Cancer sun at a glance

  • Cancer: Cardinal Water 
  • Sign: Crab
  • Ruler: Moon
  • Natural Sign of the 4th House
  • Positive Expression: Intuitive, Sensitive, Sympathetic, Emotional, Traditional, Caring, Nurturing, Tenacious, Productive, Psychic, Impressionable
  • Negative Expression: Brooding, Over-Protective, Clingy, Moody, Irritable, Too Cautious, Self-centered, Clannish, Manipulative, Martyr

A deeper look at Cancer

Your Sun Sign describes the center of your personality, what motivates and drives you, and who you are learning to become

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

Their elemental sign is water, which gives them incredible emotional depths, makes them highly creative, and lends itself to broader psychic abilities than other signs.

Cancers wear their hearts on their sleeves, but they have a range of emotions going on inside, which can at times make them seem overly sentimental or moody; this is due to their connection with the moon phases.

Just like real crabs, Cancers are known to retreat into their “shells” and are most comfortable when they’re at home surrounded by loved ones. They’re generally on the more introverted side, preferring deep, intimate connections with just a few people over socializing in large groups, which can easily overwhelm them.

Also like the “real” crab, if hurt or frightened, they will retreat into their shells, and sometimes, never re-emerge. Being in a relationship with a Cancer requires you to pay more attention to making certain a Cancer feels secure and safe in your presence. If you can do that, they’ll be loyal to death. As a Cancer sun, being aware of when you are retreating into your shell without real cause is a good life lesson to master. You don’t have to run for cover from every little thing. Parents of Cancer children need to teach them how to be the source of their own safety, to erect healthy boundaries, and to enforce those, without overreacting.

Cancer is a cardinal sign, which makes them able to take decisive action and manifest their dreams swiftly. They’re known as the providers of the zodiac—they take care of their loved ones as breadwinners and nurturers. The crab’s ability to crawl between the ocean and shore allows them to exist between the emotional and material worlds.

These people love their home and family more than anything else in this world. Career and money are less priority when it comes to relationships and children. Cancer men and women make excellent parents who are loving as well as strict at the same time.

Key points

  • If you do not feel much like your Sun Sign, then consider – Are giving yourself permission to be who you truly need to be?
  • Learning to use your “shell” wisely and not be overprotective of yourself is one of Cancer’s greatest challenges.
  • You will thrive in matters of home and family. Checking your astrology for Venus and Taurus alignments will give further insight.
  • Cancer is a Water sign, which blesses you with mad creative abilities, but challenges you with intense emotions.
  • Cancer is ruled by the moon, a feminine symbol, universally representing the rhythm of time as it embodies the cycle.
  • The phases of the moon symbolize immortality and eternity, enlightenment, or the dark side of Nature herself.


  • Parts of the physical body ruled by Cancer: Breast, Stomach, Lower Ribs, Upper Lobes of the Liver, Womb, Pancreas, Digestive System
  • Related Crystals: Pearl, Crystal, Emeralds, Onyx, Selinite, Chalk, all soft white stones.
  • Essential oils & herbs: Sage oil, Cucumbers, Squashes, Melons, all Plants that Grow in Water, Water Lilies, Rushes.
  • Keywords: Moody Moonchild, Psychic Sponge, Tenacious Crab, Stability, Structure, Security, Reliability, Sensuality


Any planet you have in Cancer will use this energy as their lens. For instance, if you have Mars in Cancer, all your Mars aspects will be filtered by Cancer energy.

As planets move through Cancer, they filter that energy into the collective.

Learning what Cancer energy is, will help you better understand astrology on the whole to better navigate your life in the best energies.