Jan 16

Natal Sun in Cancer

When a person has his natal Sun in Cancer, it means that he belongs to the zodiac sign of Cancer. Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac, and the Moon as its ruling celestial body. The period of Cancer starts on the 22st of June and lasts until the 22st of July. Slight differences in the exact hours can occur, because we should not forget that every fourth year has one day more than the others.

The Sun is the brightest object in the sky, the life-giving star of our Solar System, and also the most important celestial body in astrology. Also called Sol, the Sun is impersonated by the ancient Greek goddess Helios. Life on earth is literally empowered by the Sun’s energy, with it having effect on all the biorhythms of live organisms. Astrologically, its influences are so important that most people only know the sign where their Sun is placed in, referring to it just as “their sign”.

The Sun is ruling our vitality and self-perception, making any house it is placed in the epicenter of our life. It has a strong masculine energy, and in the natal chart depicts our father. In addition, it can also show relations with the male gender or generally people who become a father figure for us. In addition, the Sun is strongly connected with activity and self-confidence, and rules our personality and ego. When it is located in Cancer, the Moon’s energies are blending with the ones of the Sun. Thus, there is a flow of feminine energy that smoothes the Sun’s attributes. The native will therefore becomes capable of perceiving emotions on a deeper level, empowers his intuition and makes him very fond of caring about others, while also being nurtured himself.

The Moon and Cancer are the natural rulers of the 4th house, so their effects on the Sun are common with having the Sun in the fourth house. Cancer sign people enjoy being housecats, and adore creating a pleasant atmosphere at their home. The Moon is also ruling cooking, and Cancer people will experiment in this field even on an amateur level. Food seems to be rather important for them, as also the feeling of cooking for others, serving them and making their home a place where people gather to hang out. Finding comfort in a nest is one of their greatest pleasures, and this can even have an influence in their life choices. Cancer people will create a family easier than others – even if their “family” consists of them and their pets, or them with their friends. They like to have around them people with whom they can experience small sweet moments, mutually exchanging tenderness and care –even on a symbolical level of just being present around.

The sign of Cancer belongs to the element of water, and so Cancer type of people are strongly connected to it. They feel at home near the sea, rivers or lakes, and the constant presence of water even can empower their psychic abilities. It is true that water sign people have their gates of perception more open than others, and can easily absorb cosmic information as if they have antennas. Cancers can become good mediums, and very frequently have occult powers that pass to them from their mother or grandmother. There seems to be a spiritual heritage line through feminine members of their family, and its continuation to the individual’s offspring is also quite possible. Of course, in some situations and especially if the Sun is adversely afflicted, the spiritual powers can be of a darker and even destructive nature.

The Moon, ruler of Cancer is the fastest moving celestial body, and this makes Cancerian people moody and susceptible to sudden changes of decisions. It is also quite natural that they are influenced by the phases of the Moon. Cancer people tend to suffer more from insomnia, hysteria and mental breakdowns during Fool Moons, and especially in periods of eclipses. In addition, female Cancers will observe very strong synchronization of their menstrual days with the Moon’s movements.

Cancer Sun people tend to be more fragile and easily hurt than others. The reason behind this is the enhanced spectrum of emotions that they possess. Happiness is felt deeper, yet the same happens with sadness or pain. The sign of Cancer is more likely to develop melancholy, even without an apparent reason. This frequently appears at least some days per month, during some certain transit of the Moon in their chart. When the Moon’s transit ends, their emotions return back to normal, more stable levels.

Individuals that have Cancer as their sign can become great cooks and chefs, and generally be involved in the food industry. This also includes nutritionists, and even caterers and waiters. In addition, any job connected to water can make them feel happy, even if it is just geographically taking place near water. The connection of Cancer with the fourth house and the archetype of “home”, can make Cancers good in real estate, agriculture, gardening, indoors decorating, or even simply work from home. Of course, especially if the native is a female, another possible life road is just staying at home and becoming a housewife – sometimes also connected with other part-time types of jobs that can be done from home.

People with their natal Sun in Cancer are very romantic in their relationships. They will frequently daydream of possible future events, and many times even manage to foresee things before they happen. They are quite open to feeling currents of events, and even co-create them magically through their subconscious. Yet, as they absorb energy from their surroundings easily as a sponge, there is the danger of also receiving negative emotions and energies that float around. Cancerians can be also easily hypnotized or elsehow controlled and manipulated, and thus they should be careful with psychic vampires and other dubious people who try to invade the gates of their subconscious.

A dark side of Cancer is that they can have rough hysterical outbursts, especially if their Sun is challenged by adverse aspects. Even male Cancers will in those moments expel a strong load of negative feminine energy. Such events usually happen when Cancers are hurt, or experience other harsh feelings such as jealousy or hate. As we already mentioned, such types of reactions can even happen without a reason, blame the Moon’s cycle for that. Cancer people are somewhat more prone to mental illnesses than others – it is not a coincidence that we use the word lunatic for mentally ill people. The reason behind it can be an overflow of emotions, or alternatively the exact opposite – blocking them and repressing them for quite a lot of time.

Cancer and the Moon rule, as natural, the fluids of the human body. This is even quite logical, if we consider that the Moon has even a physical effect on the tides of the sea. The fluids of the plants, the animals, and of course humans, are following the cycles of the Moon. The lymphatic system and the digestive system are strongly connected to it. In females the Moon rules the breasts, as also the process of breastfeeding. Naturally, Cancer is strongly connected to the female reproductive organs. These are also the body parts that can more easily suffer during difficult transits to the native’s natal Sun. In case that someone has adverse natal aspects to it, they can even experience chronic problems. A vital technique all Cancer people should exercise is blocking unnecessary or negative people; they tend to reflect whoever is around them just like the Moon reflects Sunlight. It is quite wise to choose whose energy to absorb and then radiate with it.

Another trait of Cancer people is their need of being in touch with the roots. Not only they are family-orientated, but they also like to observe, respect and even reproduce traditions of their birthplace, country or nation. Cancers can frequently be gatekeepers and reproducers of folklore, dedicating their soul and time to preserving echoes of previous eras.

The Sun in our charts rules our own father. Thus, in case it is in Cancer, it will give a Cancerian type of father. There is a high possibility that the father is occupied in one of the Cancerian professions, mentioned above. He is usually a sensitive person, who may have been a less authoritative archetype than the chart owner’s mother. Especially if the native’s Sun is well aspected, he will perceive his father as a caring and nurturing parent, a person who stays a lot at home and likes family life. His father can frequently also be of the sign of Cancer. Alternatively, his father may have a lot of planets in Cancer, or his Moon strong by placement and aspects. An adversely aspected Sun may indicate that the father is absent (especially when Pluto or Saturn are aspecting it by square, opposition or conjunction). Another pattern that appears frequently with bad aspects, is the father being of a rather weak nature, unpredictably moody, lost in depression or in daily miserable routines.

We should always keep in our mind that no Cancer is the same as another. The biggest mistake is to think that only by knowing our Sun sign, we can use astrology. In case you are a Cancer, care to find out what at which degree of Cancer your Sun resides. By making your natal chart, you can also find out in which house it resides.

Read the respective article about the Sun in each of the 12 houses:  1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Also, examine the aspects that the Sun forms with other planets of your natal chart. You will understand a lot more about the detailed role that the Sun has in your horoscope. After all, the Sun is the core of your existence, and definitely signifies an important part of our lifepath.

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