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The History of The Cancer Sign

People born between June 21st and July 22nd fall under the fourth zodiac sign of Cancer. Cancer is ruled by the moon, which affected the tides of the ocean. The name comes from the Latin word for crab, and as you’ll see later, it’s very much connected to the creature.

The constellation

In ancient times, the Cancer constellation was positioned in the same place as the most northern location of the sun, representing the summer solstice.

Cancer is a medium-sized constellation with an area of 506 square degrees. Its stars are rather faint, but its brightest is known as the Beta Cancri.

The myth

The myth of Cancer centres around the destruction caused by one of Zeus’ infidelities. In this case, it was the infidelity that resulted in the birth of Heracles (aka Hercules). Hera, the wife of Zeus, hated Heracles out of jealousy and resentment. She’d do everything she could to make his life difficult. This included using her powers to make him go insane and commit murder. After the murder, he regained his sanity and roamed the countryside seeking purification.

Eventually, he came across the Pythian priestess and was directed towards the king of Mycene, Eurystheus. Eurystheus demanded that Heracles perform 12 labours in order to redeem himself.

One of the labours involved killing the Lernaean hydra – a monster with the body of a snake and nine heads. As Heracles battled the snake, Hera decided to throw him off course once again. This time, she sent in a crab to nip at his feet. After a fight in which the crab refused to let go, Heracles was eventually able to stamp on it, freeing himself.

Although the crab certainly lost the fight, Hera was so impressed with its perseverance that she exalted it into the heavens as the Cancer star sign.

How are the Cancer myth and the Cancer star sign connected?

The myth of Cancer suggests that those with the corresponding star sign are unaware of their true strength. They’re often forced to deal with friends’ and family drama and get roped into cleaning up other people’s mess. Although this can be frustrating, it’s a sign that they’re well trusted. Those around them believe they can be counted on to get a job done.

Cancers are also known as one of the most resilient and determined of all the star signs. They’re fiercely loyal until the end and wouldn’t dream of letting someone down.

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