The Light and Dark Side of the Cancer Zodiac: Your Guide to the Cancer Sign

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Cancer is the feeler of the zodiac and one of the most sensitive signs. The first water sign in the zodiac and represented by the crab, this loving being ebbs and flows with emotions and loves to be at home, in its shell.

One of the most difficult signs to understand, Cancerians are a series of contradictions and value security but also an adventure.

The Cancer sign is ruled by the moon and is therefore very in touch with its femininity and the rhythm of nature. The strong shell of the crab is nearly impenetrable, protecting the vulnerable, soft flesh of Cancer within.

Sensitivity is a great source of power when used correctly, and Cancer is a master at this.

Home life, family, and romantic security are of utmost importance to Cancer, and relationships can be quite traditional. There is no one in the zodiac as suited to create a loving family environment as Cancer. This energy is of the womb, and water gives life.

Ever leading with the heart’s wisdom, this zodiac sign embodies the divine feminine. Cancer is surely emotional, but that doesn’t always equate to emotional intelligence.

While a crab cannot charge head on, a Cancer’s speed is a sidestep and a cautious one at that. Cancer picks up the speed when emotionally supported and protected, opening them up to new horizons and reserves of energy.

Ever been pinched by a crab? It doesn’t feel good. It’s all about the feels with Cancer.

Here’s a Snapshot of the Cancer Zodiac Sign:

Let’s take a look at what makes this crab the ultimate emotional being.
Dates: June 21 – July 22
Duality: Feminine
Element: Water
Quality (Cardinal, Fixed, Mutable): Cardinal
Ruling Planet: The Moon
Zodiac Symbol: The Crab
Dominant Keyword: I Feel
Polarity: Capricorn
Body Part: Breasts and stomach
Birthstone: Pearl
Color: Sea green and silver
Most Compatible With: Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio, Pisces

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Cancer Zodiac Traits: These Are the Defining Characteristics of the Cancer Sign

Anyone born between June 21st and July 22nd has their sun in the Cancer zodiac and can deeply relate to these characteristics.


Deeply intuitive and sentimental, Cancer draws strength from its sensitivity. While some would say that being sensitive is a weakness, sensitivity can actually help attune you more to the world around, making you very observant.

A very loyal and loving creature, Cancer is most concerned with building a home life that reflects security and happiness.

While there are many deep internal mysteries bubbling under the surface of this water sign, encouraging a Cancer to open up will yield incredible loyalty and the love of a mother figure (regardless of sexual identification). Courage and self-conviction are great strengths of Cancer.


Frequently misunderstood and reserved emotionally, it can be very hard for a Cancer to open up and reveal the vulnerable flesh underneath the hard shell. This can create a rift in a relationship if Cancer does not feel safe to be vulnerable and share emotionally.

It is very important to Cancer to be emotionally accepted, or this can cause a retreat into the shell and emotional reservation. Many people see Cancer as the one who fixes everyone’s problems, but there are many insecurities that live secretly within.

Cancer can be quite fickel emotionally, one minute being loving and sentimental, and the next crabby and snappy.

Love and Intimacy

Love and family are the most important things in life to Cancer. Being with a partner who shares the same views as Cancer in terms of home and family is vital. An emotionally supportive partner who can handle (and not take personally) the ebbs and flows of emotions is key.

When Cancer feels secure in love and intimacy, a beautiful opening happens and Cancer shares all of themselves with their partner.


Cancer and Career

Known to be skilled in business, Cancer is cautious and conservative. A great judge of character, Cancer can make quick decisions by tapping into their intuition and acting on it. Cancer is artistic and creative and is drawn to careers where they can stay a long time and make a great impact.

Cancer easily earns money and is careful not to spend it all in one day. This sign thrives with security, and job security is right below family in order of importance. Secure professions where Cancer can leave its mark include real estate, corporate executive, art director, history teacher, interior designer, and more along those lines.

Embrace the Cancer Zodiac Crab

Sensitivity is a super power when managed and directed properly and effectively. There is always opportunity to learn from our emotions and Cancer is a beautiful role model for us all to become more connected to our feels and family.

Cancer will take you to the depths within that you didn’t even know existed. These are the Cancer zodiac traits. Which do you identify with most?

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Morgan is a modern mystic in every sense of the word. As a published author of the book Soul Magic, she lives by the ancient wisdom she teaches about in her book and in workshops around the world. In addition to being an author and teacher, Morgan is also an entrepreneur and community leader. Her mission is to empower you to become your own guru.

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