2017 Cancer Astrology:
21 June – 22 July
Although it might get off to a challenging start, 2017 has a lot to offer the Moon-ruled. Of course, revolutionary Uranus in your 10th house of career continues to face off against trans formative Pluto in your 7th house of competition, suggesting that you are engaged in an epic struggle of some sort. Whether you are dealing with a rival who is jealous of your achievements or a spouse who demands more time and attention, you will need to tap into your reserves of patience as the year begins. The New Moon in Capricorn on January 11th connects with powerful Pluto, communicative Mercury, and affectionate Venus in your 7th house of marriage and partnerships, giving you an opportunity to go deeper and be more authentic with your most significant other. In some cases, this may mean realizing that it is time to move on, while in others it will be time for a renewed commitment.
Spiritual Jupiter activates your 12th house of karma during the first half of the year, healing old wounds and acting as a guardian angel on your journey. This is an important time to reflect upon your spiritual and emotional growth over the past 12 years or so, because you are about to begin a new cycle. Let go of old fears and hurts and allow yourself to see the bigger picture. You will soon realize that despite your struggles in life, there is still far more joy than sorrow! After generous Jupiter moves into Cancer and joins lovely Venus in your 1st house of personality and appearance on June 26th, you’ll be the embodiment of good will and fortune. July and August will continue to find you exerting a strong influence on your surroundings, but be careful not to cross the line from being beneficent to overbearing. With controlling and obsessive Pluto in your 7th house of significant others for several years to come, you will continually come up against opposition. How much of it will you inspire?
Saturn in Scorpio and your 5th house of joy means that your pleasure will have to be measured carefully throughout the year. The 5th house represents creativity, children, and gambling, while Saturn is concerned with creating boundaries and structure. Musicians, artists, and writers will have to deal with the practical side of their passions, while athletes and hobbyists may find themselves temporarily on the sidelines. The children in your life may encounter challenges throughout the year, so be as patient and supportive with them as possible. Saturn transiting the 5th house is often viewed as a frustrating, depressing time, but it can be a time of great growth and progress for those who are willing to make the effort. The Scorpio Full Moon and Eclipse in April could bring recent efforts to fruition, especially with regenerative Pluto making a positive aspect to Saturn from your 7th house of partnerships. As the Lord of Karma and Cosmic Task Master, Saturn forces us to be more disciplined and responsible wherever he moves in our lives, but in the end we are well rewarded.
The year begins on a friendly note as Venus in Sagittarius warms up your 6th house of co-workers, making the daily grind a bit less gloomy. However, expect significant relationships to intensify as the Goddess of Love moves into your 7th house of marriage and partnerships on January 9th and conjuncts Pluto, Lord of Beginnings and Endings, on January 17th. Obsessive-compulsive behavior or jealousy could be an issue, but this is also a time for healing old wounds and grievances. Move beyond the past and commit to a happier future for both of you. Your joint resources benefit after February 2nd, when Venus moves into progressive Aquarius and your 8th house of sex, death, and taxes. However, as Venus squares Saturn around February 11th, you might find that you have spent too much money in the pursuit of pleasure or more than expected on recreational activities. Most couples fight about sex and money, and this month is no exception! You’ll be ready for a change of pace after February 26th, when Venus enters creative Pisces and your 9th house of culture and higher education. This is also a lovely time to travel and possibly find romance along the way! The first three weeks of March will give you chance to expand your horizons. Singles may find that a romance with someone from a different culture is rewarding, while partnered Moon Children will enjoy a romantic getaway to a place neither of you have been to before.
Venus moves into impulsive Aries and your 10th house of career and reputation on March 22nd, inspiring some of you to go public with a budding relationship. Venus also improves your standing in the eyes of people in authority, making this a great time to impress your boss or ask for a raise. By the time Venus moves into Taurus and your 11th house of friends and associates on April 15th, you’ll be ready to celebrate with your favorite pals. This is a delightful time to work with others towards a worthy cause, and perhaps fall in love along the way. Prepare to slow down after May 9th, when Venus moves into Gemini and your 12th house of secrets and solitude. You’ll need to clear your calendar so that you can rest and recharge your batteries behind the scenes. Traditionally, this is a time of secret affairs and clandestine activity, but in modern times it often signifies working behind the scenes in a charitable way. Take time out to reflect on recent happenings and remember that it’s ok to say no to social events and public activities sometimes. On June 6th, Venus moves into Cancer and your 1st house of personality and appearance, making you the star of the show. Venus blends well with karmic Saturn and spiritual Neptune during this transit, adding a sense of wisdom and spirituality to your already magical, mystical style. This may be the most memorable month of the year.
