Moon in Cancer – Caring for Others, Caring for Self



The Moon has sailed into the sign of the Crab, Cancer. It’s gloomy and rainy here, and just as well..after the Gemini Moon madness we need to relax and recoup our energies.

The sign of Cancer is about home , however you define that. How do you make yourself safe and provide for yourself? Cancer is about roots too, family origins, how you send out roots to nourish yourself.  It’s time to reflect on just how much nourishing we need and whether we’re receiving enough in return.

The effects of the planets and luminaries (Sun, Moon) are most apparent when they transit their own neighbourhood.  The Moon is the “ruler” of Cancer, we feel her effects most when she shines in this sign. It’s traditionally a time when our thoughts turn inward, to family, comfort and home. Emotional connections with close family and especially Mother/Child* nurturing dynamics are heightened.

The Moon has a sacred domain over the Sea and her Creatures; the Crab mediates the space between the unconscious depths and the tangible reality of the shore. The symbol of the Crab – hard outer shell, soft interior reflects this idea of structure (Earth) and fluidity (Water) present in one form.

Cancerians combine those two elements – tenacious and sensible with bouts of creative lucidity. Guided by a deep intuitive vision, they approach goals indirectly. After assessing all aspects of the matter the Crab somehow snips the goal in her claws – despite moving indirectly the entire time!

Cancerian folks are incredibly nurturing – they all have an inner Nanna, wanting to give you tea, food and a blanket to keep your knees warm.
When the Moon transits this sign, we all behave a little bit Cancerian.

Planning and the Moon

The moon is at the first quarter, waxing to full. The work we seeded at the New Moon in Aries (March 31) meets it’s first obstacle. The quarter moon brings crisis and if we work with it, release or at least insight (which leads to liberation in the end!) In the constellation of Cancer, we experience a crisis in feeling over issues of security, in/dependence and emotional resources.

Reflect on the events of the March 31 and the work you set out to achieve at that time – what steps did you take to realise your goal? How can you apply Cancerian tenacity and sensitivity to realise your plans or – more spiritually – develop consciously? What has the activity and independent nature of the Aries lunar cycle brought to light in your home/resources/needs sector? Are you using or being used? Are you wasting your resources or holding them too close and cutting yourself off from deeper connection with others?

Be sweet to yourself, enjoy the Moon in Cancer – nurture, comfort yourself and focus on the home, your heart, your hearth.

Love Asha Maria

*By Mother/Child I mean any relationship between a carer parent and dependant child that reflects these archetypical roles. ‘Mother’ entails more than ‘female parent’, it is not purely a gender defined description but a role; albeit generally performed by the female gender for biological and sociological reasons.

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