Today is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, as well as the day the sun enters Cancer, the fourth sign of the Zodiac. The summer solstice was known as Litha or Midsummer Night and was a prominent pagan holiday, still celebrated long after the Christianization of Europe. If you’re interested in how pagans celebrate nowadays, check out this Huffington Post article. I know it’s a very big deal at Stonehenge.
The zodiacal sign Cancer is ruled by the Moon, so sometimes people born under this sign are referred to as Moon Children.
Like their symbol, the crab, Cancerians can have a hard shell, but underneath you’ll usually find a softy. Cancer is a cardinal water sign and Cancerians can be very emotional, even moody, but don’t be fooled by the unassuming manner. Moon children enjoy being the center of attention as much as any Leo, and they can be quite determined when they’ve got a head of steam up about something. They’re also fiercely protective of family and friends, and will stick with them to the end.
In the horoscope, the fourth house represents home, and Cancerians are known for being homebodies. Their homes are very important to them, and some display real nesting qualities. This sign also rules the stomach and Moon Children will often have sensitive digestive systems.
For more information, click here: http://www.astrologycom.com/cancer.html
Famous people born under this sign include Presidents John Quincy Adams, Calvin Coolidge and George W. Bush, also Julius Caesar, James Cagney, George M. Cohan, Tom Cruise, John Cusack, Phyllis Diller, Will Ferrell, astronaut John Glenn, Oscar Hammerstein, King Henry VIII (I’d have put money on him being a Leo), Helen Keller, the Dalai Lama, Ann Landers, Lindsey Lohan, Nancy Reagan, Rembrand, John D. and Nelson Rockefeller, Barbara Stanwyck, Ringo Starr, Thoreau, Liv Tyler, Abigail Van Buren and Robin Williams..
Cancer is considered to be most compatible with the other water signs, Scorpio and Pisces, and the earth signs: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. As always, much depends on the individual’s chart.
Is there a Moon Child in your life? And are you doing anything special to celebrate Midsummer