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Sun in Cancer ~ June 21 to July 22/23, 2011

Summer is here! (well, for us northern hemisphere folks, anyway :) The Sun joins Mercury and begins his transit in my Sun sign, Cancer, on June 21st at 10:16 a.m. PDT / 1:16 p.m. EDT, where he'll remain until July 22nd (PDT) / July 23rd (EDT). The Sun represents the self we present to the external world, our vital life force, potential, ambitions, intentions, and unrealized/untapped inherent talents/skills.

In Gemini, the Sun is outgoing, chatty, animated, and cerebral. In Cancer, the Sun's energy is focused on the inner workings of the self -- who we are, what we desire, who/what motivates us -- rooted at our hearts and the emotional side of the self. Most Cancer-Suns initially react from the heart and are not necessarily moved by reason or practicality, especially if their gut feelings urge them otherwise. The cardinal sign of Cancer represents our roots, our families, the past, the home, and our emotions. Cancer is sensitive, intuitive, and maternal. She is ruled by the Moon, who moves approximately one degree every 2.5 hours and changes signs (personalities) every 2.5 days, which may help with Cancer-Suns unfortunate reputation of being 'moody' :(

The Sun in Cancer encourages us all to be more attuned to our emotions, sensitivities, intuition, and value our private life enough to give it as much effort as our external drives. This transit period is ideal for reconnecting with family members who we may have neglected but are significant to us; remembering the past (both painful and happy memories) that has helped shape who we are today; spending more time with our immediate family and letting our actions mirror our love for them; and finding balance between satisfying our conscious will and our deepest heart's desires.

This year on July 1st, we'll have a New Moon / Solar Eclipse in Cancer which will be the third consecutive eclipse since June and the last of the Cancer-Capricorn series of eclipses. I, for one, am happy that set of eclipses is over! With Gemini-Sagittarius eclipses in full swing until 2013 and stimulating my natal 4th (home/family) and 10th (career/future goals) houses, I can go without Cancer-Capricorn eclipses all over my solar 1st (self/potential) and 7th (relationships) houses :)

How might the Sun's transit in Cancer manifest in your world? Look to the Cancer-ruled house/s in your birth chart. Match the sign with the house cusp/s on your birth chart. Use the list of zodiac sign below to identify the Cancer zodiac sign on your birth chart then click here for an explanation of the Sun transiting those solar and/or natal houses.

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For those without a birth chart, you may use your Sun sign or Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for your Sun and/or Rising Sign below then click here for an explanation of the Sun transiting those solar and/or natal houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries Rising ~ 4th House
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 3rd House
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 2nd House
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 1st House
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 12th House
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 11th House
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 10th House
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 9th House
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 8th House
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 7th House
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 6th House
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 5th House

Alternatively, you may cast your own birth chart at for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required.

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What significance do planets, signs, and houses have in astrology? Planets have the function, the job to do. The style/manner they will use get that job done is defined by the zodiac sign they occupy. Where in our life the job gets done is determined by the house the planet occupies/transits. So, when Mars (aggression) is in Aries (bold), he is more assertive than when he is in Cancer (sensitive). When traveling through the 10th house (professional life), he may bring his confidence and motivation in matters relating to our career. While in the 11th house (friendships), we may be more inclined to having our social calendar packed with activities. Having the foresight for what may be coming up or receiving confirmation on what may be happening now are ways astrology can be beneficial ... as above, so below.

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