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Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Cancer is a cardinal water sign. Represented by the crab, this oceanic 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. These crabs are highly sensitive to their environments, as well as extremely self-protective. Much like their celestial spirit animal, Cancers are shielded by hard, external shells. At first, these crabs may be perceived as cold or distant. With time, though, Cancers reveal their gentle nature, genuine compassion, and mystical capabilities. Just don't be surprised if it takes a while to get to know them.
Cancer is ruled by the moon, the celestial body that represents comfort, self-care, and maternal energies. Accordingly, Cancers tend to be domestically oriented. They love to create cozy, safe spaces that serve as their personal sanctuaries, then spend lots of time in them. Cancers care deeply about their families and are quick to adopt caregiver roles. But these crabs must be careful: When Cancers invest in someone emotionally, they risk blurring the line between attentive nurturing and controlling behavior.
Cancers attract friends and lovers through their loyalty, commitment, and emotional depth. These crustaceans make excellent hosts and enjoy entertaining with comfort food and free-flowing libations. (Cancer rules the stomach, so there’s nothing these crabs love more than a home-cooked meal.) If you're not a fan of Cancer’s attachment to the home, that may be a bit of a problem. Though these celestial crabs avoid direct conflict by walking at an angle, they can inflict a harsh pinch with their distinctive brand of passive-aggressiveness. It may be difficult to convince a Cancer to talk openly about what's bothering them, but if you can do it without making them feel threatened, you'll build long-lasting trust.
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Cancer: What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Love, Work, Friends And More
June 22 – July 22
Cancer is a sensitive water sign ruled by the moon, and like the moon, you ebb and flow. Your sign is very emotional, so if you feel hurt or helped by someone you’re unlikely to forget. You find it hard to be patient with things, and it’s important that you take time to come down off of stressful experiences. You are kind, loving and always willing to help those who need it. It’s easy to get off track when you’re so guided by your feelings. Taking responsibility for your emotional self-care is the key to a peaceful life.Subscribe To Our Newsletters For Horoscopes Straight To Your Inbox
Nurturing, sensitive, emotionally present, tenacious and loyal
Your sign often choses to pursue a career that is adjacent to what you really want, instead of taking the risk to go for your heart’s desire. Because you are so security-oriented, you want to make sure that you succeed on your path, and you’re willing to work hard to make it happen. Slow growth investments are best suited for long-term gains.
Feeling safe is hella important for you, and when you don’t, it’s hard to let go and have an intimate connection with someone. For many born under your sign, first comes love, then comes passion. You don’t do well with unreliable people, and often get yourself involved in relationships where both partners have clearly defined roles. Compassion is a gift that you must give yourself as well as your partner for the health of your relationships.What Do The Stars Have In Store? Read Our Weekly And Monthly Horoscopes
You love to entertain at home, in small groups of people that you can really be yourself with. Cancer is a clannish sign, and it’s easy to get wrapped up in your old school group of friends, even if you outgrow those connections. It’s important that you work on being a forthright communicator when it comes to hurt feelings, or you’ll find that petty resentments build up over time and are corrosive to your friendships.
Yours is the sign that governs family and home, so when it comes to these topics, it’s easy to assume that you’re totally comfortable. The truth is that these things are very charged for you. Don’t turn yourself inside out for the life that you think you “should” have — you can get stuck on family dynamics and lose track of yourself if you’re not careful.
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Signs and symptoms are ways the body lets you know that you have an injury, illness, or disease.
- A sign, such as fever or bleeding, can be seen or measured by someone else.
- A symptom, such as pain or fatigue, is felt or noticed by the person who has it.
Signs and symptoms of cancer depend on where the cancer is, how big it is, and how much it affects nearby organs or tissues. If a cancer has spread (metastasized), signs or symptoms may appear in different parts of the body.
How does cancer cause signs and symptoms?
