Cancer The Crab – June 22 to July 22
Cancer is a Cardinal [action] sign and ruled by the Moon
- Symbol: Crab
- Ruling Planet: The Moon
- Keywords: Sensitive, loving, imaginative
- Polarity: Negative
- Duality or Gender: Feminine
- Element: Water
- Quality: Cardinal
- Body Areas: Breasts
- Countries: Holland, Scotland, West Africa, New, Zealand, North Africa and Paraguay
- Cities: Venice, Amsterdam, Milan, New York and, Stockholm
- Stone: Pearl
- Colors: Pale blues, silver, smoky gray
- Similarity to Chinese Sign: Sheep
Positive traits: Emotional and loving, Intuitive and imaginative, Shrewd and cautious, Protective and sympathetic.
Negative Traits: Changeable and moody, Overemotional and touchy, Clinging and unable to let go.
If you are a Cancer born between 22nd June and 3rd July you are under the double influence of Moon. You are emotional, loving and destined in marriage and love life. However, try to curb your changeable emotions. Don’t let sentimentality rule you.
Were you born between 4th and 13th July? Well, Cancer, I see you have a very deep and penetrating mind and can sometimes be overly intense in relationships. Your loyalty is unconditional and you make the staunchest of friends.
As a Cancer born between 14th and 22nd July you are prone to a dreamy and idealistic attitude in life. You like the idea of being compassionate and forgiving to everyone and serve the needs of friends and family well. That’s fine but don’t forget that you have needs as well.
Favorite phrase: “Love me, hug me, kiss me!”
Good Points: Sensitive, kind, loving, protective, sympathetic
Bad Points: Moody, over-emotional, hypersensitive
Playing with your Cancerian baby will be lots of fun, but expect unpredictable mood changes to be as frequent as nappy changes. Cancerian children, born under the sign of the crab, are more emotional and delicate than any other sign of the zodiac and adore being cuddled and fussed over. Little Cancerians constantly need to feel safe and secure. They will often be found snuggling up in their parents’ arms, and they thrive in the warmth and comfort of their homes. They won’t like any changes, especially at home, as their security lies in things remaining the same and in familiar surroundings and in familiar routines. Your Cancerian child is really affectionate, but do beware; this extreme sensitivity means her feelings are easily wounded. Her moods will swing between tears and laughter. There’s no need to scold her harshly when she’s naughty – just showing you’re upset and your feelings have been hurt will produce sorry tears. She may cry easily as a child but in later years she’ll grow into a sympathetic, kind and much-loved adult whose greatest gift will be heartfelt compassion for others. As a Water sign, the Cancer baby is likely to be more emotional than most. In a word: tears! This baby will probably cry a fair bit, so holding and touching are of paramount importance — really anything to achieve comfort. Along these lines, this is a baby who needs to feel secure and will easily pick up any bad vibes in the household. Therefore, arguing in the presence of this child should be kept to a minimum. Family is very important to the Cancer baby, as is nurturing. As Cancer is the sign of the Mother, the elements of nurturing, family and mood swings (think sensitivity and emotions) are highlighted. Also, because Cancer is the sign of Memory, the Cancer baby will retain memories from the past, both good and bad. This is a child who could get lost in the supermarket for two minutes and forever remember it as a sign of rejection from the mother! For this reason and others, this tot needs to be made to feel secure; especially within the family unit (family will always be more important to the Cancer baby than friends). The somewhat reticent Cancer baby will nonetheless surprise Mom and Dad by being fussy about food, so be sure to please that palate. To sum up, the Cancer baby is familial, must feel protected, and with any kind of luck, will learn to swim like a fish. If you like peace and quiet then you should try really hard to make sure your baby is a Cancer baby. Cancerian infants like nothing more than to sit, or rock or even gurgle quietly while they contemplate the world around them. From time to time they may want to get a little more active and they will love anything electronic. Cancer people are the world’s natural computer programmers and technical whizzes so there’s reason why you shouldn’t start them off early. These children are also emotionally very communicative and will be happy to tell you how much they love you. When they begin school they will immediately be known as the child that is a good listener and a genuine friend.
