Cancer Sun, Pisces Moon: The Sea-Farer and the Far-Seer, The Psychic Space Satellite and the Blind Woman Who Saw All, a Sailboat from the Spirit Realm and the Seance at Sea
Considered the most intuitively shrewd of the twelve signs, Cancer perceives shifting tides of emotion as accurately as its animal symbol the crab perceives shifting tides of the ocean. Like the crab, Cancer is happiest near the seashore. It thus does well in careers such as fishing, sailing, and boating. Associated with the “Great Mother” archetype, Cancer also does well in nurturing roles and anything involving history as this sign retains memories (images) as effectively as a crab’s claw grasps food.
Symbolized as two fish, Pisces is as sensitive to changes in a person’s emotional temperature as fish are to changes in water temperature. In her book The Contemporary Astrologer’s Handbook, astrologer Sue Tompkins emphasizes this sign’s imaging faculties, “Pisces is artistic, bearing in mind that the artist is one who mirrors the world for the rest of us. Mirroring – the capacity to reflect back what is received – is perhaps Pisces’ greatest gift.” (Source) As a result of its profound imaging capabilities, Pisces Moons do best in careers such as photography, animation, painting, as well as healing modalities that emphasize intuition and empath such as dream therapy.
Cancer Sun, Pisces Moon: The Seashore Dwelling Crab Pairs with the Ocean Going Fish
The combination of seashore dwelling crab (Cancer Sun) and the ocean going fish (Pisces Moon) make for a Sun/Moon pairing uniquely attuned to both the actual ocean and the oceanic realms of emotion. In his book Heaven Knows What astrologer Grant Lewi describes this pairing in distinctly sea-faring terms:
You have a sailboat personality; you track with the wind and tide, shift your ballast, alter the top rigging, and keep in cahoots with the weather conditions as you find them. This makes for progress whether on the high seas or on the sea of life. (Source)
In their 1994 book Sun Sign Moon Sign, astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey offer a similarly sea-faring description of this pairing, explaining that it’s at its best when working with imagery involving the oceans:
You are remarkably intuitive . . . Acutely receptive to hidden messages, you easily act as a barometer of the environment.
. . . your subtle powers of observation and mimicry could pay off in some way. By stealth, intuition and shrewd manoeuvre, you usually end up exactly where you want to be.
A simple life amidst rural beauty where you can commute with nature suits you best. Or better yet, right near the ocean where the sparkling scintillation of light would inspire your artistic side. (Source)
If Cancer Sun, Pisces Moon natives are “remarkable barometers of the environment” with “subtle powers of observation” who are “receptive to hidden messages” and do their best work “near the ocean”, then we shouldn’t be surprised that using its launch date as its date of birth the remarkable oceanographic space satellite known as “SeaSat One” is a Cancer Sun, Pisces Moon. (Chart)
If you haven’t heard of SeaSat that’s okay as even the most remarkably astonishing of Cancer Sun, Pisces Moon individuals can easily slip into the background. According to NASA, SeaSat’s long term impact on our understanding of the oceans has been nothing short of mind-blowing:
“SeaSat served to vault Earth science to where it is today”, said Dr. Frank Carsey, JPL research scientist. “It collected more information about the oceans in 100 days than had been acquired in the previous 100 years of shipboard research . . . it was astonishing.” (Source)
An AllBusiness.com article entitled “SeaSat’s Legacy” explained that, “in a manner of speaking, SeaSat sired a series of satellites that continue today.” (Source) Here, for instance, is an image of Hawaii captured by EnviSat using the remote sensing technologies first demonstrated by SeaSat. The white dots are ocean waves not clouds:
Take a look at this much higher resolution version of the above image for a truly wonderful visual treat. (Make sure to right click on the “magnify” icon to get the full view.) Here’s another image taken by EnviSat employing the technologies first used in space on board SeaSat. This one is of the Canary Islands, the green plumes are part of an active underwater volcano according to the ESA Multimedia page.
