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About Cancer Ascendants

Traits, qualities & all about the Cancer Rising Sign.

These people come across as gentle creatures. There’s something familiar about them —— they’re the guy or gal next door. When they enter a room, they don’t walk in with a splash. Instead, they move to the sides and weave their way inwards. These people have a familiar feel to them. Because they are rather sensitive to their environment, they can get flustered easily, especially in public.
Their first instinct, when threatened or on unfamiliar ground, is to protect themselves. When new situations present themselves, they can immediately withdraw or act shy. Generally, these people come across as caring people. They seem quite sweet —— even innocent. Usually, these people appear unassuming enough to be quite approachable. Some Cancer Ascendants, however, have retreated into themselves so much as to be quite the opposite.
Since Capricorn is on the Descendant, Cancer Ascendant people are looking for structure and security in their partner and their relationship. These people function best when their partner displays strength, financial and emotional stability, and know-how. In fact, many Cancer Ascendants prefer it when their relationship has well-defined rules. Security is the basic need, and they are generally more than willing to give up some personal freedom in order to get it. In some cases, Cancer Ascendant people can surprise their partners. Why? Because they come across as rather unassuming, family-oriented people. When it comes to marriage, they have a rather matter-of-fact, practical approach.
The Ascendant (or rising sign) is often considered the mask one wears when meeting others. Perhaps it is most aptly thought of as the automatic responses to one’s environment. The Ascendant shows our natural defenses and how we cope with day-to-day issues. The energies of the sign and condition of the Ascendant are most overt and obvious to others. The Ascendant shows an individual’s first, natural reaction to new people and situations.

The characteristics of Cancer Ascendant described above are modified by planets conjunct the Ascendant, planets that aspect the Ascendant, and the position of the ruling planet of the sign on the Ascendant. For example, a person with a Cancer Ascendant with its ruling planet, Moon, in Sagittarius will respond to the environment a little differently than another person, also with a Cancer Ascendant, but whose Moon is in Scorpio. Similarly, a person with a Cancer Ascendant who also has Saturn conjunct it will “behave” differently than someone with a Cancer Ascendant who does not have that aspect.
Cancer Rising with the Moon (Ruler of Cancer) in the Signs
The following interpretations incorporate the position, by sign, of Moon, the ruling planet of Cancer. The sign position of Moon modifies your Cancer Ascendant characteristics. These interpretations are from the Karmic Insight Report, and are written from an esoteric viewpoint.
The point that was on the eastern horizon at the moment of your birth is called the ASCENDANT, or rising sign. While the Sun describes your conscious direction and current life focus, and the Moon your subconscious predisposition and past, the Ascendant indicates a way of being that transcends and embraces past, present, and future. It describes the way you engage and merge with the outer world and how you bring through into life the energies depicted by the Sun, the Moon, and the rest of your birth chart. Everything is filtered through the Ascendant from an esoteric point of view. It indicates your soul’s function and thus a key part of your destiny.
Cancer Rising – General
Whether you are male or female, you carry the qualities of and in some way embody the archetype of the mother. You will find that you attract people who need care, understanding and encouragement. Devotion and maintaining emotional soul-connections to life is the heart of your approach to living. You are very sympathetic in both the sense that you feel for others and also in the sense of “sympathetic resonance”. Your own feelings and moods will often reflect the dominant feeling tone in your environment. You absorb the atmosphere around you and thrive in surroundings that are home-like, personal, supportive, and cooperative.

When out of balance you are hypersensitive to hurts and slights, are prone to extreme moodiness, worry, and self-pity, and/or feel like an insatiable needy child yourself. Self-nurturing and self-responsibility are thus extremely important for you to develop in order to bring out your best.
Your ruling planet is the Moon. You probably felt a strong identification with the description of your Moon’s placement as you read the first section. This is because in your case the Moon not only reflects something about your past and inherited tendencies, but also colors your entire way of relating to the world now. It describes an important aspect of your soul’s function.
Cancer Rising and Moon in Aries
Your Aries Moon suggests that you are self-reliant and/or that you are really not all that comfortable taking care of others. You may be somewhat split between your devotion to family, home, or dependents versus your allegiance to your own life. There may be a slight reluctance in your defense of home, family, or “your own”. At best, you blend sensitivity and loving devotion with action and strength. You could be a strong advocate for children, women, the family or the feminine.
Cancer Rising and Moon in Taurus
Your Moon in Taurus suggests that you are very comfortable providing solace and support to others, because you have a solid inner foundation. You draw your strength from flowing with the natural cycles and rhythms of the earth. When out of balance and out of contact with the land and natural forces, you become overly attached to security in the form of money or trying to ensure that nothing ever changes in your small part of the world. Being peaceful is an important aspect of your contribution to life.

