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Sun Transiting Cancer: Reflection on Family and Heritage.


We are being bombarded by intense energy as several planets influencing large scale societal changes have made transits and retrogrades recently.

Uranus is shaking down Taurus, Jupiter is about to return from a few months spent retrograde. Mars, the Warrior, is retrograde as Mercury the Messenger is preparing to do his dance of reversal as well. As for our most personally charged planets, the Sun is in Cancer, ruled by the Moon (feminine, intuitive) until July 22nd.

Cancer is the sign of home, family, matriarchy, heritage, nurturing and emotions. It is also no surprise that the debate over the fate of immigrants in the United States (which is a Cancer, if one considers 7/4/76 the birthdate of the country) has risen to a fever pitch. We are experiencing a wake-up call as a society.

We are being compelled to reflect on and respond to our own emotional and intuitive (Cancer zones) reactions to the inhumane treatment of our brothers and sisters from around the world. We are being made acutely aware of the plight of immigrants, and that at the forefront of this crisis is family.

Immigrants have been mistreated prior to the current administration, have been exploited historically and discriminated against for centuries. But what has placed the debate squarely in the spotlight is the brutal impact of tearing apart families.

We are seeing images of children in tears, photos of rows of tents, the reports of kidnappings and unaccounted-for children, the stories of women fleeing violence only to have their children taken from them.

The crisis of our mistreatment of immigrants is saturated with the archetype of Cancerian energy. True to Cancerian archetype, we are also witnessing the embodiment of the protective mother, in the widespread backlash against Trump’s Zero Tolerance policy. Women are assembling in protest to denounce these cruel acts.

Cancer energy is nurturing energy. It can help us connect with our soft, cuddly, intuitive, passive side, but like the Crab, this energy brings the desire to protect. Cancer energy helps us unleash the fierce Warrior Mother when necessary.

And it looks like the claws are coming out, as women and men around the world push back and say Enough.

We will not sit back while children are incarcerated in cages.

While families are separated.

While women and children fleeing for safety are imprisoned.

While the vulnerable are being abused.

Cancer is ruled by the Moon, and corresponds to the power of emotion, intuition and compassion. Many of us are asking ourselves What is family? and Who are my family members?

Some of us answer that very distinctly: family are those bound by blood, living under one roof. With a narrow definition of us, it becomes easy to view others as them.

Some of us, however, extend our view outward. We recognize that the children in cages are our children. The desperate, terrified mothers, the humiliated fathers, are our family.

And we are outraged.

Cancer’s connection to the home and family also corresponds to heritage.

We are called to reckon with our heritage more closely.

How did we get here?

As we reflect on our heritage, we have the opportunity to honestly consider the privilege our ancestors may have had, and the oppression and biases they may have left as part of their legacies to us. We also have the opportunity to reflect on the legacies we inherited because of the opportunities our ancestors were given.

My great grandparents came from Italy. My great grandfather died young, leaving a widow with children, the youngest being my grandmother. Were my great grandmother alive today, she would have been considered illegal. She never learned English. She would not have passed a citizenship exam. She would not have been considered economically viable by some measures, a widow with several children.

Yet she survived and contributed to society in many ways, as did her children, and grandchildren. As, I hope, I too am contributing.

Now is the time for us to reflect on the truth of our heritage and our legacies, and ask what legacy we will leave to future generations. Will we give them the same opportunities our ancestors were given, or will we lock them in cages?


{Photo credit: Deb Neary photography}

Angela Kaufman is an Intuitive Empowerment Coach, and author of the upcoming book ‘Queen Up! Reclaim Your Crown When Life Knocks You Down: Unleash the Power of Your Inner Tarot Queen’ (2018, Conari Press). She specializes in blending the mystical and the mundane to help women at the crossroads connect with their core sources of power to overcome obstacles. For more information, visit her website.


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