Thursday, July 12, 2007

Reflections on Cancer

Tasha Tudor, children's book author and illustrator.
Mars, Saturn, and Pluto in Cancer.

The Sun represents conscious experience, the Moon, subconscious. The way we are able to see this half of life occurring in the darkness is through the reflected light of the Sun. The respite from the bright light of day is welcomed in the night of Cancer, despite the fears that often inhabit this world.
Within this blanket of darkness lies man's vivid imagination, and Cancer governs this world of dreamers, writers, artists, musicians, and all interpreters of fantasy. Both the Sun and the Moon are needed to bring this into actuality, and human well-being requires its existence. Cancer excites the imagination to the extent that fear is often evoked, real and otherwise, and these people can't often tell the difference. Shadows and strange creatures loom in the night and Cancer knows them well.
Here we have a holding close to the self and protecting as this photo of Tasha Tudor illustrates. Perhaps the darkness is what moves us to embrace and shield in this zodiacal sign. The natural clustering together, staying close and warm when the night descends. The necessity of human touch.
The Moon is unschooled instinctive response. When a person takes in sense impressions the feeling is Cancer before it is picked up by Mercury for translation and reaction. So the Moon governs how each individual responds to life.

The Sun in Cancer is the combination of these two great forces. The light of the Sun illuminates the subconscious and this is what these people characterize. They express the feeling nature for all to identify with. Cancers will enter a room, for example, and feel a million sensations which will be revealed in their faces, their body language, and their timidity and caution as they proceed. They see in the shadows and feels every shift in the air. No wonder they need time in retreat, away from the endless sensory input. But with the Sun placement there is often a confidence within this feeling world, and an ability to handle the sensitivity. They know what to do. When to hide, when to emerge. When they can soothe another, when they can't. When others are milking them excessively, and when the tenderness is really being appreciated and used.
The Moon in Cancer is extremely immersed in the feeling response and they are often beset with fears, sorrows, premonitions both real and unreal, and insecurities. Brooding is common. But they have the ability to experience untainted happiness like no one else. There is a constant flux of moods and the Moon in Cancer gives in to all of them. This sensitivity makes them good judges of character and the quality of "soul" so highly prized in people is found in this sign placement. An understanding of, and an ease with, what it is to be human. The Moon here is especially in need of retreat and the hurt feelings that often disturb others around them are simply the only way they know to find solace and time to themselves. The hurts guide them well.
The symbol of the crab is appropriate in the way Cancers can move in any direction suddenly helping them cope with their acute sensitivity to stimuli. They are often encouraged to be tougher, but why should they be? They are told not to take things so pesonally, but I have my doubts as to whether this can really be achieved. They get over it in time.
One fallacy about Cancers is their dependency. While this is often apparent, it is not a rule. Grant Lewi says it well:

The defensive, protective instincts dominate Cancer, whose life aims at security. Capable of great self-sufficiency or of being a clinging vine, the Cancer branch will take the turn as indicated by the roots, which must always be in secure soil. If independence serves security, cancers will be independent; if security depends on another, cancer will cling.
I think the greatest attribute of this sign is the gift of intimacy. When someone gets one of my full Cancer hugs, they never forget it. We enfold people completely, absorb them, and all boundaries are momentarily gone. Of course, at 5 feet tall, they have to be short to get the full effect.
Photo:
Richard W. Brown

19 Comments:

Blogger chrispito said...

That picture is so sweet I could just cry! I don't know who I want to be more: that little goat in the arms of a lady, or the lady cuddling a goat!

12/7/07 8:39 AM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

"No wonder they need time in retreat, away from the endless sensory input. But with the Sun placement there is often a confidence within this feeling world, and an ability to handle the sensitivity. They know what to do. When to hide, when to emerge. When they can soothe another, when they can't. When others are milking them excessively, and when the tenderness is really being appreciated and used."

Are you talking to me hon? Sending one of those big cancer hugs to you! When to hide, and when to emerge? Awww shucks! Been thinking of you, and just had to come by. Just had to emerge. ;)

12/7/07 10:09 AM  
Blogger jm said...

Chrispito, that's great!

