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AstroSagas Podcast: Episode 2

Cancer: Karkinos

AstroSagas: Stories from the Stars is our new podcast series on Daily Astrology Guide! Each episode will focus on a myth or story related to an astrology sign, diving deep into the rich history of each sign in order to learn what we can integrate from each energetic symbol.

This week we cover the story of Karkinos, the devoted Crab.

The story of Karkynos and Heracles is at the center of the Cancer constellation, and explains why we still devote this particular slice of the sky to the crab to this day.

Karkynos was a giant crab that lived in the deep oceans, and was a devoted warrior of Hera, the Goddess of Women and co-ruler of Mount Olympus with her husband, Zeus.

Hera committed to destroying Heracles, the Greek Hero and son of Zeus, because he was born from one of Zeus’ many infidelities.

At each of the 12 labors of Heracles, Hera tried to destroy him and his chances of succeeding, adding to the difficulty of his tasks.

For his second labor, Hercules was sent to slay the Lernaen Hydra who was thought to protect the entrance to the Underworld.

Despite her best efforts, Hercules looked to prevail. In her anguish, she let out a giant wail of despair, heard through the universe. Karkinos, who had been following the match from the depths of the Sea, heard her cry.

Being a devoted follower of Hera, he came up from the underworld and began picking at Hercules’ heels, hoping to distract him enough to have him lose the fight.

Tune in to hear the full story: What happened to Karkinos in this fight, how did he become the constellation of Cancer, and why what does the fight between Hera and Hercules really represent?

Listen now for the full story!

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Celia Sagastume

Celia Sagastume, “AstroSagas,” is a first generation latinx astrologer living in the in Bay Area, California. With a master’s degree in social cognition, and an astrology practice that’s been active for 7 years, Sagas combines scientific inquiry, astrological intuition, and a dedication to de-colonizing the mind.

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