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Zodiac Water Sign Cancer the Crab

Jul 18, 2023

Date: June 21 – July 23

Element: Water

Polarity: Negative

Planet: Moon

Color: Cream, silver, white, and grey

Lucky Gem: Ruby, pearl

Flower: Orchid and white rose

Lucky Numbers: 4 and 6

Cancer is the sign of the feminine and the “mother” archetype.
Cancer is the fourth sign of the Zodiac. It is ruled by the moon and characterized by the crab. In Vedic astrology Cancer is known as Karka.
The Zodiac word Cancer comes from Indo-European origins. In Latin the word Cancer directly translates to ‘Crab’
According to Greek Mythology mythological Karkinos, was a crab crushed by the foot of Hercules. Then Hera (wife of Zeus) is said to have placed the crab’s remains in the sky, which eventually formed the lunar constellation of Cancer.
According to Greek mythology, Hera placed the crab’s remains in the sky, which eventually formed the constellation.

The Constellation of Cancer

Laying between Gemini and Leo. Gemini is the third sequence - Leo is the fifth.
Those born from June 18 to June 24 are considered a Gemini-Cancer Cusp as they are born between the transition of the two signs. The Gemini-Cancer cusp is also known as the Cusp of Magic.
While the Cancer-Leo cusps born between July 19 to July 25 are also known as the Cusp of Oscillation.
Best viewed through a telescope the constellation of Cancer contains faint stars and is a medium sized constellation, with an area of approximately 506 square degrees. The brightest star in this constellation is the Beta Cancri with a magnitude of 3.5.

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Italian Artist

Italian artist Giovanni Maria Falconetto in 1517 painted the lunar sign of Cancer as a guardian for the city of Verona in Italy. The sign of Cancer is also featured in other works of art such as Agostino di Duccio’s View of Rimini Under the Sign of Cancer.

Personality Characteristics

Positive traits: Helpful, patient, empathetic, nurturing, and creative.
Strengths: Tenacious, highly imaginative, loyal, emotional, and influential
Weaknesses: Grumpy, pessimistic, suspicious, manipulative, and insecure
Compatibility: Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio, and Pisces
People with the Zodiac sign of cancer are known for wearing their hearts on their sleeves. They are deeply intuitive, sentimental, and emotional. On the flipside at times, they can also appear overly emotional, and moody! This is due to the Cancerian attachment to the moon phases, which is where those under the sign of Cancer can get the ‘crabbiness’ from!
Those born with their Sun in Cancer are very loyal and empathetic to the pain and suffering of others. People born under this sign may seem prickly and standoffish at first, but once they make the decision to become friends with someone, that person has a friend for life!
Cancers are highly intuitive; their psychic abilities often effortlessly pick up the energies in a room.

The People Pleaser

Cancer needs to know they are loved and appreciated. They are a huge people pleaser and caregivers taken to caring about everyone else’s needs but their own. However, if a Crab does not make time to air their own dirty laundry, this can lead to feelings of resentment and being unappreciated. They can also run the risk blurring the lines between attentive nurturing and controlling behavior.
Cancers attract friends and lovers through their loyalty, commitment, and emotional depth. They make excellent hosts and enjoy entertaining - Cancer rules the stomach, so there’s nothing crabs love more than a home-cooked meal with friends and family all sitting together around the table.

In Love

Cancer is in tune with their own body, and can be a sensual, giving, generous lover that expects the same in return. Being incredibly loyal Cancer will go to the ends of the earth for the person they love.
It's not uncommon for Cancer to fall deeply in love after a few days or weeks, and even though that decision is sudden, it can easily last a lifetime.
Cancer thrives as part of a duo, however that said they also have an independent streak that can at times need space and time to do things at their own pace.
They tend to have a great imagination but can at times need help from one of the more grounded signs to bring their dreams to fruition.


Cancer has an entrepreneurial spirit, as it is a cardinal sign.
Known for their keen intuition and giving nature, they thrive in work that supports others and makes them feel at home. As natural empaths, they also thrive in fields such as a counselor or social worker.
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