{{{{Donnie}}}}}

Yep. Talking to you.

12/7/07 1:06 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

jm, you mentioned last post that you envisioned cars that people could drive as needed and then drop off for others to use. I don't know if this got mentioned in response by someone else, but it's already being done in Washington DC, Boston, NYC, and just recently, right here in Mpls. Locally, it's called hOur Car but it's also being done in Britain. You pay a certain rate and use the car for as much time as you need, then return it to the designated space and be on your way. Insurance is covered by the membership fee. :o)

12/7/07 6:02 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

No wonder they need time in retreat, away from the endless sensory input. But with the Sun placement there is often a confidence within this feeling world, and an ability to handle the sensitivity. They know what to do.

Unlike, say, Scorpio. The retreat time, check; confidence, not really. I don't know how to handle my sensitivity, and the Moon in Cap doesn't help a bit.

Of course, at 5 feet tall, they have to be short to get the full effect.

LOL Is that a clue? More and more you remind me of my friend Andyy (not a typo). She has Sun, Moon and Mercury in Cancer, as well as Chiron. A newly-minted 70, she's slowly coming out of that shell, which she needed for many years. And OMG, I just noticed, she has Neptune in the first, and no wonder it took her half of her life to figure out who she is!

12/7/07 6:12 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Another thought. Your topic is Cancer, but the photo subject carries strong Capricorn overtones. What a delightful juxtaposition! :o)

12/7/07 7:11 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

Tasha Tudor born Starling Burgess.
Sun and Venus conjunct in Virgo. Right at the degrees that Venus is about to enter and go retrograde.

I look at her and see something very deep, old wisdom. Virgo? Do we really know Virgo so well?

"Her books feature simple, captivating and often rhyming text accompanied by enchanting detailed and realistic drawings with soft colors. Text and pictures are often bordered by intricate details such as flowers, birds or other charming objects and animals. The visual or textual content often refers to traditions , artifacts or memories of the 19th century."

I love this more than you can imagine. The image of this beautiful woman and the image of the transits she represents inspire.

North Node conjunct Uranus in Aquarius. A traveler, a story-teller, an artist and a pioneer.
Long rich life.

12/7/07 8:04 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

I guess the impossibly more wonderful thing is that this photo appears to be rather current.

12/7/07 8:12 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

ninetyone looks very fine.

12/7/07 8:18 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

Mars, Saturn and Pluto, thought to be a difficult conjuction of energies. My son has this in Libra. Perhaps it is all in the sign? Something to think about.

12/7/07 8:36 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Joe, I can't believe this! Thank you heartily. I came up with this idea years ago and thought it was a good one but never in a million years did I think it would relly happen so soon.
Absolutely wonderful. Now I know we're on our way.

On the retreat. It's only that pesky SN in Cancer that doesn't want to do it anymore. I think you have more confidence than you realize.

Your friend. I'd like her. All that Cancer and the Neptune. The Mercury is especially sensitive. I was going to do a post on that. She needs gentleness.

And OMG, I just noticed, she has Neptune in the first, and no wonder it took her half of her life to figure out who she is!

And OMG! You're becoming an astrologer!

Yes. 5 ft. When someone my height gets into my arms and I really care for her, the closeness is something. The melting.

12/7/07 9:36 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Tseka, I am so happy. Tasha. I knew you'd love her. I was waiting to do the whole blog entry planned about her, and soon is the time, with the New Moon in Cancer.

You are so right.

I look at her and see something very deep, old wisdom. Virgo? Do we really know Virgo so well?

I haven't even started on virgo. More magic in that sign than almost anyone knows. The most underestimated, in my book. Lots to say.

I think we should take a long look at Tasha Tudor. There's a message.

This is wonderful. The bumps have arisen.

12/7/07 9:42 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Joe and tseka. These comments tonight. I can't fully explain, other than I care for you so much.

Mars, Saturn and Pluto, thought to be a difficult conjuction of energies. My son has this in Libra. Perhaps it is all in the sign?