A cancer can grow into,or begin to push on nearby organs, blood vessels, and nerves. This pressure causes some of the signs and symptoms of cancer.
A cancer may also cause symptoms like fever, extreme tiredness (fatigue), or weight loss. This may be because cancer cells use up much of the body’s energy supply. Or the cancer could release substances that change the way the body makes energy. Cancer can also cause the immune system to react in ways that produce these signs and symptoms.
What are some general signs and symptoms of cancer?
Most signs and symptoms are not caused by cancer but can be caused by other things. If you have any signs and symptoms that don't go away or get worse, you should see a doctor to find out what’s causing them. If cancer is not the cause, a doctor can help figure out what the cause is and treat it, if needed.
For instance, lymph nodes are part of the body’s immune system and help capture harmful substances in the body. Normal lymph nodes are tiny and can be hard to find. But when there’s infection, inflammation, or cancer, the nodes can get larger. Those near the body’s surface can get big enough to feel with your fingers, and some can even be seen as swelling or a lump under the skin. One reason lymph nodes may swell is if cancer gets trapped there. So, if you have unusual swelling or a lump, you should see your doctor to figure out what’s going on.
Here are some of the more common signs and symptoms that may be caused by cancer. However, any of these can be caused by other problems as well.
- Fatigue or extreme tiredness that doesn’t get better with rest.
- Weight loss or gain of 10 pounds or more for no known reason
- Eating problems such as not feeling hungry, trouble swallowing, belly pain, or nausea and vomiting
- Swelling or lumps anywhere in the body
- Thickening or lump in the breast or other part of the body
- Pain, especially new or with no known reason, that doesn’t go away or gets worse
- Skin changes such as a lump that bleeds or turns scaly, a new mole or a change in a mole, a sore that does not heal, or a yellowish color to the skin or eyes (jaundice).
- Cough or hoarseness that does not go away
- Unusual bleeding or bruising for no known reason
- Change in bowel habits, such as constipation or diarrhea, that doesn’t go away or a change in how your stools look
- Bladder changes such as pain when passing urine, blood in the urine or needing to pass urine more or less often
- Fever or nights sweats
- Vision or hearing problems
- Mouth changes such as sores, bleeding, pain, or numbness
The signs and symptoms listed above are the more common ones seen with cancer, but there are many others that are not listed here. If you notice any major changes in the way your body works or the way you feel – especially if it lasts for a long time or gets worse – let a doctor know. If it has nothing to do with cancer, the doctor can find out more about what’s going on and, if needed, treat it. If it is cancer, you’ll give yourself the chance to have it treated early, when treatment is more successful.
Sometimes, it’s possible to find cancer before you have symptoms. The American Cancer Society and other health groups recommend cancer-related check-ups and certain tests for people even though they have no symptoms. This helps find certain cancers early. You can find more information on early detection at the American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer.
And keep in mind, even if you have cancer-related screening tests, it’s still important to see a doctor if you have any new or worsening signs or symptoms. The signs and symptoms might mean cancer or another illness that needs to be treated.
Humans have pondered the mysteries of the universe for millennia, tracking the sun’s vibrant motion, the moon’s beguiling cycle, and the swirl of boundless stars overhead. Astrology and astronomy were inextricably linked for thousands of years, and although these two fields have been disentangled over time, the mystical teachings of the cosmos still guide us today.
The study of astrology is expansive, complex, and transformative. Despite the nuances, the most fundamental principle of astrology centers on the 12 familiar star signs of the zodiac. Over the centuries, each sign has developed its own associations — including myths, animals, and colors — and its own characteristics. Every sign boasts an individual approach to life, complete with dynamic strengths and frustrating weaknesses.
The sun sign is the cosmic launching pad for both amateur and professional astrologers. Your sun sign is determined by your date of birth and represents your core personality, sense of self, basic preferences, and ways in which you move through the world. This astrological placement sheds light on your intrinsic gifts, as well as your blind spots. Joys, wishes, flaws, and fears are what make a sun sign special and unique. When combined with the other planets in your chart, it creates the distinctive profile that serves as your astrological fingerprint.
