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Jun 22 - Jul 23

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The Cancer Personality and Influences

Key life phrase I Nurture
Zodiac Totem The Crab
Zodiac Symbol As above
Zodiac Facts Fourth sign of the zodiac; cardinal, fruitful, feminine, moist
Zodiac Element Water
Key Characteristics Loving, susceptible, sympathetic, sensual, faithful, instinctive, charitable, over-reactive and moody
Compatible Star Signs Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio, and Pisces
Mismatched Signs Sagittarius, Aquarius and Libra
Ruling Planet Moon
Love Planets Mars and Pluto
Finance Planet Sun
Speculation Planet Mars
Career Planets Neptune, Jupiter and Mars
Spiritual and Karmic Planets Mars, Pluto, Jupiter and Neptune
Friendship Planet Venus
Destiny Planet Mars
Lucky Numbers and Significant Years 2, 3, 9,11, 12, 18, 20, 21, 27, 29, 30, 36, 38, 45, 47,48, 54, 56, 57, 74, 75, 81, 83 and 84
Lucky Gems Moonstone, pearl, yellow topaz, red coral, garnet and white jade
Lucky Fragrances Geranium, sandalwood, white rose, ylang ylang and bergamot
Affirmation/Mantra I am lovable as well as loving
Lucky Days Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Cancer Profile

You were born under Cancer, the 4th sign of the zodiac, indicating sensitivity, motherhood and emotional warmth. Your sign is not an easy one to understand and this has much to do with the fact that the waxing and waning Moon is your ruling planet.

Having sway over the tides and also the animals that occupy the ocean, most notably the crab, your totem, reflects some of these complex mood swings that the Cancerian native experiences. Like the crab, your totem, people will notice that at times you exhibit a hard exterior but underneath that your sensitive and caring nature is by far your most prominent trait. You mustn't hide this behind this impenetrable mask.

Although at times you do try to hide your feelings, it's difficult for you to not show just how caring and compassionate you really are. The Moon also reflects your mothering and nurturing qualities and more often than not you're the first to respond when someone is in need, displaying your extremely compassionate nature.

Your intuitive powers are strong and you always use them in the service of others. You are ruled by the element of water, which makes you adaptable, at times outgoing, but mostly living life in the world of the heart and emotions.

You are adaptable and can easily fit into most circumstances but are certainly most comfortable in your home environment, which you put a great deal of energy into for yourself and the family members you love. You work best in a supportive role with others, and keeping the peace and equilibrium amongst family members and friends is vital to your wellbeing.

At times you are not altogether that trusting, which is why you tend to prefer a smaller group of friends and family members as your mainstay, socially speaking. Even though your personality is quite vibrant you have a preference for dealing with people one-on-one in a most intimate and compassionate way. You feel the plight of others so intensely that at times you absorb the qualities of those you associate with which is why it is so important for you to live and work with those who are positive and upbeat.

If you do end up living or pursuing a career with negative individuals, this could have an adverse reaction on your emotions and, in the long term, your overall wellbeing. It's imperative that you choose your friends and co-workers as wisely as possible.

The quickest way to a Cancerian's heart, and thereby friendship, is to touch their sentimentality. You love anything that will kindle your sense of the past, loving memories and warmth and closeness. Flowers, a candle-lit dinner or anything which elicits your sensitivity will attract you to others and create a feeling of love for them.

At times you feel vulnerable which is why I mentioned earlier that there are periods in your life where you don't necessarily trust others all that quickly. This will be highlighted if you've had some bad experiences in the past, and you must therefore learn to let go of these negative experiences of your life. Cancerians do have a tendency to hold onto the past and their memories like elephants, never forget.

You're probably a night owl due to the fact that the Moon shines most brightly in the dead of night. Your imagination which is rich and varied comes to life in the twilight hours.

Arts, craft and other home activities such as gardening, interior design and just generally an interest in making others feel good are all typical creative Cancerian traits, and I'm sure you possess them in full measure yourself.

You are indeed an individual who can withstand the blows of life and are extremely adaptable under duress and under circumstances which others might fail miserably in. This is possibly what has given you your tough exterior yet at the same time made you aware of the subtler spiritual influences in life. You are able to blend the pragmatic with the spiritual. This gives you the edge in life, making you capable of forbearing troubles and sufferings and coming out the other side enriched with a great deal of wisdom.

