What the zodiac signs say about personality, relationships, career success, and more…

Key Cancer Facts:

  • Dates: June 21 – July 22
  • Symbol: The Crab
  • Mode & element: Cardinal water sign
  • Ruling planetThe Moon
  • Astrology house: Fourth
  • Body part: The Stomach, Brain, & Breasts
  • Mantra: I feel
  • Tarot card: The Chariot
  • Birthstone: Ruby & Pearl
  • Zodiac color: Silver

People born under the cancer zodiac sign often have similar characteristics, like an intense need for family, a preference toward sports, and a deep sensitivity to their environment. These traits are often represented in cancer’s symbol, the crab. The crab is known to carry its home on its back – a representation of cancer’s need for security and belonging. In good times, Cancers have no problem initiating and maintaining strong connections with others; however, when faced with trials, Cancers may find it difficult to extricate themselves from unhealthy relationships due to their cardinal sign nature.

Cancer Personality Traits

Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac and the nurturer of the signs. They like to have comfort within a secure and stable home/work environment with their loved ones and people that they can trust. They are strong-willed when it comes to the needs of their loved ones and will do absolutely anything for them. They might not say it, but Cancer needs people to return that kind of devotion to them. Doing so helps them to feel secure.

When Cancer feels secure, they can crawl out of their hard shell and allow themselves to be vulnerable. In this state, they can bond with their loved ones without fear of being hurt. A happy Cancer will go out of their way to make others feel safe and comfortable. Whether at home or at work, Cancer strives to serve others in any way that they can.

Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac and is represented by the crab.
Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac and is represented by the Crab.

Cancers are ruled by the Moon, which gives them a certain quality that is unpredictable and entrancing simultaneously. Like the frequently changing phases and signs of the Moon, Cancer is also susceptible to frequent mood swings. Being in tune with the Moon helps Cancer to know what kind of reactions they may have on a particular day. On the positive, Cancers’ intensity enables them to care for others well and express a unique understanding of others’ emotions and states. 

Cancers often find themselves reminiscing, especially if they are in a blue mood. They may have a collection of their old toys or other objects from their past that help them to feel comfortable. Cancers are incredibly sentimental, which makes time spent with family and loved ones very meaningful to them. Gifts are also incredibly important to them, and they will hardly let go of anything that has emotional value to them. 

Cancers are some of the most misunderstood people because other people find their selfless nature too good to be true. On the negative side, the natural kindness and devotion Cancer gives can be somehow distorted and perceived as selfish or manipulative. This may be the case because Cancer also needs kindness they give reciprocated back to them, and not many can commit to that level of emotionality. 

Lastly and despite appearances, Cancers are some of the most determined in the Zodiac. Tenacity is one of the strongest among the Cancer characteristics, and once they grab onto something, they won’t let go. This is true in all aspects of their personality. In love, friendship, betrayal, and vengeance. Once you’re on Cancer’s bad side, there is little room for a second chance.

Best Leo Traits:

  • Tenacity
  • Devotion
  • Empathetic
  • Conscientious
  • Patience 
  • Nurturing

Negative Leo Traits:

  • Sensitive/Touchy
  • Laziness
  • Overly Sentimental
  • Moody
  • Selfish

Cancer in Love, Sex, & Romance

Being the nurturer of the Zodiac, Cancer natives make very good parents and partners. They expect a lot from their partner, and with good reason. They need to know that their partner is entirely devoted to them. They typically don’t like to indulge in dates that go nowhere or engage in short-term relationships. They crave intimacy and want something to last, someone they can have a literal or metaphorical home and family. For these reasons, Cancer may wait until they can find the right person—a soul mate.

Love and sex for Cancer are very emotionally involved. Passion is fueled and expressed through a deep love that breaks down all borders; walls that are typically impenetrable in anything less than a devoted and committed relationship. Not all Cancers will want to be parents, but the ones that do have a very strong urge to do so. Home and family is the natural state of Cancer and their love life will reflect that in some way.

The cancer zodiac sign has an innate need for affection and family.
Cancers have an innate need for affection and family.

Any cancer woman or man will prefer to be around their partners as often as they can. Cancer rules the fourth house of home life, and as such, intimate time at home with their partner is considered more important than anything else. A partner that can work from home is preferable because the couple will never have to be too far apart. Money is also very important to Cancer because it makes them feel more secure. A good balance with lots of room for compromise is important here.

