Category Archives: Cancer

Cancer 5 ~ “What’s the ‘motto’? Be the change.”


“What’s the ‘motto’? Be the change.”

The Span of Expansion

Phase 95

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Cancer 5° An automobile wrecked by a train

This is a symbol of the irresistible power of completion inherent in the very make-up of man’s world whenever a sequence of events once is set in motion, as is evident continually on the objective side of things. Implicit in the reversed symbolism is the concept of control, or the assurance that it is not necessary to continue any given action to the point of self-cancellation. The ultimate obligation of the individual is to himself, and not to the narrow and momentary direction of circumstances.

The keyword is DISPERSION

When positive, the degree is a special genius for a creative reorganization of all experience, and when negative, an insensitive recklessness.

The formula is: sustaining-critical-universal-specializing-physical-inspired.

Gorillaz, Rhinestone Eyes storyboard film

“Our principles are the springs of our actions. Our actions, the springs of our happiness or misery. Too much care, therefore, cannot be taken in forming our principles.” — Red Skelton

Interesting : This degree symbol is the opposite of the degree on Christmas Day, and therefore also included in the cross of the degree of Capricorn 5. Think about that. Hold that thought. Are you with me? Today is the upside-down cross of Christmas, the archetypal and symbolic birth of Christ.

This degree falls in the month of Ramadan

Interesting: The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ, which means scorching heat or dryness. Ramadan … is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in the hadiths.” Wikipedia: Ramadan

“So whoever of you lives to see (this month of Ramadan) should fast through it…” Surah Baqarah 2:184

Interesting: This degree and the two preceding, Cancer 3, 4 and 5, are also associated with the Feast Day of St. John the Baptist, on June 24th. One might also call to mind in this mix the Shakespearean play A Midsummer’s Night Dream, as was suggested to me. Riveting! The all-night fires lit to bring in the Feast of St. John, on St. John’s Eve, June 23rd, are protective in nature….

“When the sun sets on 23 June, Saint John’s Eve, is the eve of celebration before the Feast Day of Saint John the Baptist. The Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:36, 56–57) states that John was born about six months before Jesus; therefore, the feast of John the Baptist was fixed on 24 June, six months before Christmas Eve. This feast day is one of the very few saints’ days which commemorates the anniversary of the birth, rather than the death, of the saint being honored. The Feast of Saint John closely coincides with the June solstice, also referred to as Midsummer in the Northern hemisphere. The Christian holy day is fixed at 24 June; but in most countries festivities are mostly held the night before, on Saint John’s Eve.” Wikipedia: St John’s Eve

Interesting: Summer Solstice is now five days old, a feminine number, a quintile…

A Collision – A transference of energy – Change of the Highest Degree

So there is quite a puzzle here. Sensitive ones will understand the intensity of such energy in collision. Yang Mills Theory is suggested for a mathematical study in the scientific understanding of the quantum nature of such collisions—a train and an auto—of rotation and collision—of transference—of the mysteries and the yet-unanswered questions…

May I suggest these five as a great starting point,

That’s what I poured into myself on Cancer 5–if collision can’t be avoided, then get wrecked by the greater power of understanding. Where angels fear to tread….

“What’s the ‘motto’? Be the change.” Saijin

Image: Photo credit: Red Skelton and Earth’s Gold came from Star Colliding

Cancer 30 ~ “Again! Now, in full glory!”

“Again! Now, in full glory!”⁣

The Span of Ingenuousness

Phase 120

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Cancer 30 A Daughter of the American Revolution

This is a symbol of the enduring background in human relations as essentially dependent on an established tradition, and of a willingness to maintain it through a sharp rejection of any modifying influence of unsympathetic times or events. The emphasis here on an outer conservatism carries with it an implicit warning against any mere resistance to change, and also stresses the need for a life which is exemplary through its faithfulness to standards of proved worth.

