The Crab

Cancer Image

June 21 - July 22

The fourth sign of the zodiac is concerned with:
* receptivity, sensitivity, defense
* home, protection, comfort, domesticity
* food, nurturing instincts
* nostalgia, sentiment, roots, antiques
* money, business, response to public need
* dreams, the psychic, telepathy
* family, history, memory, patriotism

Elemental Quality

Cancer is the cardinal sign of the zodiac. It can be liken to a safe harbor in which boats can take shelter from the dangers on the sea of life. Water finds its own level -- it settles. The metaphorical harbor is the way Cancer provides a safe and organized place for human activity, setting each ship in its allotted place.

Spiritual Goal

To learn how to take a balanced view of things.

The Cancerian Personality

These are the general personality traits found in people who are typical of Cancer. An unhappy or frustrated Cancer may display some of the not-so-attractive traits.

* Tenacious* Possessive
* Shrewd and intuitive* Too easily hurt
* Kind* Moody
* Compassionate* Crabby
* Domesticated* Matriarchal
* Good memory* Holds on to insults
* Helpful* Selfish
* Caring* Manipulative
* Sensitive to need* Introspective
* Protective* Overpowering

Secret Cancer

Inside anyone who has strong Cancerian influences is a person who was very shy when young and who still tends to use a hard outer shell in defense against what are perceived as hurts from other people.

The most vulnerable part of the Cancerian personality is an inner fear of nameless dangers that often reduce a wonderful dream to a pessimistic worry. The fear is becoming lost in the dark of outer space. This indefinable fear of insecurity is often what drives the typical Cancerian personality to invest much time and effort in activities which will enhance a feeling of security and self-preservation.

Ruling Planet and Its Effect

The Moon rules the zodiac sign of Cancer, so anyone whose birthchart has a strong Cancerian influence will absorb and accurately reflect every emotion that is experienced.

In astrology, the Moon's cycle of waxing and waning is a metaphor for the cycle of changing moods of the Cancerian personality, who can experience periods of wondrous elation and of crabby depression.

The Moon is also associated with oddities and, when in the mood, Cancerian humor can be quite crazy -- almost lunatic. Cancerian humor provides some of the best comedy in the world of entertainment, because it is always based on an accurate observation of human nature.

Cancerian Lucky Connections
Colors: yellow, orange, and indigo
Plants: lotus, moonwort, and almond
Perfume: onycha
Gemstones: pearl, amber, and moonstone
Metal: silver
Tarot Card: the chariot
Animals: crab, turtle, and sphinx

The Cancerian Look

People who exhibit the physical characteristics distinctive of the sign of Cancer are of three facial types.

Whichever type they are, they have very expressive faces. Every mood, emotion, and fleeting response shows in the changing features of the Cancerian face.

Physical Appearance

* Body: usually top heavy; can be slim, but often on the plump side.

* Face 1: crablike with a large head, high cheekbones and prominent brows; eyes small and far apart.

* Face 2: moonlike and baby-faced, round with soft skin, a wide mouth, and a charming grin; eyes are usually round.

* Face 3: a combination of the two above, but distinctive, with especially strong cheekbones.

The Cancer Male

If a man behaves in a way typical of the personality associated with the zodiac sign of Cancer, he will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below, unless there are influences in his personal birthchart that are stronger than that of his Cancer sun sign.

The typical Cancer man:
* has a fairly bony structure
* may have remarkable teeth, perhaps prominent, irregular, or in some way unusual
* if crab-faced, he will have a prominent lower jaw
* may have broad shoulders
* even if slim, may appear broad or plump
* may be plump or tend to put on weight very easily
Behavior and Personality Traits
* is extremely sensitive
* wears clothes with a conservative cut
* does not like to be conspicuous
* has some favorite old casual clothes which he always wears; he would be very cranky if anyone threw out his precious old sweater
* does not push himself into the limelight
* enjoys the limelight if it turns on him for awhile
* dislikes discussing his personal life
* loves security, money, food, and children
* uses roundabout tactics to get what he wants
* has an uncanny business sense
* is usually very attached to his mother

The Cancer Female

If a woman behaves in a way that is distinctive of the personality associated with the zodiac sign of Cancer, she will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below, providing there are no influences in her personal birthchart that are stronger than that of her Cancer sun sign.

