Ruler: the Moon
4th Sign of Zodiac
Stone: Pearl, Opal
Color: White, Yellow
Anatomy: Breasts, stomach
gentle, conservative, feeling, nurturing,
Comparison with the Cancer symbol, the
A crab is able to walk or run sideways. Similarly, Cancer
natives can sometimes "move about" in life, in a
figurative sense, in an indirect manner. The crab's body is
covered by a carapace (shell). Cancer natives are self-protective
and sensitive, and often retreat into themselves when hurt. Crabs
are able to resist changes in the environment, thereby protecting
themselves from hostile elements in various habitats. Similarly,
Cancer natives are thought to avoid too much change, and to be on
Crabs have "complex behavior patterns" (1). The inner
world of Cancer natives is thought to be rather quirky and
complex. Some crabs
"conceal themselves by decorating their bodies with plants
and animals" (2). Cancer natives tend to try to blend in
with their environments, preferring not to make a big splash in
Cancer's glyph, or symbol, may
represent the breasts as a symbol of the nurturing qualities
of the sign.
FREE Astrology birth chart!
(The Sun is in Cancer from June 21 to July 22,
depending on the year).
Sun in Cancer natives have a strong survival instinct. They
are protective of those they care about, and of themselves
too. They are often quite reticent about sharing their inner
selves to the rest of the world, and are often caught up in
Cancers have a reputation
for moodiness, although this trait is most evident when the
Moon is in Cancer. Cancer needs roots. They resist change to
an extent, and concern themselves about being secure and
safe in most everything they do.
Cancers can be quite
intrigued by objects with history attached to them antiques, photos, souvenirs, and the like.
Cancer is a very sensitive
sign, and they don't always appreciate it when you are blunt
with them. Their reactions to hurt will depend on how thick
a shell they have developed. Most Cancers react by
withdrawing or retreating. Some have developed an ability to
manipulate others to get what they want. They avoid direct
confrontations almost as a rule.
Cancers are, in fact, quite
yielding and soft when you have them in the right mood. They
are one of the more hospitable signs of the zodiac. Sure,
they can be touchy and indirect, but they are also very
dependable, caring souls.
Some Famous people with
Sun in Cancer: Pamela Anderson, Kevin Bacon, Beck (Sun,
Mercury, and Mars in Cancer), Mel Brooks, George Bush Jr.,
Bill Cosby, Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe (Sun, Mercury, and
Venus in Cancer), Vin Diesel (Sun and Mercury in Cancer), Harrison Ford (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in
Cancer), Woody Guthrie (Sun and Moon in Cancer), Jessica
Hahn, Tom Hanks, Anjelica Huston (Sun and Mars in Cancer),
Ann Landers, Juliette Lewis (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in
Cancer), Richard Lewis, Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Sun, Moon,
Mercury, and Mars in Cancer), Lindsay Lohan, Courtney Love (Sun and Moon in
Cancer), Tobey Maguire, Princess Diana, Carlos Santana, Fred Savage (Sun,
Mercury, and Venus in Cancer), Jimmy Smits, Sylvester
Stallone, Patrick Stewart, Donald Sutherland (Sun, Mercury,
and Mars in Cancer), Montel Williams, Robin Williams (Sun
and Moon in Cancer)
This is the most subjective position of the Moon. The Moon
is "at home" in the sign of Cancer, as the Moon is
the natural ruler of the sign.
Moon in Cancer natives have
a large potential to be able to get in touch with the
feelings and moods of others. Often, they are quite wrapped
up in themselves. Their memories of the past are
outstanding, especially for all things emotional. Moon in
Cancer people are never detachedthey cling to things,
their home, and people they care for. They seek out security
and familiarity in all they do. They look for peace and
quiet. Their attachment to all that is safe means they are a
little leery of change.
These peace-loving souls
dislike superficiality in all of its forms. They are devoted
and accommodating. The insecure ones accumulate things
in an attempt to feel secure.
Because of their strong
attachment to, and memory of, the past, others may complain
that Moon in Cancer natives tend to whip a dead horse. They
may dwell on hurts long after everyone else has moved on.
When they feel they have been taken for granted (which may
be often!), they don't always confront others directly. This
is when they can use roundabout ways to get your attention.
In fact, these natives, when they are insecure, can become
quite manipulative. They can also be victims of habit.
These people can have a
hard time compartmentalizing their lives, simply because
their watery Moon tends to know no boundaries. Sometimes, as
a result, they may act irrationally.
One of the most delightful
characteristics of Moon in Cancer people is their loony
sense of humor. These people can be extraordinarily funny.
Their moodiness can baffle others, but their unique outlook
on life is something most people can appreciate.
When treated with
tenderness and understanding, Moon in Cancer natives return
the favor with warmth and protection. Give them security,
and you'll take the crabbiness out of the Crab, at least for
These people are
wonderfully dependable overall, despite their occasional
mood swings. Make a friend of Moon in Cancer, and
you will be taken care of for life.
