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Everything There Is to Know About the Zodiac Sign Cancer

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I am a Scandinavian woman who has been writing online content for a few years. I love to write about and research zodiac signs.

What does it mean to be a Cancer?

What does it mean to be a Cancer?

The Cancer Zodiac Sign

One of the greatest astrological enigmas is the zodiac sign Cancer. The Cancer sign is ruled by the moon, which is in itself mysterious. People who are born under the astrological sign of Cancer are known to be very caring and passionate with their lovers, family, and friends. They are also said to have a moody attitude, especially when they are jealous. They can come off as mysterious because they are reluctant to show vulnerability and risk emotional harm.

Attributes of the Cancer Sign

  • Dates: June 21–July 22
  • Symbol: The Crab
  • Element: Water
  • Modality: Cardinal
  • Ruling Planet: The Moon

Why Is a Crab the Symbol for Cancer?

The symbol for Cancer is a crab. This animal symbolizes how Cancer-born people look insensitive and tough outside but are really soft and sensitive inside, making them unique. In fact, Cancers may develop a thick emotional armor, like the shell of a crab, for that exact reason—to shield their sensitive inner self.

Crabs also move sideways, and it's said that people born under this sign tend to move through life sideways as well. This might be noticeable in a Cancer's career path and decision-making or their unique problem-solving approach.

Cancer Is Ruled by the Moon

Since the moon rules Cancer, they are also known to undergo different phases when it comes to their life experiences. The reason behind this is that their emotions are usually what control their everyday life. They can also be dependent or independent people depending on what mood they are currently in on that day.

Independent Cancerians are sufficient when handling their life; they
don't usually need to rely on others to support them. However, they tend to be dependent when it comes to the emotional aspects of their lives.

People born under this sign are known to be good at romance and love, making them very alluring and mysterious at the same time. They are usually great companions—unless their dramatically shifting emotions become a barrier in the relationship.

 Cancer moons are nurturing, dedicated, and loyal.

Cancer moons are nurturing, dedicated, and loyal.

What Are Moon and Rising Signs?

I'm mainly focusing on those who have Cancer as their sun sign. But almost any planet in someone's birth chart could be in this constellation, and each has a different meaning.

Moon signs are sometimes considered to be your "true" or internal self, and may best represent how you perceive yourself. Cancer moons are nurturing, dedicated, and loyal.

Rising signs can be thought of as the mask that you present to the external world. It's probably reflected in how others perceive you and how you curate your appearance. Rising or "ascendant" signs change every two hours as the sun moves through the sky quickly. Cancer ascendants are gentle, intuitive, and sensitive to criticism.

Each Planet's Significance in Cancer

  • Sun: If you're a Cancer or have been told that Cancer is "your sign," that means that you were born while the Sun was in Cancer. As previously mentioned, Cancer Suns are emotional, intuitive, kind, compassionate, loyal, and sensitive.
  • Moon: Cancer Moons are happiest when they can keep busy, especially if they're busy with nurturing and caring for others. They are easily hurt or overwhelmed, but they're also very loyal and dedicated to their loved ones.
  • Mercury: Mercury is all about communication. Those born with Mercury in Cancer communicate thoughtfully, gently, and sentimentally; they are driven by emotions and intuition. They can be slow to respond, giving the impression of being deep in thought.
  • Venus: Venus is the planet of love, and Venus Cancers are affectionate, kind, and sentimental in this area. They do best in stable, committed relationships where they feel secure and validated.
  • Mars: As we know, Cancers are emotionally expressive, and this is especially true for Mars Cancers. They can also have a tendency toward passive aggression. Their sex drive might also be closely linked to emotional needs.
  • Jupiter: The Jupiter Cancer is kind, charitable, and generous. Their intuition is a valuable asset for their financial success.
  • Saturn: The Saturn Cancer is shy, guarded, and insightful.
  • Uranus: The Uranus Cancer is also insightful, but might also be emotionally detached, quirky, and unconventional.
  • Neptune: While those with their Neptune in Cancer may be overly sensitive, they are also lovable and understanding.
  • Pluto: Everyone born between 1914 and 1939 has their Pluto in Cancer. Characteristics of Pluto Cancers include resilience, commitment to family values, and loyalty that may manifest as patriotism or protectiveness.

