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Cancer Prior — excerpts from prior annual editions

Next World Stories — excerpts from annual horoscope for Cancer 2009

We exist in relationship to other and otherness and existence itself.

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Whatever may have been your intended life mission, relationships now move into the high-resolution focus that is inherent to conscious human existence.

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As one born under the sign Cancer, you tend to seek security and need a container for your intimate bonding. Yet the Moon speaks of a need for nourishment, contact, warmth and the opportunity to nourish others. Part of the challenge of being born under the sign associated with the Moon is that it implies constant variables of the kind that defy your need for containment.

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Your relationship angle is represented by Capricorn, which suggests that you tend to seek the structure that you need from others, a little like a hermit crab takes up the shell of another creature. This is natural enough, even necessary, for a water sign. All the water signs are opposed by earth signs. We need them and they need us. The key is to create situations that are balanced; that we can sustain and that provide what we need.

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Capricorn gives us an image of your reliance on traditional modes of relationship, which are themselves challenging enough; but in the times we are living, where the months go by like dog years, it’s particularly difficult to create stability. What we need is to be able to stay inwardly centered in the midst of constant change and stress.

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Often what happens in unstable times is a form of reactionary thinking: of clinging to the past. But this, as you may be noticing, is not working anymore.

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The transits of 2009 and indeed for the foreseeable future describe a situation where your relationships become the places where you free yourself from the kinds of social bindings that have held you down and in truth held you to the past. The thing about change, Pluto-styled, is that it really means change.

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The truth is that you are inclined to live by certain agreements that might have worked well enough 100 years ago, which did not work so well 40 years ago and which are seriously strained today. There can be an enormous burden of guilt associated with letting go of the expectations of our parents and grandparents and even our siblings.

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To put it mildly, we live in a world where people are silenced, particularly women. Resentments ferment in that silence, and gossip and criticism that is really self-criticism.

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The freedom that Pluto is offering you comes at the cost of vulnerability. Most people are taught to hide in social structure and structure of all kinds. We depend on it as if our lives depended on it. How many people equate sex with marriage, certified relationship and cohabitation? On some level, everyone does, or claims to. There is the ever-present supposed responsibility factor. And there is the insidious issue of what would mother/father/family think?

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This force of Pluto is both creative and destructive: you need to guide it, you need to make decisions, and you need to do a lot of remembering. If I may sum up the theme in one sentence, it is the necessity to learn that you are equal to the people around you, no matter how much power they may seem to have in your life.

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One learning goal of Pluto in Capricorn for you is taking the Adult role in every transaction. Part of that involves recognizing when you are being backed into the role of a Child, or when you express a tendency to take on that role yourself.

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The convenient part is that the circumstances of your life are going to make this easy enough: when you feel powerless, voila, you are in the role of a Child. When you are expressing authority over another person, you are in the role of a Parent. When you are in clear transactions that involve fair negotiation, self-responsibility and spoken agreements that honor the whole situation, you are in the role of an Adult. I would remind you how unpopular Adult-Adult transactions are, despite most people claiming to be an Adult.

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The struggle for maturity and its first cousin, equity, can seem like crawling up to the top of a pile of garbage naked, and in many ways, it is.

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Everyone has to offer what they have, and in your life this is a point of frustration because on our planet most people are takers and not givers. In order to not do most of the giving, you will need to become a careful and skilled observer of human nature, and more to the point, a negotiator.

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As these years have progressed — particularly since 2005 — you have discovered the necessity to understand just what it is you are agreeing to, and just what others are agreeing to when they relate to you. This is when Chiron arrived in your 8th solar house. Despite having some less savory keywords, the concept of Chiron involves awareness. If Chiron is about healing, then it is healing through awareness and raising awareness through a process of healing yourself. Indeed, it is almost a binary concept: awareness and healing; but I feel that awareness is the actual key.

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I would propose that if you actually work for clarity in your sexual and financial relationships, if you are honest, true to yourself and insist on clarity and truth from others, you will immediately begin to reap the rewards of this process. You have to have faith, but just a little. Mostly the kind of faith you need to have is courage: the courage to state your truth and hold others to their truth.

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At first these may seem like something other than Adult-Adult relationships. Try approaching the situations around you from an adult mode, clearly stating your position. The people that respond as adults are the most likely to be your actual friends and comrades.

