The Sun moves into the sign of Cancer on Sunday morning at 9:38am PDT, marking the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. As the sun moves directly overhead, through the Tropic of Cancer, many countries will be celebrating Midsummer with festivals, rituals, and bonfires. In ancient times, bonfires roared through the night to protect from roaming evil spirits. These days it just makes for good fun with friends and family!
Where I live we have been experiencing summer weather for a few months now, but the changing of the season isn’t just about weather. As we move into the long, hot days of summer, the Sun slips into the sign of Cancer, gatherings and vacations with family and friends fill up the calendar, and emotions run extra high. Thus is the way of Cancer!
A few things about Cancer:
- It is a cardinal water sign, with yin energy.
- Cancer is ruled by the Moon, its color is silver.
- It rules the 4th house of home and family.
- It governs the stomach and breasts.
- Cancer is the Latin name for crab and is symbolized by a crab.
Those who have their sun in Cancer, or carry a lot of Cancer energy in their chart, are the nurturers of the zodiac. Cancer rules the 4th house of home and family so domestic matters are the domain of the Crab. Crabs carry their home on their back, so it is easy for Cancer folks to create a home for themselves wherever they need to. Because Cancers are sensitive and afraid to be hurt, they can be quick to retreat into their shell and it might be difficult to draw them back out until they feel safe again. Crabs are also easily distracted! Think of watching a crab on the beach, skittering to and fro, never really sure where it might head off to next. But if a Crab feels threatened, watch out! It will either run away to hide in that safe shell, or might give a harsh snap! Cancers are very dedicated partners though. If they find what they want they will grab on tight and not let go!
As we move through the sign of Cancer, home and family matters become a focus. This is a time for family reunions and vacations. It is a time for work around the house and domestic chores. And it is a time for reflection. How secure do we feel in our lives and what do we need to feel safe and loved and nurtured? We all must find the courage to take action on our feelings to achieve personal integration and fulfillment. Are you in touch with your feelings? Do you feel a sense of safety with your emotions or are you stuck in your shell? Are you clinging too tightly to something that doesn’t work for you anymore? Are you surrounded by healthy, loving friends and family? As you take the time to reflect, try nurturing yourself with a few blends that are perfect for this time of year: the New Moon and Full Moon blends, Center of Truth (Heart), and the Cancer blend, of course!
Have a wonderful, safe and happy summer!
With much Love,
Owner and Tea Alchemist