No sign is perfect on its own. The diversity of the zodiac completes the astrological wheel.
Ready to take your astrological knowledge to the next level? There are four triplicities and quadruplicities that further categorize the 12 signs. If these words sound like gibberish, don’t fret: The concepts are easy. "Triplicities" is astrospeak for elements, which include fire (the fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius), earth (the earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn), air (the air signs are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius), and water (the water signs are Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces). Generally speaking, fire signs are passionate and exuberant, earth signs are practical and grounded, air signs are intellectual and curious, and water signs are intuitive and emotional.
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Quadruplicities are the signs’ qualities. Cardinal signs, which include Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn, kick off new seasons. They are excellent at taking action and starting initiatives. Fixed signs, which include Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius, occur in the middle of seasons. They are the steady, consistent forces that maintain movement. Each season concludes with a mutable sign — Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces — that possesses effortless fluidity well-suited to change and transformation. As we continue layering astrological concepts, we uncover a rich and complex practice that delivers insight into our truest selves.
Cancer Personality Traits: All the secrets you need to know
Cancer is the fourth zodiac sign, and the crab is its symbol. Cancerians are among the most difficult zodiacs to understand. They frequently display a stony, brittle, even impervious veneer to the world, and might look Taken away, cold, and restrained, just like the crab that symbolises their sign. However, underneath the shell is a sympathetic and empathetic soul with vast reservoirs of love and understanding. Cancerians, like crabs, are stubborn and possessive of their relationships and, making them extremely protective and devoted family and friends.
Cancers aren't fond of small banter and might be tough to reach initially, but once you get to understand them, they'll be a lifelong friend. On the plus side, Cancer is a devoted, cautious, perceptive, and loving disposition. Cancers have a reputation for being hyper emotional, temperamental, and spiteful. Cancers, in additional to being devoted, are extremely fond of their loved ones, often to an unhealthy degree. They place a high value on family and close friends, and will go to great lengths to defend them, no matter the price. Cancer is also known for its instincts. Because of their strong emotional condition and capacity to sense mood reactions in others, they tend to depend more on their instinct than on their pragmatic or reasonable sense of judgement.
The inclination of Cancer natives to be too self - conscious or any emotive scenario is one of the most difficult Cancer qualities to deal with. Cancers are notorious for being gloomy due to the complexities of their sentiments, which may swing from great happiness to severe sadness in a matter of seconds. When a Cancer is unhappy or unpleasant, they retreat behind their shells for protection.
Cancerians are devoted to their immediate family and friends, and they like spending more time with them for a while. Rather of a vast network of contacts, cancers generally have a limited, close-knit circle of friends with whom they can genuinely be honest. Due to their traits of dedication, Cancers are very devoted when it comes to love relationships. Cancers are also highly passionate and giving lovers; yet, they want the same sort of unselfish care in return, so it's crucial for them to find someone who loves this give-and-take attitude as much as they do.
Cancers thrive in professions that provide them with a job with high security products and services of both employment and pay. One of the good characteristics of Cancer is that they are excellent with work and time constantly tries to save and utilize it. Cancers are frequently in charge of family finances and enjoy keeping eyes on how their family members manage money. When it comes to employment, Cancers are always committed to completing assignments, even if it means sacrificing some leisure or space to do just that. Cancerians are devoted not only to their families and loved ones, but also to their jobs.
-- By Astro Friend Chirag – Son of Astrologer Bejan Daruwalla
Everything You've Ever Needed To Know About Cancer Zodiac Signs
If your birthday falls between approximately June 21 and July 22, then congrats: That means your zodiac sign is Cancer (but you probably already knew that!). Cancers are the gentle nurturers of the zodiac who excel at building safe spaces and taking care of the people around them — and Cancer energy can help us to get in touch with our feelings and the feelings of others.
