Sensitive and empathetic are two of the most used words to describe Cancer traits and for a good reason.

No other sign in the zodiac has the ability to feel emotions as deeply as Cancer. No wonder they’re shy and sometimes even anxious.

However, when they’re content and in their element, they are a joy to be around.

Their loyalty, warmth and caring attitude are things everybody appreciates. Like the crab, they’re mostly timid but don’t forget they have claws.

Cancer is, unsurprisingly, a water sign. Water signs are known to be in touch with their emotions a little bit more than the other signs.

They’re sensitive to energetic changes around them and for the same reason, they often have psychic abilities.

Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac and a cardinal sign, which means it belongs to the group of signs that have initiatory force, along with Aries, Libra, and Capricorn.

Cardinal signs are all about starting something new, bringing about new ideas and leadership. That’s one of the reasons why Cancer’s tarot card is the Chariot.

Symbolically, all cardinal signs begin a new season; for example, summer is the Cancer season.

Cancer leads in the realm of emotions, which is often untamed and unexplored or highly risky to explore.

That’s why Cancers are pioneers. They’re not afraid to reach for the root of every emotion and make it present and visible.

It’s not hard to guess that this sun sign is ruled by none other than the moon, a planet that governs emotions, thoughts and the subconscious.

To better understand this complex and intriguing sign, let’s learn more about Cancer’s unique personality traits.

Positive Cancer personality traits

Intuition

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Cancer is one of the most intuitive signs of the zodiac, which is common for astrologers to say, whether it’s their sun sign or moon sign.

What makes them intuitive? Since their ruling planet is the moon, the ruler of the subconscious and the mystical, they’re capable of sensing things that are beyond reason.

That combined with the fact they belong to the water element and are a cardinal sign gives them the ability of strong intuition. Their gut feelings are strong and mostly accurate.

The only problem is that they’re sometimes too insecure about themselves and their abilities, so they ignore their own intuition for the sake of something objectively rational.

No matter how shy Cancers are, most people feel very open around them because they are still very receptive and understanding and people can subconsciously pick up on that.

Compassion

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As we already mentioned, Cancer has heightened receptiveness of others’ emotions and that is why it usually makes them empaths or highly sensitive people.

The thing with this trait is that they need to learn to be aware of their feelings but not identify with them, because if they don’t, they will soon learn about the ugly sides of being an empath.

Heightened sensibility is often very exhausting and if a person with this sign fails to find ways to recharge themselves, they will experience frequent exhaustion just because of interaction with others.

However, empathy is a beautiful trait to have. Empathy is a reminder that we’re indeed one consciousness expressed through many channels.

We understand each other because there’s something universal that bonds every human.

A Cancerian knows that intuitively and that’s why they have a lot of patience and a lot of understanding.

The root of compassion comes from knowing that everything that happens, as well as every living being, has its own purpose, whether we understand it or not.

Understanding something with our mind is different from understanding with our heart, and Cancer knows that better than anyone and this is why compassion is one of the best Cancer traits.

Loyalty

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A popular stereotype when it comes to Cancer’s traits is that they’re very attached to family and sometimes their country too.

Cancerians have a strong feeling toward home as the place where they come from, not necessarily in a patriotic way.

It partially has to do with the motherly instincts of this sign, which come from the moon as their ruling planet.

They are connected to everything that represents safeness in the sense of a home, a place they can safely reside, a womb, so to speak.

That’s why they are homebodies. They love to spend their time at home and they are not party animals or big adventurers.

Instead, preparing food, serving their loved ones, playing board games and watching movies under a blanket is more of their ideal free time to them.

Since they have natural respect toward the things and people they consider home or family, they are very loyal too.

Cancer can keep a secret and will have your back no matter what.

When their loved ones are in need, they ask no questions but go straight for what has to be done in order to provide what’s needed.

Cancer has the energy of that lifelong friend you have nothing in common with but still wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world.

Imagination

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We all know that imagination has to do with the ability to think beyond what’s expected. Not only that but it’s often connected to the subconscious.

The moon is also a planet of imagination, creativity, creative expression that comes from intuition and so on. It expresses all the things that the rational sun can’t express.

It represents the mother and our inner child simultaneously.

As children, we’re effortlessly creative, we don’t think about the process, we just do it. Cancer can tap into that kind of energy easier than the other signs.

However moody they might be at times, deep down in their hearts, they are children.

Cancer loves dreamy, sort of vague and hard to define things and that’s reflected in their preferred aesthetic.

Unlike Pisces, who’s also famous for their dreaminess, Cancer’s dreaminess isn’t otherworldly and ethereal but rather mythological and folkish.

Another great thing that comes from their imaginative nature is their adaptability and open-mindedness.

They may not be the most outgoing or adventurous person there is but with their strong imagination and open mind, they can understand so much.

