Cancer is known as the Crab for those born June 21 through July 21st. This is an approximation because of the irregular rotation of the earth and therefore not every year will Cancer begin exactly on the 21st or even end on the 21st.
When I think of Cancer I immediately think of the great care-taking qualities of a loving and protective parent figure. You are basically by nature conservative and home-loving, appreciating the nest-like quality of a safe and comfortable home to which you can escape and retire from the stresses of the outer world.
The key phrase that best describes the Crab is “I feel.” That is because your sign is intensely emotional, nurturing, feeling based and sensitive to the needs of others. I have always said that a Cancer will tell you that as long as it feels right it doesn’t matter what logical convention dictates they are going with their gut feeling. And guess, what? They usually are right to listen to this inner voice because many Cancers, if they will only follow their hearts and feelings are very psychic or at least intuitive in nature.
Deep within the psyche of Cancers is the need to defend and protect. When mother, family or nest is threatened, Cancer’s instinctively respond by pinching its enemies with its claws.
Cancer is a feeling and emotionally based personality not an intellectual or even an earthy realist but a sensitive water sign that needs a container who needs to be held and to hold others, who is very much pulled back and forth by the gravitational field of it's ruler the Moon.
In your personal relationships you are both of tough and soft, often emotional and romantic to the point of sentimentality; but in marriage, your loving is not so sentimental but tenaciously loyal clinging tight with those claws and god forbid if an outsider tries to take away your family or loved ones.
When a Cancer matches up with another Cancer you two will be setting up a home and family affair that will last a lifetime; Leo are certainly romantic but they like to spend too much of your money; Virgos are a good intellectual match but often the passion turns into a sisterly or brotherly love; Libras will set up house with you but you two are so different; Scorpio is your eternal lover and playmate; Sagittarians will sizzle and then disappear; Capricorns are your opposite sign and therefore your marriage partner; Aquarians will cause you to think too much about your life which is no fun in a love affair; you and Pisces will want to travel the globe in search of greener pastures; Aries will be hard to pin down but if you have a common goal it could work but maybe better with business; Taurus’s make great friendships which is an important ingredient for any type of partnership, and Gemini’s are best at secret or unrequited love affairs.
If you would have an extra-marital affair, since I am sure somewhere around the world a Cancer has been known to cheat on their spouse, but your first loyalty remains to spouse and family, of whom you regard yourself as the protector. Both the Cancer man and woman love unconditionally, giving much and asking little in return - in fact, one of the most important lessons you have to learn is how to receive gracefully. Those you love and admire, can easily influence you.
Cancers have the capacity to remember events and details well, but this can occasionally get in your way when you allow your past to overly influence your future. Some new experiences are just that, new, and you won't have any past references to prepare you or guide you.
Outwardly you can certainly appear like the shell of a crab - thick-skinned, uncompromising, obstinate, and moody. But to family and friends they see a very different character, one with a sympathetic and kindly sensitive to other people, especially those they love.
You are often overly imaginative and prone to fantasy, sometimes trying to shape your lives to fit some romantic ideal. It’s that moon influence being the reflector of other people's light. However - you are often fascinated by the occult and are more open to psychic influence than the average since the moon rules the domain of the darkness and the underworld of the occult which also is part of the reason for your psychic abilities.
Cancers never forget a thing and particularly with emotional events which you can recall in detail for years afterwards. Water signs need a container or they spill out and so you also contain and hold everything important from souvenirs to memories with the downside being that you don't let go so easily early childhood traumas. You are strongly governed by childhood memories and since you live much in the past, a chance meeting with someone for whom you had an unrequited love, even if you thought you had conquered the feeling years ago, will easily arouse your emotions all over again.
When a Cancer is stressed out, the little crab will pull their shell over their head and refuse to discuss things with anyone. This is Cancer's self-protective device, and friends and family have probably gotten used to this in you. Water signs need regular time alone, especially in turbulent times, so don't discount this need if you yearn for it. Still, Cancer needs tender loving care in tough times, so don't stay out of touch too long.
The crab is in addition to being very nurturing and psychic is also very creative. That is because under the rulership of the Moon you possess the talent of a great imagination and fantasy life. And since many Cancers are so very domestic this creative quality you have can be seen in your arts and craft projects around the home. Martha Stewart must have some Cancer planets in her horoscope.
Many Cancers do well by investing in real estate -- owning your own home is usually important to the Crab. Overall, you are very financially sensible. Some call you a little stingy, but you want a nest egg for retirement. Cancers like to keep their money in the bank, not wear it on their backs. It’s those pinchers that cling tightly to your money.