Whether you're a Cancer, your crush or partner is a Cancer, or you just want to learn more about the 12 signs of the zodiac, here's the lowdown on everything you need to know about Cancer zodiac traits — and what it means if Cancer is a major influence in your astrological birth chart.
Cancer: The Zodiac's Care-Giver
Cancer is represented by the symbol of the crab, which speaks to their constant desire to retreat into the safety of their outer shells in order to protect their sensitive inner core. This emotional sign is ruled by the moon, which speaks to their maternal instincts and nostalgic nature. Because Cancers are cardinal signs, they're blessed with a deep sentimental strength, and a knack for creating environments where feelings can come to the surface and vulnerability can reign supreme. Cancer's element is water, so they relate to the world through their hearts and connect with others through their sense of compassion.
"Cancer is an ocean of emotion, submerged in infinite consciousness and intuitive memory. It is where we find both the mother and the home within ourselves," Cancer-born astrologer Valerie Mesa tells Bustle.
Just as crabs immerse themselves in the ever-changing tides of the ocean's waves, Cancers often immerse themselves in the ever-changing moods of everyone around them — they’re keenly perceptive to other people's feelings and excel when it comes to making others feel nurtured and protected. Comfort and emotional safety is important for a Cancer, so they will only open up to someone if they feel they're being provided the same sense of energetic protection in return.
Cancer In Love & Relationships
Cancer's romantic traits make them some of the most devoted and nurturing lovers of the zodiac. They're protective of their feelings and don't open up to others easily, but once they do, they enjoy pouring themselves into an emotionally-involved relationship and tending to their partner's needs. They’re capable of being deeply committed in love. Because they're creatures of habit, they appreciate a reliable and even routine-oriented relationship dynamic. Cancers have a tendency to live in their memories, so they may feel wistful about past relationships, even long after they're over.
The signs most compatible with Cancer are fellow water signs Scorpio and Pisces, as well as earth signs Taurus and Virgo. Cancers love to be comfortable and appreciate privacy, so if you're looking to impress one, plan your dates in cozy, intimate spaces that aren't too loud or hectic. Cooking dinner at home and cuddling on the couch for a movie is also an ideal romantic evening for a Cancer.
If Cancer Is Your Sun Sign...
If Cancer is your sun sign, then tender-heartedness and empathy are some of your greatest gifts. Cancers are deeply in touch with their emotions, even if they're quickly shifting from one mood to another. You're extremely sensitive and perceptive — but your feelings are hurt easily. If you feel too exposed, you may put up a wall that keeps others from potentially wounding you. It's important to surround yourself with loving people who give as much thought and care into life as you do.
Sensitivity is one of your strengths, but be careful not to deflect and focus too much energy on tending to the people around you. Many Cancers can benefit from strengthening boundaries so that they don't lose themselves in other people's problems. You need to be nurtured too, Cancer!
If Cancer Is Your Moon Sign...
Your moon sign represents your more private, emotional, and vulnerable side, and also speaks to what makes you feel taken care of. If your moon sign is Cancer, then you're probably deeply in touch with yourself and can easily be swept away in memories. Cancer moons can be private about their feelings, but their naturally empathic nature indicates that their emotions run deep, even if they don't always show them. Cancer moons have a tendency to be a bit moody and prone to sudden bouts of melancholy or excitement (as the fast-moving moon changes zodiac signs every few days).
If Cancer Is Your Rising Sign...
Your rising sign represents your surface-level self and the version of you that you present to the outside world. If your rising sign is Cancer, you probably come off as a warm, considerate, and sympathetic person. You're dreamy and romantic, and make people feel at ease in your presence. When it comes to your personal style, sophisticated but comfy beauty looks are your bread and butter.
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Fourth astrological sign of the zodiac
For other uses, see Cancer (disambiguation).
