I got this comment, ‘What is your advice on removing any fatalistic view on certain placements? There is such a massive emphasis on countless articles of the malefic effects for a Pisces ascendant that it is overwhelming! How would you suggest interpreting this info?’
I do not consider any ascendant to be evil or bad or good or anything. Each of the 12 ascendants have their particular attributes. Some of these attributes favour the material or the intellectual/ mental or emotional or the spiritual facets of life. Ultimately they are all beneficial. So I will try to write a few posts on the ascendant signs, the typical challenges that they face and their unique plus points from my perspective.
These posts will be in the nature of a study.
I have always considered Cancer ascendant to be the most challenging of the lot. But gives the biggest prize if you dare reach for it.
It is ruled by Moon, a luminary, linked to Ajnya chakra, his primary work is to take you within yourself ie spiritual. Cancer is the natural 4th sign of the zodiac and linked to the principle which sustains and binds you to this life.
- Moon is considered to be a friend by Sun, Mars, Jupiter.
- Neutral by Ketu.
- Moon is considered to be an enemy by Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Rahu. In addition its 6th house Sagittarius is owned by Jupiter and this is his Mooltrikon sign. So these 5 planets cannot be expected to give very good results outrightly, they need to be examined. Whatever is represented by these planets generally may be uncomfortable in life. Mercury particularly dislikes his father, Moon so Mercury-linked things may be distorted. Venues dislikes Moon’s brand of ‘needy love’ so all one-one relationships can be affected. Saturn the slowest graha is in charge of one-one partnerships and catastrophic traumatic changes both together. Rahu can sometimes drive the Moon crazy with his endless desires. And Jupiter will smile benevolently and expand the karmic service requirements.
So broadly the personality will be something like this.
Cancer ascendant is generally a mix of contradictory attributes, extremes are the norm. Analytical process, communication skills, ability to think logically, mental stability can get emotional. Streaks of rebellion or immaturity are possible. The vitality and energy of Cancer sign will decide the entire physical functioning. A watery sign, shy, gentle, unable to express his innermost feelings completely. The constitution is delicate, prone to bloating or salt imbalance type of diseases. Moon himself rules Cancer, so passion, emotion and mentality will also be significantly controlled by the 1st house itself. His attitude, perceptions and outlook will always change depending on what is influencing him at that time. So analyse the aspects/ dasha/ transits minutely and their influence especially on the ascendant sign and its lord/ Moon. He will be encouraging, sympathetic, over sensitive, emotional, sometimes high strung. Likes luxury items, interested in spiritual stuff and likes a comfortable life. There will be unexpected changes in his personality and environment, cyclic rhythms can be observed in life. He has a variable nature ranging from mild to furious. He does not get deep satisfaction from anything. Extremes are possible so may live a grossly materialistic life or attain even Moksh. Maintaining any sort of one-one relationships for long can get difficult as he likes change. If afflicted, he can get into a series of affairs as marriage may get unhappy. He needs love, but it is not ‘equal love’ it is ‘needy love’. He requires support and security.
His over riding quality is a deep internal ‘disinterest’ on all levels, material, emotional and spiritual.
If I get a horoscope, I try to find out if the person is materially inclined or spiritually. Thus I can speak what he understands best. With Cancer ascendant, he is at extremes. If the chart is spiritually inclined he can deny it completely and sincerely talk on the material and the other way around. If his material life is going well, he will long for the spiritual. And if the spiritual is going well, he will long for the material. He longs for the things which he cannot have at that point of time and thus is internally dissatisfied.
If Cancer is occupied by some planet then it will exert an inordinate amount of influence on the personality. Sun makes him passionate, dominating, but has to take efforts in one-one relationships. Moon here is better overall and he can help in marriage but health needs to be taken care of. Mercury gives a biting wit and intelligence but gives medical problems so be careful in typical dashas. Venus gives an attractive personality but can cause many physical affairs. Mars makes him an active leader, very intense personality, body is overheated always, also he can be impulsive. Jupiter can give good results here if the rest of the horoscope is supportive. Saturn here is not good in early life, later he may turn to spirituality and become great or remain materialistic and miserable. Rahu/ Ketu axis here can grant spiritual gifts.
Similarly if there are planets conjoint/aspecting the birth Moon they will also expert significant effect on the entire personality. If the Moon is in the 3rd 6th 8th or 12th the houses of turmoil especially, do analyse him in depth. If well aspected and powerful then the personality can use the challenges in life as opportunities.
Now let’s go deeper into his watery depths.
