Being Cancerian…Nomadically

Shepard Fairey

Not all Crab People are super-settled, as one of my Cancerian subscribers, Jessa Crispin, explains so eloquently.

It has been one year and two weeks since I put all of my belongings into storage and started living out of one carry-on sized suitcase. I had been traveling extensively, from Italy to Sarajevo to Texas, and it seemed the one thing that was holding me back was all of the stuff. The home, the belongings, the outfits, the books. The shoes. I mean, bless those shoes, they are things of beauty, but you can’t just drag them all behind you. They had to go, too.

My personal case of the Zap Zone, you see, is focused on my Mercury at 13 degrees Leo, in my 4th house. And I answered the call of my Uranus trine Mercury with, well, at least make yourself portable.

I had been living in Berlin, and feeling like it was time to leave for a new city (five years in one place really is my limit), but I had no idea where to go next. I was writing a book, about expat writers and artists, people who just decided to start new lives elsewhere and the impact that had on them and their work — Claude Cahun moving to Jersey Island, Igor Stravinsky taking off to Switzerland — and I wanted that place that they had, that called to me. But when I really started to listen, it wasn’t a city calling to me so much as the act of movement that was. It’s a different calling, that one. It requires less furniture.

Basically I am now a Cancer without a home, and that has been as liberating and as frustrating as you might imagine. I need to check a reference in a book I own, and I can remember exactly where it was shelved in the old place, but now I can’t get to it. Always, I long for the shoes I didn’t pack, or the dress I abandoned somewhere in the Balkans. And yet. I saw Leon Bakst paintings in St. Petersburg. I had the history of the world whispered to me in a Roman basilica. I was wooed by a Hungarian accordion player. I was nearly trampled to death by some Swiss cows. They didn’t mean to, though. They just got so excited for a second.

I packed that suitcase with equal parts practicality and sentimentality: the black dress that can be worn in any number of situations/the shirt that smells like him. The books I need for the book I am writing/the William James that I have read a hundred times and turn to when I can’t sleep and I get scared. But if anything, this year has taught me how the way to learn to do without something is just to do away with it. You adapt, you substitute, you work your way around. You learn how to be your own doctor and pharmacist with the contents of a grocery store’s produce aisle. You learn how to live without a cell phone, you learn how to live without a home.

In a strange bit of synchronicity, my Cancer fella is in the same place, without a home, living out of a suitcase, moving from one consulting job to another. We exile ourselves sometimes, setting up temporary homes in furnished apartments in cities neither one of us want to live in permanently. We spend a month cooking, playing, drinking, having long, leisurely mornings in bed, and then pack up and bid each other farewell until we run into each other somewhere else on the road.

It is romantic. It is misery-making.

I spent many, many years working to make my job easy to do from the road. I run two online literary magazines, I do freelance writing and tarot card readings over Skype. I just didn’t know until last year I was doing those things so that I could have these years of rootlessness. So I could just pick up and leave and keep my career intact. But it is also amazing how much money you save if you are not paying rent, or electric bills or water bills or a cell phone plan. And you can push all of that money right into Central European sublets and train tickets and agencies that add extra pages to your passport.

Also? My Virgo moon is conjunct the asteroid Odysseus. This is fate.

The suitcase isn’t really holding up so well. The zipper split back in November, but that’s nothing tape and a little wire can’t fix. It looks like hell, but all the easier to spot it on the baggage carousel. I’m holding up better than the suitcase is, although I too am a little worse for wear in some areas. The book is done at least. Right now, I have travel plans up until mid-July, a long, two month jaunt from Berlin to Budapest to Sofia and then to Istanbul, where I will reunite with the fella. I don’t know what comes after that. Whatever it is, I’m guessing it’ll be an adventure.

I forgot how many Cancers were great travelers, from Gertrude Bell to Anthony Bourdain. I do think there is a hermit crab quality to some of us.

