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Absolutely everything you need to know about Cancers

Photo credit: Cosmopolitan UK
Photo credit: Cosmopolitan UK

From Cosmopolitan

Cancerians are born between June 21 and July 22 and are intense, incredibly charismatic and attractive, but also possessive and moody. They can turn on a sixpence, and you might wonder how many people really live inside them! Ruled by the Moon, they are passionate, creative, secretive, intuitive, and caring.

Cancerians command your total loyalty and undivided attention, but they will return it in droves. A ride or die friend and partner. They are always interested in you, and have a knack of ~getting~ exactly how you truly feel, even when you don’t say it out loud. They are mind readers! They do expect you to be fully into them too, and will go to great lengths to illicit the sympathy and interest of others. They can be a lil’ dramatic and attention-seeking tbh, and this trait can cause them more relationship woes than they realise.


To get an idea of the classic Cancerian personality traits and types, we need only to look to some of the most famous crabs (the sign’s symbol): Princess Diana, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Solange Knowles, Nicole Scherzinger, and Lindsay Lohan. You could say all of these people wear their heart on their sleeve.

Photo credit: David Crotty
Photo credit: David Crotty

Typical Cancerian personality traits

INTUITIVE (read: nosey AF)

Cancerians have an almost supernatural sense of intuition - they KNOW what you’re thinking, and they KNOW what you did. Don’t try and lie to them, hoodwink them, or manipulate them because you’re tangling with a dangerous creature. This instinctive ability to sniff out secrets can also make them a tad over-sensitive (paranoid?) They’ll go on AND ON AND ON about something until they get it out of you… heavens above, it can be draining.

LOYAL (read: clingy)

No star sign is more loyal than Cancer, they would die for love (and kill for hate... so you‘ve been warned, my friend). They have a total blind spot for those they love, and will overlook almost anything… That said, they demand the same in return, with bells on, scribed in blood, sealed with everlasting love. If they’re into you, you’ll know about it, and if you enjoy romance-on-tap and having a constant companion, then congratulations. If, however, you need space and privacy, then commiserations. Cancer will invade every corner of your life, and install themselves there. There is NO escape.

ENIGMATIC (read: moody bitch)

The moon controls their moods, quite literally, and this means they can switch rapidly. You can walk in the room and they’re laughing and joking (they always have a great sense of humour), nip out to get something, return and find them lying on the floor in tears. This is just everyday Cancer life. Get used to it, and ride the waves.

NOSTALGIC (read: vengeful)

Most Cancerians are terrific hoarders, they are very sentimental and can’t bear to ever let anything go. This applies to people too. So, expect to discover a cupboard full of (still warm) exes and old flames. They can’t (and won’t) turn their feelings off once they have been ignited. If you go way back with a Cancerian, chances are you’re in it for life. They’ll always remember your birthday, ask how your mum is, and sense instantly how things truly are. Chances are your Cancerian friend still lives where they grew up, in the bosom of their family, surrounded by old pals.

Photo credit: Bettmann/Getty
Photo credit: Bettmann/Getty

It cuts the other way too, though. If you hurt them and damage their feelings, that wound will never heal. They’ll take the grudge to the grave and their warm-hearted nature can warp into a dark, vengeful wraith hellbent on revenge. Don’t cross them. Please.

CHARMING (read: manipulative)

When the mood is on the up, Cancerians can be wonderful company and magical partners. Funny, passionate, insightful, adventurous and indulgent, they know how to have a good time. They are not like this all the time, though, because when that moon phase changes… another side may emerge. The side that demands pay back for their loyalty/entertainment services rendered. Deep down, Cancerians are fragile. They like to elicit the sympathy of others, often presenting themselves as mistreated or wounded, and will go to great lengths to ensure they are getting the attention/support/encouragement they truly believe is due. It can be kinda exhausting…

What are Cancerians into?

Chillin’ in the bath. If you can’t contact them, chances are they’re in the bath. Seriously, this star sign is drawn to water, well, like a crab to the sea. They are big on self care and bathing is more than just a cleansing exercise, it’s an opportunity to ponder, daydream, indulge themselves in pampering and slip away from real life for a while. Bliss.

Being ‘fake’ poorly. This is one of their signature strategies for gaining attention- plus it enables them to wear their PJs in the daytime, laze about, guzzle whatever they like, and have a lil’ Self Pity Party. You’re only invited if you’re serving up buckets of sympathy.

Beautifying their world. Cancerians are innately creative and imaginative, and love beautiful things. Looking good is important to them, as is making their home/room/desk/car look on trend and welcoming.

Maintaining intense friendships. As previously stated, Cancerians are intuitive people who know (and keep) your darkest secrets. They CBA with relationships which are just about fun or never go beyond skin-deep. They want to be as close and connected with those they love and like as possible.

S.E.X. Bonking is an obsession. They’re good at it, too.

Photo credit: Dia Dipasupil/Getty
Photo credit: Dia Dipasupil/Getty

Who gets on best with Cancer?

Cancerians typically have a string of admirers because they’re usually physically beguiling, funny and intelligent, love sex, and indulge in flirting like it’s going out of fashion. Online dating was a setback for the Cancerian sign - their greatest strength is ‘pulling’ socially, but hey, times change.

The Water sign brigade are all in tune with each other and can handle each other’s deep personalities and pathological need for intense relationships- so Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio are good friends, and lovers.

The hot tip for hot sex for Cancer is Capricorn. The crab and the sea-goat make an unusual pair, because Cancer is all creative and emosh whereas Cappy is all down-to-business and obsessed with practicalities. Well, opposite attract and that’s true here. Both find in each other what they believe they lack, and this creates huge fascination and admiration.

Cancer, I am glad to count you as a friend… but not an enemy (I hope)!

Cancer's most attractive traits

Cancerians bring enormous compassion and care to other people. No other sign has the emotional intelligence and genuine understanding of human nature to help make people feel better and stronger - this is a star sign you want in your corner. They are also funny, lively, interesting and clever. Cancerians are attractive because:

  • You never quite know which ~mood~ you’ll find them in, and life is rarely dull as a result of their quicksilver emotional states.

  • They have beautiful eyes. All Cancerians have deep, all-seeing and all-knowing peepers.

  • They have a gorgeous smile. When they’re genuinely happy or pleased, it can light up a room.

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