The keyword is INHERITANCE

When positive, the degree is an infectious pride in leadership through which a group is able to act as a unit, and when negative, the ultimate betrayal of selfhood by a false assumption of superiority.

The formula is: sustaining-critical-universal-generalizing-spiritual-inspired.

Eye of the Tiger

Introducing a league of their own: Rewriting history with herstory…

The word ‘history’ comes from the Ancient Greek word ἱστορία or historia, which means ‘knowledge that is obtained by inquiry’. Rewriting History, not from the view of the conqueror, but from the perspective of wholeness or completeness.

Let’s do it! Erase and try again. Wipe that slate clean. Get rid of that old, one-sided story! Rewrite IT in the fullness of ITS glory.

Going Quantum!

Delayed Choice/Quantum Eraser ~ The Quantum Eraser of Time Itself: Choices made in the present moment affect not only the future, but also the past!

Wholeness: A circle.

Two circles overlapping at center-points = Pi ~ Dividing the circumference by the diameter.

Pi Approximation Day, after all, is 22 divided by 7 or July 22nd. Let’s rewrite “his story” by bringing IT into balance with “her-story”.

“Again! Now, in full glory!” Saijin

Cancer 29 “A fiat of perception.”

“A fiat of perception.”

The Span of Ingenuousness

Phase 119

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Cancer 29° A Muse weighing twins

This is a symbol of man’s continual if not always evident relationship with the over-reality in which he lives and moves and has his being, here given an emphasis on the side of inner reconciliations. Individual existence is always manifest as personality in the world of the senses and as reason in a realm of eternalities, and the effective union of these complementary functions is found in the immortal insights of a spiritual wholeness. A person knows himself now one way and now another, and thereby realizes his integrity in selfhood.

The keyword is VALUE

When positive, an effectiveness of judgment irrespective of momentary contradictions on every hand, and when negative, undisciplined perfectionism.

The formula is: sustaining-critical-universal-generalizing-spiritual-responsible.

You are the Eternal Universe by Alan Watts

The Muses in Greek mythology, poetry and literature, are the goddesses of the inspiration of Literature, Science and the Arts. They were considered the Source of Knowledge, and related this orally for centuries in the ancient culture through Poetry, Lyrics and Myths.

A Fiat of Perception

An effectiveness of judgement irrespective of contradictions on every hand. A master can effectively reason in the presence of duality. An official order given by someone who has power: an order that must be followed.

The Muses Still Speak!

The Great Invocation by Alice Bailey

From the point of Light within the Mind of God, Let light stream forth into the minds of men. Let Light descend on Earth.

From the point of Love within the Heart of God, Let love stream forth into the hearts of men. May Christ return to Earth.

From the centre where the Will of God is known, Let purpose guide the little wills of men—The purpose which the Masters know and serve.

From the centre which we call the race of men, Let the Plan of Love and Light work out, And may it seal the door where evil dwells.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” St. Catherine of Sienne

“She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.” JD Salinger, Catcher in the Rye

“A fiat of perception.” Saijin

Art by Alphonze Mucha

Cancer 28 ~ “Activate the key within.”

“Activate the key within.”

The Span of Ingenuousness

Phase 118

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Cancer 28° A modern Pocahontas

This is a symbol of effective co-operation between various phases of human culture, such as those which have become crystallized in a faithfulness to the special values they have held intact and those which provide the new potentials of a genuine frontier spirit. These differences as brought to unity are a stimulus to a greater differentiation of the self in its own illimitable capacity for expanded relationships.

The keyword is COMPATIBILITY

When positive, the degree is high skill in bringing older or neglected reality to the service of fresher and more vital self-fulfillments, and when negative, an inability to make personal adjustments and a stupid exaltation of conservatism.

The formula is: sustaining-critical-universal-generalizing-spiritual-receptive.

Vanessa Williams ~ Paint with All the Colors of the Wind

Unlocking the Civilization of Ancient Egypt

Just how special is a birthday—your birthday, let’s say?

