Cancer is a cardinal, feminine, water sign. Every water sign feels their way through life, but none feel as deeply as Cancer. The crab with its hard outer shell protecting the delicate body within symbolizes Cancer’s need to protect her feelings. It takes a long while for her to recover once her feelings are hurt.
Cancer is protective of her home and family. She can be deeply attached to the past, interested in genealogy, preserving family albums, and keeping family members close. Staying connected to her roots provides her with nourishment for her soul and a foundation for herself and her children. Within her home she is stable and secure.
Cancers are ruled by the moon. Their moods tend to fluctuate with lunar cycles confusing others and especially her self. But Cancer rides the waves of those moods instinctively knowing that her inner life depends on staying connected to how she feels. She has a deep need for emotional intimacy with a partner but fears the vulnerability that entails. It’s a huge dilemma for a Cancer. Trust is always an issue but walking around forever inside her hard protective shell starves her soul. A committed relationship devoid of real intimacy is a bad compromise.
Cancer’s relationship with their mom and their children is an unusually strong bond. Cancer moms care for the emotional needs of their children. They feel what their children feel and can have a hard time letting go when it’s time for them to fly. But they provide what their children need most even as it breaks their heart.