Cancer - oil on canvas - 90 x 70 cm - 2014

      Cancer - oil on canvas - 90 x 70 cm - 2014

Cancer - The Gate of Souls (June 21 - July 22)

Cancer marks a very special place in the heavens. It rises at the time of the summer solstice one of the four major divisions of the year. Together with the line created by the path of the sun, the ecliptic, this creates a cross, marking the position of a gate through which new souls pass and descend to earth as they are incarnated. This is called the golden gate. This aspect of Cancer also explains the meaning of the Twins who precede Cancer in the zodiac, and who typically were represented as warriors with a bow and mace, as they guard the gate against demons. At the other side of the sky during the winter solstice, Capricorn rises and marks in the same way the silver gate where departed souls would return to heaven.

Here I have depicted the Gate of Souls holding the sign of Cancer. My son exclaimed when he saw it that it looks like sperm around an egg, and indeed it does. Although this was entirely unintended, this fits with the theme perfectly as a depiction of newly incarnated souls.

Cancers main personality types are instinctive and emotional they are known for their remarkable psychic sensitivity and receptiveness to emotional impressions. This is widely accepted as one of the most psychic signs of the zodiac and there is usually a marked interest in the occult, a vivid recollection of powerful dreams, and strong symbolic appreciation.