Saturn in Cancer

If you have Saturn in Cancer, you are protective and persevering and you worry over loved ones. You can be moody, fearful and insecure perhaps because you feel unloved, probably by one or both parents. These feelings may bring on within you feelings of inadequacy toward your own ability to be a parent. As a parent you may be very demanding and a strict disciplinarian to your children. Emotional depression is something you need to conquer. Your unconscious fear of being hurt by others can cause you to withdraw from too close an emotional involvement with others.

You are kind, but may lack empathy. You can be so busy protecting yourself from hurts that you are unable to see the hurts of others. There is a tendency for improper digestion due to the lack of certain digestive juices in the stomach. It would be best if you did not drink liquids with your meals (except milk, which is a food). There is a need to curb the appetite, as it can get you into trouble. Land and property may give you emotional security and alleviate feelings of not having something to fall back on.

Saturn in Cancer tests you for empathy and the value of responsibility—with the hard and unyielding teacher Saturn in the sentimental and vulnerable sign Cancer. An emotional wound experienced as a child may cause you to be fearful and rigid in your feelings, or to be frozen at an earlier stage of development or experience. You may thus fear being too close to others, and withdraw and build a self-protective barrier around yourself, like the crab. No matter how kind and well disposed you may be, this withdrawal can make it all but impossible to put yourself in anyone else’s shoes.

Understanding your early childhood experiences: finding, loving and taking care of that frightened child within yourself, can go a long way to healing these wounds. Saturn returns to each sign once every 29 or 30 years for about a three-year stay. Saturn was in Cancer from 8/1914 to 6/1917, from 6/1944 to 7/1946, from 8/1973 to 6/1976, and from 6/2003 to 7/2005.

Planets in Cancer