Those with a Cancer Rising receive social validation from the acts of their family and as a result of occurrences in the home. The development of the Cancer Rising identity depends greatly on the attitude of their mother and home life. Majority of their first experiences come with or through the family. The psychological makeup of the Cancer Rising determines how they display themselves to others. On the surface, these people fluctuate emotionally on a constant basis due to the connection with the Moon. The internal needs of the Cancer Rising display themselves openly.
Cancer's rulership in the Moon makes it a Cancer Rising's chart ruler. The position of the Moon determines the development of the identity. The Moon's place also determines where the native is most familiar. For the Cancer Rising, unfamiliar positions and places create discomfort with the emotions and slows the development of the identity. A stable position, preferably present from birth, creates the most comfort with the Cancer Rising.
Having a Cancer Rising puts the sign of Capricorn on the opposite end of the birth chart, making Capricorn the Descendant sign. The Descendant represents the qualities of the native that are unacknowledged; these unacknowledged qualities are projected onto others. For this reason, the Cancer Rising looks for structure, ambition, and responsibility in a partner. The partner of a Cancer Rising will most likely be representative of their father.
How Mars Effects Your Motivation
A common and logical conception of Mars would be that ruling and exalted signs create ambition and motivation in the native. That statement is true, but fortunate signs are not the only thing creating ambition in the native. Many detrimental signs and aspects are at the heart of athlete's success, especially Mars in Cancer.
Major motivators include the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Houses. They represent outward expression, bravery, and hobbies, and if connected to the 10th House, they are a recipe for success. The 10th House will mold the native athlete's reputation, making them renowned and respected in their actions. Connected to the Sun is the eventual fame and recognition.
Solution: Mars Works Best Under Pressure
Without a direction, Mars is wild energy. Venus and Mercury may serve some purpose towards direction; Saturn serves patience; the Sun, giving an independent goal. The truth is, a fiery Mars results in too much energy and not enough direction.
Detrimental Mars placements need an outlet. Energy builds up in these placements due to too much feeling and not enough doing. Direction for a Mars in Cancer is not a convenience; it is a must. The Moon is connected to the needs and Cancer; what Cancer needs is found in its occupied planets. In the case of Mars, an athletic outlet makes the most sense.
Shining Examples: The More Tension, the Better
Mars in Libra
Although the above rules also apply to Mars in Libra, strong Libra placements signify an actor more often than an athlete. There is also the possibility of the native being and actor and an athlete, or they may have failed in one only to succeed in the other.