June Astromusings – Blessings for the Winter/Summer Solstice, Happy Birthday Cancerians!

Illustrated by Sue Robertson

Moon mother,
yin maiden
smiling from your silver
empress throne
Spin dreams and silken fantasy
glide noiselessly on cloudless skies
holding ancient pearly wisdom
in your womb
Nurture gently your creation
Send fertile seed to earth like rain
pulling softly on the tides of
time and change
(c) Sue Robertson 1987

 

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Cancer

The Personality asserts: Let isolation rule and yet the crowd exists.
The Soul sounds its note: I build a lighted house and therein dwell.


Cancer Ingress & the Winter/Summer Solstice

Happy Birthday to all the Cancerians who celebrate their birthdays between June 21 and July 22. The Cancer Ingress coincides with the Winter/Summer Solstice which occurs 21 June at 8.08 pm AEST Sydney time.

seasonsPeople around the world celebrate the day, which is also known as the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, with feasts, bonfires, picnics, and traditional songs and dances.

Solstices in Culture

Over the centuries, the June solstice has inspired countless festivals, midsummer celebrations and religious holidays.

stonehenge-june-solsticeOne of the world’s oldest evidence of the summer solstice’s importance in culture is Stonehenge in England, a megalithic structure which clearly marks the moment of the June solstice.

Winter Solstice June 2018 chartIn the Southern Hemisphere, where the June solstice is known as the shortest day of the year, it marks the first day of astronomical winter, but the middle of winter in meteorological terms.

Mars Rising in Solstice Chart
It is interesting to note that in the Sydney Winter Solstice chart Mars is rising in Aquarius opposite Venus in Leo squaring Jupiter in Scorpio opposing Uranus in Taurus making a wide grand cross in fixed signs. With this volatile combination there could be issues with ego and aggression versus harmony in relationships. We are seeing some of those issues playing out locally and collectively. Mars represents the masculine principle while Venus represents the feminine principle.

Candlelight vigil for Eurydice Dixon

Thousands of people attend candlelight vigil in Melbourne to mourn Eurydice Dixon

Mourning the Death of Eurydice Dixon
Last week in Melbourne there was the tragic death of the much loved Melbourne comedienne, Eurydice Dixon who was raped and murdered by a young man. This tragic event has acted as a catalyst for an impassioned national discussion on the rights of women to be free to go about about their business without the fear of being harassed, raped or murdered and call to a halt to victim blaming. It has also brought into sharp prominence the vexed issue of domestic violence and the mounting number of women being murdered by their male partners. Governments have been called to account over their luke-warm response to the national crisis and the continued funding cuts to women’s refuges.

Across Australia thousands of women, children and men gathered to pay tribute to murdered Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon, and all women killed by men this year, in solemn candlelight vigils on Monday night. The crowd at Princes Park where the 22-year-old’s body was discovered, was mostly silent as mourners lay flowers and held family and friends close. With the karmic transiting Mars/South Node conjunction this tragic event has caused other horrific rapes and murders of women to be revisited with journalists evoking the memory of Anita Cobby, Janine Balding, Jill Meagher and Stephanie Scott to name but a few.
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Police attend the scene of Liberal Party brawl at Naji’s Cafe in Arncliffe

Liberal Party Brawl
Another manifestation of the brute force of Mars occurred when a New South Wales Liberal Party meeting descended into an ugly brawl at Naji’s Cafe in Arncliffe in Sydney’s south where bystanders reported that an elderly woman was knocked over and stamped on and another man was so brutally bashed he had to hospitalised. A senior Liberal Party source said the clash was “unprecedented” and a “tragic internal shit fight brought about by the pettiness of politics”, which involved branch stacking by rival factions. Bystanders who tried to film the brawl on their phones had their phones snatched and broken.

Children crying for their parents at borderProtest against caging childrenChildren separated at borderChildren in cages

Trump’s Extreme Immigration Enforcement
Perhaps one of the most divisive actions symbolic of ego driven Martian conflict and separation is President Trump’s latest zero tolerance cruel policy of forcibly separating immigrant families at the US southern border fleeing violence and oppressive regimes. With the winter/summer solstice ushering in the nurturing sign of Cancer the focus is on parents, children, home and family.

In the US solstice chart Mars falls in the 8th house ruled by intense Scorpio opposing Venus is in its own house ruled by Taurus which rules values provoking a heated discussion about what American values are. A CNN poll has shown only 28% of those polled were in favour of this cruel policy of forcibly separating children from their parents. Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Democrat leader, and all four former first ladies, Barbara Bush, Hilary Clinton, Rosalynn Carter and Michelle Obama, have condemned this policy and even the current first lady, Melania Trump, is uncomfortable about it.

There has been a crescendo of protest from religious leaders even those evangelicals who normally support Trump’s policies have called this border separation policy morally reprehensible, egregious, anti Christian and anti American. The Methodist Church has brought law charges against the Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a methodist himself, after he used a Biblical passage on Thursday to justify extreme immigration enforcement. These images speak a thousand words.

 

New Moon Super Moon in Cancer 14/15 June
There was a New Moon Super Moon in Cancer on 14/15 June at 5.19 pm.The New Moon in Cancer will occur 14 June at AEST Sydney time. The New Moon is a time to sow new seeds which will come to fruition at the Full Moon. The Moon in Cancer gives us an opportunity to nurture ourselves and to attune to our innermost feelings and honour our needs symbolic of the Divine feminine.

Cancer is one of the three water signs along with Scorpio and Pisces. Water is the element which denotes emotions, feelings and sensitivity. Cancer is one of the 4 cardinal signs – the others being Aries, Libra and Capricorn. In the Northern Hemisphere the summer solstice begins at 0 degrees Cancer while in the Southern Hemisphere it marks the winter solstice. For about three days the Sun remains at maximum latitudinal elevation, hence it is known as the Gate of the Northern Sun.

Esoterically, Cancer is known as the Gate into physical incarnation, and the glyph for Cancer is the two breasts, symbolising nurturing and motherhood. It is the sign of the Universal Mother and fertility, the sign which heralds the Northern summer with its pulsating life force coming to the fore. Cancer the crab not only symbolises nurturing but also tenacity, delineated by the crab’s claw. Originally in Babylon in 400 BC, the sign of Cancer was represented by the tortoise, and then in ancient Egypt in the Zodiac of Denderah it was replaced by the scarab the symbol of immortal life. The scarab meant ‘only begotten i.e. birth into incarnation. The month of June in ancient Egypt was called “meore” which again means rebirth

The Constellation of Cancer

Even the constellation of Cancer encompasses the theme of nurturing, with the constellation Praesaepe which means the manger or crib. In his book,’ Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology’, Alan Oken writes that modern astrologers refer to it as “the beehive” Cancer was called “the coffin” by the Hebrews and “the grave of Lazarus” or “the womb”. Cancer rises backwards in the sky eluding its adversaries. There is no bright star in Cancer, in keeping with its being a sign of hiding and retreat. Alice Bailey, in ‘The Labours of Hercules’ elaborates on the esoteric symbolism for the glyph for Cancer: The glyph for Cancer is composed of two “asses” tails and these again link up with the gospel story with the story of the manger. There are two asses connected with the birth of Jesus, the one which the Virgin rode to Bethlehem prior to the birth, and the other on which she rode to Egypt, after the birth. Close to the sign Cancer are two bright stars, one called Asellus Borealis or the northern ass, and the other, Asellus Australis, or the southern ass. There is also the third time, when Christ rode into Jerusalem during his brief moment of triumph on Palm Sunday.

Moon, the Ruler of Cancer
The Moon, the ruler of Cancer, along with the Sun is referred to as one of the ‘Lights’. The sun is known as the ‘Light of day’ and the Moon, the ‘Light of night. The Moon is representative of the feminine principle, Eros or relatedness and the yin. Primitive people attributed great powers to the Moon, believing that it could cause women’s pregnancy. It was a symbol of fertility, responsible for planting, fertility and pregnancy. The waxing moon was regarded as benign but the waning Moon was seen as destructive – something to be feared. In the mythology of most cultures the Moon was symbolic of the Great Mother Goddess, often portrayed with the symbol of the Moon. In Egypt she was represented by Hathor with her horned crescent headdress; Hecate was portrayed as the three headed hound symbolising the three phases of the moon – Persephone, the maiden or New Moon, Demeter, the matron or Full Moon and Hecate, the dark Moon or crone. The Mother Goddess had a dual role as Opener and Closer of the Womb. In her light phase she was life-giver, but in her dark phase she was life destroyer, as was the role of grieving Demeter, the goddess of the grain, when she stopped all living things. The ancient Chinese revered Kwan Yin, ‘Lady of the Moon’, as the World Mother in her capacity as Goddess of Mercy and protectress of children.

Lunar Cycles and Conception
The Moon is associated with the pull of the ocean’s tides and with women’s menstrual cycles. In fact in many cultures and languages, the word for moon is synonymous with menstruation. The Moon’s phases are symbolic of the womb shedding its lining, and the snake shedding its skin. Many goddesses were portrayed with snakes accompanying them. The snake also symbolises the subterranean and phallic power associated with the goddess.

Eugene Jonas, the Czech psychiatrist, rediscovered the ancient secrets of how the moon affects a woman’s ability to conceive, the sex of a child, and the viability of the embryo.

In his study of the mentally ill, Dr Leonard Ravitz of Duke University, discovered marked changes coinciding with the phases of the Moon in both normal and mentally unstable people. The more disturbed the patients were the more the Moon affected them. This especially showed on the night of the Full Moon. Medical emergency staff have attested to the fact that their busiest night of the month always occurs on the Full Moon. Hence the word,’ lunatic’, referring to a crazy person affected by the Moon. Cancerians, being ruled by the Moon are often regarded as moody, their moods reflecting the fluctuating phases of the Moon and the ocean’s tides.

