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Cancer is the fourth sign of the Zodiac. This sign is also 30 degrees from the 90th degree from Vernal Equinox (or Aries Mesha 0 degrees) to the 120th degree. Punarvasu (Punarpushyam) 4th quarter (pada), Pushya (Poosam) and Aslesha (Ayilyam) are contained in the sign Cancer.

Cancer is the first sign of the watery triplicity, the other being Vrischika and Meena. Its quality is cardinal, movable or chara. It is a feminine and fruitful sign it is a mute sign too. If, for instance, a malefic like Ketu, happens to be posited in Cancer in the second House, it indicates defect in speech; the native may be even dumb. Cancer is one of the five Prishtodaya rasis (Mesha, Rishaba, Dhanus and Makara are the other four signs rising with there back). Cancer is a nocturnal signs (Gemini) and all Prishtodaya signs are termed nocturnal signs. It is a tropical sign, and a sign of long ascension. When Sun is in Cancer. It will be in the northern hemisphere and so Cancer is also termed a northern sign.

This sign is symbolised by a crab. It does not mean that the crabs are fishy, nor the people born in Cancer. But the type of people born between these dates are called the Teacher or the Prophet, because they can teach or preach or recite or act or speak in public and carry the gathering with them.

Cancer is governed by Moon, Jupiter gets exalted here, its highest point of exaltation being 5 degrees, while Mars is debilitated in this sign and is said to be completely debilitated (Paramaneecha) in the 28th degree. To Sun, Cancer is a friend's sign; to Mercury, Venus and Satum, it is the enemy's quarters.

Physical Features

Clumsy body, slender limbas and powerful claws are the peculiarities of the carb. People born in Cancer generally have a large upper body. As age advances, they acquire, by over-eating, a prominent abdomen. Face is wide between the ears, and the mouth will be large with nice teeth of chalky colour. The hair will be brown and the complexion pale. As the limbs are extremely slender when compared to the large upper body, the whole body appears top heavy and one will walk with a rolling gait. Generally, dwarfs are born in this sign.


The ruling planet of Cancer is the Luna or the Moon, Juliet says, "Oh, swear not by the Moon, the inconstant Moon, the inconstant Moon I". But Professor Masefield says, "The Moon, the inconstant, keeps her will". Cancer-born natives are remarkable for a changeful life. They have many ups and downs. Moon gives them fertile imagination, delighting in strange scenes and adventures. They can adopt to other's nature and quickly absorb other's ideas. They are often emotional and over-sensitive and also sympathetic. They are so me what sentimental and talkative. Due to extreme sensitiveness, there will be a high degree of nervous irritability. They ably move the public to gain some position of wealth or honours. Just as one can see the Moon either waxing or waning, either as Full Moon or as New Moon, So also one-can find the Cancer-bors timid on some occasions and very courageous under other circumstances. Generally, they are timid to moral attitude. Their temper is also changeable. Anger comes and goes in quick alternation.

Cancer, being the fourth sign of the zodiac and the fourth house, is indicates about one's domestic environments. Cancer borns are fond of home, family and its comforts. They have tenacious memory, especially for family or historic events. Fear of ridicule or criticism make them discreet, diplomatic and conventional. They appreciate opprobation and are easily encouraged by kindness. The ladies, born in this sign, are discret and independent in many things. They are very labourious, though somewhat exacting. Their anger is shortlived and they hold no spite against anybody. As the fourth house shows estates, evil planets herein show that there will be difficulty in acquiring wealth. It is also likely that inheritance is lost through relatives or through children or speculation or by love attachments and pleasurable pursuits. Such experience will be only in the first part of the life of the Cancer-borns. In the latter part of their life, they will have grand success and prosperity. Generally, all Cancer-borns inherit money, property, kingdom, etc., but it comes to them only with great tardiness, or in spite of various hindrances, impediments and obstacles. la advanced years, their children are often the source of protection.

Cancer is said to be the sign of sensitive people and mediums. The higher vibrations of Cancer give the endowment of clairvoyance and a keen feeling for art. So the Cancer-borns have the psychic and mediumistic faculty. Many magicians, mimics and actors are born in Cancer. Most of the Cancer-borns are sensitive, retiring and unassuming. If they are ignored, overlooked or neglected, they become moody and also peevish. Like the elephant, they will never forget. One will be lucky to have a partner born in Cancer who will be romantic and imaginative. The Cancer-borns recapture the golden moments of the past and keep the partner cheerful and enthusiastic. Cancer being a watery sign, the native can be easily influenced and will adjust to circumstances as water takes the shapes of the vessel in which it is kept. Water is not compressible. So also Cancer-borns, when coerced become very stubborn and determined; they will not yield. Cancer, being a movable and a watery sign, as water runs in a river, many Cancer-borns lead a wandering and restless life, thrown this way and that way, by emotions and imagination, by which they are completely ruled. They have rarely the necessary showmanship and push to come to the fore. Anyhow, It is from the states and position of the Moon at birth that the opportunities and chances can be reliably assessed. In love affairs, once their love is given or their affections centred they are strong and true. They will never give up unless the partner does something very drastic. Generally, they pour out boundless affection. That is why the relatives and friends enjoy real happiness in being underneath the Cancerian's roof. The Cancer-borns are famous for true hospitality. They tend to miss many an opportunity, being in the habit of pondering over a thing over and over again and put off the requisite action promptly at the proper time. When they are ready to move, they will find that the chance has slipped away. They will be undecided as to whether to purchase a lottery ticket, or not, and pass on many weeks in this way and when, finally; they decide to buy, they will find that the lottery had already been drawn. One will delay buying an umbrella or a raincoat but when he buys one, the rainy season would have come to an end. this should not be cultivated. Cancer-born natives have the deep feelings of loyalty and responsibility, if they decide upon a plan, they stick to it with dogged determination; success in their efforts is enjoyed ultimately. They are much more interested in getting small sums of money from a variety of sources than a big and sizable amount from one source. Anyone, getting a considerable lump amount in any single business, is not likely to be born in Cancer. Cancer-born natives realize the fullest significance of money and they are a tittle too personal. He may conquer the trials in his life, yet he does not forget them easily. They are ever brought to memory. A father who, from a humble beginning, rose-up to a high position later, will, even though he is affluent, will constantly keep before his children the poverty in which be once lived. Cancer-born natives are ultimately fortunate. They will appear open and frank at sight, but, in reality they are not so, as they hide much from others. They are impressionable and magnetic.