Some Famous people with
Moon in Cancer: Drew Barrymore, Boris Becker, Mary J.
Blige, Clint Eastwood, Farrah Fawcett, Harrison Ford, Woody
Guthrie, Julio Iglesias, Kurt Kobain, Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Sun, Moon,
Mercury, and Mars in Cancer), Courtney Love (Sun and Moon in
Cancer), Mike Myers, Olivia
Newton-John, Jimmy Page, Sean Penn, Keanu Reeves (Moon, Venus, and Mars
in Cancer), Kurt Russell, Adam Sandler, Suzanne Somers, Robin Williams (Sun
and Moon in Cancer)
These people communicate with
feeling, conveying a sensitive, withdrawn, and thoughtful nature
to the people they interact with. If this is the only personal
planet in Cancer in their chart, they may come across as more
personal and sensitive than they actually are.
No matter how free-spirited the
rest of their natal charts may be, Mercury in Cancer people can be very subjective and personal, or
they opt not to talk at
all. They are slow to respond at times, giving others the
impression that they are deep thinkers. They probably are just
that. Cancer is a meditative and reflective sign. Still,
Mercury in Cancer people are much faster at forming opinions and
making decisions than they appear. Because they listen so well to
others, this speed is not obvious.
You can bet that Mercury in
Cancer natives will remember almost anything from their own
past, to your conversation two months ago. You might notice their
memory is a little skewed in the direction of emotion. The truth is, these people remember the
mood surrounding all the moments they have stored in their memory. This is
because they "feel you out" when you are talking to
them. The words are not as important to them as the emotions behind
Cancer communicators come across
as gentle, intuitive, and sentimental. Sometimes, they can appear
quite defensive, as they can take things quite personally. They make you
feel very warm and protected. Sometimes it is in their voice
(solid yet soothing); and often it is in the message they are
giving. Sometimes Cancer communicators
can come across as if they are hiding something, which can get
them into more trouble than they perhaps deserve.
Mercury in Cancer retains a lot
of information, and learns best when they feel emotionally
balanced. They prefer to focus their concentration on subjects, and approach problems
in a step-by-step manner, "feeling out" an answer. This
position gives the gift of rhythm and beat.
No matter what their Sun sign
(and it can only be Gemini, Cancer, or Leo),
Cancer communicators seem to have feelers. They pick up people's
emotions in conversations. They are the best listeners of all the
signs. In fact, it is extraordinarily easy for them to get
"lost" in the other person's expression and opinion. For
a while, they can almost lose their own opinions and completely
step into the other's shoes.
You can count on Mercury in
Cancer to come up with information, culled from their outstanding
memory, that others have long forgotten.
Cancer communicators' style is to
avoid arguments. But, make no mistake about it, they can provoke
arguments easily. They do this in a subtle manner, then get hurt
when others argue with them.
Mercury in Cancer is generally
attracted to poetry, archaic language, expressions of yesteryear,
and the like. Because they are so aware of others' emotions, they
can be somewhat diplomatic in their dealings with people.
These people appear to take their time when
they make a decision, and even when they form an opinion. They
need to step away from others, and be alone with themselves to
explore all that they have absorbed. They ask for time to stew
over new information. They are impressionable, and the smart ones
know it. Withdrawing into themselves helps them to discriminate.
These people can get frustrated
with facts-only thinking processes. They also dislike distractions
when they are talking or thinking. They need to focus on the
matter at hand in order to come up with the best solutions to
Mercury in Cancer can be very
effective speakers and writers, especially if they have Leo or
Gemini Suns. Their ability to "feel out" their audience
is extraordinary. Also, they are able to present things concisely,
If your Mercury is in Aries or
Libra, you may find some of your conversations with Mercury in
Cancer natives are frustrating. (The feeling is mutual, by the
way). Aries communicators get impatient with Cancer's slowness and
indirect communication, while Libra communicators wonder why
Cancer always seems to personalize what they say to the point of
appearing like they have funnel vision. This latter is not always
the case Cancer communicators simply prefer to speak about the
matter at hand, you and them, and not the rest of the world as
Libra tends to do. Likewise, Mercury in Cancer can find Aries
communicators rather brusque, and Libra communicators maddeningly
detached or other-oriented.
Favorite expression: "I
Some Famous people with
Mercury in Cancer: Willem Dafoe (Sun, Mercury, and
Venus in Cancer), Vin Diesel (Sun and Mercury in Cancer), David
Duchovny, Melissa Etheridge, John Goodman, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Anna Kournikova, Ann Landers, Juliette Lewis (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in
Cancer), Richard Lewis, Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Sun, Moon,
Mercury, and Mars in Cancer), Princess Diana, Carlos Santana,
Fred Savage, George Bernard Shaw, Martin Sheen, Donald Sutherland (Sun, Mercury,
and Mars in Cancer), Alex Trebek
Love for Venus in Cancer is
best when it is committed and rather predictable. These
people are sensitive in love, even if their Sun sign is the
more playful and outgoing signs of Gemini or Leo. You may even say
their egos are a little underdeveloped when it comes to
love, but they have a lot to give in return: namely,
security, comfort, and care.
