Keywords: Seeks direction, Vulnerable, Body retains water, 'Moon-faced', Domestic
A Cancer Ascendant indicates those who are dedicated to satisfying their personal ambitions. However, they can appear so vulnerable that it is difficult for others to determine just how determined or strong they really are. They can be quite circumspect and hesitant to reveal their true goals until they are certain of success. There is potential they will have traumatic partnerships, especially marriage. Many of them prefer to marry late in life, and tend to select older or more mature partners or those who represent an authority figure.
They are emotionally oriented and may attempt to hide this vulnerability behind a facade of forcefulness even though, more often than not, the ploy is unsuccessful. Emotional vulnerability does not deny personal magnetism or ambition. In fact their emotional commitment to something often causes them to work twice as hard as anyone else, becoming quite successful in the bargain. Home is not just where their hearts are, it is usually where they want to physically spend most of their time and attention.
Cancer is ruled by the moon, which implies strong nurturing instincts that are evidenced in their caring, sympathetic personalities. In return, they also seek to be "mothered" and may be guided in life by a strong person (usually female) who fills this role. Their personalities are subject to great changes. Consciously or subconsciously they are highly influenced by others. They may, for example, adopt the latest fashions or mode of behavior whether or not it is personally flattering, or they may pursue certain activities they feel give them social status rather than being something they may truly enjoy.
They are apt to possess culinary skills, and design or architectural ability. Whether or not they have talent in these areas, they are apt to have great interest in them. Roundness of face, pale, sensitive skin, and baldness or finely textured hair are physical attributes identified with Cancer Ascendant. Their bodies have a strong tendency to retain water. Their emotional orientation is indicative of an addictive nature, which means it is difficult to escape a battle with excess weight or addictive substances. The breasts, stomach, and digestive system are apt to be their most physically vulnerable areas.