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Cancer Zodiac Sign
Horoscope Traits of the Crab Star Sign
The Cancer Characteristics in Astrology
Cancer, the Crab, is the fourth sign of the Zodiac. The Cancer horoscope sign belongs to the element water and has the cardinal quality. That makes it a Zodiac sign of emotions, the strong and protective ones. So, Cancer is said to be the motherly character of the horoscope, the benefactor, taking care of everyone else.
In the horoscope chart, Cancer brings a caring, affectionate and protecting character to planets or Houses therein.
Cancer the BenefactorMaternal instincts are typical of the Cancer horoscope character, although certainly people born in other Zodiac signs also can have them. The ruler of the Cancer Zodiac sign is the moon, which is also all about feelings and longings, the needs of the soul. In the horoscope, the moon also represents the mother.
Two generations of mothers, Anne and Mary, and the Jesus child. Painting by Leonardo da Vinci, as it looked before a controversial restoration of it in 2011. He worked on it for several years, but it remained in his workshop, as if unfinished, until his death in 1519. Click the image to see the same painting after the restoration.
To the Cancer horoscope sign, the important aspect of living is how we feel, how our sentiments are fed and rewarded. Nothing else compares to it, whatever other people might think. So, Cancer in the horoscope is out to make everyone feel good, even when they don't know they need it. It's tempting for others to just accept what Cancer dictates, because it certainly leads to well-being. But they might also find that other things are important, as well. Cancer does, too, if noticing that they need it to feel good.
Those with the Cancer Zodiac sign are born with the sun in it, between June 21 and July 22. For much more about the Cancer influence in the horoscope, see the links in the menu to the left and below.
Here's more about the Cancer archetype, the allegorical mother:
Cancer Star SignThose who have Cancer as their star sign are born when the sun was in Cancer, normally June 21 - July 22 (it differs slightly from year to year, because of the leap years). Therefore, it is also - more accurately - called the sun sign.
The sun in your horoscope is your natural self - what you are when you relax, when other planets in your horoscope are not active. It's your basic drive, a character more or less evident in all you do and all you are.
The sun is the most important point in your horoscope chart, but it's not the only thing describing your personality. You need to look at all the components of your birth chart, to get a complete astrological description of yourself. But here you find what can be said in general about the Cancer Horoscope Traits, based only on the sun's position.
Cancer Horoscope TraitsThe Cancer star sign, starting at Midsummer, is the kind benefactor, bringing warmth and fruition. In the horoscope, Cancer is regarded as the maternal character of the Zodiac, its traits being protective with the power of a ruler, but indeed a benevolent one. The Cancer horoscope sign is all about feelings and wants everyone to feel good.
Feeling Good with CancerIf your star sign is Cancer, you are an emotional being, engaging yourself in caring about others. Cancer is the motherly sign. That's far from a submissive character. Notice that the Cancer sign's quality is cardinal, leading. The Cancer character is caring in a protective way, a tendency to control, although with good intentions.
Cancer's perspective is one of feelings, more than of thoughts, things, or action. Cancer pays attention to moods, and strives to make everybody feel good. Any Cancer would be a good reader of how people really feel inside, no matter what they say or what face they show.
To Cancer, life is primarily emotional - anything else is secondary or completely irrelevant. So, Cancer wants everybody to feel good and believes to know how, whatever the others have to say about it. This protective spirit may be gentle and compassionate, but make no mistake about it: Cancer demands to be in control, convinced that it's the best for everyone.
Cancer, illustration from a 1482 edition of a book by Hyginus.
Three Different CancerA Zodiac sign doesn't give exactly the same influence all through its 30°. Its first third has something of a cardinal quality, whatever the quality of the sign as a whole is, its second third is slightly more fixed in quality, and the last third is more mutable.
If you were born at the end of June (from Midsummer and on), the sun is in the beginning of Cancer. Then you're very controlling and dominating, especially in an emotional way. You allow yourself to interfere, in order to make others feel better. Since this is the cardinal part of the sign and Cancer is a cardinal sign, people with the sun here are the most typical Cancers, showing the traits of the sign clearly.
If you were born in the beginning of July, the sun is in the middle of Cancer. That means you're very protective, trying to maintain a stillness so that others don't get upset or worried. You strive for everyone to feel good, forever.
If you were born in the middle of July, the sun is at the end of Cancer. That makes you anxious to avoid situations that might worry others or make them feel unpleasant. You are tireless in your efforts to make everybody feel good, and it takes its toll on you. Also, in your efforts to please you may unwillingly irritate the people around you.
The star constellation Cancer, represented by a crab. Illustration from Firmamentum, by Hevelius 1690.
Cancer's Father in the HoroscopeThe sun in the horoscope also represents your father (the mother is represented by the moon). That means your Cancer traits reveal something about the characteristics of your relationship with your father.
If you have the sun in Cancer, your relation to your father is one of deep affection, where both of you feel very committed to each other. You are also both quite protective, sometimes in ways that lead to frustration, because you both feel that you know what's best for the other. Still, your bonds are unlikely to ever break, and you cherish each other's company, without the need to either speak or do anything in particular.
All the astrological traits of each Zodiac sign have to be considered when examining their compatibility. Click the header to read more about what it means to the Cancer horoscope sign.