According to ancient Greek legend, Cancer managed to form an alliance with the Hydra against Hercules! The shell was necessary for Cancer not so much to protect its body (no armor can withstand Hercules' club) but to safeguard its vulnerable soul. Cancer's two enormous claws don't intimidate anyone: it's widely known that there is no creature more sacrificial and tender than Cancer. Above all, Cancer dislikes change. What Cancer values the most is its loved ones, which is why it requires protection not only from talismans but also from loving people. They are its armor.
Crystals and talismans will assist Cancer in all its endeavors: emerald, pearl, moonstone, aquamarine, aventurine, chrysoprase, agate, amethyst, sapphire, turquoise, alexandrite.
Emerald is associated with material wealth and prosperity. Cancer, who desires comfort above all else within sturdy walls, will use the emerald to build a reliable shelter and create an underwater garden where time flows slower than on the surface, and gentle breezes are merely echoes of external storms.
Emerald shares its sympathy with lovers, warriors, pregnant women, and poets. This stone symbolizes fertility. The influence of the talisman's properties on lovers and pregnant women is clear: children are the most bountiful harvest. But what does emerald offer to warriors and poets? And how does it aid other representatives of this sign?
The answer is simple: Emerald bestows upon Cancer, who stands up for what is right, the courage of a warrior and the boldness of a poet, rising above conventions.
Pearls form as a protective reaction of mollusks: layer upon layer, they cover a grain of sand with aragonite plates. There's something resembling stone masonry in this. Cancer, in search of shelter, will feel much more confident by entrusting its protection to pearls, which create happiness for lovers.
It is said that moonstone (adularia) protects against the influence of lunar fields. Whether it refers to the Moon's magnetic field, which astronomers claim it once had, or to the fields and craters where we glimpse the eyes and lips of the celestial body when we tilt our heads towards its radiant presence in the night sky.
In any case, along with the tides created by the Moon, people experience a strange sensation that blurs the line between dream and reality. Moonstone will protect Cancer from melancholy, sleepwalking, and the influence of hypnosis.
Aquamarine, the messenger of Poseidon, guards sailors and travelers. It helps navigate between Scylla and Charybdis, serves as a pass for mermaids and nymphs. But most importantly, aquamarine saves not only from sea storms but also from the hardships of life.
Cancer is an introvert and struggles to understand people, often leading to communication errors. Aquamarine will make the intentions of others transparent to Cancer and assist in finding loyal friends.
Aquamarine is considered the stone of sages. From it, lenses for eyeglasses have been crafted since the 1300s. Perhaps the notion of wisdom bestowed by aquamarine originated from scholars. Or maybe the owners of this talisman stone noticed that they gained a deeper understanding of things and phenomena. However it may be, aquamarine will help Cancer distinguish friends from enemies and not perceive offense where it doesn't exist.
Cancer is skilled at reflecting upon past events. It knows how things should have been done, but it shares those thoughts only with the Moon and sleepless nights. Cancer is not a coward—it always comes to the rescue. However, public speaking doesn't come naturally to Cancer. As a talisman stone, Cancer needs a companion, a remedy for shyness and timidity, a touch of healthy adventurousness to make an impression on others. Aventurine handles this task excellently.
Aventurine will awaken courage in Cancer. No, it won't push Cancer into reckless actions—their inertia is too strong. However, it will enable Cancer to clearly express its point of view to superiors and captivate someone they're interested in. Aventurine will help Cancer maintain a clear mind but add a touch of excitement. Cancer will eagerly embrace interesting events, as if on wings!
When Cancer holds chrysoprase in its hands, it immediately notices that something has changed in the world. Even if Cancer has no particular reason for joy, there is a newfound brightness in its soul. A happy heart eagerly shares its joy with others, and Cancer becomes eloquent.
It is said that the great ancient Greek orator Demosthenes used to put pebbles in his mouth to improve his pronunciation. Those pebbles were likely chrysoprase because mere diction is not enough to become a great speaker. Courage, inspiration, and passion are also necessary. These invaluable qualities are granted to Cancer by chrysoprase. And those who are content with themselves are always healthy. This kind of chrysoprase "bonus" gifts Cancer with health and longevity.
When Cancer holds agate in its hands, it immediately notices that something has changed in the world. Even if Cancer has no particular reason for joy, there is a newfound brightness in its soul. A happy heart eagerly shares its joy with others, and Cancer becomes eloquent.
It is said that the great ancient Greek orator Demosthenes used to put pebbles in his mouth to improve his pronunciation. Those pebbles were likely agates because mere diction is not enough to become a great speaker. Courage, inspiration, and passion are also necessary. These invaluable qualities are granted to Cancer by agate. And those who are content with themselves are always healthy. This kind of agate "bonus" gifts Cancer with health and longevity.
This stone protects and shields against the evil eye and sorcery. Furthermore, for Cancer, a talisman with amethyst will serve as excellent protection against obsession and inclement weather. While amethyst may not disperse the clouds above, it will forewarn Cancer, for example, if it's best to delay a journey.