Dane Rudhyar, in his book, ‘The Lunation Cycle’, delineates the 8 moon phases, and depending under which phase we are born i.e. Full Moon, New Moon, etc. it describes our personality and destiny.

The Labour of Hercules – The Capture of the Doe or Hind

In the book, ‘The Labours of Hercules’, Alice Bailey relates the test for Cancer in the fourth labour of Hercules. Hercules’ teacher tells him that he has to capture the doe which belongs to Artemis, but Diana, the goddess of the woods, also lays claim to it. However, he is told that it belongs to neither of these deities but to the Lord and that he must rescue it and bear it to the holy shrine of Mycenae. Both goddesses foil Hercules’ attempts to capture the doe for a whole year. Finally he captures the elusive doe while it is sleeping close to a quiet pool, wearied from its flight. He bears it in his arms close to his heart.

On returning to his teacher and reporting that the labour is done, his teacher points him in the direction of the hill and there again is the doe. The teacher explains to his pupil that the test must be done again and again. The doe is very elusive and no sooner has Hercules glimpsed it, than it has disappeared again. Alice Bailey comments that this is one of the shortest stories but it is one of the most profound.

There is no success for the aspirant until he transmutes instinct into intuition just as intellect needs to be balanced with intuition. Cancer is the sign wherein the duality of form and of the soul is unified in the physical body. There is deep symbolism attached to each of the characters in this story. When Hercules carries the doe into the shrine, it is recognised by Apollo, the Sun god, as the spiritual intuition. A battle ensues amongst the three of them. For Diana, the huntress, the doe represents intellect, for Apollo it represents spiritual intuition and for Artemis it represents instinct. To sum up, intellect carried into the holy shrine by Hercules is transformed into intuition, which becomes aware of spiritual realities that neither intellect nor instinct can reveal to him. There is also some significance in the fact that Hercules bears the doe close to his heart, representing love and compassion, which are traits to be developed during the Cancerian phase.

Cancerian Hall of Fame

Being the nurturer of the zodiac, Cancerians are drawn to caring professions such as nursing, midwifery, teaching, social work and healing. Cancer, ruling food and beverages, is well represented in the hospitality industry as restaurateurs, chefs and waiters. They are also attracted to high finance, as well as making great performers in the arts, with their vivid imaginations and zany sense of humour. Nelson Rockefeller and John D. Rockefeller symbolise the Cancerian’s money making ability.

Cancer has its share of much loved icons such as Diana, Princess of Wales, the people’s princess or in her own words, the ‘Queen of Hearts’, whose tragic untimely death caused a global outpouring of grief. Her son, Prince William who shares his mother’s good looks and charisma is born with both the Sun and Moon in sensitive Cancer.

Another much loved icon is the Dalai Lama whose Buddhist teachings espouse love and compassion. Cancer, ruling home and country has produced two outstanding patriots in Nelson Mandela and Xanana Gusmao.

Malala YousafzaiPerhaps the youngest example of a shining light of a Cancerian is the courageous young Pakistani Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head and the neck by the Taliban for her championing education for girls. She received a standing ovation after addressing the United Nations on her 16th birthday 12 July 2013. President George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld also demonstrate the Cancerian tendency to march to the patriot’s drum as does their nemesis, Cindy Sheehan, the Cancerian grieving American Mum whose son died in the war in Iraq.

 

Dan Brown, the American whose controversial blockbuster book and movie, the Da Vinci Code, champions the feminine principle is also a Cancerian. Tom Hanks, the hero of the film is also a Cancerian. The lonely heart balladeer, Chris Isaak whose soulful songs have touched so many, is also a Cancerian. Other Cancerian celluloid heroes include Charles Laughton, Donald Sutherland, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, Isabelle Adjani and

Meryl Streep. Comedians include Phyllis Diller, Red Skelton, Robin Williams, Terry Thomas, Mel Brooks and Dave Allen. Other famous Cancerians include Elizabeth Kubler Ross whose groundbreaking work on death and dying lifted the taboo on the subject of death. Cancerians whose vivid imagination has been expressed in prose include George Orwell, Herman Hesse, Marcel Proust, Saint Exupery, Franz Kafka, Ernest Hemingway, and Barbara Cartland, the Queen of the Romance Novel, and step-grandmother of Diana, Princess of Wales. Musicians of note include Ringo Starr, Louis Armstrong, Edward Elgar and Oscar Hammerstein.

Julian AssangeAnother Cancerian who has featured prominently in the news is the Australian born Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame.

Cancerian Health and Anatomy
In her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, Vanda Sawtell notes that physiologically the fourth sign, Cancer, pertains to the breast, stomach and spleen, and governs expansion and contraction, elasticity and tenacity. It is a fluidic sign and all the organs which it rules are concerned with the secretion of fluids. 1. Mother’s milk (breast). 2. the chyle (digested food elements of the stomach) 3. the white corpuscles of the blood (spleen). Cancer is the most fertile of all the twelve signs. Cancer, being ruled by the Moon is concerned with growth and reproduction. However, the hidden power within this sign is that of Nature’s power to reproduce otherwise the body would not be able to recreate itself daily. It has to do with the ceaseless formation or birth of corpuscles within the spleen, and not with procreative germs which can only be accomplished in the testes and ovaries.

The biochemic salt related to this sign is Calcium fluoride, a hard substance possessing nevertheless a peculiar property of elasticity. Calc. fluor. is an important constituent of the enamel of the teeth, the finger nails, bones, crystalline lens of the eye, and in the elastic fibre of the muscular tissue. When this cell salt is deficient the skin becomes cracked, and fissures and splits tend to form. Prolapsed organs, varicose veins, hardening of the arteries or testicles, valvular heart troubles, haemorrhoids, receding gums, and loose teeth are all indications that the tissues have lost their elasticity. Cataracts, blurred vision, hard growths and osseous lumps are all evidence of a lack of this salt.

There is another interesting and important function of this salt which must not be overlooked. The brain has a fine membrane like a spider web covering it, called the Arachnoid, and Calc. fluor. is a constituent of this membrane. When the spider web-like filaments of this membrane are plentifully supplied with Calc. fluor. They are elastic, pliable and strong, and thoughts are easily connected, and we have the characteristic of Cancerians, a good memory, or a tenacious memory which is the ability to hold on to thoughts. When this cell salt is deficient, however, the tiny web-like filaments become flabby, like a worn out piece of elastic. Connection of thought becomes difficult, and so we get a poor memory or forgetfulness which is lack of mental elasticity. The individual becomes hesitant, finding difficulty in expressing themselves as though the words were actually held in leash by elastic threads which had become worn, and lost their power to contract.

The symbol of the crab for this sign is very aptly chosen, not only because of its tenacity, but because it is a crustacean, having a hard shell or crust. The word crustacean in Greek means crystal, having the power to crystallise or harden: it also means a hard coating or covering, a shell or horny substance. One can see how well the symbol fits the function of Calc. fluor. the cell salt allocated to Cancer.

Cancer rules the colours light blue, silver and white and their birthstone is ruby. They also respond to the energies of pearl and moonstone. The metal for Cancer is silver in keeping with the appearance of the Moon.

Healing aromas include chamomile, jasmine lily, myrrh, sandalwood and rose. The healing musical note for Cancer is E. With the Cancerian proneness to digestive problems, foods which ferment in the stomach such as refined breads, sugars, pastry and meats should be avoided at all costs. Fish is a better option for the sensitive Cancerian digestive system. Diet for Cancerians should include the cabbage group such as cabbage, kale, broccoli, mustard, greens, watercress and cauliflower. They should drink plenty of water, fresh fruit and vegetable juices.

 

Overview for Cancerians for 2018

Jupiter, the planet of good fortune is currently moving through your creativity, children and romance sector. This will imbue you with optimism and will bring more opportunities for growth in the areas of creativity and children, There may be additions to your family or you may enhance your creative inspiration. Uranus, the planet of sudden change, has moved into your social sector while transformative Pluto and serious Saturn are moving through your marriage and relationship sector. Neptune, the planet of spirituality, continues its sojourn through your travel and study sector while Chiron, the wounded healer, has moved into your career sector.

Relationships
Powerful Pluto continues his passage through your relationship sector.  Therefore, you will find that you will be attracted to deep and meaningful relationships which will be deeply transformative. Light hearted dalliances are not for you. You will act as a catalyst for change for your partner and vice versa. Passion and intrigue will be the name of the game. It is important that you have deep and honest communication with your partner to avoid emotional manipulation and power struggles. Serious Saturn is also moving through your relationship and marriage sector bringing a sense of gravity and responsibility to your primary relationships. Both Pluto and Saturn are in retrograde motion directing the energy inwards.

Career
Chiron, the wounded healer, has just moved into your career sector which could cause you to be drawn to careers in healing, counselling or mentoring. Other planetary visitors are Mercury and Venus. Mercury pays an extended visit from 7 March to 13 May promoting communication and networking in your career. Gentle Venus pays a visit here from 7 – 31 March promoting harmony and creative inspiration in your career.

Health and Work
Jupiter. the planet of good fortune, will move into your health and work sector on 9 November this year and will be remain there until 2 December 2019. This should give you opportunities in your work. Quicksilver Mercury will be in your work and health sector from 1 November 2018 until 5 January 2019 promoting communications and networking in this area of your life. Part of Mercury’s passage here will be in retrograde motion from 17 November to the 5 December making it an ideal time to review and reassess issues pertaining to work and health.

Finances
Your finance sector is highlighted by the karmic north and south nodes and four eclipses. There will be two eclipses in your own finance sector the first being a total lunar eclipse on 31 January and the second a partial solar eclipse on 11 August 2018. There will also be a partial solar eclipse on 15 February in your debt and taxes sector and a total lunar eclipse on 27 July so financial issues will be brought to a head. Sun, Mercury and Venus also highlight your wealth and values sector. The Sun’s presence here from 21 Jan to 18 Feb will promote your financial interests and give a boost to your self-esteem. Mercury will pay a visit here from 1 -18 Feb making it an ideal time for you to network and communicate about your finances. Venus will grace you with her presence in your finance sector from 19 Jan to 10 Feb enhancing your finances.