All of these traits can be expressed by Mercury in Cancer or some other planet that has to do with expression of some kind.

Cancer traits like this will be very much present in any kind of work they do.

Caretaking

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Cancer is big on caring for others and self-care too. However, they are comfortable only with the people they are very close to. Otherwise, they probably won’t offer their help if it seems inappropriate.

They sometimes become a sort of unofficial nurse to the ones they love when their well-being is in danger.

All water signs have healing and soothing abilities, which is expected since water as an element is very healing to many.

This is no surprise, considering humans are made of up to 60% water, and our whole planet earth is covered with about 70% of water.

That also means that Cancer’s zone of comfort involves water in some way. They like their long bubble baths with scented candles or hitting the beach whenever they can.

They truly feel health benefits from spending time around bodies of water.

Another way they show care is by cooking really good comfort food. In the kitchen, Cancer is just a natural. It’s their safe space.

Along with Taurus, they are the epitome of the saying “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’, as that’s what they do with their cooking.

Protectiveness

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Cancer protecting their loved ones, especially their family members, is a scary sight to see.

Since they’re mostly shy, not very loud with their opinions and sometimes hold too much inside, once they’re triggered, all hell breaks loose.

Be sure that they will not back off or let go easily. They will make sure that everybody gets what they deserve.

Remember that crabs have their shell as their armor and their claws as weapons. They may be shy but they are ready for a fight if it comes to it.

Sometimes they can even act too protective, especially as parents, and become overbearing.

However, this trait comes from their honest devotion to the ones they love the most.

Negative Cancer personality traits

Moodiness

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Everyone likes to tease Cancers for being crybabies. And, well, that’s not always far from the truth.

With all their extra sensitivity and receptiveness to people and the things around them, it’s no wonder they have mood swings.

Other than that, they can overthink or take things too personally for no good reason.

They simply let their emotions overrule their reason and that’s just not good for anybody, especially them.

As well as often being moody, they’re easily influenced by other people’s feelings, happenings in the world, the weather and other things.

They’re changeable like the moon that waxes and wanes throughout each month.

However, we know that the moon is always whole in reality, it’s just that some parts of it are in the shadows and other parts are basked in light.

It’s the same with Cancer and their awareness. When they’re conscious of their feelings, they emit light and when they let their feelings consume them, they are dark.

Insecurity

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If your zodiac sign is Cancer, you have probably struggled with this already.

Cancers are often insecure because they are unsure about how much they can rely on their instincts when they are so easily influenced by emotions.

Add overthinking to that mix and you’ll get an insecure person. They often feel like they’re not good enough because their natural abilities are often not praised.

It’s hard for them to see their own talents in a world that pushes a totally different agenda and promotes everything that’s so different from them.

However, they should not forget that this is just another illusion.

Everyone’s talents are valuable and we all have our own place in this world or we wouldn’t exist.

Manipulative

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One of the negative traits that occurs with Cancer is being manipulative.

Since they’re not the most outspoken sign but feel things deeply, they can be easily hurt but can’t easily express their feelings, which is why they use manipulative tactics.

They can be passive-aggressive or put the blame and guilt on other people. Making others feel guilty is probably the most toxic trait Cancer has.

They avoid conflict by making themselves a victim and that is probably the most frustrating thing ever, especially for people who are very straightforward and up for resolving conflict directly.

Nevertheless, it’s understandable that this defense mechanism comes from their natural sensitivity and need to protect themselves no matter what.

Passive

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Another Cancer trait that’s prominent with a sign that has imbalanced emotions is passivity.

They rely too much on their comfort zone and that’s what makes them almost immobile.

Comfort zones are fine but there’s no room for progress within them. There’s no progress in fear.

Because of their dislike for comfort and their deep inner need to stay safe, they often become paralyzed and very passive.

Once they’re in that loop, it’s hard for them to leave it because doing so requires a lot of mental strength and everything they are not comfortable doing.

This is why the sign of Cancer is one of the least favorable signs for planet Mars.

Vengefulness

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This information isn’t something you’ll find in daily horoscopes but this star sign can be vengeful. It comes from the same place as their passive-aggression.

They feel a lot and they care a lot, which means that when you abuse their trust or let them down, they won’t forget. In fact, they will make sure you don’t forget either.

Cancer wants their revenge in one way or another. If they think you’re guilty and deserve it, they will find a way to punish you.

Don’t expect physical violence of any kind, just watch out for your weakness because if you don’t know what they are, they sure do.

They know all your soft spots and vulnerabilities. Their words can do you greater damage than any physical harm.

Cancer’s compatibility with other signs

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Cancer and Aries

Cancer and Aries are water and fire, which tells us right from the start that this match is not made in heaven.

Aries are very quick, active and not necessarily sensitive, while Cancerians long for a deep emotional connection right from the beginning.

Overall score: Low

Cancer and Taurus

Cancer and Taurus make an almost perfect couple. Earthy Taurus is patient and stable enough to stand alongside Cancer through their mood changes and Cancer is imaginative and caring enough to make beauty- and comfort-loving Taurus very happy.

Taurus can make Cancer feel safe and therefore loved and Taurus will enjoy the delicate sensitivity of Cancer.

Overall score: High

Cancer and Gemini

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This pair is one of the least likely to succeed because Cancer’s sensitive and somewhat passive nature clashes with the adventure-loving and forever curious sign of Gemini.

Gemini is too insensitive for Cancer and while they can have interesting conversations because of their understanding of everything around them, it’s not likely there will be enough attraction between the two.

Overall score: Low

Cancer and Cancer

Two Cancers have a lot in common. They’re both sensible and caring but the problem is that they’re both moody and insecure.

Insecurity is often what kills relationships and that’s why this particular relationship may not be the best choice.

Overall score: Medium

Cancer and Leo

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Cancer and Leo is an interesting combination because there are some similarities between them.

For example, they both appreciate trust very much and they’re both very emotional and passionate.

However, Leo is much more outgoing and open, while Cancer is shy and more of a homebody.

These things might be worked out and a compromise may be found but only with lots of understanding from both sides.

Overall score: Medium

Cancer and Virgo

Cancer and Virgo are one of the best couples. They are both trustworthy, introverts and share the same life values.

This is the closest to a perfect match for Cancer. Virgo will give them the stability they need and Cancer will give them emotional flexibility back.

Cancer can show Virgo a wonderful world of intimacy and emotions, which Virgo will appreciate very much.

Overall score: High

Cancer and Libra

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This match isn’t very favorable. Libras and Cancers don’t have a lot in common, other than the fact that they like to make other people feel comfortable and understood.

However, when it comes to trust, life values and shared activities, they’re not a good match.

Libra loves glamorous lifestyles and Cancer is far from interested in that. While Libra is fancy, shiny dresses and cocktails, Cancer is pajamas and Netflix.

Overall score: Low

Cancer and Scorpio

These two water signs understand each other very well and that’s why their score is really high.

They’re both trustworthy and introverted and they both like a slow life and deep conversations.

The only thing that could go wrong is a clash of emotions, since they’re both very sensitive and emotional beings.

However, Scorpios are ruled by Mars and therefore they have more self-discipline and objectivity, which can help to overcome this problem.

Overall score: High

Cancer and Sagittarius

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This pair don’t have a lot in common, if anything. They’re not motivated by the same things and they expect different things in life.

Sagittarius is very adventurous, risk-taking and fiery, while Cancer loves home, comfort and slow living.

The only thing that could bind them is their beliefs, since they both tend to be spiritual and often in unconventional ways.

Overall score: Low

Cancer and Capricorn

This pair could work under the condition that Capricorn opens up to their emotions and Cancer learns to give Capricorn space.

Generally speaking, Capricorn is too insensitive for Cancer and they mostly have different life values.

Capricorns are usually interested in their career and progress, while Cancer is content with smaller things.

Overall score: Medium

Cancer and Aquarius

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Cancer and Aquarius are not a great match because they are very different in the way they communicate and the way they understand love.

Aquarius needs mental stimulation while Cancer needs emotions and intimacy.

Aquarius could never provide the security that Cancer craves and Cancer could never match the intellectual craving that Aquarius has.

Overall score: Low

Cancer and Pisces

This pair is likely to work out because they share many things in common.

Again, two water signs can go well together if they learn how to control their emotions and don’t let insecure thoughts creep in.

Together, they can create a wonderful relationship full of trust, love, understanding and harmony.

Overall score: High

Famous Cancer people

Some of the celebs with Cancer zodiac signs are: Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey, Meryl Streep, Solange Knowles, Elon Musk, Tom Hanks, Sofía Vergara, Post Malone, Kevin Hart, Chris Pratt and others.

Advice for Cancers

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All the Cancer traits we mentioned are not things that are permanent and set in stone. Everyone can change if they want to.

The point of learning astrology is not to confirm what we already know about ourself but to learn how we can change and progress toward something better.

That’s why astrology is a great tool for understanding the root of our problems and our stubborn traits.

There’s no point in justifying your bad traits because they’re part of your sign. Every so-called negative trait is just an imbalance of a potentially good trait.

Instead of crying about your oversensitivity, make it something you’ll be proud of.

Train your intuition and call yourself out when you’re being overly dramatic. Let go of irrational fear and just go with the flow.

As a Cancer, you have a powerful gift that’s not for anyone else. You have that gift because you have enough gentleness and understanding to make the best of it.

You can help people just by listening to them, or even better, just by being around them because of your healing energy.

Whatever you do, just don’t close off and think that there’s no way out. Instead, get out of your shell and show the world how strong a gentle person can be.