We’ve traveled around 360 degrees of the Zodiac, looking at each sign and what makes them special, difficult, lovable, and all the other quirks that make up their characters. We’ve reached our destination at the sign of Cancer. Born between June 21 and July 22, Cancerians are peaceful and home loving – but is that always true? Let’s take a deeper look at Cancer characteristics, starting with the overlap week of the Gemini-Cancer cusp.
The cusp covers those born between the 19th June and the 24th June. This period is also marked by the magical Summer Solstice on the 21st/22nd. The enchantment of the solstice seeps into the very beings of this group. They cannot help but feel connected to mystery and magic. Because of this they tend to shy away from the limelight. They prefer to pursue activities that are connected to a higher purpose.
Gemini-Cancer cuspers have a sweet nature, which can lead to them being taken advantage of unless they lay down strict boundaries, both with themselves and others. They can be very persuasive individuals; other people are careful about hurting their feelings and try to do what they can to please them. While they are sometimes consumed by emotion, they have an overlay of Gemini coolness and objectivity, that helps them throughout life. They can examine their emotions in a detached way while still feeling them fully.
Gemini-Cancer prefers to work in solitude, and they should take care not to isolate themselves too much. They are wary about letting others into their world. Their homes are their retreat and very often reflects the atmosphere of a cherished sanctuary. If you are granted access, then know you have been put into a position of trust.
Anyone born under the cusp would do well to seek out an extrovert partner to balance their tendency to retreat into their own world. At the same time, their partner needs to understand the cuspers need for privacy and quiet.
Love is extremely important to Cancer-Gemini. In fact it is their primary motivation in everything they do. They will always choose love over wealth. Yet, that Gemini coolness and control means they are capable of withdrawing love, and demonstrating a unique passive-aggressive way of control. Once a relationship is established by reaching a deep level of understanding between the two partners, it is likely to last for life.
June 25th to July 2nd sees the birth of a group of empathic individuals. While they all have the ability to empathize in common, the face they present to the world can vary enormously. Some are outgoing and extrovert, others are solitary beasts, preferring the security of their private retreat to the world stage. They are extraordinarily sensitive people, able to pick up on others’ feelings very easily. For some natives this is a benefit, for others a burden.
Despite their emotional nature, Cancer 1s are astute with money and quite clever at increasing their assets. They carve themselves a unique niche in life, whether it being in a nurturing profession, or a career where they are able to express their creative nature. The key to success is for them to develop a life-long strategy in order to deal with emotional crises. An important goal is to step over that self-imposed line that marks the comfort zone.
Those who fall in love with a Cancer 1, need to know that they will gain nothing by getting into an emotional maelstrom with them. They have to be able to offer a shoulder of support, but at the same time let Cancer 1 go through, and come out of the other side of the current crisis by themselves. Pretty soon, Cancer 1 will want to interact sensibly again. Despite the occasional storm, Cancer 1s make excellent partners as they are organized, loving and comforting.
Cancer 2s: July 3rd to 10th, are able to wear a conventional outer suit, yet underneath they are attracted to the bizarre and unusual. They are fascinated and hypnotized by weird. Their upbringing causes them to subjugate that part of their nature and, instead, undertake the most mundane and regular jobs. No-one can see the colorful mental world they occupy.
Left to their own devices, Cancer 2s are able to express their wacky side, and do so by choosing their friends carefully. They prefer those who tend to enjoy the same wild and wonderful pursuits. Their originality, creativeness and freshness of ideas are often the seeds for successful businesses. However, Cancer 2 needs a business partner who can deal with all the practicalities, leaving them to be the ideas factory. In the same way, Cancer 2s like to surround themselves with the weird and wonderful, so their homes become an Aladdin’s Cave of wonders.
Cancer 2 needs love in their life and attract those who share their unconventional tastes in everything. From movies to books to food, to their immediate environment. This group does much better with people who share their Cancer characteristics than those who occupy an opposite viewpoint.
Cancer 3s, born in the week July 11th to 18th, belie the usual perception of gentle, emotional Cancerians. They are strong, powerful individuals who know exactly what they want and how they are going to get it. Even the quietest Cancer 3 has underlying ambition which drives and motivates them. They are masters at waiting for the right opportunity. They never jump the gun or rush in blindly. Their strength lies in their ability to persuade others to act, or change their point of view.
This group is no less passionate or emotional than people born during other Cancerian weeks. Their feelings provide the fuel for their enthusiasm. Connection to others of similar nature increases and intensifies that enthusiasm. They are capable of reaching the top tier of any organization if they can look upon their work as being for the greater good.
Cancer 3s put themselves in the driving seat of their romantic relationships. Their natural tendency to manipulate, overrule, and make the important decisions means they need a partner who is happy for them to do so. Question their authority and you are likely to encounter resistance and even aggression. They do best with a partner who provides emotional stability and who can recognize that their decisions are generally right.