Tapestry of the Gods
Volume III
by Michael D. Robbins (c)

in progress

Relations Between
Cancer & Sagittarius

Important Foundational Relationships

Wider Relationships: Cosmic and Systemic

Relationships Between Three Levels of Planetary Rulers,
and Planets in Exaltation, Fall and Detriment

Subtle Relationships Between Rays,
Zodiacal and Planetary Energies

General Qualitative Comparisons, Contrasts
and Pragmatic Descriptors

Similarities and Points of Cooperation
Between the Zodiacal Influences

Missing Links

Important Foundational Relationships


Important Foundational Relationships

In Comparison With
1.   The Crab   1.   The Centaur; the Archer; the Bow and Arrow; the Arrow
2.   Esoteric Mantram: I build a lighted house and therein dwell.   2.   Esoteric Mantram: I see the goal. I reach the goal and see another.
3.   Exoteric/Evolutionary Mantram: And the Word Said: Let isolation be the rule and yet the crowd exists.   3.   Exoteric/Evolutionary Mantram: And the Word said: Let food be sought.
4.   Quality of Light: The Light within the form   4.   Quality of Light: A beam of directed, focused Light
5.   Element: Water sign   5.   Element: Fire Sign
6.   Cardinal Cross   6.   Mutable or Common Cross
7.   Cancer transmits R3 and R7 constellationally.   7.   Transmits R4, R5 and R6 constellationally
8.   Secondarily, (assuredly, but not exclusively), Cancer transmits R4 and R6, through the Moon and Neptune—its two planetary rulers on three levels—exoteric, esoteric and hierarchical.   8.   Secondarily, (assuredly, but not exclusively) Sagittarius transmits R2, R3 and R6 through Jupiter, the Earth and Mars—its three planetary rulers on three levels—exoteric, esoteric and hierarchical..
9.   Color: violet   9.   Color: rich blue
10.   Creative Hierarchy number V (unmanifested) Mass Life, Veiling the Christ   10.   Creative Hierarchy number VI (manifested). The Lunar Lords, Sacrificial Fires
18.   Cancer has no specific relation to the first three initiations. Since Neptune (inducing love and inclusive idealism) is so important at the second initiation (EA 71, 297-298), Cancer must be implicated. After the third initiation, the Cancerian can become “the Crab, who clears the ocean of matter which flows around the soul of man” (EA 62) In subtle ways Cancer must be related to the fourth (EA 218) and eighth initiations (relating to unmanifested Hierarchy V—eighth from below).   22.   Associated with the instinct-directing, ‘soul-ward’ orienting, ‘form-abstractive’ first initiation; with the fierily-baptizing, ideal-containing, de-glamorizing, clear-eyed second initiation, and with the direction-choosing, outward-bound, adventuring, nirvanic sixth initiation—the initiation of Decision.
6.   Cancer can be reasonably associated with the protective and nourishment-giving centers in the breasts and, particularly, with the instinctual, bi-polar, emotionally sensitive solar plexus center. The disease, cancer, is strongly associated with a disturbed, congested solar plexus; the sign and the disease are, in fact, related. The sacral center (involved in form-building) cannot be ignored. The chakras in the ‘gripping’ hands are related. When Neptune (the esoteric and hierarchical ruler) functions buddhically, the sign Cancer can also be related to the compassionate, humanity-embracing heart center.  

3.   Sagittarius can be reasonably associated with the insistently driving, aspiring, fiery solar plexus center; with the instinctively-hunting, passion-driven sacral center, and even with the center at the base of the spine, where the latent fire (Mars) awaits its rising; Earth (with its first ray Monad and a symbol identical to the fourfold structure of the base center) is the esoteric ruler of Sagittarius, connecting it to that lowest center.  The personality-directing, clear-seeing, force controlling ajna center should also be influenced strongly by Sagittarius, at a relatively high point in the evolutionary process.

