Cancer the Crab in 2005
Shaping and Refining — then Release!
Good news for the Crabs! Saturn, measurer of effort, gets off your
case this year! From July 16th, he moves into the sign of Leo and
your solar second house. Thus, after the midyear, liberation comes.
Till then, keep wearing his mantle of responsibility and weaving
As the year begins, keep your eyes on the road ahead, shaping and
refining what you've been working on. Responsibility, serious effort
and dealings with authoritative bodies or people continue, as do
new partnership duties. There will be isolation or a sense of carrying
burdens alone as a heavy load creates a separation from familiar
people or points of reference. Your new status or your new endeavours
will ask much. Nonetheless, sustained effort sets new directions
and you can complete outstanding matters or work in progress with
the assurance that a fruitful time is coming. Remember too that
Uranus is moving through Pisces and your solar ninth house, urging
you to expand your horizons, dream your dreams and discover what
it is you truly believe in.
And fruitfulness comes with in a double dose. Jupiter, Lord of Heaven,
moves through Libra and your solar fourth house as the year begins,
keeping your focus on matters of home, family and emotional life.
However, on October 26th, the jovial one moves to Scorpio and your
solar fifth house, opening the doors to a different kind of life.
This ushers in a time of creative endeavours, speculative ventures,
pleasure and perhaps romance. Whatever comes will be deep and meaningful.
Intensity will be the watchword.
When Saturn moves to Leo and your solar second house on July 16th,
the means by which you handle money and personal spending will need
to change. Opt for the 'lean and mean' approach. Work to save money
by sticking to the basics. Target the purchase of what you want
by cutting out what's not important. No frivolous spending! If you
wish to buy something of value, work towards the purchase by recognizing
how many working hours will go into the purchase price and make
sure that what you buy reflects the value of the effort put in.
Don't get sucked into a grandiose purchase for its own sake. In
the two years that follow, build resources and spending power through
hard work and good money management. Some of you may have to learn
about 'doing without' during this time. Some of you may put personal
resources or money at risk in order to gain a greater prize.
Love and Money
With Venus the goddess in Sagittarius, conjoining Pluto and Mercury,
the romantic side of life will be bound up with work and daily
routines. For the singles, there may be a work-related liaison.
This may simply be a natural progression or it may be that something
which begins in secret soon comes into the open. One way or another,
a new relationship may be born.
It may also be that some of you will simply be married to the
job for work and working conditions will be a dominant theme.
The same may apply to health concerns. For some, new patterns
or new practices with health will become a dominant influence,
one that may set aside the possibility of new relationships or
keep current relationships in standard operating mode. For those
in a partnership, it may be that you will work on something together,
a business venture perhaps, and that working conditions will be
the determining influence in the routine of your lives. It may
also be that the routine of work determines what you will do and
how you will do it together. For some, changed working conditions
will alter the pattern of your relationship. For others, the need
to relate in a new or different manner will bring about work-related
This will be a year in which relationships with co-workers, staff
and contractors will be vitally important. There may be significant
negotiations or bargaining, a lot of discussion and some beginnings
and endings. Once again, health issues may have great influence
on working conditions. Changes in the global picture may also
affect local operations.
When Jupiter moves into Scorpio and your solar fifth house on
October 26th, the mood changes completely and there will be a
romantic surge. For many Crabs, single or in a relationship, love
life gains a new lease of life at this time. Singles may play
the field or find passionate romance. Those in partnerships will
hit an expansive mode and leisure or lifestyle activities will
send the erotic temperature soaring. Watch out for excess though,
especially where lifestyle spending or speculative ventures are
concerned. Remember that Saturn in Leo wants accountability with
Home and Family
The Crab's domestic and emotional life is marked for change or
expansion with Jupiter in Libra. There may be home improvement
or a relocation, one that may take you to another region or another
country. Some will find housing conditions improve or change dramatically.
Others will find that family or emotional matters may be linked
with overseas connections or travel. People of status, such as
foreign visitors, academics or professional people may become
part of domestic life for a time. Artistic or legal people may
visit your home. The feeling at home may be one of a high emotional
state and there will be 'larger than life' goings on in the domicile.
Whatever the nature of the events, discuss things with your family
and loved ones and work to see their point of view. Good fortune
comes from proper attention to domestic matters but at times the
atmosphere will be charged and there could be strong words and
With the Lunar South Node in the sign of Libra and travelling
through your solar fourth house, there will be figures from the
past returning to the shelter of the domicile. These will be people
that have been part of family or emotional life before. To go
with these arrivals, there may also be departures as the family
constellation changes in some way. Watch the Lunar Eclipse on
October 3rd for action of this nature.
