The Cancer Child
Astrology & the Child
Astrology is a very practical tool in raising children. It provides information that eliminates judgment and criticism of a child (and parent) and can inspire communication between the generations. The knowledge of astrology enables us to enhance a child’s potential and to understand their specific behaviors. We can allow them to be who they are and not what we, society, or schools expect them to be.
The constellation Cancer represents motherhood, nurturing, home, security, safety, and memory. Esoterically, Cancer signifies a sacred gate, surrounded by the cherubim, through which spirits must pass in order to incarnate on Earth.
Prior to and during conception, and throughout pregnancy, cherubim from the constellation Cancer hover over the mother, father, and child-to-be, aiding in the creation of new life. The cherubim play a vital role by guarding the womb where new life develops and by watching over a child during the first year of life. These chubby little angels with small wings are often seen on valentines and birth announcements.
It is said in Ancient Wisdom texts that our Earth belongs to the World Mother. Also known as the Madonna, the Virgin Mary, Mary of Bethlehem, and the Mother of Jesus, she is intimately connected with the constellation Cancer and the cherubim. The artists Raphael and Murillo, able to see the mystery of the Divine Feminine, painted Mary surrounded by the protective cherubim. She ministers to all mothers, fathers, and children on Earth.
As we step into the Aquarian Age and consciously become aware of other worlds in other dimensions, the angelic realms from all the constellations will once again be made known to us. The Holy Mother and the cherubim are becoming more available so that humanity can make their acquaintance, understand their purpose, and consciously seek their guidance in the care, nurturing, and education of all children.
Cancer children have large, trusting eyes and soft, round bodies. They often hang on tightly, are very sensitive and often moody. They need an extraordinary amount of gentle holding. These little Moon children seek security through tender care and need private, quiet time at home with each parent. The skin of Cancer children is sensitive to touch, their bodies are delicate, and they need more external physical and emotional warmth than most. Often so attached to the parents, they may resist other adult care. That is why it is important for Moon children to have contact with other caring adults. This will expand their confidence and experience.
Home, family, and traditions are important to Cancers. Therefore, relatives, extended family, traditional celebrations, parties, birthdays, and reunions are things they will remember forever. Family is the primary source of Cancer’s security and identity throughout life.
A most significant aspect of Cancer is the ability to feel everyone’s feelings. Because they do not know why they feel certain things, Cancer children will often withdraw or exhibit mood swings or crabbiness. If a parent or caregiver is in emotional distress, Cancer children will not only feel it intensely but will assume it is their fault or that they are being punished. Therefore, Cancer children need reassurance that everyone has feelings, but that often those feelings have nothing to do with them. Being very sensitive and often fearful, they will, in protection, become the ultimate caretaker. They often base their own self-confidence on how everyone else in the environment is doing. They always give more than they receive and must be taught how to ask for what they need.
Allow Cancer children to help prepare foods, learn domestic arts, and be homebodies. Do not expect reflective Moon children to be athletic or competitive. Cancer children are non-aggressive and often shy. Water is Cancer’s natural element; therefore introduce them to noncompetitive swimming or water sports. Provide an allowance early in life, teaching them how to save, tithe, and spend money on themselves. Provide a large amount of space for arts and crafts projects and their collection of “things.” Cancers are naturally creative and are gatherers, amassing objects and containers that hold things. Collecting and saving things soothes them and is part of Cancer’s need for personal security.
Place Raphael’s paintings of the cherubim on your Cancer child’s wall. Introduce them to famous Cancerians such as the painters Marc Chagall, Amedeo Modigliani, Edgar Degas, Andrew Wyeth, J.A.M. Whistler, and Rembrandt; the composer Mahler; musician Louis Armstrong; writers William Thoreau and Hermann Hesse; environmentalist Julian Huxley, religious leaders St. John of the Cross and the Dalai Lama; designer Pierre Cardin; entertainers Robin Williams and Bill Cosby, educationalist Helen Keller; circus creator P.T. Barnum; filmmaker Ingmar Bergman; and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller.
Explore the United States with Cancer children, since the nation’s birthday is July 4th. Scotland is a Cancer country with its emphasis on clans, ancestry, and tradition. Findhorn — the first of many Aquarian educational and intentional communities to come — is located in Scotland.