The Myth of the Sign

Cancro31.jpgWhile most of the zodiac signs refer to classical myths, the Moon is tied to very ancient times, to the Mother Goddesses, of a mainly rural nature. There is a story that tells of Ishtar, a beautiful and transgressive divine oriental priestess who was in love with Tammuz, her adolescent son, the god of vegetation. After the euphoria of this incestuous relationship she realised it was insane and was horrified by it. She decided to have the young object of her desire killed, but immediately after she repented her cruelty. She wanted to get him back by any means, so went to the Underworld herself and offered all her jewels in exchange for his salvation.

Many months had passed and the people cried because the vegetation had all dried up and the plants were all dying. Suddenly, in spring when Tammuz rose again, the seedlings came back to life and the earth was carpeted again with green. It is obvious that this is a seasonal myth that expresses the evolution of vegetative life in Eastern countries: the pleasant green of spring that then dries up in summer, to return again the following spring. People born under the sign of Cancer are changeable in their decisions, but very tenacious when it comes to realising their desires, prepared to go to any length to accommodate emotional questions, above all in relation to the deep and ancestral tie regarding the family. The universal mother-matrix is fundamental to this sign, that always keeps an eye on their personal past, which is individual, unique and unrepeatable. They untiringly go over the past, curious to draw from family history, from what went before them, the knowledge necessary for going towards the future. Cancerian water is spring water, fresh and crystal-clear, an indispensable component of the body and an element of inner regeneration.