This Month in Zodiac: Cancer

Cancer, Latin for “crab,” is the zodiac sign from June 22-July 22. In Greek myth, Cancer was connected to Hercules, son of Zeus and a mortal woman named Alcmene. Hera, who was Zeus’s wife, hated Hercules and placed a curse on him that ultimately drove him to kill his wife. To make amends, Hercules was ordered by Zeus to complete ten tasks, one of which was killing the nine-headed Hydra. During his battle with the Hydra, Hera sent a giant crab down named Crios to distract Hercules in battle. After the crab bit his foot, Hercules crushed the crab, immediately killing it. Hera placed the crab in the sky to reward it for its heroic work.


Cancer is the dimmest constellation in the Zodiac. Therefore, the best way to spot it is to look between the bright stars Pollux and Castor (part of Gemini) and Regulus (part of Leo).

**Note: the constellation is best seen in the Northern Hemisphere in late winter/early spring ‚��(�”

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