(June 21st – July 22nd)
Traits: Intuitive, introverted, nurturing, and emotional
Planetary ruler: The Moon
Symbol: The crab
Greatest compatibility: Virgo and Pisces
Crystals: Moonstone, opal, pearl, and ruby
As we leave the energetic social season of the Gemini, we swim our way into the calm, steady, and healing waters of the Cancer season. Kicking off on July 21st, the Cancer season is about slowing down and getting more in touch with ourselves. This is a time that puts a deeper focus on becoming more connected with our emotions and home life and helps us prioritize our well-being mentally, physically, and spiritually.
As we enter their season, the Cancer energy is beaming all around us for all Zodiac signs and is likely to affect us in a number of different ways. So to give you a better idea of what you can expect to feel for the next several weeks, today, we’re going to talk about cancer season. We’re going to cover Cancer’s personality traits, ruling element, planetary influence, and some of the key energies that the other Zodiac members can expect to feel while we linger in their sign. Let’s get started.
Cancer Personality Overview
Starting with their personality, the Cancer sign is most known for its introverted, intuitive, and emotional nature. As a natural homebody, Cancer loves familiar things and often spends much of their time doing comfortable home-based hobbies, such as art, reading, or writing. They are free spirits, live in a routine, love to do things their way, and don’t do well with things that are out of their norm. With a compassionate, kind, and nurturing heart, the Cancer is often referred to as the motherly figure of the Zodiac due to their strong maternal instincts and will always go out of their way to help someone in need. As a water sign, they are also incredibly intuitive and are natural at reading the environment and the people around them. Cancer always seems to have profound wisdom on many topics of discussion and usually has a good idea of unspoken things that are going on, which is why many often refer to Cancer signs as empaths and sensitives.
However, because Cancer is naturally intuitive and deeply connected to their environment, they can often be easily weighed down and overwhelmed by the energy and the people around them. This can plaque them deeply and cause them to become depressed, anxious, moody, and exhausted, which could cause them to ultimately retreat further into their shell for some peace and quiet. For that reason, Cancer often needs a lot of time to rest and recharge on their own to keep their emotions in check, so they don’t become overwhelmed, which is often why many people consider them introverted. However, if given the right conditions, the Cancer can also be incredibly extroverted and outgoing around the people with whom they are most comfortable with.
Now, when it comes to their planetary ruler, Cancer is ruled by the empathetic moon. Known as the ruler of intuition and the subconscious, the moon helps bring Cancer’s emotional and intuitive side to life. Connected directly with the divine feminine, this is the energy that ignites the strong maternal instinct within the Cancer and makes them so good at caring for, protecting, and nurturing others. Not to mention, this maternal energy may also be what contributes to Cancer’s homebody nature, with a strong desire to constantly keep a warm and loving home for themselves and all who enter it.
However, it is also believed that the planetary ruler of the moon may also point to the unique depth that this water sign has. Constantly moving through different phases, the moon influences the world with energetic wisdom and empowerment. Not to mention, the moon is also believed to be connected to the spiritual realm, which could also point to Cancer’s natural mysterious, intuitive, and otherworldly nature.
Next, aside from their planetary ruler, the Cancer is also deeply influenced by its elemental sign: water. Known as the element of emotion and changeability, those with water signs are ruled by their feelings in all that they do. While many on the outside believe that Cancer is sensitive to a fault, their personality actually goes much deeper than what is shown on the surface. Truly, the Cancer just feels everything incredibly deeply and is much more intuned with the natural flow of the energy around them. And while that can sometimes bury them in their own emotions if not expressed properly, this deep sentimental state also allows them to care so deeply for those around them. This is what helps to make them excellent friends, partners, mothers, and strong individuals mentally and emotionally. When aligned in divine balance, Cancer’s emotions and deep empathy is their superpower and can help heal themselves and the world around them in many beautiful ways.
