Cancer The Crab
The sign of Cancer the crab is ruled by the Moon. Physically it is related to the breasts/chest and the stomach. It is said to have a feminine polarity in nature, and is therefore more reactive in its energy. This would be considered “Yin” energy in eastern philosophy.
Cancer is a Water sign, (Icosahedron) and as such is connected to the world of emotion, instincts and the shadowy protective part of our own persona that we often cannot see. Cancer is a Cardinal sign, which means that planets placed here in a natal chart will express themselves in a very pioneering and dynamic manner, leading with their intuition or gut. This is especially the case in matters connected with care and protection of emotional, mental and familial matters.
The Cancer the Crab symbol represents Ouroboros, the dragon biting its own tail. Ouroboros represents infinite cycles and balance. the Cancer symbol itself, represents the Crab’s claws. Each of the crab’s claws looks like a comma that is referred to as a “tomoe” among the Shinto of eastern spirituality.
|Calendar Time||June 21-July 22|
Cancer the Crab is not actually ruled by a planet, Cancer is ruled by a “luminary” called the MOON. The only other luminary is The Sun! The term planet is a relative term. The crescent moon symbol means mind or evolving human spirit (crescent).
In the Cancer the Crab myth, Hera sends the crab to distract Hercules while the hero is fighting the Lernaean Hydra, the serpent-like beast with many heads and a poisonous breath of fire. Each time Hercules would cut off a head, two more would grow in its place. When the crab tries to kill Hercules, or at least distract him long enough that the hydra kills him, Hercules kicks it all the way to the stars. The Hydra’s head grew back during one of the “twelve labors” that was put upon Hercules. Hercules was punished for crimes that he committed while under the influence of a spell that queen Hera placed upon the hero. After the crab was defeated, Hera placed the crab among the stars for eternity.