Cancer Sign – The Fourth Sign of the Zodiac
The Cancer sign is all about home. Those born under this sign are ‘roots’ kinds of people, and take great pleasure in the comforts of home and family. Cancers will certainly be merry if their home life is serene and harmonious. These folks don’t ask for much, either: a comfortable home and sense of peace about sums it up. It’s that nurturing instinct which makes Cancers a pleasure to be with.
The mascot of Cancer is the Crab, and much like this shelled little critter, Cancers are quick to retreat into their shells if it suits their mood. No wonder these folks are called crabby! For Cancer, it’s not that big of a deal, though, since they consider this ‘shell’ a second home (and they do love home). The flip side of this hiding is that shell-bound Crabs are often quite moody. Further, in keeping with their difficulty in sharing their innermost feelings, it can become a Herculean task to pry a Crab out of its secret hiding place. What to do? Give the Crab time. Eventually, these folks will come out to play again. When they do, they’ll be the first to say something.
Cancers are ruled by the Moon — the Great Mother of the heavens in ancient times. The Moon is associated with fertility, too, a quality that is most pleasing to Cancers. Their intuition is also a great help to them, especially in times of stress. These folks tend to pick up on things and bring them in, with the outward result ranging from sentimentality to possessiveness. Crabs are wise to listen to their gut, since this sign rules the stomach. The great strength of the Cancer-born is the tenacity with which they protect their loved ones.
Cancer Sign Summary
Dates: June 22 – July 22
Symbol: The Crab
Ruling Planet: Moon
House Ruler: 4th House
Polarity: Feminine / Yin
High/Light Traits: Caring, protective, fosters emotional security and connection
Low/Shadow Traits: Moody, defensive, live in the past, easily hurt, needy
Keyword: I Feel
Comparison With Its Symbol: The Crab
A crab is able to walk or run sideways. Similarly, Cancer natives can sometimes “move about” in life, in a figurative sense, in an indirect manner. The crab’s body is covered by a carapace (shell). Cancer natives are self-protective and sensitive, and often retreat into themselves when hurt. Crabs are able to resist changes in the environment, thereby protecting themselves from hostile elements in various habitats. Crabs have “complex behaviour patterns” (1). The inner world of Cancer natives is thought to be rather quirky and complex. Some crabs “conceal themselves by decorating their bodies with plants and animals” (2). Cancer natives tend to try to blend in with their environments, preferring not to make a big splash in life.
Cancer’s glyph, or symbol, may represent the breasts as a symbol of the nurturing qualities of the sign.
High Aries Personality Traits
Every star signs can represent their energy in the lightest, balanced or highest form. Some of Cancer’s high traits include the following traits:
Loving, caring, protective, nurturing, intimate, empathic, giving, supporting, receptive, sensitive, maternal, present, loyal, tenacious, generous, imaginative, psychic, romantic, sentimental, affectionate, responsive, tender, humorous, devoted, prepared, patriotic, self-reliant, retentive, constant, sympathetic, expressive, passionate, playful, youthful, patient, gentle, kind.
Low Cancer Personality Traits
Every star signs can represent their energy in the darkest, excessive or lowest form. Some of Cancer’s low traits include the following traits:
Possessive, jealous, stingy, defensive, passive-aggressive, withholding, withdrawing, panicky, hysterical, hypersensitive, projecting, blaming, intrusive, distorting, over-reacting, needy, clingy, sulking, brooding, insecure, moody, unreliable, petty, suspicious, immature, apprehensive, reclusive, overly nostalgic, self-centered, worried, afraid of being pinned down or trapped.
- Home and Country
- Aggravating situations
- Being told what to do 😉
- Advice (good or bad)
Planets in The Cancer Sign – An Overview
So now that we have discussed the Cancer element. Let’s take a little look at how the style of Cancer influences the planet in a bit more detail.
Sun in Cancer Sign
The Sun (to integrate) in Cancer (Instinctive and Protective)
Cancer Sun natives have a strange way of moving through life in a sideways manner, never approaching life head-on, but always from the side. They generally do not tackle anything straight away, but always from the flank. Emotionally, they are up one minute and down the next. These mood swings are sometimes difficult for others to understand and deal with.
