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Cancer and Self-Renewal
Suggest self-improvement to the Gemini or Arian and he is immediately interested. But Cancerians, like Taurians, are more resistant to change until forced into restrictive circumstances. "Man's extremity is God's opportunity." When these people are convinced of the necessity for change, then astrology shows them that it is possible to make this change, in what directions should take place. Fourth-sign people can remake, not only their physical bodies, but also their environments. But before they can, their thinking processes must be completely reoriented. There must be a right-about-face in their inner life. "Be ye renewed by the renewing of your mind."
As man is a threefold creature-physical, mental and spiritual-it is good, when beginning the process of self-renewal, to follow as closely as possible the rules set down for us by our physical instructors in regard to diet, rest, and exercise. As we conform to these, we must also examine our thinking processes. We would be really surprised if we could see what goes on within the secret mechanisms of our subjective selves. There are many negative thoughts and feelings here that should be expunged. The psychiatrists will tell us we may know of these from our dream-life. Yet we know enough of philosophy to begin the positive process of right thinking in our hearts here and now. We know the difference between so-called good and evil. We know when we are entertaining envious and jealous thoughts. We know when we are lowering our standards by reacting childishly and fearfully.
By supplanting, as far as possible, our childish feelings with maturer ones, we find that, in some mysterious way, our whole world responds to our effort. To establish an ideal is to begin to accomplish it. This forms the subject of our next section on the entertaining process of remaking our lives.