As the Sun's radiance both animates and illumines life on Earth, the Sun has long been a universal symbol of life energy, vitality and consciousness. As the unifying power center of the solar system it also symbolizes the focusing power of will and the conscious purpose directing will toward performing specific acts.
The types of activities solar power animates are represented by the Moon and the planets. The symbolic situation is similar to what happens when we try to harness physical solar energy for practical purposes on Earth. Solar energy pervades the biosphere, but we can't plug a toaster into a sunbeam. Unless solar energy is concentrated in a specific way, at a particular time and place, it is too diffuse and unfocused for practical use.
The power of the Sun similarly pervades the entire solar system. The Sun's magnetic field apparently emanates from its Northern Hemisphere and stretches out in every direction. The solar wind carries a stream of charged particles through interplanetary space, reaching to the orbit of Saturn (and perhaps Pluto). Somewhere on the fringes of interstellar space, the stream reverses itself and returns toward the Sun's Southern Hemisphere. The Moon and the planets (including the Earth) each represent one kind of concentration, specialization or adaptation of the solar tide, one focusing direction of purpose and will.
SUN IN CANCER
Keynote: The power of individuality manifests protectively.
Symbol: A woman sets a lighted lamp in the window of her home.
Cancer is the sign of home and food, family loyalty, and gracious hospitality. People born in this sign are usually devoted to their children and households. Despite their disinclination to strenuous activity, no effort is too great when it involves catering to their offspring.
Although Cancerians are most contented in the domestic sphere, many of them expand their sympathies to include an extended home setting such as a school, hotel, ashram, commune, sanitarium, or institution where people eat, sleep, and live together.
The Cancerian craving for domestic tranquility does not prevent them from exercising a quiet tenacity that often leads to success in business from commercial enterprises. Frequently they are more ambitious than they appear and will work long hours to achieve material protection for themselves and their loved ones.
The Sun/Cancer person has a reputation for being a shrewd bargainer. Behind their persistent efforts to accumulate capital lies the basic urge to establish a home base which will satisfy their need for peace and security.
Since 'the Moon child,' as a Cancerian is sometimes euphemistically termed, is predominately emotional in temperament, they function effectively in areas where feelings can be expressed easily and sympathetically. Consequently, many people of this type are attracted to the entertainment industries and to work with children and young people.
The Sun in the Moon's sign Cancer is the psychological equivalent of a new Moon. It shows a preoccupation with the genesis of life, and is indicative of the urge to accumulate substance and to amass resources. Humanity's beginnings are in the womb, the home, ancestral traditions, the ocean, and the fluid psychic sea of the unconscious.
The Cancerian instinctively craves to understand where it all began. This preoccupation with bygone times can seldom be rationally explained, since the mind generally plans for the future, and feelings tend to dwell upon the past.
The true wealth, of the human heritage must be sensed emotionally, as well as intellectually, if life is to take on a deeper dimension which, to the Cancerian, makes it solid and meaningful.
Astrology, the Divine Science