Understanding the Moon in Cancer

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The Moon sets the emotional tone as it transits through the Zodiac signs. It changes signs every two and a half days. You can work with this rhythm to "go with the flow" of the Moon. You can use it to know the general feeling tone to expect.


When the Moon is in Cancer, we all become homebodies. We want to retreat to the place we feel most at home. This can bring out a sense of "homesickness" if we're far from home, or estranged from others.

It may be a time, then of reaching out to those that know us best.

This Moon makes us quick to tear up and have sentimental moments. We might get absorbed in memories of a long lost lover or friend. It heightens emotions, and we might experience mood swings, from dark lows to blissful highs. We are more sensitive to the moods of others.

This Moon makes us want to retreat, to refill the well. But it's about being enriched by close ties, and the safety of home, too. It's not necessarily mellow, but there's a sense of wanting to be enclosed, private, in familiar environs. We might reach for our favorite foods, or show love by baking or cooking. The trappings of home included aromas that are comforting. It all ends with cozying up in bed, maybe even being tucked in.

You may also get lost in an imaginative project. You can add emotional depth and nuance to what you're working on. Whatever you do, it's with more feeling.

It's a time of sensitivity when we're more empathic in general. This can cause us to absorb the clouds of others, but it also leads to great compassion. This might extend out to include all of ​humanity. You might discover what soothing balm you can contribute. You have a greater instinct for what's nurturing for people and the culture at large.

Things to Do

Take a long bath, hydrate, irrigate, potter around the house; daydream; make your living space more homey; connect with your heart ties; mother someone or be mothered; nurture children, animals, the elderly (or any vulnerable thing); put protective gates around your garden; get a security alarm system or locks; talk to you Mom; spend time with women; bring treats to your co-workers; go to bed early; keep a dream journal close by; be near the ocean or waterbody; paint, draw, sing, act or write.

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Hall, Molly. "Understanding the Moon in Cancer." ThoughtCo, Jul. 16, 2017, thoughtco.com/when-the-moon-is-in-cancer-206964. Hall, Molly. (2017, July 16). Understanding the Moon in Cancer. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/when-the-moon-is-in-cancer-206964 Hall, Molly. "Understanding the Moon in Cancer." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/when-the-moon-is-in-cancer-206964 (accessed February 20, 2018).