Cancer Decan 3 ~ July 12 to 22


Cancer decan 3 is ruled by the Moon and Jupiter (Pisces Triplicity). The Sun shimmers through the Twins, the Unicorn, the Great Bear, the Greater Dog and the Lesser Dog from July 13 to 22. These are your true lunatic Cancerians with the influence of the famous constellation of the twins Castor & Pollux. These twins were rivals, but also inseparable.

We are dealing here with polarities; Good and Evil, the living and the dead, left-brain and right-brain, Lunar and Solar. Castor is thought to represent Apollo the sun god. The imagination is very strong here, along with the ability to capture it and put it into words. People born under the twins make excellent writers.

Castor tends towards optimism, looking at the bright side of life and boosting esteem. He makes a great motivator and his skill was training horses. Pollux is the boxer and daredevil. His creative style is to explore the hidden, the shadow and subject matter that is deemed taboo. Pollux relishes in exploring the seedy side of life.

In love Cancer decan 3 are utterly, utterly devoted to a fault. This can be quite overwhelming for their beloved. Cancer decan 3 really need some artistic or musical outlet for them to process their deep dark passions and euphoric highs. Sometimes these people can seem like the classic bipolar. When they are up they are flying; exuberant, charming, fun and playful. When they are down though, it can actually be quite scary… It is often a shock to see them this way to those who have only seen Cancer 3’s sunny side.

These folk can sometimes find it hard to balance their two sides. On the one hand, they can be totally together, organised, responsible and the perfect parent. Their nurturing side pulls out all the stops when they have someone to look after and they are fantastically good in a crisis. Cooking, cleaning and nursing those in need, silently, lovingly, efficiently and without judgement.

The Cancerian/Lunar influence often makes them too trusting, but they also have a great skill with words and can tell some whopping lies to save their own skin if they really have to. However, when Cancer decan 3 has no one to care for, it can all fall frighteningly apart. Unbelievably these Lunar types find it really hard to look after themselves.

Giddy Artists & Mood Swings

Some Cancer decan 3’s go to pieces if they suddenly lose their ‘patient’. In the very worst cases, they can totally go to seed. No more lovely baking smells from the kitchen or spotless complexion. Now the house is an utter tip and they have grown hair in places you didn’t know hair could grow… Mostly, however, Cancer decan 3 are very conscious of their appearance, their physique in particular.

They can be very athletic and maintaining the body beautiful is important to them. Here we find keen body-builders, gymnasts, ballerinas or dancers since Pollux was a boxer after all. The body to them is a work of art and even those who aren’t manic gym bunnies will somehow make a statement with their bodies. Having many piercings or tattoos could be one way, or just simply having elaborate facial hair.

When we overlay Cancer onto the twins we get a huge variety of moods. Cancer decan 3 can, therefore, be the moodiest of all the crabs, never knowing if they will be sunny or shadowy. Their emotions being so colourful are great for creativity. As artists they throw themselves right into their work, there is no holding back. The feelings flood out onto the canvas and are able to touch the public profoundly.

People with this Cancer decan 3 strongly tenanted like to live life on the edge and are always full of surprises. Castor and Pollux both have, (According to Robson ) an ‘Evil disposition’ (olde astrological term for homosexuality) depending on how they are configured. Maybe the Twins ‘bi-ness’ can lead it to experimentation and gender fluidity.

The Tarot card associated with this decan is the 4 of Cups. The ambivalence shown in this card fits well with the polarisation of this decan. A card of boredom and apathy on the one hand and daydreaming and fantasizing on the other.

Maybe this card longs for the dramatic mood swings that govern this decan. “The Four of Cups generally brings with it the blues and moodiness. (Cancer decan 3 is the moodiest, moon ruled decan) In some cases it can highlight depression…you may have lost touch with reality and are totally ungrounded.

You may have allowed yourself to indulge in daydreams and fantasies and have become too idealistic imaging life to be a certain way.” Karmically this card can mean too many lives have been spent procrastinating, and waiting for the 100% perfect person or opportunity to come along. It ” can sometimes simply highlight the fact that you are too tied up in your own little world, too self-absorbed and too self-centred. You may feel that the whole universe revolves around you and have no time for other people’s problems or feelings. You may seem negative to others and see the ‘glass as half empty’ in this negative state of mind.” ~ Teachmetarot.

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Cancer Decan 3 Fixed Stars

Cancer 20º 14’ ~ Castor in the head of the mortal twin in Gemini 1.5 *
Cancer 20º 40’ ~ Adara in the back leg of the Canis Major the Greater Dog 1.5
Cancer 22º 12’ ~ Gomeisa in the neck of the Canis Minor the Lesser Dog 3.1
Cancer 23º 00’ ~ Musida on the muzzle of Ursa Major the Great Bear 3.5
Cancer 23º 13’ ~ Pollux in the head of the Immortal Twin in Gemini 1.1
Cancer 23º 24’ ~ Wezen in the heart of Canis Major the Greater Dog 2.0
Cancer 25º 47’ ~ Procyon in the body of Canis Minor the Little Dog 0.3
Cancer 29º 04’ ~ Alpha Monoceros in the Monoceros the Unicorn 4.0
Cancer 29º 18’ ~ Aludra in the tail of Canis Major the Greater Dog 2.4

*Magnitude. Star positions for the year 2000. 

