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Cancer Solar Eclipse: Expecting

July is the height of summer in the hemisphere I call home, a time when by all rights I should be yearning to hit the beach or the open highway. Yet it’s precisely this time each year when I want nothing more than to take to my bed with a stack of books and a bag of Cheetos, to rest and daydream. I was born in early August; so this is the time of year when my poor mother, eight months pregnant in the torrid heat and humidity of a southern Indiana summer, must have been more than ready to kick this house guest out of her womb.

I imagine she spent a certain amount of time in a supine position that July, herself. Incubation, whether of a person or an idea, requires some down time. That’s precisely what’s been in short supply during the weeks leading up to this New Moon, as Mars – and later the Sun – in Cancer engaged in difficult aspects with Saturn, Pluto, and the Moon’s South Node. After all, it’s tough to hatch anything when you’re bouncing from crisis to crisis, occasionally ready to give up altogether. The Sun has finished navigating the bloody epicenter of that battlefield, and while we may still be a little bedraggled, the dust is settling a bit. But this New Moon is a solar eclipse, with the Sun and Moon now approaching an opposition to Saturn – physical and creative energy are still about a quart low.

Cancer is one of four cardinal signs (the others are Aries, Libra, and Capricorn); these are the zodiac’s instigators, proactive, happy to set circumstances in motion, but less concerned about keeping them going once they’re started. Cardinal signs initiate, then step away from the drawing board and trust that things will proceed as they should.

Yet astrology understands Cancer as a nurturing sign. Cancer is clucky, a bit smothering, a hands-on caretaker, we proclaim. However – and I say this as someone with Venus in Cancer, and as a rather clucky type myself – I suspect these are symptoms of insecurity rather than nurturing. Consider an expectant mother. Once pregnant, a woman’s role in the development of the fetus is primarily one of staying out of nature’s way. Yes, she needs to eat well and get rest, but other than that, gestating a human is a fairly hands-off affair. You don’t need to monitor the development of limbs and lungs and brain on an hour-by-hour basis; the baby’s DNA pretty much sorts that out on its own.

The wise Cancerian instinctively grasps that noninterference is usually the best kind of nurturing. To simply give something space to develop, in its own time and way, into whatever it’s intended to be, rather than hovering over it attentively. Just provide essential support – food, water, air, security detail, a womb – and it will eventually find its way to whatever form it was designed to take.

This solar eclipse is the latest in a series that have fallen in Capricorn and Cancer since last summer, traveling alongside some difficult planetary configurations. Eclipses herald change, and many of us have found ourselves careening from crisis to crisis – insecure about access to life’s essentials, flapping our wings in perturbation, frantically looking for ways to make ourselves feel safe, and to bend the world to our will. Kicking back and letting nature take its course has not felt like an option.

But as with all eclipses, this one is part of a larger story. It’s as though you were born with 360 tiny seeds inside you, one for each degree of the zodiac, and throughout your life they incubate, periodically bearing fruit. All 30 Cancerian seeds come from the same packet, the one with the portrait of an expectant mother, sanguine and tranquil, on the front. The seeds from this packet don’t all produce identical fruit, but the ones next to each other tend to yield results that look very similar indeed. For instance, similar Cancerian seeds have most recently born fruit in the summers of 2011, 2000, and 1992 – when other eclipses fell very close to the degree of this one.

Each eclipse represents a turning point, where beginnings and endings merge. At this solar eclipse, seeds you planted long ago are bearing fruit. With this eclipse point opposed Saturn, be prepared to work hard for your harvest, but don’t overreach for what isn’t ripe. Bite into a piece of fruit and let the seeds fall into the rich loam of your heart, to incubate until the next Capricorn/Cancer harvest, nine years from now. And as the landscape of your life rushes by – like scenery from the window of a cross-country train – take time from your labors to sit and rest, and watch it go by for awhile. After all, it’s summer, and you’re expecting. Don’t move too quickly. Don’t interfere.

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6 comments to " Cancer Solar Eclipse: Expecting "

  • Natori

    Stellar post, April! Enjoyed your perceptive take on the necessity of gestation periods.

  • Thank you for these insights. yes control had been coming up. Very supportive to realise, it is ok to let nature take its course, it is about trust for me.

  • LynnAnn

    Great commentary April – love your posts. Reading your analogy of “360 tiny seeds inside you” is such a lovely way to convey that we must take time to acknowledge, understand and nurture ALL aspects of ourselves – both positive and negative. It is the level of awareness about ourselves which will determine how well those seeds develop and grow. Thank you for your thoughtful interpretations and insight – you deliver so much food for thought. Cheers to you.

  • That is a totally new look at Cancer and it fits! I am the Cancer mother of a brilliant daughter. I have always said that my main contribution to her success has been to not get in her way. I have also always maintained that I refuse either complete credit or complete blame for how they turn out.

  • I’m trying to learn to draw some kind of conclusions… I’m pretty used to finding character and personality in a chart, but new to correlating events.

    You say, “similar Cancerian seeds have most recently born fruit in the summers of 2011, 2000, and 1992″. My mother died suddenly in July 2011; my last son was born in March 2000; my first pregnancy ended in miscarriage in July 1992”. Am I looking at the right kind of things?

    Cancer is completely within my 7th house, with Mercury at 18.18 Cancer. The tightest aspect I can see to this eclipse is a square to Saturn at 12.25 Aries.

    Not asking for anything in-depth, only whether I’m adding 2 + 2 and making 7! 🙂

  • Sherry

    Ah…Solar Eclipses in Cancer. You never disappoint, April! I’m right there with you in this article, feeling it as usual. You are like a fine wine and get better with time!

    As usual, have a Blessed one,
    Sherry (butterfly25

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