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  • Writer's pictureMedi Jones

All About Cancer Star Sign: Compatibility, Personality & Traits

Slipping into the watery depths of the zodiac’s resident Crab is complex and fascinating. Those with Cancer as their sun, moon, or rising sign may have found themselves here to tip a toe into the mystical realms of this sign.

Conversely, you may have recently started dating a Cancer star sign and wish to understand them on a deeper level. Are they really the most emotional members of the zodiac? Are they compatible with you if you’re, say, a fire sign? Fire and water don’t mix too well in their physical forms, so is it a match made in hell?

We have the answers to all of your burning Cancer birth sign questions, so let’s dive deeper into this area of the astrology abyss.

Key Takeaways

  • Cancer zodiac signs are emotional, guarded, and empathic.

  • Cancers are ruled by the moon, giving them a mysterious nature and deep-rooted emotions.

  • They are the cardinal water sign and are most compatible with earth signs and other water signs.

  • Cancers tend to prefer spending time with family, loved ones, and friends as opposed to attending events with strangers.

What Is A Cancer Star Sign?

Born between June 21st and July 22nd, Cancer is the fourth sign in the zodiac chart, meaning cancer rules the fourth house of the home, children, and family. Ruled by the moon, a cancer personality is known for their deep emotional sensitivity and nurturing nature.

People born under the Cancer sign are often closely connected to their feelings and intuition, making them deeply empathetic with a great sense of compassion. This makes them great parents and a fantastic partner in romantic relationships.

Cancers are the cardinal water sign of the zodiac. This means they lead with their emotions and possess a strong drive to initiate and create a stable and harmonious environment for themselves and their loved ones. Cardinal signs are known for their leadership abilities. With Cancer, this leadership takes the form of emotional leadership and not being afraid to share their emotions, follow their gut feelings, and not to be phased by the changing tides of other signs.

Cancer personality traits

Easily one of the most mysterious and misunderstood signs, Cancers are typically known as deep, emotional signs, as is the case with all water signs.

While it’s partially true that Cancers are indeed deep and emotional by default, where the common misunderstanding comes in is that they’re overly sensitive, easily hurt, and prone to regular, unashamed bursts of emotion.

That’s not strictly true. What many non-Cancers forget is that this zodiac sign is represented by the ocean’s no-nonsense crustacean badass— the crab.

Crabs are strong, self-sufficient, and take absolutely zero lip off of any other sea creature. Their hard shells shield them from harm, which is also reflected in watery Cancer’s arsenal of protection, as archetypal Cancerians are good at hiding their emotions and preventing harsh words from penetrating their (metaphorical) hard shells.

The cancer zodiac symbol is the hard shelled crab
The cancer symbol is the hard shelled crab

Famous Cancer zodiac signs

Some of the most well-known Cancer signs include:

  • Selena Gomez

  • Ariana Grande

  • Chris Pratt

  • Elon Musk

  • Meryl Streep

  • Mindy Kaling

  • Lana Del Rey

  • Tom Hanks

  • Margot Robbie

  • Solange Knowles

Compatibility With Cancer Zodiac Sign

Has a charming, enigmatic Cancer recently caught your eye? If so, let’s look at Cancer compatibility throughout the birth chart signs.

Cancer and Aries Compatibility

Aries is ruled by Mars - the God of war and the sign of fiery wrath, so they can be passionate (if not somewhat tempestuous) people to date.

You may think this would be a match made in Hell, but on the contrary, Aries’ often love (and secretly envy) the sensitivity of the Crab, and the hot fire of Aries mixed with the cool, gently waves of Cancer can make for a well-balanced dynamic duo.

Cancer and Taurus Compatibility

Taurus is one of the most compatible signs for Cancer - so much so, we’re talking soul mate vibes here.

This pairing is so smooth and balanced, owing to their mutual love of the comforts and pleasures of life, sexual compatibility, and generally similar outlook on all aspects of life. Needless to say, there’s a lot of common ground!

Cancer and Gemini Compatibility

Because watery Cancer and airey Gemini neighbour each other in the Zodiac, some of their classic traits can overlap.

However, their polarities can be problematic. Cancereans are often drawn to stability and order, whereas whimsical Gems are often nomadic in nature and don’t relish being stuck in one place for too long. However, as long as both adhere to a compromise or two, this union can absolutely work.

Cancer and Cancer Compatibility

Naturally, a Cancer on Cancer partnering can be idealistic and can harbour a deep, profound connection that will likely last a lifetime.

