Cancer Qualities and Characteristics

Ruling Planet Moon
Body PartChest, breasts, stomach
Terrestrial Locomotion Polyped
ColorsWhite with a red tint
Luminary RulershipMoon
Symbolthe Crab
Symbol DescriptionA crab or a tortoise
Positive Keywordsempathetic, nurturing, loving, protective, intuitive, caring, emotional, creative, romantic, sentimental, generous, compassionate
Negative Keywordsmoody, sensitive, pessimistic, overly emotional, insecure, manipulative, possessive, dependent, self-pitying, vengeful, jealous, emotionally vulnerable.
Related Careers (unverified)Nurse, Doctor, Social Worker, Psychologist, Chef, Interior Designer, Real Estate Agent, Entrepreneur, Musician, Artist, Home maker, Child Care Provider, Historian, Archivist, Librarian

If Cancer is your Sun Sign

Cancerians are considered to be quite unsophisticated from the inside and prone to move around in search of the right opportunity. It is also a widely accepted notion that they are sensitive and protective. They don’t find it difficult to blend in the environment, and at the same time, are also quite attached to their family.

But there are quite many other facets to your personality. You have special love for the spotlight, and the desire to be admired and loved is very dominant in your character. You are very touchy, and get emotional a lot more often than others. You sense of purpose for everything you do, and you are ready to endure anything if you feel the end result is worth it.

You will move in all directions to reach you destination, and this makes things possible for you that no other person around you can manage to pull off. This also increases your money making opportunities, and you might well make your way into large money-making firms. You have an innate feeling of insecurity and timidity, and this prevents you from taking risks and thereby inhibits your growth.

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You have strong likes and dislikes and preconceived notions. Talking about your sex drive, you clearly exhibit your intrinsic craving for proximity. You need intimacy from your mate, failing which you develop a wall between you and your mate. To top it all, you have a fascination for money and all the luxuries that it can bring to your feet.

Qualities that make you lucky are understanding, imaginative, desire to success, and trustworthiness. Qualities that hinder your success are moodiness, pride, pessimism, and tendency to get hurt easily.

Pamela Anderson, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Princess Diana, Sylvester Stallone; We know them as famous Cancerians.

Cancer Personality

Cancerians are very defensive creatures – defensive of themselves, their friends and family. They have a very strong and formidable defensive fort in his psyche. He is not intimidated that easily and can sometimes take an aggressive stand in order to protect himself emotionally from transgresses of others. Anyone who intentionally or unintentionally jeopardizes their or their close ones’ dignity or self-respect, you will feel fended off or even pinned down. But if you persevere and gain their trust with time (which you most definitely will if your intensions are honest), you will see the soft, caring and considerate inner self – because now you are one of the protected.

Their family is very important for them, and comes at the top in the list of priorities. They make excellent parents, but are not so good at letting go of their children when the situation requires it which again tells us about their protective self. They also happen to be very emotional and often fall into the depths of nostalgia. No wonder they have an excellent memory – they hardly miss a piece of detail about their past. Cancerian children start out being extremely sensitive and emotionally fragile, but with time they develop their protective and affectionate self. So if you see your Cancerian kid taking care of a younger brother or sister or the family pet, be sure that your kid is growing up.

To their loved ones, Cancerians present their most soft and mellow self. So they may overreact to incidents and tend to be very moody at times. But they are very sensual and can be the best of companions. They can get hurt by their companions very easily, but are in no way weak. They can strike back with equal force and venom.

Cancer in Friendship

Cancerians make very good friends. They sure as hell don’t make a lot of friends – most potential candidates are fended of because of a faux pas they commit at some point. But the few chosen ones form a part of the inner circle and make for a very firm and deeply meaningful friendship.

If you are a young Cancerian, you would be very willing to take your friends home and introduce them to your family, and if you are a parent, then you might want your children to bring their friends home and familiarize them to the family. This shows a strong family circle and also the fact that Cancerians do not quite differentiate friends from family. This is because they do not rush into friendships. They take some time with the other person, see if you make a good rapport with him/her, and only then allow him/her into their circle. This comes naturally to them.

The risky part here is that if the friend here is a little younger than the Cancerian, that the latter may start to behave like a parent – he/she might start acting in a very protective fashion, and treating him/her as a child. Since the friend is just a little younger than you and a friend, by definition, he/she will resent it. But the Cancerian can’t help it – it comes naturally to you.

You can’t just sit down and see a younger friend make the same mistakes that you did a few years ago and suffer in the same fashion. He/she will just have to curb his/her natural tendencies.

