Cancer Symbol


The Cancer symbol, or glyph, is designed to depict the Crab and its claws. This is the Cancer horoscope symbol and the character that represents this zodiac sign.

Each zodiac sign has a special symbol, or glyph, that’s associated with the mythology behind it. For example, Sagittarius is ruled by the mythical Centaur—the Archer—so its glyph resembles an arrow pointed skyward. Cancer is symbolized by the Crab and its glyph depicts a sideways “69,” representing crab claws or a woman’s breast, since Cancer is the sign of womanhood and motherhood. Almost all of the 12 zodiac signs are depicted by an animal, with the exception of Gemini, Virgo and Libra. The Cancer symbol also has a unique meaning.

What is the symbol for Cancer?

The Cancer horoscope symbol is the Crab. The Crab sign symbol is usually depicted as a very simple graphic meant to resemble a sideways “69” to represent crab claws or a woman’s breast. Cancer dates typically fall from June 21 to July 22. Sensitivity, caring, moodiness, femininity, home and creativity are the main Cancer traits. Thus, the Cancer symbol of the Crab expresses the nurturing, feminine qualities of this zodiac sign. As a compassionate water sign and a self-starting cardinal sign, Cancer is the caretaker of the zodiac, the sign that is also known for establishing a sense of home, family, roots and children.

To remember what symbol is Cancer, here’s a handy chart:

horoscope symbols

Although there is a standard symbol used to depict each zodiac sign, Cancer signs and symbols can vary based on the artist who renders it. You may see different Cancer symbols, spanning from the simple Cancer glyph of the sideways numerical “69” to a full-on drawing of the Crab and its claws.

Cancer is ruled by the moon, which has a symbol of its own. The moon symbol is depicted by a simple crescent moon shape, which is indicative of its pull on our own emotional waters.

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