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Astrology Sun Signs - Meet Cancer - June 22nd - July 23rd

Updated on July 4, 2011

Recognising Cancer

Some of you might remember the words to an old song - "By the light....of the silvery moon..." (I must confess, those are the only words I know...) but all singing aside, if you want to spot a Cancer - that is how you will find the light of the moon.

Pretty words - not entirely accurate, but pretty. Cancer is ruled by the moon, and is subject to it's many phases, by this I mean full moon, waning, waxing, new, etc. Each phase governs Cancer's deep seated emotions, and although the moon appears to change, it doesn't - and neither does the crab.

In general, moon people are quiet and sensitive. Their emotions run deep, and are rarely shallow or superficial. They aren't overly gregarious, and seldom seek out the spotlight, content to stay on the fringes, however, should the spotlight find them for one brief shining moment, they won't hesitate to soak up the attention.

Cancer the crab
Cancer the crab

Like most of us, Cancer loves to be appreciated - they may take refuge in their shell for many things, but being appreciated is not one of them.

I should warn you though, if you do decide to befriend a Cancer, make sure to have your rain gear or at least an umbrella handy! Cancer is prone to emotional outbursts, tears, and long periods of melancholy...and there is nothing damper than a depressed, morose crab. Cancer can drown you in depression deeper than the ocean.

This is not to say that they don't have a sense of humour - they do, and they usually use it to cover their fears and insecurities. No one enjoys a joke like Cancer, and their humour can be startling when it pops up.

Physical attributes

Picture the man in the moon - handsome, round face, soft skin, large smile - almost baby faced could sum it up. Rather rounder features than most, both facially and body type. This is one type - the other is more crab-like - larger skull, overhanging brow and high cheekbones, rather prominent lower jaw, and the eyes are smallish and set further apart. Their body structure is bonier and their arms and legs may seem longer in proportion to the rest of their body - broader than average shoulders and their hands are either very small or quite large. They are generally top heavy, and female crabs will either wear extra large sweater sizes or be flat chested - either way, there is no middle ground with the feature.

Moon people have markedly expressive features. You can see each one flit across their faces during a conversation. Cancer has been known to laugh wildly, cry at the drop of a hat, snap in anger, and retreat into their shell, all within the space of one conversation!

Like a crab...

Have you ever watched a crab scuttling across a tide pool, from rock to rock, always guarded, preferring to skirt the edges than rush headlong across open water? The same can be said for Cancer. They rarely, if ever, dash headlong into anything. Cancer takes the sideways approach to things, carefully feeling out the territory, then tripping in to snatch whatever they have been watching with a quick sideways motion, and skittering away before they themselves can be caught in someones net - leave the direct approach to Aries or Taurus.

Like the crab, when Cancer has a hold of something, be it a treasure, friend, lover, or even a job, they won't let go. A crab would rather lose a claw than relinquish a morsel it has decided upon, and the same goes for moon people. They will fight tooth and nail to protect something that belongs to them, and can be quite the pack-rat.

Crabs are very seldom impulsive, choosing instead to watch and wait before acting. They calculate their actions based on experience or a proven track record. They fear going it alone without a safety net or foundation. Should they make a mistake and fail, Cancers have a tendency to brood over their mistakes instead of shaking it off and trying again.

Their home is their castle - in most cases, and that is where they feel safe and protected. Most crabs I know have something of themselves gracing the walls of their abode - a sampler perhaps, painting, drawing, cross-stitch or even photographs that they have snapped themselves, that they will display with pride - and why shouldn't they?

No matter how much money or how much love a Cancer has, it is never really enough. Their emotions will not give them a break, and their insecurity about what could happen keeps them awake at night. Worry and apprehension can literally make them sick, and cheerfulness and positive energy can make them well.

Most Cancerians are private people - they can ferret out a secret from you, but not the other way around. The crab seldom confides his deepest darkest secrets to anyone, preferring to lock them away in his shell where it is safe and sound.

