Cancer: constellation, traits and mythology

Cancer is one of my favourite signs, but shhht!


The constellation of Cancer, despite its medium dimensions, it’s quite bright. It’s located between the Gemini’s constellation (West) and Leo’s (East). It confines to the North with the Lynx Constellation and to South with the Hydra’s.
This constellation gives the name to the Tropic of the Cancer, of course.
What stands out more staring at this constellation, is the big clear and foggy point to its centre: an open cluster, one of the brightest of the sky, also known as the Beehive Cluster.

Cancer constellation
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Cancer constellation traits and mythology


Hercules vs Hydra Cancer mythology

Hercules vs. Hydra
by K. Barthelmay

In Mythology, Cancer is associated with the crab that occurred in one of the myths about the Twelve Labours of Hercules. The second myth, in fact, tells about the fight between Hercules and the Lernaean Hydra, a serpent-like beast with many heads and poisonous breath (the purple snake in Disney’s Hercules, yes!). It seems that Hera sent a crab in the battlefield during the fight to distract Hercules, but it died. Hera put it in the sky. to express her thank for its efforts.

I made some researches to find something more about Cancer mythology, and I found a very interesting story on gods-and-monsters.com. Here it is:
“According to this myth, a giant crab named Crios guarded the sea nymphs in the Greek god Poseidon’s kingdom. He was enormous and strong, and Poseidon himself had blessed him with immortality.

When the god of monsters Typhon terrorized the gods of Olympus, Poseidon, along with most of the other gods, went into hiding. He left Crios in charge of protecting the sea nymphs, who were considered to be Poseidon’s daughters. The crab took his role as protector very seriously, and wouldn’t let any of the sea nymphs outside of his reach. After a while, some of the sea nymphs became restless and convinced that they were in no danger from Typhon, escaped into the open sea.

Herakles and Hydra Cancer

Herakles and the Hydra Water Jar (Etruscan, c. 525 BC)

Crios could not chase them as he was charged with protecting the other sea nymphs, so he enlisted the help of the giant squid, Vamari. Little did he know that Vamari (whose name translates to “Vampire Squid”) had ill intentions, and when he caught up to the sea nymphs, he devoured them.

When Vamari returned to Crios, he told the crab that despite a valiant effort, he could not find any of the missing sea nymphs. Crios knew that he was lying and attacked him. They battled for hours until the crab finally won. But he had sustained such bad injuries that he was terribly crippled from that time forward. Since he was immortal, though, he could not die but had to live in pain.
When Poseidon returned he saw the bravery that the crab had shown and relieved him of his pain, but not his immortality, by placing him in the sky as the constellation Cancer.”

Cancer constellation traits and mythology


Those who were born under this sign hold an extraordinary sensibility, typical of Water signs, and it’s intensified even more by the Moon (their dominant planet), that makes them also very emotional.
They are very tied up to their roots: they hardly step away from the original family and from the most trusted friends. They are often accused of being capricious: in reality, their inconstancy derives from a certain mistrust in the world.

In fact, Cancers are strongly attracted to the past. It’s not easy for them to live with peace in the present, in which they often feel lost.
Their great sensibility reflects them in a clear inclination to live a peaceful life. They don’t have great ambitions for their careers or studies. They complete their own duty plentifully, but they never make the error to overdo. In this way, they succeed to maintain the professional and personal aspect completely separate, which favours the stability of their family.

Cancer people have an extraordinary memory, helped by their particular attention towards the past. However, they’re often considered too much complaining, because they usually don’t feel comfortable in the present and don’t make a mystery of this. In reality, they just need more time than the other signs to fully appreciate what life grants!

Cancer-born are inclined to carry imaginary hurts and setbacks along with them. This is because of their overemotional nature, which can create highly unsettling conditions for them.
The insecurity of Cancer influences their way to love. They’re faithful and they put the couple and the family above everything. Nevertheless, they need to have constant confirmations from the partner: this is why they have the tendency to constantly “try” their partner.

To get along with Cancer people in love, you mustn’t give them all the securities. It’s essential to leave them a line of doubt that holds alive their interest. However, having a Cancer as a partner will fulfil you with tenderness, sweetness and romanticism!


Cancer are driven to learn a variety of subjects, and being them so dreamers and intuitive makes them excellent artists, writers, composers, actors, and psychics. Besides, their sensitive and loving nature makes them perfect for a career in human resources, nursing, teaching and law. They will never work to feed their ego, they’re definitely not that kind of people.

They work steadily to guarantee money independence for them and their families. They’re very cooperative and care about the work team and they carry out every task assigned: this means they are ideally suited for top corporate positions, as they will make sure that their company’s goals are achieved.

When: 21st June – 21st July
Element: Water
Planet: Moon
Colour: Silver
Stone: Pearl, Moonstone, Rose Quartz
Material: Silver
Flower: Lilac, Lily, Waterlily.

Cancer constellation traits and mythology

Best Match

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Taurus. These signs are both strong bonded to their family and this builds a strong base for their relationship, that is one based also on mutual trust, understanding, emotional bondage and great communication. They talk about anything, lost in their world. The strength of the Taurus will definitely help the weaker moments of the Cancer.

Emotional plan 5/5
Communication 4,5/5
Sexual plan 4/5
Affinity 4,5/5

Scorpio. A quite good relationship, based on a strong physical attraction. There are a few ups and downs which appear from time to time, mainly because of the different perspectives they have on a good intimate life. Cancer tends to complain a bit too much sometime, and Scorpio really can’t stand people who whine, so pay attention.

Emotional plan 4/5
Communication 3,5/5
Sexual plan 4/5
Affinity 3,5 / 5

Cancer constellation traits and mythology

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