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Personality Traits of a Cancerian

By: Libby Pelham BA - Updated: 23 Aug 2019 | 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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Shaner - 23-Aug-19 @ 7:13 AM
100% territorial and emotional I find too much I give to others becàuse I feel emotionally happy and connected through giving but leave myself short ...the word love I take very deep and seriouslybut find it'sshallow in others . I've found it hypnotizes me as their puppet to a degree but if I sense distance or fowl play I do not sleep until I find something and thoughts manifest to a sinister place ...all that's needed to defuse my ticking time bomb is purity and reasurance of honest love and affection .... pessimism and faith go hand in hand 50/50
Mr crab - 8-Aug-19 @ 4:43 PM
I lost my virgo friend cant get her back no matter what she says im crazy to emotionaln miss her so much by the way im a cancer
Smile007 - 7-Aug-19 @ 5:04 PM
Fits me perfectly . I need a good partner in my life. Some one who knows how to love me unconditional
Jet - 21-Jul-19 @ 8:13 AM
Am a leo as i was born July 23rd but all the things that were listed as features of Cancerians i have them all.
Imax - 3-Jul-19 @ 8:58 PM
I'm a cancerian being born on the 25th of june but I don't have that great a memory like it says? And when it says, "When asked for help, their first response might be no, but in the end they always come through." I don't say no, instead I say yes when asked t o help. I would only say no a few times but say yes most of the time. Some of it is true though. I'm moody and cranky. But I don't like to overeat (I'm picky and sometimes wouldn't eat) so now I have many questions.
Qkim - 1-Jun-19 @ 7:38 AM
Im cancerian im too emitional and caring. Nurturer ,good listener ,i love the people around me.love my family
Anneinstein - 29-May-19 @ 9:09 AM
Canceriansare beautiful people. Just misunderstood. Betrayal comes to cancers a lot. The greatest joy of the cancer is finding someone who is truly genuine. I feel like cancers can go from 0 to 10 real quick. Cancers do not tolerate disrespect. And cancers will cut anyone off that they feel as though has been disrespectful to them. Ultimately cancers hold friends with a great deal of responsibility. By remaining loyal and honest to them. And betrayal is not tolerated to any degree.
John - 28-May-19 @ 11:03 AM
Iam cancer very caring love to eat love being with my children veryemotional I love me sometimes
Nikki - 20-May-19 @ 9:50 PM
Look, these things are meant to be fun, but some do take it to heart. I'm a cancerian 2nd of July, I get territorial when it comes to my partner, I put myself out there to the point I burn out emotionally, gradually increasing in self confidence I adore knowledge and learning, the first one to stand up for someone I care for I'll gladly dive right in but I've come to learn to ask for both sides of the story before hand since people have a habit of not giving me the full picture and I'm a hot head when someone I care about is hurt. I don't believe there is any excuse to be nasty but at the same time I could understand the emotions and thoughts. I do get emotional and pull away so I don't burden others and I don't get let down, it's a struggle but I try to be strong for others. It is unfortunate to read what some people have experienced and I feel apologetic to them, not every cancerian is like that or at least I hope not and if they are I hope they can grow to become better individuals. There is a lot more to someone then their starsign.
Oceania - 27-Apr-19 @ 2:10 PM
I love a Cancerian. I'm an Aquarius. Even though i find certain idiosyncrasies to be true, and humorous, I feel that no matter what sign your born under makes no excuse for poor communication.Nor does it stand in the way of great communication and understanding that we are all human, and we all have our pros and cons... Have a wonderful rest of your read.
