Happy Birthday, Cancer!

Cancer Zodiac

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

And then there’s the Crab.

While it’s true that its pincers can cause considerable (even 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. In fact, the only thing it seems to inspire are the salivary glands of those who view them as a delicacy.

In their own habitat, crabs 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, human Cancers can also be combative, and they’re no stranger to bickering. But more than that, they tend to be moody. In fact, 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, you don’t find him.”

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.

Furthermore, in contrast to Aquarius who can live the life of a nomad or Sagittarius who can live out of a suitcase, Cancer 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 usually 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, which is why you can trust me when I tell you that 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 Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Nelson Rockefeller, Bill Cosby, Leona Helmsley, Vera Wang, and Merv Griffin.

True, 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.

Plus, Cancer’s ability to soothe and protect us when we need it the most goes a long way to help us forgive their bouts of crabbiness and lunar madness.

Yes, they tend to be frugal, but that’s why they always have food in their fridge, money in their bank accounts and love in their hearts.

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