Cancer (astrology)

Athena, Heracles attacked by the crab and the ...
Athena, Heracles attacked by the crab and the Lenaean Hydra. White-ground Attic lekythos, ca. 500–475 BC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In astrological belief Cancer (June 22-July 23) is the fourth sign of the zodiac. A summer sign, it’s symbolized by the crab and associated with the planetary ruler of the moon. Its element is water.

Among believers, Cancer personalities are said to be materialistic and spiritual, gentle yet moody. Like the crab, these folks apparently can have a tough exterior but are inwardly sensitive.

From the moon, Cancer obtains all the traditional values associated with Luna-changeability, dependence on natural forces, openness, and a certain luminosity of mind and spirit.

Astrologers often link cancer with the Egyptian scarab beetle, which in antiquity symbolized immortality because it survived the flooding of the Nile river. The scarab also protects its eggs by rolling them on the ground in a ball of dung until they hatch, symbolizing the fresh start that inevitably emerges from decay and corruption.

Wikipedia lists other mythological associations:

In mythology Cancer is often associated with the Greek myth of the Lernaean Hydra, one of The Twelve Labours of Herakles and the mythical figure of Perseus, from the Greek myth of Medusa. Cancer is also associated with the Greco-Roman goddess Selene/Luna and sometimes the goddesses Artemis/Diana and Hecate/Trivia

Crab Nebula (Courtesy NASA).

Prominent Cancers are the late Lady Diana, Harrison Ford, and Linda Ronstadt.

In astronomy the Crab is a dim constellation located between Gemini and Leo. At its center the cluster, Praesepe, is visible to the naked eye.

The image (at right) is the Crab Nebula. It is not the constellation called Cancer or The Crab (Courtesy NASA).

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