Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac and people born between June 22 and July 23 are considered Cancer individuals under the Western system. Interestingly, it is no longer aligned with actual Cancer constellation and is ruled by the Moon. Cancer is believed to be a feminine, negative sign, meaning that Cancer individuals are usually introverted rather than outgoing. Mythologically speaking, Cancer played a role in the trials of Hercules. While the demigod battled the Hydra, Hera sent a crab to distract him. The crab did little more than get crushed by Hercules' feet, but the goddess honored the crab's sacrifice by placing it in the sky. Because the crab failed in his efforts to distract the hero, the stars of the Cancer constellation are not bright.
A Cancer personality is generally believed to be emotional and deep, with a calm, confident facade. Part of the 'feminine' and introverted aspects of the sign, they prefer to be at home and spending time with family, rather than at parties and interacting with strangers. They are nurturing, caring individuals who like to keep their weaknesses hidden, keeping them safe from others. At home, where they are more comfortable, they express themselves more freely. Just like the crab, who has a hard, tough shell to protect him from the harsh realities of the world, so too the Cancer individual keeps his vulnerabilities hidden.
Cancer individuals are very loyal, with long standing relationships. They make friends for life, but also have difficulty letting go of grudges and past enmity. Friends of Cancer personalities will find they are treated as family, and, just like family, they are bonded for life. Taken to the extreme, the Cancer individual may suffocate friends and loved ones in their attempt to nurture and care. It is important that the Cancer individual learn to be helpful and considerate in a way that allows others to feel independent and free. The Cancer individual must also be cautious of becoming too hardened and self-contained. They need a stable support network they feel comfortable being open and honest with, or else they risk becoming closed off, resentful, and depressed.
The Cancer sign controls the anatomical breasts and stomach, which is directly related to the heart and hearth aspect of the Cancer personality. At his worst, a Cancer individual can be sulky, self-absorbed, moody, and withdrawn. They can be overbearing and overwhelming with their affection. They are easily offended and hurt, but rarely explain the reasons for their suffering to others. Furthermore, once hurt, they tend to hold on to grudges and have difficulty letting go of the past. At his best, the Cancer individual has a good sense of humor and a wide circle of close friends. He is nurturing, caring, humorous, sensitive, generous, kind, deep, and thoughtful. Because he is so thoughtful, Cancer makes decisions very carefully, weighing every possible outcome and proceeding with extreme caution. When he fails, he usually spends a long time contemplating what went wrong, but rarely tries the same task a second time despite all of his contemplation.
A Cancer tattoo can either be the word “Cancer,” the Cancer glyph or symbol, or a crab. Tribal tattoo design variations are also very popular. The tattoo can either represent the person with the tattoo or a loved one who was a Cancer individual. Interestingly, the Cancer symbol can represent both the crab's claws and a woman's breasts, which are symbolic of the Cancer sign and Cancer personality. The Cancer individual is usually compatible with other Cancers, depending upon their personality, but also with Scorpio and Pisces which are the other two water signs. Because Cancer is so caring, the Cancer personality may also get along well with Taurus, Leo, Gemini, and Libra. These signs, however, would provide a balance to the Cancer's personality, but may feel too smothered and trapped to be anything more than casual friends. For more information on Zodiac tattoo designs, check out Scorpio tattoo designs, Pisces tattoo designs, Taurus tattoo designs, Leo tattoo designs, Gemini tattoo designs and Libra tattoo designs.