51.   The zodiacal signs influence the Monad of every human being (EA 411, 637, TCF 1191); the influence from Gemini makes it possible for the “Brother” who is the “prodigal son” to go forth into a “far country” (as the Monad-in-substantial-immersion), and yet, remain ‘at home’ within the Father’s House as the “elder Brother” Who did not go forth (i.e., as the Monad undiminished upon its own level of consciousness). Thus is the Monad “in the world yet not of the world”. Gemini endows the Monad with its all-pervasive omnipresence relative to the human energy system. “Having pervaded the entire Universe with a fragment of myself, I remain.”   4.   The zodiacal signs influence the Monad of every human being (EA 411, 637, TCF 1191); the influence from Sagittarius guides the Monad on its descent into material immersion, and, again, through an inherently flawless sense of direction, guides the Monad upon its path of return. Sagittarius contributes to the conviction of “monadic destiny”, and destination.
52.   Within the Triad—Gemini, the third sign, is related to higher manas (the third aspect of the Triad). Higher manas formulates into abstract thought the revelations of the ‘idea-patterns’ to be found upon the buddhic plane. Gemini, as its dualistic symbol reveals, is also related to the divine love, pure reason and intuitive revelations of buddhi, the second aspect of the Spiritual Triad.   52.  Within the Triad—Sagittarius is focused in both buddhi and higher manas—the abstract mind. Sagittarius transmits the fourth ray, which relates to the fourth, or buddhic,  plane and the principle of  buddhi.  Sagittarius is one of the intuitive signs. (EA 177) In Sagittarius, intuition (fourth ray, second principle) governs aspiration (sixth ray—which Sagittarius also transmits) (cf. EA 178) Sagittarius is at once philosophical (utilizing the abstract mind) and intuitive. The blend of buddhi and higher manas may be called “universal or spiritual mind” which Sagittarius expresses in relation to Mercury. (EA 369)
53.   In relation to the Solar Angel, and the soul-consciousness (and causal body) through which it expresses—Gemini can be seen as governing the pulsations of Solar-Angelic thought and vitality which rhythmically stimulate the personality. Gemini can be associated with the attempt the Solar Angel to ‘communicate’ with the personality.   53.  In relation to the Solar Angel, and the soul-consciousness (and causal body) through which it expresses—Sagittarius can be seen as the will of the Solar Angel to inspire its personality to a state of aspiration through the presentation of an elevating vision of future spiritual possibilities. As well, when the personality errs (as oft it does), Sagittarius represents the ‘guiding beam of light’ which offers a secure sense of spiritual direction—directing, at length, to the mountain of initiation.
14.   Within the Personality—Cancer can be identified with the memory and retentiveness of the lower mental nature; with the sensitivity and receptivity of the astral nature; with the de-vitalization or insufficient vitalization of the etheric nature; and, with the tenacity of the physical elemental as it seeks to perpetuate the integrity of its life. In general, Cancer (through the Moon) is especially associated with the dense physical form as a first solar system ‘residue’, and with the fourth or personality elemental (arising from the lesser three). (The vehicular focus and its degree of prominence, depends upon the stage of evolutionary development.)   2.   Within the Personality—Sagittarius can be identified with the directing, thought-projecting power of the lower mental nature and its eventual responsiveness to intuitive guidance; with the passional and eventual aspirational processes of the astral nature; with the vibrancy and buoyancy of the etheric nature; and with the general tendency to energetic activity of the dense physical nature. Sagittarius is particularly associated with the integrated, one-pointed, disciplic personality.(The vehicular focus and its degree of prominence, depends upon the stage of evolutionary development.)
Stage within a Preliminary Fourfold Meditative Process: Incarnation, Embodiment   17.  Stage of Meditative Consciousness: Inspiration. “Sagittarius—Inspiration—Preparation for initiation. Soul inspires personality life. Soul expresses itself through personality. The Initiate.” (EA 229)
6.   The Crisis of Incarnation characterized by the process/quality of Individualization   11.   The Choice of Direction