However, Cancerians have the ability and the habit of turning a close group of friends into a kind of family. They are also very good at patching things up with their friends, or even between two friends. People will love them for that and remember them for ever.

Cancer in Love

Attractions can be deceptive – you believe this and truly implement it in your life if you are a Cancerian. You will not approach any person that you are attracted to in any sort of way and try to move things forward. You keep yourself at a safe distance for a while and analyze the other person. You see if he/she is good enough for you, if things will actually move forward, whether you feel you really can start meaningful relationship with the other person or it’s just a temporary infatuation.

In doing so, if the person in question tries to approach you then you might even take evasive action. Once Cancerians have made up mind in favor of an approach, it will not be very difficult for them to make things happen, they are naturally talented for that. On the other hand, if Cancerians are the one being pursued (which obviously applies a lot more for women than for men), no matter of what kind the first approach is, the first reaction will be a defensive one. How smoothly you do this without letting the pursuer feel hurt depends on your skill.

But that initial barrier will just take a few minutes to melt down in which time they will make up their mind. One of the most important factors, if not the most important factor, will be to what extent you are attracted to this person. All this might sound a little unromantic, but it might be the right thing to do at that moment for quite a lot of reasons.

Cancerians are very sensual, loving and caring and make for excellent lovers. They are really good at making their partners feel they’re being taken care of. On a special occasion, they will meticulously take care of every little thing, and make the whole experience a very memorable one for their lover.

The basic problem with them is their highly moody nature. You can never be sure how they will feel and behave at a particular point in time, they themselves cannot. So if the mood is not right, they might make some really nasty comments which might be more detrimental than just spoiling an evening. After all, Cancerians are not the only ones with a good memory. The only way out of this fix is that Cancerians guard their tongues at all times, and their partners understand their nature and forgive and forget any transgression from their companion as an unintentional one.

Cancer in Marriage

Cancerians are naturally keen to marry – it is not that they feel very lonely or anything when they are alone; after all they have very good family ties and a lovely circle of friends. It’s just that tying the knot with someone and having a family of their own is very enticing for them. Even when they live alone, they do things that are really fulfilling in a familial sort of way.

Women might become nursery teachers or nurses in children’s hospital. You have it in you to make excellent spouses and excellent parents. And while they do all they can to make their domestic life better, don’t expect them to give up on their professional endeavors the least bit. They will make the most of all opportunities that come their way – after all, their work is their instrument for providing their family with everything it needs.

Cancerians, however, have a very grave problem – they need to tackle the career versus family issue. They want to work hard and make a lot of money so that they can provide their family with all kinds of luxuries and provisions, but again they have a strong impulse to be with their spouse and children spend quality time with them. This impulse is a lot stronger with women, who would want to take care of their children, cook their favourite dish, help them with their homework, and take care of their husbands when they come home from work. But at some point, they have to do the balancing act, and in this they struggle.

Cancerians no doubt have a strongly sensual side that will keep their drive alive for years. This drive will fight demands of their work atmosphere and everything, but the real opposition comes from domestic life. Tending growing children and taking care of them can take away all of your sexual impulses from you. When such things happen, the couple should think about the better of the family, and not just in terms of their ruined sexual life.

Cancer Career and Money Profile

Cancerians are good at getting used to conditions and fitting into almost any kind of working conditions. We talked about their psychological protective mechanism – this helps them from getting bouyed down from distressing conditions brought about by colleagues or the natural state of the workspace.

The problem with them, however, is that they tend to get a little too attached with petty issues, and thus end up worrying about their career more than necessary. Now their careers are important for them, so they have to worry about it; it comes naturally to them. So they can’t just stop worrying just because you tell them to do so. What they need to do is to get used to the daily routine. They have these ups and downs in their mood, like the waves of an ocean. Getting used to these changes in their psyche, making sufficient changes in their style of work in a reciprocal manner, and if possible trying to like these changes will make them that much stronger at facing issues related to them. So what they need to fight is within them, nothing outside their psyche can cause any harm to them.

Cancerians should take up jobs that have an element of doing good to the community because they have that protective streak within them. They will make good teachers preparing their pupils to face the world, good captains fulfilling every need of their ship crew and passengers and good chefs preparing excellent dishes for their customers. The will probably make the best doctors and nurses.

