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Definition: Cancer from Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained

In astrology, the fourth sign of the zodiac, between Gemini and Leo.

In Western astrology, Cancer is the sign of the zodiac for those who are born between 22 June and 23 July. The symbol for Cancer is the crab, and the sign is ruled by the moon. Cancerians are said to be sensitive (and at times oversensitive), with a good sense of humour. Cancer is believed to be a water sign, having an affinity with the element water.


Summary Article: Cancer
from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

Faintest of the zodiacal constellations (its brightest stars are fourth magnitude). It lies in the northern hemisphere between Leo and Gemini, and is represented as a crab. The Sun passes through the constellation during late July and early August. In astrology, the dates for Cancer are between about 22 June and 22 July (see precession).

Cancer's most distinctive feature is the open star cluster Praesepe, popularly known as the Beehive, visible to the naked eye as a nebulous patch.

In Chaldaean and Platonist philosophy Cancer was the ‘Gate of Men’, through which souls descended into human bodies, eventually returning to heaven through Capricornus, the ‘Gate of the Gods’.

In astrology, Cancer was one of the unfortunate signs governing the human breast and stomach. The object at the head of the Crab which Bayer called Epsilon Cancri is Praesepe.

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