Cancer decan 2 is ruled by Mercury and Mars (Scorpio triplicity). The Sun scorches its way through the constellations of the Twins, the Greater Dog, the Great Ship, the Lynx and the Unicorn from approximately July 1 – 12. This decan contains probably the most famous stars in the sky, Sirius.
Cancer is also awarded the 2nd most important luminary, the Moon as its ruler since it the first month of life-giving summer in the northern hemisphere. The Moon is the second brightest object in the sky when it is not being mysteriously dark! So it is actually quite befitting that Sirius should find its home in such a hot section of the ecliptic.
We tend to think of Cancerians as being rather soft and pliable due to it being a water sign, but these people are no pushovers. Yes, when they are young they are as cute as hell with their trademark puppydog eyes. Then they grow up to be great hairy wolves…in attractive sheepskin that is. The mix of water with the heat of Sirius makes these people incredibly sultry. We mustn’t forget that Cancer is also a cardinal sign, which means it has leadership qualities. As the first sector of a new season is pioneering as forceful as the new energies take hold and establish themselves.
Take this fluffy wolf, throw in Mercury the trickster, heat it up with Mars and the dark twin Pollux and you get a very intriguing breed of Cancerian indeed. In myth Mercury conversed between the gods and the underworld, he is a bridge and mediator between the two. Here we have the guides, a light in the inky black night. Dogs can guide the blind just as the stars guided the ships.
There can be a distrust of this decan, possibly because it takes these people a little time to shake off the coal dust from the underworld. They can seem a little scary in the bright sunlight, their ‘black looks’ showing up the wisdom lines in their faces, like coal miners. They come across like old souls in a child’s body which can be a bit disconcerting.
Devoted Wolves & Hermit Crabs
These folk’s super-success may come from a deep feeling of being unworthy or tarnished in some way. Nevertheless, these people are bright sparks and because of that, they attract a lot of envy. Often Cancer decan 2 don’t understand themselves why people are so jealous of them, when in fact they themselves are feeling envious of others .
Cancer decan 2 can be the true moody, crabby crabs. When Sirius heats up, it’s a searing white heat causing a very premenstrual type temper that comes like a bolt from the blue. In ancient times Sirius was associated with feverish temperatures, which brought pestilence. The star was actually not regarded as a good omen at all.
At the same time, Sirius was Orion’s trusted hunting dog. For the Egyptians, Orion is Osirus, and Sirius is Isis his beloved wife. This Goddess totally fits with the side of Cancer that we know as the devoted, nurturing moon. Isis association with Cancer decan 2 gives the ability to resurrect and ability to breath life into the dead.
Cancer decan 2 is the fixed (Scorpio) segment within the cardinal so it has the combination of passionate beginnings and the intensity of the established season. This bursting into bloom under the steady burn of the Summer Sun is known as the ‘Dog Days’.
Hysteria comes from the Latin word for the womb, which is ruled by Cancer. Much of the heebie-jeebies towards Cancer decan 2 comes from the fear of the hidden, the dark and the subconscious. Fairytales are very Cancerian, how many of them feature the Moon, big bad wolves, evil step-mothers, unicorns and twins? Mercury as the co-ruler of this decan brings in the connection with children.
These folk can live in an eternal childhood where everything is magical and surreal, this certainly shows up in some of the artists and musicians here. Some of them remain charmingly young-at-heart until old age, retaining the bounce and velvety soft veneer of a puppy. Negatively they can remain stubbornly childish, refuse to grow up and expect the world to take care of them till they drop.
Cancer decan 2’s lunatic side though is where great innovation happens. Cancer is associated with nostalgia and the past, so if Cancer decan 2 should be inspired by times gone by, it is presented or updated in a radically new way.
It will seem totally fresh even if it’s 2000 years old. Cancer does need to recognise when it is fully spent whether creating or caring. If these lunar types don’t honor their moods, they can really lash out.