Wider Relationships: Cosmic and Systemic

Wider Relationships: Cosmic and Systemic

In Comparison With
5.   Expressive principally of the third or Intelligence aspect—in relation to matter. (EA 351)The incarnation process under the rulership of Cancer “is initiation into the creative third aspect, the matter aspect and the world of intelligent activity.” (EH 144) Since ruled by Neptune and related to the Pleiades, Cancer is correlated to buddhi (TCF 1162), and thus, also, is linked to the second aspect of divinity.   5.   Expressive principally of the third aspect of divinity because it is the third fire sign. “From Aries comes cosmic fire; from Sagittarius comes planetary fire; and from Leo comes solar fire; and each of these fires ‘clears the way by burning’ for the expression of the three divine aspects: spirit (Aries), soul (Leo) and body (Sagittarius).” (EA 293) Expressive of the second or consciousness aspect, through its majority of soft-line constellation and planetary rays.
15.   Cosmically associated primarily with the Pleiades. “Pleiades—Cancer—Venus—Humanity(EA 416)   6.   Definite cosmic association with the Pleiades and probably with the Little Bear (particularly Polaris—the Pole Star).  “Pleiades—Gemini/Sagittarius—Mercury” (EA 50) “GeminiSagittariusMercury (which are an expression of the Pleiades) enable the Probationary Disciple to pass on to the Path of Accepted Discipleship.” “…The Pointers; these point to the Pole star which is at this time a major ‘star of direction’.” (EA 195) It should be noted that Sagittarius is a major sign of direction. If Leo and Aries rule the two Pointers, then the third fire sign, Sagittarius, should be connected with Polaris. Also, Sirius, Gemini and Sagittarius probably formed a triangle at the time of man’s individualization. (cf. EA 355) Sagittarius and Betelgeuse are related to the third cosmic path: “Source— Betelgeuse, via the sign Sagittarius.” (EA 1257)
11.   Three Constellations Connected (symbolically) with Cancer: a) Ursa Major—the Great Bear; b) Ursa Minor—the Little Bear; c) Argo—the Ship. (LOH 90-92) Another constellation Connected with Cancer is Praesepe—the Beehive.  There are eighty three stars to be found ‘within’ this constellation. (LOH 87-88) Tradition connects both Ursa Major and Minor with “flock(s) of sheep” and “sheepfold(s)”   4.   Three Constellations Connected with Sagittarius: a) Lyra—the Seven Stringed Harp; b) Ara—the Altar; c) Draco—the Serpent of Wisdom (LOH 166-167)

Relationships Between Three Levels of Planetary Rulers, and Planets in Exaltation, Fall and Detriment


Relationships Between Three Levels of Planetary Rulers,
and Planets in Exaltation, Fall and Detriment

In Comparison With
11.   Jupiter is exalted in Cancer.
In Comparison With
12.   Jupiter is the exoteric ruler of Sagittarius.
12.   Mars falls in Cancer.   13.   Mars is the hierarchical ruler of Sagittarius.

Subtle Relationships Between Rays, Zodiacal and Planetary Energies

Subtle Relationships Between Rays,
Zodiacal and Planetary Energies

Subtle Relationships Between Ray, Zodiacal and Planetary Energies.

In Comparison With
1.   Cancer transmits the third ray constellationally.   1.   Sagittarius is the ninth sign of the zodiac on the reversed wheel. Nine is the number of the number three. The third ray has a 900 year cycle. (EPI 348-349). The Earth, esoteric ruler of Sagittarius, transmits the third ray as its personality ray. Mars serves as the astral body to a third ray Entity.
2.   Cancer transmits the seventh ray constellationally. Cancer is also the seventh sign if one numbers by polarities (Aries-Libra, Taurus-Scorpio, etc.), and thus has a further resonance with the seventh ray.   2.   Jupiter, the exoteric ruler, transmits the seventh ray through “ritualistic worship” (EA 648, 660)
Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac on the reversed wheel and, hence, has numerical affinity with the number four and with the fourth ray.   1.   Sagittarius transmits the fourth ray constellationally. Further,  Sagittarius is the fourth sign of the zodiac upon the clockwise wheel, numbering from Pisces. (cf. also EA 357) Earth has a close relationship to the fourth ray through its planetary order (fourth from the Sun if Vulcan is counted) and its symbol. (the fourfold, even-armed cross within a circle). Mars, the “God of War” must be related to the lower aspect of the fourth ray—that which produces the conflict which precedes harmony.
3.   Cancer is the tenth sign of the zodiac on the clockwise wheel and, hence, has numerical affinity with the number one and with the first ray. This is not a strong representation of the first ray. Only the presence of a generically veiled Vulcan, which could be described as the ‘will asleep in matter’, would bring in the first ray—mostly from the angle of resistance. However, a great first ray power is indicated as latent—inured in matter.   3.   Earth, the esoteric ruler of Sagittarius, transmits the first ray monadically. (EA 619)  Mars (and its School) are expressive of the first ray. (TCF 1179)
4.   The Moon, the exoteric ruler of cancer, transmits the fourth ray.   4.   See #3 above.
5.   The Moon is closely related to the third ray. (EA 280)   5.   See #1 above.
6.   The Moon is closely related to the seventh ray, through its rulership of the seventh manifested Creative Hierarchy, and its general association with dense physical matter.   6.   See #2 above.
7.   Neptune, the esoteric and hierarchical ruler of Cancer (and exalted, with Jupiter, as well), transmits the sixth ray.   7.   Sagittarius transmits the sixth ray constellationally—with especial strength. Numbering the signs by polarities (Aries-Libra, Taurus-Scorpio, etc.), Sagittarius is the sixth in order, giving it numerical affinity with the sixth ray. Jupiter, the exoteric ruler, has possible sixth ray associations through enthusiasm and the “worship” aspect of ritual  Mars, the hierarchical ruler, transmits the sixth ray.
8.   Neptune also transmits the second ray, monadically. (EPI 421)   8.   Jupiter, the exoteric ruler of Sagittarius, transmits the second ray, most probably through its soul. Earth, the esoteric ruler of Sagittarius, transmits the second ray through its second ray soul (EA 619).
9.   Neptune is associated with the fourth plane, the buddhic plane, and with the energy of buddhi. “”No man begins to coordinate the buddhic vehicle until he comes under the influence of Neptune…. When this happens, his personality horoscope will show this influence as dominant” (TCF 899)   9.   See #3 above.
10.   Neptune, as “God of the Waters” is associated with “matter” and, hence, with the third ray. “Neptune is as you know, the God of the waters, and the term “water” covers many angles of the esoteric wisdom, such as: The whole concept of matter—universal and itemised….” (EA 275)   10.   See #1 above.
11.   Jupiter is exalted in Cancer and transmits the second ray.   11.   See #9 above.
12.   Jupiter is exalted in Cancer and transmits the seventh ray through “ritualistic worship.” (EA 660)   12.   See #2 above.
13.   Jupiter (exalted in Cancer) through its enthusiasm and aspirational nature has defensible connections to the sixth ray.   13.   See#8 above.
14.   There is no direct transmission of the fifth ray through Cancer. Only Vulcan (as generically ruled by the early Moon) can be considered to have a fifth ray association (in relation to the processes of condensation within the mineral kingdom).   14.   Sagittarius transmits the fifth ray constellationally. Further, Sagittarius is the fifth sign on the clock-wise wheel and hence, has numerical affinity with the fifth ray. Mars, the hierarchical ruler, has strong fifth ray relations, through its orange color and its connection to science and the five senses.

