The Sign: Cancer

  • Birthday: June 20 – July 22
  • Element: Water
  • Quality: Cardinal
  • Symbol: A Crab
  • Opposite: Capricorn
  • Associated House: 4th
  • Associated Tarot Card: The Moon
  • Associated Numerology Numbers: 4 and 6

Compassionate (or Crabby) Caregiver


Cancer Sun Sign:

Motherly, Emotional, Intuitive, Moody, Caring, Home-Maker, Loyal Spouse, Clean, Self-Pitying, Sympathetic, Gentle, Emotionally Manipulative, Dedicated, Traditional, Understanding, and Loyal.

With the Sign of Cancer being ruled by the moon, but having it as a sun sign means that these people can shift between moods very rapidly. One moment, they are being pulled by la lune (the moon) and the next, they are as sunny as the rising sun. They have larger than life personalities that fascinate most people. They are tons of fun to be around when their mood is at a high. However, they can come across as quite rude when the mood is negative, but no worries! It won’t last long.

Because cancer rules the 4th house of family and tradition, Cancer is very family-oriented. You will often find them taking family vacations, taking care of their grandparents in their older ages, or eating dinner with their parents and siblings every Wednesday night and they will expect their partner to go with them too. They make very caring and gentle parents, but can be a bit overly-protective and restrictive of their children, but it’s only to protect them. To their spouses, they are loyal and dedicated, but can sometimes be a bit clingy. Simply put, it is in their nature to crave the protection of their partners.

They connect with their partners on such a deep level that they can often communicate with them, and others they’re in close relationships with, silently. Gazing into their eyes means you’re getting a message from them. Unfortunately, their need to surround themselves with tough people for self-protection means they often choose toxic relationships or abusive partners. With the best intentions and a soft, caring nature means that they sometimes become misguided and choose the wrong types as company.

Lastly, Cancer sun is very trusting and will give you plenty of chances. It may take a while to fully forgive, but they will still love you. They trust anyone until that trust is broken and they will always give you the benefit of the doubt. As they learn with age, they will explore more freedom that allows them to feel more calm. It is important that they express their deep emotions creatively because it will ease and balance their nature.

Famous Sun Cancer People:

Selena Gomez, Tom Cruise, Prince William, Princess Diana, Sylvester Stallone, Lana Del Rey, Tom Hanks, Cyndi Lauper, Vin Diesel, Robin Williams, Nikola Tesla, George Orwell, Malala, 14th Dalai Lama, Maryl Streep, Anthony Bourdain, Ariana Grande, Kristen Bell, Carson Daly, Jason Mraz, Indila, Gretchen Wilson.

***SIDE NOTE: If you don’t know who Indila is, she’s a very well-know singer of the French language and she’s my favorite! If you’re interested, one of my all-time favorite songs is linked here <<<

Cancer Moon Sign:

Having your moon sign in cancer can be very hard to tame. This placement is in it’s sign of rulership and that means that cancer moons feel every emotion extremely intensely and are hyper-sensitive beings with extraordinary psychic ability and intuitive wisdom, which can be overwhelming. These people may perhaps deal with severe anxiety as a result. However, they are the ultimate female energy and will empower others to channel this energy as well! (My daughter is a cancer moon and I’m proud!)

Being connected with the outer realms and fully connected to the divine feminine, as moon rulers, these people, specifically women, are very motherly, caring, and even moodier than cancer sun people! (Can you blame these human antennas?) They may also deal with mania, bi-polar disorder, depression, or frequently felt genuine sadness occurring from empathy or are simply melancholy in nature. They are extremely sensitive to their environments and usually stick to what is familiar and safe. They can’t help but to be emotional over rational/logical and will forget as quickly as they forgive, but that does NOT mean they are dumb! They are feelers, who intuitively know what is really going on.

Their mother is highly protective of them and will usually have Cancer sun, moon, rising, OR have a heavy influence of the moon in her chart. They will also be closely bonded to their mother, where they inherit this ability through the her female ancestral lines. (I am Cancer/Gemini Rising-Moon is my ruler). Men with this placement will have a strange bond with his mother, perhaps feeling a need to connect and a profound love, but something seems to be missing and he can’t put his finger on what it is. Personally, I believe it is a unconscious desire to carry the female ancestral “duty” and creating a sense of disatisfaction with the self for being a male, but energy is not the same as genitalia and everyone is capable of harnessing feminine energy. (You would not have emotions if not). They often form quick and strong emotional attachments, which can sometimes cause obsessions.

Their behavior comes from their instincts, making them prone to sleepwalking or acting out dreams. As they are channels for transmitting cosmic/divine information, they have a habit of carrying strong emotional burdens. It’s important for them to have the support of their family so they don’t isolate, become oddly shy, or get too absorbed in their daily habit. They actually enjoy socializing, but they have a habit of trusting people too easily and get burned quite often. This will get better with practice and age. Keep in mind, they are happiest living near bodies of water, making it easier to calm the constant currents in their mind’s eye.

Famous Cancer Moon People: Adam Sandler, Janis Joplin, Keanu Reeves, Courtney Love, Mary J. Blige, Bob Hope, Emilia Clarke, Clark Gable, Robin Williams, Drew Barrymore, Isaac Newton, Farrah Fawcett, Harrison Ford, Kurt Cobain, Bette Midler, Clint Eastwood, Jessica Simpson, Lord Byron, Jimmy Page.

Cancer Rising Sign/Ascendant:

Like cancer sun and moon, these people (myself included), are moody, extremely sensitive, self-protective, guarded, feels full emotional spectrum, are excellent observers, is nurturing, maternal, and has a natural tendency to choose emotion over logic. Although they are expressive, using a lot of hand gestures and talking a lot, they do not enjoy having the attention on them, but they won’t shut up once you allow them to get comfortable. Good luck! They engage with their environments on a deep level and if everyone else is engaging with them, boy, do they feel it, which means they run away when distressed.

Because their ruler is the moon, and the moon changes so frequently, they seem highly unpredictable. A full moon will give them huge energy boosts during the peak and possible hysteria later on. Although these people appear tough, they are actually quite mushy on the inside and actually need a lot of affection. Often coming from a rather tough childhood, they prefer a partner who makes them feel secure, but they have a forgiving and tolerant heart and are polite to a fault. They see the world from a different angle and even their memories can trigger highly emotional responses. Although unaware of this, they are great leaders who create their own traditions for their families and they will be VERY protective of their home, spouse, and most importantly, their children.

They usually have quite expressive and large eyes, pale (or more pale than family members) skin, dark(er) hair, thin limbs, and a lulling, honey-like voice. They have an unusual biorhythm and will instinctively make instinct-based moves at the perfect time, unknowingly. With Sharp psychic insight, a powerful intuition, like empathy sponges, they are very aware of other’s emotional needs, creating constant worry inside them. Unfortunately, this means they frequently isolate themselves and often live rather lonely lives. Having a comfortable space of their own in their own is a must!

Famous Cancer Rising/Ascendant: Angelina Jolie, Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Iggy Pop, Lisa Kudrow, Mel Gibson, Cindy Crawford, Julia Roberts, Mark Wahlberg, Tyra Banks, John Travolta, Kanye West, Ben Affleck, Farrah Fawcett, Cameron Diaz, Liv Taylor, Kate Hudson, Milla Jovovich, Leo Tolstoy, Cher.

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