Cancer is the fourth astrological sign in the Zodiac originating from the constellation of Cancer. It is a yin sign or alternatively ‘feminine’ or ‘negative’ sign, meaning it is more introverted. It is considered a water sign, and is one of four cardinal signs.
Those born under this sign are the most sensitive in the zodiac. Well aware of their vulnerability, Cancerians are most concerned to build around them the secure shell of family and domestic life. Nurturing others is the raison d’être of this sign. Home life is sacred and the Cancer individual will be devoted, sympathetic and absolutely loyal to his or her loved ones. As they have so much invested in other people, they can be very clinging and possessive. These people are quite demanding of others and will resort to manipulation to get their own way.
Ruled by the Moon, Cancer is the most moody and changeable sign. They find it difficult to face up to the harsh realities of life, preferring to live in the world of their imagination. Cancerians are also very good at living in the past. They have wonderful memories and are very sentimental about them. Their roots – family, community and country – are extremely important. The study of history is very appealing and Cancerians will often be avid collectors of antiques. They do need to avoid living in the past and fretting over every unpleasant old memory. Worry is very disruptive to a Cancerian as emotional upsets lead to stomach problems almost immediately.
If it is, for whatever reason, possible for a Cancerian to establish a family life, all of their nurturing qualities will be used in the outside world to great effect in medicine, therapy, hotel work or cooking. Their considerable creative energy may be used in music, art or literature. Cancerians would do well to develop some of the qualities of the opposite sign of Capricorn – self-reliance and practical determination.
In astrology a water sign refers to any of the signs Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces.
Water signs are believed to often possess a much more penetrating insight into the true nature of other people than other zodiac signs; they are supposed to be remarkable in their ability to judge people.
Water signs are seen as sensitive (often hypersensitive) people, and to possess a great desire to help others. Although they are not seen as intellectually weak, water signs are occasionally referred to as mute signs because they supposedly rely so much on nonverbal communication rather than direct discussion.
At their worst, water signs are supposed to be withdrawn, secretive, overly vague, possessive, and pessimistic, often withdrawing into their own private world rather than facing difficulties.
They can also be greatly empathic, sensitive to the feelings & needs of others, and masterful healers due to their awareness of energy, feeling & intuitive natures. They are often considered the psychic signs.
Cancer – Relations With Other Element Signs
Although water signs are often, according to astrological theory, attracted to fire signs because of their ardent, passionate character, in general water signs will eventually find fire signs much too rude or outspoken to be comfortable with them.
Water signs are supposed to have strong adversity, even hatred, for air signs, whose personalities they regard as shallow, uncaring, cold, and excessively worldly, and air signs often find water signs as being weak and overly judgemental.
The Cardinal Zodiac Signs
The four cardinal signs are:
Aries – the Sun’s passage through which begins the spring in the northern hemisphere, and the autumn in the southern hemisphere; Aries (a Fire Sign) is said to be the Sign in which the Cardinal Quality is best-expressed since it is the first sign of the Zodiac and strongly associated with energy, enterprise and new beginnings. Aries is the most fiery of the fire signs.
Cancer – which begins the summer in the northern hemisphere, and the winter in the southern hemisphere; In Cancer (a Water Sign) the Cardinal Quality is said to be most expressed in the desire to nurture, mother and protect.
Libra – which begins the autumn in the northern hemisphere, and the spring in the southern hemisphere; According to astrology, Libra individuals (associated with the element of Air) tend to express their authoritative Cardinal Quality in a subtle and charming fashion.
Capricorn – which begins the winter in the northern hemisphere, and the summer in the southern hemisphere. Being an Earth Sign, Capricorn is thought to have somewhat more perseverance than the other three Cardinal Signs.
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