June 21 - July 20
Cancer, the fourth Sign of the Zodiac, is all about home.
Those born under this Sign are 'roots' kinds of people
and take great pleasure in the comforts of home and family.
Cancers are maternal, domestic and love to nurture others.
More than likely, their family will be large, too -- the
more, the merrier! Cancers will certainly be merry if their
home life is serene and harmonious. Traditions are upheld
with great zest in a Cancer's household, since these folks
prize family history and love communal activities. They
also tend to be patriotic, waving the flag whenever possible.
A Cancer's good memory is the basis for stories told around
the dinner table, and don't be surprised if these folks
get emotional about things. Those born under this Sign
wear their heart on their sleeve, which is just fine by
The mascot of Cancerians is the Crab, and much like this
shelled little critter, Cancerians are quick to retreat
into their shells if it suits their mood. No wonder these
folks are called crabby! For Cancer, it's not that big
of a deal, though, since they consider this 'shell' a second
home (and they do love home). The flip side of this hiding
is that shell-bound Crabs are often quite moody. Further,
in keeping with their difficulty in sharing their innermost
feelings, it can become a Herculean task to pry a Crab
out of its secret hiding place. What to do? Give the Crab
time -- eventually these folks will come out to play again.
When they do, they'll be the first to say so, in keeping
with the Cardinal Quality attached to this Sign. It's said
that Crabs are first to laugh and first to cry, so you
can bet they'll fill you in. That shell, by the way, isn't
the only tough thing about Crabs. These folks are tenacious
and strong-willed and like to get their way. If their well-documented
kindness and gentleness doesn't do the trick, however,
they're not above using emotional manipulation to make
things happen. If that still doesn't work, they'll just
go back to their shell and sulk, or find a way to get back
at the source of their pain, since Crabs can be rather
vindictive. That said, any self-respecting Crab would tell
you that they are ultimately motivated by protecting their
home and loved ones, a most noble goal.
Cancerians are ruled by the Moon, the Great Mother of the
heavens in ancient times. Here on Earth, this is manifested
in the Crab's maternal instincts and desire to protect home
and hearth. This may appear smothering at times, but that's
the Crab for you. The Moon is associated with fertility,
too, a quality which is most pleasing to Cancerians. The
Moon is also the ruler of moods, and Cancers have plenty
of those. These folks can cry you a river if they're so inclined,
and they usually are. They can be overly sensitive, easily
hurt and prone to brooding. Even so, Crabs find it easy to
be sympathetic to others and are quick to show their affection.
Their intuition is also a great help to them, especially
in times of stress.
The Element associated with Cancer is Water. Like the
rolling waves of the sea, the Crab's emotions can make
quite a splash. These folks tend to pick up on things and
bring them in, with the outward result ranging from sentimentality
to possessiveness. Crabs need to resist the temptation
to become selfish or to feel sorry for themselves, since
this behavior won't help. On the bright side, Cancers are
good with money (although some consider them too thrifty),
probably because they value a sense of security. Crabs
are also quick to help others and tend to avoid confrontation.
In keeping with their nurturing bent, those born under
this Sign are a whiz with food. A hearty picnic in the
park is heaven on earth to most Crabs.
Cancers often find that a robust workout session is just
the tonic for their touchy feelings. Team sports are always
nice, since they offer a sense of community; water polo
should be elemental to aquatic Crabs. What are their team
colors? The Moon is silver and white. Since Cancerians
have a tendency to be lazy, however, they may need someone
to push them out the door. When it comes to the game of
love, eager Crabs are devoted, romantic and able to get
things going on their own. Crabs are wise to listen to
their gut, since this Sign rules the stomach.
The great strength of the Cancer-born is the tenacity
with which they protect their loved ones. These folks don't
ask for much, either: a comfortable home and sense of peace
about sums it up. It's that nurturing instinct which makes
Cancerians a pleasure to be with.
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