Cancer Cusps

Cancer - Gemini cusp

If your birth falls between the 22nd and 29th or 30th of June you will possess qualities and characteristics of both Gemini and Cancer. Cancer, you are undoubtedly a feeling and emotional individual and added to this are the intellectual traits of Gemini which would tend to balance you out.

Gemini has a curiosity and mental agility that is hard to match but this can counteract some of the more emotional traits possessed by you Cancer. This could mean your mind clashing with your heart as the Gemini influence rules your head and the softness of Cancer rules your heart. It is quite likely that this will cause you to procrastinate in matters of the heart especially.

You are able to mediate for others as you have both the intellectual traits of Gemini as a communicator and the feelings and ability to understand others that can be attributed to Cancer. You are a loyal and loving friend and will always try to understand where the other person is coming from

The influence of Gemini could make you rather more excitable than you are comfortable with and perhaps unsettle you in some ways. This will be evened out by the Moon's influence and as the tides ebb and flow so will your moods. Some people may find this hard to deal with, but it is just part of the nature of a cusp baby.

You will be the one who people contact when they are caught in a situation they cannot resolve and it will be your wisdom that you bring to the table. Added to this is your knowledge and warmth and these attributes will put you at the top of everyone's list. It may not necessarily be where you want to be given that you don't like upsetting people, but your desire to help will override your hesitation.

Cancer you are able to take a balanced view and Gemini's intelligence will certainly help you out here. Having the head and the heart both working to capacity should be able to help anyone anywhere solve their problems and you will be much sought after for this talent. This trait may even open doors for you professionally later in life.

Cancer - Leo cusp

If you are born between the 16th or 17th to the 23rd July makes you a Cancer - Leo cusp baby. In your case the water sign of Cancer certainly does not put out the Leo fire but rather cools it just a little, and temper the exuberance of Leo.

Leo's fire will heat up your nature considerably Cancer but you must be mindful of not letting this spill over into your emotional life. You could become extremely demanding or even prone to dramatic outbursts, which are not usually your style, if you don't get your own way. This goes against the grain somewhat for you as you are at heart a mediator but this is what the fire of Leo can bring to your calm gentle world.

Cancer and Leo are both very loyal signs and you would certainly be a good friend to have. You are extremely faithful with those you love and in relationships or friendships your nearest and dearest will get to see this endearing part of your personality. They will actually get to peep inside the hard exterior that typifies the sign of Cancer and be privy to the wonderful soft interior that you possess.

With the influence of Leo your ideals are not always in keeping with the reality of your life. You'll always be surrounded by friends and family and seem to be constantly giving to others, but don't forget to nurture yourself along the way as well. This will keep you more in balance and take care of your compassionate nature.

Don't let Leo's influence burn you out as their enthusiasm can be at times overwhelming, when all you really want to do is crawl back into your shell and relax. The influence of Leo can make you feel a bit insecure at times as you prefer to know where you're going and when you're likely to get there.

Cancer At Large

June 22 - July 3

If you were born between the 22nd of June and the 3rd of July, the power of the Moon is exceedingly strong in your case. Your moods will shift very powerfully in keeping with the phases of the moon, and to understand yourself more adequately, why not keep a calendar of the lunar phases so you can be a step ahead of what's happening. Your romance and love life perfectly reflects who you are, particularly because you are so capable of nurturing others.

July 4 - July 13

Being born between the 4th and the 13th of July means you're an individual who has developed a high degree of concentration and are focused on achieving more than the average sort of life. There are times when you are possessive and domineering of your loved ones, but by the same token you're exceedingly loyal and will sacrifice much for their happiness. Be careful to allow others independence and freedom, rather than trying to keep them under your thumb.

July 14 - July 22

If you are born between the 14th and the 22nd of July, you have the influence of Pisces as well as Cancer, and this means that you're able to love others unconditionally. Your selfless attitude endears others to you and you may be drawn to the helping or healing professions as a result. You may be compassionate but try to keep your feet planted firmly on the ground as well.

Cancer Man

Snapshot

Susceptible

Considerate

Perceptive

Family orientated

Learned

Cancer men are reliable and devoted, and they stretch their limits to embrace and care for others. Exhibiting the true nature of your zodiac totem, the Crab, you can come across as aloof, superior or simply snobbish but only until people get to know you! This mistaken belief withers in the wake of your innate tenderness. What may come across as condescension reveals itself to be a shy and reticent nature.

