P 2011 Zodiac - Cancer

P  2011 Zodiac - Cancer
Added by Alain Martineau
General Description : From the souvenir sheet of 4 stamps
Gum type: P.V.A.
In 2011, the Aries stamp began the annual Zodiac cycle on the Spring Equinox, March 21, followed in order by Taurus (April 21), Gemini (May 22) and Cancer (June 22.)
Our ancestors had to look closely to find this constellation they named for the crab—it’s very small and faint, with few stars. Even the brightest among them are relatively dim in comparison to other stars—so much so that Cancer has been considered a dark star, sometimes described as black and without eyes. Often it can be found only by looking to its heavenly neighbours—it lies between Gemini to the west, Leo to the east, Lynx to the north, and Canis Minor and Hydra to the south.
“Then a light among them brightened, So that, if Cancer one such crystal had, Winter would have a month of one sole day.” Dante, The Paradiso
Cancer is the fourth astrological sign in the zodiac. A water sign ruled by the changeable moon, the qualities of the Cancer personality are the least decisive of all of the signs of the signs of the zodiac. The strongest instincts in those born under this very emotional and highly dramatic sign are an intense home-loving nature and the need to seek a refuge from the stresses in life.
While not anti-social, Cancer is one of the most happily solitary signs. Cancers can appear tough and uncompromising. They need to balance their desire to be outgoing with their natural reserve. They have an air of purposefulness, a philosophical nature and frequently inspire others. Cancer individuals often possess considerable literary, artistic or oratorical talent—and many are drawn to the stage. They are also overly emotional; they cling to idealistic fantasies and while they give the impression that they are down to earth, they are often fascinated by the occult and tend to be more open to psychic influence than most. Cancers have a retentive memory of emotional events and tend to avoid the present, preferring to live in the past via memory and in the future through imagination.
Also available in booklet of 10 stamps product #: 413794111
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive and simulated perforation
Quantity: 4,000,000
Face value PERMANENT™ domestic rate $0.59
Catalog code (Michel) CA 2738C
Catalog code (Scott) CA 2445d
Catalog code Canada post Product #: 403794145; Yvert et Tellier CA 2618
Series Signs of the Zodiac
Stamp colour multicolor
Stamp use Commemorative stamp
Print run 205,000
Issue date 22/06/2011
Designer Paprika
Paper type Tullis Russell
Print technique Lithography in 7 colours
Printed by Lowe-Martin
Perforation comb 12½
Height 32.00 mm
Width 32.00 mm
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