Champollion deciphers the Rosetta Stone this day in history:

The Moment of Deciphering – the Big Breakthrough! “He returned to the text in hieroglyphics on the Rosetta Stone, and found … a phase referring to “birthday celebrations.” This clinched it. Overwhelmed by the power of his discovery, Jean François abandoned his room, and ran through the streets, to reach his brother, who worked nearby at the Institute de France. He raced into the room, shouting “Je tiens l’affaire!,”—“I got it!”

Source: The Unlocking of the Rosetta Stone on this day in history

“Activate the key within.” Saijin

Cancer 27 ~ “What matters and what doesn’t.”

Broken Spectre

“What matters and what doesn’t.”

The Span of Ingenuousness

Phase 117

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Cancer 27° A storm in a canyon

This is a symbol of a pyramiding reality on the side of external circumstances, or of violence and terror as divine in their capacity for lifting man out of his aplomb and demanding some manifestation of his inner ideals and enduring values. Here is the indomitable integrity of everything to be taken as of consequence in its own right, shown in the energy with which it preserves itself.  Nature ever dramatizes man’s unleashed powers, or his ability to rise in supremacy over each momentary crisis.


When positive, the degree is an enlistment of every resource in life for a heightened expression of self, and when negative, fatuous enjoyment of turmoil.

The formula is: sustaining-critical-universal-generalizing-spiritual-sensitive.

Passenger – Life’s for the Living

Seeing is believing, and believing is seeing! The Universe is always ready, able and willing to respond.

Brocken Spectre Heart

“I was flying over Oregon when I looked out and saw this heart-shaped figure,” he says. “It was one of those moments when the Universe aligns and takes your breath away.” DeFreece suspects, probably correctly, that the shape of the clouds bent the usual circular glory into the heart-shaped apparition. Mystery solved? Not entirely. Glories are caused by sunlight reflected backwards from water droplets in clouds. Exactly how backscattering produces the colorful rings, however, is a mystery involving surface waves and multiple reflections within individual droplets. Each sighting is a lovely puzzle, so grab the window seat and keep an eye on the clouds below.

When there is a storm in the canyon, especially one where evacuation becomes necessary due to the increasing and unrelenting intensity of the storm–when hunkering down will no longer do–there’s very precious time to gather the few things that you can take with you. This decision making under pressure becomes equal in intensity to the storm itself. What will I take? What will I leave behind? Knowing that total destruction may result, we now find ourselves grabbing this and clutching that. Here now, in our arms, are those things we truly value most!

I recall a true story about a woman whose house was on fire and ran out with her collection of wigs! The teller of the tale and I had a good chuckle, but inside ourselves, I suppose we were both wondering what we’d find in hand after the “storms” of our lives had passed by. Sobering thoughts… We need to be clear on…

“What matters and what doesn’t.” Saijin

Image credit: Tony DeFreece, July 13, 2014, Woodland, Oregon, USA

Cancer 26 ~ “There’s no time like the present.”

Read Me

“There’s no time like the present.”

The Span of Ingenuousness

Phase 116

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Cancer 26° Contentment and happiness in luxury, people reading on davenports

This is a symbol of a pure mastery of experience in its outer aspect, and of a full capitalization on the potentials of all being in a personal and ultimately immortal realization. The static symbolism is a warning against idle self-indulgence, and an emphasis on the fact that any lessening of practical responsibility is primarily a call to self-strengthening and a prelude to some greater outreaching.

The keyword is REPOSE

When positive, the degree is a relaxation valuable for the momentary sustainment of human aspiration whenever it is strained beyond its powers of self-regeneration, and when negative, the loss of all reality in a needless softness of living.

The formula is: sustaining-critical-universal-generalizing-spiritual-experimental.

Go the Distance ~ Michael Bolton

Taking a well-deserved break

You deserve a break! Sit back, put your feet up, relax! Feel better?