An issue worth noting for Cancerian mothers is that they will make excellent moms, but that will mean giving up their careers, at least for a while, in order to take care of children after birth. Not all Cancerian moms will do this, but it’s are very prominent trait; in fact they do not take it as an obstruction, but rather as a privilege. But if such mothers wish to get back into the trade, it would be advisable for them to keep in touch with the changes taking place in their professional sphere.

  1. Mauled October 29th, 2021

    Teenakay has women and Cancers confused.

  2. im a cancer! May 1st, 2021

    I am a cancer and I don’t tend to look good around others and be a demon inside of me. I can also tell the inside of people. I might be moody but not as fuck.I might cry and get jealous but not in a bad way and I tend to forget about the bad things and I am not an asshole🥺I thought Piscis is a soft sign😏. all I am saying is that I am not how you think I am🙁

  3. Ethan December 21st, 2019

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  4. Teenakay January 7th, 2019

    Cancer are moody as fuck.and always want to play victim .and love to be used by assholes.and forever crying everyday .they can be toxic.and fake as hell .evil jealous like a wolf in a sheep clothing.. they stay hating on people undercover.i can see right thru cancers bullshit.because I’m Pisces I see ur weaknesses and vulnerability. Protector my ass..they always want to use u for there own gain .just to make them feel better by hurting others mind games with other and think they are better then other .always trying to be to good for others.its damn shame that they seem to blame others for there fucked up moody asshole life..cancer all u do is try to look good in front of people .but I smell a demon in disguise.i see right thru u cancer .this is coming from a Pisces 🙄

    • AleX April 19th, 2019

      True story… they end up jeopardizing themselves and casting away the ones who truly loves them…

  5. GEE August 12th, 2017

    wow.. this is on point 100% for me..crazy

  6. Ali hussain March 10th, 2017

    i want to know that what is it ??

  7. Rwandan October 25th, 2015

    want to know about my future and also have a cimplicated relationship

  8. aminahz August 28th, 2014

    I want to know when I get married?

  9. lessoe August 10th, 2014

    I agree with this site. I’m a cancerian as well but I believe it depends on the date and year you all were born on in the end of June or in July. I am very antisocial and that’s most likely have something to do with me being born on July 7th and the year of 1982. Therefore I wouldn’t knock this site because I fit in 95% of the description

  10. t_ April 18th, 2014

    I think some if it is true but there are parts which is inaccurate

  11. t_ April 18th, 2014

    @nerd26 I completely agree with your point, im a cancerian too and am very sociable

  12. Cancer0715 March 9th, 2014

    Yes this is so true….. WOW…

  13. Destani August 30th, 2013

    I am a cancer women that has been in a relationship with a libra man for 4 months now !!! He annoys me with things that he does an sometimes I wanna just move on with my life but then he reminds me what it is thaT makes him amazing . What should I do bc it’s like I’m fighting with myself ab Lil annoying things he does , when I tell him it hurts his feelings & I feel horrible afterwards 😉 please help me ? 

  14. shanejohn June 6th, 2013

    It was awesome

  15. MickeyB October 23rd, 2012

    Im a cancer and im currently involved with a virgo male….I NEED HELP!!!! I love him so much but he confuses me 🙁

    • Edwin Lopez March 1st, 2017

      I’m a libra and I personally hateeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!! Virgos!!! They are something else but in a bad way.

  16. juliaaa97 September 11th, 2012

    the article above is about 97% true for me…. my friend once said that i have this mood swings and i easily get hurt (emotionally). i tend to be possessive esp. with my friends and im super clingy.. i dont usually depend on other persons to do the job, i do it my self… im very protective towards my family and friends.. i cant outrightly say my feelings to one of my estfriends.. once i get in a foul mood, i am inconsolable. i tend to be very sensitive and keen towards everyone… despite the negative personality, i love my sign i love being me…

  17. Hardtime August 9th, 2012

    I am a Cancerian and I’m just thirteen. I know I’m too young and most of you would probably discourage me and tell me that I’m too young for love but I’m madly in love with a girl, a Cancerian just like me. I really love her, she is my world and my life. I’d give anything up for her and there’s no word on Earth to describe how I feel about her. When I stare at her everything turns cosmic, like I’m being hypnotized and everything disapears except for her in the middle of my view. Many guys like her but I believe that I like her a lot more. Recently, I admitted my feelings for her and she admitted that through time she might feel the same. Now my problem is that the other guys confessed their feelings for her too but not as deep as how I said it and now that she knows, she’s confused with which guy to be with. I really want her to be mine and I love her very much but she’s confused with this and I’m prepared to give her up so her stress could be lessened a bit. I asked her if she wanted me to stop, but she told me not to ’cause she wanted to know me more. Almost every night we stay up late texting each other. Now I don’t know what I should do to make her closer to me and finally make her be mine. I need help from the people of this website. Now I’ve observed that there are many females here and most of you have a lot of experience on relationships, I wanna ask you what should I do?

