Cancer just like the symbol the crab has a tough exterior that protects a soft underbelly, and those born under this sign are extremely vulnerable to life. Cancer is the most defensive and protective sign of the zodiac, and anyone strongly influenced will agree that they live in the watery world of emotions of instinct, gut feelings, and intuition. This level of relating to the environment makes them extremely sensitive to the moods and emotional undercurrents of the world around. Cancer is essentially learning to open the flow of feelings to others so that they can nurture loved ones. The function of both Cancer and the Moon in the natal chart gives us a sense of belonging and describes our roots, origins, and early childhood. As Cancer represents our inherited tribal instincts, our race memories, and heritage, this is a maternal sign which needs to take care of others.
In Cancer, the Sun may well begin to recognize afresh a soul family from the past. Only when you are able to let go of an obsessive desire to be immersed in your biological family can this huge evolutionary step be taken. It will bring back into your orbit souls with whom you have a close connection from the past. One of the first lessons may be to forgive and forget the past.
Cancer is the first sign to first put us in touch with our souls, and there is something inside of the Cancerian that needs to protect all that is vulnerable and in need of shelter. This is also the first sign to feel both love and sadness, and their deep sensitivity absorbs what is going on inside others. Above all, Cancer needs the security of an emotional kind, through close, nurturing bonds, and they can feel emotionally adrift if security is threatened, becoming intensely self-protective, and withdraw completely. Home is Cancer’s refuge, for the sign is driven by emotional motives, and the life quest for Cancerian’s could be in finding a home or a place to belong. Since Cancer is the first water sign on the zodiac wheel, and possibly the most dependent in emotional relationships, it holds on tight to loved ones and can be considered the most possessive and clingy of all the watery signs.
Cancer needs a home base, security, and familiar surroundings to help them feel emotionally secure. Possessing a very protective shell, those with planets in this sign rarely leave themselves exposed. A Cancerian will do anything to avoid being hurt, and this can lead to manipulative behavior, and grasping hold of people in fear of losing them. Loneliness is one of their worst nightmares. It is the home environment which allows Cancer to retreat happily into a private world in order to dwell on memories of the past. However, this tendency can lead to a sort of brooding and negative kind of imagination that allows fears to loom large. The sign of Cancer in the chart symbolizes the place where one needs for security reign, and it is somewhere to withdraw which enables one to feel in touch with one’s emotions and to receive emotional support. Cancer within everybody means that we all have a place where we must find the time to nurture dreams and to reflect on our deeper nature and it is also where the need arises for emotional and familiar bonds to form.