What’s your horoscope, Cancer?
The two words that define you are: “I feel”
You live your life by your emotions. You are compassionate, nurturing and the most important part of your life is your home and family.
So who are you really, Cancer? What’s your best colour? What’s your lucky number? Who are you compatible with?
Even if you are not a believer in astrology or “the stars”, you probably at least know what your Zodiac sign is!
Read on to find out everything you need to know about the Cancerian Zodiac sign, but if you want to delve even deeper and plot your Cancer birth chart, this Astrology Guide – Astrology for Yourself: How to Understand and Interpret Your Own Birth Chart, which will help you do just that. And if you are a Cancerian, we just know you will want to spend hours getting it just right!
So, who are you Cancer and what do the stars have in store for you?
Keep reading to find out!
Stop! Are you sure you are a Cancerian?
Born on the cusp?
If you were born on the day the Sun moved into a new sign then you were born “on the cusp”. In the year I was born the sun moved into the next star sign, just two hours before my birth. Are you absolutely sure that your star sign is Cancer? Or are you really a Gemini or a Leo?
If you were born “on the cusp”, (ie around the 20th June or 20th July) use this link to check exactly which star sign the sun was in the day you were born: Cusp Signs.
Introducing Cancer – “I Feel”
June 21 – July 22
Cancer is the 4th sign of the Zodiac and its symbol (or glyph) is the Unicode, which represents the Crab, the perfect combination of hard and soft, with a tough outer shell balancing the softness inside.
In Western astrology, Cancer is considered to be a “feminine”, negative and introvert sign, along with the other five even-numbered signs of the Zodiac: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn, Scorpio and Pisces.
Cancer is a very small, dim constellation that sits between Gemini and Leo. It is sometimes referred to as the “Dark Sign” because it is so faint.
The Story of Cancer the Crab
The constellation of Cancer
The constellation of Cancer originates with the myth of The Twelve Labours of Heracles.
In mythology, the crab was sent by Hera to be a distraction to Hercules during a battle with a giant serpent creature. Hercules refused to be messed with during a fight, so he kicked the crab all the way to the stars.
Another version of this story says that Hercules crushed the crab under his foot. In honor of his valiant attempt at defeating Hercules, Hera placed the crab amongst the stars for eternity. However, because he failed in his quest, he was placed in the dimmest part of the sky where he would be remembered but not exalted.
The ruling planet of Cancer
Cancer is ruled by the moon, which is the ruler of the emotions and the soul.
Famous people born under the Zodiac sign of Cancer – do you identify with any of these…?
John Quincy Adams – 11 July
P.T. Barnum – 5 July
Richard Branson – 18 July
Eric Carle – 25 June
Frida Kahlo – 6 July
Ann Landers – 4 July
Nelson Mandela – 18 July
Michael Phelps – 30 June
Nancy Reagan – 6 July
Meryl Streep – 22 June
Robin Williams – 21 July
Cancer is a Water Sign
The Aristolean Elements The Zodiac is divided into four Elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water, which represent the four basic modes of being. Signs that share an Element are generally regarded to be harmonious with each other.
The Element of Cancer is “Water”, which it shares, and is compatible with, Scorpio and Pisces.
The Element of Water symbolizes flowing, intense emotions and basing actions and decisions on feelings rather than facts. It represents intuition, sensitivity, compassion, nurture and deep emotions.
Image is in the Public Domain: The Aristotelian Elements
The Qualities of Cancer
The signs of the Zodiac are also divided into Qualities: Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable and signs that share a Quality are generally regarded to be hostile to each other.
The Quality determines the basis for an individual’s temperament. Those with a certain Quality will tend to have dominating characteristics that are deeply ingrained and unchanged throughout their life. Each Quality views the world in a different way and reacts to stimuli differently so that their reasoning and actions may be contradictory to the other Qualities.
The Quality of Cancer is “Cardinal”
The Cardinal, or moveable, Quality is known to be a dynamic force. The original Latin word “cardinal” translates to “hinge”. It is used to describe the Quality of each of the starsigns that mark the transition into a new temperate season. Therefore, these signs are known for initiating action and providing strong leadership.
On the flip side, Cardinal signs can be thought of as stubborn and demanding, as they are sure that their way is the one and only way.
Aries, Libra and Capricorn are also Cardinal signs and are therefore less likely to be compatible with Cancer.
The positive side of Cancer
What’s to like about Cancer?
A person born under the sign of Cancer will tend to be loving, nurturing and compassionate. They are homebodies and very family-oriented. They will do anything to protect and care for the ones they love. They are leaders at home and in the workplace, productive and focused on a job well done.
The negative side of Cancer
What’s to loathe about Cancer?
Cancerians can be overly emotional and their moods can change quickly without notice. They are very devoted to their loved ones, but they will have a tendency to become clingy and overly attached.
They may come across as demanding and controlling.
What would you be good at Cancer?
Cancer has the intellectual capacity and natural abilities to be successful is almost any career. They tend to be well-organized and financially responsible, leading them to accomplished careers and comfortable bank accounts.
Cancerians feel a deep responsibility to the comfort and care of their family and loved ones, so they work hard to acheive the financial means necessary to ensure that those around them have a good life.
Great careers for Cancer would be: realtor, baker, gardener, housekeeper, nutritionist, journalist or affiliate marketer. They would also be successful in starting their own business or work-from-home ventures.
Possible medical weaknesses of Cancer
Cancer governs the breasts and digestive system
Just like the crab, Cancer is vulnerable in the belly region. They will be prone to gastric issues, such as ulcers and heartburn. They will tend to have weight problems and struggle with obesity. Cancerians should be extra careful with food intake and use salt sparingly to decrease the likelihood of water retention.
Cancer also governs the breasts and female reproductive system. Those born under this sign are said to be more prone to breast, ovarian and uterine cancers.
Cancer’s Lucky Number is 7
The number 7 is a true mathematical and scientific mystery. It is the only number that cannot be divided into the 360 degree Circle of Life. It represents:
source of creation
Cancer’s Lucky Colour: Silver
The shining color of the Moon
The lucky colour for Cancer is silver, the colour associated with it’s ruling planet, the Moon. Silver reminds us of a peaceful, moonlit night.
Silver suggests a bright and shiny future, optimism for the present and a soft reflection on the past. It instills a sense of calm and nostalgia, bringing a sentimentality to family-oriented Cancer.
Positive qualities of Silver: balanced, unbiased, compassionate, responsible, elegant, reflective
Negative qualities of Silver: indecisive, uncommitted, cold, distant, deceptive
Cancers find luck with the color silver because it provides a good balance between black and white. Cancers are often mediators, bringing reason and encouraging peace.
Other favorable colors for Cancer: white, orange, soft pink, soft blue
Unfavorable colors for Cancer: yellow, brown, black, grey
Cancer on Holiday
Suggested Vacation for Cancer
The perfect holiday for Cancer will be on warm, sandy beaches and they will want their family with them. This Water sign will feel grounded by the roll of the tide and the sound of the waves.