June 21 to July 22

Cancer is one of the signs of the zodiac you’ll never be able to pin down. A water sign, Cancer’s fluid nature can change to fit his or her circumstances. And, ruled by the ever-changing moon, you may feel comforted by the soothing, silver light of this sign one moment, and fascinated (if not a little confused) the next when Cancer shows their ever-mysterious dark side.

Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac. It’s connected with summer and the phase after the fruits from the work of the first three zodiac signs are ripe, allowing for a time to focus on hearth and family.

What does the 69 mean for Cancer?

The glyph for Cancer, which looks like 69, is thought to represent the breasts, symbolizing Cancer’s nurturing energy. Cancer is often associated with the mother archetype, or the three phases of the feminine lunar archetype – the maiden, mother, and crone. Spend enough time with a Cancer, and you’ll see they embody all three – innocence, nurturing, and the passive wisdom of acceptance. This is true for both men and women born under this zodiac sign.

What type of person is a Cancer sign?

Cancer is associated with food, family, and a safe, nurturing environment. Cancers tend to make great parents and thrive in any field where they can care for others, such as health care, child care, and the hospitality industry. A cardinal sign and a natural ‘den mother,’ whether male or female, Cancers are effective in managerial roles and are often successful business owners. They also themselves need to feel safe – they’re not the adventuresome, risk-taking type unless there is a lot of fiery energy elsewhere in their chart!

Who is Cancer compatible with?

Cancer is compatible with the other cardinal signs – Aries, Libra, and Capricorn – especially in business and friendship. Together, these signs can go far. Cancer women, in particular, may feel safe with the stable, reliable nature of Capricorn, as well as Taurus. Cancer also can form deep bonds with the other water signs, Pisces and Scorpio.

Who should Cancer marry?

Cancer is associated with the Crab. Those born under this zodiac sign tend to have hard outer shells but are incredibly vulnerable on the inside. That’s why for a long-term partnership, Cancer is best suited with a sign that can understand – and cope with – their sensitive side, like Pisces, Virgo, or another Cancer.

Is Cancer a water sign?

Cancer is the first water sign, and like all the signs of this element, can tap into a deep well of creativity when they want to. Connected with that lunar, mother energy, they can also ‘give birth’ to this creativity in the form of imaginative works of art if they have enough motivation.

  • Element: Water
  • Mode: Cardinal
  • Ruler: Moon
  • Constellation: The Crab
  • Tarot card: The Chariot
  • Compatible with: Pisces, Virgo Capricorn
  • Stone: Moonstone
  • Personality: Reflective, intuitive, nurturing