Cancer: June 21 - July 21

Cancer Sign Meaning

Want to know the meaning of the Cancer sign? Cancer (the Crab) is the 4th sign of the Zodiac, the 2nd of the Cardinal Signs and 1st of the Water Signs. Cancer is one of the Cardinal Sign group because it marks the beginning of a season; it starts at the Summer Solstice, or the first day of Summer in the northern hemisphere.

It can also be said that Cancer marks the day on which the Sun is the furthest North of any time of the year and it begins to travel south in this sign. To Astrologers, this marks the beginning of the "Lunar Half" of the year.

Deep within their shells

The Water Signs are known for the depth of their emotions, and because of the being part of the Cardinal group as well, Cancer people are known for their ability to motivate others by bringing them to laughter, or to tears.

The Cancer politician or multi-millionaire, and there are many, tend to achieve their goals by emotional appeals and personal aggressiveness, not through demands and ultimatums.

But despite this skill at moving the emotions of others, one of their most noticeable traits is to hide their own emotions behind the shell or mask they present to the world.

House of the Moon, the throne of Jupiter

The Moon is the planet that manages the affairs of Cancer. Its the most changeable and fastest moving of the celestial objects, and reflects the light of the Sun so brightly that ancient myths called it the "guardian of the night."

These qualities are seen clearly in the Cancer person, in that they are known for their rapidly changing moods and protective nature. Cancer may be the least judgmental of signs as well; whatever emotional energy you project toward them is bounced right back. Even if you can't point out the Big Dipper, you'll recognize the Moon.

This may be why astrologers say that people born in Cancer have "the common touch" that makes it easy for them to break down really complex ideas so that they are easy for anyone to understand.

Jupiter is exalted in Cancer, because it is the planet associated with growth and improvement in one's situation and affairs, and this lunar sign is sometimes called the most fertile soil in the Zodiac; Cancer people are terrific at nurturing, whether it takes the form of tending a garden or building a fortune.

Cancer's basic personality

Almost everyone who meets a Cancer likes them; they have a way of making anyone feel comfortable with them. The Moon rules all things concerning home and family life, and if the Cancer person does not have a family of their own, they have a way to create an extended family of friends and associates.

Cancer is also secretive; they can get to know everything about you without revealing anything about themselves. The Cancer person is also tenacious; it's almost impossible to get them to give up their personal treasures, keepsakes or friends.

Sometimes generous to a fault, the Cancer has an uncanny way of coming up with just the word, treat or gift that warms your heart.

Being a water sign, Cancers are often gifted psychically and are almost always remarkably sensitive to others, despite the hard shell they are known for.

They are also very good at learning the lessons that result for their mistakes; thanks to Jupiter, they are among the best coaches and self-help experts on the planet. The Cancer sign meaning is obviously multi-faceted and complex. This article was meant to provide a brief overview and introduction.