The Cancer archetype symbolizes the emotional security and comfort that a “family” provides for us.
This family can be biological or ideological. Related by blood, or those who simply have values and worldviews which nourish and affirm us.
Ordinarily the complementarity of limbic system and neocortex, amygdala and prefrontal lobes, means each is a full partner in mental life. When these partners interact well, emotional intelligence rises-as does intellectual ability.
This turns the old understanding of the tension of reason and feeling on its head: it is not that we have to do away with emotion and put reason in its place as Erasmus had it, but instead find the intelligent balance of the two.
The old paradigm held an ideal of reason freed of the pull of emotion. The new paradigm urges us to harmonize head and heart. To do that well in our lives means we must first understand more exactly what it means to use emotion intelligently.”
If you have the Moon placed in Cancer, or other prominent positions in the birth chart there, this is something definitely worth thinking about.
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