Learn Astrology > Cancer Zodiac Sign in a Natal Chart/Horoscope
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|Glyph||The crab's claws symbolize the clinging nature of the sign, the glyph also suggests the nurturing quality|
|Dates||21 June - 22 July|
|Polarity||Yin (negative, female)|
|Colours||White, smokey greys, green, russet, irridescent|
|Foods||Shellfish, mushrooms, figs, milk, foods with high water content|
|Likes||Home, anything to do with water, items of sentimental value, good food|
|Dislikes||The limelight and emotional independence of others|
|Keywords||Emotional, Nostalgic, Family Orientated, Home Loving, Loving Cooking, Nurturing, Guarded, Having Strong Feelings, Warm|
In this step 3, zodiac signs, of the learn astrology natal chart/horoscope guide, you will learn about the Cancer zodiac sign, the first water sign of the zodiac.
Cancer is cardinal (initiating) in nature and is the only sign ruled by the Moon. Being a Water sign, the energy of Cancer relates to others via it's emotional nature. A Cancerian needs to feel warmth and acceptance and feelings from others. They won't feel at home relating on a rational or intellectual level. They need to know above all they that they are safe and accepted and cared for by the other person. Like the Crab that is their sign, they have a tough exterior but a soft inside. The Crab also needs to live near water and can't survive anywhere else.
The aspect of a Cancer needing to feel safe can often cause them to hark nostalgically after times gone by. The past can't change and is somehow something the Cancerian can fall back upon when the present seems too frightening or daunting. Countries have a sign associated with them for the date they were formed. America has it's Sun in Cancer. We can see a hint of this Cancerian nature with this country in it's love of sentimental movies, dreaming of bygone idyllic times and sports stars and that perfect family life and suburbia that seemed to exist somewhere in the past. Whether it ever existed we are not so sure but to a Cancerian the idea and the memories are enough. Some scientists say that water has a memory and this is much of what homeopathy is based on. The Cancerian is connected with this memory of Water. You often will find Cancerians with a love of old photos or movies or interested in their family roots.
Indeed the home and family are what provide the Cancerian with stability and security. They are known to treasure their own homes and have difficulty going off into the unknown. They make their homes warm and inviting and are some of the very best cooks and people to provide hospitality. A good family life is essential to them and they make natural and instinctive parents. Part of this comes from the Cancerian rulership by the Moon. The Moon is cyclical, waxing and waning and is connected to the rythms experienced on the Earth. As the archetypal mother symbol it is very much connected with the women's menstrual cycle and the tides and other cycles experienced on Earth. For this reason Cancerians seem to have an instinctive and intuitive understanding of the rythms of nature. Infact Cancerians are so connected to the rythms of the Moon that their energy will increase as the Moon waxes and decrease as the moon wanes. Chances are the werewolf is a Cancerian during the day time!
The energy of Cancer is cardinal in nature, which means Cancerians have a desire to start off new projects. They have great new ideas and can often become leaders in their field. They are known to be leaders in the fashion industry. They are also as we said some of the best cooks and some of the best nurses as they can feel the pain others are experiencing. On the shadow side of Cancer they can be some of the most needy people. They often need constant emotional reassurance and feedback, they can also use emotions to blackmail people and be emotionally manipulative.
Zodiac Sign Compatibility
The most compatible zodiac signs with Cancer are generally considered to be Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio and Pisces and the least compatible zodiac signs Aries and Libra.
Comparing sun signs is a quick and easy way to give a general idea of compatibility. However, to unlock the real power of astrology to fully understand someone or how compatible you are with them, we need to calculate other planet placement factors from their date of birth, and compare them to your own, and then interpret the results to give more specific information. If you would like to explore this further, please see astrology compatibility reports.
Cancer Rising (Ascendant in Cancer)
People with Cancer rising in their natal chart or horoscope, tend to be less vital than average, sympathetic, compassionate, passive, nurturing, receptive, protective, retentive, changeable, psychic, sentimental, tenacious, timid, quiet, sensitive, acquisitive (pack-rat), and moody.
Planets in Cancer
Learn what each planet in Cancer in your natal chart/horoscope means below;