Cancer natives are tenacious, sympathetic, industrious, sociable, thrifty, and protective. They can also be argumentative, sensitive, emotional, martyr-like, intuitive, psychic, and patriotic.
Cancer natives respond to life through their emotions rather than through their minds. They tend to absorb the emotional vibrations of wherever they’re at, so it is important to always be in positive environments. Because they live in their feelings, they unconsciously seek sympathy and attention and affection from others. They have a strong need to feel secure. Home and family bring the highest sense of security. Because of all this, they want to be first with those they love or they are very unhappy. Cancer natives must learn to release their loved ones to live their own lives.
Cancer natives are well-known for changing – their minds, their moods, anything. Since they usually possess a slower moving life force, they are usually less active than others. In order to be active, they must first motivate their mind. In general, they dislike exercise. As a consequence, they may become out of shape and gain weight in later years.
Cancer natives most often have excellent memories. This causes them to reminisce about the past and how things were done then. They are generally pack rats, saving everything, especially if it has some sentimental value. This gives a sense of security.
Cancer natives are home loving, fond of family life and domestic tranquility, enjoyers of travel and adventure, quietly tenacious and hard working for the welfare of the family. No matter how far they may roam, they always want a home to come back to. They may not be in it very much, but they still want a secure home base.
Cancer natives are conservative, but unfortunately, they are born worriers. Their tendency to keep all their problems to themselves is the reason some of them suffer from ulcers. They have this sense that something is about ready to sneak up on them and “get” them. Watch a Cancer walk and see if they aren’t walking a bit sideways, looking ahead of them and behind them at the same time. Stabilizing the emotions is important work for any Cancer person.
Moon In Cancer Sign
The Moon (to react to) in Cancer (Instinctive and Protective)
If you have the Moon in Cancer, you very easily respond to the emotional environment in which you are placed. You soak up feelings like a sponge. Perhaps this is why you so easily become moody, irritable and inconstant in thought and feeling. Learning to control your own moods may be very difficult, yet necessary, for you. Your greatest need is to nurture and mother someone or ones. You often appear irrational to others because you can’t always explain the reason or source of your feelings. Anyone who lives with you must accept your ups and downs and appreciate your need for times of withdrawal. You are also very sympathetic and understand the unspoken feelings and needs of others. You take slights very personally and though you may forgive a mistake by a friend or loved one, you never forget it. Security is very important to you and you look for it in your home and family life. Your senses and emotions are quite strong and it would be wise for you to listen to your intuitive side as you can be quite psychic. You are very tenacious and you do not give up or let go of things or people easily. Your mother is/was a strong influence for good or ill in your life. You are basically an introvert, but will do whatever it takes to protect and defend your family or loved ones. You tend to be a pack-rat because everything has an emotional memory behind it and you find security in all those memories. Nothing or no one is ever gone if they leave their memory behind. Thus, you can become quite possessive. You have the memory of an elephant, but you must learn to forgive and forget past hurts.
Mercury in Cancer Sign
Mercury (to communicate) in Cancer (Instinctive and Protective)
If you have Mercury in Cancer, your mind is connected with your memories, feelings, and emotions from the past. You tend to hold on to the memories of things because they give you security. You are highly interested in inner, subjective, and personal issues, and your thinking is based more on feelings, intuition, personal experiences, and prejudices rather than reason or logic. Intellectual abilities and accomplishments without heart or soul mean little to you. You are a sensitive listener and deeply interested in a person’s feelings and inner life. In addition to psychology, you are probably drawn to education, art, poetry, music, or mythology. You are shy and somewhat reticent about speaking in public, but you will open yourself up and share your thoughts in small, intimate, little family-type circles of people you know and trust. You perhaps enjoy keeping a diary or chronicle of your thoughts and feelings regarding your day-to-day happenings. Your mind retains and absorbs knowledge easily. You are intuitive, psychic, and sympathetic, yet may become depressed over your own problems and the problems of the world. You may have difficulty in getting to the root of the problem because you so easily become involved emotionally with the people instead of the problem. You may have difficulty in making decisions or you may simply change your mind constantly. Mental focus and control must be developed.
