Cancer Houses


Cancer 1st house

cancer-through-the-housesA sensitive approach to the world. An approach that is caring, nurturing and motherly. An approach that is smothering. A person who tends to smother the people around him. Cloying. Meddling. Not knowing when to leave “well enough” alone. A nag. A person who approaches the world in a needy and clingy manner. Someone who carries a bag of snacks everywhere. Someone who only likes to eat her own cooking. Someone who is very sensitive about her appearance. A good cook, or someone who thoroughly appreciates good cooking. A person who makes other people feel welcome and cared for. A natural mothering type. A knack for parenthood. Wanting to be the leader of a family or close-knit group of people. Leading with sensitivity. An emotional outlook. Leading on the domestic front. A sympathetic approach. Liking to wear fleece. Someone who loves the Snuggie. Someone who wears warm woolly socks. Someone who likes classic colors and shapes. Someone who likes to wear vintage. Looking forward to being a parent. A private person. A shy person. Erecting emotional barriers. sensitive approach to the world. An approach that is caring, nurturing and motherly. An approach that is smothering. A person who tends to smother the people around him. Cloying. Meddling. Not knowing when to leave “well enough” alone. A nag. A person who approaches the world in a needy and clingy manner. Someone who carries a bag of snacks everywhere. Someone who only likes to eat her own cooking. Someone who is very sensitive about her appearance. A good cook or someone who thoroughly appreciates good cooking. A person who is welcoming and caring. A natural mothering type. A knack for parenthood. Wanting to be the leader of a family or close-knit group of people. Leading with sensitivity. An emotional outlook. Leading on the domestic front. A sympathetic approach. Liking to wear fleece. Someone who loves the Snuggie. Someone who wears warm woolly socks. Someone who likes classic colors and shapes. Someone who likes to wear vintage. Looking forward to being a parent. A private person. A shy person. Erecting emotional barriers. Having a protective shell. Having a hard outer persona and a soft interior. Acquisitive.

Cancer 2nd house

Valuing nurturing qualities and motherhood. Valuing women. Defending your personal income. Defending possessions. Collecting baby dolls. Holding onto sentimental possessions. Collecting antiques. Shopping at thrift stores. Liking to purchase things from bygone eras. Nurturing and mothering are survival needs. Earning power is based on mood. Collecting things that mom would like. Collecting lace. Collecting “Precious Moments” figurines. Collecting Vermont Teddy Bears. Protecting belongings. Putting things in containers, sealed bags, glass cases, storage boxes and other containers. Collecting seashells. Collecting old coins and bills. Nurturing the growth of your own money. Saving for a rainy day. Difficulty parting with money. Difficulty parting from old banks or old savings accounts. Difficulty cashing in bonds. Having a safety deposit box. Wanting to keep money and possessions as safe as possible. Displaying mom’s china. Collecting old cupboards, armoires, dressers, hope chests and other furniture that hold or contain other things. Selling antiques on eBay.

Cancer 3rd house

Talking about family. “Tell me about your mother.” Talking about breasts. Defensive speech. Cooking food for siblings. Acting like a mother to your siblings. Having a sibling who acts like a mother. Being taken care of by a sibling. Nurturing, caring, sensitive, shy siblings. Moody and defensive siblings. Feeling defensive around siblings. Feeling defensive around neighbors. Defensive driving. Speaking in self-defense. Communication power is based on mood. Collecting quotes. Book collections. The person who likes to own first editions. Cookbooks. Collecting family recipes. Parenting how-to books. Parenting blogs, newsletters, pamphlets and Twitterers. Devoting an entire blog to your children or family. Clamming up. Shy and withdrawn in speech. Talking about the “good old days.” Classic cars. Antique cars. Vintage motorcycles. Vintage campers. Vintage bicycles. Writing, speaking and thinking about breasts. Writing, speaking and thinking about being a mother. Writing, speaking and thinking about your mother. Writing about women. Writing about matriarchy. Caring, sensitive, gentle communication. Receptive, nurturing, tenacious communication. Needy communication. Learning to communicate your needs. Most communication is centered on your needs. Most communication is with your mother. Talking, writing and thinking about moods. Communication centers on babies. Communication centers on food. Eating instead of expressing emotions. Emotional communication. Clinging to your hometown. Talking about the sentimental feelings you have for an old neighborhood. Feeling nostalgic about the old neighborhood, or the way the neighborhood used to be. Caring and sensitive bonds with siblings. Collecting sayings and expressions. Keeping sentimental things in the car. The car doubles as a traveling house. An overly protective sibling. Overly protective of your siblings. Defending siblings. Turning neighbors into family.

