Cancer Zodiac Sign: Characteristic Personality Traits Profile

A Reading by Richard Hills - Astrologer

cancer zodiac sign

cancer zodiac sign

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This profile indicates personality traits you will have if the zodiac sign of Cancer is prominent, but not necessarily your Sun sign, in your birth chart. If Cancer is your ascendant or Moon sign or if the Moon is prominent these characteristics are likely to show.

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Cancer Zodiac Sign - Basics:

Element: Water, Quality: Cardinal, Ruler: the Moon.

Characteristic traits

Cancer is the home and family lover of the zodiac. The break-up of families and the use of houses as just somewhere to live rather than places to create real homes is painful, and leads to the forging of alternative families in other settings so that the feeling of being at home can be enjoyed.


The sense of security that home and family (of whatever kinds) can give may lead to a clinging on to them when they no longer serve for further progress in life. Thus Cancer can live in the past rather than creatively in the present.

A word of advice

Ideas that feel good may not be the best ones to follow. Feel how tenaciously you cling to them when someone challenges them and see if you can watch them more objectively.


As a Cancerian your ideal mate will be there for you when you come home, or will enjoy the protective shield you provide. Water naturally flows and needs to be contained if it is to be channelled constructively. You may attract partners who provide such containers and it may feel constricting. If you attract someone with amazing powers of rational and logical thought that will fascinate and frustrate you! See Cancer Man or Cancer Woman for hints about your Cancerian partner

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Cancer Star Sign - a Deeper Look

The sign of Cancer witnesses to the importance of a sense of belonging in human life. It is, more than any other, the sign of home and family, but, fortunately in view of the conditions of modern life, not necessarily home and family in a literal sense. The Cancer emphasis in your birth chart shows what you are striving for, whether consciously or not, is a sense that, whatever your circumstances, there is a place on earth, or an experience, or a group of people, or an interest, which can give you a sense of belonging, where you can feel at home and that you are a member of a family.

The sign of Cancer also witnesses to the importance of roots, or origins, of considering the present in relation to the past. Many people feel they can ignore the past, yet feel something is lacking from their lives. Cancerians enrich the present by honouring its links to history.

Since Cancerians have a need to feel they belong, they can be very reluctant to let go of or move on from situations that give them a sense of emotional security, and sometimes it is necessary to move on. Cancer is ruled by the Moon, and to have the Sun in the Moon's sign can indicate a reluctance to leave the realm of Mother, childhood home and family in order to undertake the solar task of becoming an individual in one's own right. This task is symbolised by the move from Cancer to the next sign Leo, which is ruled by the Sun.

Cancer is a water sign, and the psychological opposite is air, the thinking function. If you chart is lacking in planets in air, you are likely to find it difficult to view emotionally complex situations in which you may find yourself with any detachment. This can lead to compatibility issues in love relationships. You may be described as 'over-emotional' by people whose charts are dominated by the element of air - and maybe you see them as too detached! Suppose you have the Moon in Aquarius - an air sign - to complement your Cancerian enphasis. You may be instinctively drawn to an ideal (an air phenomenon) that conflicts with your need to belong, and you have to perform an inner negotiation to honour both parts of your own nature.

© Richard Hills - Astrologer

Links to other Signs
aries taurus gemini cancer leo virgo
libra scorpio sagittarius capricorn aquarius pisces

See moon signs to compare Cancer moon sign and sun sign

See Cancer Moon for a profile of Moon in Cancer

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