Your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs
Your Ascendant is Cancer
Your Ascendant (or Rising Sign) reveals the ways in which you present yourself to others, as well as the ways in which you immediately respond to the world around you. As such, it describes the ways in which we project ourselves out into the environment as well as the kinds of experiences we need to have in order to make life meaningful.
The combination of Sun, Moon and Ascendant describe what you want (Sun), what you need (Moon), and the style in which you will go about getting it (Ascendant).
Planetary Ruler: The Moon
Because of your innate sensitivity, you may develop and display to others a hard outer shell that belies your true self in order to protect this vulnerability. As this is a Cardinal sign, you need to direct your sensitivity, but it must be done in a way that is not overwhelming. Learning how to offer nurturing support when it is needed is a reality for you. Some people with Cancer rising may be unaware of the emotional depths teeming here, and will attract experiences which underscore the need to acknowledge the feelings. In this case, there will be a tendency to attract weak, needy, helpless or manipulative people – people in extremes of emotional crisis – in order to live out this side of the personality. You might find yourself wondering why all of your friends seem to have problems. At the end of the day, this may have something to do with your need to feel needed?
Qualities of nurturing and caring should be developed for growth and self-awareness. Yet knowing when to draw the line in terms of responsibility for others needs is paramount. If this is not achieved, then there may be a tendency to become lost in others weaknesses, or alternately, need others to ‘mother’ you. Healthy relationships need to be formed without guilt or co-dependency. Lessons in partnership usually involve learning to control and discipline the emotional responses, so that they are appropriate to the situation at hand. Cancer rising folk usually seek strength and stability in the partners that they choose, however, strength, stability and security must be incorporated first into the self before these can be found in another.
You may be very adaptable to change in your external circumstances, but need a safe and secure home base that you can retire to. The home is very important to Cancer rising individuals, and acts like the physical outer shell. You are likely to prefer clean and comfortable surroundings, and to surround yourself with dignified or refined people who you can lavish your nurturing attentions on. You may be very sensitive to sound and smell, and so, prefer to be in environments that suit your highly sensitive nature.
Often very close to family and friends, you are probably domesticated, with good cooking skills, and very capable on the work front. You require a very peaceful and serene home environment, and may have a tendency to switch off and retreat here when hurt, depressed, uncertain or confused. This is as it should be, but care must be taken that your preference for the security of the home environment doesn’t preclude you from dealing with others.
Cancer rising is often business minded, and you are able to run your own business owing to your sense of how to cater to the tastes of the public, and a practical, cautious yet determined attitude to your affairs. There is often great tenacity here, and you are likely to accomplish what you set out to do, despite constant flux and changes. With persistence and through careful strategic planning, you can easily supply what others need.
There is also often a tendency to withdraw from direct confrontation, for this sign tends to approach problems sideways. You may be inclined to stinginess, owing to an overly cautious attitude to money, which comes down to fears about having the ability to control one’s external circumstances, and keep life comfortable and contained.
A love of travel means that it is important to have the means to be able to get up and go, and you may enjoy frequent changes and environments to allow you to soak up the most of what life has to offer.
The famed Cancerian tendency to live in the past may mean that you fail to make the most of your present circumstances. There may be a tendency to hold on to people and things that hold emotional significance, and sometimes this will go on well past the ‘use-by-date’. This may develop into a tendency to live in the past. Then, the emotional attachments to things or people that have outgrown their usefulness for you and your life will hold you back.
There is a strong tendency to cling to feelings, both positive and negative, for feelings of any kind give you a sense of place. With very strong emotional memory banks, you can store experiences at a cellular level. Relieving past hurts and impressions can mean that you seem to continually re-experience the past. Instead, you might focus on reorienting your finely tuned intuition to respond to the needs of the present, and the creation of the future.
Often, Cancer rising babies are born into a happy and secure family environment and are quick to bond with mother. Family is a very important part of the life experience and you will happily take on the role of the responsible care-giver for others. Sometimes, the child becomes too deeply invested in the emotional state of the mother, and this can be detrimental if the close emotional ties are not transformed at a later stage. Letting go of emotional ties in order to develop independence and strength is crucial. Cancer rising individuals are usually dignified and responsible as children. They are often quiet and cautious, watching what is happening all around, and very aware of the emotional undercurrents and expectations of others. Thus there can be a tendency to unconsciously take on the parents’ wishes and expectations, for these children want to be obedient and conform to the family structure. Yet owing to the Cardinal qualities of this sign, you are likely to gently but firmly find your own path later on in life.
For greatest success and effectiveness, you need to understand how the ebb and flow of your own inner cycles, using your own sense of rhythm and timing will lead you to where you want to go. The accuracy of your usually uncanny and precise instincts is a great asset, and your intuitive hunches will almost always be spot on. Trust your feelings and in time they will become your sharpest tool.