Sun enters Cancer
21st PDT 7:58 / 22nd AEST 0:58
The sun enters instinctive, compassionate Cancer today, trading mutable air for cardinal water. Its ingress marks the solstice, the mid-point of the year, heralding the longest length of day in the northern hemisphere and longest length of night in the southern hemisphere. Regardless of where we plant our feet on the planet, this is a period of transition and an acknowledgement of polar extremes.
In Cancer, the sun answers to the moon, and the moon has a reputation for inspiring extreme emotional vacillations. Nevertheless, this is not a “debilitated” position for our solar luminary. Instead, we are called to measure the health and functionality of our ego relative to our feeling state. Life isn’t a single-player game, after all. Our personal happiness depends on the happiness of the people we are literally closest to – those in our nest, whether they be family, roommates, pets, or partners. If our loved ones aren’t relaxed, we will have a tough time accessing inner peace. The wellbeing of our chosen kin inevitably impacts our own health and sense of security. This is the blessing and curse of intimacy, and the impetus behind Cancer’s drive to nurture, defend, and meet the needs of those it loves.
This is a self-protective season, one where we wish to occupy familiar spaces and places, and surround ourselves with familiar people and objects. We want to be comfortable, and because our past lived experiences are presumably “known”, we find safety in that. However, familiarity is not without complexity. Just because things are comfortable doesn’t mean they are good for us. Besides, people change. Objects age. Places evolve. Nostalgia hits hard, but we can’t go back in time. We might revere our long-standing relationships for their consistency, but true intimacy is built, not on familiarity, but on vulnerability. The sun’s transit through Cancer requires us to bring our honest, open-hearted, contemporary selves to each engagement. Exposure might feel like a risk, but this is the best means of offering authentic support and receiving it in return.
Written by Nyssa Grazda