Cancer is all about safety and sensitivity. Driven by changeable emotions and intuitions, they are protective of anything and anyone they care about, motivated by the status quo and family. Cancer is creative and nurturing. They can appear cool, but don’t be fooled – Cancer may be a crab with a hard shell, but they live in emotional waters. Cancer is ruled by the Moon.
For Cancer we need to look at all the Mother myths. In the beginning, before there was anything else, there was the Mother Goddess or Mother Earth, the source of all life. The Mother is mysterious, nurturing and sustaining, but also dangerous, dark and destructive. She often appears with a consort in the form of a young lover/son/brother. Here are a selection:
Gaia is the Greek goddess of the earth. She is sister/lover of Ouranos, god of heaven, and together they create the manifest universe.
Isis is the Egyptian goddess of fertility, among other things. Her brother/lover is Osiris, god of life and death. Isis brings Osiris back to life after he is dismembered by his nasty brother Set.
Kali is the scary Hindu goddess also called ‘the Black Mother’. She rules over disintegration and death, but will grant life to those faithful to her. Recognise her by her necklace of human skulls and piercing red eyes.
Tiamat is the Babylonian primal mother goddess or a giant sea monster, depending on your perspective. She is chopped up by her son Marduk in order to create the physical universe.
Cancer on Film
Ripley taking care of Newt in Aliens shows the nurturing side of Cancer, whereas the alien herself reveals the darker side of the Great Mother.
Laura, who will do anything to protect and care for her son in The Orphanage.
Another destructive mother can be found in Grendel’s mother in Beowulf.
Bill Cosby (Sun, Mercury & Venus in Cancer)
Harrison Ford (Sun, Moon & Mercury in Cancer)
Tom Hanks (Sun & Mars in Cancer)
Sylvester Stallone (Sun, Mercury & Mars in Cancer)
Patrick Stewart (Sun, Mercury & Mars in Cancer)
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