Cancer Zodiac Sign


Time Period: June 21 – July 22

Symbol: Crab

Element: Water

Ruling Planet: Moon

Quality: Cardinal

Ruling House: 4th

Polarity: Negative

Birthstones: Moonstone, Pearl, Emerald, Ruby

Key Traits: Nuturing, Vulnerable, Sentimental

Phrase: “I feel”

Power Color: Blue, Pale Gray, White

Flower: White Rose

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 Cancer pivots around home. Things having to do with family, the home, 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 find the common ground in whatever they do. In the workplace, it is the Cancer that keeps the weekly meeting from being boring, 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 connect your experiences with how they make you feel, rather than with the information these experiences deliver. Most Cancers 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, Cancers are more likely to gain information from their intuitive gifts than from the objective data at hand. Many Cancers are successful entrepreneurs and investors, usually because their “gut feelings” pay off.

Cancers like to keep a protective shell around what may be the most deep and sensitive feelings of all 12 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, as Cancers of any gender 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. Your ability to see things through, however, can become a clinginess and an inability to let go. This makes change difficult for you, and even moreso when they are changes over which you have no control.

It is well known that Cancers tend to moodiness and possessiveness, and both of these traits can be troublesome for relationships with more logical 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 expect to find the perfect romance and expect it to last forever. 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 your powerful and ever-changing moods is very difficult for most people, but for you, it’s just your state of being. Your emotional reactions can pull you off course from time to time, but once you harness them, you can use your inner power to stay on task and in pursuit of your important goals. Emotionality is your power; don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!


It’s hard for Cancerians to learn to trust people. You want to love and care for others, 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 harder 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 work, 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, little by little you let your secret out; that you are both cold yet inviting, 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. Your loved ones know you will be there for them, 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 — the ruler of your emotional self — you are very 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 is with other zodiac signs when it comes to love and relationships?

Element: Water

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 4 elements. If you think about it, we need these 4 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.

As 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:

  • Receptive; you take on the mood of your environment.
  • You’re ruled by your emotions.
  • Sensitive and intuitive
  • You live your life by emotional, rather than logical, intelligence
  • Compassionate, kind, a peace-maker
  • Receptive and empathetic
  • Artistic and creative
  • Need to be surrounded by beauty.
  • Need to feel secure.
  • Like to help people.
  • Need to be accepted by others.
  • Romantic.
  • Mysterious and moody.
  • Need time on your own to sort things out.
  • You’re dreamy and prone to fantasizing.
  • 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.
  • Self-indulgent.
  • Easily overwhelmed.

Of course, not all water signs are going to behave the same. Even two 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 4 elements, there are 3 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?

  • Instigator of ideas.
  • Have a willingness to take the lead.
  • Assertive, sometimes even aggressive.
  • Energetic.
  • Enterprising.
  • Outgoing.
  • Aren’t afraid to take risks.
  • Impulsive.

Water Element: Cancer

Just like the Crab that represents you, you’re going to have to learn how to deal with your hard shell. Crabs without their shells feel exposed and vulnerable, but crabs within their shells miss so much of what life has to offer.

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

Like water, you can be tranquil one moment, and a torrent of activity 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, all 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 for 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, on your own time.

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, 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 are the homebody.

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

  • Kind, sincere, compassionate, big-hearted.
  • Natural homebody.
  • You’re comfortable in the limelight, but you don’t seek it.
  • Intuitive.
  • Empathetic and sympathetic.
  • Understanding.
  • Appreciate customs and traditions.
  • Fiercely protective of your loved ones.
  • You have natural ‘mothering’ instincts (this goes for all genders).
  • Charming.
  • Patient.
  • Imaginative.
  • You know how to keep a secret.
  • You’re creative.
  • You’re very private.
  • Charming.
  • 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.

  • Moody, overly-sensitive, unpredictable, sulky
  • Easily hurt.
  • Your emotions are unpredictable.
  • Prone to holding grudges
  • Can be clingy in relationships.
  • Need constant reassurance.
  • Can be very cold-hearted when someone’s hurt you.
  • You close yourself off from others at times.
  • You can be lazy.

The Cancer Man

  • Shy and reserved
  • Kind and gentle
  • Have a good sense of humor
  • Romantic and affectionate
  • Responsible, polite, and chivalrous
  • Have refined tastes
  • Conventional
  • Determined and have high expectations
  • Have old-fashioned values
  • Patient
  • Judgmental
  • Need attention and affection.
  • Moody and wistful.

The Cancer Woman

  • Enjoy food and socializing
  • Often collect things
  • Like to be pampered and spoiled
  • Protective and make sacrifices for their loved ones
  • Rarely aggressive
  • Prone to mood swings
  • Don’t like to be criticized
  • Insecure, need lots of reassurance
  • Take rejection very hard
  • Can be vain and jealous

  • Sentimental
  • Enjoy food and socializing
  • Often collect things
  • Like to be pampered and spoiled
  • Protective and make sacrifices for their loved ones
  • Rarely aggressive
  • Prone to mood swings
  • Don’t like to be criticized
  • Insecure, need lots of reassurance
  • Take rejection very hard
  • Can be vain and jealous

The Cancer Child

  • Moody
  • Observant, good memories
  • Need a lot of attention
  • Imaginative
  • Need a secure home environment, very influenced by their families
  • Shy and easily disciplined
  • Can entertain themselves
  • Independent thinkers
  • Nervous and fearful
  • Can easily learn how to be cynical and bitter
  • Withdrawn and lonely from time to time
  • Do not like to be teased.
  • will throw tantrums.
  • 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 learn from an early age that not everyone is as supportive and nurturing as you are, and you’ll grow a harder exterior so that the disappointments and challenges of life can just bounce off you.

That can be hard 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 still remain sensitive, open, and kind to those who come into your life.

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