Born: June 22 to July 22
Emotional and loving
Intuitive and imaginative
Shrewd and Cautious
Protective and sympathetic
Changeable and moody
Over-emotional and touchy
Clinging and unable to let go
There is an old saying that when you go out crab fishing you never have to leave a lid on your crab bucket because if one of the crabs tries to escape the other crabs will pull it back down. This is a great description of the disposition of those born under the sign of Cancer.
Cancer are the homebodies of the zodiac. They like security and they often require a home base in order to be truly happy. For women this could mean staying at home and exercising their maternal instincts. For men, it could be home building and maintenance
Cancer have a clear understanding of what time is meant for socializing and what time is meant to be solitary. This doesn’t mean that they are not sociable, simply that they may like to be the host, and impress people with their ’nest’.
In their personal relationships they are mentally a mixture of toughness and softness, often emotional and romantic to the point of sentimentality in their fantasies; but in real life and in marriage, their loving is not so sentimental but tenaciously loyal. Even if they have affairs (and they may do so, for the male in particular is open to sensual stimulation), their first loyalty remains to spouse and family, of whom they regard themselves as the protector.
Both the Cancerian man and woman love unreservedly, giving much and asking little in return - in fact, one of the most important lessons they have to learn is how to receive gracefully. Those they love and admire, and swayed by the emotion of the moment too easily influence them. They are also loyal friends, the negative side of their faithfulness being clannishness, the narrow patriotism of "my country right or wrong"; and closing ranks in suspicion and coldness toward outsiders.
The Cancerian has many potential faults. They can be untidy, sulky, devious, moody, inclined to self-pity because of an inferiority complex, brood on insults (very often imagined), yet are easily flattered. They can be tactless and difficult yet, because they are normally ambitious, they will curry favor by floating with majority opinions, outlooks and fashions of the day. As a result they often change their opinions and loyalties and, indeed, their occupations, and lack stability. They are easily corrupted and, because they are convincing romanticizers, can make successful confidence tricksters. Their romanticism in another sense make them ardent supporters of causes, for example a football team with whose heroes they can identify in a world of fantasy.
Cancerians have a retentive memory, particularly for emotionally laden events that they can recall in detail for years afterwards. They are strongly governed by childhood memories and since they live intensely in the past in memory and in the future in imagination, a chance meeting with someone for whom they had an unrequited love, even if they thought they had conquered the feeling, will easily rouse the emotion all over again.
Home and Country
Being told what to do
Advice (good or bad)