Cancer decan 2 simply cannot give, give, give 24/7 without some serious, Sirius burnout. Then the fire-breathing dog that the ancients warned about surfaces. This happens when the native has not given themselves enough time to become hermit crab for a few days each month. Cancer decan 2 burns brightly and brings fame, which can bring unwanted attention. For this reason, they must trust their instincts and retreat into their shell when they have had enough of the spotlight.
The tarot card associated with this decan is the three of cups. This is a celebratory life and suggests good karma earned much as the trine aspect is. “The Multiple Choice of Feast or Famine aspect of this card could find you moving from a period of drought in your love-life to having several potential partners to choose from all at the one time.
If there has been a separation or falling out between partners the Three of Cups can symbolise a happy reunion.” ~ Teachmetarot. The joy of brightest star Sirius shines through here. It could also mean that this life you will have multiple marriages or many children. It could also signify a life spent socializing and organizing parties.
Cancer Decan 2 Fixed Stars
Cancer 11º 13’ ~ Alzirr on the right foot of Pollux in Gemini 3.4 *
Cancer 14º 05’ ~ Sirius in Canis Major the Greater Dog –1.4
Cancer 14º 58’ ~ Canopus in the keel of Argo Navis the Great Ship. – 0.7
Cancer 15º 52’ ~ Lynx 21 in the Lynx 4.4
Cancer 18º 31’ ~ Wasat in the waist area of Pollux in Gemini 3.5
Cancer 19º 32’ ~ Delta Monoceros in Monoceros the Unicorn 4.0
Cancer 19º 36’ ~ Muliphein in the neck of the Canis Major the Greater Dog 4.1
*Magnitude. Star positions for the year 2000.
Cancer Decan 2 Fixed Star Meanings *
Alzirr 11º, was included in the Arabic 4th manzil, Al Han’ah, meaning ‘The brand-mark’ usually a Brand on the right side of a camel’s, or horse’s, neck. Robson says that the Alzirr/Al Hanah connection signifies that is is “Favorable for hunting, besieging towns, and the revenge of princes, destroys harvests and fruits and hinders the operation of the physician.” Pollux was known as the evil, immortal twin hence the negative associations. Still, we mustn’t forget the influence of the Twins as a whole.
Cancer Decan 2 Planets & Angles
Sun Cancer 2
SIRIUS 14º “Sirius in conjunction with the Sun and well placed in the chart will be found to be the case with numerous important and famous personalities. Possibly, the rise in station is made possible by protection from people of influence.”  “ Success in business, occupation connected with metals or other martial affairs, domestic harmony. and “ A person who can be sacrificed to the larger need; a vocation which overrides the normalness of one’s life. To be swept up in emerging events.” [7a]
CANOPUS 15º “ Domestic affliction, trouble with father or parents, financial loss, danger of accidents, burns and fevers, unfavorable end to life.”  and “ Leadership which can be inspiration or dictatorial. To have the confidence to pursue one’s plans, but a tendency to over-dominate, over-protect.” [7b]
Austin Coppock calls this decan ‘the walled garden’ and says these people really need the right environment to thrive. “The natives cultivate their life carefully, nurturing their relationships and career toward maturity” But that they are ‘hot house flowers’ and therefore “there is a vulnerability…, and thus a fearfulness … when they are forced out of their comfort zone”  As blazing and cardinal as this decan is then, the Sun Cancer 2 is surprisingly vulnerable.
However, there are enough formidable characters below, plus the super-power that is the USA. But it is true that this energy really doesn’t like to get out of what it is familiar with, and familiar IS the word. They feel safest within their family group and if they are not close to their blood relatives they will stick close to others they consider to be their tribe. Staying loyal to their clique is also important as that way they can keep their precious protection!
We can see how the crab’s shell is very much that protective shield. Canopus shows the dark side of the decan and one where domestic life is far from blissful. This can be because these folk find it so hard to leave their family group, even if they are abusive.