If you’ve been involved with someone with emphasized Cancer energy in her chart, you’ve probably been challenged by her moods. Sensitive yet volatile, one minute she’s hugging you, and the next she’s in sullen retreat. When dealing with the variable moods of a Cancer, it helps to understand where she’s coming from, and why she has these moods to begin with. Note that “emphasized Cancer” refers to anyone (man or woman) with personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) or their Ascendant/Ascendant ruler in Cancer.
Mother and Child
Cancer is ruled by the Moon, making it an instinctive sign. It’s all about needs and feelings in the moment. Strongly connected to childhood, it represents all the basics from that phase: security, food, nurturing. It is also connected to mothering, and the urge to protect, nurture and be needed. Your Cancer partner has the Mother/Child archetypes alive and well within her. One will take precedence over the other at various times, but the primal urges to care for/be cared for are always there.
Cancer is a receptive Cardinal sign, which means she reacts quickly to external stimuli. There is an impatience to get things started, even though her approach is indirect. In order to preserve her profound inner sensitivity, your Cancer partner is initially cautious, but will react almost immediately (even if you don’t see her reactions on the surface). When this Cardinal energy is mixed with instinct, the result is a tempestuous blend of moods that can shift several times a day.
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