Jessa Crispin runs Bookslut and Spoliamag

 

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Aqua Crab
Aqua Crab

I’m a Kataka who did this as well. Only, I rented small storage lockers in Zurich and London. I put four seasons’ worth of clothes between them, which allows me to travel with two pieces of luggage. I just go back to one of those two lockers at the end of a season to pack the next season’s clothes. I hate looking shabby. And unless you are living in the tropics, autumn and winter clothes are bulky. I have no idea how the woman who wrote this lives out of a carry on and has room for the books she… Read more »

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

Thanks S, writing down here because the comments box is getting too narrow. I envy peeps who did their arts degree earlier. I’ll be 53 when I finish my degree. Very conscious of time and how little of it I have left. Hello Saturn on Sun transit!! 😐 I’m on a 2 week break now but have lots of catching up to do. And every second I spend not doing anything art related I get cranky. So I’m constantly cranky because I keep procrastinating. LOL. If things don’t improve by the end of April (après ZZ) I might go and… Read more »

Veronica
Veronica

Hey Scorpb you probs didn’t see a comment I just made on a previous post on how the older people who go to seem to get so much more out of it. You now actually have life experience to make art about. I was 10 yrs older than the young ‘uns when I went, and the other older ones and myself just seemed to appreciate it more, and get so much more out of the experience

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

I did see it and I agree – the older peeps do appreciate being there much more. Sorry I haven’t replied. Feeling a bit overwhelmed.

milleunanotte
milleunanotte

Scorpbot, don’t just lay down and die on us…fifty-three! So much to live for! Would you like to borrow some Piscean sense of time? I’ve got heaps to spare. (*KNOWN SIDE EFFECT Some immaturity is possible.)

Besides, government raising pension age so you’ll need something to sell at the markets for a while yet.

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

Not saying it’s over at 53 but some artists take 20 years to hit their stride. I won’t have that luxury.

12th house virgo
12th house virgo

But you have that time behind you and will hit the ground running. no worries

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

I hope so. Just gotta get through Z-APRIL first – Thanks for that Mille!! 🙂

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

Thanks 12thV, I’ll bookmark it and see if I can find TIME to watch or listen while i’m doing something else 🙂

milleunanotte
milleunanotte

Hey Scorpbot, don’t mind me being flip. I know these feelings of age & time being more precious. In my case i need to make light of it, while DOING. If i’m in a mood and can’t DO, then i just notice that not getting things done is time-wasting/ageing…then i’m kinder to myself and figure i need deep refreshing rest. Hyperactivity and/or hyperawareness of the frenentic kind tends to signal the need for grounding which in my case is good sleep, consistently (12th house). Yes, good fruit ripens in good time, is not rushed into cold store. You will have… Read more »

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

flip flop away.. what else are Pisces friends for. Someone needs to lighten the mood. It’s not gonna be a Saturn ruled Scorp. LOL

Yes! Sleep.. it’s the EVERYTHING!! 😀 My #1 priority. Lucky I’m a good sleeper. I’ll surely go mad without it.

“you can’t force a fruit to ripen” That’s one of my fave quotes. Thanks for the reminder.

Saturnalien
Saturnalien

Awww, hang in there Scorpy. Sometimes just “allowing” yourself to have a day off and do something really fun and or nurturing for your soul can break the procrastination thing and give you space to regenerate some fresh creative energy. Yes, I hear your Cappy department shudder at the idea and scream how the fuq can I relax and take a day off when I’ve got so much to get done?! 😀 but… I usually end up wasting far more than a day or two in idle procrastination (or else go OCD on housework and shit just so I feel… Read more »

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

haha…. I did go OCD on housework today. Bathroom got a work out.
Mars in Virgo – when all else fails – clean!!. Is cathartic.
I know, I know, I need to chill the fuq out!!

Place feels empty without fishy. 🙁 Not sure if i’ll get another one.

calypso
calypso

time off is important Scorpy *says she searching multiple databases on other tabs*

the trick is to delineate the time on and time off really clearly so that you know when you’re doing work and when you’re doing (productive) relax & regen and it’s ALLOWED! when you’re working you’re working and when you’re not, you’re not! otherwise you just feel like you’re working ALL THE TIME and you frazzle out x

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

yep. I’m pretty frazzled. 😯

Gotta sort that “delineating time” thing out.
You could say it’s a “work in progress”. Hehe… Arghh… hard with Sun in 10th.
But was thinking today that “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!!

calypso
calypso

and also you can have excellent inspiration flow when you let yourself stop for a while

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

I wish ” inspiration flow’ applied to writing essays. That’s part of my procrastination and why I’m so frazzled. I doubt I’ll ever suffer from visual creative block with natal Neptune conj Sun. Inspiration is like a rapid flowing river. It’s hard to turn it off actually. When I do switch off it still drips quietly like a broken tap. Then when i go to sleep it’s back on again! LOL. 😀 It’s the writing that concerns me. There is no FLOW there. Natal Mercury squares Saturn. It takes so much EFFORT to express what i want to say. I… Read more »