Venus in Cancer Sign
Venus (to harmonise) in Cancer Sign (Instinctive and Protective)
If you have Venus in Cancer, you are quiet, shy, sensitive, sentimental, gentle, and romantic and your feelings are deeply attached to your family, old friends, familiar places and memories, and the past. Remembering and celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, family rituals, and other days of personal significance is very important to you. You seek caring, emotional support and security in love affairs. You can be changeable and inconstant in matters of feeling and emotion. You desire peace and harmony in your home environment. You cling to those you care about like a crab that won’t let go. Carried too far, your love and concern for others may turn into a clinging, possessiveness, don’t-let-go type of relationship. Feelings of insecurity or feelings of being unloved or un-nurtured may lead you to eat too much and thus gain weight. You desire for rich or sweet food may contribute to the problem. Your mother probably had/has much to do with your feelings of love and affection. You like to be needed and your personal charm, magnetism and sympathy make you a natural caretaker. You have a need to mother others.
Mars in Cancer Sign
Mars (to assert) in Cancer (Instinctive and Protective).
If you have Mars in Cancer, you avoid direct confrontations with others, preferring to side-step issues or attack them indirectly. Aggressive, competitive behavior makes you uncomfortable. Your ego drive is not very strong and you are not especially ambitious or eager to push your way to the top. Inner satisfaction is more important to you. You may feel inadequate in situations that call for strong, forceful action. But, when you feel your loved ones or your family or anyone you really care about is being threatened, then you will fight and defend with all the tenacity in the world. That brings out the very strong protective side in you. Impulse and instinct take over and you will battle until the end, if needed. Your goals and actions tend to center around your family and loved ones and they are very personal. Great sacrifices can be made for them, even though they may be in the wrong. Being sensitive to stress, you do not handle high-pressure, competitive situations very well. You can be very touchy, moody, irritable and difficult to be around when there are many demands or tensions at work. Your energy level is not constant and is very dependent on your emotional state at the time, especially as regards your emotional harmony or discord at home. You should avoid eating when emotionally upset as this plays havoc with your digestive system. You are hard-working, sympathetic, moody, defensive, tenacious, intuitive, instinctive, sensitive, and perhaps over-emotional. Control of your emotions is important to your health and well-being.
Jupiter in Cancer Sign
Jupiter (to expand) in Cancer (Instinctive and Protective)
You are extremely confident (expand emotions). You can take a lot of stress and setbacks and bounce back. You may make your home in foreign places, or have a home furnished with different things. You have the confidence (Jupiter) to start new things (Cardinal). You may be confident (Jupiter) because of your early upbringing or because of some other outside cause (passive).
If you have Jupiter in Cancer, you are loving, peaceful, friendly, sociable, sympathetic and probably very patriotic. You have a most vivid imagination and have many Utopian dreams. There is probably interest in mystical things. You have good financial judgment, especially in real estate, with the ability to accumulate money and possessions, especially after mid- life. Much help is received from the parents. You may have weight problems, especially later in life because you do enjoy the delicacies of the dinner table. Your full potential may not be reached until middle or later life. There may be a tendency towards stinginess, holding on too long to memories and possessions. You may be a pack- rat. Maudlin sentimentality and over-emotionalism may also be problems for you.With Jupiter in Aries, they are enthusiastic, assertive, energetic, and filled with countless ideas on how to grow, promote, start, or expand the ideas which fill your head. They’re opinionated and can be very persuasive in getting people to go along with your plans and ideas. They like dealing with the big picture and have leadership qualities. Need to learn patience and to think before they act is probable. Their tendency to promise more than you can deliver should be watched. Tolerance of others people’s ideas and viewpoints should also be developed. They have the ability to sell things, ideas, material goods, philosophies. Over-optimism, conceit, self-centeredness, false pride and fanaticism over some cause may be your biggest shortfalls with this position.
Saturn in Cancer Sign
Saturn (to control) in Cancer (Instinctive and Protective)
You seek control in relation to your home and family instinctively and protectively. You feel safe and secure as long as your home is OK. You work hard for your family and home. You use your home to create good feelings and security. You are restricted somewhat by your past. You may feel guilty about the past or your family. You may feel moody or melancholic when what you consider to be your roots are threatened. This may mean you are patriotic.
