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Cancer (♋) is the fourth astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Cancer. In western astrology, this sign is no longer aligned with the constellation as a result of the precession of the equinoxes. In astrology, Cancer is considered a "feminine", negative (introvert) sign. Cancer is said to be a very compassionate, loving character. She is also quite a "homebody", much like a real life crab. It is also considered a water sign and is one of four cardinal signs. Cancer is ruled by the Moon. Being the fourth sign in the zodiac, Cancer has been associated with the astrological fourth house.
Individuals born when the Sun was in this sign are considered Cancer individuals. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun enters Cancer on the moment of summer solstice by definition, or roughly on June 21, leaving it around July 22. Under the sidereal zodiac, it is currently roughly from July 16 to August 15. The Sanskrit name of Cancer in Hindu astrology is Karka.
Generally, Cancer is considered compatible with same element signs, Scorpio, Pisces and Cancer itself. These signs share a watery demeanor and are believed to relate with each other on that merit.
There are many variables that determine compatibility in astrology, such as birth dates, birth months, personalities, birth years, position of a sign within the Sun, the Moon, Stars, etc. The signs listed as compatible with Cancer do not reflect an individual profile or individual reading as interpreted within astrology, but rather reflect a general guideline and reference to compatibility as dictated by variables such as Qualities and Elements within the Zodiac. The branch in astrology dealing with interpersonal compatibilities is called Synastry.
See Cancer (constellation) Mythology
- ^ assuming an ayanamsa of 23.86° as of 2000 according to N. C. Lahiri. The precise value used may vary, but is mostly set close to 24°.
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