The Cancer way with Words

This week I have been influenced by two books- one a classic and one as current as they get- Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Of course I was interested to find out the signs of the two authors and not even slightly surprised to find that they are both Cancers.

Cancer is a fascinating water sign, one which is ruled by the ever-changing moods of the moon (think the pull of the watery tides) and is all but consumed by an intense connection to their needs, desires and intuitions. They literally feel themselves very strongly and especially if they have any type of Gemini influence at all in their charts- which many do as it is their neighboring sign- they feel the need to explore themselves and communicate (Gemini) this exploration to the rest of the world. This type of Cancer is all but obsessed with understanding themselves and having others understand them as well.

So alas the rest of us are deeply drawn into the self-exploration of these Cancers, the quest for greater meaning and self-understanding that drove the writings of Hermann Hesse (Siddhartha is not auto-biographical, of course, but is allegorical and much of his other work is biographical) and Elizabeth Gilbert. Other Cancers who have skillfully mesmerized us by allowing us a glimpse inside their moods and their world include Henry David Thoreau, Hunter S. Thompson and Ernest Hemingway

And aside from self-understanding another major theme for Cancer is home and sense of place, as Cancer is known to be the most home-loving of all the signs. Unsurprisingly then, many of their narratives revolve around the core theme of home- leaving a home, creating a home, taking a pilgrimage in order to understand what home means to them. And needless to say, they all involve- you guessed it- water…