Sincityskinkitty - 14-Apr-19 @ 7:44 AM
Oh my gaaaaaad! All the weirdos that are hating on cancers on here is embarrassing as hell yo! I'm a virgo (the best match for cancer tbh) I love them. You losers complaining about them GET OVER IT, clearly the cancer(s) in your life got the best of you haha! GOOD.obviously you can't move on because you're on here obsessing over how much you dislike crabs. #weirdos.Virgo n cancer 4 life x
Ashleygrice - 9-Apr-19 @ 3:30 AM
alltrue, we'rehardto read andto predict.
wolverine - 4-Apr-19 @ 10:07 PM
Wow is all true, even myself I have struggled being emotional and sensitive etc even I controlled myself being emotional it all happened ????difficult being cancerian specially when you surrounded people not understand you even once ??
Ofelia Coddalig - 5-Feb-19 @ 11:48 PM
As a proud cancerian my confidence comes first anyone that between that get shot out ,people like me a lotbut I don't like backthat much but being able to read other moves is what I love more about cos it help understand and observe the friends Cancerian is fun thou
Chizzy - 15-Jan-19 @ 9:21 AM
I find ppl who belive in this nonsense hilarious! I am a cancer, but nothing like what is described above. I am not moody (my aries hubby is). I am fiercely independent and not a bit clingy. I find others to be clingy.
zoob - 26-Dec-18 @ 10:45 PM
all said about cancerian here are true because me here i was born on 06/july so am not shame of being one
sunday - 21-Oct-18 @ 7:31 PM
Hi, i believe that being a cancerian is a worse thing ever happen in human life. Hell NO, cancer SUCKS!!!. I'm currently in a relationshp with a cancer woman, her mood swing has got me around the neck cause everyday is drama plus.. I'm tired already!
DLB - 15-Sep-18 @ 5:50 AM
I have yet to have a good experience of a cancerian. I find them to be oversensitive, spiteful, argumentative and shouty. Unfortunately I am surrounded by cancerian family members and colleagues. I did date a couple of cancerian men but I soon tired of their 'my way or the highway' attitude and their misconception that they were 'better' than me... So I gladly took the highway and never regretted it. One ex cancerian went as far as to physically assault me... Which was a huge mistake. Even when the police arrested him he was screeching 'do you know who I am' and lashing out. He was the most vindictive person I ever met. If I find out you're a cancerian I am polite.... but I give you a very wide berth.
Princy - 14-Jul-18 @ 3:49 PM
I am a cancerian I would say I am nurturing and empathetic however I am also moody and maybe a bit protective but I love myself to an extend where I sometimes doubt myself but thenI think about what’s wrong and write down all my good traits and bad traits and I always find more good traits I wouldn’t call myself shy when I’m crushing on someone I make jokes and sometimes be sarcastic, even though I dress very fancy I’m one of the guys !!! I find myself funny and loud I lovvvve acting and writing and drawingwow that was a lot of ands anyway bye ????
Tilly - 25-Jun-18 @ 5:46 PM
Hi all. I'm a proud Cancerian, it wasn't always that way though. My birthday is on the 22nd July, I wouldn't say I'm a typical Cancerian because I'm not moody at all in fact I really don't like moody people and I'm not clingy. I am very sensitive though and I always expected people to just know how I'm feeling or at least be mindful of me because I'm always mindful of others. I'm definately an ambivert, I really care about people and I am always ready and waiting to lend an ear and support when ever a situation calls for it but at the same time I don't like being around people and would prefer it if they stayed away from me, I prefer to be by myself or with family, people who i love and know for a fact love me. I have learnt to not let my weaknesses as a Cancerian control me, I know what they are but I take control of them. This has made my life so much easier and I find that people generally gravitate towards me even though I'm not a social butterfly I guess it's because I'm a good listener and this allows me to stay safely tucked away in my shell while I let people pour their hearts out to me and I help where ever I can and learn more about people in general without getting out of my shell.
