The sign of Cancer (June 22 to July 22) has very little to do with that prickly crustacean, believe it or not. In fact, it's hard to pin down exactly what constitutes the Cancer personality. The ancient Egyptians perceived Cancer as the sacred scarab. It was a symbol of resurrection and immortality and they often placed a carving of a scarab in the body where the heart had been, as part of the mummification process.
Cancers are very imaginative and intuitive. They make great artists and musicians. They're not risk takers, and will take the time to contemplate all sorts of outcomes and probabilities before taking on a new venture. They're very sympathetic and protective of those around them. They will help out in whatever way they can, although not impulsively and will temper their generosity with calculating all the risks first. They're emotional and loving, and great family and pet people.
In the Zodiac Great Year, the Age of Cancer fell between 8600 and 6450 BCE. It was a time characterized by the worship of mother goddesses. During this period alcohol fermentation was discovered and people began to use copper.
Cancers make good journalists, writers or politicians because of their ability to think and judge independently what they're told. They're good in public service, perhaps in social service agencies. Cancers are good providers because they themselves love comfort and a good life. Cancers can procrastinate and can upset their families with this trait. They're not too good at taking orders, so positions where they're required to be submissive or subordinate may not suit them well.
Famous Cancers comprise an interesting mix of accomplishments. They include the Duke of Windsor and Bob Fosse, Sylvester Stallone, the Dalai Lama, Robin Williams and Ernest Hemingway.