Cancer 4th house

“There’s no place like home.” Patriotism. Defending the country. Having a gun in the home. Defending the home. Defending your family. Overly protective of your family or country. Overly defensive about your country. Overly defensive about your heritage and roots. Overly protective of a parent. An overly protective family. Buying a house for each mood. Homes that reflect your mood. One parent is moody, hypersensitive, smothering and domestic. One parent is nurturing, gentle, sensitive and psychic. A sensitive family. A psychic family. A family of moody, hypersensitive people. A family of smothering people. A family in antiques. Feeling smothered by your family. Feeling nurtured and cared for by your family. Feeling a strong attachment to the place of your birth. “The Motherland.” Clinging close to home. Clinging to mom. Tracing family ancestry. Interested in traditional family practices. The history of the country. Privately shy and retiring. Privately needy and clingy. Feeling vulnerable at the core. Feeling timid and shy at the core. Insecure and moody at the core. Reluctant to leave the safety of the house. Reluctant to leave the safety of your family or country. Feeling nostalgic about childhood. Sentimental attachments to home, family or country. Sentimental patriotism. Homelessness would shake these people to the core. Carrying a nap sack, purse or bag with a collection of belongings (or food) wherever you go. Toting around a suitcase or roller cart. A house full of antiques. A house full of sentimental things. Living in a house for sentimental reasons. Buying a charming old house with character. Buying a house in a historic area. Historic houses. Living in the historic district of a town. Living in a historic area of the country. Defending a parent. A home that is infused with the mood of the owner.

Cancer 5th house

Patriot games. Archery. Hunting. Art depicting mothers and children. Mary Cassatt’s art. Antiquing as a sport. Playing mom is a hobby. Nurturing creativity. Nurturing children. Babysitters. Nurturing the creativity in your children. Shy children. Children who are sensitive and moody. Psychic children. Children who have mood swings. Lovers who have mood swings. Feeling attracted to sensitive, gentle, shy people. Feeling attracted to smothering, needy people. Feeling attracted to people who act like babies. Children who feel vulnerable. Shy and withdrawn in sports. Shy and withdrawn in romance. Clinging to your children. Smothering your children. Children who are clingy and needy. Special needs children. Feeling vulnerable in sports. Seeking safety in sports. Safe risks. Safe romances. Romances with women who seem like your mother. Romances with cougars. Clinging to sports teams for sentimental reasons rather than their track record. Feeling sentimental about sports stars. Feeling sentimental about art. Sentimental art. Sad clown art. Thomas Kincade’s art. Feeling sentimental about tokens of affection from past lovers. Keeping old love letters. Feeling nostalgic about past romances. Unwinding with a bath. Unwinding by cooking. Eating a good meal helps you unwind. Liking to throw parties for traditional holiday celebrations. Bringing food to parties. Pot luck gatherings. Traditional sports. Traditional hobbies and interests. Old card games: bridge, rummy, gin, and “Old Maid.” Knitting, crocheting and embroidery. Overly protective of your children. A defensive attitude concerning creativity and art. Shy and timid in pursuing self-expression and art. Shy and timid in sports. Defending your children. Wrestling. Playing defense.