If you have Saturn in Cancer, you are protective and persevering and you worry over loved ones. You can be moody, fearful and insecure perhaps because you feel unloved, probably by one or both parents. These feelings may bring on within you feelings of inadequacy toward your own ability to be a parent. As a parent you may be very demanding and a strict disciplinarian to your children. Emotional depression is something you need to conquer. Your unconscious fear of being hurt by others can cause you to withdraw from too close an emotional involvement with others. You are kind, but may lack empathy. You can be so busy protecting yourself from hurts that you are unable to see the hurts of others. There is a tendency for improper digestion due to the lack of certain digestive juices in the stomach. It would be best if you did not drink liquids with your meals (except milk, which is a food). There is a need to curb the appetite, as it can get you into trouble. Land and property may give you emotional security and alleviate feelings of not having something to fall back on.
Uranus in Cancer Sign
Uranus (to deviate) in Cancer (Instinctive and Protective)
If you have Uranus in Cancer, friends may never know what to expect from you. Uranus is a cold, unemotional planet, always encouraging logical, clear-cut action, while Cancer is all intuition and very emotional. If Uranus is a personal planet, this can be a source of tension for the individual. Instead of trying to choose between opposing extremes, the individual would do well to let one complement the other. At its best, this placing enhances the imagination, making it very original
Neptune in Cancer Sign
Neptune (to refine) in Cancer (Instinctive and Protective)
You refine in an instinctive and protective way matters to do with the home, or base, in its widest sense. Your imagination and dreams relate to the home, your group, your country, or even matters related to the development of yourself and your life. You may be caring about your roots and family. Your origins may be matters that fire your imagination. Overall, you are likely to be emotional about these matters and be protective over them. You are also likely to be deluded by some of these beliefs, if you do not keep control of your emotions. You can potentially break down and dissolve unwanted early experiences, family traditions and ethnic origins and attain more than would normally be expected (Neptune, water). You may be able to do this because of your powerful imagination (water, Neptune) where you can create new experiences.
Pluto in Cancer Sign
Pluto (to transform) in Cancer (Instinctive and Protective).
You transform in an instinctive and protective manner matters related to the “home”. You reach out into the world (or into the depths of the mind) (cardinal) in order to protect those things which are important to you as your roots, country, ethnic group, where there may be radical drastic changes. You do this in a sensitive, emotional, sympathetic way (water), which is nonetheless transforming.
Angles In Cancer – An Overview
So now that we have discussed the planets element let’s see how Cancer affect the house axis of the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th houses. Let’s take a little look at them in a bit more detail.
Ascendant (Rising Sign) in Cancer
People with Cancer rising tend to be less vital than average, sympathetic, compassionate, passive, nurturing, receptive, protective, retentive, changeable, psychic, sentimental, tenacious, timid, quiet, sensitive, acquisitive (pack-rat), and moody. Just like the crab Cancer represents, you may have the habit of looking ahead and behind you at the same time, not fully wanting to face the future head-on and always worrying about the past and what might be sneaking up on you from behind, causing you great worry. You go through life in a curious sideways motion, never going simply directly forward. You are sensitive and you retreat into your shell when you feel threatened. Your feelings can be easily hurt, even when no slight was meant and you can take things much too personally. You enjoy travel, but you absolutely need to know that you have a home base waiting for you to come back to. Security is everything for you in life. Physical security comes with a comfortable base of operations and emotional security comes from all your possessions and attachments that have sentimental value to you. In fact, that’s why you keep everything – because of all the emotional value and significance. Once you have latched onto something or someone, you do not tend to let go easily. You respond to life through feeling, not thinking. Your moods go up and down just like the tides.
A sensitive, nurturing and subjective approach to life serves to protect and channel your identity into emotionally supportive action in the world. Creativity, soul family and boundaries are your allies. Cancer does well with soft & sensual materials. Whatever you wear, dressing for “security and success” tends to influence your personal presentation. Classic styles that compliment rather than overshadow you are best. You are elegant rather than trashy. The sensitive energy of the Moon is Cancer’s ruler and the position of the Moon in the chart is important.
Descendant in Cancer Sign
Your Capricorn ascendant makes you slightly reserved in seeking a partnership and Cancer on the Descendant describes a homebody. You may be drawn to those who mother you in some way. Both Capricorn and Cancer prefer a less social lifestyle and enjoy time spent at home, cooking and building a wonderful nest.
