Cancer and the Shadow Side of Security

Your natal chart can be visualized as a map of the ocean with various currents originating from different sources (i.e. the planets): Some currents flow to the East, while some flow to the West.

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.)

About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hello Hiroki–

    This topic is very near and dear to my heart. I'm a Cancer sun with Saturn in Capricorn opposing. I agree with your concepts of privacy versus let's say prominence as descriptions of the two intentions of the signs. In my personal experience, I decided that I would have to parent myself, be my own mother and father, and sometimes I have to play out both roles simultaneously. As a visual reminder, I see myself standing in a midpoint space between the two planets, drawing on the best aspects of both. Very often I find myself for example, bringing a a nurturing stance to my work place. There are other times however, when I have to stand with one planet or the other.



  2. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Hello JW,

    This is very apt – especially with the opposition, we get to experience the full spectrum between public and private life. Thank you for sharing your perspective!


  3. Thanks so much for this. It has given me a perspective on my Cancer sun that I have never seen before. I always thought it was my 12th house moon that was afraid of putting myself out there, but I can now see how Cancer contributes too. It will be interesting to see how I can transform the tendency to hold back when Pluto opposes Sun and Mercury next year.

  4. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Thanks Michelle,

    The horoscope often shows recurring patterns like that – it defines your unique voice, as well as what your challenges will be in getting it out there.


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