Moreover, this talisman stone will keep Cancer from indulging in excesses—including irresponsibility and carelessness.
"There are many things in nature, my dear Horatio, that are beyond our wise men's dreams," Shakespeare claims in his play "Othello, the Moor of Venice." Cancer thinks the same way. They are drawn to spiritual quests. And sapphire, a stone capable of lifting its Cancer owner to spiritual heights. It helps its ward to find love and brings success in all endeavors.
"Victory or love?" - many wonder what to ask of turquoise. A rider who possesses turquoise will not fall off his horse. So, should one ask for victory? Greek Aphrodite and Roman Venus made it a tradition to adorn the bride with turquoise. Should one ask for love from this stone? In Mongolia, lamas claim that turquoise watches over its owner's health. The stone pales, warning of danger. Should one ask for good health?
Turquoise will take care of Cancer in all matters. This talismanic stone will give them success in battle, luck in love, and robust health.
"Where there is love, there is also jealousy," Europeans believe when they talk about alexandrite, which changes its color from pink and red (love) to green (jealousy). In India, this stone is associated with prosperity. Whatever Cancer chooses, intense passion or wealth, alexandrite will always take care of their health. "Health and beauty are inseparable," claims Lope de Vega in his play "The Dog in the Manger." We would also add that a healthy person finds it easier to achieve prosperity.
Brief properties of the main Cancer stones
- Emerald - gives Cancer courage and bravery, helps them find harmony.
- Pearl - brings happiness to lovers, enhances confidence.
- Moonstone - protects Cancer from sadness, sleepwalking, and the influence of hypnosis.
- Aquamarine - helps Cancer find true friends, better understand people's intentions.
- Aventurine - awakens courage and healthy adventurous spirit.
- Chrysoprase - brings success to Cancer, gives hope, helps fulfill dreams.
- Agate - grants health and longevity, instills courage, inspiration, and passion.
- Amethyst - keeps Cancer from excesses, including irresponsibility and thoughtlessness, protects from witchcraft and obsession.
- Sapphire - brings success and aids in spiritual quests.
- Turquoise - bestows love and health.
- Alexandrite - gives Cancer strength and prosperity.
Best stone colors for Cancer:
Green, white, and transparent colors
The Moon, the companion of the Sun, looks favorably upon those born under the sign of Cancer and helps them find a spouse.
- Jade encompasses all virtues. Cancer only needs to choose the quality they want to cultivate within themselves: tenderness or kindness, a thirst for knowledge or patience. Or perhaps they prefer success in love and wealth?
- Peridot, along with the Moon, protects Cancer from bad dreams and helps them gain the favor of those around them.
- Opal - a stone that, with its support, grants Cancer the love and sympathy they crave.
- Rock crystal will help Cancer understand others and be understood. This is equally important in love and business negotiations.
Gemstones that are contraindicated for Cancer
Cancer craves communication so much that once they find someone to talk to, they are not satisfied with just a conversation and sometimes even start lecturing them, although they themselves don't appreciate criticism. They love spending money and can develop dependencies, such as an addiction to chocolate.
Recalling the ancient Greek legend when all the animals chose the side of Hercules, and Cancer attacked the hero, it's worth asking the question: why did Cancer do that? How did they overcome their inherent indecisiveness? That's what happens when Cancer excessively trusts authorities and struggles with their own emotions.
Garnet, zircon, carnelian can intensify Cancer's emotions to such an extent that they may not be able to handle them and become prone to impulsive actions. It's better for Cancer not to test themselves and refrain from interacting with these gemstones.
- Garnet - intensifies extravagance and the tendency to spend money thoughtlessly.
- Zircon - bestows reckless and audacious courage that is not characteristic of Cancer.
- Carnelian - does not help in finding love but rather cures one of it.
Among Cancer individuals, spendthrifts are often found: in a frenzy, they are capable of spending their last penny. Enjoying a momentary pleasure, they do not regret it and only lament that the funds ran out so quickly. Garnet will only fuel their desires.
Firstly, zircon is often radioactive. Secondly, its variety called hyacinth is favored by thieves and merchants for the audacity it brings. Does Cancer really need such kind of courage?
Carnelian will not help Cancer find reciprocation in love. On the contrary, as a healing stone, it recognizes love as a disease and heals one from it.
Gold and Silver for Cancer's Jewelry
The scales of a golden fish, the feathers of paradise birds perched on trees along the Amazon shores, nuggets sifted through by a prospector, treasures of sunken ships lying at the bottom and awaiting their moment—these are what golden jewelry represents for Cancer. Many don't see a contradiction between the watery element and the metal of the sun, fire. Cancer can and even should wear gold jewelry to feel vitality and determination.
Cancer is attracted to gold, but their metal is silver: the moonlit path on the water, the gentle sigh of a silver maple tree, the vast schools of shining herring caught in fishermen's nets. Silver jewelry will bring Cancer security and prosperity.