Okay, soon you’ll have to get back at it! But for now, just relax. You’ve earned it.

Remember the Library of Alexandria? Well, in Marc’s personal reflections on the Sabian symbols in 1931—not 1953, which were the official Sabian symbols later written for the public—Marc described Cancer 26 this way: “The magnificent, luxurious library of some wealthy home is revealed; among the cushions several guests are reading.” The keyword at that time was not Repose; it was Relaxation, and he interpreted it as a degree of whole souled participation in life, positively, and negatively as a surrender to trivitality. He said, “..the soul does not depend on these things, but reaches out to higher objects of interest.”

When you go into a library, you will see signs or be reminded by the librarians to “Please be quiet.” Why? Respect. Respect for what? For the fact that, these many people reading books are actually in many diverse worlds. You see their bodies only. If you could see what they see… If you could inhabit the many worlds inhabited within their minds through the pages of these books simultaneously, I dare say you would experience an adventure of quantum magnitude! So, please, whether trivial to you or not—please respect the mastery of experience of these resposed and relaxing ones! They are on a high adventure well-earned and of personal and ultimately immortal realization. Now, go choose a book and take a break. You deserve it!

“There’s no time like the present.” Saijin

Image credit: Read Me!

Cancer 25 ~ “Let the world keep on spinning.”


“Let the world keep on spinning.”

The Span of Ingenuousness

Phase 115

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Cancer 25° A dark shadow or mantle thrown suddenly over the right shoulder

This is a symbol of the irrevocability of man’s obligation to the reality of which he is a part, with the emphasis on his capacities of leadership as a revelation of racial stewardship on the more personal or spiritual side. Self-expression here is a release of his inner potentialities, and it becomes both an individual gratification and an expanding responsibility to all other individuals making up the social complex.

The keyword is DESTINY

When positive, the degree is some dramatic manifestation of genius vital to the general welfare of man, and when negative, a tendency to unwarranted presumption if not outright megalomania.

The formula is: sustaining-critical-universal-generalizing-social-inspired.

When life turns on a dime, have no fear! You can do it! …thanks to your sixth sense, that is! So, go with the flow!

Ahmad Wali – Dost

They say that we find our destiny on the road we take to avoid it. In astrology chart reading, there is a point called the Vertex, also known as the point of destiny–a point that, when utilizing the Sabian symbol for that degree, can assist us in understanding more about those unavoidable turns that direct us to our destiny. If so, then maybe we won’t have to be so surprised when we get thrown a curve ball by life, but instead, come to those moments with conscious participation rather than a desire for escape or avoidance. You can go through life kicking and screaming or you can go through life with your shoulders back and your chin up–either way, you’re here which means you ARE going through life one way or the other. It’s about knowledge and choice.

When things turn on a dime

Dimes are not only the smallest coin used in US currency, but also the thinnest, measuring only 17.91 mm or .705 inches in diameter and 1.35 mm or 0.053 inches in thickness. To “turn on a dime” then, is an expression of changing direction rapidly, but also in a very small space, i.e., a tight turning radius. By extension, anything that can “turn on a dime” makes a radical change in direction and very quickly.

Proprioception – the Sixth Sense

“Our bodies are incredibly good at moving, often without any conscious involvement. Just think: sitting down, standing up, picking up objects, throwing, catching, jumping, skipping, running… The reason we can make all of these movements without thinking (or falling over) is because of something called ‘proprioception’ – our body’s sense of its own position, balance and movement. Proprioception provides us with ‘body awareness’ and is commonly referred to as our ‘sixth sense’.”

Go with the flow

When life turns on a dime, whether by conscious choice or by outside circumstance, consider going with the flow until you have a grasp of the new energies you find yourself in. That which we resist persists. Knowledge of the new surroundings is critical, i.e., seek first to understand and then to be understood. To go with the flow is not advisement to go wherever the wind blows, but to take stock of the new environment, and to look before you leap.

