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Personality Traits of a Cancerian

By: Libby Pelham BA - Updated: 23 Sep 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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I'm not in the exact situation as you but very similar. So I say "Where I am at in life is exactly where I need to be." For what ever reason that might be either to help others or to help myself...an opportunity to live life or an opportunity to take a break from it. I have learned that troubles or suffering in my life come from wanting what I don't have or having what I don't want. So I revert back to simplicity and at best I try to stay on the side of gratitude, being grateful for what I do have and grateful for what I don't have. Then I welcome patience because it may be along stay....life is balance....with out sadness how would you ever know what it is to be happy. Life is telling you something...Arthur Mendelson said " if you focus on the problem you'll never see the solution....never focus on the problem". I hope this has helped you because I too need to hear these things.... BP Jul-18-75
Blaise - 23-Sep-17 @ 11:42 PM
Hi, I am unemployed and this have has me stress out.i got hired on 9/18/17 for a security job but the company don't have work for me.i am in need for a income . It been since June that I have been unemployed what is wrong.i feel my luck is runningout but I do haveFaith in God and I have been praying for my luck to come and I be happy again.i don't to ask my children for anything and they don't ask me if I am alright and do I need anything. Could you lift my sprintup with some good advise . thank you a soul that needs cheering up.
Dimples - 19-Sep-17 @ 9:05 PM
I'm a cancer BD July 8 and we are the same I could relate to everything you guys are saying
June - 20-Aug-17 @ 2:49 PM
This is me but I also have traits of a Gemini and that make me half Crazy! Lol
Livi - 15-Aug-17 @ 2:54 AM
Yes that's exactly it, but have you noticed there are definite similarities between people with "water signs"?
SeaCreature - 7-Aug-17 @ 10:20 AM
Umm... some of it is not true and some of it is true??
ORION - 6-Aug-17 @ 7:47 AM
All the sentence about are truth I always be beiive in my self no matter what and I always get my goal
Ayoleew - 23-Jul-17 @ 5:38 PM
So true I'm so sensitive in the inside but in the outside people think I'm confident and strong some times i am and I always hide my feelings idk why I just don't want people to know what i go through cause it's horrible drama everyday but I can handle it cause I believe in myself
Sadoon - 16-Jul-17 @ 2:03 PM
Yeah this is me to the T and sadly forgiving but NEVER forgetting once bitten 3 times shy
Zudeck - 22-Jun-17 @ 7:23 PM
I'm a female about to turn 30 in less than a month,on July 8. As im getting older andmore intetested in astrology im often amazed at how accurate my personality traits are described when reading about cancerian. I love to help others and in the past have not felt satisfied when I am in seclusion and afraid to have social contact and get taken advantage of. I feel best about myself when I am making a difference in spreading positive energy and affection even in the smallest way, like giving a stranger a compliment. I haven't dated for most of my 20s after a serious of heart crushing relationship I "retreated into my shell" to keep from getting hurt again. Recently I met a man who is an Aquarius and I'm beginning to fall in love. I have never felt the need to stay at arms length away from him to keep from getting hurt its quite the opposite i want to let him in and be with him, the only thing that worried me is his sign and that as a cancer I will be to clingy and need more affection and attention than an Aquarius can give. Any advice as to follow my head or my heart would be greatly appreciated. Being ruled by my emotions and having my grandmother pass away only a few days ago im afraid to push him away by needing to much. Is that my answer though? if im afraid to open up 100% then does that mean he isnt the right man?? He is very intelligent and a Dr which is very attractive to me in reguards that her wants to help others as much as I do. I think he is willing to pot in the same amount of commitment into this relationship as i would. I guess my main question is, can a cancer be loved enough by an Aquarius??
Brit - 16-Jun-17 @ 10:36 PM
All of this is true I am a Cancer and I can't deny any of this. Not one sentence.
Jp - 1-Jun-17 @ 7:03 AM
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
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