Saturnalien
Saturnalien

Mercury square Saturn here too, I totally feel your pain on the essay shizz… exactly the same problem here, head full of ideas and insights, but jus the thought of trying to get them out on paper just makes me want to curl up and die… GAH 😐

(I liked Calypso’s idea from way back – writing bits out on post it notes as they come to you then putting them all together into an essay… I’m going to give that a burl next time I’m doing an essay heavy subject.) x

calypso
calypso

LOL! excellent!!

let me know if it helps 😀

(did I tell you mine would be the first thesis submitted on post it notes? 😉 )

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

That would be interesting and it would definitely stand out. Haha 🙂

I actually started a notebook early this year to jot down ideas, phrases, key words, terminology etc that will come in handy. I’m onto it!!
It’s the putting together part that is TORTURE! Does my head in!!!

Saturnalien
Saturnalien

I love the idea of submitting a thesis on post it notes! (I hope you’ve been using the extra sticky ones 😉 ) I have a bit of a post it note fetish going on. All the items on my “to do” list are written on mini post its and stuck in colour coded categories on a board – they get transferred to my daily diary for action (eventually…), then discarded when I’m done. No messy crossing out or making new lists (I’m having a Virgo South Node happy moment just thinking about it 😀 ) The whole idea works… Read more »

calypso
calypso

haha, I love it! I have Virgo SN too 😀

Scorpbot – if your tips don;t already advise this I recommend just doing a bit a day – no pressure! and leave yourself time to review x

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

My Mars in Virgo approves. 🙂 And if you’re on to a good thing “stick” to it. 😉

Here’s a tip and I’m sure you know… never scrimp on post it notes!! The $2 shop ones suck!!! Same goes for masking tape.

Saturnalien
Saturnalien

Haha, we’ve been similar places with cheap

post its and masking tape obviously!

I never scrimp on those either! 😀

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

Well, this is the first time I’ve had to write an essay since high school 😯 I was never good at it back then either. I can sum anything up in a few sentences – short sharp and pithy. That’s how I roll. Not so good with the fluffing up that is required of essays. Sometimes when I’m reading an article I find myself wishing the writer would get to the bloody point already!! Often I’ll jump straight to the last para to see if it’s worth reading the guts of it because I hate feeling ripped off if I’ve… Read more »

Saturnalien
Saturnalien

There’s a book called “Get Great Marks for Your Essays’ by John Germov… it has some handy guidelines for tackling all aspects of essay writing, I found it quite helpful just having a bit of a plan to follow to tackle the whole ordeal.

(I usually have the opposite problem, having too much to say and not being able to condense it into the required word count! I’ve got Mercury square Jupiter as well as Saturn 😐 )

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

Hahaha… just to complicate matters. That’s too funny 😆

Thanks for the tip. I’ll look into it. Have been given a few links and resources by my tutor. Happy to just pass with the essays. It’s not like I’m ever gong to be an art critic or historian .

milleunanotte
milleunanotte

Uh-oh…you’re turning into Jack Nicholson? I was about to chime in with something about just keep typing, push past the need for flow…then i visualised the typewriter with its repeated line from The Shining. Oh honey take some time out in nature, please don’t have your own Kubrick moment! xxx

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

😀 xx

S
S

@ Scorpbot – thank you for starting the new thread here. I only did my Foundation Year (which was your first year). I’d set the goal to get in the course (in my Senior years of High School). Even was a winner of the Minister’s Art award (94) had my artwork hung in the old gallery (not GoMA), along with all the other teenage winners from Queensland. But fuq me dead, I went from a art supplies cupboard and store room filled with all the supplies I needed to the condemned shanty. Kataka Sun and Cap Moon didn’t enjoy the… Read more »

Mercurialfireside
Mercurialfireside

Hi S! Another fellow Brisbanite! I wish I had gone to QCA when I had left school. I think I still have QCA envy and wonder how things would’ve turned out had I gone that route. The amount of times I’ve pondered my life’s direction, I could write a novel, but it seems heightened now. At 35… Time is banging on my door. But part of it is fully accepting all the mismatched and unsteady roads I DID take. When I die, I want to be happy with my life instead of feeling like an unfurled, promising bud that missed… Read more »

S
S

Accepting the path taken is all apart of the journey. I am over the border a New South Women, for the next year at least.
Art Therapy is going to be my profession, with a balance of all creative industries. This therapy is real and it works. Place yourself in your own hand and have the right supportive environment around you. The world (your world) can be different. As it’s about your perception. x

Mercurialfireside
Mercurialfireside

Art Therapy is an amazing profession. Completing my advanced diploma now. : )

S
S

@ Ikon?

