Cancer Zodiac Sign : Personality Traits, Compatibility & Dates

When I started writing about Zodiac signs and Astrology, I learned that most of my friends are Cancers. What I have figured, however, is that all of them may be different in character but one thing remained: they are more comfortable with their old friends, and usually have a hard time opening up to any new person in their lives.

This is a Cancer trait that is attributed to its ruling symbol: The crab. We will learn more about this and what it means for Cancers as we delve deeper into this article.

Also, you will get to know all the good and bad traits of Cancers, who they are more compatible with, and what it is like to be in a relationship with them.

If you are a Cancer, stick around to learn how you can harness your dominant traits fully to your benefit. And if you are not a Cancer, also read through to find out how to connect more with this water sign and make the most of your friendship or relationship with them.

What Date is Cancer?

Cancer Birthday Dates fall between June 21 and July 22.

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Cancer Zodiac Sign

Cancer is a cardinal water sign that is ruled by the moon, the celestial body that represents comfort, self-care, and maternal energies. Hence, people born under the Cancer sign are emotional, intuitive, and caring and are all about growth and nourishment.

The Cancer symbol is represented by the crab, and the crab’s claws don’t easily let go of things that they take a grip on. Cancers can be clingy or nostalgic as much.

Cancer Personality and Traits

Cancer is the fourth sign of the Zodiac, often associated with home, family, and emotional lives. People born under this sign can be sensitive and able to perceive other people’s moods and feelings using their intuition.

For Cancers, nothing supersedes rest and reflection. They tend to retreat often, just like the crab that represents them often retreats into its shell. They like to be very in tune with their environments, tendering care, protection, and nourishment to the people around them.

Cancers wear their hearts on their sleeves even when there is an emotional turmoil going on inside them, which can at times make them seem overly sentimental or moody; this is due to their connection with the moon phases and is why Cancers are said to be “crabby”.

They are emotionally intelligent introverts who prefer to keep a very small and tight circle with whom they share a deep and intimate connection. When it comes to public affairs and socializing in large groups, count the crabs out. They generally feel uncomfortable when in the midst of people who aren’t close friends or family.

Getting a Cancer to open up themselves to you can be a bit of a hassle but when you win them over, they can be loyal friends for life. They like to focus on and nurture their relationship with friends and family rather than cultivating new ones.

Cancer Strengths and Weaknesses

Cancer has many good and bad traits and we will classify them into their strengths and weaknesses so our Cancer friends and family can learn to maximize their good traits while minimizing their bad traits.


Let’s take a look at some of the traits that make Cancers super cool and the absolute bests.


Like I mentioned earlier, Cancers make really loyal friends. They may be difficult to approach at first but once you’re able to push past their hard exterior, they’ll be committed to you for life. When it comes to the people they love. Cancers are willing to do anything even if it means compromising their own beliefs and morals. Their strong ability to empathize with others is partly what makes the Cancer sign one of the most devoted in the zodiac.


It is a natural instinct for crabs to protect their home and everything around it. This is also reflected in their personality. They like to make sure that everyone around them is safe and secure even if it means going out of their way. They would literally do anything to protect their family and friends.


A strength that is unique to Cancers is their sense of intuition. They tend to rely more on their intuition than on their practical or rational conscious thought, and this is due to their intense emotional state and ability to easily detect emotional changes in others. Their instinct is always accurate so don’t think you can lie to a Cancer and get away with it. They will most certainly sniff you out.


Cancers are naturally very kind and caring and will go out of their own way for the people they love. They want to know how you are faring; if you have had anything to eat, if anything is bothering you, etc. They are very homely and tend to carry the matters of their loved ones on their head.

However, whatever a Cancer is giving, just know that they expect the exact same thing from you. Don’t ignore that, it could hurt their feelings.

Cancer Weaknesses

On the flip side, Cancers can be quite miserable people and have some traits that come together to trigger this.

Overly Sensitive

Cancers have a lot of feelings, which can be beautiful, but there’s also a shadow side to all of this sensitivity: Cancers can feel easily offended, wounded, and hurt. No one takes things personally more than they do. Teasing or criticism that might go unnoticed by other signs could send a Cancer into an emotional crisis.


As the moon rules them, their moods are controlled by it. Therefore Cancers have a reputation for having mood swings. You can find them laughing heartily and making jokes this minute, then the next minute they are wailing uncontrollably. This is just who they are.


Turn a loyal Cancer over and you will reveal a manipulative Cancer. The side that demands payback for their loyalty and caregiving services. Cancers love to attract pity for themselves and wouldn’t mind playing the victim card just to draw the attention and care they truly believe they deserve.

Passive Aggressive

Cancers dread confrontation. When something happens, they would rather let it eat them deep whilst avoiding you than speak up and free themselves from such bondage. They really expect everyone to be as intuitive as them and perceive when something is off.

Cancer in Relationship

Cancer is a very emotional sign, and feelings are the most important thing in their relationships. When they love, they love deeply and affectionately without even thinking they could get hurt. Cancers are dedicated lovers who seek a long-time and committed relationship rather than ordinary flings.

They have a lot of care inside them, therefore they always have their partner’s interest at heart; using their intuitive abilities to read minds and set things in place just before a single word is uttered. Cancer needs a partner who is able to understand them through non-verbal, silent contact and a shared daily routine, and their affection won’t last long with superficial, flaky, or unreliable partners. They want a relationship where they can feel secure, loved, and protected, leaving enough room for alone time, emotional processing, and cuddling.

Cancers are the kind of people who pay attention and really see their partners. And in as much as they love to give care and support, they also love receiving them. So, take whatever your Cancerian lover does for you as your cue to reciprocate. They love attention as well; you should never ever ignore them or pretend not to care, that would hurt them a lot.

Ultimately, a relationship with a Cancer is about giving and receiving. See that you understand your partner’s emotional language and handle them like they wish to be handled. Once a Cancer feels comfortable in the relationship, there is no turning back. They are committed for life.

Cancer Compatibility with Other Zodiacs

Not every sign can get along well with members of this Zodiac sign. Here we are going to find out the signs that Cancer is most and least compatible with.

Compatible Signs

The water sign trio (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces) are all compatible with each other because they understand each other’s personalities and can handle their emotional depth and need for an intense relationship. Cancers are also compatible with the Earth signs (Virgo, Capricorn, and Taurus).

Incompatible Signs

Cancers don’t really get along well with the Fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) and air signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius) as they are led by their intellect and logic, and will have a harder time tending to the sensitivity of Cancers. And they could be easily wounded by their intensity.

Famous Cancers

Some famous Cancer men are Tom Hanks, Jaden Smith, Post Malone, Jacob Elordi, Will Ferrell, Margot Robbie, Priyanka Chopra, Chris Pratt, and Larry David. Famous Cancer women are Ariana Grande, Solange, Selena Gomez, Khloe Kardashian, Meryl Streep, Princess Diana, Malala Yousafzai, Alessia Cara, and Kristen Bell.

Cancer Lucky Number

Cancer Lucky Numbers are 2, 7, 9, and 11.

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