(June 20 – July 22)
Cancer is the sign of the Summer Solstice, the beginning of the warmest season of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It is also the birth sign of the United States of America. Cancer is the first water sign of the Zodiac, (making it a cardinal sign), and forms its identity around home, family and personal experiences.
Cancer is ruled by the Moon, giver of emotions and feelings, and some Cancers prefer to call themselves Moonchildren. We are deeply sensitive and it is our nature, unless we’ve been deeply wounded, to respond to the needs of others in a nuturing manner. But, we can also be highly subjective and can find it difficult to see ourselves with detachment.
Moonchildren are natural nest builders, loving home and family. In fact, in some Native American traditions, the sign of Cancer is the time of the Flicker or Woodpecker. As a cardinal sign, Cancers are often leaders, gathering materials, people, and creative ideas, and giving birth to new groups, companies and organizations.
But, as a water sign, Cancer bends to external forces, preferring to go around obstacles, rather than meeting them head on. Although considered moody, Cancerians can be very intuitive, tenacious, and are also known for occasional loony merriment.