Cancer 6th house

Moodiness is part of the daily routine. Bringing food to work. The person who keeps a jar of M&Ms on his desk. Nurses. Babysitters. Emotional eating. Smothering relationships with coworkers and employees. Feeling smothered by diet and health concerns. Claustrophobic working conditions. Working in a food market. Smothering other people with diet and health advice. Close, sensitive, psychic relationships with employees and coworkers. Gentle, sensitive, psychic relationships with animals. Gentle, sensitive, psychic relationships with women. Patriotic work. Clinging to jobs way past their expiration date. Using pets as a security blanket. Treating a job like a security blanket. Using food as a security blanket. Insecure on a daily basis. Experiencing shyness and timidity when dealing with employees and coworkers. Working with your mother. Working with women. Working in a spa that caters to women. Caterers. Loving Mom’s cooking. Dietitians. Nutritionists. Cafeteria workers. Line cooks. Hostesses. Hospitality industry. Nanny. Working with moody people on day to day basis. Owning, or working in, a doggy day spa. Creating food for animals. Creating gourmet animal snacks. Overly protective of animals. Defending animals. Defensive eating. Being defensive is a habit. Overly protective on a day to day basis. Treating coworkers like family. Protecting workers’ rights. Securing employment. The working parent.

Cancer 7th house

A moody partner. A sensitive and caring partner. Wanting to be nurtured by the partner. Wanting the partner to anticipate and meet your every need. Wanting to be cared for and catered to by the partner. Marrying a nurse. Wanting a partner who acts like a mother. A motherly partner. A sentimental partner. Criminal defense. The partner acts like a baby. The partner is smothering and clingy. The partner is moody and hypersensitive. The partner is shy and withdrawn. Marrying your mother. Catering to the partner. Needing to feel safe and secure with the partner. Confrontations with moody, insecure people. Confrontations with gentle, sensitive people. Confrontations with mom. Mom is the enemy. The partner needs constant reassurance. Wanting to marry a good cook. Liking to cook great food for your partner. A huggy partner. An overly defensive partner. Feeling protective of the partner. Partners who equally enjoy cooking. Partners who are equally caring. Partners who are equally sensitive. Partners who like to cuddle. Tenacity in relationships.

Cancer 8th house

Touchy-feely sex. Adult baby fantasies. Finding pregnancy sexy. Adoration of MILFs. Women are sexier during pregnancy. Inheriting Mom’s possessions. Inheriting mom’s estate. Inheriting mom’s legacy. Inheriting mom’s debt. Emotional sex. Withdrawing from sex due to shyness and timidity. Cuddling is as good as sex. Cuddling leads to sex. Needing to reassure the sex partner. Having sex with someone who seems like your mother. Catering to the sexual needs of the partner. A sensitive, gentle and psychic touch sexually. Caring, nurturing, sensitive relationships with the dying. A tenacious grasp on life. Sexually needy. Sexually dependent. Sex drive is based on mood. Sex drive is dependent on feeling safe and secure. Wanting a sensitive, receptive, gentle sex partner. A tenacious researcher. Researching the family legacy. Researching matriarchies. Leaving a legacy of women. Leaving a legacy of having been a gentle, sensitive, and sympathetic person. Leaving a legacy of having been a clinging, nagging, temperamental person. Liking to have sex under the covers. Liking to have sex in tight spaces. Liking to feel enveloped by the partner. Wanting to feel smothered during sex. People who love squashing. Therapists who deal specifically with mood disorders. Collecting other people’s stuff. Feeling defensive about sex. Feeling the need to defend your sexual preferences.

Cancer 9th house

Sentimental journeys. Studying childhood development. Feeling sentimental about faraway places. Sentimental attachments to foreign countries and cultures. Sentimental attachment to religion. Sentimental attachment to college. Sentimental attachment to outdated philosophies and ideas. Nurturing philosophies. Nurturing people of other cultures, religions or ideologies. Caring for people of other cultures. Publications for mothers and children. Philosophies on child-rearing. Cooking publications. Patriotic publications. Feeling vulnerable concerning cultural or religious ties. Too timid to travel. Long distance travel to visit mom. Mom lives in another country. Mom is from a different culture, country, or religion. Catering to people of other cultures or religions. Needing reassurance during long trips. Long distance traveling with a camper or in a motor home. Bringing the whole house on a trip. Following mom’s religion. Adopting the culture of your mother. Majoring in nursing. Doctorates. Cooking world cuisine. Overly defensive about your culture or religion. Nursing school. Studying matriarchy throughout culture. Studying the mother-child bond in culture. Looking to God for care and nurturance.

