Moon in Cancer

If you have the Moon in Cancer, you very easily respond to the emotional environment in which you are placed. You soak up feelings like a sponge. Perhaps this is why you so easily become moody, irritable and inconstant in thought and feeling. Learning to control your own moods may be very difficult, yet necessary, for you. Your greatest need is to nurture and mother someone or ones. You often appear irrational to others because you can’t always explain the reason or source of your feelings. Anyone who lives with you must accept your ups and downs and appreciate your need for times of withdrawal. You are also very sympathetic and understand the unspoken feelings and needs of others.

You take slights very personally and though you may forgive a mistake by a friend or loved one, you never forget it. Security is very important to you and you look for it in your home and family life. Your senses and emotions are quite strong and it would be wise for you to listen to your intuitive side as you can be quite psychic. You are very tenacious and you do not give up or let go of things or people easily. Your mother is/was a strong influence for good or ill in your life.

You are basically an introvert, but will do whatever it takes to protect and defend your family or loved ones. You tend to be a pack-rat because everything has an emotional memory behind it and you find security in all those memories. Nothing or no one is ever gone if they leave their memory behind. Thus, you can become quite possessive. You have the memory of an elephant, but you must learn to forgive and forget past hurts.

You are so sensitive to your environment that you need to be choosy with where and with whom you’re going to be. Since you react to the feelings of those around you and can get carried away on tides of emotion, you need to learn objectivity and distancing in relating. You sense and understand other people’s feelings, and would make a good counselor or nurse. Moody and possibly psychic, you can be overly protective (or protected), are quite domestic and excellent at parenting. In a male’s chart, this would tend to attract a nurturing, mothering partner. Joni Mitchell’s opening lyrics to "Little Green" about the daughter she gave up for adoption are evocative here: "Born with the moon in Cancer/Choose her a name she will answer to/Call her green and the winters cannot fade her/Call her green for the children who’ve made her/Little green, be a gypsy dancer."

Planets in Cancer