Very very important. Yes, very difficult but completely unique in each case. This is where astrology leaves off and the other cosmic unseen forces take over. One cannot predict how a person will use these configurations. This is the deeper story I always talk about which only rare astrologers know. Every single Mars-Saturn-Pluto will be different and you can't see that in the chart, like kadimiros said so eloquently the other day.

Tasha Tudor has led an extreme and austere disciplined life, away from the world. One of great beauty, grace, and spirituality. This is how she used the difficulties, but it has been severe in many ways.

This is why you can't look at hard aspects and assume anything. For some, hardship is the greatest joy they can have. It's complex, the individual and the life. We have to be open completely to possibility when reading charts.

12/7/07 9:51 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Tseka, I have to say again how happy I am about your response to Tasha. This is why I feel about you as I do.

Objectively, the Mars-Saturn-Pluto is about identity, energy application, karmic debt and responsibility, gravity, seriousness of life, and probably a life lesson revolving around reworking the use of aggression. Overcoming past karmic "mistakes". Redemption in good actions (Mars).

Saturn when contacting Mars puts the brakes on, and usually the person has a lifetime of working with rage, assertiveness, inhibition, withholding power and using it wisely, great ambition needing to be controlled. Things like this.

We can't tell what will happen. Some will be angry tense combative people. Some will be meek and frustrated, never feeling like they are getting ahead. And some will be extremely productive, like Tasha Tudor. She is very aggressive by nature and this is how she farms. She raised and home-schooled 4 children by herself. You can sense the undercurrent of strength that she has controlled with her Saturn and unleashed in vast creativity with the Pluto. The danger has been transformed. The potential violence to the self of these planets. She's dug mightly into the earth and created potatoes and flowers, plus a world of fantasy for the children.

Amazing to consider metaphysically.

12/7/07 10:05 PM  
Blogger NEOBuckeye said...

You know, sometimes I almost wish I weren't a Cancer rising. It's so easy to become overwhelmed by emotions, especially at the very times when you really don't want them to show. Of course then, that's probably just my earthy, reserved Cap Moon talking. Honestly, it is true what they say about water types... Nothing beats truly FEELING, and I doubt if I would be the same person with sun and moon in earth and rising in fire or air instead. Certainly not as sensitive or sympathetic, which aren't bad things at all. I wonder how my Dad, a double Cancer (Rising/Moon), Sag Sun pulls it off so well?

JM and everyone, this has been quite an interesting ride up to my third and last hit of my Saturn Return, exact at 2:40 AM Friday. I thought it might be smooth sailing up until this past Sunday, when the acid-reflux I thought I had tamed with herbal remedies and other alternative methods erupted into a full-blown situation, leading me into the emergency room. I can't wait (really don't want) to see the bill for it. Saturn is in my Second House, of course. But hopefully my insurance will take a reasonable bite out of it. Hopefully.

At the same time, I learned that hypertension may be knocking on my door. More fun with Saturn in Leo! On the bright side, it seems my sense of humor has truly emerged, and that's been quite a work in progresss for the past 29 years. I'm wondering if this is some sort of payoff because I've been so serious and dedicated all this time, being a Saturn type and all?

On a more bittersweet note, on Monday my grandmother was admitted to the hospital. On Tuesday we learned that her health is in terminal decline. We don't know when, but I believe she's making her transition now. But then, that could take hours, or maybe days or weeks. She's almost 91, and a real strong-willed, feisty gem of a Sun Leo lady (Gemini Moon) if there ever was one. She's one of the early Pluto in Cancers of this go round, and boy has she seen some truly amazing changes throughout her lifetime.

She's also been the most kindhearted grandmother to me since the day I was born, and I can't help but feel that her imminent departure marks the closing of a major chapter in my life. But even so, I know that she wouldn't want me to be sad at all. She'd probably just smile and laugh and tell me to "go on and do with my life."

Friday, incidentally, I start laying the groundwork for a move... in state, and still at home. It's tough, JM, and my South Node still looks very tempting, but I'm going to really push for that fourth house North Node in Libra. I guess there's no time like now to do it!

12/7/07 10:15 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Neo. I had a lot of the same experience with the exact return, though not as severe as yours. I don't have a Moon in Cap, after all.:-)

Friday, incidentally, I start laying the groundwork for a move... in state, and still at home

This was my conclusion as a solution and it couldn't be more perfect.

