Fixed Stars in Astrology

16. Constellation – Cancer, the crab



Cancer, the crab, is the constellation linked with the symbol of life, as the stars of Capricorn are linked with death.

In Greek mythology, the crab was sent to help Hydra in her battle with Hercules. The crab sacrificed his life and bit Hercules’ toes and was placed in heaven as a reward for his loyalty.


– resurrection, source of life;

– loyalty.

Stars of Cancer


The most important stars from Cancer, in the order of magnitude are: Acubens, Asellus Borealis and Asellus Australis.



16.1 Acubens – 130 Leo 45′


Acubens is the brightest star from Cancer, located in the southern claw of the crab.

Magnitude: 4,4

Projected Ecliptical Degrees: 130 Leo 45′

Declination: 11N51′

Range of degrees with which can be in parans: from Cancerto Leo

Planetary nature: Saturn/Mercury

Official name: Alpha Cancer



– logical mind, perseverance, strength, success;

– resurrection, to give life;

– mystical life;

– astrology, writing.