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4th Zodiac Sign & Horoscope House, Water Element, Cardinal Quality

CANCERIANS ARE Caring Creative Domestic Instinctive Intuitive Insightful Moody Motherly Nurturing Protective Productive Self-defensive Shy

“To be creative means to be in love with life.” Osho

What’s Your Sign?

Your Zodiac Sign refers to which astrological constellation the Sun appeared to be in on the date of your birth. Each sign lasts for about 30 days, starting from around the 21st of each calendar month. If you were born close to the cusp of one sign and the next, you will need to check your year of birth for which date and at what time on that date, the Sun moved signs.


Cancer is ruled by The Moon

  • The Cancerian character is influenced by the fluctuating, primeval energy of the Moon.
  • Guided by instinct and imagination, this sign is naturally creative and can magic up impressive results from a few basic raw materials.
  • Moods and memories are very prevalent in Cancer’s life.
  • As their feelings can either enhance or interfere with their ability to function, Cancerians tend to be quite protective of their emotions. They are easily hurt and try to shy away from situations which might be upsetting.
  • They hold onto reminiscences of past experiences, although their recollections of what happened are usually quite subjective.



  • Cancerians are natural-born nurturers: kind, caring and great cooks! They get born gifted with creative talents.
  • Cancerians need the love of their loved ones and they hate having their feelings hurt.
  • Cancerians are usually looking for something or someone to take care of. They come across as kind and sympathetic, but others can be confused by their defensive moodiness.
  • Cancerians tend to worry needlessly about what may never happen. They can be overprotective of loved ones.


Cancerians are drawn to careers which allow them to express their creativity and nurturing instincts. Obvious choices would be the hospitality or home improvement industries, which offer the chance to care for and enhance the comfort of others. The medical profession – particularly obstetrics, midwifery and paediatrics – may appeal.

Caring for pre-school charges and teaching infant pupils would enable Cancerians to express their natural affinity with children. This sign could also choose a career path that involves creative writing, or some form of handicraft.


ROMANTIC The fear of being hurt causes Cancerians to hide their true feelings until they feel safe enough to show how deeply involved they are.

FRIENDSHIP A Cancerian will treat their true friends as members of their own tribe, despite any factors which would normally create difference, distance or division.

FAMILY Cancerians tend to prioritise their family ties, even when they are painful, strained or difficult.

PROFESSIONAL  Cancerians need a free reign for their creativity so it is best to discuss any budgetary issues or constraints on a regular basis. As this sign takes criticism very personally, any form of corrective advice should be presented with tact and sensitivity.

KEY RELATIONSHIP For Cancerians, their strongest bond is the one they have with their mother. Whether that relationship is good, bad or non-existent it is still of utmost importance.


Cancerian Mums and Dads can seem like the ultimate caring parent, especially in the early stages of their offspring’s life. The baby phase that other, less family-oriented types may find claustrophobic comes more easily to them. But this zodiac sign tends to suffer from empty nest syndrome. Letting go is difficult and Cancer folk can struggle when the time comes for their kids to leave home.

If you are a parent to a Cancerian child, you will need to understand their unspoken reactions and responses. Little crabs have sensitive souls and they tend to shy away at the slightest sign that their feelings might get hurt. But hiding behind a defensive shell will not help them to achieve their goals in life. A Cancerian child must never be ridiculed for expressing their imagination, which is very attuned to their emotions. Encourage them to describe, draw, dance or sing about what is going on in their inner world.


Cancerians tend to have sensitive stomachs. They hold tension in the solar plexus, which is made worse by worry and anxiety. This restricts the smooth operating of the upper digestive system causing problems like acid reflux and ulcers. Zodiac Sign Cancer is linked to the breasts and may be more vulnerable to health issues within the ancestral line gene pool.


Money is the raw material for creative projects and helps Cancerians with the nest-building activities that are so important to them. Their home-making instincts and their ability to turn raw ingredients into finished articles can be used to generate wealth.


