Cancer - The Crab
Cancer the 4th house of the zodiac
Ruled by: The Moon
The Egyptians worshiped the ancient symbol of the scarabaeus. This symbol related to death and rebirth and was related to the male, rather than the feminine.
This association with the beginning, and the end of life, and also represents Atum (also known as the sun God Ra) as pushing the sun around the heavens until it is reborn at dawn, only to die each night where he/she fights with the underworld to emerge victorious to begin a new day.
The sea Goddess male counterpart is Protaras, who is the old man of the sea. He is part lion, part viper stag and is fish tailed.
Protaras was the prophet who helped Odysseus through his turbulent voyage - without his help he would never had made it.
Protaras is a shape changer, like a shaman. Odysseus had quite a job on his hands and needed great patience when asking for help, because he had to wait for the prophet to shape change before he was ready to give him an answer.
It is this side which is really evident in Cancerians. The way they manouver themselves in order not to get caught, and slip into energies, which are around them, not really aware which part of the shift of energy is really themselves. They can later transform as they release their creativity.
Cancer is related to motherhood it is her/his prime concerns, but this sign represents the father figure as well.
The ancients believed at one time that Cancer was the first sign of the zodiac because this was the entrance of life from the heavens to the primal ocean of mother. But the parents in myth also represent the uroboric, which is the perfect blend of opposites, that was intended at the beginning of time male and female. World parents.
In the Greek myth Hercules battles with the Hydra the nine-headed serpent monster. During the fight all the animals favored Hercules, but a giant crab sent by the Goddess came out of a cave, and bit him on the ankle, and due to this he nearly lost the fight. But eventually he won. The crab had done Heras bidding, and she was blessed with a place in the heavens where she could be honored. Hera's dislike of Hercules was because he is a hero and challenges her authority.
The Moon is the complement of the Sun, reflecting its light onto the Earth and governing its tides and cycles. Seen from Earth, the Sun and Moon are equal in size.
Selene is the Greek goddess of the Moon. Selene drove a chariot across the sky, and the rays from her golden crown lit up the night sky. When her ride finished, her brother, Helios the Sun, began his chariot ride, lighting up the day time.
Circe was another Greek goddess who has lunar qualities. Circe lived on an island in the Mediterranean Sea. When Odysseus landed on the island, Circe turned Odysseus s men into pigs. But Odysseus had a powerful herb given to him by Hermes that enabled him to turn his men back to normal form.
Circe then became an ally of Odysseus and aided him in his travels. For example, by warning him of the Sirens and advising Odysseus to put wax in the ears of his sailors so that they would not be lured by the Sirens.
The Sirens were sea nymphs whose sweet singing lured sailors to their rocky island, causing their destruction on the rocky shores.
The myth of Circe indicates that emotional and subconscious forces can rule our lives and put us at the mercy of their power (i.e. turn us into pigs) if we are unconsciously controlled by them, but these same emotional and subconscious forces can provide intuition, direction, and assistance if we know how to correctly attune ourselves to the instinctual, biological forces (i.e. use the correct herb).