Tough on the outside but soft on the inside, Cancer the Crab is a sensitive sign that cares deeply about others. Tenaciously loyal and loving, Cancers are the nurturers of the zodiac, and will fiercely protect themselves and anything they hold dear.

The Home-maker

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

Chariot Tarot Card for Cancer
Cancer 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.

Cancer Zodiac Sign Glyph
Cancer 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 Zodiac Sign Planet
Cancer Ruling Planet


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.

Cancer Fourth Ruling House
Cancer 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.

Cancer Zodiac Sign Element
Cancer Element


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.

Cancer Zodiac Sign Quality
Cancer Quality


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.

Cancer Zodiac Sign Color
Cancer Color

Silver and 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.


Born on the Cusp?

No one has two Sun signs, but if you were born near the time the Sun changed signs, you may experience the influence of both signs!

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.

July 19 - 25

The Cusp of Oscillation

Cancer-Leo Cusp

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