Cancer: The Crab
Key Word: Intuition
Ruling Planet: The Moon
The sign of Cancer is ruled by the Moon. Physically it is related to the breasts/chest and the stomach. It is said to have a feminine polarity in nature, and is therefore more reactive in its energy. This would be considered “Yin” energy in eastern philosophy.
Cancer is a Water sign, (Icosahedron) and as such is connected to the world of emotion, instincts and the shadowy protective part of our own persona that we often cannot see. Cancer is a Cardinal sign, which means that planets placed here in a natal chart will express themselves in a very pioneering and dynamic manner – especially in matters connected with care and protection of emotional, mental and familial matters.
This sign is associated with motherhood and the family so being the fourth house of the zodiac and the “under-sky” on the natal chart makes this a place to evaluate how we feel about our mothers. There is a great sensitivity on an inner level, but rather a secretive nature. Loyalty and attachment, sentimentality and hanging on to the past, are all characteristics associated with Cancer.
Planets in this sign will often reflect a vulnerable character and oversensitive nature. There is also a possessive streak, and a tendency to be emotionally smothering. Nevertheless Cancer confers a strong intuitive nature and deeply-held feelings. There is a strong attachment to the home and awareness of the environment. Planets in Cancer come to expression most clearly in connection with the home and family.