Pair the protective nature of a Cancer Sun with the clandestine instincts of a Scorpio Moon and you get a Sun/Moon pairing that is private and instinctual, mysterious and intriguing, dramatic and passionate yet nearly impossible to read. Other Cancers stay close to the seashore, this one swims with the sharks. To illustrate: using its premier date as its date of birth, the 1981 cult classic film Escape from New York is a Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Chart) Astrologer Jefferson Andersen refers to Cancer/Scorpio as the pairing of “The Cobra” who is “not the timid, insecure, and introverted Cancer one so often reads about”. (Source) Amazingly, the name of Kurt Russell’s anti-hero protagonist in Escape from New York is “Snake Plissken”. He even has a tattoo of a cobra on his stomach:
The plot for Escape from New York is a great, albeit disturbing, example of just how well-calibrated Cancer/Scorpio perceptions can be. Written by director John Carpenter nearly 30 years before 9/11, the film’s opening scene depicts terrorists hijacking an airliner and then flying it into a New York City skyscraper. Astrologer Jacqueline Bigar says this pairing often “knows what is coming before it does”. (Source) Yeah, I’d say so:
This pairing is profoundly tuned in to deeply hidden undercurrents and is thus rarely wrong about the true direction of any human endeavor, whether on the political stage or in one’s private life. When they speak you’d be wise to listen. To illustrate: in the 1996 installment of the Escape franchise we find out that a right wing Christian fanatic seizes the U.S. presidency, launches a global war against Muslims, and turns the homeland into a police state. (Source) Think about the prescience of that plot line before dismissing any insights or prognostications a Cancer/Scorpio friend has to share with you.
Astrologers Charles and Suzi Harvey describe the Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon pairing as resonating with souls trapped within “psychotic underworlds”. (Source) You’ll be hard pressed to find a better example of people trapped in a “psychotic underworld” than this scene from Escape from New York:
According to Kurt Russell’s commentary on a special edition DVD version of Escape from New York, that scene set the emotional tone for the entire film. I’d say it gives you an extreme but fundamentally accurate idea of the type of situations that a Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon person tends to find themselves in.
Cancer is the sign most attuned to family, klan, and country while Scorpio is the sign most attuned to sex, death, and the scary-scary. The combination is one of the few which is willing to probe those family secrets that one simply does not talk about. In Escape, Mr. Plissken is tasked with retrieving state (family?) secrets so horrific they remain unspeakable until the film’s final moments.
This is arguably the Sun/Moon pairing par-excelleance for emotional courage. According to the Harveys, its fearless pursuit of what lays in the shadows makes it an excellent psychologist, shaman, or (financial) witchdoctor:
You are brooding emotion incarnate . . .
You love suspense and mystery, and are drawn to understanding and grappling with the dark side of life . . . you have something of the detective and the psychoanalyst in you . . . You truly come alive when you have been given a search warrant to look inside a troubled mind (or bank account.) (Source)
That’s a pretty good approximation of the Snake Plissken character. His disposition is certainly of the “brooding” persuasion and he definitely grapples with the dark side of life, both the dark side that is the police state government and the dark side that is life on the island of New York. He isn’t given a search warrant to look inside a troubled mind but he does get marching orders to go inside the deeply troubled recesses of a society gone mad.
Being so tuned to the darker dimensions of life, Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon often possesses a macabrely wry if under-appreciated sense of humor:
Both signs are also masters at navigating (subtly manipulating?) the unspoken currents of human psychology. It’s thus fitting that we’re left in the dark over how Kurt Russell’s character lost his left eye. Allowing the viewer’s imagination to conjure up what the back story of that eye patch might be results in a malevolently heroic shadow around Russell’s character that no amount of special effects could have generated.
Strange coincidence:: Speaking of “malevolently heroic” types . . . Wikileaks mastermind Julian Assange is a Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Chart) The similarities between Mr. Assange and the Snake Plissken character are uncanny: Plissken’s mission in Escape entails the procurement of “leaked” state secrets not unlike what Assange’s job with Wikileaks entails. Assange’s icy disdain for the establishment is a close cousin of Plissken’s snarlingly contempt for it in Escape. Plissken is wanted for “moral crimes against the United States” while Assange may become one of the most wanted men in U.S. history should the Department of Justice get its way. Swap Plissken’s eye patch and gun-slinging prowess for Assange’s laptop and computer hacking skills and the two are near mirror images of each other.
Strange coincidence #2: Using its establishment date as its date of birth, the United States Secret Service is also a Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Chart) The Harveys write of the Cancer/Scorpio individual, “If you are part of the Establishment you will defend it to the death.” (Source) That’s as accurate a one-sentence summary of the Service’s protective duties as is possible. What’s really strange is that the Secret Service protects the president while Kurt Russel’s character in Escape must rescue the president.
Unknown to most of the public, the Service is tasked with far more than just their protective duties. Originally organized under the Department of the Treasury, the bulk of the work the Service does involves the suppression of counterfeiting, money laundering, identity theft, and other financial crimes. (Source) Recall that the Harveys write of the Cancer Sun, Scorpio Moon individual, “You truly come alive when you have been given a search warrant to look inside a troubled mind (or bank account).” (Source) That’s about as good a one-sentence summary of the Service’s law enforcement duties as is reasonably possible. It’s also a good summary of Assange’s duties at Wikileaks as he didn’t “truly came alive” until he begun taking on the “troubled minds” running some of the world’s most powerful banks.
Strange Coincidence #3: The Secret Service is tasked with protecting U.S. banks from counterfeiters, Julian Assange published a near treasure trove of documents leaked from U.S. banks, and Escape from New York starts off with Snake Plissken robbing the Bank of the United States.
While they’re obviously on opposite sides of the law, Assange and the Secret Service both spend a lot of time navigating the darkest geographies of the human experience. Strangely enough, Assange’s first high-profile target at Wikileaks was the dark geography that is the Church of Scientology while the Secret Service’s first high profile target back in the 1860s was the dark geography of the Ku Klux Klan. (Source) Both organizations have been characterized by former members as psychotic underworlds loaded with unspeakable family secrets. Other Sun/Moon pairings may “go where no man has ever gone before” but, as the trailer for Escape from New York so aptly puts it, only Cancer/Scorpio has the emotional courage to “go in where nobody has ever gotten out”.
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