The fourth sign of the zodiac
Its symbol, presumably the folded claws of a crab, probably is intended to symbolize the joining together of a male and female spermatozoa — as indicative of the most maternal of all the signs.
The Sun is in Cancer annually from June 21 to July 22. Astrologically and astronomically it is the first thirty-degree arc following the Summer Solstice, marked by the Sun’s passing of the Tropic of Cancer, and occupying a position along the Ecliptic from 90° to 120°.
It is the Leading (Cardinal) quality of the Water element: negative, cold, moist, phlegmatic, nocturnal, commanding, movable, fruitful, weak, unfortunate, crooked, mute.