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celtic cancer


San Antonio, United States

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Celtic Nouveau Zodiac Pinup
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I drew this as sort of a Shiva cuz of the crab and Egyptian princess cuz of the scarab that sometimes signifies Cancer. Pencil drawing on 9″×11″ sketchbook paper coloured on computer…Cancer (♋) is an astrological sign, which is associated with the constellation Cancer.June 22 to July 22 The planet said to be ruler of Cancer is the Moon. Its name is Latin for crab and it is commonly represented as such. In Greek mythology, Cancer is identified with the crab that appeared while Heracles was fighting the many-headed Hydra. The crab bit Heracles on the foot, Heracles crushed it and then the goddess Hera, a sworn enemy of Heracles, placed the crab among the stars.The modern symbol for Cancer represents the pincers of a crab, but Cancer has been represented as various types of creatures, usually those living in the water, and always those with an exoskeleton. In the Egyptian records of about 2000 BC it was described as Scarabaeus (Scarab), the sacred emblem of immortality. In Babylonia the constellation was known as MUL.AL.LUL, a name which can refer to both a crab and a snapping turtle. On boundary stones, the image of a turtle or tortoise appears quite regularly and it is believed that this represent Cancer as a conventional crab has not so far been discovered on any of these monuments. There also appears to be a strong connection between the Babylonian constellation and ideas of death and a passage to the underworld, which may be the origin of these ideas in much later Greek myths associated with Hercules and the Hydra.In the 12th century, an illustrated astronomical manuscript shows it as a water beetle. Albumasar writes of this sign in Flowers of Abu Ma’shar. A 1488 Latin translation depicts cancer as a large crayfish.

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