by Barry Kerr, Evolutionary Astrologer
- Dates: Jun 21 – July 20
- Ruled by: Moon
- Element: Water
Though true for everyone, the following information will feel more relevant to you if your sun, north node, Chiron and/or a group of other planets are in Cancer on your birth chart.
What Is Cancer’s Intention?
In the first quarter of the zodiac, we establish the individual self in the physical world and begin to turn our attention outward. We then notice others and our need to feel connection and belonging. Oh Cancer! – I need love.
Our inner Moon is our emotional self. Feeling, knowing, and sharing our emotions all fall under the realm of the Moon and Cancer. Because our mother and family are typically our first opportunity to feel nurtured and loved, they are a prominent theme. It is in this stage of development, that we learn how to receive and give love, how to belong to a family and tribe. In a world that appears to be all about separation and survival, establishing a bond of loving care with others is primary to our ego’s ability to remain stable and navigate the challenges that life in the greater world will present. Maintaining healthy emotional bonds with family and tribe are essential survival tools in the physical world.
Learning to swim in the watery lake of emotions and feelings is paramount if we are to succeed in the much greater challenges to the ego that will play out down the road in the intimate and raging rivers of Scorpio and the confusing mysteries of oceanic Pisces. For our ego to eventually transcend the fears that worldly illusions create, we must have at least a taste of the unconditional love that originates from the universal, divine mother source. To whatever extent our earthly mother and family may have channeled such love to us, or not, Cancer and the Moon will repeatedly provide us opportunities to nurture our emotional security and wholeness until we know we are always loved.
When conscious, our Cancer notices and validates feelings, our own and others, without judgment and we feel empathetic, supportive and nurturing. From a foundation of emotional security, we can disclose our feelings and insecurities. We can stay centered in our feelings, not fleeing them, and be comfortable with others’ feelings. Our unconscious Cancer can be overly dependent, clingy, moody, insecure, fearful, stuck in the past, avoiding risks and controlling of others through emotional overreactions.
What needs healing and growth?
Our Cancer ego, if wounded in youth, might feel love was lost, was never given or will never be found. We might believe that the world is not a loving place and whatever love there is will not be given to us. This can lead to a feeling of emptiness, a tendency to sabotage relationships, withdraw when love is given, withdraw the love we give, reach for unattainable partners or overreach in trying to prove we are loveable. Often there is a preoccupation with memories, family and tribal history.
What Can I Do This Month?
To heal and evolve your Cancer self, pay attention to your emotions. Can you allow yourself to feel and share them? Do you even know what they are telling you? Or do you avoid them, stuff them, “postpone” them? Can you be present to “negative” emotional expression in others without rescuing or fixing? Do you feel unworthy of being loved or giving love? Is that guilt?
Things to do: Give yourself time to feel whatever you feel. Cry. Cry some more. Throw some pillows around if you feel angry. Scream out loud. Let whatever is there come to the surface, without need for analysis. Just let it be. Share some tender feelings with someone you trust. Notice other people’s emotions more and ask about them.
Additional Support (current planetary transits)
The first two weeks of July, the Sun in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn. Be aware of your own emotional reactions to powerful forces, personal or collective. Let your actions be informed from that deeper center of compassion and intuitive wisdom.
The New Moon is July 15. Mercury opposing Pluto will promote awareness about your discontent with the world. The luminaries, in trine with Saturn and Chiron, will invite clarity about setting responsible intentions for doing what needs to be done to provide healing to your world. Mercury and Mars, in trine with Neptune, will ensure your intended actions are high minded, but watch for martyrdome.
Barry Kerr is a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer and life coach, with 35 years of experience and an international clientele. He is also an advanced energy healer, with extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.