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Famous Cancerians


Princess Diana | Prince William | Duke of Windsor | Nelson Mandela | George Bush


       


Princess Diana

Princess Diana

Princess Diana displayed typical Cancerian traits. Strongly ruled by powerful emotions, her erratic moods and apparently irrational behaviour didn't go down well in stoic royal circles. But the public loved her for her sincere compassion and overwhelming sense of empathy with others less fortunate than herself.

Those close to her have remarked on how quickly she could change from being open and generous to cold and unfeeling. Once Diana sensed a reason to withdraw her trust she placed a shield around her emotions without reason or explanation.

The Midheaven ruler, Venus, dignified in Taurus, added to her popular appeal, but as a Cancerian Diana had a natural dislike of being forced into the spotlight. There were times when she was comfortable with it, but others when her need to withdraw into her shell and find a private place to be alone with her moods was overwhelming.

Diana was not a natural 'fighter' but she demonstrated remarkable tenacity in refusing to give in. Cancerians make powerful adversaries when they are operating from a position of defence. When 'water-types' attack, they do so through manipulation and Diana was always great at persuading people to see things her way or work behind the scenes on her behalf. The Sun trine Neptune in Scorpio in the 10th house shows that Diana was connected with deep secrets and was attracted to exploring mysteries and conspiracies, involving herself in these at a personal level. The Sun's conjunction with retrograde Mercury in Cancer shows her dislike of public speaking. Cancer is traditionally termed a 'mute' sign because it often indicates a poor ability to express oneself with verbal eloquence.



Prince William

Prince William

Prince William has inherited his mother's Cancerian traits with both Sun and Moon angular in Cancer. There is also the strong Sun-Neptune link, but this time Neptune rises in opposition to the Sun, indicating extreme sensitivity to his emotional impressions. Another obvious reflection from his mother's chart is the dignified 5th house Venus, within 1 degree of Diana's at 24° Taurus - William will be a charmer and will always generate affection because of his ability to move people at an emotional level.

But unlike his mother's chart, which had a dignified midheaven ruler, William's 10th house cusp is ruled by a detrimented and cadent Mars, showing a difficult relationship to his identity as a professional royal. With the Cancerian inclination to dislike attention, it comes as no surprise that he has spoken publicly about his reservations over living under such constant public scrutiny. The strong Cancerian theme suggests that he would not enjoy a role filled with official public speaking engagements and in order for him to fulfil successful royal duties he would need to recreate the identity of his role, allowing less work with rigid political dogma and more with humanitarian concerns. His ability to use personal charisma to influence people could be a real advantage to the world if he is allowed to operate in a relaxed and fluid manner, incorporating flexibility in his approach and fighting behind the scenes for matters he believes in. The 9th house placement of Mars shows an emphasis on overseas and international affairs.

This chart shows that William is, like his mother, a 'people's person' with no obvious talent in academia. It will have to be accepted that there are times when William's moods go against what is expected of him and forcing him onto a platform at those times could be disastrous.



Duke of Windsor

Duke of Windsor

Cancer is evidently not a sign that revels in the distinction of being a British royal. The Duke of Windsor, Edward VIII, is famous for abdicating the throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. The Cancerian Sun in the 5th house of romance is in a tight trine with the impressionable Moon in Pisces in the 1st house. The Duke was clearly a romantic soul who let his heart and emotions reign above civic duties and royal honour.

Observers surely questioned why Edward didn't just give up his affair and keep life simple, but once a Cancerian has formed an emotional attachment it becomes an unbreakable bond that they are willing to sacrifice all for. And Cancerians don't just give up and walk away, they cling on with infuriating tenacity, refusing to play the game that is expected of them. Like Diana and William, Edward was loved by the British populace for his gentle sensitivity, his aura of vulnerability, and his caring, compassionate nature. He was immensely popular when he ascended to the throne and the Duchess of Windsor, lamented after his death: "He might have been a great King; the people loved him."

It is impossible to look at this chart and not see a reinforced warning of the need to relax the role that William is to play in any future monarchy. The location of Edward's Cancerian Sun recurring in William's own Sun-Moon conjunction in Cancer is notable, but Venus reflecting its influence around the 24th degree of Taurs yet again is remarkable. It is clear that the traits William has inherited from his mother are also reinforced from a legacy on his father's side too. But that's Cancer for you - one family drama after another…



Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela's 8th house Cancerian Sun is receiving the trine of the Moon from the cusp of the 12th house. This is a clear signature of someone who leads a very difficult life, dealing with oppression and suffering limitation of personal liberty in pursuit of ideals, and yet still managing to keep the faith and arise victorious. Of course, other factors tie into this, such as the exalted and angular Jupiter, ruler of his ascendant. Jupiter exalted in Cancer was clearly apparent in Mandela's 1994 Inaugural Speech, when he reminded his countrymen that it was their God-given duty to step out of the dark and be 'brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous'.

Cancer is a sign that has strong ties to ethnic cultures, traditions and issues of nationalism. Unable to entirely disconnect from the pain and suffering of others, Mandela was moved by the spirit of his people. Nothing brings out the fighting spirit of a Cancerian like the need to protect and secure the position of others. His chart again illustrates that the Cancerian's strength is not found in attack but by the determination to never give in. Through this, Mandela has taken a place in the world's history as a potent symbol of resistance and persistence.



George Bush

George Bush

George Bush's Cancerian Sun is afflicted by the square of the Libran Moon and its location in the 12th house, which is ruled by the Moon. This suggests that Bush struggles to understand his own emotional responses or at least feels uneasy about expresing them. Cancerians often seem to be living out family dramas and as an individual Bush has to deal with creating his own identity beneath the legacy of a world-leading father, and the political problems of maintaining a graceful persona whilst headlines get filled with tales of wayward daughters. Of course, this is a recurring theme in the Bush family, since George himself has admitted a period of unsettled behaviour and alchohol abuse. As a President, Bush is clearly driven by issues of nationalism, patriotism and conservatism, and his political agendas are strongly focused on 'traditional family values'.

The chart as a whole shows a great deal of ruthlessness, manipulative abilities and an inclination to operate in secret. Mercury rising in conjunction with Pluto gives the potential for powerful, political communication but Cancer is not a sign of verbal dexterity. Although Bush is a professional orator, it has to be admitted that he has attracted considerable attention for the gaffs in his speeches. Like most Cancerians he needs time to reflect and does not have a natural talent for thinking on his feet. Politically, Bush's 12th house Sun illustrates a theme of having to deal with subversive social issues where problems or opponents are not easy to identify. It also reveals an ongoing danger of manipulated facts coming to light and bringing professional damage.


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Constellation mythology and star lore of Cancer 




© Deborah Houlding, 19/06/03

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