What’s amazing given the beauty of the images produced by SeaSat’s sensing technologies is that, technically speaking, SeaSat was blind. (No joke) It did not have an on board optical camera nor did it rely on the availability of light to capture images. Instead, it remotely detected what was going on deep beneath the water by using the echoes of radar waves to sense through the water. A 1996 NY Times article describes SeaSat as being akin more to a space-age psychic antenna than simply a camera lofted to high-altitude:
. . . SeaSat was [essentially turned] into a vast antenna stretching over dozens of miles of space. Rather than treating the satellite as an ordinary camera that takes a single snapshot, the new technique, in effect, keeps the shutter open as the satellite moves over wide regions of space. The step greatly increases the number of incoming radar echoes thus sharply enhancing the resolution . . . (Source)
That doesn’t make it “psychic” in a literal sense but if we remember that the element of water is associated with the oceanic realms of emotion then, in a manner of speaking, SeaSat’s astonishing imaging capabilities can be analogized to extrasensory perception. Keep in mind SeaSat did much more more than absorb and send back images. From 500 miles above the earth it was also able to remotely sense wave heights, wind speeds and direction, sea temperatures, coastal conditions, and even to discern what was going on hundreds of feet beneath the water’s surface. NASA’s original SeaSat launch press release states, “the spacecraft has all-weather capability and can see as well at night as during the day”. (Source)
Helen Keller is also a Cancer Sun, Pisces Moon. (Chart) Like SeaSat, she was technically blind and deaf yet could see (sense) as well at night as during the day. Given this pairing’s attunement to the watery realms of emotions maybe it’s no surprise that the first word Keller was able to communicate was “water”. (Source) The moment Keller was able to spell out “water” was famously dramatized in the 1962 movie Miracle Worker:
According to astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey, a metaphoric image for the Cancer Sun, Pisces Moon individual is, “An artist teaches recuperating patients to paint images of their dreams in soft water colors.” (Source) That’s an uncannily accurate metaphor for SeaSat. It’s obviously not a literal artist who teaches recuperating patients to paint with water colors but its technologies have enabled scientists to produce incredibly moving images of the Earth’s oceans. Should the patient – in this case humanity – ever commit to recuperating its oceanic realms (of emotions) then SeaSat’s legacy will play a role similar to that of the artist in the Harveys’ image.
The Harveys’ second metaphoric image for the Cancer Sun, Pisces Moon individual is, “A lone sailboat offshore . . .” (Source) Take a look at NASA’s original drawing of SeaSat, pictured above, as it matches up nearly literally to the Harveys’ metaphoric image for this pairing.
Cancer Sun, Pisces Moon: Encounters with the Grim Reaper, Monsters in the Closet, Ancestral Secrets, and the Need for Good Boundaries
If SeaSat was so effective and managed to sire so many subsequent satellites then why did it operate for less than four months? That’s where things get murky. The official story is that SeaSat abruptly stopped operating on October 9th, 1978 due to a massive electrical short circuit. (Source) Many, however, believe the satellite’s power was ordered cut off when it begun detecting things it was absolutely not supposed to detect.
What we do know is that SeaSat detected the undersea waves generated by nuclear armed submarines as well as the tell-tale shadows of experimental stealth aircraft which at the time were still an unacknowledged “black project” being run out of Area 51. According to Peter Westwick, author of Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, officials back at the Pentagon darn near went ballistic when they learned what SeaSat’s unexpected powers of discernment had revealed:
Incoming data from SeaSat alarmed military analysts, first by detecting stealth aircraft early prototypes of which were being flown off the California coast. Recalled a member of the radar team, “When we showed them this stuff back in Washington that’s when they turned all red and said ‘What the hell is this?!’”
Further analysis of SeaSat’s images raised the possibility of submarine detection. This raised fundamental strategic problems for the United States which depended on ballistic missile submarines as a crucial, invulnerable line of nuclear deterrence. SeaSat’s early demise fueled speculation about military connections. (Source)
Recall that one of the Cancer Sun, Pisces Moon individual’s strengths is “the ability to detect the hidden”. This is also one of its greatest liabilities. What happens, for instance, when a person as tuned to other realms as a Cancer Sun, Pisces Moon native detects or encounters something more intense then their sensitivities are able to handle? What happens, for example, if they detect or encounter the Grim Reaper?
It’s an apt question to ponder as the Grim Reaper is exactly what SeaSat inadvertently came in contact with. On a metaphoric level, submarines carrying nuclear ICBMs are a fitting stand in for the “bringer of death”. On a more literal level, the experimental stealth aircraft detected by SeaSat were flown by the 4450th Tactical Group, a highly classified test squadron known as “the Grim Reapers.” (Source) Take a look at the squadron’s flight patch to see the true nature of what SeaSat managed to detect:
In case you’re wondering: that really is the squadron’s actual patch as confirmed by a NY Times review of I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed by Me, a book about the occult symbology used within the world of clandestine military projects. (Source)
Speaking of encounters with the occult, astrologer Linda Goodman warns the Cancer/Pisces combination as follows:
It’s best that this combination stays a healthy distance away from experimentation in black magic, hypnosis, seances and other fringe areas of the occult, because the combined sensitivities of can easily allow them to drown in matters which are deceptively exciting – and may prove tragic. (Source)
I wouldn’t go so far as to advise this pairing to stay way from such matters all together but I would say the Cancer Sun, Pisces Moon natives should only enter occult waterways under the tutelage of a very experienced mentor (navigator). Otherwise they can end up lost at sea – be that the actual sea, the sea of human emotions, the sea of drugs and alcohol or the sea of other realms some of which may be best left unexplored.
