Cancer Traits and Star Sign Personality

Do you know the traits of a Cancer? As the zodiac’s fourth sign, Cancer traits include a strong sense of domesticity, femininity and sensitivity. Understanding Cancer traits can help you get along with this sign in love, work and life.

What are Cancer traits?

Have you ever met someone who was caring and matriarchal, sensitive and even a little co-dependent? Chances are, this person was a Cancer, the sign born between June 21 and July 22. Learning the Cancer star sign personality and Cancer traits can help you coexist in harmony with this zodiac sign, which can be loving and nurturing but also overly sensitive, whiny and reclusive. 

Chief among the traits of a Cancer is their inherent need to serve as a caregiver. A Cancer’s familial ties are strong, with emphasis on planting deep roots and feathering their nests. They love to encourage their loved ones to connect to their feelings, but can sometimes too strongly connect to their own! Ruled by the moon, a Cancer is known to get moody at times, but is also just sentimental and nostalgic by nature. Cancer is the sign of the feminine and the “mother” archetype. As the zodiac’s fourth sign, a Cancer’s love runs deep.

What kind of person is Cancer?

Positive Cancer astrology traits include being helpful, patient, compassionate, nurturing, romantic and creative. They throw intimate dinner parties, as they love nothing more than sharing a good home cooked meal with their closest friends. Cancer can be too much of a people pleaser and caregiver at times, tending to everyone else’s needs but their own. If a Crab does not air their dirty laundry, it can often lead to resentment and feeling under appreciated. This is a sign that needs to know they are loved as much as they give love.

Difficult traits of the Cancer sign include gossipy, clique-y, isolated, uncommunicative, hypersensitive and overly competitive. Cancer is a leadership-oriented cardinal sign and an emotional water sign. But as the fourth sign of the zodiac, Cancer is known for their mood swings. Although they talk a good game about taking care of their friends and family, many Cancers secretly like to retreat to their crab shell to be alone with their creature comforts. At times, Cancerean energy can lead to coddling and over-protectiveness. But they can also be extremely caring generous, putting the needs of others before their own.

While these traits of the Cancer zodiac sign can make the rest of us feel like we have to walk on eggshells at times, their warmth and nurturing nature is also endearing, and their matriarchal vibe is irresistible.

Now that you know more about the personality traits of Cancer, find out how you match with this zodiac sign.

Your Cancer Horoscope

Cancer Daily Horoscope

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

Cancer Monthly Horoscope

Traits of the Astrology Signs

Aries Traits (March 21-April 19)

Taurus Traits (April 20-May 20)

Gemini Traits May 21-June 20)

Cancer Traits (June 21-July 22)

Leo Traits (July 23-August 22)

Virgo Traits (August 23-September 22)

Libra Traits (September 23-October 22)

Scorpio Traits (October 23-November 21)

Sagittarius Traits (November 22-December 21)

Capricorn Traits (December 22-January 19)

Aquarius Traits (January 20 to February 18)

Pisces Traits (February 19 to March 20)


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