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True Characteristics of the Crab Zodiac Sign in Your Horoscope
Cancer, the Crab, is the fourth sign of the Zodiac. The sun enters it on or around June 21, at the summer solstice. Cancer belongs to the element water, its quality is cardinal and its charge is negative. Its Ruler is the moon, and Venus exalts in it. Its motto is: "I feel."
In the horoscope chart, Cancer brings a caring, affectionate and protecting character to planets or Houses therein.
Your Cancer Star Sign TraitsThose who have Cancer as their star sign are born when the sun was in Cancer, normally June 21 - July 22 (it differs slightly from year to year, because of the leap years). Therefore, it is also - more accurately - called the sun sign.
The sun in your horoscope is your natural self - what you are when you relax, when other planets in your horoscope are not active. It's your basic drive, a character you have as an ingredient - more or less evident in all you do and all you are.
The sun is the most important point in your horoscope chart, but of course it's not the only thing that describes your personality. You need to look at all the components of your birth chart, to get a correct astrological description of yourself.
Feeling goodIf your star sign is Cancer, you are an emotional being, engaging yourself in caring about others. It's the motherly sign. That's far from a submissive character. Notice that the sign's quality is cardinal, leading. The Cancer character is caring in a protective way, a tendency to control, although with good intentions.
Your perspective is one of feelings, more than of thoughts, things, or action. You pay attention to moods, and strive to make everybody feel good. Any Cancer would be a good reader of how people really feel inside, no matter what they say or what face they show.
To Cancer, life is primarily emotional - anything else is secondary or completely irrelevant. So, Cancer wants everybody to feel good and believes to know how, whatever the others have to say about it.
Three Different CancerA Zodiac sign doesn't give exactly the same influence all through its 30°. Its first third has something of a cardinal quality, whatever the quality of the sign as a whole is, its second third is slightly more fixed in quality, and the last third is more mutable.
If you were born at the end of June (from Midsummer and on), the sun is in the beginning of Cancer. Then you're very controlling and dominating, especially in an emotional way. You allow yourself to interfere, in order to make others feel better. Since this is the cardinal part of the sign and Cancer is a cardinal sign, people with the sun here are the most typical Cancers, showing the traits of the sign clearly.
If you were born in the beginning of July, the sun is in the middle of Cancer. That means you're very protective, trying to maintain a stillness so that others don't get upset or worried. You strive for everyone to feel good, forever.
If you were born in the middle of July, the sun is at the end of Cancer. That makes you anxious to avoid situations that might worry others or make them feel unpleasant. You are tireless in your efforts to make everybody feel good, and it takes its toll on you. Also, in your efforts to please you may unwillingly irritate the people around you.
Traits of Your FatherThe sun in the horoscope also represents your father (the mother is represented by the moon). That means your Zodiac sign traits reveal something about the characteristics of your relationship with your father.
If you have the sun in Cancer, your relation to your father is one of deep affection, where both of you feel very committed to each other. You are also both quite protective, sometimes in ways that lead to frustration, because you both feel that you know what's best for the other. Still, your bonds are unlikely to ever break, and you cherish each other's company, without the need to either speak or do anything in particular.
Traits of the Planets in CancerWhen another planet or other point of the horoscope is in Cancer, it's also affected by the Zodiac sign, getting some of its traits. Here are those astrological points, what they stand for in the horoscope, and how they are affected by Cancer:
Sun basic drive - Cancer brings caring and commitment.
Moon longing - Cancer brings a need for deep relations, and makes you quite emotional, sensitive to mood swings.
Mercury curiosity - Cancer brings ability to voice emotions, and a sensitivity to how words affect others.
Venus affection - Cancer brings a capacity to play on the emotions of others, to charm, please and delight.
Mars aggression - Cancer brings a will to protect and dominate, a temper and a tendency to upset others.
Jupiter luck - Cancer brings a sense of joy, and happiness seems near at hand.
Saturn duty - Cancer brings a love for the ways of the past and for the bloodline, also some angst.
Uranus contemplation - Cancer brings a capacity to see through others, to understand motivation and things implied.
Neptune fantasy - Cancer brings vivid and engaging dreams, and an imagination favoring the emotional.
Pluto catharsis - Cancer brings upsetting surprises and events that stir up emotions.
Ascendant, AC attitude - Cancer brings a pleasant way of behaving, with no fear of intimacy.
Medium Coeli, MC self-image - Cancer brings unselfishness, a wish to be good unto others.
Traits of the Houses in CancerIn the astrological Houses, the Zodiac signs also bring their character traits, influencing the environments described by the Houses. Here are the twelve Houses of the horoscope, what they stand for, and how Cancer affects them:
GeneralizationsOf course, all of the above is very general, mainly to give you an idea of how the Zodiac sign traits affect the horoscope. You need to study your horoscope chart carefully, to make a deeper and more nuanced interpretation.
I'm a Swedish writer and astrologer. I've written several books about astrology. I'm also a historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. Google Profile. Here's my personal website: stenudd.com
By authentic Zodiac sign astrology I mean what can be astrologically deduced from only your star sign (where the sun was at your birth), which is but one of the many components in your birth chart horoscope. For a presentation of complete astrology, please visit: Horoscoper.