The Cancer child is the homebody of the Zodiac, a shy and sensitive sort who would rather play in their room than face the brave new world. Emotional as well, this child will cry easily if things aren’t going their way or if there is some upset going on in the family. A peaceful place is what this babe craves! Staying close to home, the Cancer child can be expected to tug on Mom’s apron strings regularly. This can be a good thing, though, as this child loves to be helpful. Maternal in nature, the Cancer child is also a good choice to look after the younger kids in the family. These children are natural babysitters and can keep the neighborhood kids happy for hours with games and other domestic pursuits. As this child is possessed of an excellent memory, studying and test-taking will come easily to them. As they can occasionally be moody, it’s best to give the Cancer child room when they’re feeling blue. While they might at times feel sorry for themselves and even become lazy, it won’t last for long. It’s much more fun, after all, to be involved! Most of all, the Cancer child appreciates family, so expect this youngster to revel in family reunions and any and all family adventures.
A night at home with a good meal and family all around? Sounds about right to the caring and deeply devoted Cancer young lady. More emotional than most, she appreciates the nurturing aspects of home and hearth. You can count on her to be a great baby-sitter. For her, baby-sitting is not at all a chore. It’s a pleasure since she enjoys getting to spend time with kids. A true nurturer, she’s the mother hen of her group of friends, someone who knows how to take care of both herself and those around her. Like the Crab, the Cancer young woman goes through life with a strong shell around her that is not easily broken. If necessary, she can retreat into her shell until it’s safe to come out. Sometimes she can be rather moody, refusing to leave the shell and quite literally being crabby. In general, though, she is the first to express emotion in any given situation — the first to laughter, the first to tears. The studious Crab can retain information well thanks to a good memory, something which also makes her an excellent test-taker. Surely, she will bring home many as to post on the fridge. Even so, college is simply the preliminary round for her — she’s most interested in what comes next. Chances are, she’ll probably stick pretty close to home.
A Cancer young man is emotional and subject to mood swings. He has a family-oriented persona and caring sensibility. You can count on him to be around for the family barbecues and spirited games of hack sack or badminton in the back yard. He’s bound to be involved in sports like soccer or basketball, drawn to the camaraderie and sense of family within the team. When it comes time for other extra-curricular interests, collecting is the Crab’s favorite thing to do. This boy never throws away a thing — except maybe a mirror; he isn’t too caught up in checking his looks. He also isn’t too quick to let go of his money. The Crab boy is a bit of a miser: After all those hours of delivering newspapers around the neighborhood, he’s not about to spend all his earnings in one place. Since Cancer rules the stomach, chances are he’ll have a healthy appetite, so make sure the fridge is stocked. He needs to feel good at school — well, make that everywhere. He’ll probably gravitate to a small liberal arts college where this easy-going guy can find a sense of togetherness away from home. You don’t have to worry about him moving to the other side of the globe. With his strong attachment to family, he’ll probably stick close to home.
Cancer, the Crab, is the first sign of the Water triplicity and the fourth sign of the tropical zodiac. The key phrase for Cancer is “I feel”. It is a highly creative sign of deep feeling, with a powerful even psychic sensitivity held in check beneath a tough, shell-like exterior.
Cancerian people are very complex, at certain times appearing to have the strength of a hero and at other times displaying the weakness of a child. This vulnerability is due to a combined solar-lunar influence. Just as the Sun reverses its direction in this sign, stopping in the northern sky and beginning its trek southward, the crab often walks sideways upon the approach of danger. Cancerians use an indirect approach in dealing with others. Rather than direct confrontations, they are more apt to resort to emotional appeals. This is because they react emotionally to everything they experience in life. Many succeed in life because their genuine concern for the welfare of others inspires loyalty as well as cooperation and trust. Cancerians also make good business people, combining artistry, originality and drive with an understanding of financial matters, marketing and the needs of the public. They can trust their intuitions, but need to generate a faith in themselves which will not be dampened by gloom or depression over what, in retrospect, may appear to be relatively insignificant problems. Cancer has the natural ability to be diplomatic and to speak out when necessary, or to keep that mouth shut. Home and family ties will be significant in life and developing a secure, comfortable home environment will be a boon to their state of mind, irrespective of marital state.
