ASTROLOGY

YOUR PLACE IN THE STARS

VENUS IN CANCER

ONE might generalize the effect of the elemental attribution of the signs upon Venus by calling fire passionate, earth affectionate, air ideal or romantic, and water voluptuous. The passivity of Cancer certainly makes Venus extremely emotional. It is hard for a person with this position to resist the advances of another; at the same time, the lunar force in Cancer makes the nature changeable. There is little disposition to seek companionship or love, but, when these are offered, they are gladly accepted. There is often deep sentimentality, and the native is apt to take his affairs too seriously; in reality, wounds heal quickly. It is very unfortunate for any native with this position to be deprived of free normal expression of his or her tendencies; in such cases the health may suffer.

This sign is in many ways the most suitable of all for Venus; she seems to dissolve into a swoon therein. However, the tendency is to sensuality in a very marked degree, though not so much so as we shall find when we come to Scorpio. It is desirable to find some aspect with a tendency to correct any exaggeration of this quality.

The desire for comfort in life and general good fortune in minor matters is to be expected in natives with Venus in Cancer. In art and music, and in literature also, the effect appears to be very intense; the feelings are very quiet and deep-seated, permeating the whole atmosphere. This quality will be recognized in the work of Dante, Balzac, and Schumann. The peculiar pathos and melancholy of the last-mentioned is, of course, due to the conjunction of the Lord of the Ascendant, Saturn, with Neptune. In all these determinations it must constantly be remembered that one practically never finds any single uncomplicated aspect; and crude, superficial research is consequently bound to be misleading.

A good example of the quiet sentimentality of the configuration {268} is given by Abbas Effendi, who sought to build up a religion on generalities of purely pacific and amiable type.

Franz Josef II, Nicholas II, and Maximilian of Mexico all had this position; the effect is recognizable in the softness and ductility of their characters. In the last case, this became actual weakness and contributed largely to his ruin.

We have however three very remarkable cases of a quite opposite tendency. Sometimes Cancer appears to remember quite suddenly that it is a cardinal sign with Jupiter exalted, and to act accordingly! Even in the types of face given when it is rising, we see these two contrasted, the round, flat, pale moon-like face for one, and the aquiline, red, dominant, aggressive, hatchet-profile for the other.

Jay Gould certainly possessed none of the characteristics which we have cited, but his Venus is conjoined with Jupiter, and squared by the conjunction of Luna and Saturn. This is sufficient to determine the sign to activity.

Cecil Rhodes had very little of the true Cancer effect on Venus; but here again Saturn interferes.

Another example is Napoleon. Here Venus in Cancer, sextile to Uranus, Neptune, and Mars, accounts for his easy amours, and that indulgence in the pleasures of the table which led to his death. His general method, too, was quite in keeping with this position. It is his actions as a soldier and a statesman which make us think at first of him as an unlikely person to have this position. But such actions hardly come under Venus at all; they are only indirectly influenced by her in the same way a hip-disease might interfere with oratory by limiting the use of gestures; and we may therefore call the very particular attention of the student to this case as highly and aptly illustrative of the effect.

There are, however, many manifestations of Venus besides the obvious one. In Cancer, she frequently gives humorous good-nature—a gentle and ingratiating method—which endears the observer to the native without his quite knowing why it should be so. An excellent illustration of this quality is Oliver Wendell Homes, and on the stage we see it in Harry Lauder. Julia Marlowe has this same indefinable charm; but, in her case, it is fortified with a more definite appeal, because Venus is in aspect to the Moon, Uranus and Neptune. {269}

Cancer always makes for popularity, because it is ruled by the Moon, and the presence of Venus in the sign should cause the native to be generally beloved. Napoleon, of course, owed his elevation to the hold which he had upon the affections of the people, and it was no doubt the personal popularity of Franz Josef II, more than anything else, which enabled him to harmonize and build up the nations which he ruled, into one great empire. Their dissensions always stopped short of the person of the emperor, and many a time they were restrained from going to extremes, only by considerations of him. Cecil Rhodes, again, is a figure who struck the popular imagination. So, to turn once more to our own country, did Henry Ward Beecher. Here there is no question of the popularity, and it is also possible that certain other facts which made considerable stir at the time may partially, at least, be attributed to this position.

