All About Cancer

Cancer Zodiac Sign Traits

Tough on the outside but soft on the inside, Cancer the Crab is a sensitive sign that cares deeply about others.

Chariot Tarot Card for Cancer
Tarot Card:
The Chariot
Cancer Zodiac Sign Glyph
The Crab
Cancer Planet
Ruling Planet:
The Moon
Cancer Astrology House
Ruling House:
4th House of Security
Cancer Astrology Element
Cancer Color
Silver & White

More About Cancer

Tenaciously loyal and loving, Cancers are the nurturers of the zodiac, and will fiercely protect themselves and anything they hold dear. They are lovers not fighters, but will always fight for who they love. Embodied by the Crab’s hard shell, Cancer prizes comfort, security, and protection. This sign is connected to the grace and ferocity of motherhood, making them both emotional and intuitive, and highly influenced by subconscious thought and feeling.

What we love about Cancer

Nurturing and protective, Cancer loves to take care of people and make everyone feel at home

Why Cancer drives us nuts

Sensitive Cancer can take things personally, overreact, and get upset at the drop of a hat. Mood swings are no fun to be around!

Cancer advice

Cancer’s deep emotions can cause their feelings to be hurt easily. Try to control your mood swings by thinking twice before reacting

Cancer celebrities

Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Ariana Grande, Will Ferrell, Princess Diana, Chris Pratt, Tom Cruise, Selena Gomez, Sofia Vergara, Kathy Bates, Liv Tyler, and Robin Williams

Insight for Cancer

There's so much more to you than your Sun sign! Dive deeper into your personal Astrology NOW!

View All Readings & Reports

Chariot Tarot Card for Cancer

Cancer's Tarot Card: The Chariot

The Chariot, the Tarot card of Cancer, accentuates the combination of Cancer's sensitive and tenacious energy. The Chariot reminds us to combine our hearts and our heads to persevere and to overcome life's challenges. Like The Chariot, Cancer can summon the right reaction at the right time to best suit its needs. The intention and relentlessness of The Chariot will take Cancer anywhere it wants to go.

Learn more about Cancer's connection with The Chariot »

Cancer Zodiac Sign Glyph

Cancer's Symbol: The Crab

The zodiac sign Cancer is represented by the Crab, and its glyph symbolizes the rounded shape and claws of a Crab. Just like a Cancer is prone to guard their sensitive and vulnerable emotions with a tough exterior, the Crab uses its hard exoskeleton to protect its soft insides. Cancers can hold on to emotional issues and beloved people very tightly, too, like a Crab grips with its pincers. Just don’t make Cancer crabby! Those pincers can hurt…

Cancer Planet

Cancer's Ruling Planet: The Moon

The emotionally charged Moon rules over the sensitive zodiac sign Cancer. In Astrology, the Moon has a powerful hold over the human emotions, while Cancer is a tender sign driven by feelings and desires of affection. The sign Cancer embodies its lunar influence by taking responsibility for and prioritizing the feelings of those around it before all else.

Learn more about the Moon »

Cancer Astrology House

Cancer's Ruling House: 4th House of Security

Settle in and get cozy because Cancer, the fourth sign of the zodiac, rules the 4th House of Security. This house explains the way we relate to the familiar things that bring us comfort -- our home, our family, childhood memories, and our roots. The 4th House of Security is reflected in Cancer’s need for comfort and safety. Cancer lives its life in its home -- its shell -- which acts as a protective layer to keep the Crab safe, secure, and happy.

Learn more about the 4th House »

Cancer Astrology Element

Cancer's Element: Water

Water is the element that flows through Cancer. The element of Water is a purifying and life-giving source for every life form. Just like the Wetlands that provide a sanctuary for all types of species, Cancers intuitively know how to make others feel nourished and secure. Water is an intuitive element, and Cancer the Crab uses this to read and understand the needs of everyone around them.

Learn more about the Water signs »

Cancer Color

Cancer's Color: Silver & White

So fresh! So clean! Cancer is connected to the colors silver and white. Like the glistening surface of water or the shining face of the Moon, silver and white are colors of intuition and purity. Cancer is a deeply understanding sign, and while they can sometimes get into trouble for being too hands-on with others, their intentions are always innocent. Like the sensitive Crab, silver and white are delicate colors that shine brighter than most, but can easily be taken over by bolder influences.

Learn more about zodiac sign colors »

Cancer's Quality: Cardinal

As the zodiac sign that begins the summer season, Cancer is a Cardinal sign. Cardinal signs are initiators, and Cancer thrives at the beginning of a new relationship or life experience, when emotions are at their peak. Cancer’s drive to help others, connect with new people, and build a family all come from this active Cardinal energy.

Learn more about the sign qualities »

Born on the Cancer Cusp

If you're born about three days before or after the Sun changes signs, you're "on the cusp" and you might find that you possess personality traits from your neighboring sign. According to The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Thomas Rezek, each cusp period has a name that reflects the distinct energy it carries.

June 18-24

The Cusp of Magic

Gemini-Cancer Cusp

If you’re born on the Gemini-Cancer cusp, you’re a loyal and inspirational spirit. Read more »

July 19-25

The Cusp of Oscillation

Cancer-Leo Cusp

People born on the Cancer-Leo cusp could deal with extreme ups and downs! Read more »

Cancer Horoscopes

Explore Your One-Of-A-Kind Astrology

Discover how the planets' placements at the exact date, time, and location of your birth have helped shape you into becoming the one-of-a-kind person you are!

Essential Birth Chart Reading
Birth Chart Reading

Start exploring your Astrology! Unlock your unique cosmic combination with an in-depth and personalized Birth Chart Reading.

Start My Reading >>

Astrology Compatibility Reading
Astrology Compatibility Reading

Discover how your birth chart interacts with your love interest's -- and what that says about your potential!

Start My Reading >> Astrology
Monthly Astrology Transits

Become a VIP and receive Astrology transits every month that are personalized to your unique birth chart!

Start My Reading >>

Free Birth Chart
FREE Birth Chart

Start exploring your Astrology! Get your complete birth chart with this free sample of your full birth chart reading.

Start My Reading >>

FREE Cosmic Profile
FREE Cosmic Profile

Astrology, Numerology, Tarot -- they ALL have an effect on you! Reveal the critical cosmic influences guiding your life.

Start My Reading >>

Astrology Compatibility Reading
FREE Astrology Compatibility

Discover how your birth chart interacts with your love interest's -- and what that says about your potential!

Start My Reading >>

More Cancer Insight

The Latest Articles

More Daily Insight

Planet Tracker

Use this guide to see where the planets are right now! Click below to learn more: