Moon Child: The Natal Cancer Moon


by Kramer Wetzel

In Western astrology, the importance of the Natal Moon is critical to accurate birth chart interpretations. When the Natal Moon is in the sign of Cancer, it is in its home. The moon is associated with and ruled by this Water Sign, which may explain why the moon is always “female.”

The first and obvious association with the Cancer/Moon- Child symbolism is a round face. Frequently, I’ve heard clients call themselves “moon-faced.” It’s not a phrase I would use as there’s a possibly negative connotation there. Still, it’s part of the vernacular and used in some astrological definitions.

There’s a genuine caring that is associated with this astrological placement. The Cancer Moon has great depth of feeling, but the surface can appear hard, a bit like a well-roasted marshmallow, which is why I sometimes refer to this as “marshmallow heart.” The balance point for this sign is working with the crustacean’s carapace and the soft, gooey interior, all at the same time. The crab’s emotional shell will at times appear crunchy and crusty, but that just protects a creamy nougat heart. There’s also a playful, creative, intuitive side to this type of lunar placement. Therein lies the good news.

One of the bigger problems is that the Cancer (Moon Child) energy tends to emulate its symbol, the crab. Pulling into the shell for emotional protection is safe, but it tends to keep everything and everyone out. This kind of struggle is an indication of desires for intimacy but a need to keep distant and protected at the same time.

There’s an odd kind of lazy streak also associated with this moon placement. Perhaps lazy isn’t the word, but there’s a certain sense of pleasure being more important. “No, I can’t really be bothered, as it is too much work,” is an overarching sentiment.

The secret to attract and care for a Cancer Moon? Comfort food. Nothing soothes the savage mind more than the correct comfort food. Of course, comfort food is highly subjective. Chicken fried steak has been a dietary staple and “go-to” comfort food most of my adult life. Locally, add a vegan dish that’s particularly good, as well as the stand-by: Tex-Mex. Some days, nothing works better.

Traditional astrological interpretations will associate the Cancer Moon with baked goods. Home, hearth and family are the trappings of a good bakery. Supposedly, that’s what works best. With Cancer Moon people, there’s a strong desire to figure out what comfort foods work best.

As a fisherman, the right bait at the right time is what’s best, and Moon Children are no different. It all depends on the definitions of comfort food.

While wildly intuitive and quite creative at times, Cancer Moon people tend to be emotional, and this can be misunderstood as “moody.” These people are not moody; they’re just deeply in touch with their emotional sides.

The Moon is in Cancer from July 6-9 (while Mercury is Retrograde, see www.MercurySave.Us for more about that) and August 2-5.

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