For some, Jupiter's move into the sign of Scorpio and your solar
fifth house on October 26th presages the arrival of children while
for others there will be a change in lifestyle or the beginning
of new creative or recreational endeavours.
Work and Health
Pluto, the underworld lord, is in your solar sixth house of work
and health as the year begins, joined by warrior Mars, Mercury
the messenger and Venus the goddess. Saturn is in your sign until
July 16th so health will still be a concern. Take care of yourself
and keep a watchful eye on matters that have troubled you in the
past. Seek new solutions. Jupiter favours new self-understanding
and emotional support if this occurs. Go the alternative and inner
road of healing. The extremities or the nervous system may suffer.
Even though Jupiter favours you, be careful nonetheless of work-related
accidents or health conditions.
As the year begins, warrior Mars in your solar sixth house clashes
with Uranus in your solar ninth house. The bigger picture in the
world may influence your working life or the lives of co-workers.
This may come about through events of global moment. Don't rush
into things or rush to get them into operation. Hasty work or
strategies will come apart with speed. Get a good grasp on the
big picture before you invest effort for this may change with
speed. Watch relations with male co-workers or staff. They may
be difficult or driven by their own ideas. You may come to a parting
of the ways. With Venus in your solar sixth house, favoured by
Jupiter, females or cooperative workers will provide solutions
to such problems and work negotiations are marked for success
for the most part. Nonetheless, Mars can be a wild card or an
erratic force. Take care with work-related travel, especially
if overseas destinations or links are involved. Be cautious about
agreeing to work with in-laws. Check the legal status of overseas
connections and employees with regard to all contractual matters.
With the Lunar North Node in Aries and your solar tenth house,
this is a time for you to really make a splash or make your mark
professionally and in your personal life. Open new roads that
you know to be of worth. Take the risk or the road less travelled
and back up your choices with courage, hard work and vigorous
determination. There is opportunity here to bring something to
fruition that you've been working on for some time. There will
be obstacles. There may be difficulties with bureaucracy or authority
over what can and can't be done. Don't accept their ruling or
say so until you've tried every avenue. You may have to deal with
staff or workers who want to take the game over or play by their
rules. You will thus have to exert your authority, with compassion
but with firmness too. Some of you may strike out in a new direction
and will have to proceed without support or the encouragement
of others. If everyone's telling you not to do something, it may
be worth the doing if you have the strength and will to carry
it through. Harmony and support for your endeavours come from
the Heavens as Uranus and Jupiter (from October 26th) flow with
the waters of your native sign.
Mercury moves into retrograde (reverse) motion three times a
year for about three weeks each time. This phase heralds a time
of confusion and misunderstandings that can affect arrangements,
travel, transport, appliances, machinery and communications. The
breakdowns that occur are a function of neglect, inattention,
simple misunderstandings or component failure. They will often
bring to the fore the very contingency we should have planned
for and didn't. When the retrograde phase occurs, watch out for
such possibilities as well as putting off major decision-making
or the signing of crucial documents and agreements. We tend to
miss things while Mercury is in reverse motion and then have to
come back and do them again. A process of review in the retrograde
phase can efficiently show where problems might lie and help us
with damage control or the mending of things. Double check arrangements
at these times! What you think you've said and what others have
understood will often prove to be two different things.
Mercury's first retrograde cycle comes in Aries and your solar
tenth house, beginning on March 20th. There may be communication
difficulties or misunderstandings with regard to professional
matters or dealings with those in authority. You may need to review
your situation or strategies. You may be contemplating a career
change or shift. You may have to deal with a difficult person.
There may be problems with anger or frustration in others. Work
through whatever's wrong by encouraging all concerned to see the
other side of the situation. Take a leaf out of that book yourself.
This cycle comes to an end on April 12th.
The messenger's second reverse motion cycle starts on July 23rd
in Leo and your solar second house. Finances or personal spending
may need a review. There may be some unexpected costs that you
incur. Your desire for things may exceed your budget. You may
have to deal with difficult officials over money. There may be
confusion over transactions or payments. This cycle comes to an
end on August 16th.
Mercury's final retrograde cycle starts on November 14th in Sagittarius
and your solar sixth house of work, health and daily routines.
There may be problems with a co-worker or unscheduled changes
or interruptions to work routines. Communication problems could
trouble your working situation. There may be minor setbacks with
health. There may be a problem with work-related travel or with
appliances or devices used for work. Service what you use in advance.
This cycle comes to an end on November 24th.
