Crab (source: Wikipedia Commons)

The sun enters Cancer today. I’m happy about that. I prefer the restrained, cautious nature of Cancer to the flightiness of Gemini. The air signs do have a strong presence in my chart, but I’m a little too grounded to appreciate the sort of airy week we just had. With the sun, Mercury and Venus all transiting Gemini, I was annoyed by the bluster that had accompanied the past month. I want to see more doing and less talking. For instance, the CEO of the company I work for has started to send out inspirational emails to me and my coworkers on a weekly basis. I would rather see him shut the door to his office and not come out until he has a valid plan to put up or shut up. That’s the Cancer spirit.

Cancer usually gets portrayed as the moody, maternal sign. While it is those things, it’s also the battleaxe of the zodiac. Cancer is not just the nurturing mother figure who gets a little bloated and irritable a few days every month. She is also the black widow who will consume her husband after they mate, or the grizzly bear who will tear you to bits if you get too close to her cubs. There is a primal, instinctive side to her nature that can be a little scary.

I believe that a lot of astrologers candy-coat their descriptions of the sign. But crabs don’t need a candy coating: they already have a shell. Cancer may be known as the most sentimental sign in the zodiac, but it’s also the most unsentimental sign when it comes to natural order of things. Crabs are tough and realistic, and if they have to eat you for lunch in order to survive, that’s what they’re going to do.

While the sun is transiting Cancer, it’s a good time to remain rooted in the natural order. Some astrologers might tell you that it’s a good time to put down new roots, but that’s the sort of thing you might want to put on hold until the new moon arrives in two more weeks. Right now I believe that it’s a good time to guard what’s yours while you watch others give in to their own worst impulses. Retreat into your shell if that’s what it takes to defend yourself. You won’t regret it.

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