However, where there are deep feelings of love and care, there is also room for areas of intensity. And, much like the crab, the Cancer is also known for snapping at others if they feel threatened. When a Cancer is hurt, they hurt deep down to their core, which can take a long time for them to heal. They also have a hard time letting go of the past and are known for holding onto grudges from times when they were hurt. For that reason, they often need a lot of patience, space, and understanding to work out their problems in their own time. Regular grounding, centering, and mindful exercises are a must for this sign to help keep these deep feelings in check and keep them feeling connected, safe, and protected through all of their highs and lows.
Next, aside from their ruling planet and elemental sign, each Zodiac sign also has a symbol that they are represented by that pays homage to their overall Zodiac persona. For the Cancer, this symbol is represented by the crab. The crab is known for carrying with it a hard outer shell to protect its inner self, which is often soft and fragile. While this can point to the home-bodied nature of the Cancer by carrying their home on their back, it can also point to the layered personality of this sign, as they may often be perceived as guarded and cold on the outside to strangers, but they carry with them a deep tenderness once you get to know them.
On the other hand, the crab also carries with it a set of powerful claws that can snap when they or their values are threatened. As a result, this mighty crab will stop at nothing to protect all that they care for and is not a sign to be trifled with when it comes to their loved ones. With their strong claws, the Cancer also tends to cling to things that they care for and aren’t likely to give up on people or goals easily. This can be especially true when it comes to their love life, as they can sometimes be a little clingy in relationships if they don’t feel secure and may need a little reassurance in love to loosen their grip. However, once they do feel secure in their relationship, the Cancer is sure to be one of the most loyal and affectionate partners out of all the Zodiac and will do anything they can to keep their partner happy.
How does the Cancer season affect other signs?
Lastly, now that we’ve gone over some of the key traits and correspondences of those born under the Cancer sign, we also wanted to talk about how this water sign affects the rest of the Zodiac members while we move through their sign.
With that said, as we enter the Cancer season, the signs will likely notice a calmer, more inspired, and connected feeling within them that they didn’t have before. While Gemini season was all about outer growth, social connections, and expansion, Cancer season is all about quieting down, diving within, and connecting deeper to yourself and your roots. This could have the signs seeking more meaningful time with those they hold dear, reflecting on a lot of beautiful memories they hold with loved ones. With stability and security as the crab’s way of life, Cancer season could also allow us to take a deeper look into emotional issues of the past that we may still be holding onto and allow us to channel a deeper sense of Universal wisdom to work through them, let them go, and move forward without any emotional baggage tugging at our heart.
Aside from this, as a result of this new steady approach to life, you may also find yourself delving into more self-care practices this season, taking more time for yourself, and doing more of what refreshes your soul. This could have you scheduling some much-needed nights in, upping your personal care routine, or just learning to say no to any people-pleasing tendencies you may have. Not to mention, with a deeper grasp on our emotions, this could also have the signs delving deeper into their creativity and personal expression this month, seeking to pick up new creative hobbies and craft new things in a whole new way. This could also have the signs getting creative with redecorating their space, as a comfy home is what fuels and rejuvenates Cancer and can help you ground on a whole new level. Overall, whether it’s through art, music, or writing, Cancer season is all about expressing yourself artistically in the most authentic way, so don’t be afraid to allow your soul energy to guide you to many beautiful new creations this month.
On the other hand, since Cancer is ruled by their emotions, you may find yourself feeling more connected to your emotions this month. And while this can certainly make you feel more positive, fluid, and romantic, it may also make you feel a little more irritable and sensitive than usual, which could make you a bit moody and snappy at times. For that reason, the signs will have to be careful with their boundaries and triggers this month and will have to be careful not to take out their emotions on others. More than anything, make sure you step back, just breathe, and try some grounding practices to help you feel a little more level-headed, so you don’t take it out on other people or overwhelm yourself.
Overall, Cancer season is a beautiful time to get in touch with yourself and the Universe around you. If you’ve been looking for the perfect time to reconnect with close loved ones, focus more on healing yourself, or direct your focus to more mindful, creative, and calming practices, this is the perfect time to do so. Allow the watchful, patient, and intuitive Cancer sign to guide you into a whole new area of loving yourself, expressing yourself, and finding the beauty of slowing down to live fully for each moment.
Happy Cancer season!
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