You are empathetic and generous, Cancer, and your altruism is best expressed in the home. This nature ensures that you stretch your limits to become an ideal husband, father and provider for your family. You are acutely aware of your responsibilities, and even if you don't make a million bucks, you stand wholly convinced that the greatest wealth you have is devoting yourself to the love and care of the ones you love.

Even though Cancerian men are ordinarily soft-hearted, when they are confronted, their exacting brain prevails over the tender heart. Not only are you inept at accepting failure, you also fuss over not being able to take the reins. If you aren't able to exercise control and steal the limelight, you sulk and brood for days at a stretch. Not only that, Cancerian men have an astonishing tendency to bear grudges for an eternity.

Although the Cancerian male takes immense pride in nurturing his family home, he is also an astrologically movable sign, which means that he has a fierce need to travel and connect with others. Most Cancer men that I've encountered are highly social and flaunt an extraordinary depth of knowledge that makes for lively discussions.

To prevent internal conflicts that translate into external disharmony, you need to be more self-aware and receptive to others' reactions. Working on this aspect of your character will create happiness that will flow into other aspects of your life as well.

Two other qualities deserve a mention. Although you are a little old- fashioned in your approach to life, you're as honest as the day is long. Notwithstanding your oscillating temperament, people know exactly where they stand with you. In addition to this, life is your greatest teacher, and you have an amazing ability to continually learn from experience. This can make you quite lettered, even though you may not have had much formal education! You always add colour to discussions with your fascinating viewpoints, and you are startlingly impartial by treating king and beggar a like.

In a nutshell, a Cancer male is adoring, compassionate and loves reaching out to others, especially in their time of need. You are likely to attract a woman with the same intense commitment to family values, and will make a great husband, father and homemaker. When it comes to children, you can whip up a meal and let fun times roll! All in all, you score magnificently in all areas of family life.

Cancer Woman

Snapshot

Affectionate

Empathetic

Orderly

Responsive

Dedicatedto family

You can't possibly overlook a Cancerian woman, especially when she presents you with a warm, home-baked apple pie and a cup of coffee when you least expect it. Such is the hospitality and mothering qualities of a woman born under this soft and giving star sign.

Astrology is replete with examples of how the Moon, your zodiac ruler, is endowed with the archetypal stronghold over femininity, motherhood, love and family life. Unsurprisingly, this tendency to rear and mother happens to be an intrinsic Cancer trait that you can't help but surrender to. Being a water sign and under the influence of the Moon, another positive attribute is your selflessness and modesty, even with perfect strangers. You're closely linked to the water sign of Pisces, which is the most self-sacrificing of the star signs.

The Moon also stirs up some erratic qualities in your personality, which you may find difficult to grapple with. In the ancient Sanskrit language, from which many of the Indo-European languages emerged, the word manas, or mind, is ruled by Chandra, the Moon. The link between the quick-moving lunar cycle and human mental and emotional states has been known for thousands of years. Being born under the sign of the Moon means that your emotions and mental states are as changeable as the Earth's nearest neighbour.

You may often find yourself completely swathed in intense emotions, struggling with ways to counter them. In your attempt to pull yourself out of this predicament, you become big-hearted and enormously compas- sionate towards others. This is a great outlet for the swarm of emotions within you, and a constructive way to express what you feel towards the people you care about.

Riding high on imagination, your creative flair finds expression in art and crafts, cooking and gardening. This can prove to be therapeutic for your Cancerian personality. After all, cooking and handicrafts are emotionally engaging activities that express love for others.

Enormously receptive, you are able to feel the pulse of your environ- ment and the people in it. As a result, you take on the attitude of the people you surround yourself with, and negativity in your environment will naturally create turmoil in your own life. This is where your tough, Crab- like exterior comes in handy. It enables you to buy time to handpick the right friends and people to be a part of your life. A point to remember is that positive friends can have a remarkable effect on your psyche.

You like to pour warmth and care on your family and friends, and you find raising children deeply fulfilling. The downside, however, is becoming too insecure and not letting your children build their own nest. Also, you rate self-care as you lowest priority and forget to give love to yourself. Awaken to the significance of your own life and respect yourself as well!

Cancer Child

There's no doubt your Cancerian born child will shower you with love, affection and exhibit nurturing and protective qualities from the outset, but you do need to be careful that they don't become too shy and homebound in the process.