Mercurialfireside
Mercurialfireside

Yep, finished my diploma last year and doing a few extra modules now to have an advanced diploma. Love it.

Veronica
Veronica

My dear Cancerian ex -neighbour travelled for 5 years straight before he got married, in those days only sending a letter home every now and then. Now their daughter is all grown up, he and his wife are travelling again times a year. He just loves it, she I suspect, not so much. I used to LOVE a suitcase and a plane, but now really preferring mi casa. Just came back from a couple of days in the big city to spend my birthday with sis and nephew, and had a great time. Looked at the flash shops, ate at… Read more »

Wildwood
Wildwood

So interesting that this is being enacted by a Cancerian! I guess I have been a bit judgemental about the Cancer peeps in my life and their perceived hominess… Love the notion of the hermit crab mobile home. It makes perfect sense. The ZZ has been largely acting in my 4 house… and I’m kind of amazed at how it’s panning out. 6 months ago I was craving my own space, and I found the perfect room in a beautiful old house, walking distance to cafes, the beach, my yoga class, everything. But suddenly, I realise I don’t need it.… Read more »

Cass
Cass

Especially with Jupiter in Cancer right now?

Charley
Charley

I honestly only know very static Cancerian suns, the serious nesters who stay in the same place for years and who are very resistant to change. That said, all the hardcore travellers I know have strong Cancer motifs throughout their charts, either planets or houses. I lived out a suitcase and had my life in storage for about 4 years until my Saturn Return hit and literally forced me into a home, of sorts. It was great and totally shit at the same time, I’d probably be doing it right now if I didn’t have a cat that I love… Read more »

Leonora
Leonora

My partner is a Cancer/Cancer rising and a real homebody. He invests a lot of energy into home renovations and decor. We were together for over 10 years before we ever took an overseas trip and I have been pushing for more travel in the future. But his work involves travel away from home for long periods of time. I have Sag rising…
I discover Mystic’s Site from an ad on Bookslt. Olaf’s painting intrigued me.

As a side note, I miss Elizabeth Bachner’s feature column on Bookslut! Did she disappear into the Himalayas? It has been bothering me for a awhile.

virgo kathleen
virgo kathleen

This is so appealing and romantic to me. Maybe it’s my Pluto in 4th house or my Sagg planets or cancer rising…idk, but I love the idea of extended traveling and seeing the world. At the same time, I really like having a place to come back to, and I think I do need a secure base (maybe because my virgo sun is in the 2nd house). I have lived abroad for nearly a year and it was both liberating and unsettling. Getting accustomed to foreign customs, to being a foreigner…it is hard to put into words, being so used… Read more »

catfish moon
catfish moon

I have Cancer sun conjunct saturn. I LOVE having my Home, but I also have Mars in the 9th house, and saggy in the 4th house.
I moved crosscontinent at 19 with only a backpack and some cash.
(when I was younger before kids) I would pack up in winter and leave for months but had a home base to return to always. I traveled alot for years, even with a baby. But after babes 2 and 3, very little travel has occured.
I only miss it a bit.

VenusRules
VenusRules

I know a Cancer who lives to travel the globe, but he’s got Saggo rising, Leo moon and a whole bunch of 9th house planets. And his Sun is in the last degree of Cancer, so maybe he fulfilled the Cancer homebound destiny?

All the advice about letting go of stuff resonates – I have progressed Cancer ascendant, and have lived longer in this apartment than anywhere in my life, but the stuff is feeling a bit oppressive. What to do about the art supplies and fabrics, though.

Smudgepot
Smudgepot

I wonder if Cancerians are travelers (because they can) looking for a place to settle….to create a family/home. If you put down roots, would your cancer other half do so as well with you or are you following him around the globe?

