This is not about the astrology/horoscope of Cancer, meaning this post is more about the mythological legends about the astronomical constellation known as Cancer. These are the ancient stories about the stars.
The constellation called Cancer is located right above the constellation called Hydra. In old Greek mythology, Cancer helps Hydra in an attack on Hercules. Among the constellations Hydra is some kind of sea creature.
In one myth Hydra is described as a sea creature with 9 heads.
This sea snake creature Hydra (also known as Lernaean Hydra) was known in the territory of Argolid, a place located near the eastern part of the Peloponnese, where it would attack both humans and animals.
Hercules cuts a head of with his sword, only to see that a new head grows out in mere seconds.
Hera who was an Olympian god like Zeus, also the wife of Zeus, was in this story the master behind the sea creature Hydra.
When Hera saw Hercules coming to attack her creature, she sent forth a giant crab called Cancer.
In some versions Hera is Cancer the giant Crab, that bites Hercules in his heel, but in this version the crab is crushed under Hercules’ feet.
Hercules then calls upon his faithful servant Jason to help him. Jason sets fire to a forest, and Hercules uses the burnt wood to cut of Hydras 9 heads, until the creature drops dead to the ground.
This version can be traced back to around 800 B.C. In the book dating from 1888 it gives yet another version;
This time Hercules was to go against the demon creature Hydra. Hydra was also a sea creature with 9 heads in this version, but in this version only the 9th head was immortal.
In the book from 1888 the beginning starts at a cage, where Hydra lives.
Hercules fires burning arrows towards Hydra, making the sea creature come out into the open.
Here the battle would really begin, because a giant crab Cancer was coming from behind him grabbing him in the leg with its claws.
Another version goes a little bit deeper into the story itself. This version also seem to corresponds to a wine jaw dating from 525 B.C and 400 B.C.
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