Friday, April 5, 2013

Carpe Diem #163, Cancer (The Crab) (Zodiac 4)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

After a 'Special' break we are continuing our journey along the Zodiac. Today we enter the sign of Cancer (The Crab). With this sign I have double feelings, because my brother died of Cancer in 1995 and I am an oncology-nurse. In my work I have to deal with this illness so this sign is a strong and deeply sign filled with a lot of emotions. 

In both astrology and historical astronomy, the zodiac (Greek: ζῳδιακός, zōidiakos) is a circle of twelve 30° divisions of celestial longitude that are centered upon the ecliptic: the apparent path of the Sun across the celestial sphere over the course of the year. The paths of the Moon and visible planets also remain close to the ecliptic, within the belt of the zodiac, which extends 8-9° north or south of the ecliptic, as measured in celestial latitude. Historically, these twelve divisions are called signs. Essentially, the zodiac is a celestial coordinate system, or more specifically an ecliptic coordinate system, which takes the ecliptic as the origin of latitude, and the position of the sun at vernal equinox as the origin of longitude.

Cancer (The Crab) June 22th - July 22th

These are very complex people, sometimes appearing extremely strong and at other times to be as vulnerable as a child.
These people are remarkably good at accumulating things; indeed, they can be unwilling to throw anything out, even relationships that have passed their use-by date. They are generally over-anxious in financial matters, and make great efforts to gather in money; as a rule, they have unusual ups and downs in their early life and so they are compelled to work to keep ahead, but once they get on their feet they keep there. If channeled in the right direction, their enormous sensitivity can become a great source of strength. Once they overcome their touchiness and master their turbulent emotions, their intellect and imagination enable them to become a success in almost anything they undertake.
The main problem for them is to remember not to let the powerful, turbulent emotions of the moment crowd out their normally rational judgment. Their intuitions are reliable and should be trusted.
They are generally gifted with strong imaginations, and it is very easy for them to become excellent artists, writers, composers, or musicians. At heart they are romantic and of a very loving and affectionate disposition.
On the other hand these people are perhaps the most sensitive natures from any other class of people and if aren’t recognized they quickly give up or get depressed and melancholy. Above all, they require encouragement and appreciation. Their deep sensitivity presents them with valuable and illuminating intuitions, especially regarding those they care for.
They often make excellent psychics, and usually have a yearning after the mysterious.
They should never marry young, for their nature seems to change at different stages of life.
People born in this part of the year often reach very high exalted positions. In their home lives, however, they usually go through a great deal of trouble, and are seldom surrounded by happiness, no matter how successful they may appear in the eye of the world.
Such people have deep love for what they call "their own people," for family customs and for tradition.

The people born under the sign of cancer are very timid and are afraid of refusal more, than all other marks even summarized together. However, they are ambitious . Their way to success is similar with their symbol Cancer. They advance slow towards their aim, and then at the most unexpected moment they grasp the victim and just like a cancer strong holding it and do not let off. The moon operates the woman, and the men - cancer are not very aggressive in love . However, they create an attractive facade of naivety, that compels the woman to make the first step.

In this sign the Moon is the ruler. Cancer is a Water sign.

Now we know a bit more about Cancer (The Crab) and now ... up to haiku composing on Cancer (The Crab).

first Summer sign
crab moves up to the beach
looking for toes

looking for toes
crawls a crab through the sand 
watch out!

casualties of cancer
visiting the unit for chemo
life stories told

life stories told
I am listening, while my heart weeps -
dead seems so near

I couldn't help it. I had to write a few haiku about Cancer, the illness, and to bring this post in balance ... I hope the first two brought a smile on your faces.

This prompt will stay on 'til April 7th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our next Zodiac stop, Leo (The Lion), later on today around 10.00 PM (CET). Have fun, be inspired and share your creativity with Carpe Diem.


  1. the watch out! was such a poignant transition - though I loved both the playfulness of battling to keep one's toes intact versus the personal touch of one battling for life.

  2. Best to get the emotions out ~ my haiku are rather emotional this time as a way for me to 'let go' and move on when there is something I can not change ~ Wonderful set of haiku from the heart and the first one even has some humor ~ Sending lots of healing energy to you ^_^

  3. I wrote my haiku about this but wanted you to know--they also call this sign Moon Children. Although I think of this as just for fun, Cancer is my sun and moon sign, so I like this--I don't like being associated with the disease that has taken so many in my family. The sign's descriptions mostly suit me very well, although I am not timid (but I can be moody--I think this is true of many creative people, whatever their sign.)

  4. My father passed away from cancer and my mother was a Hospice Nurse, so I feel the journey your lovely cascade portrays with humour and empathy :)

  5. excellent meaningful haiku^^ ive been busy but when i saw the prompt i knew i had to do this! it's my sign afterall