Cancer and Capricorn are complimentary signs of the zodiac.
They’re also frequently said to be in opposition, which suggests the need to integrate the qualities associated with each sign. In the case of the crab and the sea goat, we have the synthesis of sensitivity and strength, the child and the adult, and the maternal and paternal to name a few.
In an individual birth chart, When the Sun is in Cancer and the Moon is in Capricorn, your “fuel” which consists of emotional security , forming intimate bonds and leaving an open portal for one’s intuition is reflected in a personality which requires a sense of control and dignity.
If you have this combination in your birth chart, part of your life’s task is to realize yourself through consciously seeking and tapping into your emotional intelligence through both interactions in the world and select intimate relationships which provide a sense of belonging and foster the bonds of trust and unconditional acceptance.
As illustrated by the image above, the outpouring of feelings, represented by the element of water, require a rock, which will help to regulate and contain them as to prevent an overflow from occurring.
Conversely, if the rock did not have the water present, it might survive, but it would most certainly live a dry and crusty existence.
One of the challenges of this combination is to simultaneously allow oneself to feel, but also allow enough room for detachment so you’re unable to LET GO when necessary.
Your emotional memory can be hauntingly acute. However, when overdone this awareness can become hypersensitive, leading to your detriment. As the re-hashing of outmoded, tear-jerking patterns proves to be toxic and antithetical to their overall development.
At best, you receive your nourishment from serving as a model of integrity and maturity through the exercising of discipline and self-control.
While this is admirable and necessary for optimal development, this dynamic can operate dysfunctionally if one begins building walls or fortresses and keeping others at a distance to mask vulnerability or the need to be loved and cared for.
In other words, “If I never allow you to see my true emotions, you can’t exploit or manipulate me.” I’m safe if I put you on “remote control”. This way, you won’t see how soft and tender I am.”
The emotions play a major part in your psyche. So, to willingly block their flow because of fear of intimacy actually cheats you. In many cases, with oppositions like Cancer-Capricorn we end up encountering someone (like a partner) who highlights the dynamic that we’re struggling with within ourselves. Oppositions can be similar to a tug of war.
You may say to yourself that you need to feel, and you’re right. In fact, it’s as vital as the air you breathe. However, you must remain independent and self sufficient.
Enter your mirror…..
A partner who provides everything that gives you fuel to optimize your life force; warmth, caring, nurturance and unconditional acceptance – but for some reason, you won’t allow yourself to accept it. You somehow feel like yielding to this gift would diminish your strength, or that you would risk being under the control of someone else.
What you’re really struggling with here is integrating your needs for autonomy while understanding that deep, intimate exchanges give you energy. You need to honor both sides of this equation to navigate this blend successfully. It’s not just your “partner” who’s the “warm” one, that’s you too- deep inside, if you’re willing to come to terms with it. He or She is, for all intents and purposes a symbol for the latent potentials you can develop within yourself.
A constructive use of your solar/lunar blending is to face the reality of your feelings. To endure the process of eliminating extraneous matter which may have blocked your ability to see things as they are and to recognize that there can be strength in vulnerability. To honestly admit and confront a genuine need within oneself, and to make it known can become a gift to yourself and another human being which sets the stage for a bond of intimacy which results in the ultimate self-knowledge.
Clarity and illumination can be yours. Through the successful navigation of this combination you can discover everything you need to become and enjoy being fully human in all of its facets.