Cancer artwork by Chris Freyer

The Cancer symbol is based on the Karkinos, a giant crab who harassed Heracles during his fight with the Hydra. People born beneath this sign move sideways like crabs, avoiding conflict as often as possible. They also pinch like crabs, clasping onto the things that make them happy.

Cancer is a cardinal water sign. Represented by the crab, this crustacean seamlessly weaves between the sea and shore representing Cancer’s ability to exist in both emotional and material realms. Cancers are highly intuitive and their psychic abilities manifest in tangible spaces: For instance, Cancers can effortlessly pick up the energies in a room.

Opposite sign and house: Capricorn

The private life, domesticity, the need for a home base, and nurturance (Cancer and the 4th house) versus the public life, career, reputation, and accountability (Capricorn and the tenth house). Attachments and love are ruled by Cancer and the 4th, while achievements and rewards/punishments are ruled by Capricorn. In some ways, this polarity deals with the balance between unconditional love and conditional love.

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