Tamara
Tamara

Wow, this is me to a “T”. Glad to see I am not the only Cancer who is feeling this way these days. I guess it’s all a part of being true to oneself and knowing how to navigate your life based on the movements and urgings of the heart. Blessings. Tamara 😉

GeminEE
GeminEE

Thanks for sharing! So inspiring.

islandgirl
islandgirl

Finally – this topic, close to my heart, has been broached. As a Cancer (sun in 9th house), it has always annoyed me how Cancers have been depicted as the stay-at-home-mommas of the zodiac. I have been travelling and living in different countries for most of my life (out of choice) and like the author of the above (and beautiful) account, I feel stifled if I stay for longer than 5 years in one place. It used to be 2 years. A deep restlessness sets in which sooner or later drives me and my partner (Sag moon, thank god) to… Read more »

12th house virgo
12th house virgo

I love Istanbul. My favorite place was the cisterns with the Medusa heads upside down in the underground waters. And sticking my thumb in the circle in the column in the Haiga Sophia. And hookahs at cafes. Enjoy. I’ve been thinking (and commenting) a lot about travel recently and how I want it in my life. My north node is in Saggo 3rd house. So, since Sag rules the 9th house, its both my future and my past in some way I can never seem to figure out. In 2008, I spent three months in Morocco with my kid who… Read more »

Scorporation, Inc.
Scorporation, Inc.

Creek = Pluto. I spent my formative years on a creek. Sometimes in the creek. Catching crayfish & minnows, building bridges & fire rings. I live now on a creek. I like having running water nearby for psychic energy reasons, plus it attracts wildlife. Creeks are precious! I hope you dip your toe in, give it a go: so worth lending your voice. So 3rd house NN Sagg 🙂

calypso
calypso

I did too Scorp Inc. Damming it up, undamming it. Damming it up again. I don’t live near a creek now but I’m close to the ocean and it’s part of my daily existence even if I don’t literally go there every day. Although most of the time I go there every day. When I lived elsewhere for a time I lived on a river and learned to love rivers. It was a great gift! I guess it’s no surprise with a water Sun and NN in Pisces.

Sphinx
Sphinx

Said this elsewhere, but with that 3rd House NN, a travel blog about your Mother Daughter journey would so interesting to me. I would love to hear the story of a psychic mother travelling with her girl in the world today. The nature, the sacred sites, the people. It’s mythic and I feel we lack feminine myths around travel. I know when I was travelling women regarded me with suspicion. Like I must have done something awful to be on the road like a man, a reject of a woman, a red woman, outcast from her community, unmarried & not… Read more »

Sphinx
Sphinx

Point being, that travel with kids, integrating them into the journey be it practical or spiritual, educational or for fun is an interesting story to me at least. 😉 Good luck. I would take your fur family but it’s not feasible really.

12th house virgo
12th house virgo
12th house virgo
12th house virgo

It was really easy to keep up for the time I was traveling, but then…?…once you stop updating a blog, google starts ignoring it, and people just steal your content.

Sphinx
Sphinx

Omg, how cute is your adorable little girl!?
Thank you! I will rip into this tomorrow. Lovely 12HV! Xx.

leoliza
leoliza

I have been having the opposite feeling….not wanting to leave house (Jup transit my 12th Cancer) altho its been a long dark winter here…sigh

leogroover
leogroover

Lovin this post about freedom and letting go. So keeping under the zz radar with this attitude and recognising angels are everywhere to help ne on my journey.

Mercurialfireside
Mercurialfireside

I was literally thinking of this topic half an hour ago. I wondered how Cancerians can travel so much and put it down to carrying their homes on their back or at least in their hearts. I’m Gem with Sag rising and Venus in Cancer. I’m in the middle of moving and can’t stand the transitory phase of even taking my posters and homely things down while waiting to move. I feel misplaced..

S
S

I see it’s as a purging opportunity, sure there is grief but the aspect of freedom. I am technically homeless and saddling myself to my empowered shit storm of a back story, then casting my luck under the astroscape. Letting the rich tapestry unfold. When in doubt cast your eyes to the Moon and give thanks.

S
S

This Fire Snake doesn’t mind exfoliating, shedding and shredding the excess skin x

Mercurialfireside
Mercurialfireside

I started with that feeling. Excitement. Hope. Movement. Today however it’s fear. Lethargy. Immobilisation. I think it’s the process of stocktaking, logically assessing, emotionally reorienting, thinking about now, all the things from the past, all the future moments. It’s shifting my psyche and it’s both good and bad. You’re right though… The moon and sun are anchors. The tides take me to and fro but the earth keeps turning and seconds tick over.