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It all looks good as long as you know exactly what you are agreeing to when you sign; and if possible, you need to be the one who writes the contract. Do this as a matter of principle; of taking charge; of setting the terms in the first instance.

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The 8th is the house of shared resources, which include the values we have in common with others.

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To the greatest extent possible, you need to keep your emphasis on small group relationships and, if you are involved with one-to-one relationships, situations that are open to the influence and involvement of others. Any isolating situation is likely to crumble under the influence of this astrology.

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You have a public image and a relationship to the public, and you need to get it working. It’s a relationship like any other, and for you, like most other things, it’s someplace you give from yourself deeply. One of the things you’re going to find out is how deeply; and how necessary that is. The part that you may not see is how nourishing it is to you; how much energy you draw strength from even though you may not be aware of it.

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The most important thing that you hold in your heart and soul, in that moment, is the vision of who you want to be. For some people this is easy and for some it is extraordinarily difficult. Rarely will it be easy to hold the vision and have it be the right vision. Take some time with it. Hold it clearly in mind. See it as you would see the shape of a mountain against a clear, bright sky.

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Small World Stories — excerpts from annual horoscope for Cancer 2008

This is because the opposite signs work together as one entity. They form a polarity, and much of our spiritual work in a lifetime is to integrate the elements of that polarity; to embrace something we consider opposite ourselves.

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In so doing, it’s vital that you develop your understanding of two concepts from psychology: shadow and projection. They are related, because most of what people project is their shadow — that which they don’t want to accept about themselves, that which they perceive as different, and that which they don’t understand.

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You can read plenty of scary things about Pluto transits, and most of them will come from astrologers not personally acquainted with their own shadow material. Beware of any interpretation of any Pluto transit that does not start with wholesome discussion of self-awareness and self-acceptance.

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Eris is the one who insinuates her way in by subtle design. She is jealous, envious and deceptive — all of this associated with a kind of fate worse than death. And all of this is shadow projection, and it has its roots in denial.

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Both Pluto and Eris point the way to freedom from what we call ego — that competitive, burdensome personality device that knows only fear.

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Its context is shifting as we begin to understand that death itself is an illusion, andВ thus all the things that exist as a result of the belief in death, and worship of death, are equally illusions, but ones that we must look at directly and see as such.

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It will be up to you to be discerning, that is, to choose the people in your life carefully, so that you can choose experiences that you want, but that still provide the growth that you need.

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FOR YOUR SIGN the essence of life is to need and be needed.

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Cancer is the sign of mothering; the sign of breasts, security and feelings. Breasts feed humanity when it is young, and they try to as it gets older. We may be a society that has lost the comfort of breasts, having sexualized them to the point where that has become nearly their only identity.

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Breasts offer fulfillment. Yet there is, in every one of us, an empty space that cannot be fulfilled: that is, going back to our actual mother’s warm breasts, if we were lucky enough to have met them. This is the need within the need, an existential emptiness we all share. This emptiness is a space, and depending on one’s personal story, this space is either small or vast. In order to be as independent (or fullfilled) as we can, the idea of growth is to bring this space at its minimum size. At the very least, we need to be aware of that space and not make it the job of someone else to fill it up.

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Capricorn is your relationship house, and for the next four seasons Pluto is making a transition into that house. This will turn up the intensity of your relationships, make you feel their presence in your life and emphasize two things: that quality of need that is so strong; and a deeper need to be free of structures that bind you and your loved ones into arrangements that consume too much energy.

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Yet for a while, it may seem like you’re caught between two worlds –В the past and the future. You are: it’s called the present. The present is the only place where choices can happen. We only choose in the now.

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Humans like to make traditions, and then cling to them. For a while, you may struggle with the question of which of these traditions to keep and which to let go of; you may find yourself needing extremely dependable forms of relationship, but at the same time, craving contact and penetration that comes from something impersonal and anonymous.

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Pluto can have an unconscious tendency, much like Neptune, and we need to raise its awareness all the time; and that is achieved by taking time to look at things as they are, to describe them as they occur, and to say the words for what seems impossible to utter.

