by Stefan Stenudd
Cancer in the Complete Horoscope
The Crab Zodiac Sign in Classical Astrology
The Cancer Zodiac sign glyph. Ink calligraphy by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see it enlarged.
Please observe that the text on this webpage is about the role of the Cancer zodiac sign in the complete horoscope chart, and not just its meaning as a star sign, also called sun sign (when the sun was in Cancer at the time of your birth).
Your Cancer Zodiac SignThose who have Cancer as their zodiac sign (star sign) are born when the sun was in Cancer, normally June 21 - July 22 (it differs slightly from year to year, because of the leap years). Therefore, it is also - more adequately - called the sun sign.
Observe that it's just one of the many components of the complete horoscope chart. Nowadays, star sign astrology is much more widespread and common than readings based on the classical birth chart, but the latter is what astrology is really all about.
The sun in your horoscope is your natural self - what you are when you relax, when other planets in your horoscope are not active. It is your basic drive.
If your sun sign is Cancer, you are an emotional being, engaging yourself in caring about others. It is the motherly sign. That is far from a submissive character. Notice that the sign's quality is cardinal, leading. The Cancer character is caring in a protective way, a tendency to control, although with good intentions.
The Father of CancerThe sun in the horoscope also represents your father (the mother is represented by the moon).
If you have the sun in Cancer, your relation to your father is one of deep affection, where both of you feel very committed to each other. You are also both quite protective, sometimes in ways that lead to frustration, because you both feel that you know what's best for the other.
The Planets in CancerThe planets and astrological points are the active forces in the horoscope chart, the energies by which we are able to act. As such, each has its own characteristics, but they are influenced by the zodiac sign they occupy. When a planet or other point of the horoscope is in Cancer, it is also affected by the zodiac sign, getting something of its character. Here are those planets and astrological points, what they stand for in the complete horoscope chart, and how they are affected by the zodiac sign Cancer:
Planet symbols (glyphs). From left to right: sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Ascendant, Medium Coeli, moon node.
The Houses in CancerThe astrological Houses are life environments, different sections of what constitutes our everyday reality. The Zodiac signs bring their characteristics to the Houses, influencing the environments described by them. Here are the twelve Houses, what they stand for, and how the Zodiac sign Cancer affects them:
Cancer in GeneralOf course, all of the above is very general, mainly to give you an idea of how the Cancer zodiac sign works in the horoscope and influences its different components. You need to study your complete horoscope chart carefully, to make a deeper and more nuanced interpretation.
Cancer - Crab. Illustration from a 1482 edition of Poeticon Astronomicon, attributed to Hyginus.
ZODIAC SIGNSThe twelve Zodiac signs and what they mean in astrology.
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MY ASTROLOGY BOOK
Your Health in Your HoroscopeThis book by Stefan Stenudd explains what your horoscope says about your health, according to the old tradition of medical astrology.
You learn what the zodiac signs, the planets, and the other ingredients of the horoscope reveal about many health issues and different types of illnesses. Also, celebrity horoscope charts are used to show how a health reading is made.
The book contains a quick introduction to astrology, as well, and instructions on how to read a birth chart in general. Click the image to see the book (and Kindle ebook) at Amazon.
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Cosmos of the AncientsAll the philosophers of Ancient Greece and what they thought about cosmology, myth, religion and the gods. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Life Energy EncyclopediaQi (chi), prana, pneuma, spiritus, and all the other life force concepts around the world explained and compared. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
About meI'm a Swedish astrologer, author and historian of ideas, researching ancient thought and mythology. My personal website: stenudd.com