S
S

So eloquently said..you know the way home? It’s within and let it be beyond the obstacles. x

Mitra
Mitra

Lovely piece of writing. It really does capture a sense of both romanticism and misery. Learning to do without, to do away with, and adapt is something I could do well to remind myself of daily.

Perhaps you are searching for your tribe rather than your place. Or feel the need to travel as spirits for the writing.

I have itchy feet at the moment and a longing to return to live in London. But on the basis that I can’t escape myself, I am doing my darndest to stay put. Pets help.

Year of the Phoenix
Year of the Phoenix

Wow, thanks

Ariel
Ariel

Fabulous. A great advertisement for me right now to just go. I too am a writer and someone whose adolescent dream was to live in different places around the world, never for more than a few years at a time. Zap Zone is pushing me there faster than I thought possible.

Also, I am surprised by the judgemental tone of some of the commenters here – how nasty. Don’t predict unpleasant things for people you don’t know just because you’re jealous of their lives. Handle your own ZZ issues!

SourPatch
SourPatch

Ha! I’m a Sun/Mercury/Chiron/Juno/DC Crab. Everyone keeps telling me how I should do travel nursing; it seems like my Gemini venus would have a blast at first but eventually I’d go whacko living hotel to hotel (or hostel…whatever). I’m happy living vicariously through Tony Bourdain instead. At least he’s ethical about it.

Pegasus
Pegasus

Lovely piece of writing and it has created Movement Envy for this multi-Sagg.
‘Mobility is Nobility’ said Timothy Leary.
And hermit crabs live where they fit.

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

Great writing Jessa!! Really enjoyed reading that.

WOOHOO
WOOHOO

My father and I are both well travelled Cancerians. I think some of it has to do with being somewhere where no-one can bother you and no-one knows you, really feeds into the Crabby need for secrecy and seclusion that you can’t aways get at a fixed home.

Lucy the Leo
Lucy the Leo

I LOVED this. Wow. It’s funny, the most well travelled person I know is a Cancer, didn’t stop to think about that until now.

libralady
libralady

Libra sun, aqua rising & Taurus moon, but I have this deep need to chuck my paddle board & towel in a combie van and chug around this great aussie homeland of mine…

Safe and happy travels Jessa xx

leogroover
leogroover

Do i LLl. I jumped at it and no regrets

leogroover
leogroover

great story. I’ve been far from home for 13 days now…. longest since ever and it feels fine. I could keep up this gypsy life living from my van to mates couches and back again for a while. Love the floaty feeling the most. Just know when I do get home I’ll just start worrying about finding work, money and domestic crap again. Don’t miss anything really. While I’m on the road i feel great. Seen many beautiful alpine rivers, grey winsome misty skies, landscapes…. omg Australia is so awesome. trying to put it into words is a challenge and… Read more »

prowlncrab
prowlncrab

How horrid! ~shudders~ …. I would go mental without my home base. Actually I DID go mental when I travelled a lot more and didn’t really have a home base. I like my stuff. And my cat. And the garden. Travelling – BAH! I’ll leave that to the seed pods. 😉

Pi
Pi

i love a home base, but i want it to be a secret den hideout thing. then I vamoose again. omg OR one in the Gaudi block in barcelona

Pi
Pi

this is what i like about katakans tho. they don’t get *wierd* about stuff. being surrounded by stuff. or daily life. me, i get wierd about it. katakans help me relax and realise that it’s ok to just stick around somewhere for a while. for ever maybe. (then the Urge overtakes me and I have to move on.) one day….
two dream houses mapped out in my head.
one day…

quintile
quintile

lovely story – lately i’ve been feeling very staid, and this was a beautiful evocation of life on the road. An on-off lover of mine is a double cancerian (also a south node, past life person a la previous blog post – my moon on his SN, his venus on my SN – sigh) with whom i reunited after 20 years, he has been on the road for ages.

