A new moon in Cancer — what an influence. At best, we can pretend we are right up there with the Dalai Lama — he is a double Cancer.
At worst… remember that old auntie who collected things, let her body go, smelled funny, but was the best cook? Just after her husband died, she fell into a hole and stayed close to home?
The sign of Cancer is the part in all of us who just wants to let go of the expectations that society demands. It’s the part of us who suffers from good old fashioned fear, and has voices that sound like this: ‘I am tired.’ ‘I am losing interest.’ ‘I know I shouldn’t eat that — it’s just that bread/carbs make me happy.’ ‘I love Memory Lane and songs from the past.’ ‘I catch myself thinking about my first love.’ ‘If only…’
You know the voice. It’s tired, secretive, and a bit whiny. At their low level, they sink into the couch, overdo their pillows for comfort, and do not feel well most of the time. Food sensitivities cause them irritation.
The high road of this sign is amazing. Don’t be surprised when I tell you this is one of my very favorite signs of the zodiac. (I probably say that all the time, but this time I mean it.) In fact, in my next life, I am returning as a Cancer, to relish in the high road. Let me show you why…
They have emotional wisdom. Think of His Holiness the Dalai Lama; he was banished from his home that carried the relics of antiquity. Art, sacred objects and a vibration that had been in place inside a temple for 2500 years. Imagine the chanting, the incense, the history — and yet it was all destroyed and never to be seen again. This man has incarnated to the same location for 13 lifetimes and yet — he had to leave. (I just read he is dreaming of returning there before the end of his life. It’s so sad.)
Can you imagine your entire lineage being taken away, your childhood home, town, school, streets, country… never to be seen again, and yet you decide the only option you have is to pray for those who stole, raped and pillaged your culture? This is the high road of Cancer: to be the ultimate example of peace on Earth.
Double Cancer — when at peace with what is — remains disciplined and willing to serve, because they are energized by love — specifically the love of family.
One of my very dearest Cancerian friends has 8 children — all of whom adore her, and they have all remained close to each other and to her.
This is the truth of Cancer: to be bonded by Karma’s hand, destined to be raised as a tribe where you trust your brothers and sisters. So much so, you choose to stay as close as possible, and this then fuels your every breath.
They are all motivated to be in this world. They play tennis together. They are raising their kids close by. They share dinner on Sunday at their mom’s house. This clan is a perfect reflection of Cancerian energy (the mom is the glue) at her best. Simply put: they care about each other.
Remember this Cancerian dream. There is nothing lazy or painful about this — quite the opposite. This is why I love Cancer so.
According to Alice Bailey, to master being human is to be incarnated through this sign. Cancer as a sun sign can set you up for mastery, allowing you to be eligible for the end game: the completion of your karma. In other words: you only have to come back if you want to.
This is the sign that says: ‘I accept this world and play by its rules; therefore, I find peace and love no matter where I am — as long as my people, my community, and my family are nearby.’
‘A life without family is not a life at all,’ says Cancer. ‘And family has little to do with blood lines.’
Do you agree? I have had the distinct non-pleasure of having lost my family at a young age. First, my dad died when I was in my early 40s, then my mom not far behind, and my whole family structure broke into small pieces, never to be put back together again. It hurt. For a very long time — until I owned my Cancer energy, creating my own chosen family.
I have family. They know who they are. Without question, I know who has my back.
Under this double-Cancer sky, ask yourself: what are my feelings about family? Who has my back? Whose back do I have? Just consider for a moment that family is far more important than you may have imagined.
While the Dalai Lama lost his home in the outer sense (he is no longer in the Potala Palace in Lhasa), He has found home in India and with whomever he sits. He is the quintessential wise elder who smiles a lot, listens deeply and offers his blessings to those who have wronged him. Hello, double Cancer.
Be like the double Cancer: feel your feelings, stay the course to serve those you love — no matter what, stop complaining about this ‘hard’ world and instead meditate more, love more and feel free to cry from time to time.
This is the highest road in our Astrological family to master this human condition. How are you doing on this path? Could this be your last life?