Note that because Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus are slow-moving in the sky from our perspective, they define generations more than individuals. For example, Uranus changes its placement only every seven years, and Nepture once every fourteen years.

The Emotional Traits of Cancer-Born People

Cancerians are known to have difficulty opening themselves up to the world, especially when they are in a romantic relationship. They are known to hide all their emotions from the world when they are attached to someone.

Why Are Cancers Insecure?

The reason behind this is that they usually have a hard time trusting other people, and it will take time before they can actually give you their complete trust. This sometimes gives them a negative perspective on what life is all about, which can sometimes make them feel that their lives are miserable.

This can cause negativity because once a good opportunity comes up, they will tend to overlook it and miss all the positive experiences that they could have had.

Sensitive But Powerful

Perhaps the most significant thing people should know about Cancers is that they are very sensitive and can be hurt easily by the people around them. They often hide themselves away from others to avoid getting hurt. Cancerians should start learning to let go of their self-protective instincts a bit more often; it will allow them to experience what life more freely and calmly.

On the other hand, Cancerians are known to have a sign that is powerful. They often stand up for what they believe in, but they need to be careful to avoid their tumultuous emotions getting in the way because they need to be as stable as possible in order to fight for what they believe is true. They are also known to be determined to finish everything that they have started; being lazy is not their thing.

While being emotionally sensitive can make someone a fulfilling romantic partner, the flip side is that Cancers can easily get insecure and jealous.

While being emotionally sensitive can make someone a fulfilling romantic partner, the flip side is that Cancers can easily get insecure and jealous.

How Do You Attract a Cancer?

Cancers are often deeply loving, emotionally intelligent, and nurturing people. While being emotionally sensitive can make someone a fulfilling romantic partner, the flip side is that Cancers can easily get insecure and jealous, and they can take emotional hurdles in relationships very hard.

Be Straightforward and Honest

Attracting a person who is under the astrological sign of Cancer should be straightforward. You should avoid moving slowly or being wishy-washy because they want someone who can tell what they are feeling right away. This will surely lessen the chances of a Cancerian rejecting you in the future.

Now, if you're just into short-term relationships, you need to be straightforward and let them know that. Avoid giving them the wrong impression that what you are looking for is an intimate, long-lasting relationship when it isn't, because they will surely get hurt.

Give Them a Romantic Experience

If you're really attracted to a Cancerian, one date idea is to take them out to watch a play and then dine at a fancy restaurant. You should be aware that pushing yourself too much to a Cancerian will only make things worse. Always remember to be patient when capturing their attention, as this will reward you with a positive outcome.

What Signs Are Compatible With Cancer?

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A note on compatibility: Although sun signs can be a big indicator of a couple's compatibility, keep in mind that your sun sign is only part of your birth chart. Your personality and preferences are also informed by your moon, rising, Venus, Mars, etc., as well as which of the 12 houses the signs fall into, not to mention your upbringing and life experiences.

Astrology is complicated, so don't completely write off a potential partner just because you're a Cancer and they're a Sagittarius!

What's It Like to Date a Cancer?

Sensuality is what Cancers are known for. It's said that Cancer-born women in particular have passions and emotions that are deep, but in order for you to experience these traits, you need to be patient. Don't expect someone under this astrological sign to talk about their personal life immediately, because it will surely take time.

Once Their Trust Is Broken, It Stays That Way

Gaining their trust is also important—but once you ruin that trust, you can forget about winning it back. If you're someone who is romantic and who loves to show your real affection to your partner, then a Cancerian woman could be the person for you.