Sarah Moon
Sarah Moon

Haha me and my best friend are both cancers and we live for travelling. In fact a lot of the most travelled people I know are cancers. We can make anywhere our home ^_^

orion
orion

I’ve been feeling plenty sorry for myself as a Cancer without a home too. But there is something kind of humble-braggy about this account which causes me to check a similar behavior in myself. I’m afraid the suitcase is going to have to fall apart, and messages whispered in the Roman basilica will have to become more commonplace before the Cancer is forthright about how much she misses those shoes, though it sounds as if they are in a storage facility somewhere so not all is lost. So glad Cancer you’re making it, and not to be mean but I… Read more »

davidl
davidl

Yes wifey is kataka sun. Sag rising. Both aspects are evident in all her activities.
This thread reminds me of that lyric … Where ever I lay my hat , that’s my home.

Emg
Emg

I’m a big cancer pile up sun moon mars jup but have this wayward saggi mc which drives me to move and move and move. I’m actually thinking of buying a boat in the future and sailing off where ever the winds take me. Scares me witless but I have this real drive to do it.

S
S

@ Davidi – my home is near the sea being able to bath with the Moon’s light in my eyes.
Kataka Sun and Mercury 😉

pi
pi

So all of your stuff is still in storage though right?

There’s the rub.

I actually want to know how much you’re paying so if its less than where I am, I can move some things there. 🙂

That, or commit to some income-draining share-rental arrangement via a vis move
Has to be another way.

HANG ON

idea.

love the book topic though. Wld love to read 🙂

pi
pi

Don’t mean to sound bitchy. This post hit a nerve I think

calypso
calypso

it’s prob just Merc opp Mars Rx Pi x

Pi
Pi

thanks for understanding… honestly if I shared even 10% of the acid-tongued comments that have rolled through my mind the last two days.. as it was i did once on fb and had to quietly inspect my claws for damage afterwards. :/ not personal stuff but still. the dailies reminded me to keep a lid on it , that helped.

calypso
calypso

i remember your sun & moon but I can’t remember your rising sign – but actually, it’s Gem, right? So Merc would be your chart ruler and therefore you’re a bit sensitive to it. It’ll pass 🙂

Pi
Pi

yes.. and sun conjunct mercury. squaring asc.
thanks. i never really give much thought to chart ruler sensitivity stuff, do i read for neptune or mercury bla bla, but yes. thanks for the reminder xox

calypso
calypso

i’m feeling Venus strongly these past months – I hope I get some beautiful healing and not painful love news when she hits Chiron!

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

you got Pisces Chiron too?

Mine’s 14º Pisces.

Venus will be exact this coming Saturday.

Feel down in the dumps. Any kind of healing would be nice but i don’t really understand Chiron, so it could just be the ZZ i’m feeling now

calypso
calypso

actually it’s 3 Aries. I don;t know why I said that! maybe because she’s going to conjunct Chiron soon? That’s 20/21 April, right near the X!

calypso
calypso

so are you having Chiron return already?

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

yep…

so far… no good

calypso
calypso

scorpbot, I been thinking bout Chiron. sorry yr Chiron return is sucking but I think others who have experienced it would say the same. Glad at least you have yr art course and despite current stress you are obvs loving that. Did some research and it was last time Venus conjuncted Chiron in the skies that my ex acted out badly against me. It was on my MC that time. Let’s hope for a less dramatic happening this time round, although with Saturn on his Neptune and the ZZ zapping, I’m sure he will be feeling the pressure. Anyways, Venus,… Read more »

S
S

Just tossing my two cents here Scorpbot…could the Scorpio Moon be a factor too?

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

“Glad at least you have yr art course”
LOL. That’s half the problem. See comment below.
Venus, schmenus… I’m with EEL on Venus Klaus. Pffft. According to Cap scopes there’s supposed to be a soul mate scenario intensifying. Pffft..
Tumbleweeds…. *wind blowing sound*….
Fingers crossed for you for a “less dramatic happening”

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

Scorp moon. Haha. God no!!! That’s the least of my worries. The issue is a long term thing, not a moon phase. I think it’s just the Zap Zone, Chiron Return and art school that’s won’t let up with the frenetic pace. We’re covering 5 disciplines over just 6 classes in first semester and I’ve heard from 2 year students that second semester is just as intense. *sigh* Of the 3 art schools I’m at the Uni that is very hands on and studio based – not the conceptual/theory focused ones. They work us HARD! The pleasure is momentary. 80%… Read more »

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

*second-year

S
S

Now I am scared about the Chiron return. That is a heavy study load. My first year @ UNI doing Visual Arts back in 95 was undeclipined and the studio space. A condemned building with pigeons shitting from the roof (leaking roof), it’s now a Subway. I feel ya Scorpbot, plan and prep as best you can. Good luck x

cosmic fleece
cosmic fleece

I hear you Pi, you are not alone ! xxx We’ll get through this !

pi
pi

Fleece! hello cosmic one! Feeling better today. Hope you are too ( everyone actually 🙂 )
Prospect of some free floating time appeals to the psyche 🙂

sweetpea
sweetpea

Anthony Bourdain is kinda cute when he’s washed up. I like his show.

