Belated Birthday wishes to all Cancerians with your Sun between 10 – 19.59° Cancer. Your birthday falls between July 1 – 11, depending on the year. Being born in the second decan of Cancer, your Sun is in the Scorpio decan so you are sub-ruled by Pluto and Mars. If your Sun is in aspect to either of these two planets or placed in the 8th house, the Scorpio qualities will be naturally heightened. You may feel a bit more like a Scorpio than a Cancerian, at times, and may not identify at all with the rumor that Cancer is timid or wimpy. (We’re not.) Place the Moon in Aries or Scorpio or the 8th house, and the Scorpio qualities hidden in your Sun sign are strengthened even more.
You’re the Cancerian with deep, probing insights who isn’t afraid to walk a more direct path than your lunar-ruled first decan brothers and sisters. If you haven’t yet called on the power of Mars and Pluto, it is there waiting for you to harness and use. It’s like having a stiletto hidden in your garter belt ~ and you know how to use it. You are the ninja crab ~ not unlike the one that Hera sent to defeat Hercules and thus earned the crab’s place in the constellations.
Your Card ~ Tarot 3 of Cups
There are several ways to associate astrological symbolism with the tarot. One is by assigning decans to each of the numbered pip cards from 1-9. Another is by using the astrological dignities of planets known as “Face.” This is the system used by the Golden Dawn in their associations of planets in signs to specific minor arcana cards. I have yet to come across a definition of “Face” that makes much sense to me. It’s a rarely used astrological dignity ~ probably because no one seems to be able to explain it well. (If you can, please post your definition in the comments section. Please, please, please!!!) By using Face to explain a card, the meanings of the planets in signs don’t always seem to match the pictures on the tarot cards.
If you are a second decan Cancer, the tarot card related to your birthday is the 3 of Cups ~ one of the most joyous cards in the deck ~ which is often associated with celebrations. The face association with the card is Mercury in Cancer ~ the mind turned toward the inner world, family, the past ~ emotional rather than rational thinking. I don’t see that in this card. I don’t see Pluto or Mars in this card either, which would signify the sub-ruler of the Scorpio second decan. I like the Epilogue 3 of Cups pictured here for the Scorpio decan. These look like sassy gals.
What I do see in the 3 of Cups is the numerological association of 3 with Jupiter. Jupiter in Cancer makes sense with the picture. Now we’re talking celebrations! Jupiter is exalted in Cancer ~ happy home, happy family, expanded joyous relationships. There’s always room for one more at the party. 3 represents creativity, expression, and growth. You can see these qualities in all of the cards numbered 3.
Here’s an excerpt from Year~Seer: The Nine Year Cycle of Life, my book on numerology and the tarot, about the 3 of Cups. It’s written primarily for people in their #3 Personal Year, but carries a message of hope and joy for anyone who pulls the card.
Water: Joyful Expression
Can you find little moments to celebrate in your everyday life? Are you able to share in the happiness of others?
One of the most wonderful qualities children possess is their ability to express themselves so freely and genuinely. In their amazement at the things we take for granted, they express a simple but abundant joy. They have a knack for celebrating just about everything. When was the last time you had such exuberance—when your spirits were high, you felt like kicking up your heels, and were about to burst with happiness?
It’s such a marvelous thing ~ joining with others in a spirit of celebration, sharing your good times with each other. Having good friends to your home for dinner or parties, feeling a sense of community in your neighborhood or work, forming a close bond with a group who shares your hobbies ~ any time two or more people come together for a common cause is a moment to be celebrated.
Share your little victories with others this year and join in celebrations for the victories of others. They want to express their happiness as much as you want to express yours. Be optimistic. Cheer each other on. It feels good.
There is another type of celebration to seek out this year. It is a quieter, more personal expression of joy ~ the joy of self. Moments like splashing in rain puddles, dancing alone in your living room to a song that makes you feel like you just have to move, a smile that crawls over your face when you compliment yourself. These are moments when you are in harmony with yourself, listening to the tiny lighthearted whispers from deep inside meant only for you. These are times when you accept yourself for the incredibly simple and extraordinary person that you are ~ and you’re proud of yourself. Your self-worth and esteem soar, and it makes you jump for joy.
Whether it’s in the form of a whisper or a roar, join in the spirit of celebration with yourself, your friends, your family, and your world.
If you are a Cancerian born on the 3rd, 12th, 21st, or 30th, this card is especially suited for you, since you are strongly influenced by the qualities of Jupiter through the number 3.
If you receive this card in a reading, ask yourself:
Am I celebrating enough?
Am I giving the little victories in my life enough attention?
(For Mercury in Cancer) Am I overthinking the past, my own emotions, or my family entanglements?
You can use this card as a reminder to give credence to your creativity and way of expressing yourself. Just watch the stinger so that it doesn’t lead your head. If this is your birthday card, you might enjoy coloring your own and adding other important symbols to it. Here are a few suggestions for embellishments:
Dates: July 1-11, your birthday, or any special dates that fall in this period
Planetary glyphs for Scorpio, Pluto, Mars and any other planets you have at 10-19.59° Cancer
A small charm that reminds you of something worth celebrating
Pictures of things that make you laugh and give you joy
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