Zodiac Geocoin - Cancer
For those that come here often, you know that when we have a special series, it is common for us to turn to our friend and celebrated designer Chris Mackey. When we decided that we would like to do our very own Zodiac series, we knew that his intricate designs and incredible detail would make this a special collection.
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Cancer is the eleventh geocoin in our Zodiac series. The dates for Cancer are June 21st - July 22nd.
Each of these unique coins are trackable at Geocaching.com with a unique icon. They measure approximately 1.75 inches in diameter.
Please note: The tracking code is located on the side of this coin.
Here are some design notes from Chris Mackey:
I've always wondered about the rather strange set of symbols that represent Cancer. They don't look like a crab in any sense I could think of although I've seen a few fanciful variations from time to time where they've been adjusted to fit the part. When I dove into the historical records of the crab I was quite surprised to find that oldest depictions did not show a crab at all, but rather a lobster or something lobster like. Suddenly the symbol made so much more sense... a long curved body with a rounded tail tucked up almost into a circle below it rather like the profile of a shrimp, lobster or crayfish. Indeed, the ancient descriptions of Cancer referred to it as a shelled creature that resided in or near the shallows of any body of water. Over the eons Cancer would be depicted as lobster, crayfish (Germanic), shrimp, scarabs (Egyptian), water beetle, scorpion and even a snapping turtle (Babylonian)! The idea of Cancer as the crab truly became established when Greek mythology set the crab Karkinos as an ally to the goddess Hera who would attempt to sabotage Hercules attempts to destroy the Lernaean Hydra. Karkinos attempted to distract Hercules during his battle and was rewarded with immortality by Hera becoming the constellation in the heavens.
The face side of this coin shows the familiar form of Karkinos the crab center and his numerous alternate forms surrounding the border around a field of the traditional emerald green. His name arcs overhead and the symbol of Hera resides below. On the reverse we see the symbol of Cancer and it's constellation depicted below. As the cardinal sign of the Water Trigon, Cancer's Day Ruler is Venus, Night Ruler is Mars and Participant Ruler is Selene the Moon. A lapping wave Greek frame surrounds the triad with 5 water drops for the 5 stars of the Cancer constellation.