  18. crabyMe July 14th, 2012

    Cancerians rock big time. Problem is ​​​​I really have never enjoyed sex. I’m a cancer lady and ​​​​I don’t believe in being in two or more relationships at once. I’m dating a capricon man and haven’t had sex with him and according to astrologers cancerian lady and capricorn man are compatible. Please How true is this?

  19. flower-girl August 26th, 2011

    i agree with some of this

  20. kenzie2978 August 15th, 2011

    I am a Cancer woman and I have to say that I have the BEST sex with Sagittarius men! My current man is a Scorpio Rising with a lot of Scorpio in his chart, and myself, a Virgo Rising/ with a lot of Leo thrown in…both his Mars and Venus are in Scorpio and mine in Leo… I get so turned on by him and want to spend all my time with him in BED! I can’t keep my hands, or lips off of him and so far…HE LOVES IT…Even tho I cheated on him with another guy, he came back… The very next day!!! Been here ever since… Here’s hoping!

  21. cupcake July 19th, 2011

    Proud being cancer…very accurate

  22. Hira March 23rd, 2011

    I’ve all the characteristics ov a cancer female I’ve just read about

  23. cancergirl March 10th, 2011

    hi im 22 and cancerian. well yes, cancerian is very complicated but i really enjoy it especially when it comes to romance and partnership. to be honest, i have already a virgo BF, and he’s in holland, i’m in indonesia. we’re having long distance now. we’ve been dating for 2 months but we haven’t had sex. i have to admit that it’s weird. but after he left indonesia a month and back to his country, i met some guys and we had sex (of course my BF didn’t know about that). the question is : how could cancerian (me) have sex with someone without having any feelings toward the guy? is that normal for me? coz usually males do that, you know casual relationship, more often than us women. please help me. thx

  24. Missy March 2nd, 2011

    I love this. It’s so true. A very good friend once said, you love hard, and are trully compassionate, but you could ruin one’s life without doing much. The power held by a cancerian, is one of intense magnetism…and ruthlessness when intimidated or in danger. Sure, we’re moody, but a little coaxing goes a long way…

  25. kat2279 February 22nd, 2011

    Thanks Shannon, I love Gemimni’s too. The gemini men I’ve dated were perfect allrounders for the cancerian lonerwolf a.k.a “me”

  26. Shannon January 25th, 2011

    I am a gemini woman and dated a cancer man and I couldn’t have asked for a better person and as far as in the bedroom, we had the most awesome lovemaking I think I have ever had. I miss him a whole lot because he was always sensitive to my feelings and needs and he said he doesn’t just choose to go out with just any kind of woman, she has to really be special and he would have to feel something was really going to come of the relationship. The only reason we are not together right now is because he was an alcoholic and that, I could no longer deal with. It’s sad thought because I felt like had it not been for the drinking we could have had a wonderful relationship. I think cancer people are wonderful. Good luck cancers.

  27. Moodycrab October 17th, 2010

    A lot of people who misunderstand cancers think we are miserable yes were moody but at times when we are quiet we are thinking or reflecting on life or indeed with the empathetic side of our nature worrying about others. Yes we can be fiercly protective of our loved ones and friends but no one can love like a cancerian emotionally and sexually we are dynamite with the right match who i myself think are Gemini or Leo both these signs the males are confident enough in themselves too bring a cancer female out of her shell obviously i have not slept with men from all the signs but would not recommend Sagittarians or Taurean males too stubborn too dominant and too possesive. Men from all signs will at some point hurt our feelings it is impossible not too hurt them as they are so near to the surface at all times but we shouldn’t feel miffed if people misunderstand as we have the skills to manipulate any situation to our advantage so that even the people who paint us some kind of psycho bitches eventually beg to eat out of our hands.