Past family values are important to you and you base your approach to relationships on family conditioning. Your partner may find it difficult to get along with family members which can make some family relationships tense. The influences of your partner’s early childhood can have an emotional effect on your relationship with him/her which can leave you trying to keep control in “out of control” situations; also issues connected to family relationships can occur through your partner. Your partner can become emotional over any form of family control but you are a family-minded person and you take your responsibilities seriously. You believe in the security of home and family, and you will try to provide and support your family. Also you may look to your partner to support and take responsibility for family needs. You have a practical, logical approach to life and you control through family conditioning which you expect from others. Your partner may teach you to soften your inflexible approach to family and become more flexible to feeling and emotion beyond limiting family standards of behaviour. Conflicts in your relationship with your partner can arise when love and affection are denied through family conditioning. The welfare of your relationships should not revolve around confining and limiting rules and regulations. Matters of emotional security and family control will have to be balanced. If you find the balance, love will endure through the hardships of life.
MC in Cancer Sign
If your midheaven is in Cancer, you are able to see situations and people on a deeper level. You are nurturer, sensitive to others’ thoughts and feelings -yet you can differentiate between those who really need help and those who claim to need help. Although change rocks the boat, your career path may change quite a bit, or experience highs and lows due to insecurity. Your changeable nature can reverse into an ambitious and driven nature once you find passion, which may not be in a field that involves a high pay rate. You have a creative edge in whichever field you end up in. You can find yourself in a career that allows you utilize your intuition about people combined with your creativity.
Can be drawn to: social work, pediatrics, child education, nursing, teaching, psychology, photography, food industry, history, cosmetology, marketing, writing and poetry, construction, music
IC in Cancer Sign
You have picked up Cancerian ‘DNA’ in your family tree thanks to a relative who was probably your mother, grandmother or great-grandmother. Cancer rules the female line. Sometimes it is a male who had a ‘mothering’ role so he may have been a cook, teacher, nurse or even raised the children himself. You will physically resemble this family member more than any other. Depending on your personal chart, you may be heavily Cancerian (if you have three or more horoscope factors there) or just find that your maternal instinct shows up occasionally, through particular jobs or interests. In your lifetime you may be drawn to children’s charities, entertainment for children or teenagers, motherhood itself (as a full-time occupation), and so on. Cancer is also very much about patriotism so this family member would have been prepared to fight for/die for the nation. Property also matters with this IC position
Astral Bodies In Cancer – An Overview
So now that we have discussed the Axis, let’s see how Cancer effects some of the astral bodies in a bit more detail.
North Node in Cancer Sign
Depending on your node placement, you may be more comfortable with one gender over the other. You may need to develop more ease with the gender represented by your north node. Cancer north node people are learning to understand women and feminine energy, and may be “one of the guys.” The female Cancer north node is often quite girlish in appearance, but can be structured, driven and single-focused on the inside. These people have spent lifetimes as “captains of industry” and patriarchs, conquering the world and accumulating wealth. Now, they are learning that there’s more to life than just work and money.
Cancer north node people’s mission is to enjoy home, family and heartfelt connections. However, many can be reluctant parents. Male or female, they may prefer to express their newfound maternal energy as “work moms” who nurture coworkers or acting as mentors. Caution: When Cancer north nodes do get sentimental, their Hallmark moments can be over-the-top and a little awkward. (These are the people who might hang a “Live Laugh Love” plaque over their desks.)
South Node in Cancer Sign
When the South Node falls in Cancer, in past lives you have over-emphasised domestic responsibility. When young, you could have sought the security of family life because you lacked confidence. You may have felt shy in the public world. Domesticity does not come naturally to you, and you may not feel domestically inclined. You may have had to take responsibility at a young age due to family circumstances. You may have felt it was your responsibility to support others through family circumstance. You may have felt emotional support was limited when you needed it, you had to be supportive. There will be a strong emphasis in your life on caring for people such as your family and friends, or you may involve yourself in a caring profession. This is a strong drive within you. You have a well developed sense of loyalty to your family and you will give your support. You take your responsibilities seriously, and you strongly consider the care and welfare of the people around you. For example you may consider the needs of your boss, the welfare of your friends and family, and the emotional needs of your children (if you have children). You make sure that you are there for everyone, but you can have a problem. You may take on caring responsibilities at the expense of achieving in the public arena. You can be over-sensitive to the needs of others and over emphasise the importance of emotional security and support. Your ideal would be to operate a business from home with a strong emphasis on support and care.
