The Sun is in this fourth sign of the
zodiac from 22 June until 22 July each year. The symbol for Cancer is
the Crab, with its protective shell. People with this Sun sign are
sometimes also called "Moon Children," because the Moon is the ruler of
- In Cancer the Sun is receptive and moody.
You are a very sensitive person who is easily influenced by your
environment. You are likely to be exceedingly protective of your
feelings, as well as the feelings of those to whom you are close.
Emotions are strong in your nature. You approach life with many feelings
and a strong nurturing tendency. Your moods are varied and changeable.
They are synchronized to the Moon, flowing in and out like the tide. You
are acutely aware of the atmosphere of feelings surrounding you. You're
skeptical and distrustful of people. It's not what they say, but simply
the way they say it and the way you interpret their meaning.
- You need to tell your deepest thoughts.
When those around you are not receptive, you can become quite difficult
to reach. The "crabby" part of Cancer shows up once in awhile, as well.
When these moods are in control of your behavior, you can snap someone's
head off for no reason at all. People you live around have to learn that
you are not really angry with them. This is just the way Moon children
are sometimes. By nature you are quiet and somewhat reserved, frequently
retreating or putting up a protective barrier when you feel in any way
- You are attuned to the past. You tend to
cling to reminders and memorabilia of your family and of earlier times.
Many Cancers are attracted to collecting antiques. You may be one of
those people who collects just about everything. It's hard for you to
part with something when there may be a chance need some rainy day, no
matter how remote that chance may be. Cancers are the original
- You place much importance on the home and
family. Your family or your "family of friends" is the center of your
life. They provide you your sense of security and belonging. Your role
in this environment is the source of your self-esteem and often
overshadow your sense of individuality. It's hard to break away from
your early upbringing and depart from the family traditions you have
experienced. Cancer is the sign of motherhood. In both sexes, it
produces a parenting instinct that is caring, protective, and indulging.
Even unmarried Cancers adopt friends, co-workers, and neighbors in an
extended family situation.
- Hardworking and dedicated, you make an
excellent employee. You are loyal and respect authority. This makes you
supportive and protective of the boss and rarely questioning company
policy. You do find it very difficult to handle change and disruption.
If you are the boss, you like your employees to be dedicated as you are.
Unfortunately, sometimes you may surround yourself with "yes men" who
simply reinforce your decisions. You don't take chances or risk sweeping
- Money is very important to you. Not for
what it will buy or for the freedom it provides, but for the sense of
security it provides. No matter what else is to be said of Cancer,
security and having the protective shell in place, is overriding.
In Cancer, Mercury produces a mind that
is very intuitive. You are influenced more by an appeal to the senses,
than by logic or common sense. Your thinking is regulated by deep-seated
emotional patterns, many of which may be rooted deeply in your
subconscious. Objective thinking is not easy for you because your biases
seem to force you to make certain decisions and ignore certain facts
that disagree with you internal initial judgment.
Your memory is exceptional, especially for
names, dates, and historical events. You have a deep appreciation of
history and any artifact or relic of the past. Your answers to present day
problems are frequently drawn from precedence and past events. You are
influenced by those around you, by your early training, and the opinions
of friends and family. You are very close to family, friends and even to
country. Loyalty and patriotism run very deep in your nature.
You seem to learn best by exposure to
information via life experience, as if by osmosis. You are highly
receptive to subliminal messages or subtle inferences that you
You are sensitive to other people, and you
have some difficulty being with those who you sense to be in some way
unfriendly to you. It may be hard to explain why you feel uncomfortable
with someone, but you do. A major strength of this placement is that you
are such a very sympathetic listener. Yet you have to be careful not to
identify too closely with the problems of others and take on those
problems as if they were your own.
- If Venus is in Cancer in your chart, it
produces deeply sensitive feelings. This extreme sensitivity means that
feelings can be easily hurt, but you hide this vulnerability behind a
somewhat dignified exterior.
- You have a very kindhearted and
sympathetic nature, but your moods can be fluctuating and unpredictable.
You approach love relationships with tenderness and great need, but
there is always a sense of caution too. You know you are easily hurt and
you want to protect yourself at all times.
- The attitude toward relationships is one
of nurturing or "mothering," clinging tightly to those you love. You
need to be well anchored in a relationship as the feeling of security
and stability is all important to you. You like your mate to be
demonstrative and provide you with clear signs that your deep feelings
are appreciated and returned in kind. To you, love is home and hearth, a
nest that is safe and secure. When you achieve this feeling of security,
you focus on pay back in kind by doing all you can to nourish your
partner's ego and ambitions.
