Cancer (astrology)

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Zodiac symbolCrab
Duration (tropical, western)June 21 – July 23 (2019, UT1)[1]
Zodiac elementWater
Zodiac qualityCardinal
Sign rulerMoon

Cancer (♋️) is the fourth astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Cancer. It spans from 90° to 120° celestial longitude. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits this area between approximately June 22 and July 22,[2] and under the sidereal zodiac, the Sun transits this area between approximately July 21 and August 9.[3]

In astrology, Cancer is the cardinal sign of the Water trigon, which is made up of Cancer, Pisces, and Scorpio.[4] It is one of the six negative signs. Though some depictions of Cancer feature a lobster, the sign is most often represented by the crab, based on the Karkinos.


Those who are born from approximately June 22 to July 22 are born under Cancer.[2] Individuals born during these dates, depending on which system of astrology they subscribe to, may be called "Cancerians."[5] Cancer is a northern sign and its opposite sign is Capricorn.[6][7][8] Cancer is a cardinal sign.

Along with Scorpio and Pisces, Cancer forms the Water Trigon.[9] The water trigon is one of four elemental trigons, fire, earth, air, and water.[10] When a trigon is influential, it affects changes on earth.[10] Cancer is said to be the house of Neptune and the exaltation of Jupiter, both astronomical bodies having influence over those born under Cancer.[6][7] In Vedic astrology the sign is named Karka and its Lord is Moon.[11]

In the arts[edit]

In Dante's Paradiso, he makes reference to Cancer, writing:

Thereafterward a light among them brightened,
So that, if Cancer one such crystal had,
Winter would have a month of one sole day.

— Dante, Paradiso[12]

Cancer is figured in Giovanni Maria Falconetto's 1517 painting, Cancer, as the guardian of the city of Verona.[13] The Cancer symbol is also depicted in Agostino di Duccio's sculpture View of Rimini Under the Sign of Cancer (1450).[14]





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