Chiron in Cancer Sign
Chiron in Cancer may feel like an outsider. They may feel unwanted, un-nurtured and unloved. On the good side, they are very nurturing themselves. It is difficult for them to let others care for them. They may give to everyone except themselves. They may end up taking in every stray that crosses their path. They need to learn to give to themselves and cherish their own needs. This helps balance them and make them whole. Opening themselves up to accept love and care from others is a big step towards healing that inner hurt. If they can learn to indulge themselves once in awhile, they will begin to realize what they have been missing all along.
Part of Fortune in Cancer Sign
The Part of Fortune in the signs shows how you can find joy by allowing the energy of the sign to flow freely. With the Part of Fortune in Cancer you achieve happiness and success through nurturing growth and giving birth to new possibilities.
You are warm, kind and maternal with a natural gentleness which means you can embody the love of the Mother. To find success you need to feel secure and you tend to look for that security within the domestic world. You want to feel close to others so you can express all your love and warmth and share your talent for nurturing others. Your fortune will be built on a secure emotional foundation created from who and what you love.
If the domestic world isn’t your thing, you may find happiness wherever you feel most at home. This could be your own home, or in any area of well-focused activity. You can find stability within the natural changes of life and your prosperity will tend to come in cycles. Joy will come through the experience of nurturing others and being nurtured in return.
You have an intimate connection with the beginnings of things. You particularly enjoy the process of giving birth to something, whether this is a child, a business, idea, project, or vision. You like to play a personal role in bringing new things into existence.
The point opposite the Part of Fortune may block the free flow of energy and make it harder to find joy, but only if you take it personally. If you allow it to manifest impersonally it will help you achieve happiness. The opposite sign here is Capricorn so you can understand how things grow to maturity over time. You can see how ambition works and how things can sometimes crystallise too fast. If a project is given form too quickly it can become rigid and lose its original meaning.
You want to take part in the creation of the world, but if you take that ambition personally it could make you rigid and inflexible. For anything to grow it needs to stay flexible, and this is your job – to stay connected to the beginnings of things. When you take an impersonal view of ambition it stops you from getting ahead of yourself and reminds you that the ends don’t justify the means. You can do things for the sake of doing them, rather than for the glory of the goal at the end. Nurturing means allowing things to grow at their own rate and letting them take the right form at the right time.
Cancer Pot of Gold
You’ll find joy by giving nourishment to projects and people who need it in order to flourish. Nurturing is the key to your happiness.
- Invest in things that last and save for a rainy day.
- Stay in touch with your inner child.
- Don’t hasten the harvest.
- Spread the love around.
Eros in Cancer Sign
If Eros is in the sign Cancer then you cannot separate love and sex from a sensitive bond with someone. In fact, if you have Eros in Cancer then an emotional connection is a prerequisite to sex and love – you simply must have intimacy in the receptive, instinctive way before it gets physical. With Eros in Cancer you’ll experience the most intense attraction and love for someone who makes you feel safe and nurtured. Be aware of your tendency to smother the one you love and to be too overprotective of yourself sexually and emotionally. It’s difficult to feel sexually free when you’re so worked up about being emotionally vulnerable yet at the same time, you crave deep emotional connections. And with this placement, you tend to be the most nurturing lover to the one you give your heart to. With Eros in Cancer, love and sex are sacred expressions of your most raw self – your soul.own.
Vertex in Cancer Sign
You are expected to deal with the public or in the public interest, handle the emotional factors in situations, and learn to deal with women or public figures. People also anticipate your ability to spot trends and accept a background or parental role, and to acknowledge the emotional side of your nature.
Doing these things may help you to develop your nurturing qualities and to recognize your own dependency needs as legitimate concerns in your life. You may also discover a capacity to play the parent role to the world.
Not accomplishing these things may put you at the mercy of other peoples emotions. Situations become distorted and conflicts develop with people who feel you have let them down. You may also give in to the temptation to suppress your emotions.