What is Cancer Spirit Animal and its Meaning?
The sensitive Cancer will not find it difficult to find a spirit animal that matches his personality. I'm sure many of the Cancers reading this already know their spirit animal. There is a strong possibility that the ones I am going to tell you are not the spirit animals you have in mind. But I want you to close your eyes and connect with the Cancer inside you. And as you read through this article, think not only about the spirit animal but also what it means to be a Cancerian. This question cannot be answered simply by talking about the spirit animal of this Zodiac sign. There are so many other factors that come into play.
To understand all these aspects and factors better, here is everything you should know about the Cancer spirit animal and its meaning in astrology!
What does the Cancer Zodiac sign represent?
Cancer represents the teenage years of the human life cycle. This age is marked by great confusion and will to explore new things. One often sees teenagers struggling with their emotions and expectations. A similar kind of behavior can be seen in the people born under the Cancer zodiac sign.
Their sensitivity is known far and wide. But it is also this sensitivity that makes them empathetic towards other people. Cancers are known to be some of the best lovers. Romance novels are very often written based on them (I believe).
There is a lot that can be explained about the Cancers by looking at their spirit animals. However, it would be an injustice to them to say that it covers everything about their complex character.
There are several layers to the Cancers, which can be understood by looking at the various forces that affect them. Their spirit animals talk about their characteristics. But things like their ruling planet and element also have an impact on their disposition. We are going to take a look at some of those factors.
What is a Cancer spirit animal?
If you are looking for a ferocious animal to represent the Cancer, you need to think again. Cancer is generally very loving and caring. They find associations with some of the kindest and most sensible animals in the kingdom.
The first animal that represents a Cancer is Rabbit. Rabbits share the same shy and sensitive disposition as that of the Cancers. Their introversion makes all the more attractive and the love they give brings people closer to them. Much like the Rabbits, Cancers don’t like to cause anyone around them any trouble. Left to their own devices, they would never hurt or trouble another soul. But when it comes to their loved ones, they are extremely caring and warm.
Another animal that shares the Cancerian spirit is the Chimpanzee. To begin with, they are some of the smartest animals on the planet. They share their wit and intelligence with the Cancer natives. While they are mostly peaceful, anyone who tries to breach into their territory or hurt a loved one is met with fury. Apart from their brain, they also share a kind heart. Chimpanzees are well known as wonderful caregivers to their young ones. At the same time, many of them are known to take orphans of their own species and others under their care.
The next spirit animal for the Cancers in an Opossum. Many of you might not like this association. Possums or Opossums have earned a bad reputation. But as we will learn more about these animals, you will see the resemblance. Cancers, much like the Opossums, might not mingle in all circles. But they do have a tight group of friends with whom they are ride or die. Much like the Cancerians, opossums also show wide emotional volatility. They can be kind, tenacious, caring, short-tempered and so much more.
Which planet is Cancer ruled by?
Cancer is ruled by the Moon. According to Greek mythology, the Moon is ruled by the Greek Goddess Artemis, who is the god of the Cancer zodiac sign. The moon has a huge impact on the personality of the zodiac it rules. The biggest impact it has is on their mood change.
Just as the moon changes phases, the Cancers show a range of emotional behavior. They can go from being extremely jolly to extremely melancholy. A lot of this can be attributed to their sensitive nature. They take slight from unintended provocations and even other people’s sorrows sadden them. Cancer’s ruling planet, the Moon, represents the soul. More specifically, it represents the care-giving aspect of the human soul. The femininity.
Cancers are known for their maternal instincts and devotion to their family. Even the Cancer males have a bit of a maternal instinct in them which makes them exceptional fathers. The waning and waxing periods of the Moon also have an impact on the general disposition of the people born under different periods. An individual born during the waxing cycle of the Moon happens to be younger, more imprudent, as well as more impulsive. Those born during the moon's waning time tend to be older and more considerate.
What element is the Cancer Zodiac sign?
The element sign for Cancer is Water. So, what does it mean to be a water sign? How does this element impact Cancer personality? Apart from Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are also water signs.
A few things all these Zodiac signs have in common are their sensitive, highly intuitive and deep nature. Of course, each of these characteristics manifests itself differently in each of them. The core, however, remains the same. At the same time, the symbol of the Cancer zodiac sign is also an animal associated with water, a Crab.
How do these two things tie-up? What does the symbol cancer mean?
The animal crab is used to show the caring and nurturing qualities of the Cancer Zodiac sign. Much like its element, water, Cancers nurture those around them. But at the same time, when angered, the Crab, water and the Cancers have destructive powers too. They can destroy everything in its path. Interestingly, the Cancer glyph of '69' is said to represent the claws of Crabs or a woman's breasts, a symbol of nurturing and care.
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For nearly 15 years now, I have been writing about the mysteries of the zodiac signs, their characteristics and personality traits, their compatibility, their relationships and their passionate loves, with all the beauty but also all the complexity this can entail.