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Wisdom of the Zodiac: Cancer

The Wisdom of Cancer, and the origin of existence.

In a vacuum, there is nothing. And then, a point: o

It follows, there is a second point. And then, a line can exist. o—o

A third point, with connecting lines, allows for a plane, or face.

The plane, if tipped, turned, spun, or flipped, reveals that still it is nothing, still the vacuum. Existence requires dimension. So, the fourth point. And with it: space, form, and the capacity to exist.

The Tetrahedron of Cancer

Like the fourth point, the fourth sign of the Zodiac, Cancer, introduces depth, and with it, life. All who live spring from Root—the ancestors, the foundational root system of the Plant, the wombs of mothers—and this is exactly where Cancer energy is held.

Beginning with Solstice, the Sun traverses Cancer from June 21 to July 22, joined in part by Mercury, Venus, Mars, the North Node, and the Moon. Lessons and energies inherent to Cancer season, and those born within it:

BEING MINDFUL OF:

  • Loyalties that are blocking your development
  • Stunting and oppressing the evolution of people in your care, fearing that these people may grow beyond their need for you, and leave you behind
  • Hiding your feelings only to have them burst from containment, overpowering and inaccurate
  • Keeping emotional score in your relationships
  • Holding expectations over others that are based on YOUR values and abilities
  • Bestowing your precious, caring, life-giving energy when your gifts are not properly accepted or appreciated
  • Exacerbating emotional difficulties by hiding away from loved ones who could care for you
  • Upholding fear-based actions and habits, but calling them safety-based actions and habits
  • The health of the stomach, the bosom/breasts, and the womb. Stay properly hydrated.

OPENING UP TO:

  • Giving love and attention to your homeplace(s), including the great mother Earth!
  • Honoring your ancestors and their good traditions
  • Spending meaningful time with family and those chosen ones you hold dear
  • Embodying and performing your feelings (yes, this includes crying!)
  • Reserving time alone, for rest, reflection, and recharge. Healthy care for others begins with care for the self.
  • Playing—imaginatively, improvisationally—like children/with children
  • Giving and receiving gentle guardianship, much like the Moon’s soft glow over Earth
  • Attention to and faith in your emotional truth 
  • Trusting in and residing with the tides of your moods

Cancerian blessings!

Phil

Out of Bounds Planets

The Mechanics

For a planet to be classified as an out of bounds planet, it must be traveling through our sky at a remarkably high or low angle along the ecliptic–the path created forged by the Sun and Moon, occupied by the zodiacal constellations, that one strip of sky through which the first astrologers noted that stars were moving.

The “bounds” are determined by the Sun’s north-and-south range along the east-to-west ecliptic. Go outside for your next visible sunset and mark where the Sun touches the horizon in the west. Some time later (a week, a month, three months), stand in the same place for sunset, and you will notice that the Sun’s descension point is either further north or south than when you first saw it. For us living on the northern hemisphere, the Sun is at its northernmost on Summer Solstice, and southernmost on Winter Solstice. The path of the Sun on these polar days creates the “bounds” of the ecliptic, measured at 23.3 degrees north or south (+ or -) in a common declination table.

And so, when a planet is traveling along the ecliptic but outside of these bounds, that planet is designated as out of bounds. This tends to occur almost exclusively within the signs of Gemini, Cancer, Sagittarius and Capricorn–the signs bookending the summer and winter solstices.

This is a very surface-level explanation of the mechanics of out of bounds planets. And as much as I enjoy the astronomy realm of astrology, I’m more interested in relaying information about meaning here. So, if you feel the need for a deeper understanding and great visuals, go over to Nick Anthony Fiorenza’s The Lunar Planner and learn more.

The Meaning

You or someone you know has an out of bounds planet, but what does that mean?

Meaning! It’s what makes astrology astrology.

Really, each out of bounds planet shows its quirky characteristics in specific ways, but there are some thematic commonalities from the Moon on out. For instance, the scofflaw trait.

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The Moon Out of Bounds

If the declination of the moon in a chart is greater than 23 degrees and 27 minutes north or south, this is considered a moon out of bounds.

But, as I’m often asked, what does that mean?

If you or someone you know has a moon out of bounds–found predominantly in the signs of Gemini, Cancer, Sagittarius, and Capricorn–they are likely to exist emotionally in a realm outside of traditional expectations. The emotional outlaw, one with a moon out of bounds tends to make their own rules concerning how to feel about/react to a given stimulus. If living within the bounds of societal constructs, they often tire of dominant trends and experience a pull to escape to a new or remote place. In a city setting–where most humans dwell these days–these are the people who live on the fringes in some way or another.

Awareness

A beautiful trait of the out of bounds moon is a wide awareness and vision of what the hell is going on with these humans. Having a moon out of bounds lends to active witnessing and questioning of norms, and ultimately acting outside of them. The further above the declination of 23’27” the moon is, the further along the starting point for this questioning.

A person with a moon declination of 28 N or S might simply be unable to understand why people are like this. At 24 N or S, the out of bounds moon person has a closer understanding of society, and an easier time relating to common people. They exist on the fringe, but can cross this boundary both ways with comfort. A further distant moon, however, may experience extreme discomfort at a traditional event such as a normative straight wedding or a corporate promotional mixer. If forced into these situations, a distant OOB moon may take drastic measures, perhaps drowning their awareness in alcohol/substances, or becoming known for repeated Irish exits.

Star Quality

Of course, unpredictable as the out of bounds moon can be, these people can also transform into the star of the party. Viewership/witnessing is often a back-and-forth trade between out-of-bounds-mooners and society, as common people can develop fascinations with out of bounds personalities. People enjoy watching the wildcard: he or she says or does things that others find questionable and unpermitted, yet also entertaining and sometimes genius. Famous examples of these characters (charts linked) are Ozzy Osbourne, Amy Winehouse, Tracy Morgan, Cher, Albert Einstein, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Kurt Cobain.

The specific shades of a moon out of bounds are shown in the condition of the moon in the context of the chart. How does it relate to other planets energetically? Does it reside near the IC, MC, DC, or ascendant? Is it accompanied by any other planets dwelling out of bounds? A reading from a professional astrologer (hi!) would help you understand and synthesize these factors.

If you’re curious about your moon or the moon of another, you can check your declination measurements with a simple tool on astro.com. Go to your natal chart and click “Additional tables (PDF)” above your birth data, and look for declinations higher than 23’27” north or south in the Planet Positions table.

I feel like this song has a few spots that go along with the OOB planet. Enjoy Knox Fortune: