So passive, so placid, so receptive, so conservative a sign as Cancer cannot be expected to accentuate the active, violent, creative, determined, revolutionary rays of Uranus. It will tend to soften his violence but may, under favorable conditions, be found to modify and expand the force, just as some pungent perfume needs to be spread out more thinly before the olfactory nerves can perceive it. We shall, then, expect to find the power of Uranus neutralised by Cancer ; and, whether this leaves a residuum potent and yet pleasant will depend far more than in other signs upon the Ascendant, and upon the dignities and aspects of the lord thereof, and upon those of Uranus himself.
We shall certainly not expect to discover many people who have revolutionized their age, who have dominated their contemporaries in any radical manner. We shall not find any great strength of will, any true masterfulness of temperament, unless the Sun is in a fixed sign. Nevertheless, Cancer is ruled by the Moon and therefore the position implies an unusual degree of psychic power, and renders the native capable of becoming truly submissive to the deep, subconscious will. The facts bear out this prognosis. Savonarola, to take our best available example first, has Uranus in twenty-nine degrees, and its influence extends, therefore, to the cusp of Leo. In his case, moreover, Aries is rising, with Mars exalted in Capricorn; and his Uranus is trined by Jupiter. Mars is weakened by the conjunction of the Moon, but the square of Saturn adds determination, and somewhat embitters the configuration, while Mars being in the tenth house, dominates the figure. There is, therefore, much force in the personality; the temperament is directed to religion and confined within those limits, by the aforesaid trine of Jupiter. In twenty-eight degrees of Cancer is the Uranus of Byron, and here, too, Leo has doubtless some influence. But Cancer is rising-, and its lady, the Moon, is in close conjunction with Uranus.
The temperament is therefore harmonious within itself, but easy-going, pleasure-loving, artistic, sensuous, eccentric, and mutable. The power of the character comes rather from Mars (in his fall) on the cusp of the Ascendant. This configuration seems admirably to describe the best and the worst of the poet. Strong-willed and selfwilled he was, yet unable to persist in will ; he was at once weak and violent, stormy and querulous; with all his advantages and his talents, his rank and his reputation, he died a disappointed man, having sought in vice that victory which comes only from virtue. Another hot-tempered individual was Queen Elizabeth, whose Uranus is in conjunction with Saturn, in the house of marriage and of public enemies, the seventh ; thus being practically in opposition to her Ascendant. Here is a fatal opposition of personality and temperament. The whole substance of her will was bound up In the seventh house, and, arrogant and masterful as her personality was, she could never secure her dynasty. In spite of all the glories of her reign, Its tragedy was her failure to save her house. There are two other persons of Importance who have this position of Uranus Alfred Harmsworth and Rudyard Kipling, both journalists one in the wholesale and the other in the retail business! Kipling has Uranus on the very cusp of his Ascendant, and unquestionably there was never a more self-supporting personality. He strikes a very definite note, and rises at times to extraordinary heights. He is perhaps the only author who has really succeeded in understanding and portraying the ruling class of England. The conjunction of the Sun and Jupiter, and that of Mercury, Mars, and Venus, contribute greatly to his success. But this is a digression ; the point here to be emphasized is the unique personal note struck by Uranus on the Ascendant, and its resolution in artistic form by the fact of that Ascendant being Cancer.
With Harmsworth the case is different. Jupiter is rising in Sagittarius, and the Uranus In Cancer becomes of secondary importance. It merely ties him down to a method, that of working upon the people, by publicity. The suddenness and boldness of his schemes are determined by the rising sign. Sir David Wilkie is a good example of this position. Gemini is rising, and its lord, Mercury, is weakened by the opposition of Mars, so that the influence of Uranus in Cancer comes out strongly. Uranus is trine to the Sun, confirming the artistic predisposition conferred by Cancer. Therefore, he was a successful painter with a keen sense of beauty, but with nothing in him to set the world on fire. Our last example is Madame Steinheil. In this nativity Aquarius is rising, but there are no less than five planets in Aries, all just under the Ascendant, and Saturn, the lord of the Ascendant, Is trine from the tenth house, to all of them in general, and to Neptune in particular. Here, then, is the insatiable ambition, limitless and indomitable, which devoured her. Uranus in Cancer is not important, except that, being in the fifth house, it gave her the temperament of pleasure, and laid down the lines along which she worked to aggrandize her vaulting personality. Saturn In the tenth house laid his scythe to the root of her tree in the very season of its blossoming.
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