Disclaimer: your Sun sign is only a fraction of the complex system of planetary placements and interrelations that is your nativity. In fact, I would advise against considering your birth chart itself as a mere representation of your psyche and encourage you to start seeing it as a map of the multiple ways in which selfhood and experience intersect. If you want to know more about this subject, you can schedule a reading with me.
Your sense of identity is infused with the watery, emotional essence of the sign of Cancer; this is usually thought of as a soft, watery archetype that, nevertheless, should not be underestimated. Cancer is the Moon-ruled sign of tenderness, emotions and nostalgia, so there is a moody, nocturnal streak to your personality, yet Cancer is also a Cardinal sign, driven to initiate and be in charge.
Cancer is connected with tides and the relentless ebb and flow of emotions; this pattern of Moon-related cycles is embedded in this archetype, and natives are often perceived as touchy and emotionally fluctuating. The most prominent trait is responsiveness: the modern keyphrase for Cancer is “I Feel”, and indeed emotions run deep inside the Soul of the Sun in Cancer native.
You’re emotional in nature, and live mostly in your feelings and affections; your heart is basically your compass, along with your gut feeling. Whether you prefer to wear your heart on your sleeve or not, depending on how private you are, you’re certainly in tune with your sensitive, vulnerable side, and, therefore, it’s not unusual for you to take things personally and be deeply impacted by things other people let slide.
Influenced by your emotional states, you might sometimes struggle with seeing things under an objective light; your sensitivity makes you an energetical sponge, very subject to picking up subtle undercurrents from all around you.
There is a strong attachment to home, to your roots, to comforts, and a perpetual sense of nostalgia and longing that quietly flows in you, because the awareness of your pre-natal state of being lingers in your memory on an unconscious level, as Cancer represents the past.
With your Sun in Cancer, ou tend to concern yourself about feeling safe and comfortable in all situations and among people, as you’re often self-protective; you might hide this underneath your tough shell, but you’re most definitely soft inside. In fact, you also have a strong need for intimacy and affection, almost as if you wanted to recreate a family-like connection with those you love.
You’re also likely afraid of rejection, and quick to withdraw when you feel you’re not being accepted. This is an aspect of your personality you tend to project on others, too, which makes you caring and dependable, except when emotionally troubled and at the mercy of your own moods, which can swing dramatically. Because of the fact that you develop strong bonds of affection with people, you also hang onto these bonds tenaciously and love with perseverance and stubbornness, often sticking around long after people have left the building.
Taken to the extreme, this tenacious attitude can result in a certain clinginess and neediness, and, at times, you may not be above manipulative and emotionally controlling behaviours. You can be possessive, but also fiercely protective and deeply empathetic; once someone gets past your tough shell, they will find a nurturing, naturally receptive soul with plenty of love to give.
In order to placate your emotions, you might occasionally resort to coping mechanisms in order to self-soothe (emotional eating being an example).
Pictured: Lil Kim, Cancer Sun.