We all feel most uncomfortable when our madness is showing. Who likes to beregarded as an egomaniac, or a drunk, or a liar? In Cancer, the style revolves aroundthe providing of comfort... and so there is considerable grace and skill around the artof helping others 'save face', thereby insuring their psychological contentment andease.
It is a commonplace observation that the young of every species display a qualitythat's hard to define but easy to recognize: cuteness. And it's a short step from thereto the realization that 'cuteness' is a survival-positive quality in the young, since itfills adults with the desire the provide solace and protection. Cancer, as htearcheypal sign of the Great Mother, has an affinity with cuteness in all its forms. Itespecially values cuteness as an aesthetic in art, clothing, and decoration.
Above all, Pluto-in-Cancer focuses on teh security of home and family. In the food-chain, first the self is nurtured and protected. That assured, next comes family. Thenthe 'guest', then the nation and family; and finally, if we get that far, the planet.
Imagine a woman born in 1936. She married in 1960, and had a son a couple of yearslater. As I write, the young man is in his middle thirties. He's still living at home. Dadflew the coop in 1978, so it's just the two of them. The young man has never held a job for more than a few weeks; he won't do his wash or help out around the house.He treats his mother abusively at every level while she explains away hisdysfunctions as a response to the early divorce and continues to insist on 'beingpatient' with him and 'helping' him despite the protests of her friends.
'Nurturing' can weaken people; that is a truth to which Pluto-in-Cancer may be blind.
Imagine that the scientists of two nations simultaneously develop a terrible newweapon. Neither nation has any compelling reason to attack the other one. But, in theinterest of security, each nation feels compelled to accumulate just a few moreweapons than the other one.... That of course is recent world history in a nutshell,and an excellent example of anohter one of Pluto-in-Cancer's blind spots: trying to be'perfectly safe' often leads to terrible, escalating danger.
So, on the global level, we have the paradox of bloated welfare-states growing up athome while paranoia, suspicion, and viciousness reign among nations, all under theleadership of Pluto-in-Cancer people, or under the direct vibration of the Pluto-in-Cancer energy from more-or-less 1912 to 1939. By comparison, the pseudo-debatesof 'freedom' versus 'communism' emerge as merely the clashing jumble of waves onthe surface of a deep, homogenous sea.
Under the umbrella of face-saving silences, horrors multiply. Keeping the 'dangerous'world safely outside the shell allows what is inside the shell to fester, to grow strangeand unnatural. Privacy is a delicious luxury, but too much of it can potentially rot thehuman spirit, rendering it immune to the stabilizing, correcting influences of socialinteraction.
Should these darker, secretive aspects of Pluto-in-Cancer's passion for safety breedmonsters, where will they reside? Where should we seek them? In Cancer territory!The home! Family. Beyond mere blind spots, we now enter the realm of realdarkness. And each Plutonian sign has such a potential dimension, as we have seen.For the Pluto-in-Cancer generation, the 'devil' took the form of the Twisted Parent,quietly inflicting horrible destruction on anything 'cute'.