Crabs live in the inter-tidal zone of the oceans, where tides rise and fall twice every day. This is the most dynamic and changeable place on Earth, but also the most nutrient rich. Because of the constant change, Cancer’s have developed a hard outer shell. Cancer’s can use the hard outer shell of their home for protection. But it’s more than just that. Typically, sensitive Cancer’s can hold their feelings quietly behind their walls. But it’s more than just that!
Crabs also have large pinching claws and can hold onto things, especially from the past. They are fiercely loyal and have a difficult time letting go. But they are also quick to bring those they love inside the safety of their outer shell while they nurture them. Cancer’s love is protective, but unless tempered, can be smothering.
Cancer’s motto should be, “A good defense is the best offense.” Like a crab in its cave, their attack can consist of baiting their opponent in their territory. What appears to be a retreat to others can be a Cancer’s best aggressive tactic. As they feel their way through life, building their security by developing their home and family relationships, they shouldn’t forget that unexpressed anger can turn into resentment and depression, so they should find someone they can trust and share their feelings with.
Astrologically, the water element symbolizes emotion. Water runs deep; it seeks its own level and will flow until it has found it. The cycle of water is endless with the snows falling in the mountains and melting. The mountain streams join to make the great rivers that run to the sea. The tides and currents churn the oceans. Similarly, our feelings are flowing as they connect the present with past experiences. Sometimes the waters are so deep that we cannot put words to our feelings.
The water of Cancer is that of the changing tides. Regular rhythms that bring food and nurture the creatures who live there. But this is also about the water of a smoothly surfaced lake. No movement is apparent, yet beneath the surface there is movement, currents and much hidden activity.
FOURTH HOUSE: HOME AND FAMILY
The Fourth House is related to the mother. It is where we are nurtured, and takes in not only our real mother, but all those who nurture us-especially early in life. This is the house of childhood surroundings. It is where we retreat from the noise of the outer world.
RULING PLANET: MOON
The Moon is always changing, not even the same two nights in a row. It races around the Earth once a month, and as such, we are familiar with her regularly repeating patters. Women’s menstrual cycles are naturally tied to the lunar rhythm, putting them in closer touch with the subconscious realms of the Moon. But to man and woman alike, the Moon is the key to our feelings and our emotional cycles. As the ruling planet of Cancer, the Moon symbolizes our basic needs-how we need to be nurtured and how we nurture others.
Biggest Strength: your ability to nurture others
Potential Weakness: fear of the past repeating in the future