By June 27th, Venus enters affectionate Leo and your 2nd house of personal finances, inspiring you to generously shower others with whatever you can spare. With bountiful Jupiter entering your sign, you may have plenty to offer! Of course, you may need to check your balances before you go on any shopping sprees, and consider that a gift of your time can be far more valuable than any material things. After July 22nd, Venus enters earthy Virgo and brightens your 3rd house of communication, giving you a silver pen and golden tongue. It will be easy to express your affection to others, and being of service to your neighbors and siblings is especially rewarding now. Affectionate Venus moves into Libra and your 4th house of home and family on August 16th, helping you to make your surroundings more balanced, calm, and peaceful. Why not take the time to redecorate your master bedroom? It should be a haven for you and your mate, as well as a place that inspires warmth and intimacy. Singles among you may experience love at first sight around August 26th, when unpredictable Uranus creates sparks in your life.
Venus enters sensual Scorpio and your 5th house of pleasure and creativity on September 11th, reminding you of how you find joy in life. This is a great time for romance, but with restrictive Saturn here for some time to come, you may not have the freedom to express yourself as you would like. Some of you may be experiencing heavy responsibilities related to children in your life, while others may come across stubborn obstacles to romance. In any case, do your best to enjoy what you have and to be in the moment. Venus moves into optimistic Sagittarius and your 6th house of health and service on October 7th, inspiring you to update your wardrobe and improve your personal health routines. No matter what your age or size, the beauty that comes from feeling comfortable in your own skin is timeless. This is also a great time to improve relationships with your coworkers. Why not start an after-hours sports team?
Venus returns to practical Capricorn and connects with transforming Pluto in your 7th house of partnerships after November 5th. Think back on the issues you dealt with in January for insight on how to handle situations now. Remember that treating each other with tenderness and patience goes a long way in improving relationships, so be the first to commit a random act of kindness. Hopefully by this time, committed relationships have made a great deal of progress, but if not, it is time to reevaluate. Because Venus turns retrograde on December 21st, she will remain in your 7th house until March 2014, giving you months to work out your differences fairly. By the time Venus turns direct on January 30th, you will have had a chance to decide which relationships are worth keeping and which are no longer viable.
Restrictive Saturn in your 5th house of children may cause difficulty in your family life. Some may be struggling with infertility while others may be supporting children who are faced with illness or disability. No matter what challenges you are facing, it is important not to lose your own sense of playfulness and joy. Of course, with unpredictable Uranus opposing your 4th house of home and family and Pluto transiting your 7th house of partnerships for the next few years, you will have to be flexible and keep your sense of humor! The saying “Home is where you hang your hat” may make more sense for you in the coming years. Hearth-loving Cancer isn’t one for change, let alone multiple changes at once, but the more you feel at peace and at home within yourself, the more you will be able to share that with others.
The big news is jolly Jupiter enters your sign on June 26th, which generally improves your health and disposition. Your confidence will increase, but make sure that your waistline does not increase with it… Jupiter transits are notorious for weight gain! You may also experience increased stress as expansive Jupiter comes up against nihilistic Pluto in your 7th house of significant others. This will not be an easy year for relationships, although it can be a year of growth and healing if you want it to be. Above all, it will be important for you to find a sensible balance between your needs and the needs of others, so that you do not burn yourself out trying to make everyone else happy. It will be easy to imagine that you can do it all with Jupiter in your 1st house of personality, but you are still a mere mortal. Schedule regular time for exercise, get a good night’s sleep each night, and treat your body like a sacred temple for the best results.
With Uranus in your 10th house of career and public standing for many years to come, portending a change in the way you make a living. Ideally, these changes will be positive for you and will give you the opportunity to express yourself more authentically through your work. Many of you will begin to use new technology, as Uranus rules over electronics, computers, and all things modern. Moving for work is not out of the question, but it may be a struggle for you to pull up your roots in favor of uncharted territory. To help you along, Jupiter enters Cancer and your 1st house of personality on June 26th, where it will stay for about a year. This may spur you on to try new things and sell yourself more enthusiastically. Jupiter in your sign will give you increased opportunities to attract wealth and good fortune, as others will respond more positively to you in general.
