Ascendant in Cancer


Cancer Rising is a gentle soul. They feel like someone you have known a long time… they are familiar. They are sensitive to their surroundings, and get flustered easily, especially in crowds. When they feel threatened, their first instinct is to protect themselves. They are usually shy in new situations or when meeting new people. They will approach these situations with caution, and gradually allow themselves to warm up to the situation as they get a bit more comfortable. They are caring and sweet. On the opposite side, when a Cancer Ascendant has retreated so deeply into him or herself, they can be anything but sweet or approachable. They can appear moody, insecure or overly sensitive.

Cancer Rising wants structure in their life. Security is important to them and they are willing to give up some freedom to get it. They prefer a strong partner in life, along with emotional and financial stability. They like rules that are well-defined in their relationships so they always know where everyone stands. They are practical and matter-of-fact, and behave so even in marriage. They can create an amazing sanctuary at home for their family. Cancer Ascendant doesn’t do well with casual relationships… emotions are always tied closely with intimacy. This Sign wants to satisfy their personal goals and ambitions, but may appear very vulnerable, so some may have difficulty determining whether Cancer Rising is strong enough to do the job. They may, on the other hand, be able to hide their vulnerability behind a façade of forcefulness.  With Cancer rising, self-realization comes through a sophisticated attunement to the feeling nature. You need to make sense of life through your senses and emotions. You will be gifted with strong intuitions, and even a psychic sensibility. You are likely to be extremely sensitive to the world around you and may need to recognize, and own, emotional realities. This means acknowledging your sensitivity, accepting your strong desire to nurture and support others, and recognizing how this sensitivity may mean that you tend to take on too much from the environment in which you find yourself, or become overly responsible for what others are feeling.

Because of your innate sensitivity, you may develop and display to others a hard outer shell that belies your true self in order to protect this vulnerability. As this is a Cardinal sign, you need to direct your sensitivity, but it must be done in a way that is not overwhelming. Learning how to offer nurturing support when it is needed is a reality for you. Some people with Cancer rising may be unaware of the emotional depths teeming here, and will attract experiences which underscore the need to acknowledge the feelings. In this case, there will be a tendency to attract weak, needy, helpless or manipulative people – people in extremes of emotional crisis – in order to live out this side of the personality. You might find yourself wondering why all of your friends seem to have problems. At the end of the day, this may have something to do with your need to feel needed?

Qualities of nurturing and caring should be developed for growth and self-awareness. Yet knowing when to draw the line in terms of responsibility for others needs is paramount. If this is not achieved, then there may be a tendency to become lost in others weaknesses, or alternately, need others to ‘mother’ you. Healthy relationships need to be formed without guilt or co-dependency. Lessons in partnership usually involve learning to control and discipline the emotional responses, so that they are appropriate to the situation at hand. Cancer rising folk usually seek strength and stability in the partners that they choose, however, strength, stability and security must be incorporated first into the self before these can be found in another.

You may be very adaptable to change in your external circumstances, but need a safe and secure home base that you can retire to. The home is very important to Cancer rising individuals, and acts like the physical outer shell. You are likely to prefer clean and comfortable surroundings, and to surround yourself with dignified or refined people who you can lavish your nurturing attentions on. You may be very sensitive to sound and smell, and so, prefer to be in environments that suit your highly sensitive nature. Often very close to family and friends, you are probably domesticated, with good cooking skills, and very capable on the work front. You require a very peaceful and serene home environment, and may have a tendency to switch off and retreat here when hurt, depressed, and uncertain or confused. This is as it should be, but care must be taken that your preference for the security of the home environment doesn’t preclude you from dealing with others. Cancer rising is often business minded, and you are able to run your own business owing to your sense of how to cater to the tastes of the public, and a practical, cautious yet determined attitude to your affairs. There is often great tenacity here, and you are likely to accomplish what you set out to do, despite constant flux and changes. With persistence and through careful strategic planning, you can easily supply what others need. There is also often a tendency to withdraw from direct confrontation, for this sign tends to approach problems sideways. You may be inclined to stinginess, owing to an overly cautious attitude to money, which comes down to fears about having the ability to control one’s external circumstances, and keep life comfortable and contained.

