Cancer, the Crab -June 21 to July 22


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STEP 1 - READ THE PASSAGE BELOW AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT FOLLOW. As you read, move your mouse over the underlined words. That will give you other meanings for that word.

In this project, you will...

  1. Read a short description of the sign, Cancer.
  2. Complete a reading/writing challenge.
  3. Complete a math challenge.
  4. Create a collage about yourself.


You listen to your emotions and feelings and those of others. You often move between introversion and extroversion. You like the earth and its natural resources. You are protective of your personal security. You also protect people in your inner circle. You are a loyal and devoted lover and parent.


Cancer is the fourth sign of the Zodiac. It is a feminine sign. It is ruled by the restless Moon. Cancer governs home life. It is a water sign, so Cancerian people feel deep emotions. They are deeper than they appear on the surface. They can be very sensitive and understanding once you get through that tough outside part.

You are creative and romantic. You have a strong love of home, family and tradition. You communicate well and are a strong provider.

You probably surround yourself with sentimental objects from the past. You probably don't like to throw anything out. That's even true of old relationships from the past.

You are good with money and generally plan ahead. Remember not to let the emotions of the moment push away from your normally rational judgment. Your intuitions are reliable and should be trusted; you may even have natural psychic powers, which may be developed.

The emblem for Cancer is the Crab. The crab is a creature with a very hard shell which protects a soft interior. The crab walks sideways. You may skirt around a problem until you are forced to face it with real determination. The crab's large claws hang on to its possessions for dear life. You collect things to create a beautiful environment and you bravely defend it.

Physical fitness or sports can help you to work out emotional stress. Team sports are fun, for you can adopt team members as part of an extended family. Swimming, fishing, sailing and other water activities attract you. You would also enjoy skiing, ice skating, and mountain climbing. Cancerians are creative. You may get involved with art, music, or writing as another method of emotional release. You want to avoid destructive habits a ways of release. Living or spending time near the water is a relaxing.

You ideal colors are white, silver, and pale yellow. Cancer rules metallic silver. Both the ruby and the pearl are the traditional Cancerian birthstones. Silver reflects its environment in its shiny polished surface. However, it can become dull unless cared for. In the same way, your sensitive nature reflects the people and events around you. The precious ruby, is one of the hardest minerals known, while the pearl is soft and easily scratched. Here we have the two contrasting sides of the Cancerian personality: hard and determined, yet soft and vulnerable. Cancerian flowers are the water lily (lotus), iris, white poppy, white carnation and southern magnolia.

Cancerians are well suited as doctors, pharmacists, teachers, nutritionists, chefs, realtors -- any career where they can feel truly useful.

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  Strengths Challenges
  Emotional and loving
Intuitive and imaginative
Shrewd and cautious
Changeable and moody
Overemotional and touchy
Clinging and unable to let go

Home and country

Stressful situations
Being told what to do ;)
Advice (good or bad)

Suggestions on Handling Difficult Situations

SITUATION: You feel oversensitive and like a clinging vine. You may be holding on to imaginary hurts. This can conflict or unhappiness in your relationships.
SUGGESTION: Be sure that the love you are expressing is not just your need to hang on to someone. If necessary, you should seek professional help. That may help you overcome this negative, clinging aspect of your personality.

SITUATION: You may be in the habit of being so self absorbed that you sometimes don't notice what others are doing in their lives. You may feel shut out and jealous if a family member has more success than you do.
SUGGESTION: You should make a special effort to think of others. Force yourself to rejoice over their good fortune. When you do this, you find that it will become a habit and you will both be happier for the change.

SITUATION: You resent taking orders without getting angry or upset.  This could be very serious and affect you ability to earn a living. You may want to walk away from any job where you feel 'picked on'.
SUGGESTION: Try keeping an ear out and find out who gets along with the boss and coworkers. If you follow that person's lead, you may learn something. Or simply decide that you will simply keep quiet and follow orders. You will soon see how well you can be really liked by everyone.

SITUATION: You also have a problem with putting things off until the last minute. This  upsets your family and friends. 
SUGGESTION: Decide that from now on you will do things as soon as you think of them.  That way, you do not have all those worries in the back of your mind. You will find it more pleasant to be around people, and you will also find that life goes smoothly from then on. 

STEP 2 - Complete the Reading/Writing Challenge. Click on the arrow.

STEP 3 - Complete Math Challenge. Click on the arrow.

STEP 4 - Create a collage. Click on the arrow.

STEP 5 - Complete Rubrics. Click on the arrow.