General Qualitative Comparisons, Contrasts and Pragmatic Descriptors

General Qualitative Comparisons, Contrasts
and Pragmatic Descriptors

In Comparison With
1.   The Parent   1.   The Guru
2.   The Mother   2.   The Minister, the Mentor
3.   The Care-taker   3.   The Quest-guide (relation to Chrion)
4.   The House-Wife or House-Husband   4.   The Explorer, the Adventurer
5.   The House-holder   5.   The Nomad, Vagabond
6.   The “Stay-at-Home”   6.   The Knight Errant, the Crusader
7.   The Tiller of a Field   7.   The Hunter
8.   The Conservative   8.   The Progressive
9.   The Traditionalist   9.   The Moralist, Ethicist
10.   The Historian   10.   The Futurist
11.   The Isolationist   11.   The Internationalist
12.   The Nationalist, Patriot   12.   The Internationalist
13.   The Lover of Security   13.   The Lower of Freedom
14.   The Family   14.   The Wider World
15.   Domestic Relations   15.   International Relations
16.   “Instinct, governing desire—Cancer. Mass unevolved consciousness. I desire” (EA 178)   16.   “Intuition, governing aspiration—Sagittarius. Soul consciousness in early stages. Initiation 1 and 2. I vision.” (EA 178)
17.   “Cancer—Incarnation—experience of realization” (EA 495)   17.   “Sagittarius—Direction—Expression of the intuition” (EA 495)
18.   In Cancer: “…the processes of physical incarnation go forward…” (EA 230)   18.   In Sagittarius: “the directed controlled life of the disciple…” (EA 230)
19.   Cancer—for Undeveloped Man: “The blind unit is lost. The mass.” (EA 332)   19.   Sagittarius—for the Undeveloped Man: “Self-centeredness. Experimental approach.” (EA 333)
20.   Cancer—for Advanced Man: “The unit awakens to that which is around. The House.” (EA 332)   20.   Sagittarius—for the Advanced Man: “One-pointedness. Directed approach.” (EA 333)
21.   Cancer—for the Disciple/Initiate: “The Whole is seen as one. Humanity.” (EA 332)   21.   Sagittarius—for the Disciple/Initiate: “The Director of man. The controller of the Gate. (EA 333)
22.   Yearly Opportunity in Relation to Cancer: When the Sun is in Cancer the disciple may attempt to increase his power to manifest (to em-‘body’), his intuitive faculties, and cultivate the sense of wholeness.   22.  Yearly Opportunity in Relation to Sagittarius: When the Sun is in Sagittarius the disciple may “endeavour to practice ‘one-pointedness’ along some one line” (EA 564)
23.   The life of the Christ from the Cancerian perspective: “The potency of this sign is expressed for us by Christ in the oft misinterpreted words: ‘Other sheep I have which are not of this fold, them also I must bring.’ This refers to the mass consciousness in contradistinction to the initiate consciousness of His disciples. Cancer is a mass sign.   23.   The Life of the Christ from a Sagittarian Perspective: “The Sagittarian energy enabled Him to say, when confronted with full knowledge of the imminent sacrifice which He would have to make: ‘I must go up to Jerusalem,’ and, we read, He then ‘set His face’ and trod the Path of the Saviour, leading to the liberation of humanity.” ( EA 565)
24.   Attachment   24.   Freedom
25.   Close relationship to the Moon   25.   Close relationship to the Earth, but partially to the Moon through the sixth manifested Creative Hierarchy
26.   Orientation towards the past   26.   Orientation towards the future
27.   The glorification of the past   27.   The glorification of the Path: “Sagittarius, which is governed esoterically by Mother Earth, produces those conditions whereby the Path itself achieves glorification.” (EA 130)
28.   Associated with irrational forces, the strictly material and psychic forces   28.   Associated with rational forces, changing the animal into the thinking being.
29.   Associated, particularly, with the senses of touch and smell   29.   All the five senses needed by the “Hunter”
30.   The devitalisation caused by lunar life   30.   The vitality of a life filled with abundant prana
31.   Weakness due to lack of movement and exercise   31.   Physical strength due to movement and exercise
32.   Orientation towards the past   32.   Orientation towards the future
33.   Limitation; the preservation of the ring-pass-not   33.   Expansion; the challenging of the ring-pass-not; “wider horizons”
34.   Localization   34.   Travel, adventure, questing
35.   Love of the familiar   35.   Love of the strange, exotic and new
36.   Tending one’s own garden   36.   “The grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence”
37.   Home life   37.   Adventure “on the road” or “in the bush”
38.   Tending to responsibilities within a focalized field   38.   “A rolling stone gathers no moss”
39.   Ties   39.   Freedom from ties; “foot-lose and fancy-free”
40.   The weight of mundane cares and worries (MC, EFC)   40.   Buoyancy following purification and detachment (FC, LFC)
41.   Localized vision   41.   Perspective (whether philosophical, historical, mathematical, scientific, etc.)
42.   Covering the same ground; repetitive; the rotary motion of the third aspect of divinity   42.   Striding into new territory
43.   Repetitive desire for material form, leading to re-birth   43.   Aspiration for elevation and release from form
44.   Predictability (FOP)   44.   Unpredictability (FOP)
45.   The preservation of boundaries   45.   The extension of boundaries and the widening of horizons (Jupiter rules exoterically)
46.   Restriction and limitation imposed by traditional roles   46.   Insistence upon freedom
47.   Grasping; holding on   47.   Releasing; letting go
48.   Emotional focus (FOP)   48.   Higher mental and/or intuitive focus (FC, LFC)
49.   Shyness and retreat   49.   Often expansiveness and outgoing-ness
50.   Tenacity   50.   Flight (MC)
51.   Caution, security consciousness   51.   Risk-taking, “taking the plunge”, “bunji-jumping”
52.   Veiled expression   52.   Outspokenness
53.   Traditional, customary behavior; formality   53.   Breaking with local custom, but (anthopologically) adopting foreign customs
54.   Thus, patriots   54.   Ex-patriots
55.   Fearful   55.   Tendency to sacrifice fear for the spirit of adventure
56.   Depression based on fear and circumscribed vision   56.   Optimism based upon fearlessness and far-seeing
57.   The formality which protects   57.   The informality which takes chances
58.   Veiling, covering up, concealment   58.   Exposing, revealing, disclosing
59.   Fearing exposure   59.   Courting exposure
60.   Like the Crab, the tendency to “vanish into hiding at the first signs of trouble.” (DN 89)   60.   Unwavering: “…a potent determination to stick one-pointedly to any decision made.” (DN 89)
61.   The lie (cover-up) which binds   61.   The Truth, (for we learn that the Truth shall make us free)
Similarities and Points of Cooperation Between the Influences

 Similarities and Points of Cooperation
Between the Zodiacal Influences

Both of these signs are closely related to the emotional body through its rulership by the Moon.

The sign Cancer has natural affinity with the astral plane which in a sense is the great ocean of sentiency.