- Avoid tendencies to sulk and feel sorry
for yourself. Your feeling are so easily hurt, and you try to hide it by
pretending it doesn't matter. Sometimes emotions take over, and
sentimentality runs wild. You demand so much in romance that you are
bound to have a few disappointments along the way. Your "one and only"
cannot be one who does not provide the stability you must have. So you
must ultimately suffer some breakups when you discover that attribute is
missing. You are definitely the one-lover type. When that one stable
love comes along, the relationship will be permanent.
- A Cancer Moon gives a strong drive for
recognition and acceptance. You are highly sensitive and creative, if
somewhat given to brooding and moodiness.
You rarely go out of your way to garner new
information, but once something sinks into your mind, it is indelibly
impressed upon it. Everything that you experience is held in feeling
memory. You let your heart rule your head, and you can have trouble making
rational, detached decisions. Yet your intuition is quite keen, and you
would be smart to rely on it. You have an almost psychic ability to "tune
in" to what other people are thinking and feeling. By nature, you're
suspicious and distrusting, although, surprisingly, you tend to almost
naively trust your own feelings and gut hunches.
The Cancer influence is often far too
sensitive surroundings. This over-sensitive nature can be a positive or a
negative; on the positive side, you are no doubt very intuitive; on the
negative side, you are moody and subject to emotional upsets. This
thin-skinned attitude toward outside influences causes you to pick up
negative vibrations from others. You are frequently moody and prone to
having problems in personal relationships. Often, Cancer Moon people wear
their heart on their sleeve, but like so many of them, you may have a
habit of hiding your true feelings and strong emotions under a rather hard
You have an especially strong love of home
and family, and you staunchly protect your personal security. In Cancer,
the emotions reflected by the Moon are sensitive to matters that affect
people as a whole, the "universal parent." Towards loved ones, you are
gentle, peaceful, and romantic. You have a nurturing attitude toward your
family and to those you consider under your very broad protective "wing."
Security is of primary importance to you, but often you feel your life
lacks the comfort of inherent stability. Things that offer a sense of
protection become very important: money, material belongings, family,
home, country, and traditions, may all be included in this. Change,
risk-taking, relocating, and opinions differing from your own are things
that pose a challenge to your security, and are usually rejected
accordingly. You have a great deal of apprehension regarding matters
outside of your own personal control.
- In Cancer, the Mars energies are largely
of the emotional sort. While physical endeavors and practical affairs
may find the energy to function satisfactorily, mental energies are apt
This placement often causes actions to be
tinged with a very sensitive flavor. You express your energies in a very
emotional fashion. Much of the assertiveness of Mars is turned toward the
domestic scene. There is a cautious side and much defensiveness in your
nature. This placement of Mars is not very physical or competitive, and
not inclined to any sort of combat, physical or mental. Mars in Cancer has
a very positive side, as it often shows a quiet, peaceful nature. While
being very protective of your "turf," you are never too assertive or
demanding. In your work, you rarely compromise your views, and prefer
working independently and in control of affairs. You are ambitious, and a
hard worker. Since you are not, by nature, an aggressive person, you
pursue your desires in a round-about or start-stop manner. You frequently
change your direction and your goals. You strive for security, and a good
deal of your energy goes into this effort. In this regard, you are
fiercely protective of family, co-workers, organization, or to whatever
you devote yourself. You may be known for the strength of your patriotism
Because of these strong moods and feelings,
you are a very sexual and sensual person. You are also very loyal in
relationships, and certainly demanding of the same from your partner.
Infidelity threatens your sense of security and is therefore
There is an intensity of these emotions that
often results in moodiness and discord in your domestic relations. Your
digestion is strongly affected by your moods and feelings. With energies
tied to feelings, you are prone to become very angry inside. If this anger
is suppressed it can result in ulcers and stomach upset.
- Jupiter is in Cancer in your chart. This
placement of Jupiter suggests that you have a thorough understanding of
the important moral principles in life. this understanding was instilled
in you at an early age by your parents. As you mature, these traits of
generosity and kindness become a part of your basic expression. There is
a nurturing aspect associated with this position and you are the type
who is always looking out for the little guy. Security for yourself and
your family is a paramount issue. You are likely to accumulate wealth
because you are very careful about how you spend your money. You have an
emotional attachment to food which can cause weight problems.
- Saturn in Cancer places a restriction on
the show of emotions. You have a tendency to hide your inner thoughts
and feelings; there is a self-protective coating where emotions are
concerned. Home and family weigh heavily on you, and you may give up
opportunities to respect these obligations. Family is both a bond and a
burden. Often, there is a lack of closeness and warmth between family
members. Positive inner action between you and your parents, or you and
your children, can be cause for concern. You may love them very much,
but it's difficult for you to show your feeling. There is an obligation
of responsibility associated with this placement that makes success in
the outside world difficult to attain.
Many of your peers born during the years when
Uranus was in Cancer will approach changes in society with emotional
vigor. Emotional considerations are apt to prompt unexpected revisions to
- Planets © Michael McClain 1996-2003.