Cancer 10th house

Careers that cater to women. Owning a spa. Owning a catering business. Owning a restaurant. A career that involves caring for, or nurturing, other people. A career in which your sensitivity is on display (positively or negatively). A career that demands gentleness and the capacity to make yourself vulnerable. A career that challenges your shyness and tendency to withdraw. Doctors. Planned Parenthood. Hospital director. Widely known for your sensitivity and vulnerability. Widely known for your gentleness and receptiveness. Widely known for being temperamental and full of fear. Widely known for being a parent. Widely known for your mothering skills. Widely known for the relationship with your mother. Following in mom’s footsteps. Addressing women’s issues through the career. A person who makes a career out of addressing breast cancer. A career that involves protecting other people. Department of Defense. Defense lawyers. Defense attorneys. Feeling the need to defend your career choices. Feeling defensive about having to choose a career path. Making a career out of collecting antiques. Overly protective of your reputation and social standing. Overly protective of a parent. Being seen as dependent, clingy and immature.

Cancer 11th house

Girls’ night out. Girl groups. Girlfriends. Caring for the group. Group mother. Mother hen. Den mother. Treating friends like family. Close-knit female relationships. Female friends and fans. Clannish friends and fans. Close-knit groups. Defending friends. Defending causes. Friends and fans that come to your defense. Attracting female friends and fans. Friends who are needy and clingy. Clinging to groups. Catering to friends, fans and groups. Knitting circles. Acting like a mother to your friends. Overly protective of friends. Defensive fans. Protective fans. Friends act like babies. Friends with your family. Temperamental friends. Parenting support groups. Long term goals concerning mood management. Interactions with friends depend on your mood. Interactions with groups and causes depend on your mood. Strongly emotional friendships. Sensitive friends. Sympathetic friends. Sympathetic fans. Attracting moody people. Attracting sensitive, protective, emotional people. Being friends with your mother. Fluctuating goals.

Cancer 12th house

Metaphyscial meeting under the MoonNeediness, moodiness, hypersensitivity and shyness are the self-undoing. Patriotism attracts secret enemies. The need for safety attracts secret enemies. Touchiness, brooding and smothering are the self-undoing. Deep need to be mothered. Fearing mother. Fear of being smothered. Fear of accessing your nurturing qualities. A deep inward neediness. Feeling a sentimental attachment to ghosts. Feeling a sentimental attachment to your own fears. Sleeping in Mom’s bed for a very long time. Mom is the secret enemy. Norman Bates? Sleeping in a bed that has gates, or feels like a crib. Wanting to feel like you are sleeping in a womb. Wanting to feel completely enveloped while sleeping. Sleeping with your children. Sleeping like a baby. Sleeping with a security blanket or cuddly toy. Sleeping with the night light on. Children’s hospitals. Caring, nurturing, gentle relationships with inmates, the mentally ill, and the institutionalized. Dreaming of being a parent. Dreaming of going home. Deep sorrow and grief at the loss of your mother. Sorrow and grief over feelings of vulnerability. Too moody to deal with karma. Mood swings are the secret enemy. Emotionality attracts secret enemies. Emotional dependency attracts secret enemies.

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  • Harrilyn Samson

    Cancer 6th house: Pet parents! 😉

  • Vivian

    Cancer in the 12th and yes all applies but I want to change so bad. I have jupiter in chiron /cancer in the twelfth. Maybe I would get some luck. I heard they said it was a guardian aspect.

    • Luck is good, but you need to know how to recognize it and what to do with it once you have it.

      • Vivian

        @AstroFix:disqus Yes I understand.

  • Harrilyn Samson

    Cancer 10th house:Domineering mother,issues with women,issues with family

  • Vixen Argentum

    Hmmm…can’t say that Cancer in the 6th house describes me in the slightest.

    Any ideas?

  • Mert

    Cancer in 5th house ouch!!!… many says i am born lucky yeah cancer is in 5th house is one of the worst creativity combinations(pisces is bad too)…

    • one of the worst creativity combinations(pisces is bad too)..
      Do you know a lot of people with these placements?

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  • Watergirl

    Thanks for all your hard work Michelle–you did an excellent job!

