cancer Zodiac Sign


Time Period: June 21 – July 22

Element: Water

Ruling Planet: Moon

Quality: Cardinal

Symbol: Crab

Lucky Color: Blue, Pale Gray, White

Lucky Flower: Moon Flower, Daisy

Phrase: “I feel..”

Birthstones: Moonstone, Pearl, Emerald, Ruby

Cancers Eminent Personalities: Princess Diana, Elon Musk, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Robin Williams

About Cancer

Cancer is the second Cardinal sign of the zodiac, marked by the Summer Solstice, the date on which the Sun changes “direction” and the days become shorter (in the Northern Hemisphere). The Ancients called these signs Pivots, and while Aries pivots around action, Cancer pivots around home. What I mean by this is that most things having to do with family, homes, history, and the inner life are associated with your adaptable, yet very emotional sign. The area of the Zodiac assigned to Cancer is the celestial house that we identify with property, land and family, the kind of things that we want to care for, cultivate, or defend.

Many very successful business people are born under this sign, and their success is due to their ability to give that “common” touch to whatever they do. While the Gemini may have the knowledge and the Aries the drive, it is the Cancer that keeps the weekly meeting from being boring, and knows what to bring to the table, when to bring it, and what to say to make it appeal to everyone involved. Cancer is a very emotional sign. You have an ability to connect your experiences with how they make you feel, rather than with the information these experiences deliver. Most Cancer people love pets and children, and seem to have an instinct for making people feel really cared for. All Cancers need to be careful with this gift though, especially with children or friends that are born under very independent signs like Sagittarius or Aries.

Generous (sometimes to a fault) and empathetic, you and other Cancers are more likely to gain information from your intuitive gifts than from the data that you have at hand. Many Cancers are successful entrepreneurs and investors, usually because their “gut feelings” pay off for them. If you learn to be sensitive to the way you feel in critical or extreme situations, it won‟t be long at all before this ability expands into reliable and insightful ESP experiences.

Cancer, as you probably know from personal experience, likes to keep a protective shell around what may be the most sensitive and deep feelings of all twelve Zodiac signs. This is the reason why most Cancers are traditional or conservative in their lifestyle; you tend to rely on what has been established and proven, rather than the radical and experimental. This extends into the love-life - most Cancer people, both male and female, will attempt to fix any difficult relationship situation by trying to go back to the “good old days” or “the way things used to be”.

One of the strongest character traits of Cancer is your tenacity, or stick-to-it-tiveness. This ability to see things through, when negative, can become a clinginess and lack of ability to let go. Of course, this makes change difficult for you, and makes it difficult to accept changes over which you have no control.

It is well known that Cancer is a sign that tends to moodiness and possessiveness, and both of these traits can be troublesome for relationships with more scientific or adventurous types. Nevertheless, a Cancer in a happy and fulfilled relationship can bring a type of connection with life that is unique and endearing. Your inherent talent for nurturing others is legendary.

You may, like many of your sign-mates, expect to find the perfect romance, and expects it to last forever. If you are interested in another Cancer, you should be thinking “life partner”. Your need for love is great, and when it is betrayed, the warmth and emotional security you extend is withdrawn, leaving a thickened shell that shuts out the offender completely, and maybe, forever.

Dealing with these powerful and ever-changing moods is very difficult for most people, but for you, it‟s “all in a day‟s work.” This is important because these emotional reactions can pull you off course from time to time, but once you harness them to your intuition, it becomes easy to use your inner power to stay on task and not let go of your important goals. This is your power; don‟t let anyone tell you otherwise!

We all have our ups and downs, and negatives sides for all our positive traits. The most important thing is that we keep our minds on our goals and our hearts on the things that we feel happy with, so that we can learn what it is that we really care about, and what gives us a sense of purpose. Once we‟ve gotten a little self-knowledge, there will be a change in every aspect of our lives, especially our love lives, for the better


It’s hard for Cancerians to learn to trust people. You want to love and care, but you’re frightened of being hurt, so you withdraw. You would do well to take a bit of time each day to find the beauty in the world and the good in people, to avoid becoming cynical. It’s easy for Cancerians to live in the past and hard to cultivate an optimistic vision for the future. You’re likely to be very intuitive and live your life not by what you see or what you hear, but what you feel.


You can be quite shrewd in your career, for you seem to have a sixth sense for finding creative solutions to issues, and can handle money well. This can make you very successful in your profession, which is important because Cancerians need stability to feel secure.

With your hard shell and your soft interior, you may seem like a walking contradiction until people get to know you. Once you’ve made a friend, then little by little you let your secret out; that you are both helpful yet crabby, forceful yet calm, confident yet insecure. Your sensitivity is both your strongest quality and your worst enemy. Bring it into balance, and you can achieve truly great things.

Love & Relationships

You’re usually at your best with a few close friends or family members around you, and you’re very loyal and supportive in return. Cancerians are the caregivers of the zodiac, and you know how to make others appreciate themselves and feel valued. People know you will be there, listening to their troubles and holding up a metaphorical mirror so that they can find the solutions to their problems.