The typical Cancer woman:
* has a face that is typically round and soft but may be a crab type as described above
* may be flat-chested or have a large bust
* has hips that are often slimmer than her bust
* puts on weight easily in middle age
* has a strong bone structure
* has very expressive eyes
* has long arms and legs compared with body
* has large and long or small and chubby hands and feet
Behavior and Personality Traits
* is introspective and emotional
* uses her intuition more often than logic
* will use all her nurturing instincts to care for and protect friends and family
* wants material security and comfort
* never does anything impulsively
* is shy but very sexual
* easily takes offense at minor insults
* is patient, subtle, and often unconciously manipulative

Young Cancer

If a child behaves in a way that is distinctive of the personality associated with Cancer, he or she will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below.

Behavior and Personality Traits
The typical Cancer child:
* changes mood frequently
* loves delicious food and drinks but almost always dribbles even when past babyhood
* is facinated by colors and pictures
* will remember every experience right into adulthood
* longs to be hugged, loved, and encouraged
* withdraws inwardly from any kind of rejection
* can play alone for hours
* often invents invisible playmates
* may cry a lot and use tears to get what he or she wants
* when older, Cancerian children seek any kind of job to earn money and save it

Bringing Up Young Cancer

Most Cancerians are delightful, facinating children whose faces show every changing mood. They love to use their imaginations and are easy to manage and discipline when young, providing they are given a lot of warmth, approval, and attention.

Parents should laugh and cry with a Cancerian infant and give constant reassurance when he or she is fearful, which is likely to be often.

Cancerian children are usually docile and well-mannered, but prefer to be the leader rather than the follower.

Young Cancer's Needs

Cancerian children are very sensitive to emotional hurts and rejections and must have parental support at these times. If they feel rejected and unloved they will grow up to be reclusive, withdrawing permanently inside their shell in self-protection.

What To Teach Young Cancer

A Cancerian child needs to feel free to express his or her emotions in poetry, painting, story making, music making, acting, or any other form of creativity. Thus, young Cancer should be taught the basic techniques and given the space and materials to enable him or her to express things adequately.

The parents of a Cancerian child must find a middle way between too much firmness and too much spoiling. Teaching the young Cancerian to use his or her natural instincts to care for others is a very good way of achieving this.

A clear and quick punishment will do no harm when necessary, providing it is balanced with much physical affection at other times.

When Cancerian children use their vivid imaginations to exaggerate the truth, they should be taught to distinguish between reality and imagination. They need plenty of outlets for their imagination.

Cancer At Home

If a person has a personality that is typical of those born with a Cancer sun sign, home is place which must offer complete security, and he or she will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below.

Typical Behavior and Abilities
When at home, a Cancerian man or woman:
* is capable of most kinds of home improvement jobs
* can cook and will keep a well-stocked kitchen
* feels safe and secure and so can relax
* will tend the garden
* may have collections of antiques
* spoils all visitors
* will hoard anything seen as potentially valuable
Cancer as a Parent
* may worry too much about their offspring
* will protect and support the children
* may be over-possessive
* will enjoy loooking after and playing with the babies
* will do anything to help and encourage the children's creative development
* remembers every birthday and anniversary

Two Cancers in the Same Family

If the mutual need for security and reassurance can be satisfied, two Cancerians can get along well.

Their greatest conflicts will arise when they disagree about intuitive matters. Together they can work very well at a money-making activity. The Cancerian sensitivity may result in some highly emotional moments, but as long as each person has a creative outlet, all will be well.

The Cancerian sense of humor should be encouraged and will relax any stressful moments that arise from Cancerian selfishness.