Home and Family
Venus, the goddess of love, brings harmony to the home and hearth when she pays a visit to your domestic sector from 7 August to 9 September. You may feel the urge to beautify your home as your home is your castle. Mercury’s visit here from 23 September to 10 October facilitates communication with your family and is an ideal time to do repairs and renovations.

Creativity, Children and Romance
Jupiter, the planet of good fortune is moving through your creativity and romance sector. Jupiter is currently retrograde and will turn direct on 10 July. Other planetary visitors are Mercury and Venus. Gentle Venus will pay two visits to your creativity and romance sector. The first visit will be from 10 September to 31 October and then from 3 December 2018 to 7 January 2019 bringing harmony to your relationships with your children and opportunities for enhanced creativity.  Mercury will pay a visit here from 11 – 31 October facilitating communication with your children as well as giving you an opportunity to get in touch with your inner child.

Friendships, Groups and Goals
The change agent, Uranus, has just moved into your social sector bringing a certain  air of unpredictability and excitement to your social networks. Sun, Mercury and Venus will highlight your friendship sector. The Sun’s presence here from 21 May to 21 June will enable you to show your leadership skills in your social circles. Mercury’s presence here from 14 – 29 May will encourage networking and ensure a busy social calendar. Venus’s presence here from 1 – 24 April will ensure harmony and pleasurable activities with your friends.

Travel and Higher Education
Neptune, the planet of spirituality, continues its passage through your 9th house of travel and study. You may be drawn to undertake a spiritual pilgrimage to some exotic foreign country that you have always yearned to visit or you may take up some creative or spiritual studies. Mercury and Venus also contribute their energy to your travel and adventure sector. Quicksilver Mercury pays a visit to your adventure sector from 26 February to 13 March motivating you to do research or study. Venus graces your travel and education with her presence from 4 January to 3 February bringing harmony and pleasure here. It would be an ideal time to have that pleasure cruise.

Sources

Cancer Greeting Card Illustrated by Sue Robertson
Cancer Poem by Sue Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
The Inner Planets by Howard Sasportas and Liz Greene

 

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January Astromusings – Happy Birthday Aquarians!

Illustrated by Sue Robertson

Aquarius the water carrier
pours forth the Waters of Life
that fountain of Light
which purifies the minds
of women and men
awakening in their hearts
the Divine seed of Love

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

The male and female water carriers pouring the waters of consciousness, an act which symbolises the equal contribution of masculine and feminine energies, the rational and intuitive, the union of which is vital for the psychic harmony and evolution of all planetary life in the Age of Aquarius.

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Aquarius
The Personality sounds his note: Let desire in form be ruler
The Soul proclaims: Water of Life, I am poured forth for thirsty men.

Rulers for Aquarius
Exoteric Ruler:
Uranus under the Seventh Ray of Ceremonial Law and Organisation
Esoteric Ruler: Jupiter under the Second Ray of Love Wisdom
Hierarchical Ruler: The Moon under the Fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict

Aquarians – The Age of Aquarius – Cycles of Uranus

Happy birthday to all the Aquarians whose birthdays fall between January 21 and February 19. Aquarius, known as the water bearer, is one of the three air signs often mistakenly thought be a water sign but Aquarius, the water bearer, is pouring the waters of consciousness for the evolution of all humanity as we enter the Age of Aquarius. Aquarius is ruled by the planet Uranus and its co ruler is Saturn also the ruler of Capricorn.

Uranus was discovered in 1781 which coincides with the French Revolution and the American War of Independence. Thus Aquarians are often seen as reformers or revolutionaries or non-conformists. Aquarians are renowned for their eccentricity like their ruling planet, Uranus, which travels in a freakish way – instead of spinning like a top like any other planet, Uranus rolls on its belly making it appear as if its five moons revolve backward. Uranus is named after Ouranus, the sky father in Greek mythology. Hence, Uranus symbolises lightning and can unleash a force more potent than anything previously known. While Uranus was transiting the sign of Capricorn, representing the establishment, the Berlin wall came down. In February 1962 there was a line-up of planets in Aquarius which could cause people born at this time to be either genii or ‘mad’ or at the very least downright eccentric!!

Aquarian Hall of Fame

Galileo Galilei

There is a saying, “ As the Aquarian thinks so the rest of the world will think in fifty years time.” Over seventy percent of people in the hall of fame have their sun or ascendant in Aquarius. When we look at the hall of fame of Aquarians we can see that this indeed is the case. Galileo was a famous Aquarian whose scientific theories threatened the religious thought of the day – he was so ahead of his time. Another famous Aquarian scientist, Charles Darwin, whose theories on evolution challenged the existing scientific and religious thought, caused a schism in the Christian church.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln’s revolutionary stand on slavery split the United States and Roosevelt’s radical new economic program was met with bitter opposition by the establishment.

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Oprah Winfrey

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Another Aquarian whose impassioned speech for universal equality electrified the Golden Globes is Oprah Winfrey and has led to speculation of her taking a tilt at the presidency in 2020. In her speech Oprah made reference to the impact it had on her as a little girl watching Sidney Poitier whom she described the most elegant black man she had ever seen receive the Oscar for best actor at the 1964 Academy Awards. At that stage her mother cleaned other people’s houses for a living. Oprah added “In 1982, Sidney received the Cecil B. DeMille Award right here at the Golden Globes, and it is not lost on me that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this same award. She also made reference to the fact that the press is under siege these days. She continued: “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell. And this year we became the story. But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. In a true Aquarian manner she included all the other people who are also affected by this struggle for equality and fairness: They’re the women whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories, and they work in restaurants, and they’re in academia and engineering and medicine and science. They’re part of the word of tech and politics and business. They are athletes in the Olympics, and they are soldiers in the military.”

Oprah went on to pay tribute to two remarkable black women: “And there’s someone else: Recy Taylor, a name I know and I think you should know too. In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young wife and a mother. She was just walking home from the church service she’d attended in Abbeville, Alabama, when she was abducted by six armed white men, raped, and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church. They threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported to the NAACP, where a young worker by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case. And together they sought justice. But justice wasn’t an option in the era of Jim Crow. The men who tried to destroy her were never persecuted. Recy Taylor died 10 days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men, but their time is up. Their time is up. Their time is up.

And I just hope – I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years and even now tormented, goes marching on. It was somewhere in Rosa Parks’ heart almost 11 years later when she made the decision to stay seated on that bus in Montgomery. And it’s here with every woman who chooses to say, “Me too” and every man, every man who chooses to listen. In my career what I’ve always tried my best to do, whether on television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave, to say how we experience shame, how we love and how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat, persevere, and how we overcome. I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who have withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights. So I want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon.

Oprah’s conclusion was inspirational and had a prophetic ring to it. It was also sounded a note of optimism in keeping with her Sagittarius Moon and ascendant and : “And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say, “Me too” again. Thank you.”

Oprah Winfrey's natal chart

Rosa ParksRosa Parks, the civil rights activist to whom Oprah paid tribute in her Golden Globes speech is also an Aquarian born 4 February 1913 in Tusgekee, Alabama at 5.12 am. Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an activist in the Civil Rights Movement, whom the United States Congress called “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement” due to her sparking of the Montgomery bus boycott, leading to a 21/12/1956 Supreme Court order outlawing discriminatory practices on Montgomery buses. It was on 1 December 1955 that the soft-spoken 42-year old seamstress left work to catch the bus home. When the bus became loaded the driver told her to give her seat to a white man – and she refused – almost single-handedly starting the modern civil rights movement. She said, “I had been pushed as far as I could stand to be pushed. I had decided that I would have to know once and for all what rights I had as a human being and a citizen.” She displayed great courage in opposing the status quo in keeping with Mars on her ascendant.

Parks’ act of defiance and the Montgomery bus boycott became important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement. She became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation.

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Rosa & Raymond Parks

She and her husband, Raymond Parks, also an Aquarian born 12 February 1903 organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including Edgar Nixon, president of the local chapter of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People); and Martin Luther King Jnr, a new minister in town who gained national prominence in the civil rights movement.

Parks received national recognition, including the NAACP’s 1979 Spingarn Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, and a posthumous statue in the United States Capitol’s National Statuary Hall. Upon her death in 2005, she was the first woman and third non-US government official to lie in honour in the Capitol Rotunda. California and Missouri commemorate Rosa Parks Day on her birthday February 4, whilst Ohio and Oregon commemorate the occasion on the anniversary of the day she was arrested, December 1.

Rosa Parks's natal chart

Oprah Winfrey's natal chart

Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer

Both Aquarians, Germaine Greer and Betty Friedan, challenged the tenets of patriarchy and pioneered the modern feminist movement. Enough said!

The Age of Aquarius

Most people would remember the words of the famous song from the musical, Hair, which was staged to much acclaim in the early 1970’s: “We are at the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.” Some people were under misapprehension that the Age of Aquarius was something that occurred then and is now over but it was actually referring to the fact that we are on the cusp of Age of Aquarius, and the outgoing Age of Pisces which began around the time of the birth of Christ.

According to Dane Rudhyar in his book, ‘Astrological Timing of the Transition to the New Age’, during the incoming Age of Aquarius, calculated to be from the year 2060, there will be a return to the principles of the great spiritual teachers such as Jesus, Buddha, Pythagoras, Lao Tse and Confucius who represent the seed period of the Age of Pisces. Each Age has a seed period – at the turn of the 20th century there appeared Illuminati such as Helena Blavatsky who founded the Theosophical Society, and wrote books under the guidance of the Masters of Wisdom as did Alice Bailey who established an esoteric school and the International Goodwill Movement. Other great spiritual teachers dedicated to reviving the Ancient Wisdom teachings include the Indian sage, Krishnamurti, Rudolph Steiner who founded the Anthroposophical movement, and Roberto Assagioli who formulated Psychosynthesis, a transpersonal form of psychotherapy with branches worldwide that focusses on aligning the personality Self with the Higher Self.