What does Mercury Retrograde hold for you this year? You can expect Mercury to go retrograde three times a year for about three weeks each time. During retrogrades, you can expect miss communication, delays in travel, and breakdowns in machinery and appliances. Usually these breakdowns are due to neglect or lack of attention to detail and the retrograde period simply brings this to the surface. It’s often a good idea to hold off on making any important decisions, purchases, or signing contracts when Mercury is retrograde. Brides planning weddings should certainly consult an astrologer to avoid scheduling the Big Day during a retrograde! On the positive side, Mercury retrograde is excellent for research and investigation. It is a time to go over everything carefully, looking for loopholes, mistakes, and weaknesses. Here are this year’s Mercury retrogrades and how they are likely to impact you:
February 23rd- March 17th, Mercury Retrograde in Pisces, 9th House
This Retrograde may seem like a repeat experience as Mercury went retrograde in your 9th house around the same time last year! During this cycle, you’ll be more likely to appreciate the opportunity it gives you to think about your beliefs and spirituality. We often attempt to stretch and grow during 9th house times, and it seems lately life has been demanding you do exactly this. The 9th house is also the house of “We Believe” and concerns what you and your most significant other hold to be true. It’s time to do some soul searching (again!) and by the time Mercury turns direct, you’ll be ready to move forward.
June 26th-July 20th, Mercury Retrograde in Cancer, 1st House
When Mercury turns retrograde in your 1st house of personality, you may feel a bit frustrated as so many other cosmic aspects are urging you to speak out. You may have strong opinions on quite a few subjects and want to let a few people know exactly what you think and where you stand. However, if you use this time to carefully listen and analyze what others have to say, when Mercury turns direct on July 20th, you will have all the information you need to make the best choices for yourself. Hold back and evaluate everything you have to say before saying it, and remember that your words carry great weight under the current aspects. Use this time to set the stage for your future success. Once Mercury turns direct, you can express yourself without fear of your meaning being misunderstood.
October 21st-November 10th, Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio, 5th House
Again, here is another retrograde that seems strangely familiar as Mercury revisits your 5th house of pleasure and creativity. This time Saturn is involved, adding a note of greater seriousness. It’s time to get to the bottom of any problems the children in your life are facing, and this retrograde period will give you the time you need to research and investigate any given condition or situation. It may be that a pet project you are working on has encountered some difficulty, and this is your chance to investigate what has gone wrong. By the time Mercury turns direct on November 10th, you should have the answers you need.
Lunations and eclipses can be more meaningful for you as they involve your life-ruler, the Moon. Your personal New Moon occurs on July 8th, giving you a fresh start as you celebrate your own Personal New Year. This may be a more reflective time as Retrograde Mercury in your sign will make it difficult to express yourself clearly. Don’t feel like you need to be in a rush to do or say anything… just be, if necessary. Jupiter in your sign promises coming good fortune as well as great spiritual growth in the coming year, so have courage! Set your intentions for the coming year and trust the Universe is unfolding as it should.
Your Full Moon doesn’t happen until January 16th of next year and represents the culmination of what began in July. Choices you made around your last birthday are now beginning to bear fruit, for better or for worse. Your closest relationships have an important role to play in everything that happens now, and you will need your mate, best friend, or partner to be supportive and understanding. Express yourself openly and honestly, and celebrate your successes while planning for what still needs improvement.
Eclipses indicate change in the area of life they impact, and are often felt for much longer than regular lunations. In cases where the eclipse makes a close aspect to planets or angles in your chart, they can be felt for up to a year. Here is what to look for during the eclipse cycle of 2017:
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio on April 25th may bring to light an issue related to the children in your life that has been developing for some time. If you don’t have children, this could pertain to the children of your mind, such as creative projects you are working on, or even romantic partners who bring out your own inner child. With somber Saturn involved, you may be dealing with a need for greater discipline and structure in the way you do things. This is not a time to gamble or take chances of any sort. However, this is also an opportunity to improve your life through a more tempered approach to how you seek pleasure and recreation in life. Follow the rules and practice moderation in all things.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Taurus on May 10th may bring important new friends into your life as it signals new beginnings that will have effects on you well into the future. One note of caution: This New Moon and Eclipse opposes Saturn and your 5th house, potentially stirring up problems for you related to children and creativity. Romance can be compelling but difficult, especially if you finally meet The One and he or she is unavailable. Keep your feet firmly on the ground.
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on May 25th could bring a health issue to a head, so pay attention to the subtle signals your body is sending you. An issue with a coworker also takes the spotlight now, and if you don’t see eye-to-eye, you might want to avoid a confrontation. Nebulous Neptune causes confusion from the 9th house of in laws and relatives at a distance, suggesting that you could also be stressed out from having to host out-of-town company! Breathe in peace, breathe out stress.
