The sign of Cancer is ruled by the Moon.
Physically it is related to the breasts and stomach. It is said to have
a feminine nature, and is therefore more reactive in its energy.
It is a Water sign, and as such is connected to the world of emotion and
the instincts. It is also a Cardinal sign, which means that planets placed here will
express themselves in a very dynamic fashion - especially in matters
connected with care and protection. This sign is associated with motherhood
and the family. 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.
The bond to your mother will have been particularly formative.
You are sensitive and easily hurt - though this may not be immediately apparent on the outside.
Likewise, you are loyal and passionate in your defence of those you love -
injury done to them is also done to you. You have a strong and instinctive protective
nature. The greatest dilemma in your life comes when the bonds of
attachment are broken - for example in connection with changes in the
family structure. At these times it is important to recognise the
dangers of sentimental attachment to the past. Your reluctance to let
things go can stand in the way of your personal
development. You have a great talent for building up a nurturing
environment for those who are close to you, yet it can also help to
be more open to those who are
not necessarily so close. You are easily upset by changes in your
daily rhythm, and can be rather grumpy when called upon to change
habitual behaviours. Your home is your castle.