The Eleventh Labour of Hercules

A clue to the role of the Aquarian and the meaning of the Age of Aquarius can be found in the esoteric teachings of Alice Bailey in her book, ‘The Labours of Hercules’. Each labour corresponds to the task to be undertaken by each of the twelve signs of the zodiac. The eleventh labour for Aquarius is to clean the dung out of the Augean stables which symbolises purging the planet of the all the excesses of the outgoing Age of Pisces i.e. materialism, dualism, emotionalism, religious fanaticism, glamour, lower psychism, to prepare humanity to embrace the Aquarian concepts of group consciousness, universal brotherhood, humanitarian endeavour, planetary awareness, the reunion of science and spirituality, and the equal representation of masculine and feminine energies.

Dane Rudhyar, prophesised that the Age of Aquarius would be an Age of androgyny. Each Age lasts approximately 2,000 years and we are in a transition period between the two Ages which is currently causing much stress and tension on the planet so it is vital that we evolve in consciousness by aligning our personality Self and Higher Self to cope with the accelerated changes in keeping with the Age of Aquarius which will be an age of synthesis.

The Ages proceed in the opposite direction to the zodiac because of what is called the precession of the equinoxes. Supporting this concept of purging or cleansing is the fact that the month that Aquarius falls in – February, derived from the Latin word, Februarius, means purification. The glyph for Aquarius, the two wavy lines represents the ankles, the serpent of wisdom, and the Egyptian hieroglyph for the Nile. The top line represents the feminine i.e. intuition and the bottom line represents the masculine and the rational. Aquarius also rules science, technology, telecommunications, electronics, telepathy and astrology, careers in which Aquarians are strongly represented.

Aquarian Health and Anatomy

Anatomically Aquarius rules the ankles, the calves, circulation, and electrical waves in the nervous system, the pituitary gland and the aura. The biochemic cell salt for Aquarius is Natrum Mur; or what is usually known as common salt. Vanda Sawtell, in her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, explains the function of Natrum Mur:  “Natrum Mur is found in every tissue and fluid in the body and this cell salt regulates the flow of fluid through the tissues. Therefore Natrum Mur is needed in all cases where there is a disturbance in the distribution of water, where the surface is either too dry or too moist which can cause colds, dryness of mouth, constipation, shingles, blisters, eczema, indigestion, anaemia, hay fever, cracking joints, restlessness and irritability. Lack of Natrum Mur may cause sleeplessness when too little fluid is present, and the brain tissues become dry, or it may cause a heavy tired, drowsy feeling if too much water is present in the brain tissues.”

Foods which stimulate the circulation of blood are beneficial for Aquarians. These include chilli, cayenne pepper. Red coloured foods such as beetroot, radishes, red peppers, strawberries would also be of benefit. Exercises such as Yoga, Pilates, and qigong which encourage regular breathing and purify the blood will enhance the Aquarian well-being. Bach flower remedies indicated for Aquarians are impatiens and patchouli water violet. Aromatherapy oils that would be soothing for the Aquarian include lavender, lemon verbena. Gemstones for Aquarians are Turquoise, Amazonite and Malachite. Tuning forks developed in Switzerland which sound a note corresponding to each of the planets audible to the human ear provide a means of healing with sound. The healing musical note for Aquarius is G.

 Overview for Aquarians for 2018
Transformative Pluto continues its sojourn through your 12th house of karma and the unconscious bringing about deep inner transformation. Lucky Jupiter has moved into your career sector giving impetus to your career and goals. Karmic Saturn has moved into your sign giving you more responsibility. Your first house of personality is highlighted by the presence of the karmic South Node and two eclipses.  It will also be activated by an extended visit by feisty Mars from 17 May until 13 August and then again from 12 September to the 15 November 2018. Part of Mars’s visit here will be in retrograde motion from 26 June to 28 August.

Finances
Neptune and Chiron are continuing their sojourn through your finance sector. Their presence in your solar second house of finances, possessions and values which will encourage you to re-evaluate how you handle your finances and possessions. You may find that if you were always very organised with regards to your finances that Neptune will teach you to go with the flow rather than calculate every last dollar when doing your budget. Its lesson of non attachment may encourage you to donate to charities or use your finances in a more altruistic fashion. Dynamic Mars pays a visit to your finances sector from 20 December 2016 to 28 Jan 2017 adding energy and confidence in your financial dealings. Venus the goddess of Love and money graces your money sector from 4 Jan to 3 Feb enhancing your financial prospects.

Friendships
Celestial influences in your friendship sector in 2018 include Mercury and Jupiter. Quicksilver Mercury  will pay two visits to your friendship sector from 1 November to 1 December and then again from 13 December 2018 to 5 January 2019 promoting communications and networking in your social circle. Part of Mercury’s visit here will be in retrograde motion from 17 November to 1 December which could cause misunderstandings.

Career
Your career aspirations will be supported by the presence of lucky Jupiter when it makes its entry into your career sector 11 October 2017 remaining there until 7 November 2018. Jupiter will bring many opportunities for expansion of your goals and for promotion. You may undertake further study or training to advance your status or your career may involve travel.

Home and Family
The major celestial influences in your domestic sector in 2018 are Mercury and Venus Venus brings harmony, beauty and a spirit of cooperation among family members from  1 – 24 April. Mercury pays a visit to your domestic sector from 14 – 29 May facilitating communications and networking with family members.

Children and Creativity
 Venus, the planet of love, will grace your children and creativity sector with her presence from 25 April to 19 May promoting cordial relationships with your children and enhancing your creative inspiration. Mercury will visit your children and creativity sector from 30 May to 12 June promoting communication between you and your children and encourage your inner child.

 Relationships
Your marriage and relationship sector is highlighted by the presence of the karmic North Node and the occurrence of two eclipses. A total lunar eclipse occurs 31 January and a partial solar eclipse occurs 11 Aug 2018. A visit from Sun and Venus to your love sector will bring vitality and harmony to your intimate relationships and business partnerships. Venus will grace your relationship sector from 14 June to 10 July enhancing your relationships. Mercury pays an extended visit here from 30 June to 6 September facilitating communications and networking in your most intimate relationships and business partnerships. Part of Mercury’s visit here will be in retrograde motion from 26 July to 18 August which could cause confusion or misunderstandings in your relationships.

Travel
Dynamic Mars will make its presence felt in your travel and higher learning sector with an extended stay there from 1 – 26 January 2018, imbuing you with the energy and enthusiasm to conquer hitherto unexplored territories whether through travel or study. Both Venus and Mercury pay visits to your travel and education sector. Venus lights up your travel and adventure sector from 15 October to 7 Nov bringing opportunities for you to realise a long yearned for trip to some exotic location or a holiday romance. Since the 9th house also rules over travels of the mind you may undertake that longed for study course. Mercury activates your travel and study sector from 1 – 17 Oct motivating your desire to explore new avenues of learning or travel.

Uranus Transits
Regardless of what sign we are born under we all experience Uranus transits, which like the Saturn transits represent a rite of passage. Uranus, along with the two other outer planets, Neptune and Pluto, are often referred to as the ‘Ambassadors of the Galaxy’ or transpersonal planets. Accordingly, when we have Uranus, Neptune or Pluto transits they involve collective issues not just personal ones. Unlike Pluto transits which build up to a climax causing transformation, Uranus transits are more cataclysmic, bringing sudden unexpected change of a liberating nature, jolting one into awareness.

We experience Uranus transits at age 14 which coincide with puberty and then again around age 20 which mark the end of adolescence and a drive toward autonomy and individuation. Another Uranus transit accompanies the first Saturn return around age 28 supporting the changes that need to be made at this time. A major Uranus transit occurs between 38 and 45 depending when one is born, which, along with the Pluto square to Pluto, heralds the midlife crisis. When this occurs it marks a time of disassembling the self and putting the self together again in a new form, and integrating the previously unrealised parts of the psyche into conscious awareness. Uranus transits occur again around 56 and then again in the early sixties and seventies coinciding with retirement and liberating the individual from the expectations of society. At age 84 one will experience the Uranus Return i.e. Uranus returns to the place where it was at the time of birth. This indicates that a major cycle of life is completed – symbolising a time of reviewing one’s life and preparing for the next phase.

Betty Friedan

It is interesting to note that the famous Aquarian feminist, Betty Friedan, died on her 85th birthday in February 2006, not long after her Uranus Return, having accomplished her mission for this life time.

Sources

Aquarius Greeting Card Illustrated by Sue Robertson
Aquarius Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell

 

June Astromusings Happy Birthday Cancerians! Blessings for the Winter/Summer Solstice! New Moon Super Moon in Cancer

Moon mother,
yin maiden
smiling from your silver
empress throne
Spin dreams and silken fantasy
glide noiselessly on cloudless skies
holding ancient pearly wisdom
in your womb
Nurture gently your creation
Send fertile seed to earth like rain
pulling softly on the tides of
time and change
(c) Sue Robertson 1987

 

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Cancer

The Personality asserts: Let isolation rule and yet the crowd exists.
The Soul sounds its note: I build a lighted house and therein dwell.


Cancer Ingress & the Winter/Summer Solstice

Happy Birthday to all the Cancerians who celebrate their birthdays between June 21 and July 22. The Cancer Ingress coincides with the Winter/Summer Solstice which occurs 21 June.