Your New Moon comes on July 6th, bringing tension with giant
Jupiter. This could be an emotional time that may reveal some
issues that need to be discussed with regard to both money and
domestic dealings. You may have to let a few waves of emotion
pass and then begin to work things out in a calm environment.
This could presage a change with your domestic or emotional situation.
There is no Full Moon in your sign during this calendar year.
Eclipses of both the Sun and the Moon often indicate the end
of a cycle or a significant change in the direction or pattern
of the affairs governed by the house in which the eclipse falls.
Eclipses of the Sun may affect work, direction and relations with
people in authority. Eclipses of the Moon may affect matters of
home, family and emotions as well as relations with women and
children. Both may affect your health.
There is a Solar Eclipse on April 8th at the New Moon in Aries
and your solar tenth house. There may be a change or ending with
career matters or dealings with authority. Your responsibilities
may alter as something passes from the domain of your concern.
A figure who has been important in your life may leave the scene.
For some, this could be the beginning of a career change. For
others, it will just be a hitch in proceedings.
The Full Moon in the sign of Scorpio and your solar fifth house
brings a Lunar Eclipse on April 24th. There may be changes concerning
children. Lifestyle matters or recreational activities may be
subject to change or alteration. You may have to suspend an activity
for a time. There may be delays with creative projects. This is
not a good time to be 'going for it' with investment money in
speculative ventures. Be restrained instead.
There is a Solar Eclipse at the New Moon in Libra and your solar
fourth house, coming on October 3rd. The Lunar Nodes are involved
in this configuration. There may be change or an ending, generating
a cyclical change with regard to emotional or domestic life. There
may be a change in the family constellation. Someone may arrive
or depart, thus altering the pattern of things. There may also
be changes with the home itself. This could mark a turning point
with regard to physical change in the state or location of your
domicile. With the eclipse on the South Node, there will be a
sense of karma or destiny involved. There may be a powerful sense
of something that must be done or completed.
The final eclipse is of the Moon, coming at the Full Moon in Aries
and your solar tenth house on October 17th. This is an emotional
time as the Moon opposes Sun and Jupiter. There may be an ending
or a change with professional matters or responsibilities. There
may be changes in personal life generating changes with career.
There may be changes in the family or family circumstances, especially
involving women or younger members of the family. You may be leaving
an old life behind.
Warrior Mars turns retrograde in Taurus and your solar eleventh house on October 1st. There will be changes in the constellation of your friends. Someone may need your help or you may need theirs. There may be a clash of values with friends. There could be a change with regard to the constellation of your friends. Someone may go or take another path unexpectedly. When Mars travels backwards, things seem to take longer to do and much frustration can accumulate around getting them done. There can be delays or interruptions with what you're trying to achieve. There may be frustration in dealings with people who won't work in tandem with you, especially males or ill-tempered people. Some may have to give attention to an old concern while others may struggle to get a new one up and running. There may be difficulty with money or resources at the root of what's wrong. Work patiently towards success. Don't let frustration make you impatient or hasty.
Watch in particular the first fortnight of November, especially if you have to spend more money than you thought in order to achieve a desired result. Keep a check on how much as it will be easy to overspend. You may simply be tired or fatigued at this time with regard to the pursuit of your goals. Be careful of deception from others over money. This is not a good time for secret sexual liaisons with friends. Whatever happens is unlikely to remain a secret for long. This cycle ends on December 10th. Whatever ground you've lost in the period will have to be made up by hard work till the end of the year. Watch for bad advice during that period and don't be swayed by others. Be considered in your judgement.
Chiron the wounded healer moves to Aquarius and your solar eighth house this year. He will be there from February 21st and then again after December 6th. New practices and strategies will be required with money and its handling, especially where joint finance and credit arrangements are involved. Some of you may have to face issues about intimacy and sexuality. You may need to delve deep to find what you need to fulfill you. Some of you single Crabs may come into a deeply moving sexual relationship while others will enter a new phase of your relationship with your partner. The occult or the practice of psychology may begin to interest some of you.
On Christmas Eve, Venus the goddess turns retrograde in Aquarius and your solar eighth house. You may revive or renew a romantic connection from the past. Financial matters may hit a glitch or past financial dealings may come back to haunt you. You may need to review your finances. Some may have to handle family or business money where in the past you've avoided it while others may have to let go of the reins and let others do the work. Step back from the situation. Get a better perspective. Some may experience a hiatus or a separation with a primary relationship. Just bear with any delay or separation. It will only be temporary. If you're tempted to secret liaisons or doings at this time, think again. You may get more than you bargained for or a lot less. Some of you may find deep and abiding healing through sexual intimacy at this time.