Cancerian Careers

This is the fifth in a series in which I look at careers for the various zodiac signs.  Maybe you have children or grandchildren born under this sign, and are looking at their potentials, or you are a Cancerian looking at re-training for a change of career.  If you are Cancerian and have found an ideal or fulfilling career,  you could share that under comments.


Many who are parents say it is the best thing they do or have done.  It’s not fashionable in this day and age to regard it as a sole purpose in life, though it was by necessity in previous centuries.  In these days of equality, househusbands are equally prized for this role as the tradition mother.

The Mother Goddess is central to the sign of Cancer.  Of all the Goddesses, Mother Mary is the most intrinsic.  Caroline Myss says of the Mother Archetype:

“You don’t need to be a biological mother, but must have a lifelong devotion to nurturing and protecting the environment or supporting any life form, including giving birth to books and ideas.  Some men relate to being ‘Mr. Mom’, another variation of the Mother Archetype”.

These days it is much easier to take a short break in your career, obtain maternity leave, etc.  When I first became a mother, maternity leave was not available for secretaries (my then career).  I took up childminding, so that I could look after my own children (I have the Moon, ruling planet of Cancer, in my 6th House of jobbing).  I noticed that when the Blair administration came in, women were more encouraged to sustain their careers and become working mothers, in the manner of Cherie Blair.  From that time, women’s rights in this area have improved, and many women take a year out to tend to their newborns.  There were also no paternity rights until 2003.


Cancerian medical students under this sign, will often opt for these areas of specialization, being associated with the female reproductive system, which is the province of this sign.


Caring professions in general are the province of the sign of Cancer, suiting their nurturing nature.

I have previously written, in relation to Archetypes:

In her 2013 book, Caroline Myss presents 10 new Archetypes for the modern age (look what you started, Carl Jung!).  One of these, the Caregiver, is related to the Mother, strongly associated with the sign of Cancer, but also has associations with the sign of Virgo.  Cancerians and Virgoans practically prop up the caring professions.

Myss advises that if this is one of your Archetypes, and you are compulsive about helping others, then your task is to learn self-care:

“Your challenge as a caregiver is to care enough about yourself to find out who you really are – to be willing to look closely and experience the deeper level of your inherent need and desire to care for others.”

Hospitality/Hotelier/Guest House proprietor/B&B owner

Cancerians are great home makers, and can make a profession out of this in the hospitality industry.


Of the armed services, the Navy is associated with the Water signs, of which Cancer is one.  Cancerians tend to adore being at sea.


Novelists who help us escape into a world of imagination, are often Cancerian or have a prominent Moon in their chart, e.g. you often find that people with the Moon rising close to their Ascendant have a talent for writing novels.

Childcare/Nursery Nurse/Reception Class Teacher

Whether or not someone becomes a parent, they may have a natural talent for working with very young children, say in the educational system.


Cancerians have rhythm!  Musicians who are Cancerian or have Moon in Cancer can be especially adept at the art of drumming.  Examples of  Cancerian drummers are Ringo Starr and Mick Fleetwood.  In a band or orchestra generally, they would be well placed in the rhythm section.


Cancerians can also make talented historians.  They are able to store memory through emotional associations, and also have the imagination to re-create historical periods in their own minds.


Cancerians have a strong bond with their ancestors, and an interest in tracing family trees.  Often it is the Cancerian in the family that you find undertakes this task as a labour of love on behalf of the whole family.

Antique Dealer/Furniture Restorer

Related to their love of history and cherishing people and objects, you’ll often find them collecting antiques (collecting is an especially Cancerian hobby) and restoring objects to their former glory.  They have a great respect for such things.  You may also find that their favourite TV programmes are The Repair Shop, and Who Do You Think You Are.

I hope you have enjoyed this survey of Cancerian careers, and been able to apply it to your family and friends, even if you are not yourself a Cancerian.


As I write this, Boris Johnson is still entrenched at No. 10 Downing Street, as long as he is allowed to stay, having been forced to resign by an unprecedented number of resignations within his party and cabinet.  His departure date is still uncertain, but the trigger for the announcement of the resignation came at about 9.10 a.m. on Thursday (7th) morning, with Mars (trigger) exactly opposite his Moon in his 1st House in Scorpio – he came out fighting.  I can feel a blog coming on…but in the meantime have written about Cancerian careers before we leave this zodiac sign.

On Sunday (10th July) the Sun will be sextile Uranus – a bright new day dawns.  This aspect supports us and adds a sparkle of ingenuity and inventiveness. Make headway with your various projects, assisted with some telepathy and higher consciousness, or liaising with a constructive group.  I shall be attending a retirement party, with my Jubilee trifle (orange jelly over lemon jelly), wearing a matching outfit of a yellow skirt and orange t-shirt (with a dab of Atelier mandarin cologne behind my ears).  What fun!

Another sextile occurs on Tuesday (12th), with the Sun sextile the North Node, which favours right action on a karmic level.  It is a good day to look at your life path as a whole, your creativity and self-expression and where you would like it to go.  Visualize your best possible path for the coming month.

We have a square on Wednesday (13th), between Chiron and Mercury.  This may cause some mental strain, a headache, a conundrum.  Remember every problem contains its own solution.  Attentiveness to health and healing is required, but first the question has to be aired.  The solution may just take a little work, or some lateral thinking.  Perhaps a good day to tackle the future of Boris’ tenure of 10 Downing Street.

Venus also trines Saturn that day, which brings some balm, e.g. perhaps some face saving for Boris.  It’s an aspect of practical compassion.  It can brings hope, of people coming together with more commitment and loyalty.  Venus can provide a softening role to a hard line stance.  It is conciliatory, which may be just what is needed.  Relationships may need serious resolving, and this aspect can help, whether on a personal level, or between the schisms in our society.

In the early evening, there is a Full Moon at 21 degrees Capricorn, which may exacerbate some of the insecurities of earlier in the day if they have not yet been resolved.  This Moon represents the pull between authority and individual needs.  If you feel that part of your frustration is coming from the power wielded by authorities, then this may be your Full Moon issue.  Many people are feeling angry and frustrated by the current political climate, and may need to focus on what they can do for themselves at this point in time, especially with government being in a virtual state of paralysis.

Mercury sextiles Uranus the next day, Thursday (14th), which may feel like a breath of fresh air after the complexities of Wednesday.  It’s a constructive aspect, being helpful for mental endeavours and technology. Telepathy, intuition and the power of surprise are benefits of this aspect.  This aspect can amaze you and help you find that “wow” factor, or unusual ways of articulating your message.

On the same day, Venus squares Neptune, adding a sense of intrigue.  There may be confusion or deceit involving relationship or money.  You need to look behind the illusion in each case, or both.  There could be uncertainty in the Arts or the world of Music.  Paranoia could steal into relationships, and frustrating flaws in creative works, as well as insecurity in finance. Tread softly.

And last but not least, the Sun conjoins Mercury at 23 degrees Cancer on Saturday (16th).  .  It is a good day generally to apply your mind with clarity,  concentrate and focus,  and make important statements.  The focus may be on your own growth and potential and physical wellbeing, or home and family matters.  Mentally you may see things clearly, if egocentrically.  Recognizing that people’s feelings and emotions must be part of the equation and honoured to an extent, may help matters.  In a negotiation, for instance, it is good that each party saves face, or there is an attempt at a win-win outcome.

The week in bullet points:

  • Sunday – a bright new day dawns
  • Tuesday – right karmic action
  • Wednesday – problem solving; loyalty; emotional high tide
  • Thursday – a breath of fresh air; love complications
  • Saturday – clarity of mind and emotion