The Western zodiac evolved from Babylonian astrology and they were influenced by Hellenistic culture. Each sign was named after a constellation that the sun passed through on its annual journey across the sky. This finding is highlighted in the popular and simplified sun sign astrology. Astrological signs are the twelve 30 degree sectors that comprise Earth’s 360-degree orbit around the Sun in Western astrology. Western astrological signs include Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. Many techniques for measuring and dividing the sky are now utilized by various astrological systems, but the legacy of the zodiac names and symbols remains mainly consistent. Scientific examinations of the theoretical foundation and experimental verification of claims have revealed that astrology lacks scientific validity and explanatory power. Although scientific investigations labelled Astrology as a pseudoscience, it reveals details that help people to understand their sense of self, personal style, identity, confidence, and self-esteem.
Between June 21 and July 22 every year, the sun passes through Cancer, the fourth sign of the zodiac, welcoming the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. This is the time of year when the sun’s heat and brightness are at their highest, with daylight outnumbering night-time hours. This means that Cancer is the sign of those who were born between June 21 and July 22, depending on the year. “Cancer” is an Indo-European word that comes from a word that means “to scratch.” The scarab beetle signified Cancer in ancient Egypt, whereas the turtle represented Cancer in Mesopotamia. Though some portrayals of Cancer include a lobster or crayfish, the crab is the most common symbol for Cancer. The animal symbol of the sign was thought to be “pushing” the sun across the heavens, kicking off the summer solstice on each occasion. Cancer is the scientific Latin genus name for “crab” in contemporary times, although it has also been used to describe a variety of shellfish species.
Cancer’s zodiac sign, the symbol of the crab, is derived from the Cancer constellation. The Crab appears in Greek mythology, most notably in the story of Hercules’ battle with the Hydra. Karkinos, the Crab, was sent to distract Hercules by the goddess Hera, who was not a fan of Hercules. Hercules kills Karkinos by cracking his shell after he bites Hercules on the foot. Karkinos is placed in the sky as a prize for sacrificing his life to accomplish Hera’s wishes. Cancer as a crab is most commonly depicted in Mediterranean and Western European art. The astrological emblem of Cancer was also included in religious literature and many sculptures during the Middle Ages.
There are many personality traits associated with Cancers, including emotional intelligence and compassion. As Cancer rules the fourth house, the sun in Cancer typically corresponds to qualities like being sympathetic, nurturing, sensitive, self-protective, providing, loving, and demonstrating a goofy sense of humour. Cancer, like Scorpio and Pisces, is associated with the element of water. Every element (fire, earth, air, water) contains a cardinal, mutable, and fixed sign. Being a cardinal water sign, Cancers generally have a go-getter attitude and a big-picture mindset. They can think in an artistic, ambitious manner, making them naturals at making big plans. However, they could have a hard time blending in with the world around them since they are guided by emotion and their heart.
Luna and Diana, both goddesses who represent the Moon, are often associated with Cancer in Renaissance astrology. Cancer’s ruling planet is the moon, the heavenly body that represents solace, self-care, and maternal energy. Cancers, as a result, tend to be domestically oriented. They enjoy creating pleasant, safe settings that serve as personal sanctuaries and then spending a lot of time in them. Because the emotive, maternal moon has such a strong influence on Cancer’s personality traits, the sign prioritizes making the majority of people in their lives feel secure and comfortable. Friends and lovers are drawn to Cancers because of their devotion, emotional depth, and commitment.
The self-awareness of Cancer is like the tides, that they are in and out of focus all the time. Their personalities come in many layers and they have a variety of emotions, but they also have a deep, enduring self. Cancers tend to act as if everything is fine when it is not. They find it difficult to share their hardship with others, and they are generally frightened to appear vulnerable and show flaws. To avoid burdening others, Cancers have learned to disguise their anguish.
Cancers are known to be less daring than other zodiac signs. They like the familiarity of routine and stability rather than changes. They enjoy knowing what is expected of them and knowing what is going to happen. They feel comfortable in predictable environments.
Even though Cancers may appear shy and quiet on the surface, they are nervous romantics who fall in love easily. They often fall in love with the idea of being in love but often find themselves inadequate to be loved. This is why they frequently find themselves unable to fall in love with someone who genuinely cares about them.
A Cancerian’s great connection to their emotions can have a negative side when rubbed the wrong way, they can have the tendency to be overly sensitive, irritable and snappy. Cancers are frequently seen for being unforgiving of those who they believe have wronged them. They can be resentful, harsh, and take a long time to forgive. This is because they can hold on to past hurts. Identity is their source of emotional security and they feel more comfortable when they are in charge. They will quickly return to their shell if they feel their generous nature has been exploited.
Several famous figures are Cancers. This includes Ariana Grande, Meryl Streep, Frida Kahlo, Vin Diesel, Sandra Oh, Pamela Anderson, Elon Musk, Lindsay Lohan, Tom Cruise, Will Ferrell, Selena Gomez, Lana Del Ray, Cyndi Lauper, Benedict Cumberbatch, and many others.