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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