These admirable qualities are certainly something you should develop but these should be balanced by adequate outdoor activities and sufficient social interaction to make them grow into self-confident human beings.

There's the tendency on the part of parents of Cancerian children to dote on them, to accentuate their shy and retiring nature, rather than encouraging them to take some initiative and to get out into the bigger, wider world. If they exhibit creative traits such as art, music and other more sedentary hobbies, you must stress that they need sufficient physical mobility to keep them active and healthy as well as encouraging their artistic and spiritual pursuits.

I mentioned above the protective qualities of a Cancerian child. Don't be surprised to find your young child stepping in front of you if they perceive even the least bit of danger to their parents. You'll be shocked at their bravery and desire to not let anything adverse happen to you. This trait will continue through life and you can always rely on the loyalty of your Cancerian child to stand by you.

Cancerian children have a tendency to sulk and to hang on to the past. You need to monitor these deep and brooding intervals and help them understand that there are alternative ways to deal with problems in life rather than retreating into themselves and not speaking. Here again we see the necessity of physical sport which can easily neutralise these negative emotions in your young Cancerian child.

Another cause of this type of emotional weakness which can become a habit, is lack of attention to the dietary needs of your child. These moods are often a result of poor food combinations and an inability to identify which foods your child may be allergic to. Keep in mind that even healthy foods may sometimes act as triggers which can destabilise your child's emotions.

As with most children, teaching your Cancerian child the value of a program in life, with self-discipline at the top of the list, will help steer them in the right direction and give them a sense of personal worth and achievement. It may appear that you are being hard on them sometimes but discipline with these children, as long as it is done in a loving way, is an excellent assurance of their positive all-round development.

Cancer Lover

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand that love and warmth are critical to secure a happy and enduring relationship. With Cancer-born individuals, this understanding goes to a whole new level. When a Crab opens up to reveal the sweetness within, you get a good idea of what they are going to be like as a lover. Strongly governed by emotions, they're natural lovers through and through, and they believe that love lasts forever.


Sexually, Cancer, you like your emotions to translate into intimate physical contact. In that respect, you don't respond well to sex without feeling and eventually lose interest if your sex life is mechanical and dry. However, such idealism also brings with it some dilemmas.

Penetrating your hard exterior is often difficult, especially for those who are too impatient to wait. You tend to safeguard your privacy, testing the waters before committing romantically, and this is the heart of your problem. You must be vocal instead of shy, and let your prospective partner know how you operate. Through open dialogue you can create an atmosphere in which the other person is happy to commit their time and patience to win your heart completely.

As I said, you're an instinctive lover, and once you choose a romantic partner, you go the extra mile to pamper, nourish and mother them in every conceivable way. In many ways you are the ideal lover. You also seek someone who completes you emotionally and physically, and who fulfils your practical and familial needs.

What I reveal now will have a crucial bearing on your future happiness in relationships, so read it carefully, Cancer. Before you rush into making a romantic commitment, build confidence within yourself first. If you lack a strong sense of identity, you may become more insecure and expect your partner to gratify all the needs that you are unable to meet yourself, and this will take a toll on your relationship.

Once you become the master of your emotions, Cancer, you will comfortably and happily enjoy the experience of romance and love. Unfortunately, some Cancerians attract partners who are cold, aloof and indifferent. Because physical closeness is important to you, hugs and kisses need to come your way, or frustration will build within. While it's always good to trust your gut, don't forget to employ some brain power as well.

You must avoid fanning your emotional insecurities, which can wreak havoc in your relationships. Your mood determines the landscape of your relationships, pushing you into reclusiveness and punishing your partner with your painful silence. Though they may put up with this initially, they may walk out in the end.

Release the hold on your innermost feelings and allow for open dialogue. Since your mind and relationships respond to the lunar cycle, find inven- tive ways to offset this. Be perceptive to the early signals of discontent you will be able to iron out complexities before spiraling into emotional desolation. This single piece of advice could have a long-lasting impact on your marriage or long-term relationship.

Cancer Friend

Loyalty happens to be your defining element as a Cancer friend. As the nurturer of the zodiac, you value friendship and prefer to have quality over quantity.


You take tremendous interest in the lives of others, including their highs and lows, and you have an intrinsic ability to make others feel good about themselves. Your inherent ability to nurture enables you to reach out to others, and you prove to be the reliable confidante they never had. That's one big reason why people love having you as their friend. This beautiful quality of encouraging others is how you're able to win friends and influence others without being overpowering or difficult.