The Fourth Zodiac Sign is the most naturally creative of the Zodiac. Abilities that are inherited through the family background or ancestral line give Cancerians the quality of remembering how to do or make something without much conscious effort on their part. Personal goals and home life are usually prioritised for the 4th Sign as life becomes less interesting for them without a significant soupçon of intimate involvement.


The house that belongs to Cancer is all about the influence of cultural roots and heritage, family background and ancestral line issues. It is connected to personal and creative goals. Cancerians have a way with domestic arrangements which enable them to make a welcoming and comfortable home base. But they tend to be at the mercy of their genes and most of their difficulties stem from an inability to banish unhelpful energies and behaviour patterns which have been handed down through the generations.


People born with the sign of Cancer ascending over the Eastern horizon come across as rather shy and reserved, and it might take a while to push past their defensive shell.

Initially, they present a caring, attentive attitude which responds well to other people’s vulnerability. But there could be other factors in their make-up which soon get tired of being leaned on. It is at this point that someone you thought you could depend on for an endless supply of sympathetic concern is suddenly ignoring your calls.


As a Water Sign, Cancer has an affinity with the suit of CUPS which represents energy that is emotional, intuitive and imaginative.

Cups are about feelings and responses. They can also symbolise the presence of spiritual and psychic forces. But they can warn against a tendency to be over-idealistic, unrealistic and far too sensitive to unseen atmospheres or energies.  


Cancer is a Yin Sign ruled by the Moon, which is linked to the Roman goddess Diana and Artemis Goddess of Childbirth in Greek mythology. Her influence gives Cancerians their creativity and their talent for nurturing.

According to legend, immediately after her own birth Artemis helped her mother give birth to her twin brother Apollo. Most Cancerians have strong links to their families and they often act as carers to family members. Artemis was fiercely protective of her privacy and Actaeon, who spied on her while she was bathing, was turned into a stag and torn apart by her own dogs. Under the Artemis influence 4th Sign individuals become fiercely defensive when they feel vulnerable or when they or those they care for are under any kind of attack.



Cancer Element is Water and Quality is Cardinal

This combination makes the 4th zodiac sign naturally creative. Cancer can become negative and fretful without a pet project to absorb them and provide a focus for their need to create and nurture.

Cancerians find it difficult to motivate themselves in situations which do not excite their emotions. Their feelings have to be involved in order for them to engage fully with whatever is being asked of them.


Astrology suggests that it is easier for the three signs within one Element to get on together, as the energy which drives them comes from the same source. But this does not mean that relationships between signs from different elements are doomed to fail, although it might take longer for them to understand and accommodate the differences between them.

CANCER with FIRE SIGNS ARIES, LEO & SAGITTARIUS Fire and Water is quite a steamy mix! There is loads of emotion and excitement although this combination can be draining and exhausting too. When these two elements make an effort to understand the ebb and flow of each others’ energies, their contradictions turn creative.

CANCER with EARTH SIGNS TAURUS, VIRGO & CAPRICORN Earth and Water Sign compatibility can be very satisfying on all levels: physical, mental and emotional. But this relationship could become rather exclusive, which might make others feel left out. Misunderstandings arise when Earth finds Water too sensitive and Water feels that Earth should be more imaginative.

CANCER with AIR SIGNS GEMINI, LIBRA & AQUARIUS The elements of Air and Water can work well when there is a sharing of creative insight. Air signs help the water signs to put their ideas into words, and water signs help air signs to express their imagination. But there are times when the emotional intensity of water is like an alien language which air finds difficult to interpret.

CANCER with FELLOW WATER SIGNS SCORPIO & PISCES Water signs share a caring and imaginative view of the world, but atmospheres can get over-emotional to the point where minor issues are blown out of proportion. All three types of aqua-people are super-sensitive when it comes to their feelings and they become deeply defensive when their trust has been betrayed.


Traditional Astrology used to believe that it would be difficult for the four signs within one Quality to get on together. Actually they are perfectly capable of bringing out the best in one another. But relationships between them can be challenging for both partners, as disagreements could arise when their energies clash or turn confrontational.