Poor condo mate Kataka locked himself outta his bedroom and hasn’t a spare key. Libran landlord’s voicemail is full.

Now he is homeless and adrift on the couch. God I hope he don’t try to sneak to my toilet, specially if he ain’t got his teeth in 🙂

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

Love his show!!!

Food and cooking – typical Kataka

S
S

I love his accent…God damn, it’s gettin hot in here. 😉 As Prowlin would say “sizzle my steak.”

sweetpea
sweetpea

Was just watching him last night in Punjab India. He does use cuss words quite generously…”dick and shit”..lol .I was like oh, okay…and good that CNN does not censor that at least. Kataka condo mate never locked his door to begin with. Libran landlord was just checking as there had been workers in the house. She was doing a favor for his safety and so locked the door. He found his key at hsi work place and all was welll. I have his birth info and should run his chart sometime. He’s got some kinda fire or something in him… Read more »

S
S

@ Sweetpea. Girl talk about a ball of wax, we are dealing with at the mo. If you want my time then you’d better have the cash to pay for the services. Read whatever you wish into that. Last night I sleep a full 8 hours with a meal in my belly. Took a cute dog for a walk, soundtracked by Frank Sinatra. You should have seen me give this dude, the fuq off of his low life existence. “Don’t you know who I am?” Looking into his junkie eyes from across the road. I am the one watching you,… Read more »

Suddenly Leo
Suddenly Leo

GREAT writing. A pleasure to read.

Sphinx
Sphinx

Omg, Merc/Venus/Saturn in Cancer – I can’t live like that again!! Though it was amazing at the time. Virgo Moons are awesome to travel with – bright & clear sighted & practical. Wish you much success on your Odyssey!

Oran_Mor
Oran_Mor

Interestingly, I’m currently in the process of settling into a new home (in the sense of ‘I am settling to live here indefinitely’) for the first time in over a year. I have a natal T-Square of 12th house Venus @ 15deg Cancer, 6th house Moon @ 14deg Capricorn, and 10th house Mars @ 11deg Aries which is needless to say being heavily activated by the present astral shenanigans. I’ve been quite displaced and nomadic for the last year or so and I have definitely felt very imbalanced by the lack of security, settlement, etc. I’ve enjoyed it at times… Read more »

Oran_Mor
Oran_Mor

Oh yeah, there has been a change from city to small town as well. Population change from over a million people to something more akin to 3000..

Lux Interior is My Co-Pilot
Lux Interior is My Co-Pilot

Wow, I totally feel your anguish, it can be so hard to feel settled when travelling constantly.

I guess your suitcase is like your hermit crab shell?

Electric Eel Libran
Electric Eel Libran

I would be curious if there were any special aspects in the natal charts of ex-pats.

and yes…some Cancers seem to move far away from their birth home….my own father was one.

Sphinx
Sphinx

Yes! I need more than the Sun & select planets! Always look up famous peeps charts when La Medusa posts on them.

catfish moon
catfish moon

I did, although I stayed on the same continent. The southeast US to the northwest US.

fallen angel
fallen angel

Ditto. I’m the only one in our family to have upheld the tradition of transplanting from Asia to here. During holidays people ask me if I’ll be with my family, and I have to explain I’m the only person living here. I’ve been here for decades, and just recently moved from the beach to the leafy hills of the east side..in a stunning turn of events that all started with a break with the Bionic Cancer over New Year’s Eve .. that led to my flat hunting..that then turned into house hunting.. that then led to my buying a condo… Read more »

cosmic fleece
cosmic fleece

*sigh* FA,
I could seriously read you allllll day.
xxx Book please !

fallen angel
fallen angel

Oh Cosmic.. thank you, but I could only be inspired by the Nomadic Cancer! xxx

Mystic Medusa
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