Cancer Traits

Stefan Stenudd

Stefan Stenudd

About Me

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:


Books by Stefan Stenudd:

Tarot Unfolded, by Stefan Stenudd.

Tarot Unfolded

This book presents an imaginative reading of the divination cards, which is the most appropriate for the Tarot, consisting of symbolic images. Several spreads are introduced, as well as the meanings of all the 78 cards and their pictures. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Cosmos of the Ancients, by Stefan Stenudd.

Cosmos of the Ancients

The philosophers of Ancient Greece and what they thought about cosmology, myth, religion and the gods. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Life Energy Encyclopedia, by Stefan Stenudd.

Life Energy Encyclopedia

Qi (chi), prana, spirit, and all the other life forces around the world explained and compared. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.


Tarot Meaning
Tarot Meaning

Try the old deck of Tarot cards for free divination online. How to use the Tarot and what each card means.

I Ching Online
I Ching Online

Try the ancient Chinese divination online for free. The 64 hexagrams of I Ching, The Book of Change, and what they mean in divination.

Cancer Horoscope Traits.

Cancer Horoscope Traits

Astrological Characteristics of the Crab Zodiac Sign

Personality of the Benefactor

Cancer, the Crab. Cancer 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 Traits

The sun. Those 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 good

If 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 Cancer

A 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.

Cancer Constellation, by Hevelius.

Your Father in the Horoscope

The 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.

Your Complete Horoscope Chart

The above is very general, to give you an idea of how the Zodiac sign traits affect the horoscope. You need to study your complete horoscope birth chart carefully, to make a deeper and more nuanced inter­pretation. Here is how you do that:

Your Own Horoscope

Cancer, illustration from a 1482 edition of a book by Hyginus.

Cancer, illustration from a 1482 edition of a book by Hyginus.

© Stefan Stenudd

My Astrology Books

Your Health in Your Horoscope, by Stefan Stenudd.

Your Health in Your Horoscope

This book explains what your horoscope says about your health, according to the old tradition of medical astrology. You learn what the Zodiac signs, the planets, and the other ingredients of the horoscope reveal about many health issues and different types of illnesses. Also, celebrity horoscope charts are used to show how a health reading is made. Click the image to see the book (and Kindle ebook) at Amazon.

Your 2013 Horoscope

Your 2013 Horoscope

Astrological 2013 Predictions for the World and the Zodiac Signs. This book explains how forecasting with the horoscope is done, and includes extensive predictions for the year 2013. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.