When life turns on a dime, shout out, “Plot twist!”

“Let the world keep on spinning.” Saijin

Photo credit: Sufi swirling dance, or dervish dance, from Turkey

Cancer 24 ~ “Looking back it started here.”

Matrix Revolution Ending

“Looking back it started here.”

The Span of Ingenuousness

Phase 114

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Cancer 24° A woman and two men on a bit of sunlit land facing south

This is a symbol of the soul’s necessary decisiveness in the basic allegiances of life, here emphasized in the terms of practical or everyday relations. There must be a mediation between the competing demands for immediate attention to various transient needs, and for some consistent or over-all goal which will bring an individual’s efforts into a cohesive pattern. The inner capacities must be disciplined continually for the sake of a plethora of outer opportunities.

The keyword is INCEPTION

When positive, the degree is an unusual gift for organizing and exploiting the self’s potentials, and when negative, a devastating sense of ineptitude and estrangement from reality.

The formula is: sustaining-critical-universal-generalizing-social-responsible.

Reba McEntire ~ Fancy

As fancy is to beauty, the thorn is to the rose.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, first appeared in the 3rd century BC in Greek. It didn’t appear in its current form in print until the 19th century, but in the meantime there were various written forms that expressed much the same thought. In 1588, the English dramatist John Lyly, in his Euphues and his England, wrote:

“…as neere is Fancie to Beautie, as the pricke to the Rose, as the stalke to the rynde, as the earth to the roote.”

Transcendence is not Fantasy

Wholeness requires both dark and light, for without either, there would not be the possibility of the other to be manifest. According to Marc Edmund Jones, “Living is real when it embraces the totality of its contact and the whole in its uttermost ramification of awareness. An entering of the transcendent achieves this because all things in their transcendence are sublimated in the fulfillment of self.”

Desideratum: Something that is wished for or considered desirable.

Aristotle explains, “We may assume the superiority [ceteris paribus] of all things being equal, of the demonstration which derives from fewer postulates or hypotheses—in short from fewer premises; for… given that all these are equally well known, where they are fewer, knowledge will be more speedily acquired, and that is a desideratum. The argument implied in our contention that demonstration from fewer assumptions is superior may be set out in universal form…”

Thus, in my reflections, I see the two men as the duality of that which the woman is able to now see in wholeness. She has this power to synthesize, the take duality and transcend it into a triad of awareness because in such an isolated situation–on a bit of land, in such close proximity and not scattered at a distance—as well as facing south, or towards the sun, astrologically speaking, she is able to keenly focus and assess with unsurpassable speed and accuracy. Here, wholeness is revealed fully to her view. Likewise, here on this degree of Inception, we have the potential to capture a more perfect view, from source to timeless opportunity.

“Looking back it started here.” Saijin

Screencapture: Matrix Revolutions, ending

Cancer 23 ~ “When push comes to shove, digest.”


“When push comes to shove, digest.”

The Span of Ingenuousness

Phase 113

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Cancer 23° Meeting of a literary society

This is a symbol of man’s resourcefulness in developing new areas of experience on the imaginative side, and of his genius for widening his interests and stimulating everybody to broader ideals and more rewarding goals in everyday living. The continual re-examination of a general intellectual and aesthetic inheritance becomes a heightening of personal identity, and the individual achieves a very genuine estimation of his fellows.

The keyword is CRITICISM

When positive, the degree is accomplishment through an exacting appreciation of common effort and a rigorous revelation of private acts and attitudes, and when negative, a substitution of idle discussion for actual participation in reality.

The formula is: sustaining-critical-universal-generalizing-social-receptive.