New Moon Super Moon in Cancer 23/24 June

There will be a New Moon Super Moon in Cancer on 23/24 June.The New Moon in Cancer will occur 24 June at 1.30 AEDT Sydney time. The New Moon is a time to sow new seeds which will come to fruition at the Full Moon. The Moon in Cancer gives us an opportunity to nurture ourselves and to attune to our innermost feelings and honour our needs symbolic of the Divine feminine.

Cancer is one of the three water signs along with Scorpio and Pisces. Water is the element which denotes emotions, feelings and sensitivity. Cancer is one of the 4 cardinal signs – the others being Aries, Libra and Capricorn. In the Northern Hemisphere the summer solstice begins at 0 degrees Cancer while in the Southern Hemisphere it marks the winter solstice. For about three days the Sun remains at maximum latitudinal elevation, hence it is known as the Gate of the Northern Sun.

Esoterically, Cancer is known as the Gate into physical incarnation, and the glyph for Cancer is the two breasts, symbolising nurturing and motherhood. It is the sign of the Universal Mother and fertility, the sign which heralds the Northern summer with its pulsating life force coming to the fore. Cancer the crab not only symbolises nurturing but also tenacity, delineated by the crab’s claw. Originally in Babylon in 400 BC, the sign of Cancer was represented by the tortoise, and then in ancient Egypt in the Zodiac of Denderah it was replaced by the scarab the symbol of immortal life. The scarab meant ‘only begotten i.e. birth into incarnation. The month of June in ancient Egypt was called “meore” which again means rebirth

The Constellation of Cancer

Even the constellation of Cancer encompasses the theme of nurturing, with the constellation Praesaepe which means the manger or crib. In his book,’ Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology’, Alan Oken writes that modern astrologers refer to it as “the beehive” Cancer was called “the coffin” by the Hebrews and “the grave of Lazarus” or “the womb”. Cancer rises backwards in the sky eluding its adversaries. There is no bright star in Cancer, in keeping with its being a sign of hiding and retreat. Alice Bailey, in ‘The Labours of Hercules’ elaborates on the esoteric symbolism for the glyph for Cancer: The glyph for Cancer is composed of two “asses” tails and these again link up with the gospel story with the story of the manger. There are two asses connected with the birth of Jesus, the one which the Virgin rode to Bethlehem prior to the birth, and the other on which she rode to Egypt, after the birth. Close to the sign Cancer are two bright stars, one called Asellus Borealis or the northern ass, and the other, Asellus Australis, or the southern ass. There is also the third time, when Christ rode into Jerusalem during his brief moment of triumph on Palm Sunday.

Moon, the Ruler of Cancer

The Moon, the ruler of Cancer, along with the Sun is referred to as one of the ‘Lights’. The sun is known as the ‘Light of day’ and the Moon, the ‘Light of night. The Moon is representative of the feminine principle, Eros or relatedness and the yin. Primitive people attributed great powers to the Moon, believing that it could cause women’s pregnancy. It was a symbol of fertility, responsible for planting, fertility and pregnancy. The waxing moon was regarded as benign but the waning Moon was seen as destructive – something to be feared. In the mythology of most cultures the Moon was symbolic of the Great Mother Goddess, often portrayed with the symbol of the Moon. In Egypt she was represented by Hathor with her horned crescent headdress; Hecate was portrayed as the three headed hound symbolising the three phases of the moon – Persephone, the maiden or New Moon, Demeter, the matron or Full Moon and Hecate, the dark Moon or crone. The Mother Goddess had a dual role as Opener and Closer of the Womb. In her light phase she was life-giver, but in her dark phase she was life destroyer, as was the role of grieving Demeter, the goddess of the grain, when she stopped all living things. The ancient Chinese revered Kwan Yin, ‘Lady of the Moon’, as the World Mother in her capacity as Goddess of Mercy and protectress of children.

Lunar Cycles and Conception

The Moon is associated with the pull of the ocean’s tides and with women’s menstrual cycles. In fact in many cultures and languages, the word for moon is synonymous with menstruation. The Moon’s phases are symbolic of the womb shedding its lining, and the snake shedding its skin. Many goddesses were portrayed with snakes accompanying them. The snake also symbolises the subterranean and phallic power associated with the goddess.

Eugene Jonas, the Czech psychiatrist, rediscovered the ancient secrets of how the moon affects a woman’s ability to conceive, the sex of a child, and the viability of the embryo.

In his study of the mentally ill, Dr Leonard Ravitz of Duke University, discovered marked changes coinciding with the phases of the Moon in both normal and mentally unstable people. The more disturbed the patients were the more the Moon affected them. This especially showed on the night of the Full Moon. Medical emergency staff have attested to the fact that their busiest night of the month always occurs on the Full Moon. Hence the word,’ lunatic’, referring to a crazy person affected by the Moon. Cancerians, being ruled by the Moon are often regarded as moody, their moods reflecting the fluctuating phases of the Moon and the ocean’s tides.

Dane Rudhyar, in his book, ‘The Lunation Cycle’, delineates the 8 moon phases, and depending under which phase we are born i.e. Full Moon, New Moon, etc. it describes our personality and destiny.

The Labour of Hercules – The Capture of the Doe or Hind

In the book, ‘The Labours of Hercules’, Alice Bailey relates the test for Cancer in the fourth labour of Hercules. Hercules’ teacher tells him that he has to capture the doe which belongs to Artemis, but Diana, the goddess of the woods, also lays claim to it. However, he is told that it belongs to neither of these deities but to the Lord and that he must rescue it and bear it to the holy shrine of Mycenae. Both goddesses foil Hercules’ attempts to capture the doe for a whole year. Finally he captures the elusive doe while it is sleeping close to a quiet pool, wearied from its flight. He bears it in his arms close to his heart. On returning to his teacher and reporting that the labour is done, his teacher points him in the direction of the hill and there again is the doe. The teacher explains to his pupil that the test must be done again and again. The doe is very elusive and no sooner has Hercules glimpsed it, than it has disappeared again. Alice Bailey comments that this is one of the shortest stories but it is one of the most profound. There is no success for the aspirant until he transmutes instinct into intuition just as intellect needs to be balanced with intuition. Cancer is the sign wherein the duality of form and of the soul is unified in the physical body. There is deep symbolism attached to each of the characters in this story. When Hercules carries the doe into the shrine, it is recognised by Apollo, the Sun god, as the spiritual intuition. A battle ensues amongst the three of them. For Diana, the huntress, the doe represents intellect, for Apollo it represents spiritual intuition and for Artemis it represents instinct. To sum up, intellect carried into the holy shrine by Hercules is transformed into intuition, which becomes aware of spiritual realities that neither intellect nor instinct can reveal to him. There is also some significance in the fact that Hercules bears the doe close to his heart, representing love and compassion, which are traits to be developed during the Cancerian phase.

Cancerian Hall of Fame

Being the nurturer of the zodiac, Cancerians are drawn to caring professions such as nursing, midwifery, teaching, social work and healing. Cancer, ruling food and beverages, is well represented in the hospitality industry as restaurateurs, chefs and waiters. They are also attracted to high finance, as well as making great performers in the arts, with their vivid imaginations and zany sense of humour. Nelson Rockefeller and John D. Rockefeller symbolise the Cancerian’s money making ability.

Cancer has its share of much loved icons such as Diana, Princess of Wales, the people’s princess or in her own words, the ‘Queen of Hearts’, whose tragic untimely death caused a global outpouring of grief. Her son, Prince William who shares his mother’s good looks and charisma is born with both the Sun and Moon in sensitive Cancer.

Another much loved icon is the Dalai Lama whose Buddhist teachings espouse love and compassion. Cancer, ruling home and country has produced two outstanding patriots in Nelson Mandela and Xanana Gusmao.

Malala YousafzaiPerhaps the youngest example of a shining light of a Cancerian is the courageous young Pakistani Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head and the neck by the Taliban for her championing education for girls. She received a standing ovation after addressing the United Nations on her 16th birthday 12 July 2013. President George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld also demonstrate the Cancerian tendency to march to the patriot’s drum as does their nemesis, Cindy Sheehan, the Cancerian grieving American Mum whose son died in the war in Iraq.

Dan BrownDan Brown, the American whose controversial blockbuster book and movie, the Da Vinci Code, champions the feminine principle is also a Cancerian. Tom Hanks, the hero of the film is also a Cancerian. The lonely heart balladeer, Chris Isaak whose soulful songs have touched so many, is also a Cancerian. Other Cancerian celluloid heroes include Charles Laughton, Donald Sutherland, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, Isabelle Adjani and

Meryl Streep. Comedians include Phyllis Diller, Red Skelton, Robin Williams, Terry Thomas, Mel Brooks and Dave Allen. Other famous Cancerians include Elizabeth Kubler Ross whose groundbreaking work on death and dying lifted the taboo on the subject of death. Cancerians whose vivid imagination has been expressed in prose include George Orwell, Herman Hesse, Marcel Proust, Saint Exupery, Franz Kafka, Ernest Hemingway, and Barbara Cartland, the Queen of the Romance Novel, and step-grandmother of Diana, Princess of Wales. Musicians of note include Ringo Starr, Louis Armstrong, Edward Elgar and Oscar Hammerstein.

Julian AssangeAnother Cancerian who has featured prominently in the news is the Australian born Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame.

Cancerian Health and Anatomy

In her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, Vanda Sawtell notes that physiologically the fourth sign, Cancer, pertains to the breast, stomach and spleen, and governs expansion and contraction, elasticity and tenacity. It is a fluidic sign and all the organs which it rules are concerned with the secretion of fluids. 1. Mother’s milk (breast). 2. the chyle (digested food elements of the stomach) 3. the white corpuscles of the blood (spleen). Cancer is the most fertile of all the twelve signs. Cancer, being ruled by the Moon is concerned with growth and reproduction. However, the hidden power within this sign is that of Nature’s power to reproduce otherwise the body would not be able to recreate itself daily. It has to do with the ceaseless formation or birth of corpuscles within the spleen, and not with procreative germs which can only be accomplished in the testes and ovaries.