Cancer Decan 3 Fixed Stars *

Castor 20º is the supposedly “good” twin and was the horse trainer. He holds a harp in his hand so has musical talent and artistry. Sophisticated Castor was refined and civilised but still got into scrapes with his wilder brother, however. The influence of the dark side is never far away, for Robson say although “It gives distinction, a keen intellect, success in law and many travels, fondness for horses, sudden fame and honor”….This great success can often be followed by “loss of fortune and disgrace, sickness, trouble and great affliction. Its natives are said to be mischievous and prone to violence.” 

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Cancer Decan 3 Planets & Angles *

Sun Cancer 3

Castor 20º “Prominence in occult matters, government work dealing with foreign affairs, serious accidents, blows, stabs (operations nowadays for blows, stabs, wounds), shooting, shipwreck, injuries to the face, blindness, disease, violent fevers, evil disposition (used to be a term in astrology for homosexuality), rape or murder committed or suffered, imprisonment, banishment, decapitation.” [4a] ” Skilled with language, a profession linked with writing and communication. A storyteller, a poet or songwriter, one who loves to learn. A speech is given, a writer is honored.” [5a]
Pollux 23º “Occult and theosophical interests, blows, stabs, serious accidents, shooting, shipwreck, murderer or murdered, extreme sickness and diseases, fevers, ailments affecting the stomach, evil disposition (used to be a term in astrology for homosexuality), riches and honor but final ruin, blindness, injuries to head and face, quarrels, rape committed or suffered, banishment, imprisonment for embezzling, violent death, decapitation.” [4b] “ To be considered a researcher or inventor. To choose the path of greatest challenge, greatest growth, the path that wrestles with obstacles. The focus is on a person with different ideas.” [5a]
Procyon 25º “Great help from friends, gifts and legacies if not afflicted, military preferment after great struggles and expense. If rising or culminating kingly preferment.” [4c] ” Exceptionally skilled, but needing to diversify talent. The sportsperson; or to have skills that do not carry forward into the elder years. A time of sporting success or short-lived, ephemeral glories.” [5c]

Good twin or bad, this decan is a difficult one, especially if the Sun is positioned within the first 5 degrees of it. The Sun is not evened redeemed by any special strength here by dignity either. You can see by the names below that some of them are indeed tortured writers and comics. The stress of keeping up the happy Castor facade over a dark Pollux interior is shown very clearly in the case of Robin Williams.

This is also a position where this Sun shines very bright in its youth but suffer burn-out by middle age. The native must realize that they really need to make hay while their midsummer Sun shines. They must guard against wasting their prime time weighed down by the wrong partner or fritting away any wealth they might have acquired.

Investing wisely while they are flying high is advised. Buying property that puts a roof on their head will give them the stability they need while they take risks in other areas. This placement also attracts conflict and drama because it is so interested in taboo topics and ‘no-go’ areas. Cancer Sun 3 can ruffle a lot of feathers while it does its researching, which is why they really need a safe homestead to retreat into.

Remember the Cancer crab needs its shell. The father can sometimes step in and provide the protection that these errant types need. Unfortunately, the parent is more often the Peter Pan type who is idolized as some kind of anti-hero. In that case, it becomes Cancer Sun 3’s partner’s job to hold that doggy leash.

SUN CANCER 3 EXAMPLES: Angela Merkel, Nelson Mandela, John Dee, Myra Hindley, Ingmar Bergman, Richard Branson, Robin Williams, Harrison Ford, Benedict Cumberbatch, William Dafoe, Natalie Wood, Brigitte Nielsen, Donald Sutherland, Patrick Stewart, David Hasselhoff, Diana Rigg, Selena Gomez, Rufus Wainwright, Ian Curtis, Stewart Copeland, Carlos Santana, Brian May, David Essex, Cat Stevens, Neptune Discovery, Norway Massacre, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Rembrandt, Gustav Klimt, Amedeo Modigliani, Edgar Degas, Ernest Hemingway, Nick Faldo.


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1. The Living Stars, Dr Eric Morse, p.43.
2. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.41.
3. Fixed Stars. Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889, p.134.
4a, 4b & 4c Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923. Robson, p.155, p.186, p. 191.
5a,5b & 5c Star & Planet Combinations. Bernadette Brady. p. 146/147, p. 196/197 & p. 200/201.
6. The 36 Faces. Austin Coppock. p. 119.

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