You are Cancer if you were born between 22nd June and 22nd July. If you were born on the first or last date of your sign, then you may feel an affinity with the characteristics of Gemini (previous sign) or Leo (following sign). This may be to do with your Moon sign, or your actual Sun sign, if the affinity is with the previous sign. (See Precession of the Equinoxes).
The Cancer character
Cancer is a Cardinal and Negative Water sign, giving us someone whose nature is complicated by many influences. Cancer is the protective ‘mother’ sign, and a typical Cancerian has a wish to nurture, protect and care. They will have an emotional and sympathetic nature, and will readily lend a listening ear to the woes of friends and family. Cancer may also have a tendency to hoard – their home is very important to them, and they like to be surrounded by objects and possessions which give them a sense of security. They can also be nostalgic and sentimental, so will enjoy having items of memorabilia dotted around their home. They are usually close to kith and kin too, and may be drawn to live where they grew up, surrounded by familiarity, or they may develop a close circle of supportive friends in their chosen locality, creating a ‘family’. Cancer types can be over-sensitive, and will react to perceived slights in a snappy way, or retreat into sulks. They should be careful not to brood over past hurts, which can lead to peevishness in older age. Physically, Cancerians often have round ‘moon-like’ faces, with large luminous eyes. They are usually quite brisk in their movements, and have fair or light brown hair. As well as being protective, Cancer likes to feel protected, and will develop a hard shell, just like the crab, to appear braver than they really feel. If they feel threatened, they will react with a sharp comment or a sly punch or kick. They will also react swiftly to attacks on themselves and their family.
Cancer, being a Cardinal and Negative Water sign, is an outgoing person, who is also conflicted, brooding and reflective. With the Moon as its ruling planet, and Water as its ruling element, Cancer’s Cardinal Water is the Moon reflected in still waters, usually serene, but also subject to disturbances from agitation on its surface.
If you are Cancer, then the above is just one aspect of your astrological make-up, as there are many other signs which will influence you, depending upon their position at the time of your birth. The most important influence comes from your Moon sign, which is particularly relevant for Cancerians.