Cancer At Work

At work, the person who has a typical Cancer personality will exhibit the following characteristics.

Typical Behavior and Abilities
A typical Cancerian at work:
* is there to make money
* takes work seriously and works hard
* will take responsibility
* responds to affectionate appreciation
* works steadily and is reliable
Cancer as Employer
A typical Cancerian boss (male or female):
* expects his or her people to be neatly dressed
* takes work seriously and does not like frivolity
* has one aim: to make money
* drives a hard bargain but is fair
* rarely forgets anything
* generously rewards hard work
Cancer as Employee
A typical Cancerian employee (male or female):
* will work hard for money because a good bank balance makes him or her feel secure
* will accept discipline calmly
* expects the rate of pay to increase steadily in response to increased output and responsibility
* enjoys taking responsibility
Working Environment
The workplace of a typical Cancerian man or woman:
* must be comfortable and secure
* will have family photos displayed
* will be organized for hard work
* should be furnished with the best quality tools
* a location near water would be an added bonus

Typical Occupations

Occupations that attract typical Cancerians are the food industry, such as baking, candy making, catering, nutrition, hotel or domestic work; animal breeding; horticulture; gardenings; anything connected with boats, water, ponds, rivers, fountains, pools, fishing; any kind of trading; counseling; psychotherapy; social work; nursing; obstetrics; political work connected with any of these.

Cancer and Love

For a Cancerian, love thrives when there is a combination of constant affection with a healthy bank balance and substantial assets.

A Cancerian in love will have many of the characteristics listed below.

Behavior When In Love
The typical Cancerian:
* will rarely make the first move
* fears he or she will be rejected
* will retreat, deeply hurt, at the first sign of ridicule or criticism
* will repond to honest warmth and affection
* can become tenaciously attached to the loved one
* is a romantic at heart
* will put the loved one first in all things
The typical Cancerian expects:
* to be loved forever
* to have his or her cooking appreciated
* to work hard for money and security
* the family to come first in all things
* to be needed as a tower of strength and refuse
* unshakable loyalty and devotion

The End of An Affair

The confusion between emotional hunger and love can lead to relationship problems. Cancerians often feel they are not loved enough, and so make draining demands on any partner who seems to have become uninterested. The Cancerian will cling more tightly as a relationship deteriorates, making separation very difficult.

If the partner has been unfaithful, the Cancerian will become very jealous and may react aggressively because the hurt is so great.

On the other hand, a Cancerian who feels unloved may secretly wander off to find someone else to satisfy their strong emotional needs. Even so, they will resist divorce, no matter how unpleasant the marriage becomes as a consequence.

Cancer and Sex

Love and sex are synonymous to the typical Cancer, as are love and marriage.

The Cancerian does not want a complicated sex life. The place where a Cancerian makes love must be secure and help him or her to relax.

Cancerians tend to dramatize love and can become very strongly attached to someone who never intended to make a commitment and therefore cannot reciprocate their feelings.

Cancer and Partner

The person who contemplates becoming the marriage or business partner of a typical Cancerian must realize that the Cancer will want to be the dominant partner and will expect total devotion.

Given this, the person who partners Cancer can expect consideration, prosperity, and a strong sense of belonging to family or company. The contented Cancerian will never let the partner down.

Cancerian Man As A Partner

He will want a partner who will nurture him and take care of all the domestic details, making sure he has a comfortable nest to return to after a day's work.

In marriage or business, he will want others around him. If the marriage proves to be childless, adoption or fostering are likely.

A business is itself seen as a family. He will not usually enjoy working freelance.

Cancerian Woman As A Partner

She will seek a partner as soon as she leaves the parental home -- someone who will luxuriate in her protective caring.

She will devote herself completely to the partner, even taking subtle control of him or her.

In business, she will be an excellent manager.

A Cancerian woman will want a family, and if denied the joy of children will aquire a household full of animals instead.

The Cancerian wife is never a dependent when it comes to earning money. She will take a job outside the home to enhance the family's financial security.

