The sun is now travelling against the astrological backdrop of Cancer. Cancer is a Cardinal water sign, ruled by the Moon. The Moon and the element water are both associated with our emotional nature, the ebb and flow of our moods and feelings. In the Charka system, the Moon is tied to the 2nd chakra, which creates the constantly changing rainbow colors of the 2nd layer of our energy field. Cancer has perfected nurturing and comforting and is associated with the Mother, or the more physically present and intimately involved parent. It rules the 4th house of home and family and has mastered all of the domestic tasks that keep a family happy: everything from cooking and cleaning to hugging and snuggling. Cancer is intuitively aware of everyone’s emotional needs, and is happiest when it is actively engaged in meeting those needs! The symbol for Cancer looks like the number 69 on its side, showing that intimate yin/yang bonding that is at the heart of Cancer energy. When Cancer is operating from its abundance of compassion, there is nothing more healing and nourishing than its loving Motherly care. But when Cancer is operating out of the dark waters of fear and worry, we can see its shadowy underbelly. It can take that acute awareness of other’s emotions and use it to become manipulative and controlling. It can take that great ability to bond and merge and take it one step beyond into clingy codependency. Its natural desire to help others can become overbearing, and its mothering can turn to smothering.
The Astrological Age of Cancer was back around 64000-8400 BC. Interestingly, this was a time when goddess worship was prevalent and where society was tribal and matriarchic. This was also around the time of catastrophic flooding from the rapid melting of Ice Age Glaciers which correspond to countless stories of global deluge. The emotions of Cancer when they get flowing can be overwhelming. The religion of Cancer is definitely the religion of the Divine Mother. I have long been a follower of the Hindu teacher Ammachi, who is known in the West as the Hugging Saint. She embodies the energy of the Divine Mother and gives Darshan by hugging and kissing people which is much more intimate and Cancerian than the usual Shaktipat transmission from a distant guru. She also embodies the Cancerian spirit of nurturance and mothering by raising gigantic sums of money for charities. She has orphanages and schools and hospitals for the poor and housing projects all over India. Cancer is also the sign of our inner child and being around the Divine Mother brings out the child in us that just wants to be loved. Amma sees all of us as her children and she asked that we worship her with that same openness and simplicity.
You can do charts for groups and larger entities, including nation states, using their moment of inception. America was born on the 4th of July and we have a tendency as a nation to go with our emotions more than our minds. And of course during our birthday month we make quite an over the top emotional show of our patriotic feelings for our country on July 4th. Cancer is most comfortable in small intimate groups, and this tribal consciousness makes this month a perfect time to learn to better support and nurture the various tribes we belong to. This is a great time to be with family and friends and nuture your emotional needs. Take a vacation and take a needed break to rest and recharge and get your home in order and you will make the most of this trip through Cancer.
July 1st– Stand Off For Caring: July 1st. There is a tense T-square energy permeating the air today. The Sun, Mars and Mercury are in Cancer opposing Pluto in Capricorn. The Moon and Jupiter in Libra are square to this opposition forming the T of the T-square aspect pattern and offering an outlet for the energies of the opposition. Cancer wants to care for everyone and would love to have universal health care regardless of the cost. It is keenly attuned to the suffering of others and will give till it hurts. Pluto in Capricorn is the darkest element of this arrangement, representing the Plutocracy of sociopathic ultra-rich who are coldly indifferent to the suffering of others. Those who would happily let the lower classes suffer and die to get themselves another massive tax cut. Capricorn in general is a classic conservative energy that believes you should have to work hard and sacrifice to earn health care or any other benefit in life. It hates entitlement programs, and believes there should be rewards for hard work and harsh consequences for those who are lazy or irresponsible. It would accuse Cancer of enabling and being overprotective, creating a “Nanny state” that prevents people from growing up and taking responsibility for themselves. Jupiter and the Moon in Libra represent the balancing act of crafting some sort of legislation that can honor both sides of this philosophical opposition. Something that is makes health care affordable but that is also fiscally sustainable. Something that affords basic protections for all while also holding people personally accountable for their health care on some level. If the Republicans managed to pass their draconian bill this week, this will most likely manifest as a wave of rebellion from all of those negatively impacted by its heartless provisions. If the bill fails to gain support, which is the more likely outcome, This is a time when we can deepen the conversation and make progress towards actually improving and fixing our health care system in a unified and bi-partisan way. instead of trying to destroy it and reverse the progress that we have made towards universal coverage. It is strange that the richest country in the world hasn’t yet figured out how to provide decent health care to all its people, when all other wealthy western nations have done so long ago.
July 8th- Health Care Debate Echo: This full moon is taking place with the Sun and Mars in Cancer opposing the Moon and Pluto in Capricorn. Jupiter in Libra is still making a T-square out of this opposition, highlighting again the same tensions as were present on July 1st. The full moon and the involvement of militant Mars and Pluto should bring things it to a more emotionally intense and dramatic level. This is a good time to revisit the sausage making process that is democratic legislation and perhaps find some common ground that can be agreed on across party lines. If the Republican only push has been finally shown to be dead in the water, perhaps there is a chance that the focus can shift towards actually working together to fix and stabilize the exchanges where insurers are pulling out and restructuring some things to be more practical and sustainable. If the Republicans were actually successful in ramming their horrific bill through, look for mass protests to intensify at congressional offices and town halls. It will be Republicans against the world, and their smug bubble of ideology will be confronted and deflated by the intrusion of a larger reality. They will be reminded that they are vastly outnumbered by those who rely for their survival on things like Medicare and Food Stamps and they will be knocked from their high horses and put in their proper place in the democratic process. So called public servants that try to go against the needs of the people they serve through power grabs and secrecy are inviting a vicious backlash.
July 16th : Mountain of Fire : All that fire and anger and passion that has been stirred up this month is beginning to stabilize and harmonize with a grand trine forming in the fire signs between the Moon and Uranus in Aries, Mercury in Leo, and Saturn in Sagittarius. The grand trine is the most harmonious aspect pattern, so there the raw explosive energies of the beginning of the month are being refined and focused into positive action. The Uranus leg of this grand fire trine is square to the Sun and Mars in Cancer though, so there is still an undercurrent of simmering resentment and anger. Cancer wants everyone to get along and be more merged and connected, but fire is a very individualistic element, and everybody is too busy expressing and asserting their individual opinions right now to really come together in a deep and intimate way. But Mercury in Leo is very close to the collective north node in Leo and this moment of strong individualistic expression is important for our soul learning. Aquarius is concerned with the herd and nurturing the needs of the group, Leo is focused on nurturing its own self-actualization. We are all learning the lessons of personal empowerment right now. So even though it may not feel warm and fuzzy with everyone loudly disagreeing, it is important for everyone to be able to speak their needs in a bold and forceful way right now.