Y'all, I had to fight mega writer's bias when I created this post because my Nana was a cancer. In most ways, my Nana was my sense of home and love and safety. And it took me a little thinking and accepting that she had her less than awesome attributes. She could be a crabby cancer. And then one of my best girls is also a Cancer. For a fellow water sign Scorpio chick, Cancers are COMPLICATED. At least emotionally. But I think that is part of what makes them so endlessly loveable. As the venerable Taylor Swift once said, "'Cause darling I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream."She's not a cancer, but in Blank Space, she could be.
Okay, here we go.
For Cancers, their key oil is rose.
The sign of Cancer is the fourth in the zodiac lineup. It is ruled by the symbol of the crab and is a cardinal water sign of feminine polarity. The Moon rules Cancer and as such, Cancerians are in tune with the lunar tides, as well as their own internal rhythms. The least predictable of all the signs, Cancerians are ruled by the moon and known to be easy-going yet sensitive creatures who enjoy solitude and contemplation. One minute patient and easygoing, the next irritable and moody - their emotions are easily influenced by their surroundings and the energy around them. Nurturing to the other signs, with an intuitive and patient understanding of the world around them, they often enjoy the quiet home life.
Cancerians are homebodies, loving a safe haven around them and retreating into that shell when threatened. The cardinal influence speaks to their expression of emotions. Of all the signs, Cancers are the first to laugh or cry and will usually emote exactly what they are feeling. Loving home and family, Cancers are the nurturers of the zodiac. Their home is their shell and they take pride in its appearance. There isn’t really such a thing as typical in astrology, but if there were, a typical Cancerian home would be comfortable, with lots of pictures of family and friends around, many comfortable places to sit, and lots of food in the pantry. Traditions are very important to them and they prize family history. They may, however, take this trait too far, forgetting to let go of the past and live in the present. Luckily the Cancer crab has a good memory and a gift for story telling, so mealtime around a Cancer’s table can be one of anecdotes and reminiscences, keeping their personal folklore alive.
Being a water sign, Cancerians are not afraid to express emotions. Couple this with the Moon’s influence and you’ll find these little crabs are the most moody of the zodiac, feeling all the energetic influences around them. Just watch how they cycle along with the Moon, waxing and waning, new to full. They have the ability to innately follow where the Moon is, as it progresses through all the other signs, and they will react accordingly. If the Moon is in a challenging sign for the little crabs, they will feel moody and unsettled. Cancers are intuitive, sympathetic, sentimental, kind and loving. But remember crabs have shells, so they can also be strong willed, defensive, tenacious and protective. Crabs can be exactly that – crabby. They like getting their way, and if they can’t do that through kindness and thoughtfulness, then they are not above resorting to manipulation and emotional blackmail. Failing that, the crab will often retreat into his shell and pout. Under threat Cancerians will want to run back to their homes, close the door and take refuge in their safe surroundings. Filling their house with serenity and peace is paramount for the shy and sensitive Cancer.
The unpredictable Cancerian will find balance with the fortifying nature of Lavender essential oil as it aids in fighting depression and raising spirits. It eliminates feelings of sadness and depression and induces a state of relaxation due its antispasmodic and antidepressant properties. You sometimes slip into a moody malaise, Cancer, so use lavender to ease your anxiety, regulate mood swings and restore comfort. For a quick and easy source of calm, add a few drops of lavender to your pillow before you fall asleep. You'll breathe it in all night long and wake up refreshed and free of anxiety. Cancer rules the breasts and stomach. Often Cancerians suffer from stomachaches and digestive disorders. The best essential oil for a suffering Cancerian is Chamomile oil as it aids in improved digestion as well as works as an effective stomachic and as vulnerary agent.
Oils that help Cancer let go of the past are frankincense, cypress, rose, and patchouli.
Essential oils that bring a sense of tranquility to the environment are chamomile, melissa, sandalwood, geranium, ylang ylang, rose, vetiver, lavender and neroli.
Oil to facilitate independence and healthy dependence are rose, geranium, clary sage, neroli, helichrysum, jasmine and frankincense.
Essential oils that aid digestion are peppermint, bergamot, fennel, marjoram, rosemary, chamomile, thyme, and lemon.
Fear of the future can be eased with the essential oils of clary sage, marjoram, lavender, chamomile, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, melissa and cypress.