The Sacred Depths

"The sign of cancer hovers over needful aloneness as well as convivial sharing, and the memory of resources.  But it also evokes fierce self-protection from perceived intrusion, an unconscious 'watchfulness' and deep sensitivity that anticipate the shifting currents and hard surfaces of experience."
-The Book of Symbols, 2010

The Angel of Cancer is Cael.
The Angels Presiding Over Zodiacal Cancer are Manuel and/or Muriel.
The two governing spirits of Cancer are Rahdar and Phakiel.

Barbara Malagoli Martino, Cancer from Astrolyrics, Brazil, 2018

Cancer is the forth sign and is active in the sun from June 21 - July 22.  

Cancer is the ruler of The Moon and its natural house is the Fourth House.  

Cancer's duality is considered negative.  Cancer is of the water element with the cardinal quality.  

Capricorn is polar opposite to Cancer.  

The Tarot Card symbolizing Cancer is The Chariot.  

The Metal of Cancer is Silver.


The Feeler

The Egyptians originally called Cancer Scarabaeus in honor of the sacred scarab even though this zodiac constellation is the faintest of all.  A Babylonian star catalog named it the crayfish.  Other sources throughout the years referred to this as a crab, snapping turtle or lobster.  All these creatures share a certain trait:  they are marine crustaceans with hard exoskeletons that have a mythic association with immortality and the underworld.  Such association again allies the crab with the Moon, who remains a forever in a cycle of renewal.  

As a water sign, Cancer's feelings run deep.  Cancers are sensitive, both emotionally and intuitively.  An essential quality of Cancer is the need to care, and Cancer's domicile is in the fourth house, the house of home and family.  There's an association between the sign of Cancer and a mother's love for her child, which contains both the need to protect and the loss of ego and self that comes with such care giving.  The crab is a natural caregiver, be it of children, or other people, but pushed too far, this nurturing aspect can veer into over protectiveness.  

Another danger in Cancer is the manifestation of such devoted love, the self can get lost, overwhelmed by the intensity of its energy.  For the crab, life is sometimes like in the deep ocean of our emotions and the crab has the strength to protect itself in the changing tides of time.  

A phrase that signals Cancer energy is "I feel..."