Sun Signs are constellations with a rich history of wonderful mythic stories, which often play out absolutely literally in our charts. They certainly describe a theme in our lives.
The constellation of Cancer is small and faint, and difficult to see in our night sky. So why has it been recognized for so long as a sign of huge prominence? The point in the sky that Cancer occupies is currently one of the huge turning points in our year. The beginning of Cancer is now the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere (longest day of the year – the height of the Sun’s power), the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere (shortest day of the year – the beginning of the Sun’s return from the depths).
The ancient wise people were aware of these points, and observed the sky, planets and stars diligently to time hunting seasons, the flooding of the Nile for agriculture in Egypt and agricultural concerns in other ancient cultures – true life and death considerations. So, while it moved away from a prominent point in the time of the ancients, it is now a prominent point in our own time. Cancer has to do with nourishment, fertility and motherhood, nurturing, home and ancestry. It is the foundation of our chart and also tells us about the end of life and our legacy. Cancer is a powerful story for all of us, and especially to you Cancers who hearken to its call.
Cancer is very important in astrology, and very misunderstood. The Greek myth of Cancer is the one that is most often tol, describing a creature sent by the jealous Hera to distract the hero Hercules from his labors, as he was the son of Zeus’s (her husband’s) infidelity. Hercules killed the crab, and Hera placed it in the sky for serving her. But don’t settle for that petty little myth! If we dig into mythic history, all of the altered and minimized stories changed by conquering cultures reveal a much richer mythology.
Several earlier descriptions suit Cancer better, particularly the Mother Goddess of the Earth, Gaia. Whether male or female, Cancers carry an ancestral memory that goes back to our origins on this planet. This is probably better described by the Egyptian view of this constellation as the scarab beetle, the symbol of immortality, which is reflected in their sacred art, and this common memory of our ancestral heritage. So… Cancers contain a very deep emotional pool, and require a lot of quiet time to integrate this massive memory.
In Christian mythology, the stars of Cancer represent the manger, or the “container/womb” that allows birth to the Child – the source of life.
The Chilean Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda was a “Super Cancer” with Sun, Moon, Venus, Mercury, Neptune and Hawai’ian Mother Goddess Haumea in that sign.
Who are your favorite Cancers?