Cancer And The Shadow One has to speak gently of Cancer because s/he is likely to be highly fragile when in the grips of the Shadow side. Cancer’s Shadow may often be worn on the sleeve and be readily apparent as part of even the pretty healthy Water woman or man, so it’s difficult to separate this moody, swirling down energy from the typical Cancerian collection of emotions. Those emotions that are positive are like the harvest full Moon, radiant, compassionate, gentle, kind, caring, nurturing, mothering somewhat get turned inward and subtly cantankerous. The Cancer Shadow can come up mean and quite likely manipulative. Often there is a kind of smouldering attitude that makes another person feel as though s/he’s done something wrong to the Cancer—and s/he has! S/he did not give Cancer what that Cancer needs—and probably never will. For the Cancerian need well is deep and requires almost endless attentiveness and offerings. Though large amounts of love would seem to be the succor that the Cancer needs, it’s questionable whether the love will be interpreted well or received. Therapist spend large amounts of billable hours trying to show Cancer she or he is loved, to no avail. I suspect that it’s only through the family (and maybe specifically the mother) that Cancer can find some shadow redemption from the innuendo of You-don’t-love-me-adequately syndrome. And unfortunately it may have to be through some trauma, like an accident, or near-death experience of a member of a sister or son. Some sort of wake-up call. Perhaps the Cancer himself or herself goes through some incapacitating experience, and gets to feel the persistent and present love of others and gets it. Yes I am loved. And the insecurities drop off during the ensuing time. Short of some spontaneous intervention, probably the only challenge to this Cancerian Shadow is continuous being there and taking the quiet blows until the Cancer eventually trust that you REALLY care. That will take a high spiritual path on your part, to say the least. For the dedicated self-rising Cancer, I urge some therapy that diminishes resentment, and this can get rounded up to emphasizing intention to be emotionally self-reliant, independent of the positive or negative mother-memories. Intention and/or Prayer are probably needed for this Water sign since the emotions are so bottomless. Curiously due to the lack of emotional certainty perhaps, Cancer has an almost belligerent assertion of what s/he KNOWS is correct—Astrologically described by Cancer’s preceding 12th Sign, Gemini. Again, opting for humility helps this Shadowy part—plus being honest. Cancer is so often persuaded by the emotions that its intelligent appraisals are often off. Being ready to see one’s mistaken perception will go a long way to elevating Cancer’s Spirituality.