the Ordinary Wheel
21st to July 22nd
the word said:
Let isolation be the rule, and yet the crowd exists
decan Venus June 21st
to July 1st
decan Mercury July 1st to
decan Moon July 11th
read the prefatory material before investigating your own Decanate
Stage, as proper assignment is required. i.e., your birth date
does not indicate the stage of development, rather,
you must employ a subjective recognition of the state of consciousness
(point of advance along the Path of Initiation) which you, or
another, has achieved.
this note on determining the decanate.
One: Physical Man
21st to July 1st
upon the Wheel of Illusion as it rolls onward into form, the sign
of Cancer is entered via Venus in the first decan, Mercury
in the second and the Moon in the third.
this stimulation the Cancerian is enhanced with a response apparatus
which has a natural sensitivity to the impact that intelligent substance
and mass form life make upon the physical body. The first stage
of Cancer fosters the embryonic growth and development of the intelligent
faculty of sentient response to environing conditions. The life
activity of the soul here is the development of psychic sensitivity
in its lower materialistic aspects. The urge toward incarnation
leads to the densest immersion in form.
pull of the form life and the processes of concretization control;
hence the symbolism of the hard outer shell of the Crab. The soul
exclusively identifies itself with its physical form and its active
modifications. Attachment and longing for objects of desire are
the dominant characteristics, and these lead after many incarnations
to a point of crystallization.
problem of the Crab is that it identifies itself with the mass life
and symbolically the "blind unit" (EA 332) is lost or
submerged in the ocean of mass social consciousness. Negative physical
receptivity remains a lifelong problem and there is an acute need
for self-preservation to be developed. Eventually the 'blind physical
unit' will awaken to that which is around it. In the interim period
of evolution, the Crab is deeply immersed or captivated in the mass
'ocean' of life and must tirelessly endeavor to attain some measure
of control over the physical plane.
speaking, the stage is being set for the eventual appearance of
the soul in form. Only after countless incarnations will the form
life become the conscious method of expression. At this latter stage
the pull of matter will be superseded by the free choice of the
soul. Obviously the successful development and eventual use of the
form aspect is essential, as the task in this decan is to build
adequate physical bodies and to become a self-conscious, self-sufficient,
independent and individual personality.
the advanced physical stage the essential dualism of soul and body
begins to be sensed. The soul is making its presence felt, underscoring
the truth that it will one day be fused into one form with the physical
body. The ability to clear the ocean of debris and to walk free
in the world of illusion for the purpose of helping, serving, saving
or lifting other human beings remains a latent but distant possibility.
long ages however, the life of the Crab is selfish and self-centered
with all efforts focused upon personal satisfaction and personality
enterprises, and these become steadily stronger and stronger. Quite
naturally, at the rudimentary stage of physical development the
young Crab is quite timid and helpless, staying hidden in the crevices
of the rocks, trembling at the approach of danger and smothering
those upon whom they rely for security.
starting out, the young Crab—to speak in symbols—must
first begin to learn how to string and tune its own physical instrument
and strive to find the key to its harmonies. At first they make
a complete mess and jangle of the chords, ignorantly, impatiently
and helplessly attempting to force a tune out of each string. In
the early stage the instrument itself—the physical body—must
first be outwardly developed before the inner music of the soul
can find a voice or fit vehicle of expression. The pitch is altered
fitfully and spasmodically as the ability to register response to
the discords of life is slowly and painfully developed. At the advanced
physical stage the Crab will begin to consciously listen for harmonies
in nature and lend its efforts to producing them; but at the beginning
of the first stage the soul must deal with physical awkwardness,
numerous imperfections, lack of symmetry and poor proportion.
speaking, the Cancerian physical type is usually somewhat large
and round, gains weight easily and may be strong, but certainly
is not very well proportioned. In fact, perhaps the outstanding
physical trait is the lack of any regularity of feature. The skeletal
structure itself is generally the most striking aspect, with its
limbs—especially the arms—long in proportion to the
body. Shoulders are typically quite broad with the hands and feet
excessively large, but the legs are often like spindles, underdeveloped
In both sexes the upper body, especially the chest or
breasts, are quite full or wide with a decided tendency to top-heaviness,
out of proportion with the lower body. This is certainly not always
the case however, and many Cancerian women are quite flat chested.
Nevertheless breast appearance and development or lack of it plays
an important part in their psychology. Irregularities or small abnormalities
in feature due to obscure karmic causes, are common occurrences.
Crab with distinctive recessive physical traits is excessively overweight
and displays an over-sized skull broader than it is long, with a
large over-hanging brow and decidedly wide lower jaw. The teeth
are irregular in size and shape. Small eyes and a full face are
the norm. The lines and features of the face are round and flat
with unhealthy fatness, and jowls which resemble the mandibles of
the Crab totem of the sign. The nose is typically snub, turned up,
with wide nostrils. Excessively large, the mouth appears greedy
and sensual, as if the appetites are indulged indiscriminately.
