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.
In a birth chart, when the Moon in Cancer, the needs of the personality are fulfilled not only by dealings with the aforementioned things, but also self-parenting and finding our deepest sense of internal security.
Treating ourselves well and providing the nurturing , personal care that we all deserve.
Listening to our intuition is also a prominent theme with the Moon placed in the sign of the Crab. For optimum fulfillment, those with this placement need to learn to refine our emotional intelligence.
In Daniel Goleman’s book : “Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ” , there’s a chapter entitled “The Cost of Emotional Illiteracy.”
Every time that we betray our intuition and ignore our inner voices, we leave ourselves susceptible to paying this cost.
The importance of striving to synthesize our emotional and intellectual lives cannot be stressed enough, as society has continued to put messages forth that exalt one and devalue the other- or even assign the faculties as exclusive to specific genders, which is equally troublesome.
Goleman sums our journey up succinctly:
“In a sense we have two brains-two minds- and two different kinds of intelligence: rational and emotional. How we do in life is determined by BOTH- it is not just IQ, but emotional intelligence that matters. Indeed intellect cannot work at its best without emotional intelligence.
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.