We have learnt about the Bhavat bhavam concept earlier. The 1st house is the bhavat bhavam for the 7th house and only for the 7th. Here the 1st house is ‘partnership of partnership’. The potential attributes of the 7th house will be given scope and actualised by the power of the 1st house. To ‘activate’ the 7th, the 1st has to give its energy. ie the 7th house is the potential related to marriage, business, partnerships, practices which take you to your own reality etc, but to make full use of this, the 1st has to divert its energies into the 7th.
Eg if you want to make the best of your marriage you have to give your own personal time, physical strength, mental energy, spiritual strength etc else the marriage will not realise its full potential. And since the energy of a house is limited, if you focus too much resource on your spouse, you might see yourself neglecting your business commitments or your spiritual practices or the other things linked to your 7th house. This is a general concept applicable across ascendants. (Similarly if you want to secure your 4th and 10th houses, your 7th house has to contribute its energy.)
The 1st and 7th houses are different from the rest, the rising and setting degree, ‘dawn and dusk’? The 1st is the morning dawn, things are coming out in the light. Things are more optimistic and if you have equal malefic v/s benefic influences on this, the benefic ones will give more results. The 7th house is the house of evening dusk, twilight, things are being obscured. Here the malefic influences are more powerful than benefic influences.
So always analyse this 1st/ 7th axis in depth to know about the entire personality. The 7th is the shadow part of the 1st. And choose your life/ business partners, spiritual practices and one-one relationships with the due diligence. They have a very direct effect on your personal energy.
And back to the Cancer ascendant with this 1/7 axis concept.
He has a difficult 7th house. His biggest trauma comes from one-one relationships. This spills over all the one-one relationships in the family/ friends, profession/ business, spiritual practice etc also, and can poison his life subtly. (Leo ascendants also have a similar possibility.) The basic premise remains the same,
(1) The ascendant lord moves rather rapidly. Moon covers one sign in 2.25days so the ‘ascendant return’ is around every 28 days. Sun covers one sign in every month, the ascendant return is once a year. Whenever the ascendant covers one complete movement around the zodiac the personality also completes one cycle and noticeably changes. Thus the rate of change (personality/environment) for these two ascendant signs is rather high, Cancer is the highest.
(2) These two are the luminaries, the Kings of the zodiac. They preside over the highest chakras, Ajnya-Moon and Sahasrara-Sun. Sun represents the self-ego and the Moon represents the summary of all your present, past, future, parallel selves. They both are different from the rest of the graha. (The lower 5 chakras are the 5 non-luminaries. The forces which push the perfection of the energy structure out of order are the two astral Rahu/ Ketu).
The 7th house for these two ascendants is either Capricorn or Aquarius, both owned by Saturn. Saturn considers both Sun and Moon as his enemy. The slowest Saturn completes his round of the zodiac in 30yrs. So the preferred partner does not change his basic personality for 30 long years and also dislikes sudden changes. Coupled with point (1), this factor alone is reason sufficient for disagreement in partnerships of marriage or business. Saturn is linked to the lowest Mooladhar chakra. He is earthy, bound by karma, hard-working, dour, resistant to change, servant class, very serious, the divine light is dimmed to the lowest denominator here. This with reference to point (2) above can ensure that ‘love’ or agreement in the marriage partnership soon becomes irrelevant and only duty remains. The person and the spouse, both are uncomfortable on the internal levels, often frustrated and alone. This affects the children if any. On the outer levels they may continue in a marriage of convenience or divorce. True companionship is denied.
Both Capricorn and Aquarius are owned by Saturn but there is a subtle difference between the two. Aquarius is the Mool trikon sign for Saturn and he is more comfortable here, ie the energies represented by Saturn are more easily expressed in Aquarius. Moon’s mooltrikon is in Taurus not Cancer. And the Sun’s Mooltrikon is Leo itself. Mooltrikon is an important concept when interpreting planets placed in own signs.
This basic premise will be modified by influences of other planets, their strengths and avastha-s. One placement does not make a reading and one has to see the entire horoscope holistically to come to a conclusion.
Back to our analysis, now partnerships. The 7th house, Capricorn.
Spouse prefers personal privacy, is highly secretive, he will never let on how he feels or what he is doing. Harsh, serious, attracted to material stuff, rigid, careful about money/ assets, hard working, conscious of social structure, somewhat strict. He is unemotional, also indifferent to other’s emotions etc. (For a Cancer ascendant guy, such a spouse can cause stress). Then this spouse will not be much interested in religious or spiritual stuff. There may be arguments on this specific topic. (This factor is very important. When I see charts for marriage, if the material is a bit dim but the emotional/ spiritual is supportive then the marriage will have its problems but mutual sympathy for each other’s emotions and faith in a common divinity can help the marriage survive.)
