We gain insight into the Cancer personality by looking to its symbol. Just like the crab, Cancer natives are individuals whose tough outer exteriors shield soft, sensitive insides.
They are simple folks who are at their best when they're at home amongst loved ones and they will do anything to protect what they hold dear.
Ruled by the motherly Moon, Cancers are natural parents and nurturers who often define themselves by the roles they play within their families.
The Cancer personality is curious, yet cautious in the way they approach experience. Like the crab, they may keep to the outskirts of the crowded room and spend time assessing the lay of the land before jumping in and participating themselves.
They are often creative folks who adore nature and love life's sensual pleasures - especially food and wine. However, they must take care not to overindulge and remember that all things are best in moderation.
Cancer rules the fourth heavenly house, that which governs the areas of home and roots. We see this influence manifest itself in the way the Cancerian personality places such a high premium on close relationships and family.
As the fourth house is especially closely associated with the sacred feminine, we see the Cancer personality adopting a motherly, nurturing role in their family as well, regardless of whether they are male or female.
This house is also strongly associated with the past, as well as the generalized concepts of tradition and history. The Cancer personality values tradition and consider the past to be extremely important.
They are nostalgic sorts who take pleasure in reminiscing, poring over family photos, or getting loved ones together to watch old home movies. They may also be passionate about history in general, possibly taking the study of it up as a hobby.
Cancer is one of three zodiac sign ruled by the element of water. Astrologically speaking, water is symbolic of emotion, intuition, and creativity. It ebbs and flows. It can be rough or serene.
In fact, the image of an ever-changing ocean is the perfect representation of Cancerian emotion. These are moody folks who are prone to ailments such as depression, especially if they allow themselves to live too much in the past either by allowing past failures to eat away at them or by sitting around wishing things could be the way they once were.
We also see the influence of water in the way so many Cancers seek out artistic or musical outlets for their strong emotions. In fact, such pursuits are an excellent way for these natives to keep melancholy or depression at bay and should be encouraged.
Just as the Moon is an enigma that is never quite the same two nights in a row, so does a Cancer's mood ebb and flow like the tide as the days go by. The Moon is also the ruler of motherhood and we can easily see this influence manifest via the trademark Cancer personality drive to nurture and care for loved ones.
Through the Cancer personality, we see humanity return to its most basic of needs - the need to be loved and made to feel protected no matter what life may throw our way.