Cancer Rising and Moon in Gemini
Your Gemini Moon suggests that you operate both from your feelings and instincts and your mind. At times you may use your wit to cover your vulnerability and softness, or be over influenced emotionally by others’ words and ideas. Learning to articulate your own inner experience, and helping others to do the same, would be important. You could be a writing teacher, a devoted correspondent or diarist, or a counselor or consultant. Any of these would be an expression of your natural soul function.
Cancer Rising and Moon in Cancer
Your Moon is in Cancer as well, suggesting that deep sentiment, soulfulness, and the honouring of ancient roots and traditions is an important part of your contribution to life. Water and music play important roles in your life also. Because of your strong pull toward the past, you need to find ways for the past to nurture, strengthen, and add to your present life, rather than simply being nostalgic, becoming addicted to familiar or old ways, or trying to find a way back to the security of the womb. Dependency and/or co-dependency is a MAJOR issue for you.
Cancer Rising and Moon in Leo
Your Moon in Leo suggests that your sympathetic and nurturing qualities are infused with warmth, generous feeling and a strong sense of personal pride in the ones in your care.
Cancer Rising and Moon in Virgo
Your Moon in Virgo suggests that your caring is channeled into practical service, nursing, attending to the immediate practical or physical needs of people. You are sensitive and devoted, but perhaps not very demonstrative in ways that others recognize as tenderness or love. Serving families, mothers, or children in some way is an important way for you to fulfill your soul function.

Cancer Rising and Moon in Libra
Your Moon in Libra suggests that you were “born to be mild” and a peacemaker. You also carry a deep feeling for beauty and part of your function in the world is to bring graciousness, sweetness and beauty into it. The tendency to avert or avoid conflict can be a strength or a deficit.
Cancer Rising and Moon in Scorpio
Your Moon in Scorpio suggests that, though you may appear mild and motherly or soft, you can be truly ferocious in your defense of anyone or anything you care about, especially those who depend upon you. You are the Mother Tiger, when threatened. Deep sentiment and compassion for the suffering color everything for you. Words may be difficult or not at all important to you. What matters is soul, mystery and allegiances of the heart.
Cancer Rising and Moon in Sagittarius
Your Moon in Sagittarius suggests that your psychic and intuitional senses are very open and active. (Also, you have much more sensitivity to others’ troubles than the average Moon in Sagittarius person. You are not as relentlessly upbeat and jolly, not such a party animal, and not as outgoing). Your need for freedom may conflict with your desire for security or your devotion to your children and family’s needs.
Cancer Rising and Moon in Capricorn
Your Moon in Capricorn suggests that an emotional toughness and realism underlie your gentle exterior. The need to protect, to conserve, to uphold the family and to secure a solid base for your life colors much of what you do. Order and respect for tradition and heritage are an important aspect of your way of nurturing.

Cancer Rising and Moon in Aquarius
Your Aquarius Moon suggests your devotional energies and protective care are not only for your own immediate family, but also for a wider community.
Your gift is to envision creative alternatives and to be an instrument of change regarding how we nurture one another. You could be politically or socially active in changing the school system, health care or other arenas where nurture and care is administered. The rising of the feminine in our times is an important theme in your life.
Your challenge is to somehow integrate this into your life in a balanced way. At times you may be confused as to where your true allegiance lies: with your family circle or with the broader world. People outside your family may see you as full of empathy and sensitive to their concerns, while your own family may feel from you a peculiar iciness and detachment at times, as if you wanted nothing to do with them or their needs. It is probably true that you do not want to care for them solely and that is where creative solutions and alternatives come in! Have some compassion for yourself. It is quite a challenge to answer your deep need to be free, to live life on your own terms, and to make a significant contribution to the human race or the planet, while at the same time nurturing family and lasting intimacy in your life.
Cancer Rising and Moon in Pisces
Your Moon in Pisces expands your empathy and devotion to include not just your own immediate family, but all of life. You are a spiritual “mother” to many.

Famous People with Cancer Rising:
Ben Affleck (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Scorpio), Anne Archer (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Sagittarius), Tyra Banks (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Aries), Lisa Bonet (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Taurus), Cher (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Capricorn), Burton Cummings (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Virgo), Tony Curtis (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Libra), Salvador Dali (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Aries), Cameron Diaz (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Taurus), Albert Einstein (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Sagittarius), Farrah Fawcett (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Cancer), Annette Funicello (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Aries), Judy Garland (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Sagittarius), Frank Gifford (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Taurus), Sara Gilbert (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Virgo), Merv Griffin (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Capricorn), M.C. Hammer (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Aquarius), Emmylou Harris (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Virgo), Jim Henson (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Capricorn), Kate Hudson (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Capricorn), Lauren Hutton (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Leo), Angelina Jolie (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Aries), Lisa Kudrow (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Scorpio), Nathan Lane (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Scorpio), Matt LeBlanc (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Pisces), Jerry Lewis (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Taurus), Johnny Mathis (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Scorpio), Steve McQueen (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Aquarius), Oliver North (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Capricorn), Catherine Oxenberg (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Aquarius), Joe Piscopo (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Scorpio), John Ratzenberger (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Libra), Cathy Rigby (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Scorpio), Molly Ringwald (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Scorpio), Julia Roberts (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Leo), Kurt Russell (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Cancer), Steven Spielberg (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Scorpio), Cheryl Tiegs (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Aquarius), Lily Tomlin (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Aries), John Travolta (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Virgo), Vincent Van Gogh (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Sagittarius), Hank Williams (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Sagittarius), Noah Wyle (Cancer Ascendant, Moon in Libra)
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