Cancer (♋︎) is the fourth astrological sign in the zodiac, originating from the constellation of Cancer. It spans from 90° to 120° celestial longitude. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits this area between approximately June 22 and July 22, and under the sidereal zodiac, the Sun transits this area between approximately July 16 and August 17.
In astrology, Cancer is the cardinal sign of the Water trigon, which is made up of Cancer, Pisces, and Scorpio. It is one of the six negative signs, and its ruling planet is the Moon. Though some depictions of Cancer feature a lobster or crayfish, the sign is most often represented by the crab, based on the Karkinos.
See also: History of astrology
Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac, which the sun enters at the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, on approximately June 21. Those who are born from approximately June 21 to July 22 (depending upon the year) are born under Cancer. Individuals born during these dates, depending on which system of astrology they subscribe to, may be called "Cancerians". Cancer is a northern sign, and its opposite sign is Capricorn. Cancer is a cardinal sign.
Water is the element associated with Cancer, and, alongside Scorpio and Pisces, it forms the water trigon. The water trigon is one of four elemental trigons in the zodiac, with the other three being fire, earth, and air. When a trigon is influential, it is said to affect changes on earth. Cancer is said to be the house of Neptune and the exaltation of Jupiter, both astronomical bodies over those born under Cancer. Its ruling planet is the Moon.
In Hindu astrology, the sign of Cancer is named Karka and its Lord is Moon. Divine associations with Cancer in Renaissance astrology are Luna/Diana, both goddesses that represent the Moon, Cancer's ruling planet.
"Cancer" is an ancient word of Indo-European origin, derived from a root meaning "to scratch." In ancient Egypt, the sign of Cancer was conceived as a scarab beetle, while in Mesopotamia it was represented by a turtle. In each case, the animal representative of the sign was perceived as "pushing" the sun across the heavens, initiating the summer solstice.
Latin cancer is the generic word for 'crab'. According to Greek myth, the symbol of Cancer—often a crab, though sometimes a lobster—is based on the Karkinos (Greek: "Cancer"), a crab crushed under the foot of Hercules, and whose remains were placed in the sky by Hera, forming the Cancer constellation. In Roman variations of the story, it is Juno—Hera's counterpart in Roman mythology—who places the crab in the sky. Naturalist Richard Hinckley Allen, in 1899, deemed Cancer the "most inconspicuous figure in the zodiac," adding that its mythology "apologizes for its being there by the story that when the Crab was crushed by Hercules, for pinching his toes during a contest with the Hydra in the Marsh of Lerna, Juno exalted it to the sky."
Originating from the Cancer constellation
The zodiac sign of Cancer originates from the cancer constellation. The cancer constellation lies in the Northern Hemisphere, with a right ascension of about 9 hours and a north declination of 20°. The cancer constellation is known for "the Beehive Cluster" which is a swarm of over 1,000 stars. The word cancer means "crab" in Latin. When you look up at the sky to find the constellation, you will only see an upside down "Y", however, it is said to symbolize a crab, hence the name. In astrology, the symbol for the zodiac sign Cancer is also a crab.
In the arts
During the Middle Ages, the zodiacal symbol of Cancer was included in devotional books and incorporated into monumental sculptures. The depiction of Cancer as a crab is most prevalent in Mediterranean and Western European art.
In Dante Alighieri's Paradiso, he makes reference to Cancer, writing:
Thereafterward a light among them brightened,
So that, if Cancer one such crystal had,
Winter would have a month of one sole day.
— Dante Alighieri, Paradiso
Cancer is figured in Giovanni Maria Falconetto's 1517 painting, Cancer, as the guardian of the city of Verona. The Cancer symbol is also depicted in Agostino di Duccio's sculpture View of Rimini Under the Sign of Cancer (1450). In Giorgio Vasari's fresco, the Chamber of Fortune, Cancer is represented in the northern compartment of the ceiling, pictured by Diana, holding the moon, along with a crab.
Cultural and historical depictions of Cancer
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