Cancer Ascendent, an analysis

Over the years of counselling clients, I have seen their various types of horoscopes and followed their lives. The most complicated ascendent is Cancer or “karka lagna”. Cancer is the 4th sign of the Zodiac ruled by Moon/Chandra.

Cancer Ascendent, an analysis

Our lives are most defined by our personality, this is the realm of the first house. This first house also defines the status in society, vitality, the personal ego, sense of self, the face and the physical structure too.

For the Cancer ascendent person the personality has the following challenges. These challenges are felt even more acutely by males than females. I am describing the worst case scenario below. The situation may be better if there are stabilizing aspects from benefic planets like Jupiter.

  1. Moon in the sky changes its sign every 2.25 days. So the lord of the ascendent in transit changes its aspect on the native every 2.25 days. Also as the moon completes one round of the zodiac in 28 days the person has his ascendent lord return every month! This makes the personality very fluid. These persons may seem actually fatter or thinner or visibly weak/stronger every 2.25 days. They are “new” every 2.25 days and completely different every 28 days.
  2. The personality is very changeable. The emotional nature is highly unpredictable. Whenever the transit moon is 6th, 8th and 12th from the ascendent sign or the birth moon sign these persons will have something going wrong on an emotional level which then spills over on their physical bodies too. So approx 13 days out of 28 days they will be emotional or physical wrecks for no good reason.
  3. These individuals are highly passionate, attracted to the opposite sex from a young age and have a good number of pre marital and extra marital affairs or follow a cycle of marriage divorce remarriage. The reason is that they are highly attractive themselves, beautiful even. And they also get attracted very easily to romance, beauty and multiple partners. As per the stories the Moon has 27 wives, the 27 constellations/nakshatras and spends 1 day of the month with each of his wives. So a Cancer ascendant person can never be satisfied with material pleasures, needs constant change.
  4. They are never satisfied with their wife/husband. This is because the 7th house from Cancer is Capricorn. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn. The partners of Cancer are highly stable individuals, resistant to change, hard working, restrictive, strict, unromantic, Saturnine. They are highly conscious of their work and role in society. Cancer ascendants will always be attracted to and marry but soon get bored with their destined Saturn partners. Thus the huge number of affairs.

By now you might think that I am taking pot shots at the Cancer personalities. No, I want to make them aware that, ‘you have chosen a hard path and you need to listen from someone how hard it is’. And also to tell them, how can they make the most of the unique opportunities that Cancer ascendent has to offer.

  1. Accept the fact that the Moon is going to make or break you and request for his help. Every Monday think of the Moon with gratitude. You can recite the beej mantra of the moon, “Om shrang shring shroung sah chandraya namah, om”, once, thrice, 108 times as you wish.
  2. Calculate the the days when you are possibly going to trip emotionally from this post. Count the transit moon signs 6th, 8th and 12th from your ascendent and birth moon sign both. About 13 days out of 28. On those days eat one spoon of curd and sugar first thing in the morning.
  3. Avoid alcoholic drinks. This is one risk you simply cannot afford to take. Substitute with a lemon soda or grape juice or something, but avoid alcohol.
  4. If you are unmarried as yet, get married only after matching the horoscopes. The Indian method of horoscope matching ensures that you get the best possible option. Remember that you will be most stable with a Saturn oriented wife/husband. The Saturn partner ultimately is the best choice for them as only a Saturn can patiently tolerate and live with this Cancer personality.
  5. Remember you are more than your emotions and your lovers. Look inside you, you are a natural philosopher as you are aware of philosophical internal conflicts and humanities deepest natures. Write about it! You have the creative seeds of a significant writer or artist. This will help you in bringing out your deepest emotions and framing it in words or art will help you understand yourself better.
  6. And the best for the last. The cancer ascendent has the best built in option for spirituality. If you can get that moon driven Mind under the control of your Consciousness, that is it! A cancer ascendent is a level up in the game of spiritual development. You can be great in the spiritual arena. The energies of the subconscious and unconscious states will always be very easily accessible to you. Learn to manipulate energy, learn reiki, learn to see auras, learn tarot/cartomancy, runes, iChing. Learn to control your mind. Meditate, do Dhyan. In my blog there are lots of easy 5 minute a day baby practices which may appeal to you. Be aware of yourself and Practice!

Cancer ascendants need to follow established rules and pathways. They follow their parents, teachers, and their traditional culture/customs. They have a very deeply emotional inner self which is accessible and guides them. As Moon’s major character is to reflect and absorb, also take not of the planet who is conjunct/aspecting this Moon, the Ascendant Lord.

