story & photos: CARLA CAMERIERI, THIRSTY CAMEL COCKTAILS
The sign of Cancer is the nurturer of the Zodiac, the perfect mother to us all, and the protector of all things related to hearth and home. Cancer runs from June 21st through July 22nd, and is symbolized by the mythological crab Karkinos, sent by the ever-meddlesome Hera to distract Hercules from his battle with the multi-headed Hydra. The story goes two ways after that. One version says that Hercules kicked Karkinos so hard that he propelled the crab up into the heavens, turning him into a constellation. The other goes with the theory that Hercules merely stomped on Karkinos, crushing him, and Hera then immortalized him to thank him for his service. Cancer’s element is water, which explains their tendency to be private and mysterious with unknown depths, and they are ruled by the Moon, which makes it very difficult to see them fully and clearly.