Cancer Overview

(June 21-July 21)

Key Words: “I Feel”

This watery sign, ruled by the Moon, is washed with emotions, the past, of its ancestors, tribe and country. It is deeply connected to mom, to nurturing its physical home and inner psychic home.  Safety and security are paramount.  They are often good with real estate, with a strong intuitive sense of when to sell, when to buy.

Like the crab, its symbolic animal, Cancers scuttle under a shell when frightened or nervous.  They tend to move out in a sideway fashion, instead of taking direct action.

Cancer is an energy known for its highly developed emotional perceptions.  They feel as much or more than they think in order to find their way.  Because feelings run strong, being thin-skinned is part of what they need to balance.  Her instinctual consciousness rules the intellectual mind, making this month a good time to listen to gut reactions, and emotional perceptions.

BUT, it is not always personal, nor is it always about YOU, dearest Crab, a good thing to remember when your feelings get hurt.

Body Rulership

The Moon rules the stomach, breasts, stomach, and solar plexus.  Often when upset, Cancers cannot stomach the emotions, and must be attentive to the energy with which they eat their food.

As one of the three water signs, Cancer’s understanding of the world is emotional. Her usually placid facade can hide a deep sea of worry, especially around security issues. Cancer often struggles with guilt, and stress that comes from being stuck in past events, therefore a practice that keeps them focused on the present, on relaxation and release is always welcome

Energetic Polarities

Smothering vs. Mothering

Passive Aggressive vs. Direct Action

Grasping vs. Generous

Insecure vs. Calm

Balancing Cancer Energies through a Yoga Practice

‘Calm, cool, and carry on,’ might be an Asana mantra for Cancer Yogins.

Any poses, supporting good digestion, feed Cancer needs. Deep twists are helpful because they quiet nervousness as well as placate a nervous digestion.

Pranayama, using a longer, stronger exhale helps Cancers release the past.  The deep breathing offers a sense of well being to the present, and assists calming future fears.

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart:  I am, I am, I am.” –Sylvia Plath

Soothing music is particularly satisfactory for Cancer’s emotional body.

Because Cancer is a water sign, connected to sensation in the body, it could be connected to the Vyana Vayu, which pervades the whole body as a coordinating and connecting system or force. It is a water element, fundamental to making one feel integrated.  When out of whack, we feel uncoordinated, un-connected between body and mind, or disjointed.  If the Vyana vayu is not functioning well, our powers of sensation are limited, and a lack of boundaries with low self esteem can be issues.  These can all relate to Cancer energy.

To strengthen the Vyana Vayu, work consciously with the Svadisthana Chakra. Practice strengthening asanas, and the linking of strength and suppleness that enhances connections within and without the body.

What a Cancer Might Say

Prince William, at seven, was already in strong Cancer mode when he told his mother Princess Diana, ”I want to be a policeman so I can take care of you.”

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