The eyebrows are thick or bushy, arching above the small, pale eyes,
highlighting an expression of dull, placid unintelligent curiosity.
The hair is straight, thin and dull, lacking body—or else
the opposite, uncontrollably thick, curly and unmanageable.
the feminine type blessed with active features, the look is petite
or small and quite doll-like, with baby-soft skin and quiet voice.
The skull and cranium are longer, more angular, and the features
decidedly more oval and aquiline. The cheekbones are high, rounded
and sometimes rather cute, like chipmunks.
eyes are large, generally pale blue or gray, deep set and wide apart,
with long eyelashes full and curling, and the eyebrows very distinctly
marked. The eyes often reveal a painful, shy, hurt or sad expression
and are characterized by a drifting, dreamy, watery, moist, child-like
quality. The most beautiful Cancerian eyes are like deep mysterious
ocean pools, whirlpools of delight, colored by an exuberant expression
of luminous receptivity, intelligent curiosity and a beholding wonderment.
The skin and the face of the Cancerian female are often especially
sensitive and great care must be taken. The mouth is generally somewhat
wide and expressive, with a generous smile of great sweetness. The
hair is usually plentiful, blond or light brown, flaxen, silky and
wavy; but can also be very thick, tight, twisted and curly.
inspired by the Venusian force, as we might expect, we find a whole
host of great artists, writers, bodybuilders, athletes, actors,
musicians and fabulous dancers born under the auspices of this decan.
The focus here is the production of adequate forms, well-proportioned,
graceful and harmonious, the body possessing a real sense of symmetry,
rhythm, timing and beauty. The capacity to beautifully build and
to wisely use and control a relatively perfected human form are
the result of the efforts of the soul achieved over many lifetimes.
Eventually the full glorification and adoration of the perfected
human form life will be successfully and creatively achieved.
the meantime the Crab must often work hard to balance physical injustices,
inadequacies and irregularities. When the accomplished athlete,
bodybuilder, dancer, yogi or gymnast can stand triumphantly on the
physical plane, the temple of the soul has become well rounded,
attractive, complete and practically perfected.
advanced Cancerian physical type is a shape-shifter fully capable
of molding, sculpturing and transfiguring their physical vehicles,
and are also experts in the task of training the bodies of others.
They therefore make excellent personal trainers and instructors
of great inspiration and imaginative power. As teachers, musicians,
artists and coaches they often establish their own studios or schools
of specialized instruction. Although some Cancerians simply prefer
a quiet walk in the park or countryside, many like to jog, cross-train
or engage in a wide range of leisure and sport activities including
biking, swimming, golfing, skiing or tennis. In all cases the active
physical type appears in top-shape, with excellent hygiene, perfect
make-up, well groomed and immaculately dressed. The successful Crab
personality certainly more than makes up for any lack of regularity
or imperfection in physical feature through personal magnetism and
Two: Emotional Man
1st to 11th
the second step the watery life of the emotional body is developed.
At this stage the Cancerian deals with ordinary feelings, personality
sentiments and personal reactions to pain and pleasure. Mercury's
rulership indicates that antagonism, conflict, struggle, stress,
battle and crisis represent the path of least resistance and the
modus operandi for emotional unfoldment in this decan.
ingrained in the Cancerian psyche is the craving for completeness
or well-roundedness. Struggling with opposition and wrestling blindly
with the duality of existence, they subject themselves fully to
the tearing process generated by competing choices, options and
alternatives. Emotional growth results from the intense progression
through the highs and lows of personal crisis. In the early sentient
stage the struggle is waged unconsciously and unintelligently without
a give-and-take which modifies the abrasive and discordant elements
of the experience. Adjustments and accommodations are difficult,
even though the Crab unconsciously seeks harmonization and is extraordinarily
sensitive to any type of personal conflict.
achievement of emotional harmony and balance is especially difficult
for this type and certainly does not proceed in a straightforward
manner. No matter how circuitous the route however, hypersensitivity
to impacts from all angles and a rapid capacity of response to contacts
from every point of the compass are the benchmark traits of the
fully developed and mature Cancerian emotional body.
produces a painfully sensitive emotional temperament. It is amazing
however, to what lengths and through how much pain an advanced Cancerian
woman will go in order to appear more beautiful, attractive and
desirable. Cosmetic surgery, electrolysis, waxing, tattoos, excessive
periods of working out or training, fasting or special diets are
the norm. The ability to change the physical appearance helps to
produce a dramatic transformation of the Crab personality. Making
themselves as physically beautiful and attractive as possible is
an attempt to achieve emotional fulfilment.
