That is not to say that the Cancerian is unsociable, just that for them there is a time to socialize and a
time to be solitary, and this is part of the apparent contradiction in their nature. Outwardly they can
appear formidable - thick-skinned, unemotional, uncompromising, obstinately tenacious, purposeful,
energetic, shrewd, intuitive and wise, sometimes with a philosophical profundity of thought verging on
inspiration. Their intimates, however, may see a very different character, one with a sympathetic and
kindly sensitivity to other people, especially those they love. They are able to identify with the
situations of others because of the keenness of their imaginations. They are often over-imaginative
and prone to fantasy, sometimes trying to shape their lives to fit some romantic ideal. They are
appreciative of art and literature, and especially of drama, where the spectacle and ebb and flow of
action and feeling particularly excite them. They may themselves possess considerable literary,
artistic or oratorical talent. Their sharp ears and talent for mimicry can sometimes give them success
on the stage, though their tendency to be emotional may make them overact. Interestingly - because
they give the impression of being down-to-earth - they are often fascinated by the occult and are
more open to psychic influence than the average. If they can reconcile the personal conflict of their
urge to be outgoing with the reserve that causes them to withdraw into themselves, then at best they
can inspire a generation, especially the youthful part of it, by their idealism. A job in which they can
express this, and in which they can do well, would be as a leader in a youth organization.
The Cancerian has many potential faults. They can be untidy, sulky, devious, moody, inclined to
self-pity because of an inferiority complex, brood on insults (very often imagined), yet are easily
flattered. They can be tactless and difficult yet, because they are normally ambitious, they will curry
favor by floating with majority opinions, outlooks and fashions of the day. As a result they often
change their opinions and loyalties and, indeed, their occupations, and lack stability. They are easily
corrupted and, because they are convincing romanticizers, can make successful confidence
tricksters. Their romanticism in another sense make them ardent supporters of causes, for example a
football team with whose heroes they can identify in a world of fantasy.
Cancer governs the chest, breasts, elbows, stomach and digestion, womb and female reproductive
organs. Cancer, which can affect any part of the body, is sometimes said to have taken its name
from this sign, which can therefore afflict its subjects with imperfections anywhere. This is incorrect,
however, the derivation of cancer being the Latin cancer meaning gangrene as well as crab.
nevertheless, Cancerians are said to be liable to breast cancer and to suffer from pleurisy, dropsy,
piles and varicose veins. The excitability mentioned above can lead to weak digestion, gastritis and
other stomach ills, and there is a tendency to coughs and weakness of vision.
Your stone: Pearl
Your planet: the Moon
Your sign is Feminine (negative)*
Yours is also Cardinal*
Your color: Silver
*Here is a brief description for these terms:
A masculine sign is one that is spontaneous and self-expressive, while a feminine sign is withdrawn and passive.
A cardinal sign is said to be initiative, a fixed sign to have steadfastness, and a mutable sign to have adaptability.
A fire sign is said to be lively and aggressive; an air sign is lively in mind and fluent in expression; an earth sign is matter-of-fact and controlled, while the water signs are sensitive and intuitive.
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