Now the weird part, inter-linked karma. When you marry someone you take on the characterises of his/ her 7th house. Marriage means that you really take on additional karma. If you observe people married to Cancer ascendants, they become all this as above, more so after the marriage. So if our Cancerian guy marries someone with the expectation that the tiny niggling doubts will ease out after marriage, it may not really happen like this. Tiny can suddenly flare up as Saturn and Capricorn change him and his spouse both after marriage. (I have seen a lot of Cancer ascendants. eg in my own family, have been observing my two maternal uncles, their wives+children in depth all my life.)
Though Saturn is its ruler, Capricorn can easily bend rules, ethics and morals if it thinks that this in its best interest. Capricorn is very clear on its personal level what it wants and has the determination to get it. Highly individualistic. All one-one relationships of the Cancer ascendant have this energy at the core.
(Families can be a great life-time study sample. Observing them, we learn a lot about ourselves. Eg I have 3 people with my similar ascendant+Moon sign under observation. When I got married, my Dad pulled out couples from his client database who have the same ascendant+moon sign as me and my husband as reference samples. Transits give similar results.)
Deeper into our Cancer ascendant guy.
The 1st house is Cancer so this sign allows his Capricorn spouse full expression in his own personality. Pure Capricorn is not a friendly sign for one-one relationships and it is the mirror for the Cancer ascendant. And Cancer allows other impressions to register on itself. Overall this can get complicated as Cancer mixed with Capricorn is uncomfortable. So he might take emotionally charged decisions connected to the 7th house keywords. eg leave a stable job and start an ill-considered business with an unsuitable business partner. Or take up some weird spiritual practice. If you are a Cancer ascendant remember that you should never take decisions in the heat of the moment. Take time, evaluate things, ask for opinions, be patient and then decide.
If Capricorn is occupied by some planet then the personality becomes extra susceptible to the influence of the spouse. So keep this in mind. But if Capricorn is vacant, then there is a real possibility that marriage with another person will not occur and the person will prefer to find the deepest relationship within himself.
On the marriage front, I have seen that some Cancer ascendants do not get married nor into serious relationships. They do some regular spiritual practice. Second possibility is that they have a distant marriage where the job involves travel or something so that they never get to really be at home. Third situation is that they get divorced or widowed or get into flings or illegally keep more wives than allowed by law. There have been several exclusive studies and actual books on Cancer ascendant.
On the business/ profession front, I have seen that these people generally do better in service, working in a company etc. If they start their own business, the possibility is that at least one business partner will cheat them. If they restart with another partner, the same pattern can repeat. Best for businessmen would be to go solo, ie not have a formal partner.
The take away point for Cancer ascendant is that he should be willing and able to endure, be patient, stick to schedules and projects. And second keep realistic expectations from the material and emotional fronts. And the third, to involve himself in spiritual practice on a regular basis. Try doing Dhyan using the Mantra Soham, it will take 30 mins daily or any spiritual practice which appeals to your nature. This will help you gain internal stability.
And all this is a reflection of Cancer’s deepest tendency, ‘disinterest’.
After all this, finally the wonderful plus point for the last.
This most challenging ascendent sign can grant the biggest prize, Self-realization.
If you analyse the horoscopes of enlightened Guru-s, the sages who attained Mukti, most of them are Cancer ascendants. There are books which have these horoscope collections and analysis, do study them, they are fascinating. He can be extraordinary on the spiritual. He is capable of secluding himself, withdrawing from the society, doing spiritual practices, deep mediations. Despite physically being with all he can still pursue the internal Light. He is inherently dissatisfied with everything, so he among all the other ascendants, can most easily focus in the pursuit of this most highest Eternal.
And the best part is that spiritual conquest also does not appeal to him, so there are less chances of him failing. He is not fascinated by occult powers, Siddhi and thus naturally avoids the pitfalls. He pursues the Ultimate in the same ‘it is of no consequence’ mindset, disinterest here too. If he has grace/ Guru-krupa on his side, he meets someone who constantly emphasises that he should continue doing his practice. He sort of drifts into Moksh.
My own Sat-guru, Shri Muppin Kadsiddheshwar (12:40 pm 23rd April 1905, Sangli, Maharashtra) attained Moksh in April 1934 at the age of 29yrs. Thus this theme of ‘disinterest’ then finds its real purpose.
(Have written about the Leo ascendent in my post here. Do read this post too. Both Cancer and Leo ascendants are similar in many ways.)