Good news: by the time you read this, we’ll already be through three eclipses this season. We had two in June, and just finished the third over the July 4th weekend. As we navigate these solar and lunar eclipses, which bring either new beginnings (solar) or dramatic endings (lunar), the sun moves into the Zodiac sign of Cancer. Cancer is represented symbolically by the crab, and it is ruled by the Moon. If you have any Cancers in your life, you know that they are emotional, super family-oriented, and quick to fall in love. Just ask anyone who’s been on the receiving end of Cancer’s romantic affections how determined (and a little obsessive) they can be. While Cancers are typically sentimental beings who seek security, the crab can also be clingy and codependent. But hey, there has to be a little yin in every yang, n’est pas?
This sign is the Zodiac’s cheerleader for the area of home and family, and the coming-of-age memoir/manifesto All Boys Aren’t Blue is fitting for the month of the crab. In this young adult book, author George M. Johnson writes about his upbringing in Plainfield, New Jersey, and college years in Richmond, Virginia, touching on various crucial issues including race, sexual orientation, gender stereotypes, and more. I strongly suggest this book for you or a younger loved one because, as Johnson writes in the introduction, “[the book] became less about being a guide and more about being the gateway for more people to find their truth and find their power to live in that truth.”