The biochemic salt related to this sign is Calcium fluoride, a hard substance possessing nevertheless a peculiar property of elasticity. Calc. fluor. is an important constituent of the enamel of the teeth, the finger nails, bones, crystalline lens of the eye, and in the elastic fibre of the muscular tissue. When this cell salt is deficient the skin becomes cracked, and fissures and splits tend to form. Prolapsed organs, varicose veins, hardening of the arteries or testicles, valvular heart troubles, haemorrhoids, receding gums, and loose teeth are all indications that the tissues have lost their elasticity. Cataracts, blurred vision, hard growths and osseous lumps are all evidence of a lack of this salt.

There is another interesting and important function of this salt which must not be overlooked. The brain has a fine membrane like a spider web covering it, called the Arachnoid, and Calc. fluor. is a constituent of this membrane. When the spider web-like filaments of this membrane are plentifully supplied with Calc. fluor. They are elastic, pliable and strong, and thoughts are easily connected, and we have the characteristic of Cancerians, a good memory, or a tenacious memory which is the ability to hold on to thoughts. When this cell salt is deficient, however, the tiny web-like filaments become flabby, like a worn out piece of elastic. Connection of thought becomes difficult, and so we get a poor memory or forgetfulness which is lack of mental elasticity. The individual becomes hesitant, finding difficulty in expressing themselves as though the words were actually held in leash by elastic threads which had become worn, and lost their power to contract. The symbol of the crab for this sign is very aptly chosen, not only because of its tenacity, but because it is a crustacean, having a hard shell or crust. The word crustacean in Greek means crystal, having the power to crystallise or harden: it also means a hard coating or covering, a shell or horny substance. One can see how well the symbol fits the function of Calc. fluor. the cell salt allocated to Cancer.

Cancer rules the colours light blue, silver and white and their birthstone is ruby. They also respond to the energies of pearl and moonstone. The metal for Cancer is silver in keeping with the appearance of the Moon.

Healing aromas include chamomile, jasmine lily, myrrh, sandalwood and rose. The healing musical note for Cancer is E. With the Cancerian proneness to digestive problems, foods which ferment in the stomach such as refined breads, sugars, pastry and meats should be avoided at all costs. Fish is a better option for the sensitive Cancerian digestive system. Diet for Cancerians should include the cabbage group such as cabbage, kale, broccoli, mustard, greens, watercress and cauliflower. They should drink plenty of water, fresh fruit and vegetable juices.

 

Overview for Cancerians for 2017

Good news for Cancerians – Jupiter, the planet of good fortune, continues its passage through your domestic sector. This will imbue you with optimism and a sense of adventure and will bring more opportunities for growth in the areas of home and family, There may be additions to your family or you may be enlarging you home or using it as centre for study. Uranus, the planet of sudden change, continues its journey through your career sector while transformative Pluto continues its sojourn through your marriage and relationship sector. Neptune, the planet of spirituality, and Chiron, the wounded healer, continue their sojourn through your travel and study sector.

Relationships

Powerful Pluto continues his passage through your relationship sector.  Therefore, you will find that you will be attracted to deep and meaningful relationships which will be deeply transformative. Light hearted dalliances are not for you. You will act as a catalyst for change for your partner and vice versa. Passion and intrigue will be the name of the game. It is important that you have deep and honest communication with your partner to avoid emotional manipulation and power struggles.

Career

Uranus, the planet of  sudden change, is still moving through your career and goals sector bringing an element of unpredictability and surprise to this area of your life. You may have a sudden career change or revision your goals. It may be challenging but could also be very exciting as you decide to shake off the cobwebs of a career that has become stale. Your need for freedom and individuality will be paramount. You may be drawn to set up your own business rather than take orders from someone. This energy will endow you with inspiration to try your hand at something new – something innovative and edgy. It can sometimes come in the guise of a redundancy where you are forced to make changes in your career. Uranus rules astrology, energetic healing and IT so these may be fields that you could be attracted to.

Health and Work

Saturn, the Lord of Karma is moving through your health and work sector. Part of Saturn’s motion here will be in retrograde motion from 6 April to 25 August. During Saturn’s retrograde motion the energy is turned inward. Saturn is about responsibility and hard work. Fleet footed Mercury, the messenger of the gods, will pay a visit to your health and work sector from 6 November 2017 to 11 January 2018 facilitating communication. Part of Saturn’s visit here will be in retrograde motion from 3 – 22 December which may cause confusion or misunderstandings. Gentle Venus also pays a visit here from 2 – 25 December bringing harmony and reconciliation in the workplace.

Finances

Your finance sector is highlighted by the karmic north and south nodes and three eclipses. There will be two eclipses in your own finance sector the first being an appulse lunar eclipse on 11 February and the second a total solar eclipse on 21 August 2017. There will also be a partial lunar eclipse on 7 August in your debt and taxes sector so financial issues will be brought to a head. Sun, Mercury and Venus also highlight your wealth and values sector. The Sun’s presence here from 23 July to 22 August will promote your financial interests and give a boost to your self-esteem. Mercury will pay a visit here from 7 – 26 August making it an ideal time for you to network and communicate about your finances. Venus will grace you with her presence in your finance sector from 27 August to 21 September enhancing your finances.

Home and Family

Jupiter, the planet of good fortune, continues its passage through your domestic sector. This will imbue you with optimism and a sense of adventure and will bring more opportunities for growth in the areas of home and family, There may be additions to your family or you may be enlarging or renovating your home or using it as centre for study. Your domestic sector will be activated by the presence of Mars.  Feisty Mars’s presence here from 23 October to 9 December will imbue you with plenty of energy to take charge of family matters but you need to take care not to stir up trouble by being too pushy.  Venus, the goddess of love, brings harmony to the home and hearth when she pays a visit to your domestic sector from 15 October to 7 November. You may feel the urge to beautify your home as your home is your castle. Mercury’s visit here from 1-17 October facilitates communication with your family and is an ideal time to do repairs and renovations.

Creativity, Children and Romance

Mercury and Venus will pay visits to your creativity and romance sector. Mercury will pay a visit here from 18 October to 5 November facilitating communication with your children as well as giving you an opportunity to get in touch with your inner child. Gentle Venus follows close on Mercury’s heels paying a visit from 8 November to 1 December bringing harmony to your relationships with your children and opportunities for enhanced creativity.

Friendships, Groups and Goals

Sun, Mercury and Venus will highlight your friendship sector. The Sun’s presence here from 21 May to 21 June will enable you to show your leadership skills in your social circles. Mercury’s presence here from 7 – 21 June will encourage networking and ensure a busy social calendar. Venus’s presence here from 6 – 31 July will ensure harmony and pleasurable activities with your friends.

Travel and Higher Education

Neptune, the planet of spirituality and Chiron, the wounded healer continue their passage through your 9th house of travel and study. You may be drawn to undertake a spiritual pilgrimage to some exotic foreign country that you have always yearned to visit or you may take up some creative or spiritual studies. Mercury and Venus also contribute their energy to your travel and adventure sector. Quicksilver Mercury pays a visit to your adventure sector from 26 February to 13 March motivating you to do research or study. Venus graces your travel and education with her presence from 4 January to 3 February bringing harmony and pleasure here. It would be an ideal time to have that pleasure cruise.

Sources

Cancer Greeting Card Illustrated by Sue Robertson
Cancer Poem by Sue Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
The Inner Planets by Howard Sasportas and Liz Greene

 

Cancer

Design by Sue Robertson

Moon mother,
yin maiden
smiling from your silver
empress throne
Spin dreams and silken fantasy
glide noiselessly on cloudless skies
holding ancient pearly wisdom
in your womb
Nurture gently your creation
Send fertile seed to earth like rain
pulling softly on the tides of
time and change

By Sue Robertson 1987

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Cancer

The Personality asserts: Let isolation rule and yet the crowd exists.
The Soul sounds its note: I build a lighted house and therein dwell.

Rulers for Cancer
Exoteric Ruler:
Moon under the Fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict
Esoteric Ruler:
Neptune under the Sixth Ray of Idealism and Devotion

Happy Birthday to all the Cancerians who celebrate their birthdays between June 22 and July 23. Cancer is one of the three water signs along with Scorpio and Pisces. Water is the element which denotes emotions, feelings and sensitivity. Cancer is one of the 4 cardinal signs – the others being Aries, Libra and Capricorn. In the Northern Hemisphere the summer solstice begins at 0 degrees Cancer while in the Southern Hemisphere it marks the winter solstice. For about three days the Sun remains at maximum latitudinal elevation, hence it is known as the Gate of the Northern Sun. Esoterically, Cancer is known as the Gate into physical incarnation, and the glyph for Cancer is the two breasts, symbolising nurturing and motherhood. It is the sign of the Universal Mother and fertility, the sign which heralds the Northern summer with its pulsating life force coming to the fore. Cancer the crab not only symbolises nurturing but also tenacity, delineated by the crab’s claw. Originally in Babylon in 400 BC, the sign of Cancer was represented by the tortoise, and then in ancient Egypt in the Zodiac of Denderah it was replaced by the scarab the symbol of immortal life. The scarab meant ‘only begotten i.e. birth into incarnation. The month of June in ancient Egypt was called “meore” which again means rebirth

The Constellation of Cancer

Constellation of Cancer

Even the constellation of Cancer encompasses the theme of nurturing, with the constellation Praesaepe which means the manger or crib. In his book,’ Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology’, Alan Oken writes that modern astrologers refer to it as “the beehive” Cancer was called “the coffin” by the Hebrews and “the grave of Lazarus” or “the womb”. Cancer rises backwards in the sky eluding its adversaries. There is no bright star in Cancer, in keeping with its being a sign of hiding and retreat. Alice Bailey, in ‘The Labours of Hercules’ elaborates on the esoteric symbolism for the glyph for Cancer: The glyph for Cancer is composed of two “asses” tails and these again link up with the gospel story with the story of the manger. There are two asses connected with the birth of Jesus, the one which the Virgin rode to Bethlehem prior to the birth, and the other on which she rode to Egypt, after the birth. Close to the sign Cancer are two bright stars, one called Asellus Borealis or the northern ass, and the other, Asellus Australis, or the southern ass. There is also the third time, when Christ rode into Jerusalem during his brief moment of triumph on Palm Sunday.