  28. Moodycrab October 17th, 2010

    Love the last comment yes cancerian females and gemini males are dynamite in the bedroom same can be said with Leo males. regarding us cancer females men will tell you no woman loves like a cancer woman we give our all and use or psychic feelings to feel what our partner feels we have great empathy and consideration for our loved ones. Sexually if a cancer is confident in herself she will want to satisfy her partner at all times as well as herself and in the right relationship we can use our skills of manipulation for positive results without causing major problems i love being a cancerian i think i have leo rising as have a lot of leo traits too. We cancers are in love with the idea of love a lot of the time we want the romance the wooing and to be wanted more than anything else in the world. Horoscopes aside just be honest be yourself and be confident men love that and shy away from the possesive controlling men of any sign and all will go well our mood swings are legendary but if a man loves you he will learn to cope with them just as your parents and children do. Blessings to all you cancerians out there keep your shell up 🙂

  29. nerd26 October 11th, 2010

    a lot of stuff there is pretty accurate, but the line about not making a lot of friends is untrue. i’m a cancerian, but i’m very sociable and always making new friends. from people i meet at gatherings to homeless people i see in my local town. some people are just shy and i don’t think it’s possible to pidgeon-hole people so neatly into catergories. star signs should be used as an occasional reference point, not as an absolute.

  30. maryam September 19th, 2010

    im a cancering girl an i hate home so much i love to go out an c new things any chance i get i love to travel so much they say a cancer an scorpio are sole mates bull shit i dnt get along with them i find them very boring an posesivness, right now im with a gemini guy an iv none him for 4 years its took a long journey to get things rite but wot can i say hes so perfect 4 we love to travel and find out new things all the time we are even very imaginative in the bedroom aswell lool i love you my gemini hero xxx thank you god for blessing me xxx

  31. hollerrr August 6th, 2010

    There is way too much bias against Cancers on this site. It is not normal..

  32. Timian July 7th, 2010

    I hapn to be a libra man dating a cancer woman. and personal, it can be hell sometimes but other times its the greatest feeling in the world. Me being a libra, i dont like to see her upset so ill ask whats the matter. Alot of feelings stay hidden, and alot of the time i start to fear i did something wrong and something bad would wind up surprising me. Cancers are VERY complicated at times. Iv find myself ready to give up because everything has to be labeld as my fault for her to calm down. I find myself admitting to things that arent my fault at all jus to keep her happy. There are the otha times when her mind seems more made up to, and thats when everything is SWELL!!! I wont give up on her, im being as patient as possible because i know itl pay off soon.

  33. Anna June 11th, 2010

    Very accurate assessment. Our tough outer shell intimidates many and let’s few in. Only after very careful assessment and evaluation do we let our guard down. Have no fear young Cancer, the moodiness gets better as you get older and more secure with who you are. You realize it’s no fun being miserable, critical and moody. Live life happy with who you are and thrive Cancer, thrive. It’s good to be you!

  34. hollerrrback May 24th, 2010

    Why do so many insecure people ask silly questions on this site?

  35. ky'errah February 19th, 2010

    its totally true i hate ma man he doesnt know wat he wants i think im in love but truly i only love hime cause he da first one dat traets me gudd and ill leave him wen im bored of him

  36. London Boltz January 21st, 2010

    this was insanely on point. Cancers are always misintepreted because of their sensitivity but its because we love hard, you mess around with that and you will be revenged. guranteed. silent killers we are.

  37. Reshma December 3rd, 2009

    Thank u very much.. i enjoy reading it and i felt it was very true because i m also a cancerian and i think it resembles me..

  38. Kimberly November 16th, 2009

    Everything thats said about cancers are very much accurated,whether it be bad or good…its usually [always] right on the spot!I sometimes base my decisions on whats said…its alwaysss right!!!!Lovve itt…

  39. Ghanzafar October 22nd, 2009

    hi i m cancer boy having love with aquarius girl

  40. Reezii September 27th, 2009

    My mother is a Cancer and my unt. They are grumpy alot.

  41. ashley May 13th, 2009

    i think every thing they are saying bought cancer women is true for me it’s scary how acurate it is…lol

  42. caroline raider May 8th, 2009

    This is so accurate. Im a cancer woman and i have to say i have never read anything so right on the target..really enjoyed reading this, thanks so much !!

  43. debbie March 15th, 2009

    I think alot of what im reading is true! the good and the bad. 80% of this fits me to a tee

  44. tierra November 6th, 2008

    i think that somethings that they say about us cancers are somewhat true but then agian they sometimes just want shit to say but i guess they can pass for ir today cause i am a cancer and i should know!!!

  45. Pankaj Prasoon April 1st, 2008

    crisp and to the point.

  46. swayam December 25th, 2007

    awesome stuff man; evrything is true abt me

  47. hegina September 30th, 2007

    so true..thnks alot..

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