Cancer: June 21 - July 21

Cancer Traits

Our list of most widely observed Cancer traits. Represented by the home-loving and watery sign of the crab, Cancer occupies the fourth position in the sequence of the zodiac.

Ruled by the intuitive Moon - the planet that governs emotion, intuition, and dreams - Cancer natives are by nature sensitive, home-loving types whose emotions and feelings run deep.

The following are some of the most widely observed and typical Cancer traits linked with this caring, yet sometimes defensive sign:

Sensitive Feelings

If there's one thing a Cancer really can't tolerate, it's criticism. The saying "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" doesn't ring true to them at all, as hurtful words - especially when they come from a loved one - can really cut them deeply. It is hard for them to forget a slight.

Although Cancer may seem tough on the outside, it is important to understand that this is really a defense mechanism designed to mask their profound vulnerability. Like all lunar-ruled signs, Cancer natives are prone to bouts of depression and other types of emotional upset in general.

Needs/Craves Close Relationships

Most Cancerians, though not necessarily social folks, really need a close relationship or partner in their life in order to feel as if they're truly complete. More than any other sign, Cancer is truly born to be married and to build a family.

They are giving, caring people who find great joy in nurturing children or doting on a spouse. They are also loyal sorts who rarely stray once they've chosen a special someone and will pour absolutely everything they have into their primary relationship.

They are introverted sorts for the most part, but when they are around their families, they can be quite social indeed.

A Focus on the Past

Cancer rules the fourth cosmic house, which governs not only the realms of home and family, but also the past. Some Cancers had childhoods that affected them profoundly in one way or another while others are simply nostalgic by nature.

Another Cancer trait is that they are especially likely to have been influenced strongly by their mother, either for the better or for the worse. It is also not at all uncommon for Cancer natives to have hobbies that involve a focus on the past. Historical studies, antiquing, scrap booking, and furniture restoration are a few good examples.


It is a known Cancer trait that it can be tough to pry any treasures from the claws of the Crab once they posses it. Take money for instance, the crab loves to collect it. The are happy to let it pile up and the bank and never do anything with it... but most importantly, never let it go. Part of this is due to the need for a sense of security they crave.

Most Cancers can have a bit of bossy streak as well, as they are naturals when it comes to problem-solving and have a tendency to feel they always know best. This is an important characteristic for Cancer natives to become aware of and try to control, as it can easily take over and derail the harmony of home they work so hard to build.

Domestic, Home-Loving, and Creative

Like all water signs, Cancer traits definitely include something of a creative streak. Many take naturally to photography or music, but there are certainly plenty of Cancerian writers and painters out there as well.

Since Cancer is also a homebody by nature, it is not uncommon to see these folks meshing their creativity with their natural drive to nurture via hobbies like cooking or gardening as well. Many Cancers feel a special connection to nature, so when they do wish to get away from home, they're likely to suggest a hike, picnic, walk on the beach, or camping excursion as a diversion.