4 Myths & Facts About The Cancer Zodiac Sign You Should Know (Even If You Don't Believe In Astrology)

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Myths & Facts About The Cancer Zodiac Sign You Should Know (Even If You Don't Believe In Astrology)

In astrology, Cancer is the fourth of the 12 signs of the zodiac, which begins its cycle at the start of summer during Cancer season. People born between June 21 and July 22 have the Cancer zodiac sign.

Whether or not you have Cancer planetary placements in your chart, it’s important to understand the energy of this zodiac sign and to decipher the facts and myths surrounding Cancerians. 

As far as astrology goes, the Cancer personality usually gets a rep for being sensitive and emotional, and family-orientated. But there's so much more to this zodiac sign than those common traits.

Deeply intuitive and sentimental, Cancer can be one of the most challenging horoscopes to get to know. They are very affectionate and passionate, and care deeply about matters of the family and their home. Cancer is sympathetic and attached to people they keep close. Other Cancer traits include loyalty, and the ability to empathize with other people's pain and suffering.

The sign of Cancer belongs to the element of Water, just like Scorpio and Pisces. Guided by emotion and their heart, they could have a hard time blending into the world around them. Being ruled by the Moon, phases of the lunar cycle deepen their internal mysteries and create fleeting emotional patterns that are beyond their control. 

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Cancers love having a space they can call their own. Home and deep bonds, especially female ones, keep them feeling secure. Many Cancers are passionate foodies who love to cook and, of course, eat!

Great with kids and pets, Cancers make excellent parents and caretakers. Need a little TLC? Call on Cancer, who’s always ready with a sympathetic ear and a shoulder to cry on. 

Key qualities of a Cancer also lie in their name:

  • Caring
  • Ambitious
  • Nourishing
  • Creative
  • Emotionally intelligent
  • Resilient

Cancer is the astrology sign that is packed full of contradictions, so when it comes to getting to really know this zodiac sign, there are a few things to know.

On one side, they have the perseverance and drive to do what needs to be done, they are self-sufficient and do not need to depend on other people for the material and physical things in life.

On the other hand, they depend on people for emotional support and encouragement. They can be very sentimental and great at getting others to open up to them while finding it difficult to open up themselves. Get to know these complicated Cancerians and you're guaranteed to have a friend for life.  

Here are four myths (and facts!) about the Cancer zodiac sign to help you understand this Crab much better.

Myth 1. Cancers are overly sensitive and cannot fight their own battles.

A lot of people mistake Cancers sensitive and emotional side for a sign of weakness, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Cancers are extremely resilient and able to deal with all sorts of situations because they are, in many ways, some of the toughest creatures in all of the zodiac.

Cancer’s true strength is in their sheer determination and unwillingness to quit when they want something. Their motivation can be inspiring, and they possess a mental strength that allows them to push through almost any hardship and not give up.

Despite their sensitive side, these individuals possess great resilience which imparts them immense emotional strength to deal with any adversity.

Myth 2. Cancers are too insecure and shy to make strong/confident leaders.

A Cancer's personal perseverance is what makes them powerful when it comes to handling their careers. They are also known to be intelligent, sensitive and have the power of being intuitive.

These are the reasons why they have a higher possibility of achieving every success that they aim for in every career that they pursue. They tend to be good investors and business partners and are known to attract success. They often know where and when to invest in a certain business and the best ways to generate wealth and sustain it.

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Myth 3. Cancers are homebodies who are uncomfortable in social settings.

It's true that Cancers love being at home and enjoy home-based activities, but that doesn't mean they are complete recluses. When it comes to friendships, Cancers will gladly connect with new social contacts, but are extremely sensitive to people not approved by their closest surrounding.

Filled with respect for all people, Cancers love getting to know strangers and building their social networks. Most of all they enjoy socializing at home, in an intimate atmosphere where connections can be made in an environment that is familiar to them. Cancers make great hosts and love throwing house parties.

Myth 4. Cancers are super clingy and overly protective.

Cancer is a deeply romantic and caring sign, with a great deal of emotional power and depth. When a Cancer falls in love, they fall deeply. Cancers will surround their lover with the full force of their feelings, which some may mistakenly interpret for being clingy.

Cancer compatibility has a lot to do with emotional security and trust; they often hold off from commitment until they are certain about how they feel about you, and vice versa. Friends and family are the two most important things to a Cancer, so they can be very protective, but it comes from a place of love more so than needing to feel in control.

Fact 1. Cancers tend to overanalyze every situation.

Cancers can be very cautious and are known to worry and fret about almost anything. In order to ensure a decision will not only benefit them but also the ones they care about, this zodiac sign is not one to jump head first into a situation.

When faced with an important decision, Cancers can agonize over it for hours, days or even weeks — carefully weighing the positives and negatives. Even when deciding over trivial matters, a Cancer is likely to overthink it and stress themselves out.

They can be very attentive and may overanalyze things like body language and texts messages, so it's important to be as straightforward as possible when engaging with a Cancer.

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Fact 2. Cancers are profoundly fearful of rejection by their loved ones and are prone to moodiness.

Being a Cancer is complex. They are best known for being the most emotional individuals of the zodiac and are not afraid to show it. Whether they are in a relationship or just spending time with friends, according to astrology, Cancers are all about sharing the love.

As the sign of family, these individuals care about family bonds and their home more than any other sign of the zodiac. Deeply sentimental, they tend to diligently preserve family memories, keeping them intact for years. Most Cancers' number one goal in life is to start a family of their own and make roots somewhere.

Cancers tend to wear their heart on their sleeve, and when they feel hurt or upset, they are not shy about making it known — either by retreating into their shell or coming out swinging. Don't take a Cancer's moodiness too personally; it's just the way they protect themselves from getting hurt.

Fact 3. Cancers have difficulty opening themselves up to the world.

Cancers are known to hide all their emotions from the world, especially when first getting to know someone. True to their symbol, the Crab, Cancers can develop a defensive shell in their minds, which hides their true feelings from the outside world.
They have a fear of being hurt by others, which is the reason they hide behind this shell. Cancers usually have a hard time trusting other people, and it takes time for them to feel like they can truly open up. Intuitive and compassionate, they are sometimes impossible to understand from an extremely rational point of view.

Fact 4: Cancers can be very loyal.

You can lean on a Cancer friend in whatever problems you face. They are extremely loyal towards the people who are good with them. The best thing about Cancer is that they have an amazing ability to make others feel loved and wanted.

They crave attention from others and they are the happiest when they have a small, close-knit group of friends and family. Cancer will always want to stay in touch with old friends and anyone who has been close to them.

You can put your utmost trust in a Cancer and divulge your most guarded secrets. Because a Cancer friend is usually a lifelong and trusted friend.

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Katana Dumont is a writer and storyteller with an interest in the eccentric and phenomenal. When she isn't writing about pop culture, astrology and relationship topics, she’s out eating her way through Portland and enjoying the local music scene.