One should not be so obstinate, nor slow, in action. Also one should not be so selfish nor vindictive by retaining anger for a very long time.


Being the fourth sign of the Zodiac and one ruled by Moon, the health of the Cancer-borns will be fragile in youth, but as age advance, they will pick up health. Cancer rules the chest and stomach. As Moon owns this sign and it indicates one's worry etc., the chief cause of their physical troubles will be only worry. They have to take care of both the pulmonary and digestive systems. If they control their mind, they can control their body with the help of a reasonable diet, proper physical care, etc. They suffer much but they can also endure much. They should not let their love of liquids lead to over-indulgence in the alcoholic kind. They have to guard against asthma, gastric disturbances and weak digestion. They should take care of the throat. Simple living is the best preventive. They should satisfy thirst with water and not with alcohol. A few suffer from rheumatism and sciatica. There are also indications of danger by falls and hurts from animals while travelling or residing in foreign countries.


Affections of both the lungs, flu, cough, asthma, bronchitis, pleurisy, tuberculosis, affections of the oesophagus, stomach, dyspepsia, flatulence, dropsy, beri-beri, nervous debility, fear complex, hysteria, jaundice, obstruction of the bile, gall stone, worm and boils on the chest just below collar bone.

Finance and profession

People having the influence of Cancer are best suited to a commercial career, especially to the trade of a caterer. Many manage their own restaurants, coffee tea stalls. Some run general stores, grocer shops, fruit stall, etc. Those who enter into service are employed in hospitals as male and female nurses, matrons, managers and secretaries in business, hire purchase regulators, undertakers, furnishers, etc. As Cancer-borns are historians and are interested in things of the past, they deal in antiquities; they collect curios. They get employed in the history section or archaeological department at least they will deal in second hand articles.

Cancer being a watery sign, Cancer-borns are dealers in things derived from water : couches, pearls, fish etc. They also work as great sailors, sea captains, explorers and in the navy and submarine. Some may serve in the shipping department, and take active interest in imports and exports, transport or travel and in concerns dealing in milk products. As Jupiter gets exalted in this sign, many born in this sign become successful preachers, inspiring teachers, eloquent oraton, platform speakers, State ministers and popular advisers. Mars, getting debilitated here, indicates the kisans, agriculturists and those working in gardens. Saturn in detriment shows that some will live by digging wells, excavating tanks or diving in the sea. Cancer being the 4th sign of the Zodiac, the natives will be interested in developing vedic and sacred texts. Cancedr-borns are careful where money is concerned, Being themselves very honest, they cannot tolerate dishonestly in others. Their tastes are but modest and hence they do not defray expenses on extravagant display. They value money for what it is worth and are very prudent. They accumulate wealth by dint of their own hard efforts.


For Cancer-born natives, life will be monotonous without romance. They will sacrifice their comforts, etc., and be very loyal and affectionate. But they cannot impress upon the mind of the partner that they are sincere. honest and very true. The other six is prone to feel that they are sincere, honest and very true. The other six is prone to feel that the Cancer- Borns are fickle-minded and changeable while, in fact, they are remarkably stubborn and determined.


Cancer-born natives enjoy their family life to the full and the home and the family are of great consequence to them. Marriage, therefore, will offer them an opportunity to have a well-settled life. Husbands, born in Cancer, will be mostly affectionate, adjusting and accommodative even though, at times, they may be exacting and fussy. A Cancer-born native will generally contract marriage with a girl who will pave the way for domestic comfort and further prosperity. They will manage to keep the wife cheerful and buyant, pleasing her in all ways. They are devoted to their wives, and occasionally, they will interfere in household routine and there-b y spoil their good intentions. Their trait is and this requires correction that they are often dissatisfied and will be indulging in criticism of something or other. Girls born in Cancer are genuine in their love and sincere in their devotion to husbands. Occasionally they tend to be moody. They feel satisfied with anything offered by their husbands. They prove good mothers to their children. They are adaptable and affectionate, dutiful and devoted, patient and pleasing, and sincere and sympathetic. They will spare no pains to attend to the needs of their husbands and offer them spiritual

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