There is a dynamic equilibrium in the ocean that contains all these currents and crosscurrents: and so it is in our natal chart (which is to say, our psyche.)
The current is a metaphor for the intention (conscious or unconscious) that we carry in our mind, and represents the need of the planets expressed through the 12 signs. In this post we’ll pay attention to one of them: the sign Cancer.
Most of us desire success in career and relationships: we want to achieve significance, to be noticed and appreciated by many, and form meaningful relationships throughout our lives. But there can be an unconscious, conflicting intention that may be getting in our way.
Identifying Conflicting Intentions
What Cancer needs, as we’ve been discussing in the last couple of weeks, is security and privacy: it wants to stay hidden, even invisible, from the bright glare of social recognition.
Let us note that Cancer is at the opposite of the sign Capricorn, which represents ambition, productivity and responsibility. While the Capricorn part of us may have all the intention of pursuing success, it may create a lot of fear within the Cancerian part of us: “what would happen to my privacy if I achieve my goals and become wildly successful? I’d be so busy socializing with all these people that I may not even like. Some people may reject me…It all sounds so risky, I’d rather stay hidden and invisible – at least I know it’s safe and comfortable that way.”
Then what happens? Self sabotage ensues, keeping you from becoming recognized, promoted, or successful. All because of the unrecognized intention that is carried in your mind.
This is the shadow side of Cancer, and it could be experienced by any one of us when we are at a point of growth and further success. Becoming aware of this hidden intention is the first step: you honor what it’s telling you, and learn to build some alone time into your schedule, thereby keeping a dynamic equilibrium within your psyche, which allows various needs within you to coexist (just not at the same time.)