On my post Why Are Water Signs Emotional?, dolce commented, “I would LOVE to see people talk about this – something that goes deeper about the water signs, especially Cancer, because as I look around the world these days, I see rootlessness and confusion and fear and people not even realizing how these Cancer topics could literally save them.”
Ask and you shall receive! I’ve touched on these topics before, but it’s time to lay it all out.
Right now, there is an abundance of Capricorn energy. This has caused us as a society to structure our lives around Capricorn principles. Many of us have become stubbornly self-reliant, unwilling to ask for or accept help from others. We’ve become so focused with outward achievement that we’ve stopped being concerned with our emotional legacy. We’ve become so rigid that we’ve walled ourselves off from other people. We’ve been so focused on the mountain we need to climb that we’ve forgotten our roots. We’ve relied on the material things to give our lives meaning. And because of all this, the collective is profoundly depressed. We are lonely and empty and unsure how we’ll get by.
And the beauty is that Cancer, Capricorn’s opposite sign, holds the key.
Cancer is home, family, and roots. Cancer is the softness of a mother’s embrace and the kindly paternalism of a father changing his adult child’s oil. Cancer is the beloved tradition of a holiday baking marathon. Cancer is the sigh of relief you let out when you are finally home. Cancer is being surrounded by loving relatives or ancestors who say, “It’s okay, we’ll see you through this.”
With so much focus on Capricorn, we’ve forgotten the importance of the family unit. Throughout history, families and small communities relied on each other for survival. Your parents or siblings might have driven you crazy, but you also knew they’d share their harvest if yours failed, fix a broken wagon wheel, or help watch your children. The family was a safe zone where everyone took care of everyone else, and everyone was taken care of. This sense of community is sorely missing today.
We’ve also forgotten how little our external achievements really serve us. No one who is on their deathbed, looking back at their life, says, “I’m really glad I worked all those extra hours to get that promotion. And did you know I had twenty thousand Twitter followers? It was a good life.” No. They say they wish they had worked less. They wish they had spent more time with their loved ones. They wish they had poured more energy into passing their wisdom down to the younger generations. They wish they had connection.
We’ve also lost touch with our roots. So many of us feel adrift and unmoored. We’ve so focused on looking at what’s right in front of us that we’ve forgotten what is behind us. We’ve forgotten what is within us. Cancer rules roots. Cancer rules that primal pull that screams out in all of us to return to where we came from. This is why many older adults, reflecting on their lives, will find themselves drawn to the values and lessons from childhood. They will be called back to the religion or beliefs of their parents. They will reconnect with their culture and traditions. And that is what so many of us could use today. We need to remember what we are deep down. Who, at the most basic level, are we? How did we become what we are today? What lessons from childhood do we need reminders of? And how can the answers to those questions bring us meaning?
Cancer’s lessons are deep and can’t be adequately expressed in words. True Cancer energy operates at a level too rooted and primal for that. Cancer’s lessons bring us back to the core of our identity. Cancer reminds us to hold our people close and work together to make life bearable. It teaches interdependence and age-old wisdom. It offers security. And ultimately, it gives our lives meaning. So when you feel hopeless and alone, turn to Cancer’s open arms. Come home.
What do you think about this? Have Cancer’s values helped you?