Sagittarius, through its hierarchical rulership by Mars, distributor of the 6th Ray, finds itself to be the ruler of the lunar lords and is particularly associated with the direction which the astral lives will take.

Will they follow the path of directed lower desire, or the fiery upward path of aspiration? The Moon and Mars, we know, two of the rulers, are connected therefore with the solar plexus which can be considered the organ of the astral plane. The difference of course being the cold and wet and “astrality” of Cancer and the fiery astrality of Sagittarius. 

Both signs, also are associated with the physical body but the term the physical body must be looked at in a wide sense. The Moon is the ruler of the strictly physical form, the lower 3 sub-planes.  Earth can be considered the ruler of the ethers – the higher 4 sub-planes.

Cancer, through its association with the Moon, being also the 4th sign, and the dense physical body being the 4th aspect of the lower quaternary, will be therefore associated with the dense physical body. Sagittarius has a strong connection, through its esoteric rulership by the earth, with the etheric body.

This is re-enforced by the fact that its opposite sign Gemini, is also directly related to the etheric body and almost invariably, the opposites refer to, and have some degree of dominion over the field which each other rules – again, giving the triplicity Leo, Aries, Sagittarius, Monad, Soul and Body. 

Sagittarius is directly related to the body but as has been shown recently, Cancer does rule the synthesis of the 5 aspects of manas as its distribution of the 3rd Ray would suggest and Sagittarius itself, is always associated from one perspective, with higher mind.

So there is much that is inducing of high mentality in these two signs especially in highly developed individuals and Cancer, rather than being a sign of strict limitation and experience impeding rings-pass-not, as it is in the early days, proves on the higher turn of the spiral, to be a sign relating to greatly expanding oceanic consciousness.

Another similarity therefore comes forward, that of expansive vision. Sagittarius is ever the philosopher under its exoteric rulership by Jupiter, giving a broad and synthetic point of view, also it is ruled by the 3rd Ray through its rulership by Earth and of Cancer which synthesizes the five aspects of manas and in which the planet of expanded consciousness, Jupiter is exalted (note the Jupiter connection). 

Of Cancer it can be said that expanded vision is also a high goal for in this sign, for the disciple and the initiate, the mantram, “The whole is seen as One” applies and so because of their relationship to Jupiter and probably to the wide views of the 3rd Ray, which has rulership over the realm of higher manas, comprehensiveness is shared by these 2 signs and naturally enough, great devotion, for the 6th Ray is prominent in both signs.

Sagittarius being the major distributor of the 6th Ray at this time and hierarchically ruled by Mars, (planet of the 6th Ray) and Cancer being ruled by Neptune, esoterically and hierarchically giving profound devotion.

So there is great adhesive power in each of these signs. Cancer may insist upon control and Sagittarius give far more freedom but they share the tendency of consistent approach towards that to which they are devoted.

In another respect one of the purposes of these 2 signs is to make the body, the combination of the dense physical body and the etheric body, a fit receptacle for the higher consciousness.

When one looks at the Rays distributed through Cancer and Sagittarius, an amazing thing appears. ancer is like the bread and Sagittarius the meat in the sandwich. Cancer with its 3rd and 7th Rays and Sagittarius with its 4, 5, 6 give you the entire range of the 5 manasic rays which are related to the process of manifestation and when you combine the strong 6th Ray manifested in both signs, you get a devotion to the processes of manifestation and we realize that it is focussed desire which brings about the process of re-birth. 

The lords of ceaseless and persevering devotion, focus that devotion upon the re-birth process until the promised freedom can be achieved legitimately.  Interestingly, when one considers the Catholic church and its defence of the birth process, its strong interest in propagation, one can see a blend of these two signs for the ardor and devotion of that church is clearly Sagittarian and its emphasis upon the maternal aspect is powerfully related to Cancer, Virgo too can be seen as involved. 

So I think we can see that the blend of Sagittarius and Cancer, from one perspective, will keep the race in incarnation.

Remember too, that Sagittarius is associated with the sacral center as equally are its neighboring signs Libra and Scorpio and also with the principal of fecundity, through its Jupiter rulership and its earth rulership. 

The Sagittarian explorer even loves to be exposed to the great proliferations of form and species which cover the face of the planet. So there is much in these two signs that relates to the downward directing of desire into form but equally later, through the combination of Mars/Neptune, the elevation out of form also is achieved. 

Missing or Weak Links

Missing or Weak Links Between Cancer and Sagittarius