Cancer is about comfort. Memories of the past, of childhood, whatever preceded the moment are very calming to a Cancer. Blessed with an elephant-like memory, Cancer is the keeper of the family legacy, the history. Nurturing by nature, Cancer can be the caretaker to all, but a mother’s love is crucial to a Cancer’s development. If there is a lack of mothering, self-esteem and insecurity can become significant adult issues.
The symbol of Cancer is the crab and when his or her feelings are hurt due to rejection or some other slight then Cancer babies get ‘crabby”. He or she retreats into his or her shell until the atmosphere is safe once more. This sign is very cautious of the real world and often zigzags through the perils of everyday much like the symbolic crustacean. Cancer can build defenses around his or her overly sensitive self. This wall affords protection against criticism and other affronts.
If you love a Cancer, prepare yourself for an emotional meltdown or two. You have chosen a loving partner, one who will take care of you in so many kind ways. He or she will create a home for you, because home is very important, home and family. Your Cancer mate needs assurance of your love, speak the words of love often, reinforcement is essential. As an aside, your Cancer lover prefers to be near water, ocean, lake, pond or plastic pool. Water is very soothing and a necessary survival tool. If you can, buy that little place by the sea or dream about it together.
SKY WATCH: Total Solar Eclipse July 21-22, 2009, this will be the longest total solar eclipse to occur in the 21st century-the next being June 13, 2132. Eclipse watchers and experts state that the effects of a solar phenomena are felt most in those areas of the world where the eclipse is visible, its potency being measured in years to the eclipse longevity in hours, for this one roughly equating to about five years. A very simple view point and one easiest to understand is that the effects can be later associated with unusual weather, war, government disruption and changes in leadership, to name a few. This total eclipse cannot be viewed in North America; in fact, it is visible in a narrow corridor through northern India, east of Nepal, in the south of China and the Pacific Ocean as well as cities like Calcutta, Katmandu, Shanghi and Wuhan. Cosmic Advice: Pay attention.
ARIES (March 21-April 20) The Total Eclipse reflects for Aries an increased need for security, more emotional than financial. Family provides the foundation; the more support the better to build on. You may experience a turning point where situations from the past, from childhood, resurface. Habits that were once so predictable are disrupted by overall changes in the familiar. Cosmic Advice: Draw upon your ability to speak out this month. Say or do what you must.
TAURUS (April 21-May 20) The Total Eclipse reflects for Taurus many alterations in communication. You must express yourself, there is an urgency to do so, you must speak out, and you must defend yourself. Perhaps your skills related to communication need to be refined. Eclipses send a surge of energy that creates disruption, sometimes the push needed to go forward. For Taurus, who often becomes rooted or stuck, this is a bonus boost. You will need to adapt to the changes, use the acquisition of knowledge as your measure. Cosmic Advice: You may find spending money is a pleasurable way to release some of your energy.
GEMINI (May 20-June 21) The Total Eclipse reflects for Gemini a time to question your values and what you value. What is truly meaningful in your life? You need to examine your resources at all levels. Put your finances in order, this may mean having to be more practical, and if you have neglected these issues, the challenge will be presented, forcing Gemini to do what needs to be done on a material level and an inner level. Cosmic Advice: You are out in the open about what makes your heart skip and who. No secrets.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) The Solar Eclipse reflects on Cancer as a time to focus on your identity. Who am I? This becomes a major issue. Being an individual, being independent is very important. The challenge comes when you must make a choice regarding yourself, for when you do it will open the floodgates. This is a time of self-discovery and there will be many paths to take over the next five years before you find the right direction to self. Cosmic Advice: Behind the scenes exist other possibilities, but it is best to keep your feelings private for now.
LEO (July 23-August 22) The Total Eclipse reflects solitude upon Leo. The need to become more introspective chafes at times. To go within can mean simply paying attention to your dreams. You are not always able to make clear decisions because at times you feel unsure. Taking a more passive stand can work, but drawing upon the arts for inspiration can be a way out. Cosmic Advice: Spending time with old friends and working with a group or an organization that helps young people suits your needs at this time.
VIRGO (August 23-September 22) The Total Eclipse reflects on Virgo a time to focus on the needs of the whole. You will seek out support from a group or may feel strongly about what you need to do for the future. Re-evaluate your dreams and your goals, even when challenged by a new situation or surrounding. Perhaps a collective of people will suddenly notice a talent you possess. Cosmic Advice: Career has it bonuses this month. You are loved by some, and you may want to do something to display how your feel.
LIBRA (August 23-September 22) The Total Eclipse reflects on Libra a time to look at your reputation. Libra will become more aware of his or her place in society. Public image is highlighted. How others view you changes. This is the challenge. There is much to do during this period, your life direction is transforming, make that a positive for yourself. Cosmic Advice: Travel may be on your calendar. The opportunity to go somewhere you love may come your way. Do not be indecisive.
SCORPIO (October 23-November 21) The Total Eclipse reflects on Scorpio with a review of life philosophy. Personal growth and an understanding of who you are and what you should be doing is your challenge. The meaning of life can be pondered. Travel is a way to answer those questions that are deep inside. Limitations and boundaries need to be challenged as well. Cosmic Advice: Share what you have; this is always at the heart of Scorpio’s journey.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21) The Total Eclipse reflection on Sagittarius is profound. Your life direction will change completely. Beginnings are appealing, but all the decisions are a one-way street, there is no turning back. Money from other resources than your own has more importance in your life during this time. Insurance, inheritance, retirement any or all of these are worthy of consideration. Cosmic Advice: Love is the answer to all your questions. Do not make war, make love.
CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19) The Total Eclipse reflects on Capricorn through relationships. Partnerships are the mirror in which we see ourselves more clearly. What you fear in your subconscious is often manifested in confrontations. The challenge comes by way of facing some of the more difficult aspects of one-to-one relationships. You may form a partnership, or realize something from another perspective. Cosmic Advice: Food may be tempting as the summer begins; all those favorite seasonal dishes are making you hungry.
AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18) The Total Eclipse reflects on Aquarius through day-to-day routine. Review your diet, your habits and how you organize your day. Are you in a rut? This is your opportunity to meet the challenge of change, a new life style, a new routine, shake up your daily activity. Look at your working life does it suit you? Are your happy with what you do? Cosmic Advice: Take a risk. You may receive a reward or give one to someone else.
PISCES (February 19-March 20) The Total Eclipse reflects on Pisces through creativity. The time has come to discover your own talents. Are you enjoying life? Is there enough challenge in your life? Competition is good, it keeps the blood pumping. Perhaps the need to pit yourself against something is the answer. Children are the topic, to create a child, or give birth to a creative idea. Cosmic Advice: The familiar smell of home cooking or the scents of the backyard in summer are the stimulus this month. Home is where you want to be.
Linda Merlino, author
Belly of the Whale