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Cancer is the Fourth House (sign) of the Zodiac. The Fourth House is that of home and family. The Fourth House is related to the mother. It is where we are nurtured and applies not only our real mother, but all those who nurture us, especially those who have done so early in life. This is the house of childhood surroundings and where we retreat from the noise of the outer world in our own magical garden of peace.
Cancer is a mysterious sign, filled with contradictions. They want security and comfort yet seek new adventure. They are very helpful to others yet sometimes can be cranky and indifferent. Cancer has a driving, forceful personality that can be easily hidden beneath a calm, and cool exterior. The crab is Cancer's ruling animal and it suits them well. They can come out of their shell and fight but they can also hide in their shell and skitter away back into the depths of the ocean.
Cancers are very unpredictable. With Cancer, there is always something more than meets the eye, for they remain partially hidden behind their shell. They have a deep psyche and intuitive mind that is hidden from the world for the most part - unless you are the lucky one they open up to. Cancer is deeply sensitive and easily hurt, which may be why they have their defensive shell in place. They are nurturers so they surround themselves with people, whom after a while can offend or hurt a Cancer without even knowing they did so, therefore Cancer's protective shell keeps them safe from hurt. Not really though. That shell is extremely thin.
Cancers are complex, fragile, unpredictable and temperamental. They desire constant support and encouragement, more than any other astrology sign. Cancer needs to be needed. When Cancer gets the support it needs, it has a tremendous amount to offer in return. When a Cancer gets offended, they tend to sulk instead of confronting the persons face to face. This needlessly prolongs the pain and suffering.
Cancer is very possessive, not just with material possessions but with people as well. Cancer will always want to stay in touch with old friends and anyone who has ever been close to them, because it is easier to maintain a friendship then attempt to learn to trust a new person. It is easier this way for them emotionally. That is the theory… but in reality Cancer makes ‘friends’ very easily.
If you befriend a Cancer, you will stay friends for a long time. Cancer makes the perfect mother; this is the sign that represents motherhood. They have unconditional love and caring more so then any other astrology sign. Cancers are very intuitive. Most of the psychics of the world are Cancer’s. They have an excellent memory, are very observant, and can read people very well for the most part. They cannot always tell if other people's intentions are good or not though. Cancer, supposedly can see your motives although many times it is too late to help themselves. Cancer has a lot of emotional issues to deal with but once they overcome this large hump of shyness and insecurity, there is practically nothing they can't do. With their strong intuition, sensitivity, powers of observation and intelligence, they will have great success in anything they finally undertake.
It is difficult for Cancer to open up and have a close emotionally fulfilled relationship with someone because they tend to be so closed off emotionally and physically to the world. This is driven by their fear of trust. Cancer has a difficult time trusting people. This causes built up anger and resentment inside, the contradictory nature of which really takes a toll on them. They can have a negative outlook on life, thinking that life is just too hard and miserable. This is unfortunate because when good experiences are to be had, they are skeptical of people and their surroundings and they sometime experience tunnel vision due to their depressed outlook and miss the nice things and happy experiences in life that make it worth living.
Cancer lives in the past. They hold past events close to them and often dwell on the past. They have to learn to let go and live in the present instead of spending their time being sick with nostalgia. Cancer has a lot of emotional issues to deal with but once they overcome this large hump of shyness and insecurity, there is practically nothing they can't do. With their strong intuition, sensitivity, powers of observation and intelligence, they will have great success in anything they undertake. Cancer is constantly feeling; feelings and emotions are hallmarks of this sign and this is the root of their problems.
Human beings are not adequately evolved in the emotional area and this is where Cancer gets the brunt of their problems. They are the ones who have to cope with their strong feelings more so then any other sign. Once properly harnessed, there is nothing that is this powerful Astrology sign cannot accomplish. Harmony is very important to Cancer, it keeps them happy. Conflict of any kind causes great distress. Deep inside, Cancer is a very powerful sign and they have the ability to stand up for what they think is right. They have lots of perseverance and can be fine on their own provided they don't let their emotions get the better of them, and have the stability they require. They are not fond of change but they have the ability to do what needs to be done, they are not pushovers or lazy people.