Cancer Rules the Breasts
The crab is Cancer’s astrological symbol, so, when threatened, people with Cancer prominent in their chart tend to armor themselves by withdrawing into solitude. When upset, they use food as consolation, which in turn, results in obesity, food allergies and intestinal dysbiosis.
The Sun in Cancer reflects a weakened physical constitution. Externally, it rules the breasts, epigastric region and the elbows. Internally, it rules the stomach, digestive organs, and upper lobe of the liver, thoracic duct, pancreas, blood serum and womb. The entire act of digestion with peristalsis and chymification is ruled by Cancer. Indigestion, stomach ulcer, flatulence, jaundice and liver torpidity and mammary affections are common. Be on guard against lymphatic stasis. Structurally, Cancer rules the axillae, bladder, blood serum and albumen. People with Cancer active in their charts are subject to coughs, indigestion, gas, gallstones, and general problems with stomach, liver and intestines, plus emotional disorders such as depression, hypochondria and hysteria.
Cancer and Independence: Cancer is the astrology sign that is packed full of contradictions so when it comes to independence; they possibly can or cannot be independent. On one side, they have the perseverance and drive to do what needs to be done, they are self-sufficient and do not need to depend on other people for the material and physical things in life. On the other hand, they depend on people for emotional support and encouragement. A Cancer that is not fully self-actualized will need the constant support of others and will not be very independent but the Cancer that is ‘evolved’ and has properly harnessed their emotional issues will be wildly successful as an independent human being. They crave attention and comfort from other people and they are happiest when they have a small, close knit group of friends or family.
Cancer and Friendship: Cancer is extremely loyal to those who appreciate and support them, they are the nurturer of the zodiac and will protect and cherish the person for a long time. One of the greatest things about Cancer is their ability to make others feel good about themselves and loved. This is because instead of doing this for themselves, they project this onto other people. This is a positive cycle because in making others feel nurtured, wanted and loved, they in return feel good for making someone feel good. Other people can lean on and depend on cancer, they will listen to people’s problems and help them however they will rarely express their own deep feelings to anyone. People who want to share deep emotional thoughts and opinions with a Cancer might feel that the scales are tipped on one side for cancer will rarely reveal its true deep feelings. A friend of Cancer is usually a lifelong devoted friend that can be trusted.
Cancer and Business: Once cancer resolved their emotional issues such as shyness and insecurity, the powerful character will shine though, there is practically nothing they can’t do. They have incredible perseverance and will stand up for what they believe in. With their strong intuition, sensitivity, powers of observation and intelligence, they will have great success in anything they undertake. They are excellent business people and investors because of their intuitive and psychic ability and their creative forward thinking mind, they are able to predict future trends. They attract wealth very well and know where to invest. Money and financial well-being is very important to Cancer and this can help their drive in business. They need financial security and if they allow themselves to properly focus their energy and do not allow their emotions to overtake them, they are more than capable of obtaining their financial goals and being incredibly successful business people.
Cancer Temperament: They are complex, fragile, unpredictable and temperamental and need constant support and encouragement, more than any other astrology signs, Cancer needs to be needed. Even when all needs are satisfied, they can be irritable and cranky. They have an uneasy, delicate temperament. The contradictory nature of Cancer gives their temperament the wild mood swings and possible temper tantrums. They are easily offended and will sulk and wallow in self-pity for a long time when they get hurt.