They Are Charming and Sentimental

Cancerians, especially men who are born under the astrological sign of Cancer, act very slowly because they are cautious with their actions. If a Cancer is courting you, expect them to be very flirty and romantic because those are their ways of capturing your heart.

Cancers will also give you a lot of attention and gifts that will surely make your heart melt. If you're a woman who loves to be taken care of, then a man who is under the astrological sign of Cancer is the one for you.

Cancers Stay Guarded Against Rejection

You should be aware, though, that they might not talk about their feelings for you because they prefer showing their feelings through their actions. Cancers of all genders tend to be scared of rejection, which is why they don't like to make themselves vulnerable by talking about their real feelings with you.

There are three water signs: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.

There are three water signs: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.

All About Astrological Water Signs

The 12 astrological signs can be categorized by the four elements: fire, water, earth, and air. The three water signs are Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio. If you're a Cancer, you may notice certain similarities between your fellow Cancers as well as the other water signs.

Traits of Water Signs

  • Sensitive
  • Emotionally intense
  • Loving
  • Intuitive
  • Dreamy
  • Perceptive
  • Mysterious
  • Inconsistent
  • Artistic

All water signs, not just Cancers, are characterized by intuitiveness, sensitivity, and intense emotions. They are deep and mysterious, like the ocean. Because they are fluid and free-flowing, they benefit from security and boundaries; otherwise, they're like a river overflowing its banks.

The Cancer Career

Cancerians are insecure and shy on the outside, but once they get over these characteristics, their power will start to shine.

They fully take on tasks that are assigned to them, and they will surely not stop until they are truly finished. Their personal perseverance is what makes them powerful when it comes to handling their careers. They are also intelligent, sensitive, and have the power of being intuitive. These are the reasons they have a higher possibility of achieving every success they aim for in the career they pursue.

Best Careers for Cancers

  • Business executive
  • Caregiver
  • Freelance editor
  • Small business owner
  • Home-based business owner
  • Computer systems analyst or programmer
  • Family therapist
  • Nutritionist
  • Architect

Good investors and business partners are the two great characteristics of Cancerians when it comes to their career. They are known to attract success as well as wealth which helps them know where and when to invest in a certain business.

They have the tendency to look for security when it comes to finances, but they won't be having problems with achieving their goals financially as long as they don't let their emotions run their lives.

Famous Cancer Celebrities

Ever wondered what famous figures share your sun sign? If you're a Cancer, you have something in common with the following celebrities.

If you're a Cancer, you share a sign with these celebrities!

Kristen Bell

Vin Diesel

Lindsey Lohan

George H. W. Bush

Selena Gomez

Post Malone

Julius Caesar

Ariana Grande

Pablo Neruda

Priyanka Chopra

Tom Hanks

Elon Musk

Tom Cruise

Frida Kahlo

Michael Phelps

Benedict Cumberpatch

Mindy Kaling

Lana del Rey

Princess Diana

Khloe Kardashian

Meryl Streep

Being born under the astrological sign of Cancer comes with a lot of meaning, but it doesn't have to define you. Knowing that your intuitiveness, ambition, worries, fears, or preferences come from your astrological placement can be helpful. You can use astrological information to learn how best to move through life, set up healthy boundaries, choose a career, date, and communicate with others. But remember—you're more than just your sun sign, so you get to decide which information is useful to you.

© 2012 elle64


Shanita on June 08, 2020:

I am acancer

angel on May 21, 2020:

i am a cancer

Epic on March 09, 2020:

Oi is cancer

Naomi on February 07, 2020:

wow i like this a lot cause im a cancer and all the things you said is true i loved it but i wanna know how will See love cause i like a guy name angel and i told him but now he will not talk to me so i need your help please.

Chelsea on February 05, 2020:

I am a Cancer too and I like this boy and he likes !e back and hasn't asked me out but I really

love him.I am 11 years old and it is a young age but i mean i am a Cancer.

Have a nice day!!!

