Can You Feel Me Now? The Moon, Cancer and Your Emotions

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The Moon is currently in the sign of Cancer.

 If you are new to astrology, think of the Zodiac not as just 12 signs in random order, but as a journey through particular universal qualities of energy that build one upon the other in a progressive direction toward consciousness and maturity. Cancer completes the first third of that journey, having visited each of the four basic elements of fire, earth, air and water. In fiery Aires, it’s about asserting self. In earthy Taurus, we connect to place. In airy Gemini, we develop mental awareness. Now, in watery Cancer, it’s all about the feelings!

Photo by Krzysztof Puszczyński /StockSnap

Photo by Krzysztof Puszczyński /StockSnap

The Moon, ruling the sign of Cancer, reflects our soul’s core intention to incarnate as human: emotions and feelings. From the illusion of separation at birth, we develop our ego’s sense of self, place and relationship in our environment. Given only that limited perspective, we could easily get lost in the illusion; thus the need for emotions. It is our emotional experiences that lead us to our heart and thus to the less logical, more intuitive understanding of who we really are, beyond our ego.

In Cancer, our Moon feels the underlying divine connections we have to other souls: parents, siblings, family, etc. These feelings create bonds of affection and sentiment, longings for connection, as well as fear and sadness around a lack of connection. To our rational Mercury mind, this is all very messy and unnecessary and can often appear as a threat to the survival of our ego. Yet, in our emotions, we learn there is a powerful synergy in certain of our relationships that somehow adds to our sense of self, rather than detract. This, we call love.

In your astrological birth chart, the sign and house your Moon is in will reflect the way you experience and process your emotions, the themes that most often trigger your feelings, and the way you create emotional security for yourself. For example, a Moon in Aries/third house is most likely triggered in situations involving miscommunications or assertion of ideas. If emotionally upset, she will choose to be alone, to write, or read or think things through. A Moon in Scorpio/11th house is more likely triggered by a feeling of emotional vulnerability and will recoup by staying hidden, while supporting others. Understanding these personality tendencies in our self and in those we love can go a long way toward helping us to love our self and each other more effectively.

When we care for, nurture, and protect each other, not only do we increase our capacity for physical survival, but at some deep subliminal level, we experience in our physical existence, the reality beyond the illusion of our five senses, namely, that in spirit, we are all one. Indeed, that which we experience and call love is what we are. The intensity of our familial relationships testifies to this truth.

Thus, it is in Cancer, through our Moon, that we begin the process of “remembering” our greater soul self, our heritage in a family of souls, connecting to the love around us and within us. Through this emotional “rebirth” we are better prepared for the next phase of our human journey, which in Leo, is to shine the loving and passionate light of our Sun, as a unique child of divine creation. This in turn prepares us for the next phases of watery emotional awarenesses in Scorpio and Pisces.

However, if our inner Moon is left wounded in Cancer in some way (and this has included virtually all of us), emotional insecurity and loneliness will follow us, obscuring and distorting the light of our star and our ability to use feelings as a conscious means for deeper soul awareness.  Thus, healing is a necessary  part of the journey.

Images courtesy of Barry Kerr.

Images courtesy of Barry Kerr.


Barry Kerr, a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed therapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15-minute consultation to explore if this is for you.  Visit for more information or email Barry at


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