The following are the names of well known persons who have Venus in the sign Cancer:

Benito Mussolini

Robert J. Collier

Harrison Fisher

William Winter

Gifford Pinchot

James Stillman

Ex-President Coolidge

Percy Stickney Grant

John Jacob Astor

General Ballington Booth

Joseph Cannon

Honore Balzac

Dante

For the benefit of those who are not in possession of Raphael’s Ephemeris, or who are not able to interpret the symbols contained therein, the years when Venus is in the sign Cancer are as follows: {270}

From June 29th through July 22nd 1840

August 8th " September 3rd 1841

May 30th " June 23rd 1842

July 15th " August 7th 1843

May 5th " June 7th 1844

July 25th " September 4th 1844

June 14th " July 7th 1845

July 28th " August 21st 1846

May 16th " June 10th 1847

June 28th " July 22nd 1848

August 8th " September 3rd 1849

May 29th " June 22nd 1850

July 14th " August 7th 1851

May 5th " June 8th 1852

July 19th " September 5th 1852

June 13th " July 6th 1853

July 28th " August 21st 1854

May 15th " June 9th 1855

June 28th " July 21st 1856

August 7th " September 2nd 1857

May 29th " June 22nd 1858

July 13th " August 6th 1859

May 5th " June 10th 1860

July 13th " September 5th 1860

June 12th " July 6th 1861

July 27th " August 20th 1862

May 15th " June 9th 1863

June 27th " July 21st 1864

August 7th " September 2nd 1865

May 28th " June 21st 1866

July 13th " August 6th 1867

May 5th " June 12th 1868

July 7th " September 6th 1868

June 12th " July 5th 1869

July 27th " August 20th 1870

May 15th " June 9th 1871

June 27th " July 20th 1872

August 7th " September 2nd 1873 {271}

From May 28th through June 21st 1874

July 12th " August 5th 1875

May 5th " June 17th 1876

June 28th " September 6th 1876

June 11th " July 5th 1877

July 26th " August 19th 1878

May 14th " June 8th 1879

June 26th " July 20th 1880

August 6th " September 1st 1881

May 27th " June 20th 1882

July 12th " August 4th 1883

May 5th " September 7th 1884

June 11th " July 4th 1885

July 26th " August 19th 1886

May 14th " June 8th 1887

June 26th " July 19th 1888

August 6th " September 1st 1889

May 27th " June 20th 1890

July 11th " August 4th 1891

May 5th " September 7th 1892

June 10th " July 4th 1893

July 25th " August 18th 1894

May 13th " June 7th 1895

June 25th " July 19th 1896

August 6th " August 31st 1897

May 26th " June 19th 1898

July 11th " August 3rd 1899

May 6th " September 8th 1900

June 11th " July 4th 1901

July 26th " August 19th 1902

May 14th " June 8th 1903

June 26th " July 19th 1904

August 6th " September 1st 1905

May 27th " June 20th 1906

July 11th " August 4th 1907

May 6th " September 8th 1908

June 10th " July 4th 1909

July 25th " August 18th 1910 {272}

From May 13th through June 8th 1911

June 24th " July 18th 1912

August 6th " August 31st 1913

May 26th " June 19th 1914

July 10th " August 3rd 1915

May 6th " September 8th 1916

June 10th " July 3rd 1917

July 25th " August 18th 1918

May 13th " June 7th 1919

June 24th " July 18th 1920

August 6th " August 31st 1921

May 26th " June 19th 1922

July 10th " August 3rd 1923

May 6th " September 8th 1924

June 9th " July 3rd 1925

July 24th " August 17th 1926

May 12th " June 7th 1927

June 24th " July 17th 1928

August 5th " August 30th 1929