Cancer is an emotional water sign ruling our emotions. It connects to the 4th house of home, family, and foundation, and is ruled by the Moon, who shows what we need for emotional stability and security and how we express ourselves emotionally.
The Zodiac Sign of Cancer in Astrology
Cancer is the 4th sign, a water sign so it's emotional and intuitive, and a cardinal sign, so it's able to take some action. It comes after Gemini, who is all about the mind, but before Leo, who is lighter when it comes to emotional stuff. Cancer takes it more seriously.
Cancer also rules comfort and support. The house in your natal chart that has Cancer on the cusp can show areas of life where you need emotional support from others. You may find that the less support you have in these areas, the harder it is for you to be successful with them. The more support you have with them, the more you can accomplish and be happy.
This can get triggered when a transit (moving) planet is touring your Cancer house. You can feel a strong desire to get and give comfort and support with whatever that house rules.
There are 12 houses in astrology, each ruling a different part of your personality and life. If you're not familiar with the 12th house, read this blog article that lists them and what they govern.
The Cancer Houses & Support:
1st house: This is the house of the self, so you're someone who likely needs support in general to be your best self. You may struggle with dealing with others if you're not being emotionally supported, and can come across as shy and withdrawn until you feel supported.
2nd house: This is the house of money, so you may need financial support from others, or support from others in order to support yourself financially (if that makes sense!). Basically, the more supported you are, the easier it can be for you to take care of your finances. Support may also be needed for you to feel confident and worthy.
3rd house: This is the house of the mind, so you may need support in order to pursue your ideas and plans, or to express yourself openly. You may hold back opinions and ideas if you feel you won't be supported. You can struggle with learning if you're not supported, even though your memory can be quite good.
4th house: This is the house that naturally connects to Cancer, and governs the home and family, so support for you may need to come from them most. If you don't get it from them, you can create a separate family to get it from. You likely need your home to be comfortable and familiar.
5th house: This is the house of love and creativity, so you may need support in order to express affection. You may give affection as a way of getting support, or you may withhold affection if you feel unsupported. The more supported you are, the easier it can be for you to express yourself creatively and be comfortable with attention.
6th house: This is the house of work and health, so you may need support in order to do your best work. You may feel that your work provides some emotional support for you, and this can be the best kind of work for you. Support can also be important for you maintaining good physical health and well being.
7th house: This is the house of relationships, so you may need support from your partners and the people you're closest to in your life. You may struggle with commitment if you don't feel supported by the other person. You can be incredibly supportive of others, but may not ask for enough in return, which can create imbalance and throw you way off.
8th house: This house rules transformations, so you may need support whenever you have to make transformations in your life, or you may need to undergo major transformations in order to get the support you want. There may be deep issues around support for you that need to be addressed. This house also rules sex and intimacy, and you may struggle with that without emotional support.
9th house: This house rules expansion, so you may need support whenever you want to expand your life and mind in new ways. You may shy away from that without any support from others, or you may find that expansion and new experiences are a way of giving yourself the support you need. The more supported you are, the more optimistic and open you can be.
10th house: This is the house of goals and direction, so you may need support as you pursue your goals. The more supported you are, the more you can accomplish, and can be comfortable with the recognition. You may feel success and recognition allow you to provide yourself with emotional support you need.
11th house: This is the house of friends and dreams, so you may need support from your friends or from groups you belong to. The more supported you are, the easier it can be for you to pursue your dreams and be hopeful. You may feel your dreams help you provide yourself with some emotional support.
12th house: This is the house of spirituality, so you may need support from your spiritual connections, and may find your spiritual pursuits help you support yourself. This is also the house of the hidden, so you may have a hard time asking for support you need, but can be very supportive of others without them asking, so there may be an issue there that needs to be addressed.
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