One of the reasons you’re such a good friend is that you are complex yourself, and you understand the need for encouragement. Your temperament is likely to be fragile, and because Cancer is ruled by Earth’s Moon — an indicator of your emotional self — you are prone to mood swings. It’s easy to hurt your feelings and for you to wear that hurt on your sleeve.


Want to find out how compatible Cancer’s is with other zodiac signs when it comes to love and relationships?

Element - Water Sign

Astrology can reveal a lot, but there’s much more to it than what Sun sign you are. At the very heart of astrology—and of tarot, palmistry, sacred geometry, even ceremonies, and rituals—are the four elements.

These are Fire, Earth, Water, and Air. If you think about it, we need these four elements—all of them—in order to survive on the planet. We heat and cook and purge with fire. We grow things in the Earth; it is the foundation of our existence, and we return to it when our life has ended.

We need water to survive; it grows the plants of the earth and quenches our thirst; our bodies are approximately 60% water, and the Earth itself is approximately 70% water. We need air to breathe. Even our words are given life by our breath when we speak them out loud.

So, you can see, the elements are very important indeed!

The water signs are always masculine, or positive. If you were born a Cancer, a Scorpio, or a Pisces, then you are a water sign.

See if you recognize yourself in these points:

  • You pick up moods and atmospheres.
  • You take on the mood of your environment.
  • You’re ruled by your emotions.
  • You’re sensitive.
  • You’re intuitive.
  • You’re creative.
  • You live your life by what you feel, rather than what you think.
  • You’re understanding of others.
  • You’re compassionate.
  • You’re kind.
  • You want everyone to get along.
  • You’re receptive.
  • You feel what other people are feeling.
  • You’re sympathetic.
  • You’re artistic.
  • You need to be surrounded by beauty.
  • You need to feel secure.
  • You like to help people.
  • You need to be accepted by others.
  • You’re romantic.
  • You seem to have a sixth sense about things.
  • You’re mysterious.
  • You need time on your own to sort things out.
  • You try to handle your feelings carefully.
  • You’re sensitive.
  • You’re dreamy and prone to fantasizing.
  • You need complete commitment from others.
  • It’s hard for you to say no.
  • You’re emotional, although sometimes you don’t show it.
  • You have trouble dealing with ugliness or harsh reality.
  • You are moody.
  • You’re self-indulgent.
  • You don’t like to be overcommitted, or too many responsibilities.

Of course, not all water signs are going to behave the same. Even two different Scorpios can be very different from each other, because of the way that the rest of their planets fall. Remember, the Sun sign is only one part of astrology! There’s so much more to discover.

The Quadruplicities

Even though all water signs are going to be very similar, there’s a lot of difference between them. This is because of the triplicities, or the qualities of those signs. Just like there are four elements—Fire, Earth, Air, Water—there are three triplicities. These are Cardinal, Mutable, and Fixed.

Here are the qualities of the Cardinal quadruplicity. This quality is active. It’s the ‘get up and go’ of the zodiac. Do you relate to any of these?

  • You’re an instigator of ideas.
  • You’re good at coming up with new ideas.
  • You have a willingness to take the lead.
  • You’re assertive, sometimes even aggressive.
  • You’re energetic.
  • You’re enterprising.
  • You’re outgoing.
  • You aren’t afraid to take risks.
  • You often act on impulse.

Water Element - Cancer

If you were born a Cancer, then just like the Crab that represents you, you’re going to have to learn how to deal with your shell. Crabs without their shells are too exposed and vulnerable. Crabs within their shells miss so much that life has to offer.

The key to your happiness is to understand that there’s a strength in vulnerability. It means that you know that you may get hurt, but that you’re confident enough that you can deal with any heartache or disappointment that comes along.

Like water, you can be tranquil one moment, and a torrent the next. You tend to hold your fears and doubts in, and try to overcome them by making fun of them. You are known for being moody, with unpredictable emotions.

You can be compassionate or cold, extroverted or introverted, outgoing or reserved, shy or gregarious, depending on who you’re with, and what you’re feeling at the time. You don’t pursue attention, but when it comes your way, you sure know how to work an audience!

Because you’re so sensitive to other people and your surroundings, you feel things very deeply. When you cry, they’re real tears of pain and anguish—even if you’re feeling empathy with someone else, rather than your own sadness.

Rough words, impatience, thoughtlessness—all of this can crush you, even if it’s not deliberate. You’re more likely to go off on your own to nurse your pain than to seek revenge on the person who hurt you, though. When you do retreat, you usually do so completely, not answering the phone, not seeing anyone, and staying off social media. You’ll only come out when you’re ready to do so.

When you’re down or upset, everyone knows. You ‘crab’ at everyone, whether they’re responsible for your situation or not. You lash out, and you have to express these emotions in order to purge them from your system so that you can return to your normal kind and pleasant self.

You’ll forgive—but you’ve got a long memory, and you’ll never forget how someone made you feel.
You’re sentimental, too, and like collecting mementos of where you’ve been. You love things that are traditional, particularly if they pertain to your traditions or your ancestry or heritage.