Opposite Sign

Capricorn is the complementary opposite sign to Cancer, and forms the paternal complement to Cancerian maternalism. From Capricorn the Cancerian can learn how to distinguish reality from imagination, thus getting things into the right perspective and consequently making better judgments.

Cancer and Friends

In general, Cancer likes friends who will support his or her emotional and financial needs when necessary -- and Cancer will reciprocate.

Positive Factors

Friends are, in many ways, regarded as family possessions themselves and are treated as such, with loving care, protective hospitality, sensitive consideration, and great tenderness.

Although some friends may come and go, friends from younger days are the most precious.

Negative Factors

When he or she is hurt by a friend, the Cancerian anger may last for a long time and the friend may be abandoned. However, if the friend is an old friend, then the emotional attachment will finally lead to reconciliation.

Cancerians do tend to set their own standards by the progress their friends are making.

A compatibility chart, below, lists those with whom Cancer is likely to have the most satisfactory relationships.


In general, if people are typical of their zodiac sign, relationships between Cancer and other signs (including the complementary opposite sign, Capricorn) are as shown below.

Cancer with Cancer: Harmonious
Cancer with Leo: Harmonious
Cancer with Virgo: Harmonious
Cancer with Libra: Difficult
Cancer with Scorpio: Harmonious
Cancer with Sagittarius: Turbulent
Cancer with Capricorn: Difficult
Cancer with Aquarius: Turbulent
Cancer with Pisces: Harmonious
Cancer with Aries: Difficult
Cancer with Taurus: Harmonious
Cancer with Gemini: Harmonious

Cancerian Leisure Interests

Not fond of heavy exercise, Cancerians may join clubs or causes that allow an outlet for making complaints and putting their nurturing instincts to good use.

Consumer affairs rouse their interest, and they will follow popular interests in the arts.

On the whole, typical Cancerians pursue the following leisure interests:

* boating, sailing, swimming

* water sports that are played in teams

* fishing and gardening

* keeping and breeding animals

* building collections

* keeping in contact with family members

Cancerian Likes and Dislikes

* anyone who loves his or her mother
* sentimental and family keepsakes
* gourmet food
* shopping trips
* history, especially family genealogy
* any demonstration of affection such as flowers
* a birthday card on the right date
* the company of other people
* a calm working atmosphere
* physical contact
* any tiny criticism of the home
* having to handle a crisis
* pressure to take part in conversation
* anyone who refuses their cooking
* people who forget names and dates (Cancerians have excellent memories themselves)

Cancerian Health

Typical Cancerians are calm, docile people able to withstand sickness as long as they have material security, plenty of affection, and are needed by several people. Their greatest problems can arise from worries caused by a lack of these things.

Types of Sickness

Some Cancerians are complainers when they feel not enough affectionate attention is coming their way, yet when an illness slowly creeps up on them, they are remarkably tough and complain less and less. A melancholy or full depression may then be evident.

Typical illnesses often arise from the upper digestive tract, especially the stomach. Indigestion, coughs, anemia, and lowered vitality are common. Cancerians may also suffer from eating disorders.

Cancer at Rest

Extending the metaphor of Cancer as the cardinal water sign, it follows that emotion in action is the key to understanding how Cancerians relax.

Although they do enjoy lounging around, preferably on or near water, they are at their most relaxed when their busy emotional sensors are satisfied by being surrounded by the warmth of a contented family atmosphere.

When on vacation, Cancerians most enjoy a home away from home, which may mean a luxurious trailer or RV. They can also relax in the peace of a comfortably furnished period house, and generally prefer old buildings to modern styles.

Famous Cancerians

Jean-Paul Sartre (Author and Philosopher), Henry VIII (Monarch), Princess Diana (Princess of Wales), Louis Armstrong (Jazz Trumpeter), Gina Lollobrigida (Actress), Yul Brynner (Actor), Bill Cosby (Comedian), Rembrandt van Rijn (Artist), Rose Kennedy (Kennedy Family Matriach)

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