Cancer is a Water Sign and stands 4th in the Zodiac. Lovers of home and family, the Cancers or Crabs are sensitive, emotional, harmonious, dedicated yet fixed. Most Cancer-born value their home, loved ones and comforts more than anything else. To most Cancer-born, the most noble goal lies in sheltering and providing every comfort to their loved ones. Soothing and caring Cancers are also quick in offering help to others. On their part, they try and avoid/ duck conflicts, as much as possible. This very trait makes them quiet and controlled about their own feelings. The Crab will quickly withdraw and retreat to the safety of its shell than confront and come clean – whenever faced with a conflict or dilemma. Nonetheless, persistent determination is one of the greatest strengths of the strong Cancer-born. They may not appear to have great ambitions, on surface, yet their desires and goals are deep and profound. At work, the Cancerians make for good managers and organizers, and are often seen taking good care of their co-workers and maintaining friendly, family like relations with them. Most Cancers, however, do not like to be guided or bossed around. Few know that Cancers can actually be quite dominating – quietly so – in their work ways. In relationships, naturally, Cancer-born are loyal and dedicated to their mates, bestowing love and affection with verbal appreciation and material gifts, whenever possible. Most noteworthy is the fact that Cancer-born make excellent parents, and they love their children to the core. Often, the Crabs are proud of their children, and instruct and teach their children moral manners, expecting them to be as well-mannered in private as they are in public.
Ruling planet : The Moon
Element : Water
Quality : Cardinal (= activity)
The Symbol denotes : Possession, retention and nurturing. It is also symbolic of motherhood.
Characteristics : Cold, Phlegmatic, Feminine
Noteworthy qualities : Patience, Tenacity, Domesticity, Kindness, Devotion, Versatility, Adaptability, Patriotism, Sociability and Maternity.
Undesirable personality traits : Untruthfulness, Unpredictability, Sentimentality, Pride, Untidyness, Resentment, Vanity and Lazyness.
Birthstone : Emerald, Jade and Green Onyx.
(The gemstone is suggested considering Aries as the Ascendant/Lagna Sign. To know your Ascendant/Lagna Sign, click here.)
Birth Colours : Light Blue, Silver, Puce
Other lucky colours : White, Silver, Smoky Grey, Silvery Blue and Red
Lucky Numbers : 2, 7, 11, 16, 20, 25
Compatible Signs : Scorpio and Pisces
Lucky Day : Monday
Deepest need : A Harmonious Home and Family Life
Quality most needed for balance : Mood Control
Detriment : Saturn
Exaltation : Jupiter
Fall : Mars
Associated Flowers and Plants : White Roses, Acanthus, Lilies and Water Lilies
Best Sign/s for marriage and/or partnerships : Capricorn
Anatomically Cancer corresponds to : Breasts, chests, stomach, pancreas and thoracic duct; breast bone, the ribs that are nearest to the stomach; muscles between the ribs, muscles used in breathing; diaphragmatic arteries; mammary, gastric, gastro-epiploric and diaphragmatic veins.