You can often be found sharing memories with the elderly, letting them tell you about times gone by, while you hang on every word, experiencing it with them. There’s a special place in your heart for your home, and of all the Sun signs, you probably are the most of a homebody.

Here’s a list of some of your more predominant qualities.

Of course, the good does come with some challenges, and here are some of the areas of your life that may need some work to bring them back into balance.

  • You’re big-hearted.
  • You’re kind.
  • You’re compassionate.
  • You’re a natural homebody.
  • You’re sincere.
  • You’re comfortable in the limelight, but you don’t seek it.
  • You feel things deeply.
  • You’re intuitive.
  • You’re empathic.
  • You’re sympathetic.
  • You’re understanding.
  • You appreciate customs and traditions.
  • You like being at home.
  • You’re fiercely protective of your loved ones.
  • You have natural ‘mothering’ instincts (this goes for both genders).
  • You’re charming.
  • You’re willing to help.
  • You’re patient.
  • You have a good imagination.
  • You know how to keep a secret.
  • You’re creative.
  • You’re very private.
  • You’re charming.
  • You can get through most situations.
  • You never forget who was kind to you.
  • You protect those close to you.
  • You’re a good listener.

Of course, the good does come with some challenges, and here are some of the areas of your life that may need some work to bring them back into balance.

  • You’re moody.
  • You are easily hurt.
  • Your emotions are unpredictable.
  • You never forget who did you wrong.
  • You’re over-sensitive.
  • You’re emotions are unpredictable.
  • You sulk.
  • You can be clingy in relationships.
  • You need constant reassurance.
  • You can be very cold-hearted when someone’s hurt you.
  • You close yourself off from others at times.
  • You get hurt too easily.
  • You can be lazy.
  • You take things too much to heart.

The Cancer Man

  • Cancer men are shy.
  • Cancer men are reserved.
  • Cancer men are changeable.
  • Cancer men are kind.
  • Cancer men have a good sense of humor.
  • Cancer men are gentle.
  • Cancer men are affectionate.
  • Cancer men are romantic.
  • Cancer men are responsible.
  • Cancer men are polite.
  • Cancer men have refined tastes.
  • Cancer men are conventional.
  • Cancer men appreciate the women in their lives.
  • Cancer men are chivalrous.
  • Cancer men have high expectations.
  • Cancer men are determined.
  • Cancer men have old-fashioned values.
  • Cancer men are patient.
  • Cancer men are judgemental.
  • Cancer men need attention.
  • Cancer men can be confusing.
  • Cancer men sulk when hurt.
  • Cancer men need affection.
  • Cancer men are moody.
  • Cancer men are wistful.

The Cancer Woman

  • Cancer women are enigmatic.
  • Cancer women are sensitive.
  • Cancer women are caring.
  • Cancer women hide their feelings until they’re sure about you.
  • Cancer women are feminine.
  • Cancer women are modest.
  • Cancer women are tender.
  • Cancer women wait for you to make the first move.
  • Cancer women like to be wooed and courted.
  • Cancer women know how to keep a secret.
  • Cancer women like attention.
  • Cancer women are loyal.
  • Cancer women are sentimental.
  • Cancer women enjoy food and socializing.
  • Cancer women collect things.
  • Cancer women are frugal.
  • Cancer women are patient.
  • Cancer women like to be pampered and spoiled.
  • Cancer women make sacrifices for their loved ones.
  • Cancer women are protective.
  • Cancer women are rarely aggressive.
  • Cancer women are prone to mood swings.
  • Cancer women need a lot of attention.
  • Cancer women don’t like to be criticized.
  • Cancer women need lots of reassurance.
  • Cancer women are insecure.
  • Cancer women take rejection very hard.
  • Cancer women can be vain.
  • Cancer women are jealous.

The Cancer Child

  • Cancer children are moody.
  • Cancer children are observant.
  • Cancer children have a good memory.
  • Cancer children need a lot of attention.
  • Cancer children have a good imagination.
  • Cancer children need a secure home environment.
  • Cancer children are very influenced by their families.
  • Cancer children are shy.
  • Cancer children are easily disciplined.
  • Cancer children can entertain themselves.
  • Cancer children are independent thinkers.
  • Cancer children are creative.
  • Cancer children need to feel secure.
  • Cancer children get their own way a lot.
  • Cancer children are easy to pamper.
  • Cancer children don’t waste their money.
  • Cancer children are fearful.
  • Cancer children can easily learn how to be cynical and bitter.
  • Cancer children are a mix of confusing emotions.
  • Cancer children are lonely from time to time.
  • Cancer children can be withdrawn.
  • Cancer children nurse their hurts and fears.
  • Cancer children do not like to be teased.
  • Cancer children throw tantrums.
  • Cancer children get hurt feelings easily.

The key to any Cancer’s success is to learn how to toughen up a bit, and not take things so much to heart. You have to learn from an early age that not everyone is as supportive and nurturing as your mother-figure was, and to grow into a harder exterior, so that the disappointments and challenges of life can just bounce off you.

That can be hard for you, because you’re so sensitive, and you have such a good memory. Learn how to toughen up just a touch, so that you can cope with reality without losing your nerve, yet you still remain sensitive and kind to those who come into your life.

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