CANCER – THE CRAB
Sun in Cancer: June 22 to July 22
prominent stars: Altarf, Asellus Australis
associated Greek myth: The creation of the constellation is explained in Greek mythology by the short-lived association of the crab Karkinos with one of the Twelve Labors of Heracles, in which Heracles battled the multi-headed Lernaean Hydra. Hera had sent Karkinos to distract Heracles and put him at a disadvantage during the battle, but Heracles quickly dispatched the crab by kicking it with such force that it was propelled into the sky. Other accounts had Karkinos grabbing onto Heracles’s toe with its claws, but Heracles simply crushed the crab under his foot. Hera, grateful for Karkinos’s effort, gave it a place in the sky. Some scholars have suggested that Karkinos was a late addition to the myth of Heracles in order to make the Twelve Labors correspond to the twelve signs of the Zodiac.
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