Cancer Deep Inside: It is difficult for cancer to open up and have a close emotionally fulfilled relationship with someone because they are so closed off emotionally and physically to the world. This is driven by their fear of trust; Cancer has a difficult time trusting people. This causes built up anger and resentment inside, the contradictory nature really takes a toll on them and they can have a negative outlook on life, thinking that life is just too hard and miserable. This is unfortunate because when good experiences are to be had, they are skeptical of people and their surroundings and they experience tunnel vision due to their depressed outlook and they miss the nice things and happy experiences in life that make it worth living. In addition to lack of trust for people, Cancer is deeply sensitive and easily hurt; this is other reason why they have their defense shell in place, to avoid being hurt by others. Cancer lives in the past. They hold past events close to them and often dwell on the past. They have to learn to let go and live in the present instead of spending their time being sick with nostalgia. Cancer has a lot of emotional issues to deal with but once they overcome this large hump of shyness and insecurity, there is practically nothing they can’t do. With their strong intuition, sensitivity, powers of observation and intelligence, they will have great success in anything they undertake. Cancer is constantly feeling, feelings and emotions are hallmarks of this sign and this is the root of their problems, human beings are not as evolved in the emotional area and this is where cancer gets the brunt of their problems. They are the ones who have to cope with their strong feelings more so than any other sign. Once properly harnessed, there is nothing that is this powerful astrology sign cannot accomplish. Harmony is very important to Cancer, it keeps them happy. Conflict of any kind causes great distress. Deep inside, Cancer is a very powerful sign, they have the ability to stand up for what they think is right and they have lots of perseverance and can be fine on their own provided they don’t let their emotions get the better of them and have the stability they need. They are not fond of change but they have the ability to do what needs to be done, they are not pushovers or lazy people.
Cancer in a Nutshell: Cancer is a mysterious sign, filled with contradictions. They want security and comfort yet seek new adventure. They are very helpful to others yet sometimes can be cranky and indifferent. Cancer has a driving, forceful personality that can be easily hidden beneath a calm and cool exterior. The crab is Cancer’s ruling animal and it suits them well, they can come out of their shell and fight but they can also hide in their shell of skitter away back into the depths of the ocean.
They are very unpredictable. With cancer, there is always something more than meets the eye, for they are always partially hidden behind the shell. They are a have a deep psyche and intuitive mind that is hidden from the world. Cancer is deeply sensitive and easily hurt; this might be why they have their defense shell in place, to avoid being hurt by others. They are nurturers so they surround themselves with people, whom after a while can offend or hurt a cancer without even knowing they did so, therefore Cancer’s protective shell keeps them safe from hurt. They are complex, fragile, unpredictable and temperamental and need constant support and encouragement, more than any other astrology signs, Cancer need to be needed. When cancer gets the support it needs, it has a tremendous amount to offer in return. When cancer gets offended, they tend to sulk instead of confronting the persons face to face. This needlessly prolongs the pain and suffering. Cancer is very possessive, not just with material possessions but with people as well. Cancer will always want to stay in touch with old friends and anyone who has ever been close to them, because it is easier to maintain a friendship then attempt to learn to trust a new person. It is easier this way for them emotionally. If you befriend a Cancer, you will stay friends for a long time. Cancer makes the perfect mother; this is the sign that represents motherhood. They have unconditional love and caring more so than any other astrology sign. Cancer is very intuitive. Most of the psychics of the world are Cancer astrology signs. They have an excellent memory and are very observant and can read people very well. They can usually tell of other people’s intentions are good or not. Never dupe a Cancer; they can see your motives. Cancer has a lot of emotional issues to deal with but once they overcome this large hump of shyness and insecurity, there is practically nothing they can’t do. With their strong intuition, sensitivity, powers of observation and intelligence, they will have great success in anything they undertake.
Cancer Love, Sex and Relationships
The Cancer in Love: In relationships, Cancers, the most nurturing sign of the zodiac, seek a secure nest. They are best involved with someone who understands their creativity and will accept them for what they are, moods and all. Because their emotions are so powerful, they seek a partner who is stable and responsive, while at the same time understanding of their intermittent need for solitude, alternating with a gregarious desire for companionship and stimulation.