Let me put my ice cream away and I'll be back in minute with more on all of this.

12/7/07 10:34 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Cancer hurts and there's no way around it. Cancer rising especially is learning to live with this as part of the sensitivity to sensation all throughout life.
I have Sun and Merc in cancer and I hurt all the time. Pleasure for me is a day when it doesn't hurt so much. Fortunately it's mostly cost free. Except these last Saturn return bouts. They did cost a few pennies.

Nothing beats truly FEELING

It feels good when it does!

I wonder how my Dad, a double Cancer (Rising/Moon), Sag Sun pulls it off so well?

This is great. It's my combination with my Moon in Sag. We roll with the punches and are philosophical about the pain. The Sag helps a great great deal. There is a lot of emotional wisdom in the Cancer-Sag combo and usually an ability to help others through life more than most with other Cancer combos. We can also turn the pain into euphoria at times. In between spasms! We can get back up on the horse easily.

I think the acid reflux will go back where it was. It's part of the initiation. The hypertension needs to be worked with. Mars-Saturn in Leo. Leaving the political rage and doing something you enjoy. These are musts. The rage renders you useless and this backs up into your own system. Why let the system beat you like this? Then they've truly won.
The humor will probably be the best remedy and that's what all of us Saturns in leo need to do. Relax and laugh. Remember to celebrate. It takes years for this to work right. We have to work at having fun!

People have good things to say about me sometimes but the one that really brings me joy is when they say how much fun I am.

Your grandmother looks as though she is making an easy and graceful exit, one of the greatest gifts people can deliver. We remember the deaths forever. The way you talk about her is so much the good part of Cancer and why I think your family has a lot to offer you, and you them. There's a chance after she's gone that you will be counted on more.
There can be a lot of joy around a good death of a person who's had a long fulfilled life. This one holds promise and there could be benefits in the experience. I'm sure there will be. My death experiences have been fascinating. Agony, joy, the whole thing. For a NN in Cancer, this will be good for you, your roots, and your continuing connections. It's a once in a lifetime event and you can make the most of it.

You're very lucky to get the ASC and the NN in the same sign.

I can't help but feel that her imminent departure marks the closing of a major chapter in my life

And an opening.

She'll be with you the rest of your life. You'll be amazed how they stick around. Even come back in closer as time goes on.

13/7/07 12:02 AM  
Blogger jm said...

Virgo is about purity and not in the way people think. It's about taking things down to their essential natures. A chemist. The way digestion separates all the parts for use by the body. How life can be absorbed into the system perfectly.

Virgo is not some grand earth goddess of fertility. Her association with the harvest is in the separation of the wheat from the chaff. She distills and purifies in that way. Like Gregor Mendel in seclusion studying his peas and genetics.

In the same way she purifies her existence to basic essentials. Spiritual rituals are, I think, really a Virgo's domain. The body as a temple. The earthly receptacle. Reverence. Devotion.

Virgo is the last chance to perfect the self before the individual goes on to relationship. Ideally one wants to bring the best product he can to the mingling.

In the end, in Pisces, it doesn't matter anymore. But in Virgo every tiny thing matters. Soma. The attempt to make the physical a representation of the spiritual.
I think every sign has a spiritual characteristic, but Virgo is this specific physical translation.

So I consider Virgo the real alchemist, transforming matter to its highest, purest state. She's the most interested in doing this.

We can start on this understanding with Saturn getting so close. We'll all be doing some sort of purification rituals in the next years.

13/7/07 3:35 AM  
Blogger Tseka said...

Virgo the alchemist.
OMG this rings so true.


NEO and JM your stories sharing the Saturn return have been huge gifts for me thank you so much.

Eye sparklers this morning sitting here with you both...

Neo, everything JM says about the acid reflux problem, i echo. And this might be helpful Nux Vom 6x. It is a homeopathic remedy.

You have a gem in your grandmother, her life a legacy to you, that Pluto in Cancer generation left us so much, i know i'll be mining my parents gifts for my lifetime.

Hugs around you both.

13/7/07 6:32 AM  

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