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Personality Traits of a Cancerian

By: Libby Pelham BA - Updated: 19 May 2017 | comments*Discuss
Cancer Cancerians Sensitive Shell Crab

The fourth sign of the zodiac is Cancer (June 22nd-July 22nd) and it is represented by the crab. Appropriately enough, Cancerians can seem easygoing, sympathetic, and patient one minute, then cranky and irritable the next. Because of this ability to make a sudden change, Cancer is the least predictable of all signs.

They are ruled by the moon and have water as their element, so their mood swings can be compared to the turbulence of the shifting tides. If they feel they need to, they will retreat to their own emotional shell to keep others out. However, Cancerians can be very sympathetic to others and readily show their affection. Cancerians are also very emotional and sensitive, which may be why they are so empathetic towards others.

Cancerians need a lot of attention due to their unpredictable character, but if you give them the support they need, they will offer you their undying loyalty and love (see our article Cancer in Love in this section). Once you have won their trust, nothing anyone else can say will sway them against you.


Just like a crab, Cancerians are often known for sidestepping. They rarely take the direct approach to what they want, but eventually they get what they are after. Cancerians are better judged by what they do and not what they say. When asked to help, their first response might be no, but in the end, they always come through. They can often be hard on the outside, but soft on the inside. The hard shell they show to the world is only there to protect themselves from being hurt.

Cancer is also the sign of home and family life. They seek out relationships and are happiest when with those they love because it gives them a sense of security.


Cancerians are very intuitive, almost to the point of being psychic. They are able to spot even the smallest change in another's behaviour, so it is hard to deceive them. They are very insightful and most have a good memory. The combination of these two skills plus their excellent observation skills makes them very aware of the ulterior motives of others.


Cancerians are often seen as moody, cranky, and unpredictable. Because of their sensitivity, they can be seen as over-emotional and touchy, almost to the point of being clingy. They tend to be possessive of those they have allowed in their world. Cancerians can shut people out if they feel uncomfortable and "going into their shell" is seen as being introverted.

Parts of the Body Ruled by Cancer

The breasts and stomach - because they love to overeat, Cancerians may have to fight the battle of the bulge their entire lives. They are also prone to digestion problems that may be caused by stress or tension.

Famous Cancerians

Actors/ Entertainers

  • Sylvester Stone
  • Bill Cosby
  • Harrison Ford
  • Milton Berle
  • Tom Cruise
  • Robin Williams
  • Tom Hanks
  • Pamela Anderson

Musicians/ Singers

  • Ringo Starr
  • Courtney Love
  • Huey Lewis
  • Deborah Harry (Blondie)
  • Carlos Santana

Artists/ Writers

  • Rembrandt
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • George Orwell

Politicians/ Leaders

  • Henry VIII
  • Nelson Mandela
  • George W. Bush
  • Prince William
  • Princess Diana
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Gerald Ford
  • Calvin Coolidge

Cancerians may seem hard on the outside, but do not take that to heart. Once you get to know them, they can be very loving and insightful of your feelings. They love to be with family and their families love them despite their turbulent mood changes.

