The sign of Cancer is ruled by the Moon and associated with the archetype of the Mother. How fitting that Venus, the Planet involving relationships and beauty, will be in the sign of Cancer right before Mother’s Day. As a water sign, Cancer enters the realm of emotion and will fiercely protect its’ clan. Through a mother’s sensitivity, she uses intuition to understand and respond to her offspring’s needs. It is the heart that guides her and her love that nurtures her children. Venus in Cancer wants to relate to others on the “feeling level”. Not so interested in intellectual or mental stories, it craves to know how things felt, the undercurrent of emotion. When Cancer is aware of the feelings of others, it can be supportive, providing a nest of safety. Wearing your heart on your sleeve is challenging in a “dog eat dog world”, so the Crab has a hard shell that tries to protect the tender inside from the harsh elements. If emotions get bruised, the Crab may scuttle away retreating into its shell until it can muster up the strength to feel again and rise above its insecurities. Emotional sensitivity is the sign’s greatest strength and also, its potential weakness. Creating environments that feel safe and nurturing reduces the feelings of vulnerability. The simple pleasures of warmth, affection, and a home cooked meal filled with love bring great strength and fortitude. Knowing that you have a family, a community behind you that supports you can help one thrive. So offer your care, your love, your support and your affection to those in your “clan”, appreciating the ones that “got your back”, and encourage you to trust and open your heart.