Cancer symbol

Element: Water.

Quality: Cardinal.

Animal: the Crab.

I feel.

The Moon

Ruler: the Moon.

The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth.

The glyph of Cancer represents the breasts.

Gems related to Cancer



The pearl is a gem of organic origin and its name comes from the Latin word "pilula", the diminutive of "pila", meaning a ball.



Moonstones can have different colours (grey, brown, yellow, green, pink), but the most valued variety is the transparent one with a blue glow.

Notables born under the sign of Cancer

Helen Keller

* Helen Keller.

* Frida Kahlo.

* Pablo Neruda.

* Nelson Mandela.

* Antonio Gaudí.

* Juan Carlos Onetti.

* Agustín Codazzi.

* Nikola Tesla.

* Alan Turing.

How much Cancer do you have?

If your Sun sign is Cancer, it is quite probable that you think "I feel I am a Crab" and this verb really suits the case, as Cancer's motto is "I feel". However, there may be some Cancer in you even if your natal Sun is not in that sign.

The position of the Sun describes our core, our essence (it is not a coincidence that the Sun's symbol is a circle with a dot in the centre!). Therefore, a person born when the Sun was in Cancer can emotionally, but cautiously identify with the Crab attributes ... prudence and sensibility are very dear to Cancer. However, every person is a mosaic of energies and each astrological factor represents various facets of our configuration; that is why the Crab energy can be part of your potential at a different level from the Sun. Some people may have several astrology points in Cancer, while others just have a few or none in this sign.

I will describe in broad brushstrokes what Cancer can mean when it manifests through some astrological variables so you may have an idea.

If your Ascendant is Cancer (a.k.a. Rising sign), you will tend to be far-sighted and tenacious when you initiate activities; indirect manoeuvres will definitely be preferred.

The Moon can be in any sign of the Zodiac independently of the Sun's position at birth. Consequently, your emotional style can have something of the Cancer's domestic sense, even if, for example, you are an adventurous Sagittarius.

If your Sun sign is Gemini, Cancer or Leo, then it is possible that Mercury was in Cancer when you were born and this will grant you an excellent memory and a communication style dependant on your moods (for example, a person with the Sun in Gemini can be very eloquent, but if Mercury is in Cancer, he/she may not express all his/her thoughts if emotions are involved). Likewise, if your Sun sign is Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo or Virgo it is probable that Venus is in Cancer in your birth chart, which will influence you to express a lot of romanticism in your personal relationships and to establish firm bonds.

The planet Mars can manifest in your case through Cancer, no matter what your Sun sign is and if so, your physical energy will oscillate depending on your moods and you will try not to impose yourself on others, unless you are defending your loved ones or your home. Analogously, Jupiter can be in Cancer in your natal chart independently of your Sun sign, which will express enjoyment of home activities and a motherly authority exertion (this also applies to men!, it is all about taking care of, protect and nurture). You will tend to assume responsibilities based on your feelings and you will gain experience through emotional lenses, if Saturn is in the sign of the Ram in your birth chart.

If you belong to the generation of people born under Uranus in Cancer, you will prefer that changes do not affect emotional security (even though they may be promoted by fickle moods), especially when these changes mean an improvement in taking care of your home and your loved ones.

The essence of Cancer is to preserve through emotional care, which can be expressed through any of the areas referred above and at different levels, both positive and not so evolutionary, depending on your birth chart as a whole and your free will.

You can make good use of the best Cancer can give you in the area where you have received that energy, but it will all depend on the conscious choices you make. Emphasis on emotions and familiar things can lead to vulnerability that limits possibilities, but it can also bring the generous nourishing needed for human development.

Do you recognize something of Cancer in you?

Body parts ruled by Cancer

The breasts and the stomach.

Colours associated to Cancer







Light green

Light Green

Pale yellow

Pale Yellow