  • Watergirl

    Hmmm, not so much. Kind and generous nurse, maybe? Not there yet, though. I do have some slight back issues (scoliosis), also food allergies/sensitivities, but not the way you have it written. I don’t find i can relate to that much at all.

  • Watergirl

    I have 5th and 6th Houses in Cancer. 5th had some accuracy, mostly about my children, but 6th i couldn’t really relate to anything. Just fyi.

    • Did you relate to the Leo in the 6th description?
      Interception with the houses is strange. In writing these, I thought about my boyfriend’s placements, especially his 2nd and 3rd houses.
      He has:
      Aquarius on the 2nd house cusp with Pisces intercepted in the 2nd. Aries on the 3rd.

      The Aries/3rd doesn’t fit him at all- he’s not an aggressive driver, he’s not brash or rude, he never gets into fights and he’s not at all impatient.

      Pisces/3rd fits him really well- he’s imaginative, kind of spacey, frequently stops talking mid-sentence, and he had trouble concentrating when he was in school.

      I haven’t worked out my thoughts on this yet… but, writing this series did make me give more consideration to the equal house system, which- similarly to your natal chart- puts his 8th house stellium in the 9th house, and I’m not sure how I feel about that. He’s very spiritual/metaphysical, definitely interested in traveling and other cultures, but this could also be because he has a Saturn/Chiron-Jupiter-Moon/Neptune Grand Trine in Water. /shrugs

  • Anonymous

    Cancer on the 7th with Gemini Dsc. I definitely want a nurturing partner and one who can ‘take care’ of me…at least emotionally. I self sufficient otherwise, but I would be nice to have a partner who prevents me from reaching burnout. A man who can cook is always sexy as hell in my boo…I swoon over a man in a kitchen; cutting, dicing, tasting 🙂 Moon in the 3rd is very spot on. Siblings helped in raising me…huge age gaps. Writing about emotions & family comes naturally to me.

    • I think that Cancer/7th wants emotional support from the partner- like you said- to avoid burnout. Capricorn Ascendant people are natural workaholics, so they want to come home and feel taken care of. After a hard day’s work they would love to come home to a good meal and a warm embrace.

      • angeline/elise

        Also, lets not forget about projection! Cap risings can be emotional, nurturing, and cook…we just prefer to have others do it for our image of ourselves as the man of the house (1st house). It’s funny, I used to always see my partners as emotional and domestic…until I realized it was a part of myself I never wanted to explore so I just projected it (7th house) on to my partners! “Oh…I’M NOT UPSET that I didn’t get what I want, but my partner IS!” It’s hilarious when you see your 7th house for what it really is and have to own it! I’m not saying I can cook or am any great nurturer like a Cancer…but I realize the work my partners put in now is voluntary and therefore all the sweeter!

        • That’s true. My boyfriend is a Cap rising and he actually loves to cook and he is very nurturing. I didn’t want to get into the projection aspect of the 1st/7th too much. I wanted to keep these delineations fairly simple. I could have totally burned myself out on this one series of posts alone! 😉

  • Cancer 2nd House was peculiarly lacking any reference to food. I think it has a lot of loaded issues around interconnecting security and food, and having enough, feeling nourished, etc.

    I do love vintage things, though, particularly cameos and bird motifs. And I’ve had a secret desire to start up a baby doll collection to put on display just to freak people out. 🙂

    • I think that you are right: the 2nd house has to do with survival needs and different aspects/planets/signs involving the second can distort a natural relationship to food- Cancer or the Moon in the 2nd being at the top of that list. I did consider writing “Food is a survival need” but that is true for everyone 😉

  • Anonymous

    On Cancer on the 12th: Justin Timberlake has this, and there was an episode of Punk’d where Ashton Kutcher had an entire company pretend to repossess Justin Timberlake’s dream home, and it all seemed very real, and the first thing Justin did was break down in tears and call his mommy. A very Cancer on the 12th thing to do, I think! He was paralyzed. Even though he’s a multi-millionaire multi-platinum recording star and adult, he didn’t know what to do and called his mom amidst sobs! I love astrology. 🙂

    • lol, that’s awesome. I think that “the fear of losing one’s home” is a good 12th house Cancer addition. I think the only person who would take it harder is the 4th house Cancer person.

