Sun in Cancer: The Summer Solstice

Keen Category: Astrology Advice

The sun in a hot summer sky with an illustration of Cancer's crab in the foreground

When the Sun is as far north from the equator as it gets, it crosses the Tropic of Cancer. This is an imaginary line circumnavigating the globe about 23 degrees north of the equator on the global map. The first day of zodiac Cancer is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Cancer is a zodiac sign that tends to the extremes of sentimentality and of being territorial. If being sentimental about its flag and history were not enough, the United States is pretty territorial, it has the world's most extreme individual property rights and sure enough, the country was born when it declared its independence on July 4, 1776. But one does not have to be born under the sign of the crab to be affected by the annual visit of the Sun to this intense zodiac sign.

When the Sun is in Cancer, we are all closer to a primal state of asserting what is ours, be that an old memory of bygone days or a precisely drawn property line. Every sign is affected differently, and these differences reflect the personality types determined by each zodiac sign. The Sun crosses the Tropic of Cancer on the morning of June 21 and remains in Cancer through the afternoon of July 22, when it leaves for Leo. Cancer is a sign that cuts to the chase when it comes to love – the energy of this zodiac sign draws you to partnerships that offer the best chemistry for the month ahead. Read below to see how this zodiac activity will be affecting you during this time.

  • Aries March 21 – April 19

    Look for issues of your identity to surface. You may have invested your ego in certain ways of presenting yourself to the world and someone truly authentic may want a word with you.
    Best Match: The birthday boy Crab sign will be looking for someone like you, especially if you are just visiting.

  • Taurus April 20 – May 20

    Greeting the people you meet with a smile will go a long way as someone who resents bullies and hermits will be trying to reshape your hometown. Avoid making any commitments you don't really want to keep.
    Best Match: A cute Virgo might have an awkward introduction, but soon you will have realized that you two are more alike than you initially imagined.

  • Gemini May 21 – June 21

    An issue of concern regarding your possessions could make you a little unbearable to be around. Have you been able to find that valuable piece of personal history for which you were looking?
    Best Match: A busybody Aquarius can match you word for word with fun conversation. Can you move beyond just talking about it?

  • Cancer June 22 – July 22

    The Sun in your sign is more than a signal to add another candle to the birthday cake. Look to make a great deal in negotiating to move up in the world a few days after having that slice of birthday cake.
    Best Match: A hot Scorpio may seem out of your league, but a cute Aries guy might inspire a little competition for your affections between the two.

  • Leo July 23 – August 22

    Photography and boating are two early summer hobbies that will be a great time and an excuse to get together with someone who strikes your fancy. The Sun in Cancer makes you as attractive as you want to be.
    Best Match: Nothing like a Sagittarius man to make you feel good about yourself for who you are as an individual. Get summer started off great with no strings attached.

  • Virgo August 23 – September 22

    Your planning and foresight will make you popular with some friends and neighbors who know you have got the right information. Divvy it out to those who have been good to you.
    Best Match: The Bull is a lover with too many talents to pass up. This is the time to assert yourself in the quest for what you want.

  • Libra September 23 – October 22

    The demands of a big career move are suddenly upon you. Taking the leap toward success comes at the price of leaving behind part of the old world that made you who you are.
    Best Match: Another Libra could show you the good time that you have so far been spending working for others.

  • Scorpio October 23 – November 21

    Getting a comprehensive understanding of what you are in for will make you even hungrier for the challenge ahead. The exciting part is in knowing that you can actually get this all done.
    Best Match: Pisces men are notorious for not getting too involved without discreet steps in the relationship being passed, so your summer can start slow and finish fast.

  • Sagittarius November 22 – December 21

    You might not notice the days flying by because your nights are about to get so wild. If you are looking for a taste of unbridled fun, you have found it all and more. This is not a time to hold back or stay home.
    Best Match: The zodiac energy is putting you in touch with just about every sign. While a Leo could dazzle you, there are eleven other signs waiting their turn for your attention.

  • Capricorn December 22 – January 19

    Soulmate energy is pulsating with a great intensity. If you are single, there is a magnetic attraction to a possible passion partner. Look to get the most out of everyone you meet.
    Best Match: A pace toward relationships is intensifying and the soulmate energy transcends specific zodiac signs. The one to whom you are gravitating is the one the stars pull toward you.

  • Aquarius January 20 – February 18

    Summer fun might be postponed, as you must get down to work. You made a good impression on the people in charge with your can-do attitude, but the Sun in Cancer is time to actually do it all.
    Best Match: Gemini men are ready to ease your burden and a Taurus guy could show you a work shortcut to get you out of the office early and into his arms later on.

  • Pisces February 19 – March 20

    The sign of the Crab signals your artistic pursuits and time with children all increasing to crowd out an already busy schedule. Plan ahead in order to avoid needing to be in two places at once.
    Best Match: Gemini is not ordinarily suggested as a match for you, but the energy between his talking and your dreaming could produce a summer of passionate exchanges.

Sun Forecasts of 2010