Venus in Cancer men and
women show their love by caring for you. They pay more
attention to your feelings than your words, and observe you
rather carefully. They want a safe, solid relationship. They
can be a little moody in love, and some go so far as giving
silent treatments and engaging in pouting routines to get
attention from their mate. They are
turned off by anything impersonal, and too much
rationalizing leaves them cold. They are not afraid
of the emotional element of love (even if they have a Gemini Sun
and appear flighty in other areas of life), but
confrontations can be a little scary. Still,
these lovers are always worried they'll be left high and
dry. If you've hurt them, they'll have a hard time
forgetting. Every so often, they'll retreat into themselves
(not unlike a Crab), and it can be difficult to pull them
out. This is when they use their extraordinary
"nursing" abilities on themselves, instead of you...and you
simply don't want that!
Pleasing Venus in Cancer
involves lots of snuggling and sentimentality.
Recognize their attachments to their family and home. Help
them to feel confident with youwhen they are fearful of
being rejected, they can resort to some frustrating tactics
to find out just how loved they are. Think about how a crab
(the symbol of Cancer) moves towards its goal, and you will
get a fair idea of Venus in Cancer's approach. Do
your best to make them feel secure and cared for, and you
will be rewarded with a patient, dependable, and loving
Some Famous people with
Venus in Cancer: Ben Affleck, Courteney Cox, Billy Ray
Cyprus, Willem Dafoe (Sun, Mercury, and
Venus in Cancer), Cameron Diaz, Danny
Glover, Elizabeth Hurley, Anna Kournikova, Lenny Kravitz, Juliette Lewis (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in
Cancer), Robert Plant, Keanu Reeves,
Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, Meryl Streep, Kristi
position inclines toward passive-aggressiveness. These people seem to resist change and to shy away from direct confrontations.
They need to feel secure before they act. As a result, they can appear
rather slow at times. Their motto is "The best offence is
defense". They may appear weak to some, but they can be very strong.
Their strength lies in their tenaciousness.
Their sex drive can be very tied
up with emotional need. At their best, they turn others on with a
protective, almost therapeutic way about them. The protective
nature of Cancer is best expressed when Mars in Cancer natives are turning
the energy outward when they are being the protectors of others. Turning it inwards is when
there are problems. They must avoid over-sensitivity and
self-protection when it comes to sex. Some Mars in Cancer people
are especially turned on by the thought of creating a baby.
These people are threatened by
indifference. They can be argumentative and
manipulative. Their energy levels are variable, and they can
appear to move rather slowly. They have
defensive reactions and bursts of emotional displays when they
With reassurance and confidence,
these natives are protective, helpful, and dependable in the long
haul. They prefer to handle situations peacefully and humanely.
(See also the
of Mars in Cancer).
Some Famous people with Mars
in Cancer: Joe Cocker, Richard Gere, Anjelica Huston, Stephen King, Cheryl Ladd, Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Sun, Moon,
Mercury, and Mars in Cancer), Keanu Reeves, Donald Sutherland (Sun, Mercury,
and Mars in Cancer), Jean-Claude Van Damme
come across as gentle creatures. There's something familiar about
them they're the guy or gal next door. When they enter a room,
they don't walk in with a splash. Instead, they move to the sides
and weave their way inwards. These people have a familiar feel to them.
Because they are rather sensitive to their environment, they can
get flustered easily, especially in public.
Their first instinct, when
threatened or on unfamiliar ground, is to protect themselves. When
new situations present themselves, they can immediately withdraw
or act shy. Generally, these people come across as caring people.
They seem quite sweet even innocent. Usually, these people
appear unassuming enough to be quite approachable. Some Cancer
Ascendants, however, have retreated into themselves so much as to
be quite the opposite.
Since Capricorn is on the
Descendant, Cancer Ascendant people are looking for structure and
security in their partner and their relationship. These people
function best when their partner displays strength, financial and
emotional stability, and know-how. In fact, many Cancer Ascendants
prefer it when their relationship has well-defined rules. Security
is the basic need, and they are generally more than willing to
give up some personal freedom in order to get it. In some cases,
Cancer Ascendant people can surprise their partners. Why? Because
they come across as rather unassuming, family-oriented people.
When it comes to marriage, they have a rather matter-of-fact,
practical approach. More on
Some famous people with Cancer
rising include Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, Julia Roberts, Kurt
Russell, John Travolta, Lisa Bonet, Tyra Banks, and Ben
Affleck. Angelina Jolie has Cancer rising with Venus tightly
conjunct the Ascendant.
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