Chelsea on February 05, 2020:

I am a cancer to and i am very caring too

Moody Crab at the moment on January 05, 2019:

I'm a Cancer girl and I'll hella moody the whole day from waiting for a Gemini guy that I'm dating to reply me. I did some research on Germini and I guess I'm gonna count myself out of his game since we did not chat as much as when we started talking. I guess... I will probably take some time to recover from this.

Anthony D-T on December 27, 2018:

Im a 13 year old boy who is a cancer everything they said about relation ships is true i avoid feeling when i have (currently have) a crush on someone also rejection hits cancers hard. Really HARD.

Jiya Mpho on December 05, 2018:

I felt in love with a Gemini whereas iam a cancer but he is been beating around the bush 4 about a year now I jct decided 2 use this holiday has an opportunity 2 forget him

Cancerian male on October 24, 2018:

I wouldn't trade being a Cancer for any other sign in the Zodiac! I love my strength, stubbornness, love and determination. When a Cancer puts their mind to doing something you can bet it'll get done. If that something happens to be a "huge thing", it will still be accomplished or we will at least come damn close. One of the greatest Cancerian men that we all know, and happens to be my favorite historical figure is Alexander The Great!

denboiii on July 08, 2018:

i love reading and learning about zodiac signs especially cancer becouse thans my signs thanks For making this

Juiiicy on June 16, 2018:

Hi! I’m a 69 and I went through so much this year that my that my whole attuduide and outlook is bum and shy. How can I find my creativity and younger self again? #slumpcrabs

Ryuu on June 13, 2018:

This Is Very True Cuz Im Very Antisocial Annd Dont Like When People Beat Around The Bush, Also I Hate Having To Express Myself With People Cuz Im Afraid Of Them Rejecting My Feelings Saying They Were Stupid Or Thinking I Was Weird. I Often Lie About Them. And Also Being Very Shy I Dont Have Many Friends, Buuuttt When Im With Them Im The Most Cuddly Person. Also Its Really Hard Moving School To School When Your Shy Cuz It Takes Almost A Year To Make New Friends.

elle64 (author) from Scandinavia on May 30, 2018:

Just a cancer☺

K on May 30, 2018:

What type of cancer am I if I am lazy.

Im a Cancer Female on May 19, 2018:

Im a 27 year old cancer woman. Im currently dealing with a saggitarius male and were not in a COMMITTED relationship but more like a friends with benefits sitiationship ive been hurt numerous times and so has he, we noth have our gaurds up but jes clear that hes not ready for.commitment and ive made it clear that i want a serious relationship but weve notj still deal.with.each.other...i find my moodiness and jealousy.kicks in alot multiple times a day and im not sure how much longer i can be in this sitiationship. I know hes a great guy and hes wonderful boyfriend material it just sucks thats he not.into me the way im into him should i still stick around in hopes that he changes his mind about our sitiationship or should i call it quits, and just deal with the hurt thatll come.along with ending things

elle64 on May 17, 2018:

Only time will tell Felicia,Good luck

Felicia on May 17, 2018:

Am a capricorn and in love with a cancer will it work

Isaac on December 19, 2017:

I’m a cancer and can be very moody! But at times I just wish I didn’t care so much!

AH on October 19, 2017:

As a cancer male, I have fallen for someone and got rejected, I feel because I am insecure is the reason why rejection hits me 10x harder than most,which is why I ended up temporarily moody, and anti-social. I wished I cared less so I wouldn't be so damn stressed.