For some, this sincerity and affection means that you are taken for granted. However, it can mean quite the opposite for an evolved Cancerian. You are insightful and observant when it comes to picking friends and long-term partners, and correctly employ your sixth sense to grasp people's true intentions.

Another noteworthy quality is your interest in general knowledge and how you use it in practical ways. You celebrate information and unhesi- tatingly share it with others. At the same time, you are humble enough to be receptive to other people's point of view, regardless of whether you take their advice! Cancerians have a natural tendency to make their nurturing, never-say-no spirit the guiding light of their life.

However, as much as you give yourself to others, you may not always enjoy an equivalent degree of reciprocation. The reason for this is fairly simple. You like to seal off the dark feelings you experience and are reticent about sharing them with others. Unwilling to burden them with your woes, you prevent people from fussing over you. But in the end they do just that, and it's exactly how you would like them to behave!

If you want to elicit concern and warmth from others, you need to be open in the way you express your emotions. While you strive to be a friend to others, allow them to be a friend to you. This means that you need to trust them as much as they trust you. Yes, you may need time to achieve this, but the more you do it, the more you'll be loved without being taken for granted.

Cancer Enemy

The water sign of the Crab is hypersensitive and you'll be amazed at your capacity to stretch things beyond measure. If rubbed the wrong way, you can misconstrue seemingly harmless trivia and hold it against someone. This can make you difficult to deal with.


If you notice a Cancer friend withdrawing and straining the chains of communication, rest assured that you have consciously or unconsciously offended them. Before you know it, they will have distanced themselves from you, and any attempt at placating them will fall flat. This passive-aggressive attitude can be quite disconcerting, but it is typical of the Crab, which moves obliquely when it anticipates threat. The more you chase after it, the quicker it gets away from you! The best advice is to let them go. Give your Cancer friend the time to heal and, hopefully, their caring nature will bring them back.

Cancer Celebrities

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My Light and Shadow

Three classes of Cancer

If you're a Cancer who was born between the 22nd of June and the 3rd of July you have an extra dose of lunar energy as part of your makeup. You are exceedingly emotional and reciprocal in the way you express yourself romantically. Marriage and family life is a wonderful life for you but you must learn to manage your emotions, which can sometimes get the better of you.


If you were born between the 4th and 13th of July your mind is a lot more focused than the typical Cancer and this can also lead you to be particularly intense and possessive in your relationships. You demand loyalty, and unconditional love is to you the key to a satisfactory relationship. Just remember that too much possessiveness can scare others away.

As a Cancer born between the 14th and 23rd of July, your ideals are sometimes not in keeping with the reality of life. You need to become a little more practical and then your compassionate and caring nature can find a proper outlet for your success to ripen. You'll always be surrounded by friends and family and seem to always be giving to others. Don't forget to give yourself some TLC and quality time as well.

Cancer: The light side

Because you're so connected to your feelings and understand how feelings affect others, you're able to make this a part of your life, which impacts favourably on those with whom you come in touch. You're a deep ocean of sensitive knowledge and your open and generous nature puts you at the top of everyone's list of favourite people.

Your openness and warmth need to be monitored, however, as other unscrupulous people will take advantage of you. You can be shrewd and perceptive when it comes to choosing friends and this is more the case that your intuition has been developed and you're able to see into others' motivations.

Many Cancers have an incredible arsenal of general knowledge that surprises others. You probably like to read a lot and are curious about this, that and the other. Overall, your nurturing spirit is the highlight of your sign and that will always hold you in good stead, wherever you go.

Cancer: The shadow side

It's not often evident but you can be rather dark emotionally and once people see this it can adversely affect their perception of you. Along with the fact that you're sometimes stubborn, it seems you may be a complex individual to deal with.

Sometimes an innocent comment can set you off and underneath that calm exterior your emotions will be boiling over, sulking about what someone's said. You can blame this on the Moon, which tends to heighten your sensitivity to the world and people around you. Occasionally you don't take too kindly to constructive criticism, seeing it as an attack on your nature rather than an intention to do good things.

Although your sensitivity to your environment is an asset, you must be careful not to let these dramatic mood swings undermine your life and relationships.

Much of these problems relate to your early life and some Cancers need to get more in touch with this part of their nature to overcome these sometimes overwhelming feelings.

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