Cancer Characteristics

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Characteristics of Cancer

Cancer is taken as the fourth among 12 zodiac signs, in Vedic astrology. It is ruled by Moon. It features three nakshatras. The last quarter of Punarvasu, all four quarters of Pushya and all four quarters of Ashlesha nakshatra fall in this sign. This sign features 9 navamshas ranging from Cancer to Pisces. Cancer navamsha is ruled by Punarvasu, Leo to Scorpio navamshas are ruled by Pushya and Sagittarius to Pisces navamshas are ruled by Ashlesha nakshatra. Cancer represents water element and it is taken as a feminine sign.

Looking at characteristics of Cancer; it is a loving, caring, nurturing, serving, emotional, sensitive, moody, creative and intuitive sign. It also exhibits characteristics like psychic perception and forgiveness. Natives under its influence may be good at embracing the people they love; despite their flaws. They are generally concerned with home and everything related to the concept of making and running it. They may be good at finding pleasure in small things or mattes of day to day. Due to being emotional and sensitive; they may get hurt relatively easily though they may not take long to forgive. They are some of the most caring type of people and they may go to any lengths to protect the ones they love.

Though Cancer represents a number of characteristics; different planets may embrace different characteristics when placed in this sign. Moon and Jupiter may utilize most of its characteristics. Hence they may be very strong or strong in Cancer; depending on their nakshatra and navamsha placements within this sign. Ketu may be strong or it may have significant strength in Cancer; depending on its nakshatra and navamsha placements within this sign. Sun, Venus, Mercury, Saturn and Rahu may perform well or poorly in Cancer; depending on their nakshatra and navamsha placements within this sign. Mars finds maximum discomfort in this sign and hence it is debilitated in Cancer.

Within this sign, various planets may have different strengths based on their nakshatra and navamsha placements. Taking an example, Jupiter may be very strong when placed in Cancer navamsha of Punarvasu nakshatra within the sign of Cancer whereas it may be strong but not very strong when placed in Capricorn navamsha of Ashlesha nakshatra within the same sign. Taking another example, Ketu may perform poorly when placed in Virgo navamsha of Pushya, it may perform well when placed in Sagittarius navamsha of Ashlesha and it may perform very well when placed in Pisces navamsha of Ashlesha nakshatra; within the sign of Cancer.


Himanshu Shangari