Let’s talk about the real Cancer personality traits.
There are so many myths these Creatures of the Moon. Some anti-Crab-people rhetoric out there flows from the olden days. At various times in history and even in the present day, people have viewed the Moon with suspicion, deeming Luna a lesser light compared to the Sun.
In the Burning Times, for example, being out under a Full Moon was for witches and werewolves only. This thinking saw the Moon-ruled people as shadowy and mysterious when compared to then more valued bright and logical Sun.
The Moon God of Ancient Babylon was called Sin and, of course, “loonie” comes from Moon. Even more recently, there have been outbreaks of Moon-Bashing. The Moon card of the Tarot seems sinister, the water stagnant and scary, seemingly part of an alien sea or the surface of a subterranean labyrinth beneath a city lost to memory.
Check out Zodiac Signs In The 21st Century to see how the sign of Cancer is more linked to Anubis and wolves.
Cancer Personality Myth Number One
They’re not “mother-obsessed.” That idea probably comes from the long-standing association of the Moon with maternal instincts, the womb, and other concepts around nurturing. It is more profound than that. Cancer People tap into the ancestral lineage without effort. A part of their psyche aligns to those who went before them. They’re the Sun Sign most connected to ancestor guides and the spirit of a place.
You see a homebody, but beneath the love of pantry, fridge, their bed and sanctuary is a Cancerian aware of land deities. They’re there, old-magic entities that exist no matter what. Cancer people experience deja vu far more frequently than the other zodiac signs.
Cancer people are empathetic, but that doesn’t mean they’re blobbing around in lavender kaftans drinking Lilac Wine and nodding sycophantically with everything you say because they get it. Or that they’re like the mutant “pre-cogs” in Philip K Dick’s The Minority Report.
Yes, this unique psychic skill can inform counseling and therapy genius. But it means that the Cancer person knows what you’re feeling at any given moment, regardless of your clever words or controlled demeanor.
They know it because they feel it. Your alibi, charm, carefully constructed appeals to their logic and any amount of scene setting are powerless in the face of this Cancerian super-power. It is one reason this sign enjoys building muscle; they appreciate the physical armoring.
Cancerians Don’t Have Any No-Go Areas Of Their Psyche
Are they moody? It can seem that way. But Cancer people are aware of Shadow Selves. These are our inner ghosts, vestiges of the people we used to be or aspired toward being. They hang around in our psyches, occasionally trying to call the shots, usually via idiotic sex, shopping or food decisions. They’re running a subliminal script based on a narrative we forgot. They’ve lost the plot, and there is no character motivation; only compulsions. Cancerians don’t have any no-go areas of their psyche. Whether or not they want it, they’re aware of all of it. It makes them too whole for a new age socially mandated mindful persona.
If they’re passive aggressive, you could see it as a sensible strategy in a society that routinely discounts or tames the expression of inconvenient emotional truths. That has been particularly the case with women. The word “hysteria” is literally “madness of the womb” – the womb being one of the connections to this sign. And, as mentioned above, the words “lunatic” and “loonie” come from lunar. But how often were these used to discredit people trying to call out hypocrisy or stifling convention, Revolutionary Road style?
The contradiction between instinct and societal conditioning sends Cancerians crazy occasionally. But it also turns them into wily tacticians. There are many closet witches and mages gliding around the higher echelons of finance, government, and management or running their businesses/creative brand. They don’t need your fancy displays of validation or approval: cash will suffice. They know what figure you’ve got in mind and whether your confidence tide is high or low. They’d rather be at home in fluffy slippers with their familiar, but in the meantime, they’ll deploy epic tenacity to hard-drive the deal home.
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