Others may see you as a pushover, but you are just the opposite. You are always able to make tough, calculated business or financial decisions when necessary. Saving to provide for your children's education or your family's security is your biggest goal, and winds up bringing you wealth. By taking care of others, you help yourself.
Cancers tend to stay in work situations long after they have outlived their usefulness, mainly out of habit, misplaced loyalty or fear of making the wrong decision. Your determined devotion causes you to pour energy into situations that have long outlived their usefulness. Learn to move on sooner, rather than later. Your sympathetic heart tends to give every situation the benefit of the doubt, thus allowing you to throw good money after bad.
Cancer governs the breasts, stomach and digestion, womb and female reproductive organs. Cancers worry, and when they do, their stomach feel it first. Some Cancers overeat in an effort to find comfort from food, other Cancers avoid food altogether when emotionally upset. The great mother image is very strong in Cancers women and so everything physically under the domain of childbirth; such as the breasts and the womb can be problem areas when Cancer women are under great stress.
You more than any other sign have a psychic umbilical cord still attached throughout life, whether due to the unwillingness of your mother to let go or vice versa or even both, especially if child and parent both share important Cancer planets. And this can cause very difficult issues of guilt for a Cancer child because the child feels they should honor the mother for giving them life while there is a powerful need to be a separate individual that can later create some major emotional problems and acting out.
The first relationship in life is that with the mother. And Cancer’s may continue to go through life needing to reiterate the mother/child relationship because of the psychic umbilical cord being attached. In marriage, as an example, Cancers need to mother someone or be mothered. And the childless Cancer may look to friends, work associates or projects to mother. Cancer has a need to feel needed, and when a child isn’t around, substitutions will be found.
Cancer is a water sign and by nature merges with others but then you lose part of your individuality in the process. And so it’s important for Cancers to learn detachment that is very difficult as attested to by the pincher claws. And this is another possible reason for your moodiness, is that you feel and absorb everything around yourself. Another reason for being psychic and very protective of others but trying to carry on your backs all these burdens that aren’t even from you half the time can be very exhausting and hence, the emotions go in and out like the tides creating moodiness. And then the moodiness compels you to retreat into your shell until it feels safe again.
One of your best assets is your profound intuition, so use it to find solutions. It is waiting to help you. Don't ignore that tiny inner voice of yours that wants to be heard, no matter what your intellect is telling you. If you are pulled in two directions, follow instinct over logic. If you feel that 2+2 is 5 then go with it. The reasons usually do appear later, and should give you confidence to continue to follow your hunches. Listen to that inner voice because it is very strong within you and it will serve you well.
Cancers have a very sensual nature--more so than many of the other signs. If a sport or exercise program "feels" good in a physical sense, it is likely to stay a part of your routine.
You may love water sports, since Cancer is a water sign and you will find being near water is akin to going to the womb. Don't disregard the power of water for you--it works magic on your nerves. Swim, run on the beach, sail, wind surf, or anything water-related.
The symbol associated with your sign is the Crab.
The Crab is a water dweller that is well equipped with its massive claws to defend itself and survives very well in the 'wilds' of the underwater world in which it thrives. The crab carries its home on its back wherever it goes. The crab also responds to the effects of the moon through the ever-changing tides. So, Cancers can be moody, and sensitive to their environment. They will withdraw into their shells when they are hurt, angry or upset. Be careful. Don’t knock on the shell to try to get a crab to come out because it will only dig deeper into its protective covering. Instead, leave the crab alone and it will soon emerge in its own good time.
Cancers, like the sea, are hard to pin down for some are shy, timid and withdrawn pulled tightly into their shells but others brazenly walk the rocks and coastline and become quite public people like George W. Bush, Bob and Elizabeth Dole, Tom Cruise and the former Princess Diana.
The ancient Greeks associated the Moon with the Crab and the Greeks associated the Moon with trade, business, and the rising and falling of the tides, which made maritime travel and commerce possible. And Cancers at one time, and still may be, the sign with the most millionaires because of their business ability and those claws that can pinch every dime. But they are the one’s laughing all the way to the bank.
The ancients believed that all the traits of the moon were reflected on earth as women. The Moon reflects the light of the Sun, represent man because man was all powerful and so was the sun’s life force. In those days when the patriarchal society was at its height the woman was a possession of the man. The wife reflected the light of the husband, she never had her own. Women were fickle like the many phases of the moon and the cycle of moon correlated with the menstrual cycle and the ever-changing tides. The moon came out at night, which represented in ancient times the dark side of life or the hidden and mysterious part of mankind. And the fact that women had children was one of the great mysteries of life.