In conclusion

Many Cancers have green thumbs, and produce wonderful gardens that they tend with love and affection. Something else green that they tend with the same care is their savings account. Money tends to stick to crabs. They are generally frugal with their funds - not cheap - there is a difference - and they like to keep a few dollars aside for rainy days. Cancer generally manages his money exceptionally well, although a Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn comes a close second. Like the beautiful lush garden he tends, his bank account will flourish under his attentive care. The only time you will see Cancer as a spendthrift is when a child is involved. Cancer can be most generous with children, but don't try to overcharge him in the grocery check out!

Speaking of groceries - Cancer appreciates a good recipe and a well cooked meal. Some Cancers I know have extensive recipe collections - and take cooking very seriously. Cancer feels safe and secure with the larder is full - whether they eat or not, however, few moon people will turn down a dinner invitation. One Cancer rule - take as much as you like, but eat what you take. There is no such thing as waste when it comes to food.

Both sexes have strong maternal instincts (unless they have conflicting ascendants) and they are always trying to stuff food into you, bundle you against inclemant weather, or protecting your interests. Cancer can be very protective. It's hard to say which calls to the crab's nature more - food, children or money!

All of these things are wrapped in a tough shell - exactly like their namesake - where they take refuge against the storms that threaten their sensitive natures. They gather the treasures that others leave in the sand, and wait for the waves to wash their dreams ashore...


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      Victoria 4 years ago from Monroe, NC

      I'm a Cancer with Leo rising and moon in Scorpio (Venus in Cancer, Mercury in Leo, and Pluto in Scorpio). I'm a pretty even mix of the three. Outsiders see the lioness, family members see the crab, and friends see all three with emphasis on the scorpion.

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      Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Thanks Jonas :) glad you enjoyed it!

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      jonas garado 6 years ago

      nice !!!!!!!!! good documentation about us!!!yahoo :)

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      Darlene Yager 6 years ago from Michigan

      Most of this fits me, real well. Of course there are a few things that don't fit me at all. I am sure it has something to do with the ascendants as you mentioned.

      Nice hub!

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      urdu horoscope 7 years ago

      very very interesting...fantastic hub

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      Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Thanks ugagirl66 - keep looking...the Scorpio hub is here somewhere lol!

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      Regina Harrison-Barton 7 years ago from South Carolina

      I am a scorpio and would love to hear what you have to say about us. I loved this hub. You did an awesome job!

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      SLC 7 years ago

      Very great hub! Thanks!!! :-)

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      Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Everyone picks up or discards traits and characteristics from their parents/close relatives. The only part of astrology that I have written on is the sun sign, there are many other aspects that make up each unique person.

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      Aizol 7 years ago

      hi, first time reader; very much liked the post as am cancer myself; and 80% of the stuff u wrote is true; though i also think having parents of different astrology signs also affects a person as he will gain some of their characteristics as both my parents are aquariuses; i think i hv gotten some of their emotional would be quite interesting to hear ur opition on the matter

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      Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Thanks d.william, I don't think I look like a Libra either!

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      d.william 7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Another interesting hub. And just as i suspected. I have more cancer traits than Leo. Except the the physical descriptions - not so much - don't fit in either.

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Some of my best friends are Cancers :D so I'm used to the moodiness and the mothering LOL...gregarious would be an excellent compliment for this sign :D Thanks for reading habee, come back anytime!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      I'm a Cancer - June 25th! I think this is pretty much on target, except that I'm VERY gregarious!

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Thank you FirstStepsFitness :D so glad you enjoyed the read!

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      FirstStepsFitness 8 years ago

      Love being a Cancer ....very well written as well as entertaining :)

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Disturbia - thanks so much for the compliments! I've never met an impulsive crab before - as you say, it must be the ADHD LOL! Now THAT I'm familiar with! So glad you enjoyed the hubs - stop back anytime ;)

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      Disturbia 8 years ago

      Thanks for posting such an interesting and fun hub. It reminds me of all those astrology books I used to read back in the 70s when I was living in San Francisco, eating brown rice, and making my own yogurt. I'm a Cancer and I must admit to having a lot of the traits you mention here, especially the moodiness. However, I guess I go against the grain insofar as I'm the most impulsive creature to walk the earth and I've paid the price for it a thousand times. Maybe it's the stars, but it could also be my ADHD... LOL! By the way, I read your hub on ADHD/ODD and it was excellent.