A love of travel means that it is important to have the means to be able to get up and go, and you may enjoy frequent changes and environments to allow you to soak up the most of what life has to offer. The famed Cancerian tendency to live in the past may mean that you fail to make the most of your present circumstances. There may be a tendency to hold on to people and things that hold emotional significance, and sometimes this will go on well past the ‘use-by-date’. This may develop into a tendency to live in the past. Then, the emotional attachments to things or people that have outgrown their usefulness for you and your life will hold you back. There is a strong tendency to cling to feelings, both positive and negative, for feelings of any kind give you a sense of place. With very strong emotional memory banks, you can store experiences at a cellular level. Relieving past hurts and impressions can mean that you seem to continually re-experience the past. Instead, you might focus on reorienting your finely tuned intuition to respond to the needs of the present, and the creation of the future. Often, Cancer rising babies are born into a happy and secure family environment and are quick to bond with mother. Family is a very important part of the life experience and you will happily take on the role of the responsible care-giver for others. Sometimes, the child becomes too deeply invested in the emotional state of the mother, and this can be detrimental if the close emotional ties are not transformed at a later stage. Letting go of emotional ties in order to develop independence and strength is crucial. Cancer rising individuals are usually dignified and responsible as children. They are often quiet and cautious, watching what is happening all around, and very aware of the emotional undercurrents and expectations of others. Thus there can be a tendency to unconsciously take on the parents’ wishes and expectations, for these children want to be obedient and conform to the family structure. Yet owing to the Cardinal qualities of this sign, you are likely to gently but firmly find your own path later on in life. For greatest success and effectiveness, you need to understand how the ebb and flow of your own inner cycles, using your own sense of rhythm and timing will lead you to where you want to go. The accuracy of your usually uncanny and precise instincts is a great asset, and your intuitive hunches will almost always be spot on. Trust your feelings and in time they will become your sharpest tool.

Cancer Rising is imaginative and sentimental.

When Cancer is your Rising Sign, you have an extremely sensitive, impressionable nature, which means that you can be very easily hurt by some of the things that other people say or do. You feel things very deeply.

If someone makes a critical or hurtful remark, you will go into your shell and brood about it for hours or even days. Consequently, you are subject to occasional fits of deep depression, and when they occur, you find it very difficult to lift yourself out of them. By exaggerating your problems, you are your own worst enemy.

Cancer is the sign of the home lover and the homemaker; you appreciate and really need the security of a home base. That department of your life is of paramount importance to you. In fact, you cannot feel truly happy within unless you have established a stable, peaceful, harmonious home front. You can certainly pursue a career or other interests, but these will always have to play second fiddle to your home and family life.

You do not normally seek the limelight, and although you don’t always show it, you can be quite shy and timid, preferring not to take the initiative or to push yourself forward. However, this does not mean that you are weak. Far from it! In fact, you can be extraordinarily brave and resolute where your principles, morals and personal convictions are concerned. Just like the claws of your crab, you have amazing tenacity to hold on to your beliefs and goals, to persevere until you achieve your objectives. Cancer, like the ocean tides that it governs, is changeable and fluctuating, always rising and falling. These qualities will be reflected in your life as moods, which are up one day and down the next. And just as water will always adapt itself to the shape of a container which holds it, you have the ability to adapt to changing conditions. You seem to be able to sense what cannot be heard or seen, and then you know how to respond accordingly. Cancer, being the most maternal Sign of the Zodiac, makes you a very caring person who naturally likes to look after other people, especially family and loved ones. You also have an abundance of warmth, compassion and sympathy for anyone in trouble. You can be very persistent in the pursuit of your favourite goals and ideals, which will generally be of a rather conservative, orthodox type. Trendy fads and many new innovations often fail to appeal to you.

Unless there are other strengthening factors in your horoscope, this position of Cancer does not give a very robust constitution. It often points to a faulty function of the stomach or the digestive system. Cancer is one of the three ‘water’ Signs, so you would probably derive much pleasure from living in a home close to water or the sea. They are a sympathetic listener and they enjoy a good conversation. This Ascendant relates strongly to the home. They are very sensitive to criticism, and love history. They may have an interest in genealogy. Comfort is important to them and they like to collect things.

Cancer Ascendant is a natural nurturer. They also enjoy being taken care of by others. They are easy to relax with. They are open to influence by others. They may choose to do something for social status rather than because it suits them. They may have skills or talents in architecture or in the kitchen. They like to help others improve themselves, not because they think you need improvement, but because they want you to be happy. They like to keep everything in its place, though luxurious items are not important to them. Cancer Rising prefers to save their money to spending it on unnecessary items. Don’t ever attack something they feel emotional about, however… you will find out just how strong this ascendant really is.

When Cancer Rising gets upset, they have a tendency toward indigestion. They are creative, but may be insecure. When they finally feel secure, you will see their personality bloom as they let themselves get comfortable. They do best in the world when they have a secure home base to retreat to every night. This gives them a place to rejuvenate and prepare for their next foray into the world.