Happy Birthday, Cancer: Celebrating the Crab

The Ram, the Bull, the Lion and the Scorpion. Each one is powerful, intimidating and even deadly in its own way.

And then there’s the Crab. While it’s true that its pincers can cause excruciating pain, the Crab does not inspire awe or fear as does a charging ram, a raging bull, a crouching lion or a crawling scorpion. Crabs are scavengers, not predators, and the only things they seem to inspire are salivary glands.

2184832972_f56becc59bStill, these temperamental creatures are well recognized for their combative ways. The males are known for fighting other males to gain access to lady crabs, and all crabs seem to bicker over the best hiding places on the beach.

Like their crustacean counterparts, the human Cancer is also quite moody. In fact, so much so that sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with their changing emotions. As my grandmother used to say about her Cancer-born son, “The way you leave him at night, you don’t find him in the morning.”

Of course, there is a very good reason why Cancers are so moody: the Moon rules them. After all, when one considers the effects of the Moon upon the tides, how can mere mortals such as Cancers be expected to resist the lunar influence? They can’t, which is why we need to give them a “free pass” every now and then.

Moreover,  in contrast to Aquarius who can live the life of a nomad or Sagittarius who can easily live out of a suitcase, Cancers need to put down roots. As the zodiac’s natural ruler of the fourth house of home, Cancers have a strong need to establish their own home, as well as furnish it, landscape it and populate it.

Cancer also rules the stomach, and the good news is that both the he-crabs and the she-crabs are often excellent cooks. As the nurturers of the zodiac, Cancers truly understand the soothing effect of comfort foods. Even better, their cupboards are always well stocked.  Trust me, Old Mother Hubbard was not a Moon Maiden.

Although Cancer is associated with domesticity, it does very well in the business world. Thrifty by nature, Cancers are the big savers of the zodiac. In fact, when it comes to net worth, Cancers have been known to amass quite a fortune. Consider, for example, the wealth of Nelson Rockefeller, Bill Cosby, H. Ross Perot and Merv Griffin (just to name a few).

CrabTrue, the Crab lacks the physical force of the Ram, the stamina of the Bull, the regal bearing of the Lion and the sting of the Scorpion, but so what? After all, one soon grows weary from having to sustain strenuous activity, maintain sizable egos and obtain numerous antidotes.

Their water-sign sensitivity, Moon-given intuition and natural ability to soothe us when we need it most goes a long way to help us forget, or at least overlook, the occasional bouts of Cancer crabbiness and Moon-inspired madness.

Best of all, they always have food in their fridge, money in their bank accounts and love in their hearts.


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