Cancer is the fourth sign of the Zodiac, and the first of the water signs. This means you tend to feel your way through life, and are very intuitive. Your ruler is the Moon, so you are swayed by the tide and have a natural affinity for the sea. Both male and female Cancerians are deeply sensitive, although the men in particular will often hide this under a veneer of coolness. Cancer ladies tend to be less defensive and are usually very feminine. As Cancer rules the chest, problems in this area could arise, and indigestion is also common. Generally in fact your constitution can be delicate and many Cancerians have special dietary needs. Your senses are strong and you like peace and quiet, so the silvery whites and greys of the Moon are your natural colours. Your precious gem is pearl or moonstone.
The Cancerian symbol is the crab. What have you got in common with a crab?! Well, he carries his home everywhere on his back, and retreats into it the minute he spots trouble. Tough on the outside, liable to give you a nasty nip with those pincers, inside he has an extremely soft centre and protects his vulnerability at all costs. Sound familiar?! Your home really is your castle, you need the security of your four walls and never stray far from home for long. If you do you miss it terribly. When threatened you also tend to withdraw into your shell, protecting yourself by shutting yourself off, emotionally and sometimes physically, from those who have hurt you.
Your reactions are strong and you make decisions based on your feelings, you are sensitive to atmospheres too, and because of this your moods are changeable. Your imaginative mind also leads to wonderful dreams and fantasies and you are very romantic. You are kind and a natural nurturer, you love to look after people and are patient and sympathetic. For Cancer people, connection with the past and family is also strong, you appreciate tradition and love anything historical, and you have an excellent memory and are sentimental about bygone times. You tend to hold on to outworn items because you can’t bear to part with them, and this includes your loved ones! You don’t trust easily but when someone has your heart you are capable of deep devotion and tenacity, clinging to them like the crab in high tides, sometimes to the point of smothering or over protectiveness. You are also very prudent with good business sense, you can live on a shoe string if necessary, cutting corners with great pragmatism. You need to watch this doesn’t lead to meanness or penny pinching however.
We need to mention some of the bad things now, so don’t disappear! You can be shy and timid, at times retreating into your shell for long periods, lost in introspective dreams. You can also be over anxious and prone to irrational fears and phobias, pessimistic too when the gloomy mood overcomes you. You worry about pretty much everything, especially the future and what it will bring, and many of you fear old age. You also have lots of trouble keeping your sensitivity in check, you can be touchy and easily hurt at times, imagining slights or rejection where there was none intended, cutting people out of your life in an instant, leaving them unsure what they have done wrong. Then you brood over your anger and sink into a well of self-pity! Your strong memory can be your downfall here, as woe betide anyone who has crossed you, they might forget it but you won’t! That wasn’t too bad was it?!