  • Anonymous

    I see Cancer on the first as a Suit of Armor, like the hermit crab. The only problem is when progressed moon ingresses a new sign and you find you need a bigger suit of armor. My progressed moon just moved out of Sagittarius (where it was never comfortable) and into Capricorn, and I’m oh so happy to pick out something new! My natal moon is at 4 Virgo so soon progressed moon will trine it, and my Cancer asc will be happy again. But Cancer on the Ascendant can be very uncomfortable when it feels exposed in any way. Coincidentally, I have social phobia which I am just learning to beat right now, while transiting Pluto in Capricorn trines my natal moon and conjuncts progressed moon in capricorn! If you look at people like Angelina Jolie, you can definitely see that same “Suit of Armor” appearance. I give it off in person too, seeming very composed and sometimes aloof, although a bit of that is my Mercury sextile to Asc.

    • “Composed, yet aloof” is an interesting way to put it especially considering that Cancer is a nurturing sign. But, I think that these contradictory traits can coexist. Cancer is not necessarily warm- even in it’s nurturing.

  • Christine

    Michelle, do you think Cancer on the 8th could also mean someone with a lactation fetish?

  • Anonymous

    lol MM’s :O GUILTY! Cancer 6th here and I concur. I don’t have many of the traits though as I am only 1 degree and my Sun is fairly unaspected. I have never had any issue with changing careers, I actually struggle to stay within one longer than a year. Smothering, I have to watch with the kids, but the animals thrive! Other than that, my biggest issue, was attempting to fill the family void with people I would meet in the day to day. Disaster 9 times out of 10, so we, my personalities and I, tossed that one away.

    I tell you, I have attracted a lot of Cancer rises over my years and they are shocking with boundary setting. Lenient one moment, firm the next. Very confusing.

    • I missed that connection between Cancer and the 6th- turning coworkers and other everyday people into family. I know a lot of people who create little office families.

      My Mom is a Cancer rising (with Moon in Scorpio in the 4th) and Sun conjunct Uranus in Leo in the 1st- very confusing.

      I just added a few sentences to the 1st house and 6th house descriptions.

    • Anonymous

      We’re moody. :p

      • Anonymous

        just a tad 😛

  • Christine

    I’ve been learning about all kinds of kinky stuff on this series. This time, I learned about ‘squashing’.

    • I’m so glad you’ve learned some new things ;P

    • btw, I decided not to write a post about the effects of two (or even 3 signs in a house). I think, as you pointed out, that my Scorpio feelings about the 2nd house house have to do with having Pluto in the 2nd. I feel like making a poll about it instead.

      • Christine

        DO IT! I have that problem a lot with Astrology. I have a hard time knowing which traits to attribute to which aspects.

        • I’m concerned that some people aren’t going to like getting a poll in their inbox. I’m starting to consider setting up a secondary blog for polls, pictures, links, updates, quotes, etc… and keeping this one solely for meatier posts. What do you think about that? I think I’m going to have to ditch It’s fun to post all those pix but it takes time away from working on astro stuff- which is more important to me.

          Although, I own and it’s my primary blog on Tumblr, so I may have to keep the URL and switch it over to being all astrology. hm…

          • Christine

            Well, I think you’re going to have a whole extra blog to manage, which means more HTML bugs to fix, etc. It seems like a lot more hassle that you can save yourself, if you can figure out some way to add those things to this blog. I’m still new to Tumblr and really haven’t had time to figure it out, but, is there a way you can build a side module for things like that (pictures, links, Twitter updates)? A poll would be perfect there! If you can’t, couldn’t you just have a poll as a whole blog? Also, I don’t know if you know this, but Google has a feature (looks kind of like this: that you can play around with. That way, you can post the poll as a link on your page, and people can vote from there.

            Go to G-mail / Documents / Create New / Form.

            • Christine

              I forgot to add —

              the form is also convenient because Google organizes it into a spreadsheet for you.

              • Christine

                More thoughts: (Sorry, this might be annoying to you and all those who subscribed to the comments)

                Having too blogs might be a little inconvenient for your readers.