help to fulfill. If this isn't achieved, the Crab might retreat into its pesky shell. When Cancerians are in full flower, they can make their lover feel like the center of the universe, and might feel the same way themselves.
Cancer in Relationships
Call it a sixth sense, good gut or intuition, but whatever the name, the Crab has it. Members of this sign have an excellent instinct for which partner will serve them well and, once they hone in, it's a laser beam shot. Cancer's charm and magnetism are qualities which will prove most alluring to a lover and, coupled with their nurturing need, will prove hard to resist. The Crab loves to feel secure, so a lover who remembers birthdays and other special days, or simply pops a bottle of champagne for no special reason, will be rewarded with tenderness and affection. If the Crab tests a lover with occasional bouts of jealousy, it's only because a stronger emotional response is craved. The ideal Cancer soul mate can spoon on the couch and watch TV all night long.
Cancer in Love
A slow, yet smoldering, courtship is what the Crab loves. What's the rush, anyway? The Crab is determined to win, so the prelims should go on for as long as possible. Once love is in the air, Cancerians prove themselves devoted lovers, protective of the object of their affections, and unusually helpful and sympathetic. The Crab is an emotional bag of tricks and will feel most things very strongly, so don't be the one to cross them. That said, Cancer may be the perfect sign for a lover seeking pampering and seduction, someone who is willing to learn a thing or two in the game of love. An honest love -- and lover -- become Cancer, for it is in this safe environment that they are best able to create a warm home and indulge their nurturing instincts.
Cancer and Sex
Like the rest of their life, a sexual encounter with Cancer is much like a slow dance, but if you've got the right moves, you can take the Crab on a torrid tango. Ole! The emotional firepower that can be aroused within Cancer usually manifests itself as a series of wonderful fantasies and less as sexual acrobatics. Either way, it's pure pleasure for both partners. The Crab is also quite intuitive and can generally sense what their lover wants, which makes an encounter between the sheets a finely - tuned union. Cancer's feminine side is often on display in the bedroom, which means the Crab enjoys being made love to. The good news is that the Crab is a very receptive student! With the Crab, sex often equals love and its nurturing aspects (such as home and hearth), so anyone who can appeal to this sign's deep need for security is likely to unleash a volcanic eruption of sensual treats. Being a Water sign, Cancerians are quite fond of sex on the beach or in the sea.
What Cancer Needs
What Cancer wants most is a partner who can take things slow and easy, secure in the knowledge that the ultimate victory will be sweet for both. An exchange of emotions is also ideal for the Crab, whether it's through sex, sports or some passionately - penned correspondence. Cancerians are great one - on - one and love that type of interaction, but they are also good at parties and enjoy dazzling a crowd. Consequently, an understanding lover is key. A partner as intuitive as the Crab will also help to draw them out of their shell and keep them out. In the end, a strong partner who can set the table and be there for the Crab is heaven - sent, and if they know how to retreat when necessary, even better.
The nest is the most natural place for the affectionate Crab to be, and if they can share that space with someone special -- well, that's hard to beat. The emotions of this winning sign help to make Cancerians empathetic and caring lovers, the sort of people who glow like the moon and flow like the sea.
Cancer Technology Profile
If you have your preference, you'll be accessing the Web from home. As a Cancer, you are most comfortable in cozy surroundings that are familiar. This may make your first online experience a little disconcerting, but it won't be long until you find the perfect place on the Web. Home pages are a great fit. Most comfortable in your own digital digs, you seek out the security of familiar features. Cancers have the uncanny ability to use their memories as the magic that moves them, so that the potential of what a computer can store is extremely exciting to you. No need for fancy technological components. Being a purist at heart ensures that you only need the basics. You are able to experience emotions that go far beyond the text faces of colons and brackets : - ) and are adamant about keeping in perspective that there are people behind the computers.
Armchair travel may have been been invented for Cancerians the better to stay safe and warm in their trusty shells. Not the most adventurous members of the Zodiac, those born under this sign are happy to stay at home, or they'll generally go somewhere close to home when they do venture out. And you can bet they won't go alone -- the whole family comes along when the Crab travels, providing the emotional security which these folks seek. It's very possible that the entire clan will crowd into a roomy RV and just hit the road.
This "home away from home" will also possess some of the comforts of home, such as favorite pillows, blankets and foods. Fido will be snuggled in the back while Gramps plucks the strings of his well - worn fiddle. Are we there yet, Toto? Yep, there's no place like home to the Crab, so any journey must recreate home and hearth as much as possible.
Although nurturing souls, Cancerians can also be strong - willed, so it's they who'll set the agenda when traveling. They're not likely to spend a lot of money on a trip, either, as the Crab knows the value of a buck. A "Sentimental Journey" describes the Crab to a T: When the route feels good, they'll do it... but only then.
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