Moon in Cancer: How to Deal with Sensitivity

Posted on March 26, 2019

The Moon sign is an important part of who we are, just as important as our Sun sign and our Rising sign. While our Sun sign represents our ‘soul’ and who we are learning to become and our Rising sign represents the outer shell that we show to the world, the Moon sign shows who we truly are on the inside, who we are already.

In some astrological circles, it is believed that the Moon sign dominates us during the first 30 years of our lives as we are carrying on where we left off in our last incarnation, before easing slowly into our Sun sign as we mature. The Moon sign shows our emotional energies, our intuition, and things we require to make us feel secure. In this article, we’ll take a look at the Cancer zodiac sign which is ruled by the Moon and how this can contribute towards great sensitivity in individuals.

Those born under the sign of the Crab is typically a sensitive and moody individual who feels a strong need to nurture and protect others. Cancer is also a sign strongly linked to the aspect of Karma and there may be a tendency to cling to the past, finding it difficult to let go of past hurts or experiences. As Cancer’s ruling planet is the Moon, a person with Moon in Cancer will often find these qualities amplified even more than a Cancer Sun or a Cancer Rising.

Moon in Cancer Personality

What kind of person does a Cancer Moon create?

A very sensitive one! Possessing very high sensitivity is something that can be viewed as a blessing or a curse. On the one hand, a highly sensitive person is typically geared towards great compassion and empathy for others. If they see someone in pain or suffering in some way, they feel this misery as though it were their own. As Cancer is a Cardinal sign, there is also a strong desire to take action. Subsequently, people with their Moon in Cancer do not just weep along with others, they also jump into action to ease their suffering.

These people can typically be found donating to charity, campaigning against some wrong or evil of the world or housing homeless people or stray animals. They are motivated by their big hearts and a desire for suffering to come to an end, qualities that are much admired by others and indicative of their innate empathy for the world at large. Moon in Cancer people very often also possess strong abilities in the realm of psychic awareness and intuition, and many of them are empaths.

On the other hand, feeling things so deeply can be very difficult at times! Feeling so much pain and suffering in the world can drive Cancer Moons to depression or attempts at numbing their naturally strong emotions. They may retreat into their crab shells and not emerge for many years if the horrors of the world are too great to bear. Similarly, people with Moon in Cancer can sometimes take things the wrong way. Something light-hearted and said in jest to one person could be very hurtful to a Moon in Cancer. Loved ones of this sign may be very shocked to find that when they say something they consider playful, the Moon in Cancer will react bitterly, angrily or descend into a sulk for days on end.

Sometimes, it can feel like being around this sensitive sign is like ‘walking on a landmine’. The more a Moon in Cancer has been hurt in their life, the bigger the landmine may be and this can be difficult when embarking on a relationship with one. This is why Cancer’s love compatibility is often best with signs that appreciate their deep sensitivity, and are sensitive themselves to the strong emotional undercurrents running through them.

How to Deal with Moon in Cancer Sensitivity

If you are the loved one or friend of someone with Moon in Cancer, just remember to be gentle and understanding with this character. You no doubt love them for the kindness and warmth they exude, and you may certainly appreciate them for the nurturing and giving qualities they give to you and others around them. They really are one of a kind!

It can be difficult feeling as though you are walking on eggshells at times, but just remember that when they become moody or angry with something you said which was not intended to hurt them, it is only because they hurt so easily and their sullenness or anger is a reaction to that pain.

There is a reason why the crab has such a hard shell on its back: to protect it from the world’s angst. Patience and kindness are important to show this sign – and though Moon in Cancer may not express it, they are deeply appreciative of you and the gentle understanding you provide!

Concluding Thoughts…

If you have your Moon in Cancer yourself, life can seem like a turbulent rollercoaster of emotions. Ups and downs, lows and highs – they are the norm; and yet, all you really want is to be safe, secure and comfortable in your own peaceful home, surrounded by loved ones to take care of. It certainly can be tricky feeling so deeply and caring so much, but just remember that this world needs people like you and you should never feel bad about yourself or think any less of your special gifts of empathy and intuition. Try to remember that not everyone is out to hurt you, especially not those who love you and only want you to be happy. Your emotions do not have to rule you and you can become the master of yourself.

Cancer is the ultimate Moon sign and sensitivity is a part of who you are. Embrace it and use it for its intended purpose, to make your life and the lives of others happier and more fulfilled.

Related Article: Why Understanding Your Moon Sign Will Improve Your Relationships

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Sarah Brownlee is a harmonious Libra Sun, Conflicted Scorpio rising, and a Tiger in the Chinese Zodiac. A whirlwind writer with a passion for Tarot cards and Astrology in all forms… Read More »

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