The 4th Sign of the Zodiac: Cancer

Cancer Sun Sign dates:   June 21/22 – July 22/23

Cancer is a cardinal Water sign, ruled by the Moon, with an emphasis on sensitivity, intuition, and rhythmic cycles. Issues involving the public, homeland, tribe and family become accentuated during the Cancer cycle. It is associated with Motherhood, nurturing, food, and patriotism.

The house holding Cancer in the natal chart shows an area of life where one can be moody, insecure, and defensive, as well as intuitive, empathetic, and responsive.

Cancer symbol: the Crab.

Cancer glyph:


Tarot Symbolism

The sign of Cancer is associated with The Chariot and The High Priestess in the Tarot.

Attune to the qualities of Growth with a 3-minute tarot meditation on The Chariot:



The Chariot portrays the figure of the inner-self; secure, at rest, yet poised for action. The Chariot reminds us that Universal forces provide protection while tenacity assures victory and triumph.

Confer with The Chariot when you wish to make a positive change in your life.

Attune to the qualities of The Moon with a 3-minute tarot meditation on The High Priestess:



The High Priestess represents the subconscious flow of creative intelligence.  The High Priestess teaches us to look within for the light from above.

Confer with The High Priestess to strengthen your intuition, develop your memory, aid the healing process or improve self-confidence.

Cancer sits in the South on the Medicine Wheel.

The cardinal direction South points to the path of emotional health via Growth, Trust, and Love. 

Cancer correlates to Growth, the first step on the Southern pathway of Sun Bear’s Medicine Wheel. The Gemini cycle brought us the illumination via information, education, and connection with others, necessary for our continued development. The Cancer cycle says it’s time to take action in support of our growth to maturity.

Cancer Correspondences:

Symbol:  The Crab

Key Phrases: “I Feel”

Ruler:  Moon

Element:  Water

Quality:  Cardinal

Polarity:  Yin (receptive)

Key Word:  Receptivity

Relates to Angel of:  Victory & Triumph

Function/Sense:  Speech

Anatomy:  Breasts, Stomach

Musical Tone:  D#

Color of the Spectrum:  Yellow-Orange

Gem:  Chriscola

Power Stone: Emerald, Moonstone

Metal:  Silver

Day: Monday

Flower:  Water Lily, Jasmine, Gardenia

Herbs:  Honeysuckle, Chickweed

Essential Oils: Ylang-ylang, Myrrh, Camomile

Colors: Iridescent hues, light shades of blue and green