Opposing signs in astrology represent contrasting approaches toward a common goal. The pair of Cancer and Capricorn share a theme of (self) parenting. Just like their rulers Moon and Saturn, each of them approaches the matter from a completely different standpoint.
The concept of self-parenting is most often seen in “inner child” therapy literature. Put simply, it means we take over the role of parenting our inner child (the child-like part of our emotions) when we become adults – so Moon and Saturn not only represent our parents, but also how we parent ourselves as adults later on.
Cancer and Capricorn: Contrasting Approaches Toward Self-Parenting
Cancer represents the mothering, nurturing side and Capricorn represents the fathering, disciplining side of our personality (note that our horoscope contains both signs regardless of natal planetary placement.)
Cancer values emotional safety and comfort above all else, and will rush to the rescue if we’re feeling hurt or lonely. It will do whatever it takes in order to make us feel comfortable and loved (often drawing from experience of what has worked in the past to remove emotional discomfort.)
Capricorn values discipline and self-sufficiency more than emotional comfort. It does not like emotional vulnerability, and might even consider it to be weak in some way. It would rather show us how to become stronger and more skilled so that we can take care of ourselves better in future.
We can easily see how these two contrasting approaches complement one another: Too much Cancer and too little Capricorn, for example, might mean you indulge in overeating whenever feeling lonely. On the other hand, too much Capricorn and too little Cancer may result in workaholic or martyr like behaviors where you’re constantly exhausted because you don’t take good care of yourself.
Toward Synthesis of Cancer-Capricorn Archetypes
The opposing signs need each other in order to successfully express its core purpose. In the case of Cancer-Capricorn pair, one of their core purposes is our nurturing and growth. We could consider the following synthesis of ideas:
- There can be no true nurturing without discipline: Going to bed 1 hour early takes discipline but is also nurturing to the self. Same goes with eating healthy or exercising regularly.
- Our goals and ambition need to be tempered with self-care: Being too driven in our work could actually become less productive, if it leads to loss of health or a relationship.
- It’s difficult to feel emotional security unless we are financially secure: Being productive and successful is nurturing.
- Being emotionally expressive could help us become more effective at work: Great leaders know how to express themselves and stir up other people’s emotions in order to motivate them. Without the capacity to express our emotions, we may be perceived as too cold and cerebral.
Do you have Cancer and/or Capricorn emphasized in your natal chart? If so, how important are the synthesis of these two energies in your professional and personal life? Do you tend to emphasize one side but not the other? Please feel free to share your experience via email or comment.