Cancer Personality: June 21 - July 22

By: Jill M. Phillips  | 
The symbol for Cancer, the fourth sign of the astrological year, is the Crab. Numerology Sign/Flickr (CC By 2.0)

Cancer is the fourth sign of the astrological year and is known by its astrological symbol, the Crab. Cancer individuals are intelligent, organized, generous, home-loving and tenacious. They are also devoted to family members and provide enormous emotional support.

Below you’ll find general characteristics for the Cancer man, woman, child, lover, and friend. At the bottom of this page, you’ll find links to articles with detailed personality profiles for every day that falls under the Cancer sign. Read on to see if the characteristics ring true for you or the Crab in your life.


The Cancer Man

Cancer men can be loving and attentive one minute, remote and unreachable the next. They have the potential to be a bohemian or a family man. They are adaptable to family life, which means a great deal to them. They cherish their children and often take an active role in their upbringing.


The Cancer Woman

The Cancer woman has a strong maternal instinct and the desire to make her home a place of domestic bliss. They have great loyalty to family members and close ties to their mothers. They also have a large circle of friends and associates. The typical Cancer woman looks beyond her career or home-centered activities to find interests through which she can contribute to others.


The Cancer Child

Children born under the sign of Cancer are quiet, reflective, and prefer to be seen and not heard. They may have a difficult time being part of a group, allowing themselves to be dominated by more aggressive youngsters. Parents of Cancerian children need to be especially helpful in their social development, teaching them to assert their individuality and independence. These children are rarely discipline problems, though they can become excessively moody and depressed during adolescence.


The Cancer Lover

Cancerian individuals are extremely romantic and passionate people. They enjoy all the traditional rituals of wooing and winning a sweetheart and usually opt for marriage or a long-term relationship. They make loyal mates and will champion their spouse's career and expect the same in return. These individuals are keenly attuned to the needs and wants of their partner; they are exceptionally sensitive lovers.


The Cancer Friend

With their gentle and caring spirit, Cancerians are the ones to whom others turn with problems, worries, and life-choice concerns. Despite their ability to support and nurture their pals, they do not make friends easily. This may be because they take friendship seriously and don't bother to indulge superficial associations. They are often shy people who wait for friendships to develop instead of actively pursuing them.


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Originally Published: Aug 20, 2007

Cancer Sign FAQ

Do Cancers fall in love easily?
People who are Cancers in regards to their astrological sign are highly sensitive and emotional. They invest themselves in their relationships and expect the same from their significant other. Cancers fall easily in love, pouring out their hearts in the process.
What does a Cancer woman need in a relationship?
Cancer women love passionately. The only thing that matters to them is trust. Once you have broken their trust, it's never going to be the same with them. The constant paranoia that their significant others are being unfaithful to them can keep them from finding true love.
What sign is Cancer attracted to?
As shy as they are, Cancers tend to be attracted to the most aloof sign – Aquarius. But it’s said that when these two signs meet, they tend to become toxic and unable to satisfy each other’s needs.
What kind of person is a Cancer?
Cancers are highly emotional and sensitive. Their intuition is almost always right, which makes them a great judge of character. Moreover, Cancers tend to be extremely loyal and caring when involved in a relationship with someone.
Who should a Cancer marry?
Virgo, Taurus, Pisces and Scorpio are considered to be the most compatible signs for Cancer when looking for a romantic match.