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The purpose of this is to ensure that you can actually feel yourself, and feel exactly who the people are in your life. You need to experience them for who they actually are — not who you would have them be. In other words, if you look you will see the extent to which we make up stories about one another. This is a form of projection.

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All in all, this is a rare state of existence in relationships, which for the most part involve people pretending to know one another and pretending to be together.

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You can be sure that in terms of relationship what is real will work and what is not real will not work; and for that you can be extremely thankful….For that, the medicine is to consciously practice the art of generating positive energy in the form of simple, clear awareness of what is so; and of making the choice to love any time you notice you have it available.

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Basically, that can be summed up in a few techniques: apply love; seek the truth; remember your boundaries. No matter how powerful, important, sexy or rich someone is, you have the right to set limits in your life.

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Your fantasy life has fed you, instigated your curiosity, at times even satisfied you, but that is not enough for a passionate, flesh-and-blood human being such as you are. At times when you are in this space of craving experience, you may welcome it deeply — but have no idea where it’s going to lead you.

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If you pay attention to your reactions and responses, you will be more likely to give yourself the clues you need to make a real decision. This process of honest inner dialogue is the basis of your ethics; with self-interrogation you can check in to ensure that the power of your cravings does not blind you. Self-protection comes from this inner commitment. But it is worth nothing if you don’t take some chances.

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Any time you are asked to make a commitment, or offer to do so, stop and ask if you can really come through; ask yourself how hard it will be; ask if you really want to.

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Where you are in a potentially difficult spot, and need to really pay attention, involves our socialist leanings, and your agreements with others.

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In other words, as certain aspects come into focus, particularly Chiron conjunct Neptune, you will begin to see what is available, who is available and much else that you have not been able to discern. The key, however, is maintaining a high level of awareness, in particular of mutual needs.

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A vision is different than a fantasy in that it is an active, alive process rather than replaying a movie.

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Remember that everything involving your work or profession is a visioning process — right down to the stamp you put on an envelope containing your rГ©sumГ©, or whether you have a rГ©sumГ© at all.

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One thing I can tell you is this: you’re a lot more visible than you think, and your visions have more power than you’ve ever imagined.

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The Spiral Door — excerpts from annual horoscope for Cancer 2007

