On June 20, the summer solstice marks the beginning of Cancer Season 2021. As the Sun takes a dip in this sensitive water sign, it brings out the softer, nurturing side of our personalities.
Every 30 days or so, the Sun visits a new zodiac sign. During this “season” everyone feels the prevailing energy, no matter what Sun sign you were born under. Cancer season 2021 is a homespun solar spell that will emphasize domestic bliss and family affairs from June 20 until July 22.
As the zodiac’s first water sign, heartfelt Cancer plunges us into our feelings and heightens our sensitivity. Cancer season can be a comforting time, but also an emotionally charged one. As cerebral, social Gemini season draws to a close and ends its Mercury retrograde (on June 22), Cancer season turns our attention away from the buzz of the local scene and reminds us that charity begins in the home.
Ruled by the tide-pulling moon, which is always going through a “phase,” Cancer is symbolized by the self-protective Crab. During Cancer season 2021, we will long for a sense of safety and security. Spruce up your home to make it family-dinner-ready and cozier all around.
Cancer Season 2021 Begins with the Summer Solstice
Cancer season begins with the Summer Solstice annually in the northern hemisphere, starting on June 20, 2021 at 11:31PM EDT. That’s when the Sun passes over the Tropic of Cancer in its imaginary path around the Earth. (We say “imaginary” because the Earth goes around the Sun—but that’s how it appears from our vantage point.)
Fun fact: The word solstice derives from sol (sun) + systere (standing still) because for about three days, the Sun seems to stop in the sky. It’s reached its northernmost point and is now switching to a southbound journey.
From lighting bonfires to bathing in streams and oceans to celebrating nature and summer’s bounty to come, there are no shortage of timeless ceremonies you can try to welcome Cancer season 2021 and Midsummer.
Here are some tips to help you sail through Cancer season 2021 while navigating the riptides of the emotion ocean.
1. Expand your empathy.
During Cancer season, feelings are subject to change without notice. But don’t just write off these fluctuations as “moods.” This heart-centered sign helps us expand our empathy. During this month-long cycle, you don’t just walk a mile in someone else’s shoes—you can almost feel what it’s like to be living in their skin. But that doesn’t mean you should make assumptions. Now is the time to ask people, “What’s that like for you?” or “How do you feel about that?” The answers may be richer than you expect.
As a rule, slow down, get curious and start listening. Still waters run deep during this compassionate cycle. It can bring powerful healing for families and neighbors. Don’t have access to those conversations yet? Pick up a book that can help you gain greater understanding about someone else’s experience. Educate yourself on multiple perspectives and you’ll be ready to enter the discourse soon enough.
2. Don’t confuse feelings with facts.
We live in a world where anxiety has become rampant. Much of this is simply a sane reaction to the intense pressures of the current world. This cosmic climate demands tools to help people deal with their fears and uncomfortable emotions. During Cancer season 2021, sharpen your emotional intelligence with personal growth books, workshops, mediations and more. We’ve heard it said that “e-motion stands for energy in motion.” If that’s true, then why are so many of us still stuck? Most likely, we aren’t getting to the root cause of our pain—which is the hard, but necessary, work.
Although Cancer season can stir up past pain and trauma, your main goal is to NOT lash out at the people closest to you. If Cancer season makes for a monthlong case of planetary PMS, just know that, like everything, your intense emotions—or someone else’s—shall pass. Best to keep a safe distance whenever you’re stirred up and not to get hooked into drama.
3. Your home and family are the focus for Cancer Season 2021.
Cancer season reminds us of our roots, whether you live in close proximity to your parents or you’ve forsaken every branch on your family tree. The Cancer-ruled fourth house sits at the very bottom of the zodiac wheel, representing our foundations. Connect with your origins, whether you do a DNA testing kit, heal a generations-old chain of pain or honor your ancestry by documenting family traditions on video.
Since Cancer rules the home, use this season to enjoy your abode, whether you create a little reading nook, commandeer a corner for a meditation station or turn your front yard into a supply station for activists en route to protest. Need help making your den feel more like a haven? Our Home Decorating Horoscopes have tips for every sign.