Canserin on October 17, 2017:

This is so true im a canser women and i hate talking to people idk. I get hurt a lot. I hide my emotions so no one nows im crying in the inside. I get sad a lot but love my family no matter how many times i get hurt by them/ emoionly/getting yelled yaknow.

tarik on October 17, 2017:

im one to and this is so true

Rosario on October 13, 2017:

I just want to know the compatibility between Pisces and cancer

Emily on October 09, 2017:

As a Leo woman, this cancer man has been pursuing me for a while. I rejected him at first, I guess it got him wondering why because that didn't stop him. In the end, I do like his persistence and his conviction. He's polite, and he considerate-has a sense of humor. However I am afraid he may not be emotionally mature-I do not want heart-on-the-sleeve petty fights because then I rather be single. He has lots of water in his chart-I have a mix of virgo, Gemini, libra, sag, in mines. He has venus in leo while I have Gemini-these are the only compatible signs so far. & it's working. I love cuddling and with his childlike feature of leo in venus, lots of giggling and jokes. He loves compiments.

the truth on September 15, 2017:

This has nothing to do with cancer. Yes there are people with issues who happen to be cancer, who read this and take it as an excuse to not work on their issues. But being moody has nothing to do with being cancer. Nothing.

I know you read everywhere about cancers being moody and extremely emotional beings. But the truth is this:

Statistically most succesful entrepreneurs are Cancerian, the majority of US presidents are Cancerian. No known dictator in the world was cancerian. Cancers are among the most stable of people, visionary leaders who stay focussed and emotionally stable to bring the state/ country/ business (or people they lead) to a higher level. Long term. Cancers have vision, are natural leaders, are determined, go getters, and stable in their goals, they are honest and people of integrety. Are there downsides?Well, to much determination can be difficult for some people around. They know what they want and what not, that this can be difficult for others is shown in the post of capricorn Shannon:

To shannon the capricorn writing about the cancer man she loves. He is not moody. You are. You wrote that sometimes you ignore him, other times you respond and are completely sucked in. That is being moody. He made it clear to you that YOU are the one over analysing things, reading to many things in his actions. things that are not there. He is clear to you. You are firmly in the friendszone. You just do not want to accept that. But that is not his fault. That has nothing to do with HIS starsign. He is very clear to you: you are just a friend to him and nothing more. If he is being kind or drinks coffee with you, i say this: that's normal for friends to do. There is nothing unclear or complicated about this guy.

You, girl, have something to work on. And don't get me wrong, we have all been there, that feeling when you really like someone to whom you are just a friend. It sucks. I get that. But you are making things worse for yourself by not accepting his clear response to you that you are just a friend to him. You are being moody, cause one day it is ignoring him completely and the other you are all friends with him. Stop driving yourself crazy.

and for all the cancers out here who are moody too (like the capricorn shannon) your moodyness is not a feature of your starsign. Being shy is not a feature of your star sign. Work on your issues instead of blaming them on a star sign, cause the majority of Cancers are succesfully leading states, companies, schools, classes or religious communities.

Danielle on September 04, 2017:

So true cause im a cancer too

Richard Adzido on July 03, 2017:

I'm Richard, Ghanaian, and a Cancerian.

I fell in love with a Piesces woman at age 7, but when I finally told her my feelings after 12 years, she said the way I want her to stay with me alone is so hard for her 'cause she wants to explore life, so even if she'll be mine, she can't avoid other guys!

It still hurts me that I lost her 'cause I was willing to be hers, and hers alone...

#if only they could see themselves through our eyes, then they'll realize how much we love them

Damy on April 04, 2017:

I am a cancerian and that is so me.

Dave Burney jr on March 16, 2017:

I need someone in my life and staying in my lifetime

Kait on March 04, 2017:

My Zodiac Is Cancer and this is all so true about me

Shell Anderson on February 07, 2017:

so true

elle64 (author) from Scandinavia on January 17, 2017:

i Think you need to let him go.I Think sometimes it comes back and sometimes it does not.All I know you Cannon change People.Remember to be good to yourself

Shannon on January 09, 2017:

I have tried understanding my Cancerian love, but unfortunately I have come to the end of the road. Each and every time I thought there was a small sign of hope, he would reassure me that I was firmly in the Friend-Zone, even with, what I thought was small inklings of caring, such as the random messages out of the blue when we had agreed to stop all contact, the visits to my office and of course agreeing to meet for coffee while I was on leave, as a Capricorn, I generally have control of everything, I like to know what is coming and to be prepared, but with this Cancerian man, I never knew what to expect, he used to tell me that I was the moody one, when clearly, it was him. I have decided that I cannot be "just friends" with someone I have fallen madly in love with, so we have ended our friendship on good terms, purely because he would still need to come through to my office on the odd occasion, and I have promised him that I would still be friendly with him when he does come through to do some work, but I have also asked him to promise me that he would no longer send me random messages as he has in the past, as those just make all these feelings come rushing to the surface again. Don't get me wrong, I feel as though my heart has been ripped out of my chest, but I don't see this going anywhere, so there is no other alternative but to end our friendship, perhaps I am not cut out to understand the complexity of a Cancerian. Some advice would be appreciated. (Please help!)

Shannon on December 20, 2016:

Thanks, Dat Cancer gal, I really am trying, I've tried keeping our conversations to a minimum, in fact I went as far as ignoring him, but after 5 days or so he has this habit of sending some random message, then I fall back into this confusing situation with him. Its so difficult right now, I don't know which way to turn, and my patience is running out waiting for him to at least acknowledge that I do mean something to him, to be fair, why would one stick around if there is no feelings at all there?

Frustrated Capricorn

Dat cancer gal on December 13, 2016:

Cos we r not trusting n we r scared ur love is temporary n we just want you to prove its 100% I like a Scorpio guy he's told me I love you 7 times but I'm yet today the same not bcoz I don't like be him I'm insecure and that's how cancers are keep proving to us that you're gonna stick around don't give up on us yet PLEASE!!!!!

Shannon on December 08, 2016:

I am a Capricorn that is in love with a Cancerian, he is the most difficult person to read, and although I have worn my heart on my sleeve with him, he is not open with me, however will do small things that will make me think he cares, then when I point them out, he will tell me that I am over analyzing things, or accuse me of reading into things a little too much. I am at the end of my road with this man, my patience is running out, why can he just not admit he does care or doesn't, be more upfront and honest!!

swordmaster21333 on October 19, 2016:

that is definitely me

elle64 (author) from Scandinavia on November 21, 2015:

Thanks for stopping by

elle64 (author) from Scandinavia on October 15, 2015:

Glad to hear that.

marie on October 14, 2015:

Got me on the dot

june 26 on August 10, 2015:

Not true at all.

I do appear insensitive, because I am insensitive.

Yvonne on July 05, 2015:

I have a Cáncer friend who Likes to take it so and i am now becoming to know him and starting to be patient withh him,so thanks for letting me get to know a little about my cancer friend.

Madi on June 22, 2015:

Is it possible for a cancer to act the oposie of emotional?

shhhh on May 15, 2015:

This is so true !?!?!

mujtaba soomro on January 06, 2015:

cancerian 28/6/1979 (premature)

vibesites from United States on March 24, 2013:

Oh this is so true! Sometimes I would be the first one to make the first move (like holding his hand, especially the first time we laid eyes on each other) because he was too sheepish. I love my Cancer guy, despite his flaws. Oh well, nobody's perfect anyway. :)

elle64 (author) from Scandinavia on March 18, 2013:

Thanks a lot for your comment- I wish you a good day

on March 17, 2013:


Thank you for emphasizing being straight-forward in relationships.

Cancer is an honest sign and hates guessing where things are at in their relationships. So, it's best if the significant other can be up-front with where the relationship is expected to be headed (as in long/short term).

I am an independent cancer, but I put a lot of effort in relationships.

And business is a suitable career. We like our money.

True, I am apt to hide my emotions x)

Cancer sun/sagittarius moon

Prakash Dighe from Dallas, Texas, USA on June 09, 2012:

Very well written. My wife is a Cancerian, and so much of what you've written is true! Now if only I'd read your article before I met her (a long time ago!), things could probably have been better!