So Cancer Ascendent, the most unique of the ascendants, 1/12th of the population will have it. You are humans with such great potentials but always challenged by your Minds. Rise up the challenge and may your Consciousness win!


Cancer Ascendent, an analysis

Of a yogi and a tantrik

These two words have become a fashion statement these days, Every aspirant on a spiritual path calls himself or herself a yogi or a yogini. And a student of the “black magic” calls himself a tantric, because it seems like a cool thing to do! So who is a Yogi and who is a Tantrik? Do you do not have to leave your house or indulge in weird stuff or dress up crazy? No, both these terms in their essence are a way of thinking. Read on.

Our soul carries with it a huge chunk of karmic load which needs to be worked through and balanced out. This is a weight on our soul and prevents us from knowing our real self truly. So we work our way through it slowly but surely in every life we take. The trick is to not create new stuff for us to carry while we are on it.

When we were born all of us decided on how much of this karmic load we are going to deal with in this life. Now there are 2 ways of dealing with this load, either you go through the actual process of repayment or you burn the “I owe you” slips. Eg. If you have hurt a lot of people physically in your past lives, you may have to become a doctor in this life to treat and heal them as patients and balance the energy. But as always, you have a choice, you can do this actually or return their energies by doing deep pujas/ dhyan/ spiritual activities targeted for the greater good. Both these ways are acceptable.

Now a tantrik is the one who does everything, but with awareness, immersing himself in the experience with complete awareness. Seeing everything that can be seen, but all through being very aware of what is the reality of the event, how is the experience affecting him, his mind and his consciousness. And once he has reached the maximum depth of the experience he recognises that he has seen everything that can be shown to him and now it hold no attraction of him. He will never ever be drawn to it again. This is a tremendous intellectual process where intention, awareness, intelligence, analytical ability, and conscience all play a role. Self control is also of the highest degree. The consciousness is so highly aware that it allows the mind to experience but also control the mind so effectively that after the experience is complete it does not allow the mind to again seek that same as a repeat performance. The path of the tantrik is called the left handed path or Vamachara in Sanatan Dharm.

Of a yogi and a tantrik

A yogi follows the right handed path, Dakshinchara. He refuses to even taste of the experiences available, thus avoiding getting caught in the net of temptations. He withdraws from the society, becomes a Sanyasi. He does intense puja, yagnyas, mantra sadhana, ultimately Dhyan. He prefers to burn out the karmic “I owe you’s” with the intense fire of his sadhana/tapa. This path of the yogi is also very difficult path. It is a complete  test of intention, intelligence, Shraddha/faith, awareness and firmness. The yogi has to control his mind and body so intensely that he does not feel even the slightest attracted to the desires of the world. You can see such Yogis often bind themselves with very severe rules. They follow the basic rules of a Sanyasi, but do more, not allow anyone to touch them, cover themselves with the Vibhutis of their yagnyas, wear minimal clothes, matted hair, be very particular about the food they eat, speak very less or remain silent always etc. These rules represent their cut off from the realm of the Mahamaya, the world of desires.

For me, I think I am trying the tantrik way! I got married, had a child and have my professional work, take care of my home and do my work, counsel my clients. Immerse myself in being a wife, daughter, mother, professional everything, experiencing the joy and the hurts completely. But I try, in all this to remain aware of my real purpose that is to experience my true self. These experiences are just stepping stones on that path.

One of my clients was insistent on taking Sanyas. He is from a very rich family and the family was not willing to let him go like this as the life of a Sanyasi is very difficult. When you leave the society like this, it is possible that you may fall in the hands of rouges who might kill you for your organs or fake gurus who may tap you for your spiritual energy. And looking at the young man’s horoscope I wanted to help him but also keep him safe. My client’s brother was married and had a son himself so the next generation had also arrived. My client was thus free. So his parents agreed with my counsel. They added one new storey to their house for him, and built him a completely new home with a dedicated puja room. He now lives there separately and does his sadhana, last I heard he was doing Dhyan for over 4 hours daily. He is on his way to being a Yogi.

A small astrology tidbit. If you have your ascendent in Cancer/ Karka, you have the potential to be great in spirituality or waste your life energies in worldly activities. Ascendent in Karka is one of the most challenging positions as worldly satisfaction is almost non-existent for them. But if by chance, these persons can bring their minds in control of their consciousness, they can achieve greatness in the spiritual realm.

My client, the young man, after going through his struggles and tapa will eventually be a Guru, a Satguru. When I saw his chart for the first time, I felt the pressure of his disciples both born and as yet unborn intensely waiting for him. And I too look forward to seeing him in that form soon. Reading horoscopes sometimes brings very deep joy.


Of a yogi and a tantrik