Star Sign – Yin and Yang

I am a Cancerian and some would say I have typical cancerian properties – crabby just like the sign says, quick to retreat into my shell, have trouble sharing innermost secrets, shy etc. Some sources claim, however, that it is the least clear cut of all the signs of the zodiac. It is said that we can be untidy, sulky and devious, as well as loyal and easily flattered. In researching what a Cancerian is truly like I have found that the best description is perhaps that we are full of contradictions, and maybe that explains the similarity of the cancer sign [above right] to that of the Chinese symbol of Yin and Yang [above middle].

That symbol represents the balance in the universe between the masculine and feminine, the passive and aggressive, the warm and the cold. The theory states that all phenomena consist of two opposite affects, and the contradictions evident in the cancerian character are perhaps a true refelction of this.

Do I beleive in Astrology? I would have said no once, and I still find it a little hard to grasp that the position of stars in the sky at the exact time of my birth had an impact upon my character. It’s also a bit of a stretch in reading a daily horoscope in a newspaper that it could apply to one twelfth of the world’s population. But there is always something in the way these things are written that can be applied to some particular aspect of our life at the time. Perhaps, where we read them and actually see some message we are simply enabling ourselves to view an event, or a state of mind in a way we may not have had we not read the prognostication.

Those who are regular readers will know that I have considered myself to be a loner for most of my life, that I have certainly hidden many things from people, including from myself, that I am sometimes contradictory and maybe not as open as I would like to be. And it seems in reading other peoples blogs that there does appear to be an attraction of like minded people occurring – those with angst, or a degree of confusion, those who are looking for direction or who are seekers of self knowledge seem to visit here as I visit them.

I wrote about that concept of friendship in the blogosphere a few weeks ago and the theme was taken up by a number of you. Follow-up posts Best Friends and Loners, For Sale Friend… , Midlife Friendship Questions, and Friendship, all link to the responses to that first set of questions.

Recently Josie has also written about it in a post on her blog Picking up Pieces.

Somehow we seem to have found a community here and I have wondered whether there are an inordinate number of Cancerians amongst you, or indeed if there is any coincidental number of any particular star sign amongst the readers. So I ask – what is your star sign?



  1. Beth said,

    July 9, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    I am actually a gregarious Sag – very outgoing, fun-loving and I like to travel. Although I fit into some of the description some of the time, as with most people, I don’t fit everything all of the time…

  2. Josie Two Shoes said,

    July 9, 2007 at 6:15 pm

    I am an Aquarian thru and thru, Loz, which probably doesn’t surprise you. 🙂 For more information on that, check here.. This site has some great info on each of the signs, including typical problems they tend to encounter – mine fit me to a T.

  3. HollyGL said,

    July 9, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    Well, Loz, I am a Pisces. You forgot to mention that Cancerians have a unique sense of humor. If you have any more questions about astrology, feel free to ask. I know a thing or two about it. 😉

  4. Epimenides said,

    July 9, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    I am an aquarious, and my chinese sign is fire goat. I have the same feelings with you regarding astrology. I believe there’s something in it, but I’m not quite sure what. I have read my horoscope predictions, and sometimes they seem to be a phot of that particular time in my life, whereas on other occations, they do not apply at all!

  5. paisley said,

    July 10, 2007 at 12:41 am

    i am a gemini… i know nothing about astrology tho,, so i cant say if i am typical or not… i can say that i often have felt as if i am two or more people rolled into one!!!!!!

  6. Micki said,

    July 10, 2007 at 2:46 am

    I’m Cancer too! Somehow it seems right that we were born under the same stars. I fit the description perfectly.

  7. Jod{i} said,

    July 10, 2007 at 10:46 am

    All of my best friends were/are Cancers and Gemini, must be that Virgo in me.

    I am not sure whether I would stake my existence on the Stars, and yet I have a fascination with astrology, Numerology, Rune and the like.
    I do find when I have had readings or someone has done my chart, how eerily similar all the traits are…Hmmmm This is a ponder…

  8. "Wolfgang" said,

    July 10, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    I’m an Aries and I fit the mold perfectly. Most of the time, my horoscope is right on the money. Though for some stretches it may run consistently a day or two off.

    I am also interested in the topic of friendships and may take that one up once my current crisis is feeling more resolution. Dan Brennan at Faith Dance centers most of his blog on friendships and is writing a book on cross-gender friendships. The link is on my blog. I recommend him.

  9. Cynthia said,

    July 10, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    I’m a Cancer as well, and I love how you pointed out the similarity between the symbol for our sign, and the Yin/Yang symbol. I never noticed it before in one of those amazing oversights. I think the contradictions as the Cancer nature are right on target. A friend of mine once called me the paragon of paradox, because of the duality of my nature. Good entry. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  10. Random Magus said,

    July 11, 2007 at 10:38 am

    I am a Libran but have quite a few of my planets in Scorpio. My brother is a Cancerian and my hubby a Taurean
    When is your birthday?
    Must be coming up soo

  11. Loz said,

    July 11, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    So far we have –
    3 Cancers
    2 Acquarian
    1 Piscean
    1 Geminian [if you can have one twin]
    1 Arien
    1 Libran
    and Jodi is a virgin.

    Not sure that really proves or disproves anything yet 🙂

  12. Loz said,

    July 11, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Very close Amber in fact on Bastille Day this year [14th] I turn 50.

  13. Micki said,

    July 15, 2007 at 1:26 am

    Happy Birthday Laurie~!

  14. Loz said,

    July 15, 2007 at 1:30 am

    Thankyou Micki 🙂

  15. Idetrorce said,

    December 16, 2007 at 3:49 am

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

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