One of the most emotionally-driven signs of the zodiac, Cancer, is represented by the Crab in almost every culture. As for the Cancer glyph, we see a minimalist approach to the crab or a sideways “69″ shape, which is, according to many sources, associated with a woman’s breasts. Actually, when you think of it, it makes sense because Cancer zodiac sign gives feminine qualities to those born between June 21 and July 22.

Cancer gets its name from Latin and it translates as crab” in English. Like the majority of the zodiac sign symbols, the Cancer symbol also tells us a lot about the characteristics of the sign. On this page, we’re going to explain the personality traits of Cancer that derived from the Cancer symbol, and if you want to learn even more about the crabs around us, you can visit our Cancer sign page.

Cancer symbol meaning

Yes, Cancerians are emotional. But if there’s one thing they do perfectly, it’s how they hide their soft sides. When you look at a crab, you see the same quality: hard on the outside, soft on the inside. You know, it requires some time for a Cancerian to show their emotional sides, because in order to handle this materialistic world, they have to look strong.

The other Cancer trait that is symbolized in the Cancer glyph is the nurturing and compassionate souls of Cancerians. The Cancer glyph has a rounded look and it resembles a woman’s breasts, pointing out the feminine qualities of the sign.

Cancer symbol origins

Before the world was influenced by Greek culture and mythology, the Cancer sign was represented by two turtles in ancient times, especially in Egypt. Sure, it was still a water sign, but the change happened when Babylonians came into the picture and inspired by Greek mythology they changed the turtles to the crab.

The crab represents Carcinus in Greek mythology and takes a role in the story of Hercules. The myth tells that the giant crab is sent by Hera to distract Hercules while he was fighting with Hydra. The perfect prince he is, Hercules kills the crab and defeats Hydra, but the Carcinus’ loyalty impresses Hera so much that she places the crab’s silhouette up in the sky.

The Karkinos myth


Other representations of the Cancer symbol

Although there are not many variations of the crab symbol, there are certain ideas that can be associated with the sign. In some drawings, we see the giant crab Carcinus with great details, in others, it’s more minimalistic . Below, we’ve listed different Cancer symbols that can make great tattoos and, you don’t even have to go with the crab. The ruling planet of Cancer is the moon, and the moon is always a good idea.

Cancer glyph

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