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Cancerian Man

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Crabs mining the muck in Thailand

In the late afternoon, less than an hour from full sunset, these crabs were seen running around on the exposed sand bars of a receding tide. They are called Sand Bubbler Crabs or as they were once called, Cancer Sucatus. As the tide recedes they mine the sand for bits of detritus which becomes their food. There is something in this image that also talks to me psychologically, of how we mine what is often appearing to be sterile wasteland for those bits and pieces of past life (detritus) which becomes valuable, becomes essential food for psychic life. It reminds me of the analytic process where one rummages through ancient images in dreams and via active imagination in search of the same things. Of course, being a Cancerian man, I have an affinity to all things related to crabs as my readers already know.

Just as an aside, here is a write up about a Cancerian Man from

A Cancerian man can make a wonderful long-term partner for the right woman. He’s ruled by emotion and matters of the heart, and not by his intellect. Because of this, he’s usually very affectionate, thoughtful, and intuitive of the feelings of others, especially of those he cares about. Home and family are of utmost importance to a Crab, and he can be fiercely protective. Cancer thrives on stability, security, and comfort. You’ll always feel loved, safe, and well cared for with a Cancer partner. Most Cancerian men make faithful, supportive husbands and kind, patient fathers. His relationships are well tended, and he’s often incredibly romantic, while having a great sense of humor at the same time.

Sounds like the perfect man, huh? Before you drag out your Crab pot, you need to hear the rest of the story. Cancer men are emotional. They’re ruled by the moon, and as the moon goes through frequent changes, so do the Cancerian’s emotions. He demands complete and utter love and devotion, and he won’t like sharing too much of your attention with friends, work, hobbies, or anything else that takes time away from him. You might find Cancer to be jealous and controlling. He’s a hard worker, and he’ll expect the same from you. He’s also a homebody, so if you’re a party girl, you’re wasting your time on a Cancer dude. Some signs find Cancer too needy, too clingy, brooding, and boring.

Ouch! Way too much truth in this description, especially the needy, moody, emotional parts.


Written by Robert G. Longpré

January 24, 2012 at 11:31 am

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  1. That’s Me!


    January 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    • We must be twins after a fashion – but I would have to be the older but not necessarily wiser twin 🙂


      January 27, 2012 at 9:32 am

  2. Robert,
    “Astrology is one of the intuitive methods like the I Ching, geomantics, and other divinatory procedures. It is based upon the synchronicity principle, i.e. meaningful coincidence. … Astrology is a naively projected psychology in which the different attitudes and temperaments of man are represented as gods and identified with planets and zodiacal constellations.”
    Carl Gustav Jung

    John Ferric

    January 25, 2012 at 12:45 am

    • Thanks, John, for the Jung quote re: astrology and other “intuitive” methods.


      January 27, 2012 at 9:33 am

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