The moon constantly changes its appearance; it waxes and wanes, remaining inconspicuous by day but becoming queen of the night, turning an ordinary landscape into a thing of mystery and enchantment. And so it is with Cancer - a cautious, unassuming and gentle exterior conceals a strong, ambitious and forceful inner-being, one whose most passionate qualities are revealed when in love, and one whose protective and possessive instincts come to the fore as wife and mother. You are one of the most unlikely zodiac types to be promiscuous: you crave security and stability, you resist change and hang onto the past like a life-raft. The sad fact is that in this modern age even the devoted Cancerian can experience rifts and ruptures in their relationships, and sometimes, when they have been deeply, deeply hurt, they never recover, remaining single and somewhat bitter for the rest of their lives. The Celestial Crab never forgets where she has buried the hatchet.
You share with Taurus a need to let your loved ones lead lives of their own: a partner who feels free but adored and cherished is a happy one. One of the biggest lessons Cancer must learn in life is to let go, in every sense of the phrase: you trust yourself, and you ought to trust those you love, otherwise your fear of being let down, betrayed and left becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Love and marriage go hand in hand for the Cancer female - unless you've had an extremely difficult upbringing, you will tend to marry young, and, more importantly, stay with your man, through thick and thin. Indeed, when Ms Cancer vows to love in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, and until death do you part, she really, really means it.
Don't be fooled. This man may seem pliable, diffident, romantic and stable but behind that smokescreen is a determined, focused and emotionally complex individual. He is, I have to say, possessed by mother, by which I mean the relationship he has had with his mother - good or bad - powerfully affects his romantic and marital life. Your best bet is never to criticize his mother, nor insult his family: let him do all the whingeing (which the male Crab does rather a lot). Mr Cancer adores fiery women - think Salma Hayek in Frida - although he often marries women who represent a safety blanket, someone he knows will never stray, someone who will make a mother for his children and a home for him to scuttle back to day after day, night after night.
You feel most at home with your family, which in terms of astrology means your fellow Cardinal signs - Aries, Libra, Capricorn and Cancer. You are fatally attracted to Mr Libra because he is just the smoothest guy on the block. He is romantic, well-mannered and prepared to talk about the relationship: the trouble is talk is sometimes all you get after a few years. The Aries man is another magnet - confident, flashy - he is the epitome of the knight in shining armour. Great at first but anxiety-making in the long run. Capricorn man is near perfect - he will never let you down, he is strong, stable and solvent but don't expect fireworks and a speedy engagement. Two Cancers together is another dream ticket and another long, slow dance to the altar. Mr Taurus and Mr Virgo are two other men tailor-made for the sensitive and needy Cancerian. The sexual chemistry should be fantastic, especially with the Taurean, but both signs are caring, responsible and in it for the long term.
Sapphire, Pearl, Moonstone.
If you haven’t yet put your heart, mind and energy into achieving a major life goal, use the powerful forces available to you in January to launch your offensive. Then again, fate could simply force your hand. The coming months represent a period of superb opportunity: there will never be a better time to make it – whatever that means to you. Nonetheless, don’t be surprised if life becomes weird and whacky from time to time, such that you start to question your sanity! It’s just that old Uranus-Pluto ‘thing’. April is another premium month: whether you make sweeping changes or circumstances send you in a whole new direction, know it is all to the good. With Saturn’s influence on the creative side of life, be patient with your efforts to start or add to your family, and don’t be afraid to use tough love with older offspring. Indeed, being tough and uncompromising is the way to overcome many of the obstacles you encounter from now on. It’s your life, Cancer: don’t allow other people to tell you how to live it.
Love is there for the asking. Don’t hesitate to pop the question this year, and don’t allow fears and memories to prevent you from finding new happiness. You’ve got to be out there for that special someone to find you! The Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto combo, at its strongest in late January, late February and late April, makes for profound experiences in love: for the most part these planets will inspire new love connections but for some Cancerians, particularly the 1-8 July birthdays, a relationship is on its way out. Should someone appear to be distancing himself/herself from you in January, don’t head into panic mode: wait until the 31st before acting on your feelings. It may be that the other person believes your feelings have changed. As always with finding true relationship happiness, you have to be happy in yourself.
In October 2013, the first of a series of eclipses took place in the career area of your horoscope, which may have resulted in a major professional development. Between now and 2016 each eclipse in this zone has the potential to change your career course, either by giving you no option but to look into new situations or boosting your own desire for change. Clearly, you want to make sensible choices, but you must first question whether or not your fear of failure is keeping you tethered to second-rate positions. Let Cancerian Richard Branson be your fearless role model! The eclipses of 15 April and 7 October produce windows of opportunity this year, so prepare to take an unequivocal leap of faith especially on or near those dates. On 16 July Jupiter will enter your money zone, and for the next twelve months you can expect improvements, if not a serious income boost. Now is absolutely the time to invest in property and to put money into personal ventures.
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