Cancer Characteristics and Personality

18 Jan 2019
Upon meeting a Cancer, the first words that spring to mind are ‘home’ and ‘family’. Moving from Gemini and the quest for knowledge to Cancer, the individual enters the stage where what is sought after is a shelter and protection. It is the sign in most need of emotional security and a sense of belonging. That is the reason why Cancer people see their home and family as a shelter satisfying their need for bonds with the past. The past forms a very important part in their life and, therefore, it comes as no surprise that they often show a great interest in history.
  • Cancer dates are June 22 – July 22.
  • Element: Water
  • Mode: Cardinal
  • Cancer symbol: ♋
Cancer is –not randomly– symbolised by the Crab; the way in which Cancereans act (and, in some cases, even the way in which they move) resembles that of crabs. It is sideways and oblique due to shyness, and if someone has Cancer prominent in their birth chart, their timidity is bound to make them feel easily embarrassed.
It is widely believed that Cancer people are characterised by intense mood swings. That is only a half truth, since their mood swings are due to the fact that they are always in absolute consonance with their environment’s prevailing emotional ambience and, as a consequence, their sensitive nature makes them perceive even the slightest change in the atmosphere and experience it so intensely that their mood transforms in a matter of minutes.
Another principal attribute of Cancereans is that they tend to become overprotective with their family and generally all the people they regard as ‘family’, and to assume the role of ‘mother’ within their companies and/or in their personal relationships. They also greatly cherish humour, as laughter provides them with the emotional safety they need in order to coexist with others. Sometimes, they might even share a joke with people they do not see as part of their ‘family’. Of course, they would never have anyone not belonging to their ‘family’ sleep over at their place.
Equally typical of Cancer people is the treasuring of memories. They have a very strong memory; they do not recall events so much as their emotional state in each situation, even if many years have passed since it transpired.

What is certain is that Cancereans belong to the most tender and sentimental sign, which makes them great companions and friends. Read here for Cancer Daily Horoscope

Cancer Traits

Cancer, the fourth sign of the Zodiac is one of the most sensitive signs. A Cancer personality is empathetic & caring but the reasons behind this are more complex than one could imagine. The sign’s zest for life comes from its Cardinal Quality, while the emotional roller-coaster the sign seems to be on most of the time comes from its association with the Water Element. Keep in mind Cancerian reader that the quality of each sign largely shapes its compatibility with other zodiac signs.

Cancer Personality

Laughter is something people under this sign value greatly as it allows them to let loose and enjoy their coexistence with others. Jokes are also valued by Cancerians for the exact same reason and sharing jokes with you is a great indicator that you’ve established a communication line that feels safe to them.

Every person under the sign of Cancer is a living bank of memories! Memory is one of the sign’s strongest suits but not in the sense of remembering details like the color of a dress, or the exact song that played on a certain day but in that of being able to recall exactly how all those moments felt, even after decades have passed…

Cancerians are sensitive, tender beings and in fact Cancer is considered to be just that: the most sentimental sign. If you manage to make them feel safe enough to “let you in” they will prove themselves to be excellent friends and partners.

The Cancer Man

Sensitive and psychic, the spooky Cancer man always feels the pain - his own mostly - and loves telling you all about it. He might even still suck his thumb. The Cancer man will also likely be into history or be interested in your relationship history and he’ll never forget your birthday. His offbeat sense of humor and gentleness are big pluses.

How to win the heart of a Cancer Man

Some of our biggest home-grown movie stars, like Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks and Harrison Ford, were born under this sign. Whether you’re sizing him up as your own personal all-American action hero or as a comfort blanket in human form, your Cancer man is a tough nut to crack. He can also be a bit nutty when his lunar ruler plays up in his horoscope, and one of the best ways to win his heart is to tickle his funny bone. Is he a mummy’s boy? He might be, and you might be compared to her more than you’d like to be – plus, if you’re close to your mum and/or your family, then you’ll go up in his estimation right away.

The Cancer Woman

Lady Cancer is unfathomable. She’s closed for business, the shutters pulled down tight and nobody knows who this mysterious clam really is. That’s true even when she’s the life of the party making clever jokes and everything. It’s all a front. A fortress with a deep mote. She puts on a tough outer persona to hide her vulnerabilities and you could spend years in her vicinity and never truly know her. It’s because her inner world is a constant swirl of shifting moods and impressions, which must be kept firmly under wraps.

Family is everything to Lady Cancer. Blood is thicker than sharing a cocktail most evenings and Lady Cancer can be very cliquey. A bit like a Mafia boss, she only lets the most trustworthy into her inner circle so no wonder said circle stays very small. Once you become family, she’s loyal and fiercely protective of you, even when you cross a line. You’re family after all. Lady crab likes to fuss over the ones she loves. She’s a home-maker and a house-cat, her home being her sanctuary. She has a very active imagination which sadly tends toward the worst. Can’t be helped. She’s naturally wired to sniff out danger and build her defences. She can be a hoarder or “collector" and loves delving into history, the strange and unexplained, family trees, ancient lands and traditions.

How Cancer acts when they first fall in love

Impetuous Mars is in Cancer right now. Crabs could fall shell over pincers in love at any moment! Usually, those born under the sign of the crab remain slightly buttoned up, not wishing to appear too keen, even when they’re secretly measuring up for a closet extension ahead of when their new love moves in!

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Date Modified: 18 Jan 2019
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