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Zodiac Sign of Cancer the Crab

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Thomas Aquinas

Astrology Chart

Cancer the Crab

22 June to 22 July

Zodiac Sign Cancer the Crab


Astrological symbol or glyph for the sun The Sun is in Cancer Astrology symbol for Cancer, one of the Zodiac Signs

The Moon is: Waxing Gibbous

As a crab, Cancer is Babylonian in origin whereas in Egypt the constellation was sometimes represented by two turtles, known as the Stars of the Water and sometimes as Allul, an unidentified water-creature.

The connection of Cancer to water is therefore ancient.

Cancer Character

Ruled by the restless Moon and with a feminine (receptive) nature, Cancer is reactive in its energy. A cardinal (enterprising and creative sign), Cancer governs home life, matters to do with women (especially the mother), as well as the understanding of all human conditions.

A water (sensitive and compassionate) sign, you, the Cancerian, are emotionally intense and deeper than you appear of the surface, while quite impressionable and understanding once you get through your tough exterior.

The crab's shell, Cancer's symbol, represents the crust or armour which hides extreme sensitivity and shyness, as well as physical and psychological vulnerability. You protect yourself from the possibility of emotional hurt by withdrawing and finding your security in solitude. This is unfortunate because you have a powerful need for home and children. Completion is not a reality for you until you are able to lavish your protectiveness on the family. Because of your strong need for security, you will do whatever is needed to establish and serve that security.

Cancerians rarely gamble unless you have already put away a substantial nest egg. Even then, gambling is rarely a means of livelihood, since you wouldn't want to jeopardise your security. However, if your future stability depends on you taking a risk, you'll take it, if possible, with someone else's money! But, if this were the case, you would take great care to watch over the investment. You have a deep sense of responsibility toward others and are responsible in paying your debts and expect others be the same.

You are noted for your diplomacy and seldom fail to achieve your goals. However, when you are hurt, you may behave in a senseless manner, being unable to collaborate with others. At times you can behave extremely childishly and stubbornly - this is one of the major flaws you must work to overcome. Although you appear gentle and tranquil, your inner thoughts are difficult to fathom. Since few people ever really comprehend how Cancerians feel, you rarely get the understanding you need from others.

Cancerians don't like to be told how to do things. You have to do things your way, since the ideas of others only confuse you. Sometimes you tend to shun responsibility, however, if working on something that requires you to take responsibility; you are punctual, exact, efficient and willing to guide things through to a successful conclusion.

The Crab is patriotic and tends to have a good memory for historical events. Cancerians try to avoid mental, or physical discomfort, at all costs. Since neatness and cleanliness are a conspicuous part of your being, you dislike activities that make it impossible for you to stay clean and you prefer a " refined" atmosphere.

Because of the power of imagination, it is imperative that Cancerians avoid all thoughts of illness. You also need to control your tendencies towards moodiness, narrow-mindedness, shyness, and excessive emotionality.

Cancer Mind

Cancerians have a retentive memory, particularly for emotionally laden events, which you can recall in detail for years afterwards.

You are strongly governed by childhood memories and live intensely in the past in memory and in the future in imagination!

The mind of the recluse, you do not like to share your world and a memory of a hurt lives on and on. No matter how large your home, you will always need a small place that is yours alone.

Behold anyone who dares to invade your coveted privacy and you will retreat back into your private world of the mind for an even longer time.

A born worrier, who worries about the end before the beginning has even started.

Cancer Emotion

Cancer people are very complex; at certain times you appear to have the amazing strength and at other times you appear to be terribly weak.

This inconsistency is due to the reversal of the Sun's direction in the sign. It stops in the northern skies and starts its trek southward.

Like the crab, heavenly bodies stand still in order to reverse their direction.

At that time we have the longest days of the year.

As a rule, you have good intentions, but because of your inconstant Moon you are at one moment sweet, charmingly and outgoing (especially when you have some objective in mind) and melancholic, introverted and distant the next.

In your personal relationships you are mentally a mixture of toughness and softness, often emotional and romantic to the point of sentimentality in your fantasises, but in real life and in marriage your loving is not so sentimental but tenaciously loyal.

Even if you had an affair (and you may do so as, in particular, the male Cancerian is open to sensual stimulation), your first loyalty will remain with the spouse and family, of whom you regard yourself as the protector.

Both Cancerian men and women love unreservedly. However, you are too easily swayed by those you love and admire and drawn by the emotion of the moment.

The master of the art of passive resistance. This is a powerful weapon and when you are practising it, it makes you unapproachable. With kindness, you can be directed easily, since you are basically understanding. If you are forced, however, you become immovable.

Cancer Body & Health

A typical Cancerian subject is average to below average in height, with a fleshy build and short legs in comparison with the rest of the body.

Hair is usually brown, faces round, complexion pale and forehead prominent, with eyes small and blue or grey in colour, short nose, perhaps upturned and with a full mouth. Cancerians can sometimes walk clumsily.

Cancer governs the chest, breasts, elbows, stomach and digestion, womb and female reproductive organs.

Cancerians are subject to coughs, indigestion, gas, gallstones, general problems with the stomach, liver and intestines, plus emotional disorders such as depression, hypochondria and hysteria.

Cancerians are subject to coughs, indigestion, gas, gallstones, general problems with the stomach, liver and intestines, plus emotional disorders such as depression, hypochondria and hysteria.

Cancer rules the breasts. In men this tends to large, muscular chests and in women to large breasts. The physique of Cancer tends to be rotund and, if diet and exercise are ignored, weight gain can be a real problem. Their eyes, however, tend to reflect their ruling planet the moon.

Cancerians also tend to be delicate in health and should take extra care of their body. With women in particular, especially when ill favoured aspects are involved, breast cancer is a serious threat. Men should not forget that they can get breast cancer too.

Colds and flu are often a problem with Cancer and they tend to prefer a warm climate as they chill easily.

Cancer Career & Jobs

Cancerians are suitable for a wide range of occupations, as you are interested in what people are thinking and have the ability to judge what they can safely be told.

Career suggestions include:

businessman, hotelier, chef, caterer, housekeeper, nurse, infant and junior school teacher, historian, estate agent, antique dealer, market gardener, sailor, fisherman


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