Because Cancerians are naturally committed beings, a union of the two comes easily and naturally, with both parties being on the same page from the word go. Long-lasting comfort and satisfaction await.

Cancer and Leo Compatibility

Strong-willed Leo bonds with the soft-hearted Cancer, owing to their mutual seeking of a dedicated, affectionate relationship.

Leos are known for their love of attention and their quick-witted personalities, which Cancerians find endearing and are often more than happy to cater to. As for the bedroom department, Leos typically likes to be in control, which drives Cancers wild (in the best possible way). Ooh la la!

Cancer and Virgo Compatibility

Known to be one of the most compatible duos of the zodiac, Cancer and Virgo are two peas in a romantic, ambitious pod.

Both these signs are known for their drive in areas like career, life goals, and so on, so their pairing can prove to be auspicious, with each sign acting as a cheerleader for the other.

Cancer and Libra Compatibility

Both Cancer and lovely Libra are all about deep thinking and have a similar approach to intellect and all things romantic.

Both signs are known for their trustworthiness, making them a healthy pair with similar values. In terms of relationships, both Libra and Cancer prefer to go long-haul, as opposed to the “love ‘em and leave ‘em” approach.

Cancer and Scorpio Compatibility

Because Cancer and Scorpio are both water signs and are known for the hard shell symbolism that defines their signs, they are an organic and compatible pair.

Scorpio is one of the most complex signs in the zodiac, but owing to Cancer’s sensitive and humanitarian side, they often bring out the best in their Scorpio partners.

Cancer and Scorpio could be a match made in heaven!
Cancer and Scorpio could be a match made in heaven!

Cancer and Sagittarius Compatibility

Because of their emotional intelligence and all-round good brains, Cancer is often able to form a strong bond with anyone— including fiery Sagittarius.

Although good old Sag is known to be brash and somewhat lacking in tact, they can uphold a healthy union with Cancer, providing they understand that Cancer does have its sensitive side that needs to be respected.

Cancer and Capricorn Compatibility

Capricorn isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but they sure are Cancer’s! In fact, the combination of Cancer’s water and Capricorn’s earthy nature can build a budding, lush, and prosperous alliance.

Although Cancer is a water sign, they are one of the most grounded signs, which the Goat absolutely loves.

Cancer and Aquarius Compatibility

Even lone wolf Aquarius can’t resist Cancer’s charms, and the two often build an unbreakable bond built on Aquarius’ strongest trait: communication.

The only challenge these two may meet is dealing with airey Aquarius’ need for regular solitude and travel.

Cancer and Pisces Compatibility

Water on water is always going to work, so the connection is instantly there, and for those looking for love, the romance isn’t far behind.

Unlike other signs in the zodiac, Pisces will find Cancer’s possessive streak endearing and won’t be put off by it.

Cancer and Pisces are another strong compatibility match
Cancer and Pisces are another strong compatibility match

The Bottom Line On Cancer Star Sign

Cancer is one of the few signs in the zodiac that is loved by all, making them a great friend, lover, long-term partner, or ally to have in your corner. They are a great person to have in your inner circle owing to their loving, empathic, and compassionate nature.

However, on the flip side, some consider cancer to be too needy and highly sensitive. They need a lot of emotional investment and quality time to feel secure in a relationship. This can be a bit much for spritely air signs.

Cancers' ability to be universally loved is undoubtedly one of their greatest strengths. Their friends and loved ones often value them for their unwavering support, their ability to empathize, and their nurturing presence. Cancers are the ones who remember birthdays, offer a shoulder to cry on, and go the extra mile to make you feel cherished.

If you yourself are a Cancer, or Cancer is one of your houses, you have so many lovable traits to embrace— just watch out for those insecurities and that possessive streak!

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of person is Cancer?

Cancers are emotional, intuitive, and empathic. They’re one of the most loved star signs due to their ability to make other signs feel comfortable, special, and supported.

Are two water signs compatible?

Two water signs can be compatible. Their mutual understanding of each other’s emotions and ability to support each other build a solid foundation for their relationship.

Cancer is the cardinal water sign
Cancer is the cardinal water sign

When is Cancer season?

Cancer season is between June 21st and July 22nd. During this time, you may find yourself more in tune with your emotions, wanting to spend more time with family, or even enjoying an intense summer romance!

Who is Cancer's soul mate?

Cancer is most compatible with Scorpio and Pisces, giving these two signs the potential to be Cancer’s soulmate.


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