God speaks to Moses from the Burning Bush

The Element and the Essence of Fire

By all means, bring it to the meeting, just be sure how you use it! Fire, the element, can burn to ashes; Fire, the essence, can inspire and lift up… Tricky stuff, fire…. Think of it this way:

To consume by destructive or constructive means. To digest the inspiration and essence for upliftment or to spew forth the flames to burn to ashes? Therein lies the choice.

A meeting is a gathering or assembly for a common purpose. Yet, the keyword is criticism. Criticism, like fire, can be either constructive or destructive. Before attending the meeting, we might want to consider the potential outcome of both types…

Consume: To destroy or expend by use; use up. To eat or drink up; devour. To destroy, as by decomposition or burning: Fire consumed the forest. To spend (money, time, etc.) wastefully. To absorb; engross: consumed with curiosity. To undergo destruction; waste away. To use or use up consumer goods.

Digest: To convert (food) in the alimentary canal into absorbable form for assimilation into the system. To obtain information, ideas, or principles from; assimilate mentally. To arrange methodically in the mind; think over: to digest a plan. To bear with patience; endure. To arrange in convenient or methodical order; reduce to a system; classify. To condense, abridge, or summarize.

A Sacred Meeting

“And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.” Exodus 3:2 KJV

Here’s another example , this time of a meeting didn’t go so well….

The Library of Alexandria Burns: The Library of Alexandria was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. Famous for having been burned, thus resulting in the loss of many scrolls and books, it has become a symbol of “knowledge and culture destroyed.” Although there is a tradition of the burning of the Library at Alexandria, the library may have suffered several fires or acts of destruction, of varying degrees, over many years. Different cultures may have blamed each other throughout history, or distanced their ancestors from responsibility, and therefore leaving conflicting and inconclusive fragments from ancient sources on the exact details of the destruction. Experts differ on when books in the actual library were destroyed. Manuscripts were probably burned in stages over eight centuries. Wikipedia

So, if you are called to a meeting, please make sure you inspire and lift up. Otherwise, if you get hot-tempered, hot-headed, ready to set a match to the place, please, bite your tongue, zip your lip, excuse yourself until you can regain composure. You aren’t a child. Besides, adults don’t let children play with matches. If this advice for good manners at meetings isn’t followed, the Universe will conspired to make you eat your words—like a flame—at the right time in the future. Justice must be fulfilled.

“When push comes to shove, digest.” Saijin

Image: Library of Alexandria Burns

Cancer 22 ~ “I came but to re-member.”


“I came but to re-member.”

The Span of Ingenuousness

Phase 112

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Cancer 22° A woman awaiting a sailboat

This is a symbol of the creative poise and quiet range of perspective which give real power to the human soul, endowing it with its gift for sustained interest in the present situation and its constructive attitude towards each ramifying potentiality of things to be. Here man exalts his destiny as he is aware of the ships that may come in for him, and he learns that it is through the consummation of idea and not the pyramiding of facts that life achieves its more enduring reality.

The keyword is EQUANIMITY

When positive, the degree is a sure insight into the meaning of chance events and the current drift of circumstance, and when negative, senseless dependence on accidents of fortune.

The formula is: sustaining-critical-universal-generalizing-social-sensitive.

Eric Whitacre — Fly to Paradise

The Ugly Duckling (Danish: Den grimme ælling)

The Ugly Duckling is a literary fairy tale by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen (1805 – 1875). The story tells of a homely little bird born in a barnyard who suffers abuse from the others around him until, much to his delight (and to the surprise of others), he matures into a beautiful swan, the most beautiful bird of all. The story is beloved around the world as a tale about personal transformation for the better.

How did I get to this story of the ugly duckling from a woman awaiting a sailboat? One whose time seems to never come, answers/desires that seem never to manifest. Until they do. Patience is a virtue.

Time is too slow for those who wait,
too swift for those who fear,
too long for those who grieve,
too short for those who rejoice,
but for those who love, time is eternity.

Henry Van Dyke

“I came but to re-member.” Saijin

Photo credit: Doug Crittendon