Cancer time

180px-Les_Très_Riches_Heures_du_duc_de_Berry_juin Here’s what the lucky Duc de Berry got to look at from his Paris window – all the slaving peasants raking hay under the blazing chariot of Helios, the sun god; the Gemini twins; and Cancer the crab, who came in with the solstice.

Why on earth a crab, when you can barely see the constellation even with a telescope? Apparently it’s because, now that the sun has reached its highest point, it begins walking backwards, descending the zodiacal arc like, I guess, a crab. But it’s sure an inauspicious birth sign, even though cancer means “crab,” not a horrible disease, in Latin.

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