June 22 – July 23
Cancer, the crab, is the fourth sign of the zodiac. Its element is water and it is a cardinal sign, which means it is a leader along with Aries, Libra, and Capricorn.
Cancer is the sign of fertility. Cancerians have a need to nurture; it is part of who they are. They want to care for others. When visiting the home of a Cancerian you will be sure to be well fed. They may or may not have cooked the meal, as some are excellent cooks. Another aspect of Cancer’s need to nurture is to make sure that their family and friends are emotionally content. They will do whatever they feel is necessary to help others achieve this balance.
Cancer’s ruling planet is the moon. Like the phases of the moon, Cancerians experience many changeable moods. You may first encounter Cancer in a jolly mood laughing their contagious belly laugh, or you may find them in a somewhat gloomy, melancholy mood. Or you may have the unfortunate luck to encounter them on a crabby day and they may bite your head off for something you perceive as minor.
Cancerians are extremely sensitive. When you witness a Cancerian’s tears, you will have no doubt that their pain is genuine and from deep within. They don’t cry for effect, they cry because their essence has been injured. Sometimes a look or harsh word from a loved one or friend can cause Cancers to retreat into their protective shell. They will stay safely hidden until they have nurtured themselves back to emotional equilibrium.
Cancer men make wonderful fathers and Cancer women devote their lives to their children. They love their home and it is usually filled with family photos and mementos. Their home may be cluttered, but it will always be warm and cozy. Cancers tend to be tight with their money. Even as children they find it difficult to part with their pennies.
Cancers love animals, flowers, working in their garden, and doing anything to make their surroundings more appealing. They make excellent employees and are frequently the last ones to leave the office.
Physically, Cancers often have round faces, with soft clear skin, resembling the man in the moon. However, you may also find some Cancerians whose brows are knit together, giving them the perpetual frown of the crab. Cancerians often struggle with their weight as they enjoy food and often use food to fill an emotional void in their life. Cancers have difficulty speaking in front of groups because they are painfully shy and secretive. However, they are often excellent writers and able to express with their pen what they can’t verbalize. The Cancerian’s life journey should be to lead in a sensitive, thoughtful, and deliberate manner.
Positive qualities: tenderness, sensitivity, tenacity, imagination, caring
Negative qualities: stinginess, irritability, melancholy, possessiveness, moodiness
Famous Cancerians: Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks, Anjelica Huston, Camilla Parker Bowles, Pamela Anderson, Courtney Love, Harrison Ford