4. Flex your epicurean muscles.
Cancer season is a time to nourish ourselves, and that can be accomplished by connecting to the food we put in our bodies. During this solar season, our palates may veer more toward rich and hearty decadence than plant-based dietary restrictions. Since Cancer is one of the zodiac signs associated with family, connect to your heritage or get a taste of other cultures through the cuisine of the lineage.
Pick up a cookbook (and watch his YouTube vids) like Lazarus Lynch’s Son of A Southern Chef. A “love letter” to his father’s culinary artistry has Cancer season written all over it. (Pass the Brown Stew Chicken and Lemon Pound Cake, please.) Or binge-watch multiple seasons of “No Reservations,” as a tribute to late Cancerian food and wine connoisseur Anthony Bourdain.
The caveat? Self-soothing Cancer can awaken an urge to emotionally eat, since food is one of our culture’s most widely accepted forms of comfort. During Cancer season 2021, slow down and indulge mindfully. Taking part in preparing a meal at least partly from scratch instead of throwing down ready-made meals while you zone out at your desk. Up your Crab cache by inviting friends over for intimate dinner parties. Turn on some pretentious-but-fun Paris Cafe station on Pandora, pour wine and prep a meal together as you laugh, talk and bond.
5. Honor the women in your world.
Make way for the astrological Alpha female! Cancer rules the zodiac’s fourth house of home, family and women—so this is a month where girls indeed run the world. If it was up to us as astrologers, International Women’s Day would coincide with the Cancer new moon. (But hey, the powers that be—or at least, their savvier, spiritual First Ladies—stopped taking our advice back when Nancy Reagan left the White House.)
Nonetheless, let us hereby declare Cancer season a time to celebrate and appreciate the maternal figures and inspiring women in our lives. We all have archetypal feminine energy within us, regardless of which gender you identify with. What we could all do: Take a stand for gender equality, in ways great and small, whether you call yourself a feminist or not. If you’re a woman, fight for fair pay. Speak up, voice your opinions, don’t end sentences with a question mark unless you’re sending a text to a friend. If you’re not a woman or female-identified, take a stand whenever you see an injustice.
6. Go global with your girl power.
Did you know that one in three girls in developing countries are married before age 18? Not only are they left uneducated and economically disempowered, complications during pregnancy are the leading cause of death for 15- to 19-year-old females, globally. Help girls and women gain access to education, healthcare, and economic empowerment. Women make up the majority of the world’s poorest citizens. Yet, educating girls—which is forbidden in many parts of the world—is proven to be one of THE keys to ending poverty and forwarding world peace. A small micro-loan from an organization like Kiva—which you could totally donate to if inspired—can help a woman start a business in a developing nation. Or see if one of these other organizations from this list of Great Charities for Women and Girls speaks to you.
7. Make a date with your muse during Cancer Season 2021.
All human beings are creative. It’s our birthright and it’s in our DNA. Our ability to tap into that force depends on how willing we are to put our inner control freaks in the corner and allow the muse to track us down. We have to be quiet in order to RECEIVE the download of creative energy, and that’s hard for many people. We’re afraid that if we don’t keep a tight grip on our emotions, someone will come in and take advantage of us or worse, hurt us irreparably.
Caveat: Self-protectiveness is a Cancerean trait, but we all need to connect to that vulnerable underbelly of the sensitive Crab during Cancer season 2021. Cancer is one of the zodiac’s most yin, receptive signs. During this solar cycle we ought to loosen up, soften, widen our embraces and roll out the energetic Welcome Mat. To connect with the creative force within ourselves, we must quiet our “inner chatter” enough to let divine inspiration flow through.
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Grande Dame (Tiff McGinnis) is a UK based multimedia artist. Apple, Facebook, MTV Networks and more have all commissioned her colourful visuals. She is a featured artist on Giphy. Many of her GIFS have gone viral reaching over 100 million views. Her style is heavily influenced by psychedelic cartoons, pinball, Art Nouveau, and more. She has shown her work at galleries around the Globe, including 111 Minna, San Francisco. She collaborated with couture footwear designer Terry de Havilland, her designs appeared in Italian Vogue and even caused a viral sensation appearing in The Daily Mail. Recent projects include an animated short of the life and work of famed Southern Gothic Author Carson McCullers. She is a dedicated, creative maverick, with a keen eye for detail, and a color palette all her own.