vanity and fear of a Cancerian woman concerning her own aging process
is perhaps unprecedented in the zodiac. The attendant loss of full
and firm breasts and general muscle tone, and especially the appearance
of wrinkles on the face is often an overwhelming experience difficult
to cope with emotionally. Maintaining good form and keeping up the
semblance of conventional appearance becomes a real forté.
fosters an emotional formalism with an overemphasis on outer structure
and appearances. Inwardly however, emotions of hurt and resentment
build up. Unconscious feelings of frustration, anger and entrapment
stemming from the emotional straightjacket of restraint and constraint
result. This syndrome causes the astral Crab to lash out furiously
at times over seemingly innocuous, trivial or relatively unimportant
issues at home or in the office.
are known for retreating within their shell and shunning friends
and family for weeks or months at a time, after which they attempt
to emerge again into the public gaze in an effort to regain self-respect.
Keep in mind that Mercury is a planet of duality and the emotional
temperament of Cancer is known for its alternating extremes and
dramatic moods. Have you noticed how a Cancerian mother will love,
pamper and spoil her children one moment and angrily reprimand them
in the next?
is youthful and playful, so with the opposite sex a good deal of
relatively innocent and harmless bantering, repartee, flirting and
teasing is common. Cancerian types do seem to have quite a comedian
inside. However they can also have quite a sarcastic and biting
sense of humor, and can make snide comments or off-hand remarks
exhibiting a real slanted and warped social, sexual and racist bias.
A real hypocrite emerges who will not be seen talking to those outside
of their own social milieu.
love to be able to feel confident, safe and secure enough of their
own status, social or financial position to be able to criticize
others who are less fortunate or different in some way. They view
life from the outside in; certainly not from the inside out.
astral Crab remains oblivious and unconscious of the special needs
or individuality of others, beginning with their spouse, family,
friends and children. It is as if a sense of the latent but unexpressed
powers of the soul gives the undeveloped Cancerian an absurd idea
of their own self-importance and the respect, deference and consideration
due to them by others.
inertia of the emotional temperament is so strong that the Crab
can really be stuck in the mud. The behavior of the astral type
has much to do with attachment, bondage, grasping, holding on and
clinging. Have you noticed that a crab will lose its claw before
it will let go of an object; and will then proceed to grow a new
claw? When emotionally hurt or apprehensive the line of least resistance
for the Crab type is to take evasive rather than direct action.
Note how a crab when threatened runs off sideways attempting to
skirt the danger with a sudden flurry of lateral motion. Inwardly,
the personal emotional state remains imbalanced, insecure, undirected,
unsettled and unstable. The irrationality of the Crab is such that
they are fully capable at times of throwing all caution to the wind,
losing complete control and doing that which is forbidden, thus
breaking all social taboos and shattering the illusion of the status
quo. It is the constant craving for emotional experience that leads
to the heights of folly.
recessive Mercurial emotional disposition is an aggravating bundle
of contradictions and inconsistencies. Strong feelings of exalted
self-sufficiency are followed by periods of unreasoning terror,
exaggerated shyness and humility. Fierce pride and independence
alternate with vulnerability, helplessness and loneliness.
Mercurial temperament is dualistic, unbalanced, spasmodic, vague,
indefinite, moody, elusive, oversensitive and insensitive, difficult,
restless, unreliable, erratic, unstable, angry, frustrated, repressed,
depressed, destructive, uncontrolled, addictive, dictatorial, naive,
unrealistic, manipulative, indiscreet, prying, troubled, unsure,
frightened, phobic, smothering, passive, procrastinating, negative,
long-suffering, insecure, anxious, withdrawn, biased, stuck, obsessive,
disturbing, difficult, armored, shielded, fanciful, disillusioned,
uncommunicative, isolated, misleading, materialistic, cold, self-denigrating,
unforgiving, impulsive, moralizing, hardened, tethered, impatient,
dissatisfied and self-unconscious.
slaves of their moods, astral Crabs are doomed to disappointment
and failure and fall at times into silent despair. The young soul
in Cancer is the prey of sentimentalism, sensationalism and exaggerated
emotion of every kind.
the positive side, the Mercurial emotional expression is well known
for great magnetism, love of beauty, grace, ability to improvise,
athleticism, artistic talents, rhythm, musical and aesthetic sensibilities.
