The Cancer Zodiac Sign, Broken Down Into 3 Personality Types

produced by Julie Borowsky; photographed by Rochelle Brock; modeled by Tess Mayer.
As of today, it's officially summertime, and with the summer season comes Cancer season, stargazers. You may feel the tides of your emotions a little more intensely for the next 30 days, but don't worry — we're right there with you.
Cancers tend to get painted with the same brush: They're emotional, cagey, and way too cautious. As rude as this characterization may be, it's grounded in the fact that Cancers are ruled by the moon and the element of water — two astrological forces long associated with our inner selves. It's natural for some Cancers to be a little withdrawn, defensive, or sensitive. But that's not where this sign's personality begins and ends.
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Like any other sign of the Zodiac, Cancers are more than what they seem (or, for that matter, what their rulers suggest). Read on to learn more about the multitudes that this sign contains.
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The Mama Bear

The Mama Bear

These folks are why all Cancers are often described as "maternal." They poke and prod until you tell them what's wrong, then once you do they demand to know who's responsible and how they can make things right. They're fiercely protective but are also known for their mood swings (don't be surprised if this friend of yours plays you hot and cold). Of course, they're still a water sign, so they aren't all bluster. That same intensity fuels the care with which they treat their friends and family. And, at the end of the day, they'd rather not deal with quibbling conflicts and instead see everyone (even themselves) be at peace.
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The Homebody

The Homebody

If this type of Cancer had a motto, it'd be something like, "Why go out when we could stay in?" Homebodies give Cancers their reputations as great cooks and master Netflix-and-chillers. After all, their home is their sanctuary: These Cancers are known to spend the majority of their free time and resources on making their living space feel unique, personal, and, above all, safe. It can be tricky convincing them to leave their comfort zone, but don't think for a moment that having a Homebody friend means you'll never get to see them — more often than not, Homebody-type Cancers make the best hosts.
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The Literal Crab

The Literal Crab

Is your Cancer friend kind of a grump? Do you know little to nothing about their personal life? Do they get defensive and shut down when pressed to share? If your answer is "yes," look no further than their representative symbol, the Crab, to understand them better. This sort of Cancer prefers to experience life from safely within their hard shell — getting close to them means patiently demonstrating that you won't judge or leave them if they show their true selves. Once you've effectively coaxed them out, they'll prove to be one of your dearest and most loyal friends.
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