Cancers are protective, even possessive. While not domineering, they can become very jealous lovers when they feel insecure. Although they present a hard shell to the outside world, Cancers are sensitive and caring by nature. As a lover, Cancers seek security and fidelity. Cancers can be deeply wounded if the one they care for betrays their trust (which is never given lightly). Cancers are poetic and romantic and extremely sensual. When with a lover they trust, both they and their mate will flourish.
Your kisses are warm and tender, and you never want to let them go.
Cancers are smart and savvy operators. They are caring and supportive, and are able to combine instincts with logic. They will pamper you, but require equal, if not more attention in return. They look for a deeper connection than body and mind – nothing less than their soul mate.
Cancer-Aries: Fast energy, quick minds, and inquisitiveness.
Cancer -Taurus: Common grounds give them a great connection.
Cancer -Gemini: These two have an abundance of info to share.
Cancer -Cancer: Thought transference – they don’t even need to talk.
Cancer -Leo: Cancers intuition, Leo’s imagination mold together.
Cancer -Virgo: Inquisitive natures are illuminating and harmonious.
Cancer -Libra: This is a romantic match providing love-lessons.
Cancer -Scorpio: Intense chemistry lock these two together.
Cancer -Sagittarius: Opposites can attract and compliment.
Cancer -Capricorn: Appreciate each other’s inner and outer worlds.
Cancer -Aquarius: They have a healthy respect for each other.
Cancer -Pisces: There’s an innate understanding beyond the physical.
You and Your Cancer
… Treat your Cancer to a home cooked meal, or pick them flowers from your garden.
… Focus on them — they need the attention — and appreciate the tokens of material security.
… Learn to enjoy quiet, private evenings at home. They will show you how fulfilling these times can be.
… Remember and commemorate ‘special days,’ such as Valentine’s Day and the anniversary of your first date.
… Enjoy their nurturing nature — they will protect you from the harsh world on all the other days of the year.
… Be a caring companion and emotional ballast. Your Cancer will shower you with love and emotion.
… Show your Cancer how much you appreciate the emotional richness of your life together.
… Open your heart — they will show you how to give and receive emotionally, trust completely and find true security in a relationship.
… Make fun of your Cancer, even if you think you’re being gentle. They will take you seriously, and could get very hurt or angry.
… Let yourself be influenced by this Sign’s mood swings. Your Cancer will take you on an emotional roller coaster that will leave your head spinning!
… Expect to be the boss of a Cancer; they won’t be stepped on. Emotional Cancer has definite ideas of what they want, and can be a bit manipulative when it suits them.
… Be too pushy at first or too rough later on. Your Cancer will lash out or shrink away from this kind of treatment. Cancers prefer to be petted or adored.
… Ever, ever treat family matters lightly or flippantly. Your Cancer may determine that you undervalue loved ones and domestic life, both of which Cancer holds dear.
What it’s like to date a Cancer Woman:
The Cancer woman is a very sensual woman with deep emotions and passion brewing underneath the exterior. To reach these will require time, patience and tenderness. Do not expect to have her open up to you right away and jump into a relationship. She will not make the first move and will not be forward with you, you have to do all the work. Do not try to lead her on because Cancer woman is very in-tune with a person’s motivations and she will see right through you. Trust is the single most important thing to Cancer.
If you ever betray her trust, you might as well move on. She needs love and security. Cancer is the perfect woman for the man who loves to sweep a woman off her feet with romance. She is sensual, sweet and flirty and you two will engage in a gentle, flirtatious dance together while the relationship builds. Once there is a solid, secure foundation, the richness of the relationship will emerge. She is old fashioned, feminine and sensual and patient, if you are the man who can give her what she wants, a relationship with a Cancer woman is wholesome and rewarding and can last a lifetime.