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Hi Herald - yes, you could say that - depending on the time, place and date of your birth, each of the planets and to a degree the stars and constellations were in certain houses, or degrees, and these influences make up a unique birth chart exclusive to you alone. The sun sign only takes the position of the sun at the time of your birth - making these predictions much more general.

      I am glad you spotted some of you in here! Thanks so much for your comments!

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      Herald Daily 8 years ago from A Beach Online

      I'm a crab, Enelle. Some of this is very true with me...some, not really. Guess that's how it is with everyone, or at least, I assume so. Doesn't it have to do with which Deacon people are born in or something?

      I enjoyed looking for myself in your hub, Enelle. Thanks.

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      I was married to a Cancer, and didn't see a lot of similarities either - however, the moodiness was very prominent! lol My mother in law can't be described as moody, but has other traits...definitely the ascendants in there lol

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      My husband is a Cancer and the only thing that I saw fitting his personality was his loving his home; steadfastness when it comes to his work or friends; a bit of a packrat and he loves to cook. All the moodiness and other things really do not apply to him. He is very gregarious and loves people! Guess he must have planets interferring with the generalizations about his sign?

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Thanks KevinPeter - would have been nice to do their charts though ;)

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      KevinPeter 8 years ago

      Nice reply, Enelle Lamb. These people indeed(Keller, Ernest and Caesar) had the quality what you said - tenacity to hold on.

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      RedElf - Well I'm not sure about a new career lol...but it is fun =)

      KevinPeter - Having never personally met or gotten to know any of the famous people on the list, I can't attest to any commonalites aside from the obvious - they all have Cancer's tenacity to hold on lol...

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      KevinPeter 8 years ago

      you gave a list of some famous cancerians. Julius Caesar, Helen Keller and Ernest Hemingway. Nice to read, but what quality is common between them? I dont see anything lol

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Had to check in again as you are getting great comments - do I see a new career ahead for you, Enelle? Nice work on these hubs!

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Mighty Mom - You are most welcome my dear - does he have a habit of making mountains out of molehills? (just curious lol)

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Another spot-on description, Enelle. My Hubby is a Cancer. He's very, very much as you describe. Most especially ruled by the moon. Thanks for the enlightenment. MM

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Feline Prophet - I won't tell if you won't LOL...always happy to see you!

      MindField - I like the term "astro-biographies" most people will find when reading their sunsign that certain areas don't necessarily jive with their personalities - this is due to their ascendant - or rising sign, which gives each person their own individuality within the sunsign. I have met a few people over the years who have little in common with their sunsign. This is generally caused by the appearance of a planet (other than their ruling planet) in several houses of their birth chart. Now that I have completely confused everyone LOL - thank you for stopping by to comment =)

      li7218 - You definitely hit the nail on the head with that one! Thanks for the comment =)

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      MindField 8 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Over the years I've read a number of "astro-biographies," for want of a better term, and this one is so right-on for me (except in a couple of instances) that I can hardly believe it. Very eye-opening. Thanks!

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

      You have a knack for pinning people down! :)

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Gennifer - I have been 'practicing' astrology for quite a few years now - it never gets boring! Thanks for stopping by =)

      RedElf - You certainly have quite the family tree! Makes for very interesting family gatherings LOL

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Another excellent Hub, Enelle. I think I must have a couple of relatives that are Cancers, LOL - at any rate, you have described them to a tee. ;)

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      Gennifer 8 years ago from Minsk, Belarus

      nice hub! I'm interested in astrology as well, and I really appreciate your hub! Thanks


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