Capricorn as Ascendant Aspirant
Capricorn, cardinal earth sign, struggles as life throws one obstacle after another into his path. But everyday that he remains committed to the belief that he was born to succeed in a big way, his character is strengthened. There are, no doubt, many days when Capricorn’s light is barely flickering.
Capricorn builds solid character through his commitment to keep going despite relentless pressure. By never giving up hope, he eventually makes success possible for himself and for the world.
Capricorn comes to be known for his integrity, achievements, and genuine sense of personal satisfaction. Through his struggles, he comes to symbolize leadership, authority, work, self-discipline, self-sufficiency, and, most importantly, self-control. Capricorn is routinely challenged to stand alone and prove himself to himself. Once he passes that test, applause and external approval of any kind become meaningless in terms of the life decisions he makes. Because he intends to succeed and because he knows that self-control is required, his behavior reflects his intentions, not his emotions. Fear, anger, jealousy, and self pity do not motivate him. Despite all pressures, he takes the next well-thought out step on his path to achievement.
As a Capricorn’s personal power over himself grows, and his knowledge widens, the possible paths he can choose to follow narrows, until ultimately he chooses nothing. He simply does what he must do. What Capricorns frequently must do is to become a business owners, a captains of industry, prime ministers, archbishops, chiefs of police, CEOs, or the supervisor. Ultimately they must lead, as life has lead them to a place where following would betray everything they’ve become.
Cancer as Sun Heart-Mind
Cancer is a cardinal water sign. Every water sign feels their way through life, but none feel as deeply as Cancer. The crab with its hard outer shell protecting the delicate body within symbolizes Cancer’s need to protect her feelings. It takes a long while for her to recover once her feelings are hurt.
Cancer is protective of her home and family. She can be deeply attached to the past, interested in genealogy, preserving family albums, and keeping family members close. Staying connected to her roots provides her with nourishment for her soul and a foundation for herself and her children. Within her home she is stable and secure.
Cancers are ruled by the moon. Their moods tend to fluctuate with lunar cycles confusing others and especially her self. But Cancer rides the waves of those moods instinctively knowing that her inner life depends on staying connected to how she feels. She has a deep need for emotional intimacy with a partner but fears the vulnerability that entails. It’s a huge dilemma for a Cancer. Trust is always an issue but walking around forever inside her hard protective shell starves her soul. A committed relationship devoid of real intimacy is a bad compromise.
Cancer’s relationship with their mom and their children is an unusually strong bond. Cancer moms care for the emotional needs of their children. They feel what their children feel and can have a hard time letting go when it’s time for them to fly. But they provide what their children need most even as it breaks their heart
Libra as Moon Emotional Intelligence
Libra is a cardinal air sign dedicated to peace, love, and the arts. Libra exerts a soothing effect on the world. Visually there is something very beautiful about her. Her words are kind even when she is angry or attempting to get her way. She is highly sensitive to her environment both visually and emotionally. A piece of art wrongly placed, a cluttered corner, ugliness, harsh words, or conflict of any kind can feel like an assault on her nervous system and soul. When it comes to balance and beauty she is highly sensitive and refined.
Libra’s sensitivity to harshness tempts her to avoid conflict and to accept peace at any price. She tends to compromise when she should be asserting herself, to shut down when she should be speaking out. Ironically one of Libra’s great strengths is resolving conflict through active participation. She is very talented in her ability to understand both sides of any issue. She can see the strengths and weaknesses of all arguments. She is able to suggest solutions and compromises that all can agree on. And she is able to deliver her suggestions with a style and grace that calms, soothes, and makes everyone feel that they’ve won.
In relationship, Libra requires a sense of equality with her partner. Subservience or domination can never provide Libra with the sense of cooperation and inner peace that she requires. Compromise works for her within limits. Within a relationship, schedules, work division, and how she spends her free time can all be negotiated, but the essential nature of who she is can never be compromised. If her partner challenges her core essence she has no choice but to “let the lines be drawn” and to fully participate in any battle that ensues. And she must win.