Cancer: Everything You Need to Know About This Cardinal Water Sign

Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac and is represented by the crab.

This cardinal water sign is ruled by the moon.

Cancers are homey, comforting, and emotional.

Below are some of the essentials you need to know about Cancers.

Personality Traits

Typically, crabs are associated with roots, home, and emotions.

Cancers are often very sensitive and are able to effortlessly perceive the moods and feelings of others.

They also tend to be very in tune with their environments.

Akin to the moon mirroring the light of the sun, Cancers reflect the energy of their world.

In astrology, the moon is also associated with the home: where we are from, how we recharge, and our roots.

That said, feeling at home is important for Cancerians.

Having time for reflection and rest is also important for Cancers.

As a cardinal water sign, Cancers are also associated with origins, beginnings, and the waters of the womb.

Cancers are all about comfort, nourishment, and growth.

How at home are we in our bodies, in our communities, and the universe?

How can we connect with our lineage?

These are the typical questions Cancers ask themselves.

Challenges and Growth Opportunities

Cancers focus a lot on their feelings which can be a beautiful thing.

However, there is a shadow side to this sensitivity—they can easily feel wounded, offended, and hurt.

Criticism or teasing that goes unnoticed by other signs can send Cancers into an emotional rollercoaster.

Many cancers also need to know how to preserve their mental health and energy by not taking things personally.

Cancers also typically retreat into their shells rather than facing the world and their problems.

For this ultra sensitive sign, growth can occur once they learn how to express their feelings to others.

Since many Cancers tend to avoid drama and confrontation, they can come across as passive-aggressive—they drop hints rather than making their emotions clear.

Rather than assuming others know when they are upset, Cancers need to know how to communicate honestly, openly, and often.

Love and Sex

For crabs, love feels rejuvenating and comfortable.

They also prefer a partner who feels like home, spending quality time with them, and nurturing their intuitive nature. 

Cancers also tend to seek relationships that feel secure and safe and have lots of room for cuddling, emotional processing, and alone time.

Typical cancers also want a mate for life.

Even if they want to date casually, they will always find it difficult to keep things casual.

Cancers are not into quick fixes.

They desire lasting and true love that is drama-free.

When you are dating a Cancer, you will feel paid attention to and seen.

For the Cancerian lover, receiving true love and nourishment is essential.

Their intuitive nature also pays off in the bedroom.

When you are with a Cancer, you will feel like your needs are anticipated ahead of time.

While Cancers are known for their generous nature, matching the level of care they are providing is crucial.

Cancers also need to feel as much of the love they give.


Cancers have a few ride-or-die friends that turn into family.

They also are the kind to open their homes to people and create a welcoming environment for everyone.

Like the moon that orbits the earth, the crabs are considered amazing creatures that can tune into environments and people.

That said, Cancers are the type who can see through facades and perceive what the people in their circle are feeling.


Typically, Cancers gravitate toward those who make them feel cared for and seen.

The most compatible signs for Cancers when it comes to romantic relationships and friendships are fellow water signs like Scorpio and Pisces.

Scorpio and Pisces get the emotional language Cancers speak.

They also get along with earth signs like Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.

Fire signs like Sagittarius, Leo, and Aries as well as air signs like Aquarius, Libra, and Gemini will have a harder time dealing with Cancers as they would have a difficult time tending to their sensitivity.

Cancers on the other hand can also be wounded easily by their intensity.