CANCER with FELLOW CARDINAL SIGNS ARIES, LIBRA & CAPRICORN It is a question of motivation. The four cardinal signs share an enthusiasm for setting goals and for encouraging one another to achieve their ambitions. Difficulties would arise if the cardinal urge to compete cropped up, creating rivalry within the relationship about who should lead and who should follow.

CARDINAL CANCER with FIXED SIGNS TAURUS, LEO, SCORPIO & AQUARIUS It is a question of outcomes. Cardinal signs insist on identifying goals and timelines as they expect to see results sooner or later. Fixed signs tend to get caught up in an ongoing situation and will prolong the process in order to stay involved with it. But Fixed signs can provide the patience that Cardinal signs sometimes lack while Cardinal signs could help Fixed signs to avoid becoming stale and stuck in a rut.

CARDINAL CANCER with MUTABLE SIGNS GEMINI, VIRGO, SAGITTARIUS & PISCES It is a question of priorities. Once they have identified a specific target, Cardinal signs make it their overriding objective and aim their energies towards achieving it. Mutable signs tend to lack focus as their main motivation is to find variety and diversity in life. But Mutable signs could help their Cardinal pals to keep a range of options open rather than pursuing just one route, while Cardinal signs can ensure that their Mutable partners concentrate on one goal at a time.


The Zodiac Band is divided into 12 equal sections of 30 degrees. Each of the Twelve Zodiac Signs is sub-divided into Three Decans of 10 degrees, or about 10 days. The decans are based on the element of the sign.

The first decan of Cancer is the strongest as it is a double dose of the same zodiac sign energies and characteristics. The second and third decans are modified by the qualities and traits of the other two signs belonging to the element of Water – Scorpio & Pisces.


0 to 9.59 degrees of Cancer (first ten days of the sign)

This is the most subjective section of the sign. Cancerian energy in the First Decan operates almost entirely on emotions. Full awareness of situations or subjects comes via personal impressions rather than through any other kind of instruction. It is like being tuned into a memory bank that stretches back through eons of ancestral line influence and having access to information which is written into the First Decan Cancerian DNA. It is hardly surprising that these coded crabs are naturally creative!

The Moon’s influence on this Decan supplies the fertile intuition and imagination that are so ingrained in this type of Cancer’s way of experiencing life. Do not ask them to explain what to them is a fleeting impression in dry, logical terms. Let them describe scenes, tell stories, paint pictures but do not be surprised when they go through phases of retreating into their shells. First Decan Cancerians can be haunted by negative moods and shadowy memories which seem to be linked to the cycles of the Moon.


10 to 19.59 degrees of Cancer (middle ten days of the sign)

Cancers of this Decan are the most susceptible to suspicion about the ways in which their security could be threatened. There is a tendency to lack trust in life, possibly because of distant memories of having been betrayed. There could be stories of sabotage in the family background, or a theme of treachery running through the ancestral line.

Pluto’s influence on this kind of Cancer indicates strong impulses which should never be ignored. Second Decan Cancerians have a knack of knowing stuff that cannot be explained in logical terms. This makes them naturals at doing shrewd business deals on their own terms and in their own time. Their control of the situation is deeply instinctive and therefore all the more powerful.


20 to 29.59 degrees of Cancer (last ten days of the sign)

Here is Cancerian energy at its most inspired. Already strongly imaginative, this sector of the sign notches up the ability to produce creative visions. This type of Cancer is also the most empathetic and caring of the 3 Decans. They find it easy to comfort other people and to tune into their needs.

The ethereal influence of Neptune on Third Decan Cancerians offers the ability to see beyond the lack and limitation of life. There is a strong impression of the wonders that could be manifested if only everyone would open their senses to the multi-dimensional information flowing from high-level Cosmic Consciousness. But this degree of sensitivity brings its own snags and in spite of their shells, these Crabs find it difficult to escape the overwhelming emotions they experience when confronted with the harsher realities of earthly existence.

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