Cancer (astrology)

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Not to be confused with Cancer (constellation).

Cancer (♋) is the fourth astrological sign, which is associated with the constellation Cancer. It spans the 90-120th degree of the zodiac, between 90 and 125.25 degree of celestial longitude. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits this area on average between June 21 and July 21, and under the sidereal zodiac, the Sun transits this area between approximately July 16 and August 15. A person under this sign is called a Moon child.The symbol of the crab is based on the Karkinos, a giant crab that harassed Hercules during his fight with the Hydra.[1] The Cancer-Leo cusp lasts from July 19 to July 23.


A symbolic representation of Cancer.

Cancer lies east of Gemini and can be recognized by the Beehive Cluster, Praesepe.[2] Along with Scorpio and Pisces, the constellations form the Watery Trigon.[2] The Watery Trigon is one of four elemental trigons, fiery, earthy, airy, and watery.[3] When a trigon is influential, it affects changes on earth.[3] Cancer is said to be the house of Neptune and the exaltation of Jupiter, both astronomical bodies having influence over those born under Cancer.[4][5] The right ascension of Cancer is 8 h 38.96 m.[6] Its declination is +19 degrees 48.35 m and it is located in quadrant NQ2.[6] Cancer is most visible at 21:00 in March between the latitudes of +90 and -60 degrees.[6]


The sign of Cancer is said to be associated with the characteristics: watery, phlegmatic, feminine, cardinal, northern, commanding, nocturnal, weak, mute, and fruitful.[4] Those who are born from June 21 to July 22 are born under Cancer.[7][8] Cancer is a northern sign and its opposite Southern sign is Capricorn.[4][5] Those born under Cancer can have a fair pale complexion, round face, grey blue eyes, weak voice, large upper body, slender arms, small feet, and an effeminate constitution.[4] Places that Cancer is associated with are the sea, rivers, brooks, wells, wash-houses, marsh grounds, and trenches.[5] The areas of the body that Cancer governs are the breast and the stomach.[4] Cancerians are said to be people of sensation and feeling. They tend to go by their own intuition as opposed to reasonable advice.[9] People under Cancer are also said to reflect the qualities of the moon. This causes their emotions to sometimes swing from high to low and a Cancerian can sometimes be smothering in nature.[9] Since the domain of Neptune is at night, Cancerians are suited to the night when their creativity is high.[9]

Three classes of Cancer[edit]

June 21 - July 3[edit]

People born during this class of Cancer are said to be exceedingly under the influence the Moon.[9] They seem to be loyal, brave, kind and are very lovely, though their temper is fair it might shift as the moon changes phases. Even though this cancer is said to be moody they are quite kind and reassuring.They are considered royalty in nature. Although most born during this class of Cancer seem to be esoteric, one must place careful consideration of this unique class. June 27 is the day that is believed to be Earth's "Savior" birthday. This Royalty shall be underestimated at first glance but nevertheless, perfection will be achieved by kind natured son of nature & celestial peaceful sign. Thus, the manifestation of powerful vibratory of the revealing of God & Man/Woman's true connection of grace.They are very hardworking in nature. Mighty is the Ocean's most deep and emotional magnetism - Cancer. [9]

July 4 - July 13[edit]

Individuals born into this class of Cancer are said to have developed a high degree of concentration and want more than an average life.[9] They are sometimes possessive and domineering toward loved ones but are also loyal and will do their best to help them achieve happiness.[9]

July 14 - July 22[edit]

Those who are in this class of Cancer have the influence of both Cancer and Pisces.[9] This class of Cancers love others unconditionally.[9]


Greek mythology[edit]

The story of Cancer the Crab is said to be connected to Hercules. Some storytellers say that during Hercules's fight with Lernaean Hydra, Hera, sent a crab to snap at Hercules's toes because Hera had sworn to kill Hercules.[10] Hercules was able to kill the crab by smashing its shell with his foot.[11] As a reward for its efforts serving her, Hera placed the crab in the sky and it became Cancer.[11]

Chinese mythology[edit]

In Chinese star lore, Cancer is in the 23rd of the 28 mansions or xiu.[12] This mansion is called Gui which roughly translates to "ghosts".[12] The Chinese divided the sky into four quarters, each with its own direction, season, and mythical creature. Cancer exists in the Red (Vermillion) Bird of the south. It is associated with summer.[12]


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  7. ^ Shoemaker, Mrs. Mabel (McGeorge) (1904). Astrology. Penn Publishing Company. p. 27. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
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  12. ^ a b c Ridpath, Ian. "Charting the Chinese Sky". Ian Ridpath. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of Cancer at Wiktionary
  • Media related to Cancer at Wikimedia Commons