Cancer zodiac sign. Sympathetic, emotional, and not afraid to wear their heart on their sleeve… those born under the Cancer astrology sign are some of the kindest folks out there.
Whether you’re born from June 21 – July 22 or are lucky enough to have a Cancer-sign in your life, you’re going to want to learn of these zodiac secrets!
Let’s dig in and learn more about this loving sign.
The Cancer Zodiac Sign (a.k.a. Cancerians)
- Cancer dates: June 21 – July 22
- Element: Water
- Symbol: Crab
- Zodiac quality: Cardinal
- Best Cancer Match: Virgo, Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus
- What are Cancer-Zodiacs scared of? Rejection, Leaving the next
- Best crystals: Moonstone, Citrine, Red Jasper (more crystals in this article)
- Ruled by: Moon (which is why they are so emotional!)
- Rules: House of Home and Family
- Position: 4th sign in the Zodiac
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Cancer Zodiac Sign Overview
Following Gemini, Cancer-zodiac is a cardinal water sign.
That means that, even though they’ll be sweet and gentle about it, these folks are used to getting their way.
Like other cardinal signs (Aries, Sagittarius, and Libra), the Cancer zodiac sign likes to be in control and call the shots. In fact, other signs tend to want to follow them and support their ideas.
Those with the Cancer sign are dreamers and usually keep their head in the clouds.
But, on the flip side, they like everything just so.
This makes them different than their cardinal counterparts. And, it may lead to them butting heads with fixed signs who like to handle the details!
Of course, Cancer is also a water sign, which means they get swept up in emotion and have mood swings.
Also, unlike their neighboring sign Gemini, they won’t go with the flow… or find excitement in constant change!
Instead, someone born between June 20th – July 21st would be the one dictating every detail of the trip!
With a crab as their sign, it’s no wonder that Cancers are often described as moody or crabby.
They don’t mean to cause confusion, they just have a lot of competing emotions and feel EVERYTHING.
What is the Personality of a Cancer Zodiac Sign?
On a good day, the Cancer personality is:
On the flip side, the Cancer Zodiac sign can also be:
The Cancer Woman
Friends of cancer women know they can always call her for advice, and count on her to tell the truth (however blunt!)
Your Cancer-gal wears her heart on her sleeve and will be the first friend to cry with you.
And because she doesn’t hold back, she may be prone to temper tantrums or childish behaviors… but that doesn’t mean that she’s immature.
She just feels SO MUCH that it can get overwhelming.
That’s why those in a Cancer woman’s life know to give her space. She’ll rejoin the party when she’s ready!
Of course, her loving nature means she has no issues opening her home to others. In fact, she loves to entertain!
And her guest room is second to none…
Heck, she’ll even pull a Monica from Friends and pull out guest towels if you show up at her door!
Dating a Cancer Woman
A cancer woman knows EXACTLY what she wants, and to the right suitor, that’s amazing! But, while she knows what she wants, she also likes being spoiled and surprised.
She’s a natural born mother (even if she has no kids) and will find herself nurturing her partner. This can be the perfect match to some, but come off as controlling or overbearing to others.
It can be challenging to know when a Cancer-woman wants her partner to take control and plan something… and when she wants to call the shots!
Understanding a Cancer Man
Like their female counterpart, Cancer guys wear their heart on their sleeve. Friends and family know that he will always express how he feels, and can even get emotional when no one else does.
Cancer Men in Love
While they may enjoy hanging out with friends at bars, they are usually on the hunt for something more meaningful and stable than a one night stand.
In fact, Cancer men love predictability!
You’ll find them seeking someone who stabilizes their emotions, and is there for them.
Because of their moodiness, the wrong partners may feel like they’re on a roller coaster. But, those who understand them know that they aren’t trying to be moody, they just feel SO much.
Those in his life know that they can always call him for a friendly ear or shoulder to lean on. And, while other guys may act macho or unemotional, a Cancer man will really listen to their friend’s problem.
When he finds a partner he cares about, he falls in love easily and is fiercely loyal. (Some also claim they are the best lovers in the Zodiac!)
He pours everything into a relationship in hopes that it’s reciprocated. If it’s not, he may become closed off, emotional, or manipulative.
While he’s very kind, he’s not above pulling some strings to get what he wants.
History of the Cancer Astrology Sign
Even though Cancer is Latin for crab, this astrology constellation looks nothing like a crab. In fact, it looks more like an upside-down Y!
Don’t look for it in the sky though, because it’s said to be one of the dimmest constellations in the zodiac.
In fact, because of that, Cancer used to be considered the “Dark Sign.” Nowadays though we know that the Cancer zodiac sign is anything but dark! :)
What Greek God is Cancer? Myth and History
A Cancer zodiac sign will talk your ear off, but their myth is one of the shortest in astrology!
The story goes that one of Zeus’ affairs resulted in birth of the Greek hero Heracles.
Hera (Zeus’ wife) saw Heracles as a constant reminder of her man’s cheating. And this made her jealous of him.
So, a crab sneaked in and pinched Heracles’ foot out of love for Hera (messed up, right?!) Heracles, in turn, smashed the crab with one step, and… that’s it!
In a nutshell:
The myth of the Cancer-sign shows someone who is not aware of their true strength.
Also, Cancer-born folks have often navigated family problems — especially with their mother!
