Cancer: Fourth Sign of the Zodiac (Personality & More)


By Morningbird

Cancer is the fourth sign of the Zodiac and symbolized by the Crab. Cancer is a Water sign, ruled by the Moon and is considered a Cardinal sign.


Cancer is associated with The Crab. The crab is said to be the very one that Hera sent to harass Hercules when he was fighting the Hydra. The crab’s two eyes are known as Asellus Borealis, and Asellus Australis, the Northern Ass and the Southern Ass representing the donkeys the Gods road in their war with the Titans.

Astrological Sign

Those born between the Summer Solstice and about and July 21st in the Northern Hemisphere (exact dates may vary) are said to have been born under the sign of Cancer. This means that the sun was in this sign during the time of the person’s birth.

Cancer Personality

Cancer people are said to be loyal, family-oriented, caring, hearth, and home types who may be subject to laziness, gluttony, moodiness, and inertia in general. Cancers do not tend to be outwardly affectionate or emotional, they have that hard outer shell. But they are soft and sensitive on the inside.

Cancer Appearance

The Cancer, being ruled by the Moon, tends to have luminous eyes filled with emotion. Their features are often round in shape and they tend to get a little overweight in their later years.

Cancer Energy in Magick

When the moon is in Cancer, this is the best time for any magical work related to domestic life, family, or the hearth and home. Cancer energy supports comfort, the sort that comes from having a cozy home, surrounded by loved ones, secure in the knowledge that the larder is well stocked and the fireplace is well stoked.

Cancer Correspondences

  • Gods and Heroes- Heracles
  • Colors- Violet
  • Stones – Moonstonepearl
  • Metal – silver
  • Planets – The Moon
  • Animals – the crab
  • Body Part – chest, stomach

Full Moon in Cancer

The Full Moon in Cancer occurs when the sun is in Capricorn, either in late December or early January. This is a good time to perform rituals of gratitude for friends, family, home, and hearth as well as to cast protection and blessing spells over the same.

New Moon in Cancer

The new moon in Cancer occurs when the sun is in Cancer; either late June or early July. This is a great time to perform a ritual cleansing of your home and to cast spells to ensure your household experiences abundance, prosperity, love, and luck.

And if you’ve had “issues” in your family or household, now is the time to address them.

Written by Morningbird & Witchipedia Team

I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years. As a founder and lead writer on Witchipedia, I’ve been publishing articles since 2006.

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