What it’s like to date a Cancer Man: The Cancer man will not be direct with you. He will approach you cautiously and slowly. He will be very romantic and flirty and attempt to court you and win your heart with lavish gifts and attention. The reason he will never be direct with you is that he has a strong underlying fear of rejection. Of you are interested in a Cancer man, you will probably have to make the first move and ask him on a date. He falls in love easily and will make you his whole world. Once you “belong to him”, he will hold on to you and can become quite jealous and possessive. This is because he is worried he will lose you to another man and that would crush his spirit. He needs you to be loyal and faithful for he is the same, in a strong and close relationship, Cancer men are the most loyal of the astrology signs. They make excellent lovers for the tender woman who loves romance and being swept off her feet. Cancer is very affectionate and thrives on holding hands all the time and constant physical contact as he absorbs the situation and experiences with his feelings. The cancer man is all about feeling. He might not show it however and might portray a calm and cool exterior but underneath, he feels deeply and intensely. Cancer men are easily offended so do not jokingly make fun of them for they will take offense and get hurt, but once again, this will not be known to you. He will simply sulk on his own while he tries to figure out and dissect what you said. Cancer men are excellent male protectors, they are like the knight in shining armor. If you are the kind of woman that likes being looked after and cared for, and loves affection and devotion, this romantic, sensual man is perfect for you.
How to Attract Cancer: You must be direct, Cancer will not. Let your feelings for them be known, this is the first step to initiating a relationship with a Cancer. This way, will not have to risk rejection, one of their biggest fears. If you are looking for a short fling, be straight with them. Do not lead them on to thinking there is long term commitment is there is none because you will hurt these emotionally delicate people. Trust is the most important. Build trust with them and they will gradually get closer to you. Give them approval and compliments but are careful because they will easily sense when you are complimenting them just for the sake of it. Be sincere. Ask Cancer for advice, share your problems (but don’t burden them), they enjoy helping people and giving advice. They like culture and lavish experiences. Take them to a play or museum and a fancy, upscale restaurant. Do not force Cancer into a relationship or make them make a decision on the spot. They will shy away from you. Have patience, this is the key to attracting a Cancer. Be physical with them, they love genuine affection. They are very cautious and as time passes, they will slowly grow closer to you and you will have wonderful, fulfilling relationship.
Cancer Erogenous Zone: The greatest erogenous zone for Cancer is the chest and the breasts. Both women and men respond well to light sucking and kissing of the nipples. You must caress these areas delicately and softly. Never be rough. Stroke your fingers through Cancer man’s chest hair; lightly and gently this will ignite the fiery passion hidden behind the shell
Sex with Cancer: Cancer is very physical. Expect sex with Cancer to be a fully encompassing sexual experience. Lots of tender foreplay, massages afterwards, candles lit by the bedside, soft music in the background, delicious scented potpourri, everything to appeal to all senses. It will be delicate and passionate and an experience you won’t soon forget. To not expect too much novelty and experimentation because Cancer is a very conservative sign. Some Cancer people might be willing to try something new but they will never be the ones to suggest it, you have to or it will never happen. They might go along with your idea because they do enjoy new experiences. Make them always feel safe and secure when trying anything new and they might love it and incorporate it into your regular sex life. Your vein of sexuality runs deep, but follows a path strewn with obstacles (often of your own making). You are profoundly emotional and deeply sensitive, so you build a hard shell around your heart to protect it from the slings and arrows of fortune, especially those flung by those less sensitive who do not understand how wounding their ostensibly trivial actions can be. Ruled by the Moon, you tend to flow with the tides and are very reflective of your environment. You can be quite sexually creative, when your need for security has been satisfied. You love variety, but can be reluctant to make the first move. Your sexuality is primarily directed toward the satisfaction of the other and you will generally go along with whatever that other cares to do, so long as he or she is sympathetic and considerate of your feelings. Emotions run high in the Cancerian soul. Things can get pretty steamy in there, for there is a conflict between your desire for emotional security and a need for creative expression, either or both of which may be stimulated by the right partner (or partners). Sometimes the Cancerian shell is so thick, that you simply use others for your own satisfaction, unless they can figure out a way to break through your armor. In so doing, they may be overwhelmed by the sheer emotional torrent that is released. Cancer is moody. Admirers may find it hard to deal with your inexplicable changes, so the best thing to do is to make a conscious effort to work on the positive side of any upsetting situation. Admirers should also know that making you the center of their attention and dealing with your mother fixation by complimenting and spoiling you rotten is the best way to achieve their desires.