Cancer Zodiac Sign Compatibility
A cancer astrology sign does best dating and marrying a:
But not everyone is going to be able to handle this sensitive and sometimes moody sign. In fact, they are least compatible with:
Wondering how you can score yourself a Cancer mate? Here’s how…
How to Make a Cancer Sign Fall in Love With You
Above all else, those with the Cancer astrology sign are looking for love and kindness. To make them fall in love with you, be sweet, kind, and considerate. Do little things to show them how much you care (like cook their favorite dinner!)
Also, be sure to focus on the positive traits of your Cancer mate. When they do something nice (even just taking out the trash), compliment them. They need to be noticed and appreciated.
Cancer Love Compatibility
Let’s get on the juicy stuff, shall we? Here are some of the signs that play nice with the romantic Cancer zodiac sign.
Cancer and Taurus
If you’re looking for a near perfect, soulmate match, look no further! This unexpected duo understands each other on a deep level.
Both signs place a high value on trust and want to feel it reciprocated. Because they’re after the same thing, the relationship will have a solid foundation.
The Cancer will appreciate their Taurus’s desire to provide stability. In turn, the Taurus will appreciate their Cancer’s nurturing.
Together, this is one of the most emotional and gentle pairs possible!
Cancer and Virgo
Wowza… talk about a love story!
A Virgo and Cancer may not understand each other initially, but once they do… their relationship can stand the test of time.
Both of these signs place a high value on intelligence, one more physical, and one more emotional. Because of this, they will share similar values and have respectful conversations.
If this duo focuses on getting to know each other early in the relationship, they’ll go the long haul. Plus, they’ll be the couple all their friends envy!
On the flip side. Here are some of the signs that will likely drive a sensitive and emotional Cancer sign away.
Cancer and Aquarius
This zodiac pair can make it work, but they need to put in the effort to do so. While these guys are opposites, they can also thrive on their differences.
The Cancer zodiac sign is quiet and emotional, and Aquarius is always ready for an adventure. They are ruled by different elements (Cancer is a water sign; Aquarius is an air sign), and this makes them different by nature.
Cancer and Sagittarius
While Sagittarius‘ don’t mean to be brash, they may find themselves a bull in a Cancer’s emotional China shop.
Sagittarius guys and gals love to have logical conversations. If something isn’t working, they’ll bring it to the table and try to figure out how to fix it.
But, a Cancer zodiac sign may feel attacked or blindsided and respond emotionally.
This dynamic could lead to some nasty fights.
Also, the Sagittarius sign LOVES adventure. They can’t stand feeling tied down, and won’t agree with their Cancer partner’s life goal of staying in one spot.
Yet, if this duo can make it work the Sagittarius can learn something about expressing their emotions… and the Cancer might learn to embrace change a little more! (BTW here are 10 Make or Break Rules for Dating a Sagittarius)
Cancer and Aries
The Aries sign loves to be intellectually challenged… and often find themselves challenging the opinions of others.
They don’t mean to be argumentative, but the Cancer sign will take offense to the constant barrage and shut down.
Also, while Cancer’s want to nurture, a free-spirited Aires may find that behavior controlling or overbearing.
If this pair is determined to make it work, the Cancer will need to develop a thicker skin. And the Aries will need to think of others feelings before challenging their actions or beliefs.
Good Jobs for the Cancer Zodiac Sign
By this point, it’s no surprise that the Cancer astrology sign is loyal, stability-seeking, and tenacious.
They may find success as a:
- Nurse or Doctor
- Interior Designer
- Middle Manager
- Graphic Designer
- Customer Service Specialist
At the end of the day, a Cancer sign would love to be in the same job year after year. They crave stability, consistency, and predictability.
When a job needs to be done, they aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and accomplish the task!
However, they want to be appreciated and compensated for their hard work. So, while others may be fine going unrecognized, a Cancer will seek out attention and notice if it isn’t given.
They’re not great at hiding their feelings which means that they may have an emotional outburst or two on the job.
But, it also means that they’ll be customer oriented and make great, long-lasting connections.
Is the Cancer Sign Good With Money?
Because they love stability and consistency, Cancers are savers rather than spenders. They’ll likely have a “rainy day” fund set up and are inclined to picture a worst case scenario when it comes to money.
Yet, Cancer’s are also very generous and may donate to causes they care about.
They’ll also be the first in line to financially help their friends out if needed.
Famous Cancer Astrology Signs
Eminent (famous) Cancer Zodiac signs? Oh, there are plenty of them.
See if you recognize the gentleness and sensitivity in these celebrities:
Famous Cancer Men
- Tom Hanks
- Tom Cruise
- Chris Pratt
- Vin Diesel
- Will Ferrell
- Ed Westwick
Famous Cancer Women
- Selena Gomez
- Meryl Streep
- Aubrey Plaza
- Mindy Kaling
- Kristen Bell
- Cyndi Lauper
- Sofía Vergara
- Ed Westwick
- Priyanka Chopra
>> Read: Astrology Signs of 184 Celebrities
Cancer Astrology Takeaways
- There’s no way around it, the Cancer zodiac sign is one of the most emotional, gentle, and loving of the bunch. They care about their friends and family and will do almost anything for them.
- They’re also natural nurturers and often find themselves “mothering” those around them.
- On the flip side, because they wear their heart on their sleeve, they may be seen as moody or emotional. They don’t mean to be crabby or moody, but they feel so much that they often can’t help it.
Overall, you can’t go wrong with a Cancer in your corner. They’re loyal and make it a point to ensure those around them feel loved and supported. Plus, they’re SUPER organized!