Moon, the Ruler of Cancer

The Moon, the ruler of Cancer, along with the Sun is referred to as one of the ‘Lights’. The sun is known as the ‘Light of day’ and the Moon, the ‘Light of night. The Moon is representative of the feminine principle, Eros or relatedness and the yin. Primitive people attributed great powers to the Moon, believing that it could cause women’s pregnancy. It was a symbol of fertility, responsible for planting, fertility and pregnancy. The waxing moon was regarded as benign but the waning Moon was seen as destructive – something to be feared. In the mythology of most cultures the Moon was symbolic of the Great Mother Goddess, often portrayed with the symbol of the Moon. In Egypt she was represented by Hathor with her horned crescent headdress; Hecate was portrayed as the three headed hound symbolising the three phases of the moon – Persephone, the maiden or New Moon, Demeter, the matron or Full Moon and Hecate, the dark Moon or crone. The Mother Goddess had a dual role as Opener and Closer of the Womb. In her light phase she was life-giver, but in her dark phase she was life destroyer, as was the role of grieving Demeter, the goddess of the grain, when she stopped all living things. The ancient Chinese revered Kwan Yin, ‘Lady of the Moon’, as the World Mother in her capacity as Goddess of Mercy and protectress of children.

The Moon is associated with the pull of the ocean’s tides and with women’s menstrual cycles. In fact in many cultures and languages, the word for moon is synonymous with menstruation. The Moon’s phases are symbolic of the womb shedding its lining, and the snake shedding its skin. Many goddesses were portrayed with snakes accompanying them. The snake also symbolises the subterranean and phallic power associated with the goddess.

Dr Eugene Jonas & colleagues

Eugene Jonas, the Czech psychiatrist, rediscovered the ancient secrets of how the moon affects a woman’s ability to conceive, the sex of a child, and the viability of the embryo.

In his study of the mentally ill, Dr Leonard Ravitz of Duke University, discovered marked changes coinciding with the phases of the Moon in both normal and mentally unstable people. The more disturbed the patients were the more the Moon affected them. This especially showed on the night of the Full Moon. Medical emergency staff have attested to the fact that their busiest night of the month always occurs on the Full Moon. Hence the word,’ lunatic’, referring to a crazy person affected by the Moon. Cancerians, being ruled by the Moon are often regarded as moody, their moods reflecting the fluctuating phases of the Moon and the ocean’s tides.

The Labour of Hercules – The Capture of the Doe or Hind

Hercules captures the Doe

In the book, ‘The Labours of Hercules’, Alice Bailey relates the test for Cancer in the fourth labour of Hercules. Hercules’ teacher tells him that he has to capture the doe which belongs to Artemis, but Diana, the goddess of the woods, also lays claim to it. However, he is told that it belongs to neither of these deities but to the Lord and that he must rescue it and bear it to the holy shrine of Mycenae. Both goddesses foil Hercules’ attempts to capture the doe for a whole year. Finally he captures the elusive doe while it is sleeping close to a quiet pool, wearied from its flight. He bears it in his arms close to his heart. On returning to his teacher and reporting that the labour is done, his teacher points him in the direction of the hill and there again is the doe. The teacher explains to his pupil that the test must be done again and again. The doe is very elusive and no sooner has Hercules glimpsed it, than it has disappeared again. Alice Bailey comments that this is one of the shortest stories but it is one of the most profound. There is no success for the aspirant until he transmutes instinct into intuition just as intellect needs to be balanced with intuition. Cancer is the sign wherein the duality of form and of the soul is unified in the physical body. There is deep symbolism attached to each of the characters in this story. When Hercules carries the doe into the shrine, it is recognised by Apollo, the Sun god, as the spiritual intuition. A battle ensues amongst the three of them. For Diana, the huntress, the doe represents intellect, for Apollo it represents spiritual intuition and for Artemis it represents instinct. To sum up, intellect carried into the holy shrine by Hercules is transformed into intuition, which becomes aware of spiritual realities that neither intellect nor instinct can reveal to him. There is also some significance in the fact that Hercules bears the doe close to his heart, representing love and compassion, which are traits to be developed during the Cancerian phase.

Cancerian Hall of Fame

Being the nurturer of the zodiac, Cancerians are drawn to caring professions such as nursing, midwifery, teaching, social work and healing. Cancer, ruling food and beverages, is well represented in the hospitality industry as restaurateurs, chefs and waiters. They are also attracted to high finance, as well as making great performers in the arts, with their vivid imaginations and zany sense of humour. Nelson Rockefeller and John D. Rockefeller symbolise the Cancerian’s money making ability. Cancer has its share of much loved icons

Cancer has its share of much loved icons such as Diana, Princess of Wales, the people’s princess or in her own words, the Queen of Hearts, whose tragic untimely death caused a global outpouring of grief. Her son, Prince William who shares his mother’s good looks and charisma is born with both the Sun and Moon in sensitive Cancer.

Tenzin_Gyatzo Dalai Lama

Another much loved icon is the Dalai Lama whose Buddhist teachings espouse love and compassion. Cancer, ruling home and country has produced two outstanding patriots in Nelson Mandela and Xanana Gusmao.

Malala YousafzaiPerhaps the youngest example of a shining light of a Cancerian is the courageous young Pakistani Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head and the neck by the Taliban for her championing education for girls. She received a standing ovation after addressing the United Nations on her 16th birthday 12 July 2013. President George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld also demonstrate the Cancerian tendency to march to the patriot’s drum as does their nemesis, Cindy Sheehan, the Cancerian grieving American Mum whose son died in the war in Iraq.

Dan BrownDan Brown, the American whose controversial blockbuster book and movie, the Da Vinci Code, champions the feminine principle is also a Cancerian. Tom Hanks, the hero of the film is also a Cancerian. The lonely heart balladeer, Chris Isaak whose soulful songs have touched so many, is also a Cancerian. Other Cancerian celluloid heroes include Charles Laughton, Donald Sutherland, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, Isabelle Adjani and

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep. Comedians include Phyllis Diller, Red Skelton, Robin Williams, Terry Thomas, Mel Brooks and Dave Allen. Other famous Cancerians include Elizabeth Kubler Ross whose groundbreaking work on death and dying lifted the taboo on the subject of death. Cancerians whose vivid imagination has been expressed in prose include George Orwell, Herman Hesse, Marcel Proust, Saint Exupery, Franz Kafka, Ernest Hemingway, and Barbara Cartland, the Queen of the Romance Novel, and step-grandmother of Diana, Princess of Wales. Musicians of note include Ringo Starr, Louis Armstrong, Edward Elgar and Oscar Hammerstein.

Julian Assange seeks political asylum in Ecuador embassy in London

One Cancerian who is very much in the news at the moment is the Australian born Julian Assange who has challenged the Establishment.  He has just sought political asylum with Ecuadorean embassy surprising even his supporters. He sought asylum today 20th June on the new Moon in Gemini and as the Sun prepares to enter into the sign of Cancer. Julian was born 3 July 1971 in Townsville birth time unknown but his chart has been rectified by the astrologer called Lauren Delsack has  that is she has calculated his birth time by taking into account the main events in his life. In an earlier post entitled Julian Assange Embodiment of the New World Order I wrote: He has the Sun in sensitive Cancer and Lauren’s chart time would put his Moon in Scorpio in the 12th house which fits with Julian’s secretive nature and at times he has been described as being paranoid but the Kafkaesque circumstances that he now finds himself in would contribute to his fear of persecution. Lauren’s rectified chart gives him an early Sagittarius ascendant which certainly fits in with his nomadic existence travelling the world with only his knapsack on his back and sleeping at airports or friends’ or supporters’ places. A Sagittarius ascendant would also describe his crusading zeal to change the status quo by revealing the truth about matters of concern to the people concealed by the Establishment representing the old world order. According to esoteric astrology Cancer rules mass consciousness so Julian Assange is fulfilling his mission this life time in informing the masses.

Other aspects of note in his natal chart include the tight square between his Sun and Uranus which encapsulates his non conformist and rebellious nature. However, there is another powerful archetypal combination in his chart that sheds further light on his role. He has Chiron conjunct the trans-Neptunian planet Eris. Chiron or the wounded healer was discovered on All Saints Day 1 November 1977. Because of Chiron’s mythological and astronomical role he is viewed as a maverick. When you add to the mix Eris, the biggest dwarf planet named after the goddess of strife and discord who threw the golden apple amidst the goddesses who were at the wedding you get quite a dynamic combination.

Julian has had some interesting transits in 2012 and in 2013. Transiting Jupiter trined his natal Uranus  in July and again in December in 2012 and in March 2013. The combination of the two planets which represent freedom and rebellion, individuality and revolution are indicative of his bid for freedom. Other transits of note include transiting Jupiter trining his north node or destiny point in September and November in 2012 and in April 2013 which indicate he could meet some people who may positively influence the course of his life.

