Cancer the Crab
(June 21 - July 22)
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Cancer is the fourth of the twelve signs of the zodiac, corresponding to the constellation Cancer, and is depicted as a crab. Some early versions of the Cancer symbol depicted it as
The glyph for Cancer looks like the two lower-case letter “b’s” or the number “6” with one laying down and the other facing the opposite direction laying on top (picture how shoes come in a shoebox).
Cancer tattoos can be of the image, glyph, or combination of both.
Cancer is a water element sign, and is ruled by the Moon. Often, it is linked to the ancient Greek story about Hercules, who was trying to kill the multi-headed Hydra beast. The goddess Hera wanted Hercules to lose, so she created a crab to hold Hercules by the ankle while he fought. Unfortunately for both the Hydra and the crab, Hercules won. The Roman variation is that the goddess Juno placed the spirit of the defeated crab in the sky.
The Cancer personality is devoted to traditions and customs, are collectors, and they love home and cherish marriage. They may, however, become dependent on others. This is unfortunate, because they are also unable to see or understand that others may have evil intentions. The lists below show a number of characteristics, both positive and negative, that different sources attribute to Cancer:
Positive: family-centered, good at business, caretaker, emotional, sensitive, imaginative, gregarious, cautious, romantic, sociable, shrewd, domesticated
Negative: passive, timid, self-absorbed, opinionated, acquisitive, fear of being emotionally vulnerable, superficial, lives in the past, withdraws, moody, stubborn
Characteristics associated with Cancer, which may be customized into a unique tattoo design:
• Body Part: Chest
• Color: Orange-Yellow
• Metal: Silver
• Flower: Moonflower
• Gem: Aquamarine (Ruby)
• Food: Watercress, Milk
Famous Cancer include Kafka, Proust, Chagall, and Henry VIII.
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