The Cardinal Sign of the Water Trigon, Cancer the Crab


Sign: Cancer the Crab
Dates: June 21 – July 22


  • Ruling Planet: Moon
  • Quality: Cardinal
  • Element: Water
  • Root Power: Initiating emotional processes
  • Positive Traits: Patriotic, benefactor, compassionate, sympathetic, protective, gentle, loyal, caring, dependable, loving, generous
  • Negative Traits: Selfishness, self pity, moody, suspicious, pessimistic, possessive, passive aggressive, oversensitive, clingy
  • Likes: Art, home based hobbies, relaxing in or near water, helping loved ones
  • Dislikes: Strangers, revealing personal life, tacky clothes, public speaking
  • Good Day: Helpful, patient, compassionate, nurturing, romantic, creative
  • Bad Day: Gossipy, cliquey, isolated, uncommunicative, hypersensitive, overly competitive
  • Turn offs: People who underestimate them
  • Lucky Color: Orange
  • Lucky Number: 2, 3, 15, 20
  • Lucky Day: Monday and Thursday
  • Flower: Acanthus
  • Basic Trait: “I feel”
  • Quirk: So nostalgic that they will not let go of memories
  • Advice: Deep emotions can cause you to be hurt, try to control it by thinking twice
  • Life Pursuit: Constant reassurance and intimacy
  • Secret Wish: To take care of friends and family
  • Known For: Naturally nurturing caretaker of the zodiac



This sign is represented by the brave crab. Historically, the crab always messes with things bigger than they are. Rarely is a crab aware of their true strength, which usually results in endangering their own well being. While their outer shell is impenetrable, their underside is vulnerable and soft. This means that they can be quick to retreat into their shells when they need to. Additionally, just like a crab, a Cancer use claw like grips to cling to comforts. This drives them to always create a cozy, safe home.

Day to Day

Cancers value feelings over thoughts.  Their emotions and intuition overrule logic and intellect. They love to support and care for others, but struggle to trust people enough to share their personal feelings. This sign is deeply intuitive, very emotional, and sensitive.

For this reason, they are one of the most challenging signs to get to know. Their fear of trust builds up anger and resentment. This contradictory nature builds a negative outlook. When Cancer tries to open up, they can get easily hurt and they usually hold onto this past. They can sometimes lose perspective, lapsing into pessimism. In other words, they are usually on an inner emotional roller coaster. This sign wants security, comfort, and emotional support but they do not want to have to depend on others. They will leave their shell to fight and then retreat just as quickly back into it.

Cancer’s pick up on things easily, bring it to the forefront, and want to help. This sometimes results in being controlling, though it is always with the best of intentions. This sign just wants to make everyone feel good and they think they know the best way to do so. They love to help others feel good about their self; always allowing others to lean on them.

They care deeply about matters of family and home, to them, nothing is more important. Cancers are homebodies at heart, just like the crab that carries its home on its back. Security and money are also very important, so its a good thing they are excellent with money. Any type of change threatens the security that they so eagerly work for. They will persevere and possess a drive to do what is needed. When it comes to work, Cancer prefers to work alone and is actually more effective. If a job needs to be done, this sign will roll up their sleeves and ensure it is successfully finished.

Cancer strengths include being highly imaginative, and loyal. This is a sign that loves to socialize – as long as its at home. They can tell the best stories around the dinner table. They are attached and sympathetic to the the people they keep close. This sign is loyal, compassionate, and quick to help. They are excellent caretakers and fierce protectors of loved ones. They are happiest with a small close group of family and friends.

This sign is also tenacious and wants to get their own way. They will always stand up for what they believe in. Crabs can utilize their powers of observation and intelligence to be extremely persuasive. This persuasiveness can sometimes slide into manipulative when a Cancer wants to get its way. They are quick to take action to avoid conflict though they can also end up being vindictive. This crab can sometimes be impossible to understand from a rational point of view.

 Impact of Element, Quality, and Planet

Being cardinal water means this sign is a leader of idea people. The cardinal quality motivates Cancer’s giving nature. The water element then allows Cancers the ability to tap into people’s needs and create situations where they can care for others. This also means they can be easily hurt.

As the ruling planet, the Moon rules Cancer’s inner self. They have a tough outside, soft inside, and are deeply sensitive. As is evident by this sign’s actions, they are truly ruled by emotions and regularly put others before themselves. Additionally, following the moon’s phase of lunar cycles, the Crab has internal mysteries that create fleeting emotional patterns beyond control. A Cancer will go through phases and life is never static for these people and even if nothing changes for them externally, internally they are always changing. This is a sign that is constantly feeling the ebb and flow of the oceans and wax and wane of the moon. As such they are never even-keeled emotionally and require others around them to have stability.


Cancer’s rely on their close friends to give the space they need and remind them of their own inner strength. They must be approached with care and understanding, as that is what they will give in return. This sign loves to connect with new people and respect those they can talk to easily. They really listen to others but are very select on who they will share feelings with. A crab takes promises and confidentiality very seriously.


Cancer men are conservative and will not make the first move. When trying to attract this sign, you must make the first move but make him think he is in control. This crab can be jealous, cautious, and slow to develop the relationship. They are a complex sign that just wants to feel needed.

Cancer the CrabCancer women are complicated and those in pursuit need to be patient. Wooing a Cancer woman will take time, as you will need to earn their trust. Once that is done, they will be passionate and loyal. Treating this crab like a lady will certainly win them over!


Love and romance are the cornerstone of this sign and no one is able to romance better or takes it as badly when a romance fails. Cancers tend to be mystical and magical, and they will draw you in with their mysteriousness. Cancers want a deep connection with their partner, they want someone who will share their feelings. They will be nurturing, dedicated, and supportive. They need someone who understands how deeply their feelings run and can translate the nonverbal cues. Cancers want to feel calm and protected.

This sign will not last long with flaky, superficial, or unreliable partners. They will also struggle in relationships that take advantage of their giving natures. This is due to the fact that they will make unhealthy compromises in the name of home and family. Cancers are highly compatible with Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio, and Pisces. To learn more about the other signs of the Zodiac, click here.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.