He is also in his mid-life transition with Neptune squaring his natal Neptune in October and December in 2012 which could see him doing some soul-searching re his future life direction and discarding those hopes and dreams that are unrealistic.  In January 2013 transiting Pluto squared his natal Uranus which is a very disruptive energy marking a period of sudden change. This is closely followed by transiting Pluto opposing his natal Sun in February and June 2013. Pluto always involves issues to do with power so life might be like a battle zone in which he finds himself embroiled in power struggles and intrigues. He may find that he has to surrender to a higher force and let go of certain things in order to be reborn. The last phase of his mid-life transition is marked by transiting Uranus opposing his natal Uranus in April followed rapidly in succession by transiting Uranus square his Sun. This Cancerian is not going to go gently into the night – he is going to continue challenging the Establishment to the bitter end! Whatever his fate may be, it is inextricably linked with that of Private Bradley Manning, the American soldier, a Sagittarian, assigned as an intelligence analyst who is awaiting trial in September 2012 for passing onto Wikileaks the largest set of restricted documents ever leaked to the public. These documents included videos of a 2007 helicopter gun attack in Baghdad and the 2009 Granai airstrike in Afghanistan. Both Julian Assange and Bradley Manning are acting as catalysts for transformation in the collective. They represent the Zeitgeist in challenging the Establishment’s maintaining power by withholding information vital to the masses.

Cancerian Health and Anatomy

In her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, Vanda Sawtell notes that physiologically the fourth sign, Cancer, pertains to the breast, stomach and spleen, and governs expansion and contraction, elasticity and tenacity. It is a fluidic sign and all the organs which it rules are concerned with the secretion of fluids. 1. Mother’s milk (breast). 2. the chyle (digested food elements of the stomach) 3. the white corpuscles of the blood (spleen). Cancer is the most fertile of all the twelve signs. Cancer, being ruled by the Moon is concerned with growth and reproduction. However, the hidden power within this sign is that of Nature’s power to reproduce otherwise the body would not be able to recreate itself daily. It has to do with the ceaseless formation or birth of corpuscles within the spleen, and not with procreative germs which can only be accomplished in the testes and ovaries.

The biochemic salt related to this sign is Calcium fluoride, a hard substance possessing nevertheless a peculiar property of elasticity. Calc. fluor. is an important constituent of the enamel of the teeth, the finger nails, bones, crystalline lens of the eye, and in the elastic fibre of the muscular tissue. When this cell salt is deficient the skin becomes cracked, and fissures and splits tend to form between the toes or fingers, at the anus, behind the ears or in the corners of the mouth. This is because the skin has become hard and brittle and crusty. Prolapsed organs, varicose veins, hardening of the arteries or testicles, valvular heart troubles, haemorrhoids, receding gums, and loose teeth are all indications that the tissues have lost their elasticity. Cataracts, blurred vision, hard growths and osseous lumps are all evidence of a lack of this salt. There is another interesting and important function of this salt which must not be overlooked. The brain has a fine membrane like a spider web covering it, called the Arachnoid, and Calc. fluor. Is a constituent of this membrane. When the spider web-like filaments of this membrane are plentifully supplied with Calc. fluor. They are elastic, pliable and strong, and thoughts are easily connected, and we have the characteristic of Cancerians, a good memory, or a tenacious memory which is the ability to hold on to thoughts. When this cell salt is deficient, however, the tiny web-like filaments become flabby, like a worn out piece of elastic. Connection of thought becomes difficult, and so we get a poor memory or forgetfulness which is lack of mental elasticity. The individual becomes hesitant, finding difficulty in expressing themselves as though the words were actually held in leash by elastic threads which had become worn, and lost their power to contract. The symbol of the crab for this sign is very aptly chosen, not only because of its tenacity, but because it is a crustacean, having a hard shell or crust. The word crustacean in Greek means crystal, having the power to crystallise or harden: it also means a hard coating or covering, a shell or horny substance. One can see how well the symbol fits the function of Calc. fluor. the cell salt allocated to Cancer.

Cancer rules the colours light blue, silver and white and their birthstone is ruby. They also respond to the energies of pearl and moonstone. The metal for Cancer is silver in keeping with the appearance of the Moon.

Healing aromas include chamomile, jasmine lily, myrrh, sandalwood and rose. The healing musical note for Cancer is E. With the Cancerian proneness to digestive problems, foods which ferment in the stomach such as refined breads, sugars, pastry and meats should be avoided at all costs. Fish is better option for the sensitive Cancerian digestive system. Diet for Cancerians should include the cabbage group such as cabbage, kale, broccoli, mustard, greens, watercress and cauliflower. They should drink plenty of water, fresh fruit and vegetable juices.

Transits for Cancer and Lunar Cycles

As the Sun begins its journey through Cancer, the spotlight falls on Cancerians. At the Cancer Ingress on June 22 in the Southern Hemisphere and June 21 in the Northern Hemisphere which marks the Winter and Summer Solstices respectively, the Moon, the ruler of Cancer, is in Cancer. Like the other water signs, Pisces and Scorpio, Cancerians are enjoying the benefits of Neptune, the planet of spirituality, transiting Pisces.

Dane Rudhyar, in his book, ‘The Lunation Cycle’, delineates the 8 moon phases, and depending under which phase we are born i.e. Full Moon, New Moon, etc. it describes our personality and destiny.

Overview for Cancer for 2014

Good news for Cancerians – Jupiter, the planet of good fortune, continues its passage through your sign until 16 July 2014. This will imbue you with optimism and a sense of adventure and will bring more opportunities for growth in the areas of study, writing, publishing and travel. Your enthusiasm and zest for life will attract positive people and events in your life. The Grand Cardinal Cross which involves the 4 planets Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto will activate your career, domestic and relationship sectors in April when these planets form a grand alignment in the heavens. This will bring tension to these areas of your life bringing the impetus for transformation in how you conduct yourself  in your career and relationships. Quicksilver Mercury will pay a visit in your sign from 14 – 31 July fostering your curiosity and desire to communicate and network.

Relationships

Powerful Pluto continues his passage through your relationship sector so you can expect transformation in your relationships, marriages and partnerships. You will find that you will be attracted to deep and meaningful relationships which will be deeply transformative. Light hearted dalliances are not for you. You will act as catalysts for change for your partner and vice versa. Passion and intrigue will be the name of the game. It is important that you have deep and honest communication with your partner to avoid emotional manipulation and power struggles. You may feel some extra tension when the cardinal Grand Cross occurs in April when you will be trying to strike a balance between your needs and the needs of your partner. All the planets in the cardinal Grand Cross will be in retrograde motion during 2014 so you will need to have patience if there are delays in theses areas of your life. The steadying influence of Saturn should bring stability and renewed commitment to your relationships. Venus, the goddess of love, graces your relationship sector with her presence on two occasions first from 9 January to 2 February and then again from 5 November 2013 to March 2014.

Home and Family

Your domestic sector will be activated by the presence of Mars and the karmic north node and Full Moon Eclipse. Feisty Mars’s presence here from the beginning of 2014 until 26 July will imbue you with plenty of energy to take charge of family matters but you need to take care not to stir up trouble by being too pushy. Part of the time Mars spends here it will be in retrograde motion from 2 March to 20 May so this is an ideal time to review family issues. Venus, the goddess of love, brings harmony to the home and hearth when she pays a visit to your domestic sector from 30 September to 23 October. You may feel the urge to beautify your home as your home is your castle. Mercury’s visit here from 3-27 September facilitates communication with your family and is an ideal time to do repairs and renovations. The most powerful celestial event that occurs is the full Moon Lunar eclipse on 15 April. This may cause challenges but you will gain insight and clarity on domestic issues that need to be addressed so that you can redress the balance between home and family and your career.

Creativity, Children and Romance

Saturn continues its sojourn in your 5th house of children, creativity and romance. You will feel extra responsibility for your children or take your hobbies or your creative endeavours seriously. The extra effort and commitment you put into these areas will pay dividends with Saturn’s two and half years’ sojourn here. Saturn will be in retrograde motion from 3 March to 20 July. Venus’ visit there from 24 October to 16 November will bring harmony in your dealings with children.  The powerful solar eclipse on 23 October may bring issues to the fore to be resolved.

Finances

Sun, Mercury and Venus highlight your wealth and values sector. The Sun’s presence here from 23 July to 23 August will promote your financial interests and give a boost to your self-esteem. Mercury will pay a visit here from 1- 15 August making an ideal time to network and communicate about your finances. Venus will grace you with her presence in your finance sector from 13 to 5 September.

Career

Uranus, the karmic South Node and a Full Moon Eclipse will activate your career sector. Uranus, the planet of sudden change, continues its sojourn in your career sector which will add an element of unpredictability and surprise to your career. You may feel restless in your old work routine and surprise everyone by your lack of commitment and may feel that it is time for a complete change. With the influence of Uranus your need for freedom and individuality will be paramount. You may set up your own business rather than take orders from someone else. A powerful Full Moon Eclipse will occur 8 October bringing things to a head to be resolved.

Friendships, Groups and Goals

Sun, Mercury and Venus will highlight your friendship sector. Added to the mix is Solar Annular Eclipse on 29 April which will bring issues to the fore to be resolved. The Sun’s presence here from 22 May to 21 June will enable you to show your leadership skills in your social circles. Mercury’s presence here from 8 – 29 May will encourage networking and ensure a busy social calendar. Venus presence here from 24 June to 18 July will ensure harmony and pleasurable activities with your friends.

Travel and Higher Education

Neptune, the planet of spirituality and Chiron, the wounded healer continue their passage through your 9th house of travel and study. You may be drawn to undertake a spiritual pilgrimage to some exotic foreign country that you have always yearned to visit or you may take up some creative or spiritual studies. Mercury and Venus also contribute their energy to your travel and adventure sector. Quicksilver Mercury pays a visit to your adventure sector from 1 – 13 February and then again from 18 March to 7 April motivating you to do research or study. The retrograde phases of Mercury from 7 – 13 February may cause delays in travel plans but it is an ideal time to review your philosophical and spiritual beliefs. Venus graces your travel and education with her presence from 6 April to 3 May bringing harmony and pleasure here. It would be an ideal time to have that pleasure cruise.

Sources

Cancer Greeting Card Designed by Sue Robertson
Cancer Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
The Inner Planets by Howard Sasportas and Liz Greene