Famous Cancers Include: Bill Cosby, Henry VIII, Princess Diana, Mike Tyson, Julius Caesar, Nelson Mandela, Rembrandt, H. Ross Perot, Dan Aykroyd, Geraldo Rivera, Ringo, Buckminster Fuller, Alexander the Great, Estée Lauder, and Marshall McLuhan
Ideal Jobs Include: Cancers are well-suited to be doctors, pharmacists, teachers, nutritionists, chefs, realtors — any position in which they can feel truly useful.
Lucky Numbers: 4, 13, 22, 31, 40, 48, 57
The Cancerian character is the least clear-cut of all those associated with the signs of the zodiac. It can range from the timid, dull, shy and withdrawn to the most brilliant, and famous Cancerians are to be found through the whole range of human activity.It is a fundamentally conservative and home-loving nature, appreciating the nest like quality of a secure base to which the male can retire when he needs a respite from the stresses of life, and in which the Cancerian woman can exercise her strong maternal instincts. The latter tends to like and to have a large family. ` Nest like’ is an appropriate adjective for the Cancerian home, for its inhabitants tend to favour the dark, mysterious but comfortable type of house which has something of the air of a den about it, a place which belongs to the family rather than existing as a showcase to impress visitors.
That is not to say that the Cancerian is unsociable, just that for them there is a time to socialize and a time to be solitary, and this is part of the apparent contradiction in their nature. Outwardly they can appear formidable – thick-skinned, unemotional, uncompromising, obstinately tenacious, purposeful, energetic, shrewd, intuitive and wise, sometimes with a philosophical profundity of thought verging on inspiration.
Their intimates, however, may see a very different character, one with a sympathetic and kindly sensitivity to other people, especially those they love. They are able to identify with the situations of others because of the keenness of their imaginations. They are often over-imaginative and prone to fantasy, sometimes trying to shape their lives to fit some romantic ideal.
They are appreciative of art and literature, and especially of drama, where the spectacle and ebb and flow of action and feeling particularly excite them. They may themselves possess considerable literary, artistic or oratorical talent. Their sharp ears and talent for mimicry can sometimes give them success on the stage, though their tendency to be emotional may make them overact. Interestingly – because they give the impression of being down-to-earth – they are often fascinated by the occult and are more open to psychic influence than the average.
If they can reconcile the personal conflict of their urge to be outgoing with the reserve that causes them to withdraw into themselves, then at best they can inspire a generation, especially the youthful part of it, by their idealism. A job in which they can express this, and in which they can do well, would be as a leader in a youth organization.
In their personal relationships they are mentally a mixture of toughness and softness, often emotional and romantic to the point of sentimentality in their fantasies; but in real life and in marriage, their loving is not so sentimental but tenaciously loyal. Even if they have affairs (and they may do so, for the male in particular is open to sensual stimulation), their first loyalty remains to spouse and family, of whom they regard themselves as the protector. Both the Cancerian man and woman love unreservedly, giving much and asking little in return – in fact, one of the most important lessons they have to learn is how to receive gracefully. They are too easily influenced by those they love and admire, and swayed by the emotion of the moment.
They are also loyal friends, the negative side of their faithfulness being clannishness, the narrow patriotism of “my country right or wrong”; and closing ranks in suspicion and coldness toward outsiders.
Cancerians have a retentive memory, particularly for emotionally laden events which they can recall in detail for years afterwards. they are strongly governed by childhood memories and since they live intensely in the past in memory and in the future in imagination, a chance meeting with someone for whom they had an unrequited love, even if they thought they had conquered the feeling, will easily rouse the emotion all over again.