These Cancerians are charismatic, dramatic, enraptured, seductive,
sensual, romantic, open, imaginative, receptive, enchanting, illuminating,
skillful, magical, empathic, perceptive, courageous, protective,
convincing, determined, humorous, interesting, entertaining, lively,
fun-loving, child-like, experimental, vibrant, daring, adventuresome,
fascinating, inspirational, influential, passionate, observant,
truthful, sensitive, proud, attractive, intent, motivated, involved,
creative, spontaneous, curious, inventive, patient, receptive, socially
aware, cooperative, responsible, capable, consistent, committed,
steadfast, faithful, self-confident and courageous.
emotionally mature, the Crab is a provider and nurturer who gives
comfort, food, support, shelter and individualized love to those
they care about. Their children are given every material advantage
and receive the best possible schooling, and often the best musical
and cultural training. They bring other people into their houses
and warm them with the radiant love and light emanating from the
central nucleus of their family. Eventually after many lifetimes
of experience, the ability to compromise and mediate will enable
the advanced emotional type to preserve their integrity and to be
able to form and maintain complete unions.
fact one of the great gifts of the emotionally mature Cancerian
is that they are in fact a bridge of relationship and a reconciling
link between diverse elements, circumstances and people. This gift
is especially important when the marriage partner is not at the
same point of evolutionary development. At this latter stage the
life of true and inclusive love unfolds with the powerful feelings
and emotions finally given full, free and abundant expression. The
sentient ability to appropriately respond to environing conditions,
circumstances, persons and objects has now been awakened.
Three: Mental Man
11th to 22nd
the early stages of mental growth and development these individuals
are bound by convention and outmoded ethical values. In speech or
writing, under the influence of the Moon the operation of the conscious
mind is largely influenced by the past.
thought is non-existent and there is the constant urge to appeal
to antiquity, precedent and outworn platitudes. The half-educated
mind is cautious, conservative and does not wish to offend, so will
merely say what is easiest or most convenient. While the recessive
mental type is lazy, placid, seldom exciting and most often boring,
the positive type in sharp contrast is quite outspoken, independent,
self-sufficient, and critical sometimes to the point of offensiveness.
active mind has an exceedingly retentive memory with a style that
is picturesque, vivid, dramatic, arousing and kindling of enthusiasm.
Under the Moon, personal style and imagination come to the forefront,
so quite naturally these Crabs enjoy contact with the public and
love to claim its interest, stimulate its imagination and sway its
moods. Nevertheless both the active and the passive mental types
need to develop independence of thought and action. Eventually they
must attain detachment and break their dependence on approval and
sympathy from other people.
dicta of religion and science meet with a ready acquiescence in
the untrained mind of the average mass-minded Cancerian. Emphasis
here is on the building up of the equipment of thought and the attainment
of the necessary mental training. Authoritative statements are accepted
without being verified. Too many other thinkers color their point
Cancerian in this decan must learn practical application of the
scientific method of experimental testing and the elimination of
that which cannot be proven. Childish, impossible and unverifiable
thoughts are rejected and the result is the consequent clarification
of the mental field.
this decan a discriminating and scientific process enables the Cancerian
to arrive at a degree of truth regarding his or her personality
and the physical side of life in general. Through this process the
incorrect formulations of truth are ultimately eliminated, and right
processes of thought that focus on the essential are engendered.
A steady focusing of the attention is required.
conclusions will eventually be reached when the mind is developed
and receptive enough to register some eternal verity, thereby bridging
the gap between the world of form and the world of Ideas. The advanced
Cancerian mind becomes trained, open-minded and focused. With great
facility it can then identify, recognize, understand and adjust
in response to the ever-changing tide of human needs and the peculiar
demands of family, friends and associates. This decan teaches sensitivity
to timing and responsiveness to the cyclic processes of life.
evolved mental types possess a wonderful facility for bringing harmony
out of conflict, and become stronger themselves through the process
of constant struggle and crisis. A tremendous capacity to reconcile,
compromise, mediate and bridge demonstrates through a dynamic creative
living process. Carefully cultivating and developing skill-in-action,
musical talent, fashion, design, style and literary abilities go
hand-in-hand with refined artistic and aesthetic sensibilities.
Cancerians have a fighting spirit they also have the ability to
make peace, amuse, delight and entertain. They have a natural love
of color and beauty, and the capacity to create or express it picturesquely
in any given field. They have a form-creating mind with a facile
ability to bridge, link, resolve, unify, integrate and synthesize.
They are capable of attaining rapid attunement and rapport.
integrated Cancerian personalities possess constructive minds able
to build an edifice of thought. This is a patterning mind which
organizes, details, sorts, classifies, coordinates, standardizes
and synthesizes. Its hallmark is the production of crystal-clear
evolved mental type is quick, improvisatory, playful, dramatic,
inclined to exaggeration, expressive, imagistic, fictive, freely
associative, non-linear and non-rationalistic. The process of refining,
weighing and balancing comes naturally to this analogical and metaphoric
mental disposition. Through the process of mixing, linking and fusing,
the mind becomes truly non-separative, drawing lines of harmonious
relationship between diverse elements.