Crabs come in a variety of species; some are tough and spiny, and come on claws first. Many, though, tend to be receptive and lack the boundaries that you would normally associate with an invertebrate. Note that a crab is one of two animals in the zodiac that lacks a backbone, the other being a scorpion. The skeleton is on the outside, protecting an extremely soft interior.
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Invertebrates go through a growth process called molting. They shed one shell and grow a new, larger one. Some such as hermit crabs occupy a shell that was once owned by another creature. Each time Saturn has changed signs has represented a molting process for you, at the beginning of which was an extreme of vulnerability, which was followed by growing into your new size and strength.
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Saturn and the Moon are often archetypes for the parents, and in the current world, the roles of parents are entirely interchangeable. To put it simply, I think Saturn is the best friend of all those with strong Cancer signatures in their charts.
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Healthy relationships have boundaries, and feelings have limits. To a point, structure liberates energy. As it works out, Saturn is an excellent force for change, movement, growth and clarification of one’s ideas, contrary to nearly every description in a commercial astrology book .
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I am obliged to quote the late Patric Walker: Saturn always gives more than it takes away.
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But it is, in truth, humans who are in the position of giving to one another, and receiving from one another, and we do this in our relationships. One look at the world or at nature reveals the existence of an interdependent web of life. Whether we are talking about trucks hauling beer from the brewery to the supermarket, or the wind carrying pollen from one flower to another, life is a collaborative process.
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Saturn in Gemini (approximately spring 2001-spring 2003), your solar 12th house, was a kind of closet-cleaning exercise, where you may have been compelled to pull back from people, or when you endured a phase of relative isolation. This is a “deal with your stuff” transit.
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Saturn in Gemini also taught you to be of one mind about what you want and need the most. To whatever extent dualism prevented you from making commitments, you took some big steps in this phase.
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Then came Saturn in your own sign (approximately summer 2003-summer 2005). Saturn in our sign has an odd way of limiting us to one agenda, to which everything else is subordinated, at least for a while. It may be the kind of thing where you say to yourself, “I don’t really want to do this, but I know I need to,” at the end of which, you realized you gained, grew and matured considerably, and what you were doing was right on time. Saturn in one’s own sign (which happens once every three decades) always compels us to come to terms with ourselves in a tangible way. It’s a time of burning off the baby fat, clearing space, making some kind of major move, and (as I will develop in the Leo essay), a time of taking over the role of one’s parents and one’s self-authority. The moral of the story is, the more we are in charge of ourselves, the less others are able to run our lives.
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Currently, Saturn is in Leo, your 2nd solar house (which began in the summer of 2005 and will go through late summer 2007). This is the money house, as well as covering subjects like one’s personal values and resources. […] but the real meaning of this transit is about getting yourself structured financially.
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It means taking your financial life more seriously, one degree at a time, whatever that means to you: but Saturn is saying that ultimately, the results must involve structure.
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With Leo in this solar house as a constant factor, you identify with your values more passionately than most people.
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Saturn’s form of action typically comes in the form of commitments that we act on gradually, and steadily, and which have lasting benefits.
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When Saturn changes signs to Virgo, your solar 3rd house, you will have many opportunities to put this structure to work. I can think of few transits that will focus your sense of mission like Saturn in the 3rd house associated with Virgo. Unless you have some serious money issues, you will want to get paid for that focused, excellent work that you do, and one of the best ways to get paid is to create the space and structure for it.
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I can tell you that you may be considerably more hung up than you think, that you may be considerably more radical than you think, and that you may be substantially more revolutionary than you think. Both of these probably make you nervous.
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The fact that you’re having Centaur transits here is pushing all of this potential into focus, raising questions and keeping things moving in your relationships. To the extent that you are addressing old questions and dispensing with them, you are succeeding. If the same stuff keeps coming up, slow down and work with it more closely.
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You can indeed change your relationship patterns at this time, and you can do so effectively and with minimal grief — as long a you stay out of denial. Chiron is bringing a magnifying glass to the place where your world intersects with the reality of others, and theirs with yours, all in the most practical ways, to wit, money, sex, power, resources, commitments and ideas. This transit is both revealing the dynamics that have long existed in that house, and creating a fertile environment where you can rewrite, reprogram or recreate them.
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Chiron’s basic mode of operation is, if you can be aware of it, you can work with it. However, this transit has a dangerous feeling, as if you are working the edge and in some way defying death. Indeed, death may be a concern of yours, if only as the awareness of your own mortality, and mortality as an issue we all share. You may live constantly with the sense that the only time is now; that you must use every minute with awareness; that any day could indeed be your last day.
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Death is almost like a silent third partner in many relationships, as many people tend [“unconsciously”] to make bargains that involve death, and yet keep the idea of death and its meaning far from the picture. With an 8th house Chiron transit, this is not exactly on your list of options. What is nice, though, is that you get to come to any revelation, any personal recognition or point of growth, with the comfort of knowing you are not alone.
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Typically, more than being the place that most people gain any sense of their power, or actual power, the 8th tends to be the place where they lose their power, or give it up, specifically, in relationships and agreements.
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Aquarius on the 8th raises another question that may be coming to light with a Chiron focus on this house. That is, to what extent did group pressure force you to have the values that you do? To what extent, consciously or “unconsciously,” do you hold the values of the people who surrounded you when you were little? To what extent to you succumb to the values of others in your relationships, particularly if they involve sex or money? Chiron may be making these factors uncomfortably clear. Yet rather than live in discomfort, I suggest you do your part to raise awareness, and to put your knowledge into action.
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Chiron is suggesting that you use your excellent mind and actually get a sense of where you stand in the world. To briefly address the presence of Nessus, this adds the focus on accountability, compelling you to know who is responsible for what, and particularly, to take responsibility for what you know you can change, or what (or who) you know you cannot change. The conjunction is saying: come out of denial, or rather, wake up to your denial and then address honestly what you need to address.
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When the Spiral Door opens in your life, it will open in a distinct angle of your chart where work relationships are experienced as of some of the most intimate of our lives.
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The Spiral Door represents the full recognition, indeed, the realization, that you exist in this life with a divine purpose and that this purpose involves action with its basis in faith.
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Yet this state of existence necessitates that you engage with people who have a similar agenda, which includes being willing to ask the important questions; the real ones; and to do the real thinking.
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