ZODIACS – Cancer
RULING PLANET: The Moon: The Moon Governs Emotions and Intuitive Behavior.
SYMBOL: The Crab: Possessing an Impenetrable Exterior and at the Sign of Trouble it withdraws
into its shell and scuttles into the sea where it feels safe.
KEYWORD: I Feel.
BIRTHSTONE: Pearl: Changes Bad Fortune into Good, Discord into Harmony and brings support to
COLOR: Sea Green and Silver: The Shimmering Colors of Water and the Moon.
FLOWERS: Larkspur and Acanthus.
TREES: Ones Rich in Sap.
MYTHOLOGY: While Hercules was busy fighting the multi-headed monster, Lernaean Hydra, the goddess Hera sent the Crab to distract him. Cancer tried to kill Hercules, but Hercules kicked Cancer so hard that the crab was sent into the sky, becoming the Constellation.
In the Egyptian records of about 2000 BC it was described as Scarabaeus (Scarab), the sacred emblem of immortality. In Babylonia the constellation was known as MUL.AL.LUL, a name which can refer to both a crab and a snapping turtle.