Themba - 21-Jun-18 @ 7:06 AM
Their are some kpop idols that are cancerians: Wonwoo from SEVENTEEN Jaehyun from N flying Seohyun from SNSD Taemin from SHINee Taeyong from NCT Cheng Xiao from Cosmic Girls Also... k drama actors: Kim Woobin Lee Minho
J Yu - 10-Jun-18 @ 8:03 PM
Cancerians, here is my advice ( I know you guys very well I swear ??) 1. Don't change your mind every 5 minutes. You are losing your credibility by doing that by the way. 2. BE RELIABLE! BE RELIABLE! BE RELIABLE! I mean PLEASE!!!?? 3. Face your problems and DON'T run away thinking they ll "magically" get fixed! 4. Don t anticipate , try to trust people around you. 5. Quit whining for God's sake! 6. No more roundabout tactics. No one likes that from you. BE DIRECT! ???? Thank you !!?? Stay positive ??
LAK - 28-Mar-18 @ 3:17 PM
Worst zodiac sign of all, worse traits, no affiliation with famous geniuses. Just terrible. - A cancerian
Manico - 15-Mar-18 @ 5:59 AM
been cancerian it's sometimes so hard this overprotection observation good memory ..... mood swings .... unpredictability .... sweet as sugar to hard as rock .... a moment we love a person but a slightest change in attitude ... who you are ... lol ... i don't give a damn actually mean in our lives .... still that emotional part of us ... make us feel bad ... intrying to make things better .... it get messier .... don't know what i'm gonna do in life
farwa - 22-Feb-18 @ 11:17 AM
Hey lovely Cancerians, I'm a first decan Cancer born June 28th. I realize with these comments I've read that we are so hard on our selves. I find myself sometimes making small complaints or being hard on myself because I always want to be the best version of myself. It's okay to want to evolve but first We have to fully accept things that we can not change and LOVE ourselves completely regardless of the current circumstances. Our pasts have shaped and molded us into survivors and stregnthened us. Everything we are going through is for a reason and always remember bad times don't last long. Maybe we shouldn't perceive things that happen to us as good or bad and just live. Live our lives in a way where we just enjoy the Present and be grateful. There is always someone worse off than you. You will get that Job. You are Beauty. You are Truth. And You are Love.Let's Love and appreciate ourselves we are all perfect in God's eyes and God will never give you anything you cant handle. Just speak to God more and listen to him and he will respond within you or show you a sign. Go within
Daia - 4-Dec-17 @ 5:32 AM
I was born July 6, and I have been through lots of struggles . But proud to say I am a survivor. Yes I'm too sensitive that I can sense others even without speaking. And that's the reason why no one would want to be around me for long. Guess people don't like someone who knows what they're really feeling and thinking. Honestly, I feel safer on my own than being with others. I love partying but once or twice a month only . My husband loves my food. And I'm really sensitive to dirt that's why I keep everything perfectly clean every single day. I have a beautiful son and husband. We are having a very wonderful life(he is a virgo). And what can I say. Those bad years from long time ago are left to be just memories now. And I know we cancerians are tough. Survivor. Listen to your instinct but left that feeling of insecurities behind. They're not real. We are perfect in our own way. I also don't love instability but I am adaptable and flexible. I know all of us are.
Ms. WAC - 19-Nov-17 @ 12:45 AM
My life is very out of balance and I have a high irritability for not feeling secure or in a job that I would like to be in the rest of my life. Ohhh ? what is that, what is something you would like to do? Oh well, that changes every month or every 6 months maybe a teacher, plumber, criminal attorney, painter, electrician, on an electric company, Trampoline Park company, oh my hell it is so stressful. All of my stress comes from this indecisiveness as well. I wish I could just wake up and be in a job that I can excel and be a part of the best job in the world. I don't even know what direction to go in. I already wasted 3 years in criminal justice with nothing to show for it because guess what oh yeah I changed my dang mind. If I could afford school maybe I would be a teacher If I could but can't afford school. I have tons of love built up inside for all those amazing children. So I could go on forever I just hate that I have to live unsettled because I don't know what to do and I change interests so dang much.
Poot - 1-Nov-17 @ 1:25 PM
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
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