Mercury/Jupiter in the 8th House: Communication Regarding “Monsters in the Closet”
Assuming the 6:12 pm launch time cited in NASA’s final 1980 report is accurate, SeaSat’s Mercury (communication) and Jupiter (expansion) were both in its 8th House. In Western astrology, the 8th House is the house of “sex, death, and other people’s resources.” Astrologer Dana Gerhardt refers to the 8th House as where “monsters in the closet” are kept hidden. (Source) Nuclear armed ICBM loaded submarines lurking beneath the ocean’s surface and classified black projects being flown out of Area 51 certainly fit the description of “monsters hiding in the closet”.
The 8th House is also considered the house of “ancestral legacy”. (Source) It’s where we keep those matters that “the family simply doesn’t speak about”. Although SeaSat was a civilian craft on a mission of peace, most of the technologies it carried on its insides could be traced back to classified military projects. When SeaSat detected those nuclear submarines it was, in a manner of speaking, glimpsing the secret history of its own ancestry.
Mars/Uranus Transit: Accidents, Authority Figures, Electrical Explosions
Astrologically, SeaSat’s demise coincided with the transit of Mars (explosions) directly over its natal Uranus. (Chart) In western astrology, Uranus is considered the ruler of electricity both out in terms of technology and the electrical impulses that run through the human body. It’s not uncommon for people going through a Mars/Uranus transit to experience “overload” in either their body’s electrical systems or in their chakras. Both mental breakdowns and kundalini awakenings are associated with Mars/Uranus contacts. SeaSat, of course, is not a human but it did have an electrical nervous system not totally unlike what humans have. Consider, for instance, the language astrologer Robert Hand uses to describe a Mars/Uranus transit and see if it doesn’t parallel what happened to SeaSat:
No other transit is more conducive than this one to surprising incidents. Energy seems to burst out all over the place and in surprising forms.
This is a transit of rebellion an often indicates others might try to limit you in some way. Your relationships with authority figures are not likely to be very good [during this time] . . . (Source)
Even if SeaSat’s early demise was entirely coincidental there’s no doubt that A) energy did burst out all over its electrical system and B) the authorities were none too pleased with it and certainly hoped to place limits on it.
The transiting Mars to natal Uranus contact that coincided with SeaSat’s demise was in Scorpio, the sign most associated with covert operations. It took place right on the cusp of SeaSat’s 12th House, the “House of Secret Enemies” in traditional astrological parlance.
Mars in Virgo in the 9th House: Florence Nightingale Takes to the Wild Blue Yonder
Mars is a person’s inner warrior. SeaSat’s Mars is in the 9th House, the House of long distance travel, philosophy, expanded horizons, and higher education. People with Mars in the 9th will often fight (Mars) for social reform (the 9th House). SeaSat was not a person fighting for social reform but the technologies it demonstrated have certainly served to deepen levels of environmental awareness.
SeaSat’s Mars is in Virgo, the sign of duty and service, due diligence and detailed analysis, professional competency and technical wizardry. Astrologer Sue Tompkins says Mars in Virgo “conjures up the notion of military service, ambulance driving, or involvement with organizations such as the Red Cross.” (Source) Perhaps then it’s no coincidence that SeaSat’s technological offspring such as the EnviSat and the ERS were instrumental in organizing relief efforts following the Haiti earthquake of 2010 as well as understanding the global wide impact of the Fukushima earthquake in 2011. (Source)
North Node in the 10th House: Point of Destiny in the House of “Gifts to the World”
The North Node represents destiny, should the native choose to accept it. SeaSat’s North Node is in Libra, the sign most associated with maintaining an appropriate “balance of power”. It is in the 10th House, which is considered the world stage. Astrologers Steven and Jodie Forest tell us that when the North Node is in the 10th House, “the essence of the evolutionary strategy lies in simply launching themselves into the white water of life lived in the context of the community . . . (Source)
SeaSat wasn’t launched into the (literal) “white water of life in the [world] community” but it did go bravely into the dangerous world of outer space from where it studied the white water of life in the oceans.
Although no longer transmitting data, SeaSat is still “up there” dutifully orbiting the Earth. A member of the Heavens Above satellite tracking project managed to capture a glimpse of it above the Brighton Aids Memorial in London as recently as August 2010. (Source) That SeaSat would last be seen above an AIDS memorial seems fitting. At its highest expression, Cancer Sun, Pisces Moon is the Sun/Moon pairing most attuned to the alleviation of unnecessary suffering.
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