The Cancerian has many potential faults. They can be untidy, sulky, devious, and moody, inclined to self-pity because of an inferiority complex, brood on insults (very often imagined), yet are easily flattered. They can be tactless and difficult yet, because they are normally ambitious, they will curry favor by floating with majority opinions, outlooks and fashions of the day. As a result they often change their opinions and loyalties and, indeed, their occupations, and lack stability. They are easily corrupted and, because they are convincing romanticizes, can make successful confidence tricksters. Their romanticism in another sense make them ardent supporters of causes, for example a football team with whose heroes they can identify in a world of fantasy.
Their abilities fit the Cancerian for a wide range of occupations. As they are interested in what people are thinking and able to judge what they can safely be told, they can be good journalists, writers or politicians, though in this last capacity they are more likely to remain in the background rather than attain prominent positions of power.
They may, indeed, change their party affiliations.
They can serve in other departments of public affairs, especially those which involve looking after others, for example in any kind of service from welfare and nursing to catering – their own love of comfort and good living makes the Cancerian an excellent chef or housekeeper. They sometimes have a penchant for trade or business and are often successful as a captain of industry. This is because they are excellent organizers with a good sense of value and economy which they may combine with a flair for inventiveness and originality. The romantic side of their natures make them enjoy grubbing about in places where exciting discoveries may be made (old stamp collections in attics, etc.), and if they can do this professionally as a secondhand dealer or specialist in antiques, they will be happy. More common occupations which suit some subjects of Cancer are real estate broker, gardener and sailor.
Cancer governs the chest, breasts, elbows, stomach and digestion, womb and female reproductive organs. Cancer, which can affect any part of the body, is sometimes said to have taken its name from this sign, which can therefore afflict its subjects with imperfections anywhere. This is incorrect, however, the derivation of cancer being the Latin cancer meaning gangrene as well as crab. Nevertheless, Cancerians are said to be liable to breast cancer and to suffer from pleurisy, dropsy, piles and varicose veins. The excitability mentioned above can lead to weak digestion, gastritis and other stomach ills, and there is a tendency to coughs and weakness of vision.
In mythology Cancer is often associated with the Greek myth of the Lernaean Hydra, one of The Twelve Labours of Hercules 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.
The Crab is the first symbol of the zodiac to be placed there by an immortal other than Zeus. The deed was done by a servant of Zeus’ queen, Hera. This crab was also not a particularly benevolent creature while on the Earth. It was originally called Carcinus, which is Greek for ‘crayfish.’ It dwelled underwater, and was huge and rather malevolent.
This crab was sent by Hera to plague the Greek hero Heracles, who she hated. Heracles was in the middle of the Twelve Labors, his punishment for crimes committed as a young man. In a fit of madness — which was placed on him by Hera herself — he had killed his wife and young sons.
The gods decreed that even though he wasn’t entirely responsible for the crime, he would need to spend many years atoning for his sins. They put him in the service of his brother, Eurystheus, who was more than happy to set him to task after task, all of which seemed impossible to accomplish. Heracles was no ordinary man, and in the course of his labors he gained glory, renown and the favor of most of the Olympians. Hera, however, remained implacable in her hatred.
At the time when Hera sent the giant crab to attack Heracles, the hero was fighting a much more terrible foe. This beast was the Lernean Hydra. It was a giant firebreathing snake with many heads. Each time Heracles cut off one head, two more would grow back in its place. Hera thought that Heracles would be too busy fighting the Hydra to pay attention to the giant crab, or that if the crab distracted him, the Hydra would have an opportunity to finish him. Unfortunately for the crab (and the Hydra), Hera was mistaken.
Heracles killed Carcinus easily, then turned his attention back to the Hydra. Hera, who had watched the incident, did not forget the animal that had died at her command. She placed it in the heavens to show that she was grateful for its efforts.
The cancer symbol is like yin/yang, return to balance in the water or ‘sea of creation’, the collective unconsciousness. This also goes to The Emerald Tablets of Thoth or as is above so is below.
In reference to the Masonic (mother sound) program of our physical experience here, we find July 4th, Independence Day, Freedom for the Souls, 7/4 = (7+4) = 11 = Twin Spiraling DNA – 11:11 and related articles about creation in time.