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This is pretty dead on! But I think the Mayan zodiac fits me a little better!
Ella - 24-Apr-17 @ 1:05 AM
i am a cancerain woman.what is said above is somewhat right but i am not foody.
bhagi - 19-Apr-17 @ 2:49 PM
This is soo true.I have readed lots of horoscopes and this one is really on point.
tay tay - 12-Apr-17 @ 8:29 PM
Am cancerian. And i mostly agree with everything writen there. We are sensitive, even seen as clincy and nt mentioning most loving. nd unpredictable
thapz - 8-Apr-17 @ 2:01 PM
Everything is so true about us CANCERS that I sometimes hate that I'm one... I LOVE TOO HARD
Queengodly - 18-Mar-17 @ 2:11 PM
I am a cancer and every article I read hits me dead on. It's crazy how everything fits me so perfect. I have even moved 1200 miles to be near the ocean and I haven't been more at peace within my self.
Jennak - 17-Mar-17 @ 2:03 PM
I'm cancerian and all of this true becoz I' m such type of person??
naabi - 14-Mar-17 @ 1:17 AM
Cancers are moody, but they are the most loving people I have ever met. Secretive yes but very sensual.
tmiday30 - 12-Mar-17 @ 4:31 PM
i think i am not under cancer sign but i feel like i had the traits of cancer.
J - 10-Mar-17 @ 10:56 PM
Yes, this is true I'm a cancer women.l do have mood swings, run into my shell, and get clingy, for the most part.However, i do have a big (heart??) and hate to be played.When I'm into you i go all out my loyalty is 100 percent .Also my temper is bad nothing to be played with so watch out now!!!!!
Nika - 26-Feb-17 @ 11:07 AM
I'm a true cancer and love it.Loyal, intuitive, suppotive and will be with you forever but once you cross me, that's it I will retreat and probably never speak to you again in life.
Lou - 19-Feb-17 @ 6:58 PM
This is totally me ! I'm a cancer and I'm proud of it
Lenci - 16-Feb-17 @ 2:49 PM
Most of the statements are true except that cancerians are clingy
Meenu - 7-Feb-17 @ 4:14 PM
This is my man exactly. Split personalities. Mood is severe. Incredibly insecure. Extremely manipulative. I love this man, but when he shuts down. Our relationship suffers tremendously. I love him but i can not deal with his hurtful cheating lying indecisive ways. Can not make up with mind to save his life. Help me...
Derrick's Beauty - 5-Feb-17 @ 12:16 AM
Am a cancer guy and in love with a gemini and hell know every time she cheat i figure her out now our relationship is going over the edge and am afraid to let goone i dont even know how we fall in love but for me to go and find a new lover is like i dont stand a chance am so confuse can some one help me
Alex - 29-Jan-17 @ 10:12 PM
Most of this is true except for.....(1) I;m not clingy and (2)I don't over eat....as a matter of fact EVERYONE tells me that I ALWAYS under eat as I sometimes don'd eat for at least 2 days.
deepfaceglitter - 16-Jan-17 @ 9:04 PM
Absolutely true about my character. I love my family. I get moody now add again. I always suspect people, especially strangers. I am willing to helpand even going an extra mile. I can read a person's mind from the onset.
Mzee - 10-Jan-17 @ 11:02 AM
I can more relate to a virgo, but some of this applies to me.
SomeIntrovert - 24-Dec-16 @ 10:47 PM
I thought it was more of "Gemini" & "Aquarius" who were more prone to unpredictability... Am I wrong here?
A.K - 22-Dec-16 @ 4:38 PM
Em cancerian 21 july and itx exactly true about me n the onlything which is not true is Good Memory cx most ov the times i forget the things, yess i have mood swings oftenly n sometimes i hate this...
Bunty - 22-Nov-16 @ 7:13 AM
I swear everything it said was so true ??????I'm a cancer
Kimmy - 29-Oct-16 @ 4:02 AM
True analogy. My problem with my cancer guy is he says we can never be together Cuz he can't commit . He can't be the guy who does family reunions and Christmas dinners. He enjoys my company . He has said he loves me and wants me in his life. He's older then me he's 60 . Will he ever change his mind we've been intimate for over a year and he changes like that tide.
Ty - 28-Oct-16 @ 5:20 AM
Hunter S. Tompson's birthday was July 18, 1937 His journalism forever changed America with his own style of writing known as Gonzo journalism. He was very much a cancerian. However he ended his life my senior year of high school,he is very important to millions and always will be vital to American history. I had to share. P.s. I am a cancer to the T as well. Dear readers, don't mind my ad lib antics.
Just to point out - 20-Oct-16 @ 8:36 AM
July 15th and wow this is so accurate.
Pablo Jnr - 17-Oct-16 @ 1:08 AM
7/11 baby. Crazy how accurate this is!
Shells - 24-Sep-16 @ 1:24 AM
I'm a July 5th baby and all of that is true.
taytay - 23-Sep-16 @ 5:07 AM
I'm July 4th baby and all is true but Im not clingy ..
Baby girl - 16-Sep-16 @ 12:37 AM
I'm a cancer woman and so true. I'm very intuitive, moody, loyal.Never was big on astrology and never even really thought about it until a close friend commented on how much of a cancer is was. Describes me to a T!!!
Boss Lady - 8-Sep-16 @ 6:20 AM
I read this and I think the only thing that doesn't relate to me is the good memory. My memory sucks, but even my significant other says that all of this is me
kassizhere - 6-Sep-16 @ 6:52 PM
My son is a cancer and I tell you this is right on if he weren't my son I wouldn't have anything to do with him. Sometimes he is downright hateful.He and his girl are cancers literally I think sometimes. He has cost my husband and I thousands of $$$$$I love to hate him and her.
Momma - 1-Sep-16 @ 3:50 AM
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