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Aries on October 18th may be the most unpredictable of the year, as it combines with erratic Uranus in your 10th house of career and reputation. Some of you may be offered an exciting new position, while others may be handing in your resignation! Domestic matters or situations involving your mother or father may also be an issue now. Whatever you do, try to remain calm as the Moon and Uranus are in challenging aspect with expansive Jupiter in your 1st house of personality. Don’t do anything you will regret in the morning!
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on November 3rd activates your 5th house of children and creativity and is a preview to events that could occur during the Full Moon in Taurus on November 17th. Serious Saturn is slowly moving through your 5th house, forcing you to become more disciplined in the way you approach love, creativity, and the children in your life. The 5th house also rules over gambling, making this a very poor time to take any chances. If you find yourself feeling blue, get outside in nature and experience the beauty of a sunrise or sunset. The good news is, Saturn is slowly but surely making you wiser and stronger in everything you do.
Cancer, the Crab – Description and Personality
The Sun awakened Cancer the Crab, a feminine sign in the zodiac on your birthday. The Sun
in astrology stands for your inner nature, your essential character. The fourth sign of
the Zodiac, Cancer is ruled by the restless Moon.
A cardinal (creative and original) sign, Cancer governs home life, matters to do with
women (especially the mother), as well as sensitivity and emotional intensity. It is a
water sign, so Cancerian people are emotionally intense and deeper than they appear on the
surface, while quite sensitive and understanding once you get through that tough exterior.
The Sun, ruler of our inner nature, is somewhat dimmed in Cancer, the home of the Moon.
Creative and romantic, with a strong love of home, family and tradition, you are a good
communicator and a strong provider. Your deep sensitivity presents you with valuable and
illuminating intuitions, especially regarding those you care for.
Paradoxically combining a love of travel with a deep need for security, you surround
yourself with sentimental objects from the past, including souvenirs, hand-me-downs and
keepsakes. Cancerians are remarkably good at accumulating things; indeed, you can be
unwilling to throw anything out, even relationships that have passed their use-by date.
Cancer is also good with money and generally takes a long-term view. The main thing to
remember is not to let the powerful, turbulent emotions of the moment crowd out your
normally rational judgement. Your intuitions are reliable and should be trusted; you may
even have natural psychic powers, which may be developed, given the right circumstances.
The emblem for Cancer is the Crab, a creature with a very hard shell which protects a soft
interior. The crab walks sideways, which is how the Cancerian skirts around a problem
until forced to take it on with gritty determination and a creative flair. The crab’s
large claws hang on to its possessions for dear life, just as the Cancerian collects
things to beautify the environment and bravely defends the home turf.
Cancerians make good business people, combining artistry, originality and drive with an
understanding of financial matters, marketing and the needs of the public. You can trust
your intuitions, but you do need to generate a faith in yourself which will not be
dampened by gloom or depression over what, in retrospect, may appear to be relatively
insignificant problems. You have the natural ability to be diplomatic and to speak out
when necessary or keep your mouth shut. Home and family ties will be significant in your
life and developing a secure, comfortable home environment will be a boon to your state of
mind, irrespective of your marital state.
Physical fitness or sports activities can become important ways for you to work out
emotional stress. Team sports are fun, for you can adopt team members as part of an
extended family. Swimming, fishing, sailing and other water activities attract you, along
with skiing, ice skating, and mountain climbing.
Cancerians are creative. Even those among you who may not have any particular talent can
use some involvement with art, music, or writing as another method of emotional release,
rather than indulging in eating binges or other destructive habits. Living or spending
time near the water is a relaxing, as well as creatively stimulating environment for
Cancer rules the stomach, diaphragm, upper liver and breasts. People with Cancer active in
their charts are subject to coughs, indigestion, gas, gallstones, general problems with
stomach, liver and intestines, plus emotional disorders such as depression, hypochondria
Ideal colours for the Crab are white, silver, and pale yellow. Cancer rules metallic
silver, while both the ruby and the pearl are the traditional Cancerian birthstones.
Silver reflects its environment in its shiny polished surface, yet it can tarnish and
become dull unless properly cared for. In the same way, your sensitive nature reflects the
people and circumstances surrounding you. The precious ruby, a variety of corundum, is one of the hardest minerals known, while the pearl is soft and easily scratched. Here we have the two contrasting sides of the Cancerian personality: hard and determined, yet simultaneously soft and vulnerable. Cancerian flowers are the water lily (lotus), iris, white poppy, white carnation and southern magnolia.