Positive traits: Reliable, loyal, generous, artistic, humorous, impartial, gentle, easygoing, fun-loving, youthful, accepting, analytical, diplomatic, emotionally inclined, amiable, compassionate, approachable, intelligent, versatile, trustworthy
Negative traits: Sulky, self-sacrificing, precarious, pompous, overly submissive, manipulative, self-sabotaging, passive aggressive, complacent
People born under this sign are ruled by the divine feminine. The beloved Moon Child. The zodiac’s gentle spirit blossoms an array of flowers which attracts others to their nector-like nurturance. Cancer has this endearment about them as they are excellent friends, parents, siblings, and overall people who relentlessly put others before themselves. Keeping in mind their need to provide for others drives them to be independent and hard working— a trait often overlooked with this sign.
They are often labeled as “introverts”; however, this isn’t necessarily true. Compared to their fellow water signs, they are far more outgoing and can easily pick up energy momentum– which is why these people are (or must try to be weary) of who they let into their inner space. Humorous and often corky, they are often the class clowns or the one making the friend group laugh. They open their kindness with humor and lighthearted conversation to cope with their [usually minor] social anxiety– and of course, this usually works in their favor as they’re exceptionally likable among their peers. Overall, the best label for this facet of their personality is “ambivert” because while they’re outgoing, they’re also homebodied and are more likely to internalize.
Just because they have a homely nature to them doesn’t mean they’re always willing to settle in one spot– after all, they’re a cardinal sign. Much how flowers can carry their seeds and be present as another botanic being, Cancerians are similar. Especially if there’s fire present in their 1st, 3rd, and 10th houses, they may be inclined towards performance and the public arena. Another overlooked trait of Cancerians are their versatility and intelligence. It’s more common for them to have more analytical, spatial, and emotional intelligence– which is why they are either inclined to mathematic, scientific, or creative endeavors. As many are also inclined to art, art is an excellent vehicle of self-expression. Depends on the native’s ascendant and moon signs.
They’re also relatable and trustworthy. While people may assume Cancer’s gentleness as them being a “goody good”, this isn’t always the truth per se. As they’re more inclined to socializing than their fellow water signs. Given they have nothing to commit to, they can be the life of the party type friend. Some truth exists to Cancer “not being able to be able”, which is why they result to social activity to receive validation (which, is human and perfectly okay to want). Likewise, they’re more likely to be in casual relationships and dating. With that in mind, Cancer may fall off the map until they decide they’re in a mood to get back out. On the other hand, they can also act out at a younger age or engage in self-limiting behavior as a defense mechanism. Of course, this also comes with extremely valuable lessons that ultimately teach them compassion and understanding for others.
Because they give their time and energy to others more than they do themselves, however, they invest less into what they can become and instead help others step up to the plate. They’re not “whiny” and “pessimistic”– they’re just good at being the backseat drivers in life. This isn’t a “living vicariously” situation either as they admire those who are more relentless in their pursuit of individuality. Now, Cancerians are definitely individualistic; however, their comfort zone is the home and family. For this reason, it’s more difficult for them to detach from the collective-geared mindset to where they can rightfully claim their own power. It’s possible– Cancerians just have to overcome the self-sacrificing (or the extreme opposite, neglecting others) tendencies first.
One trait people don’t give Cancerians enough credit for is their ability to adapt to multiple worldviews as they always try seeing the best in people and their situations– no matter how much they disagree in the end. A less developed Cancer is often shallow to the extent where they judge behind others’ backs. In the least ideal circumstances, Cancerians can be relatively harsh with their savagery– almost to where it catches people off guard. While many don’t see the “talk behind backs” as justified, a sign like Cancer (water signs) need it because they are less confrontational; therefore, their emotions and thoughts towards a person or situation will pent up. However, Cancer typically outgrows this trait with maturity. Some misconstrue this behavior as “fake”– though Cancerians just adapt to what’s around them and sometimes need an outlet to express their personal beliefs. They can be rather [emotionally] biased, but honestly what sign isn’t when they don’t shed ego? With time, they learn to express their opposing views and emotions healthily and tactfully.
Much like any other sign, Cancer has personality setbacks that can give the overall sign a bad name– though it shouldn’t. As they can have their summery optimism beaming joy into other people’s lives, a less developed and/or one who is attached to negative beings and circumstances can easily withdraw their roots (perhaps even over-plant them). Sometimes precarious, they feel a need to change their discourse even if they aren’t necessarily bearers of change. It checks out why these people have an affinity for traveling and (ideally) having someone they love be part of the journey.
While their water element can help cleanse and refresh, it can also be powerful and drown others and themselves if they aren’t self-aware. On the other hand, their ability to internalize allows them to understand the needs of other and to be resilient lovers. As long as they’re getting the sunlight, love, and nurturance they so hope to be for everyone else, we can all count on Cancer to enhance our lives in ways we always take for granted.