How to Attract the Cancer Individual

Cancers are attracted to those who wear their hearts on their sleeves, just like they do. They want someone who is open and honest about their intentions. Being an open book helps Cancer to feel secure; openness helps Cancer to feel like they are getting to know the true aspects of another person. 

Cancers are also attracted to people who have strong family ties with healthy boundaries (no mama’s boys or daddy’s girls). While love for parents is important to Cancer, they want to be the most important person to their partner. Respect and want for family go in line with Cancer’s natural inclination towards home and family, so anyone exhibiting those wants is considered a good possible match for Cancer.

Cancer in Friendship

Cancer keeps a small friend circle and is only close to a handful of people. They consider close ones as family and are devoted to them completely. While Cancer might cancel last-minute plans, they will always be there when they are really needed. They are reliable where and when it counts. Cancers do get along with many people, but mostly on a professional or platonic basis. Cancers tend to be a shoulder you can cry on, and they often lend their ears to their friends when they need to vent.

Cancer in Career & Money

Cancerians are thrifty spenders and smart savers. Money is a cushion for them, and even those that are well off will never consider what they have is enough. When it comes to money, Cancers believe you could never have too much. They may choose to make long-term investments to get the most out of their money. Assets and sound investments give Cancers an extra sense of security.

Cancers are very versatile when it comes to the kind of job or career that they do. Service in general, or something that allows them to look over or care for others, are typically best suited as professions for Cancers. Anything to do with home and family; decorations, furniture, heating and cooling, kitchenware, anything that makes a home comfier is good work for a Cancer.

Cancer Compatibility

In general, Cancers are most compatible with other water signs and earth signs and least compatible with air and fire signs. However, as with any sign, some of the less compatible elements offer particular strengths that can provide a better sense of balance than similar signs. Water signs intuitively understand each other easily. They are typically emotionally aware and understand each other’s shifting moods. However, another water sign has similar strengths and weaknesses, which can make managing a relationship somewhat more difficult.

Water signs share their sometimes psychic intuition but often have a hard time dealing with each other’s moodiness. Earth signs are complementary and add stability that grounds Cancer’s moodiness, but earth signs can sometimes be too practical to properly deal with emotions. Fire signs may seem totally opposite to water, but fire can add passion and courage to the sometimes shy Cancer. Air signs typically don’t mix well with water but can help to provide a logical outlet for difficult feelings, often offering ways to talk things out.

Compatible signs:

Specific signs that Cancer is most compatible with are Scorpio, Leo, Libra, Aquarius, and Taurus.

Least compatible signs:

Specific signs that Cancer is least compatible with are Aries, Sagittarius, and Gemini.

Neutral signs are Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn, and Pisces.


What makes Cancers so special?

Cancers are known for their empathy, caring nature, and strong intuition. They are loyal and deeply devoted to the people they love, and they have a great capacity for understanding and compassion. They tend to be very creative, and they are great problem solvers. Cancers are also very intuitive and can often pick up on subtle cues that others might miss.

What is a Cancer’s superpower?

Cancers have the superpower of being able to tap into their intuition and use it to navigate their way through life. They have an innate ability to sense what’s going on with the people around them and can use this to help them make decisions. Cancers are also incredibly resilient, and their strong sense of loyalty helps them to stay strong even in challenging times. Unsurprisingly, as rulers of the stomach, Cancers are great cooks and the nourishment of others will bring them immense satisfaction.

What’s Cancer’s toxic trait?

Cancers can be very sensitive and easily hurt, which can lead to them being overly cautious and defensive. Their polarity can also lead them to be too clingy and possessive, which can cause problems in relationships. Additionally, Cancers can be prone to mood swings and can be very stubborn when it comes to making decisions.

Why is 69 the Cancer sign?

The number 69 is associated with the zodiac sign of Cancer because of its shape. The two circles that make up the symbol of Cancer look like the number 69 when viewed from the side. This shape is often seen as a representation of the protective and nurturing nature of Cancers.

What is the difference between June and July Cancer zodiac signs?

Each zodiac sign has three versions, or decans, depending on the constellation’s relative position to the earth, each with its own planetary sub-ruler. June Cancers are co-ruled by the planet Venus, amplifying their romantic and creative nature. Cancers in the first half of July are co-ruled by Mercury, which heightens thier intensity and brings about the more typical Cancer nature. The final third Cancer decan, in the second half of July, is dominated by the Moon, making these Cancers natural caregivers and clairvoyants.