4 Cancer Sign Symbols You Never Knew About!

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Cancer Sign Symbol and Traits

Searching for Cancer sign symbols? Were you under the impression that the Cancer sign had just one symbol, which happens to be a crab? If so, you are not alone. Many people mistakenly believe that Cancers have just one symbol. Here is the deal – Cancers have 4 specific symbols that are connected to this mysterious and powerful Zodiac sign. You read this correctly – Cancers have 4 symbols! What follows is a presentation of these 4 symbols, all of which are grounded in astrology, astronomy and the ancient teachings.

People sometimes wonder why I write about issues like spirituality, alternative belief systems (like Cancer Zodiac symbols) and other “off the wall” stuff. Well, the truth is I just find the material majorly interesting.

I also write about it because believe it or not – a lot of guys and the people who love them are into astrology too but are embarrassed to admit it. And so that’s why this men’s blog exists, to explore fun and interesting topics that you might not find elsewhere. 

Cancer Sign Background

Cancer is the in the 4th house of the Zodiac, which happens to be the same house that empowers cosmological energies of home, family and care-taking. Each house has its own symbol, giving Cancer 4. It is estimated that only 7% of the worldwide population is born under this sign, which makes Cancers very rare – and powerful.

What follows is a detailed breakdown for each of the 4 Cancer signs. You’ll also see information related to this unique Zodiac sign that you might not know about. The material below has been fused with teachings from the ancients who speak to us in the here and now through spirit animal guides.

At the end of this post, I’ve included a poll that lets you pick which of the 4 Cancer sign symbols best characterizes your true essence. Read them all so that you can make a well-informed decision.

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Cancer Symbol on Moon

To begin with, you need to know that I am a water sign like Cancer but was born under a Scorpion sky. We’ll talk about what it means to be water sign in a moment. I’m sharing this with you now because you have a right to know my Zodiac sign as a reader digesting this material.

Cancer Water Sign

Water signs are among the most mysterious of the 12-zodiac signs. There are only three – Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. In short, water signs tend to be highly empathic, extremely intuitive and for good or bad, very emotional.

Cancers in particular are deep like the ocean, able to operate at multiple levels. What sets Cancer apart from the other two water signs is this – Cancers ridiculously empathic.

This means Cancers generally are able to sense the emotions of others, including animals, and tap into what they are feeling. No, I’m not saying they are mind readers or anything like that. I am saying that Cancers have an uncanny ability to dial into emotions and do so with pinpoint accuracy.

Before we dive into the 4-Cancer sign symbols, it’s is important to know some of the basic characteristics of this astrological sign. I don’t want to take up a bunch of your time so I will just give you a thumbnails sketch of Cancer traits.

Cancer Sign Traits

Cancer Sign: June 21-July 22

Positive Traits

  • Loyal
  • Dependable
  • Adaptive
  • Caring
  • Empathic
  • Loving
  • Protective

Negative Traits

  • Co-dependent
  • Moody
  • Oversensitive
  • Self-absorbed
  • Vindictive
  • Easily hurt
  • Overly parental
cancer zodiac constellation
cancer zodiac constellation

Cancer Sign Explained

Those who are born under the Cancer Sky (June 21-July 22) need to know their ruling planet is the moon. That may seem ridiculous but it’s actually quite significant. We know from the hard sciences that our moon highly influences our ocean’s tides, causing them to rise and recede several times a day.

It is that “pull” from the moon that gives Cancer sign people their special penetrative power, with the ability to literally move another person’s shielding (aka emotionally read them) with little effort. What is uncanny about this sign is how they are able engage in such strong empathic abilities while hiding behind a protective shell – much like a crab.

Just a few more thoughts on the Cancer Zodiac sign. Cancers are very protective and will fiercely fight in defense of the people they love. This is why you often see the primary symbol of this sign, a crab, showing raised claws that are open. It’s a protective posture that basically says to others, “Don’t mess with me or mine”.

Once a Cancer gets close to you or falls in love with you and grabs on with one of its claws, you need to know they do not easily let go. In fact, they will cling to you. This is not necessarily bad or good, it is just the nature of this sign. In fact, all water signs “love” in this way.

Other attributes of Cancer include being very charitable, giving (to a fault) and loving. This is a sign that has a very hard time saying no to people (particularly family) and is known for taking in stray or wounded animals. Speaking of animals, for reasons we do not fully understand, dogs and cats naturally gravitate towards this sign. On top of this, Cancers and their pets are able to communicate with one another without having to “speak” as we know it.

I wish I knew why they had these abilities but I don’t. All I know is that they strangely have these traits – almost freakishly.

Finally, Cancers signs tend to be very moody. This is not said in a judgmental way. The truth is, this Zodiac sign cannot help but bifurcate between highs and lows throughout the day. Part of this has to do with the power of the moon we explored earlier. And part of it had to do with the way Cancers are wired.

More: Cancer man personality revealed

Remember that shell we talked about earlier? When Cancers sign people are in that shell, they feel most happy. When they are outside of that shell, they are exposed. Therein are the mood swings. When they feel confident and comfortable, they are usually pretty happy. If they feel exposed (aka hurt, confused, doubtful) Cancers become irritable and depressed.

Cancer signs will find they are the most emotionally volatile during the three water sign periods of the calendar year: Middle February to March (Pisces), middle June-July (Cancer) and middle October-November (Scorpio). FYI: If you are a Pisces or Scorpio, you are also just as volatile during these periods.

Let’s move on to the four symbols of Cancer. More of the traits described above will be touched upon, plus a few more. Make sure you read all of them to get a better understanding of this Zodiac sign. Make sure you vote in the poll at the end of this post.

Let’s jump right in!

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Seal Symbol for Cancer

Cancer Sign 1: Seal

The seal represents the Cancer’s playful, loving side. Seals historically have represented innocence, much like a lamb does in Christianity. The lovable and cute animals are also able to go deep under the water, very much like Cancer born people are able to “dive” down deep emotionally. Some people consider the seal to be the child of the Cancer mind.

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Traditional Cancer Symbol: Cancer

Cancer Sign 2: Crab

You are no doubt familiar with this traditional symbol of Cancer. These creatures typically live deep on the ocean floor but are perfectly capable of being on land for a period of time. Generally speaking, these are creatures that live in the shadows. They are quiet and observant. They are also fiercely protective. That’s why they have those claws!

dolphin crab symbol
Dolphin Crab Symbol

Cancer Sign 3: Dolphin

If you want to know where Cancer sign people get their empathic powers, it comes from the dolphin. It has long been thought that dolphins have ESP. They live in our oceans but are strangely able to communicate with man in ways that we are still trying to figure out.

Dolphins also represent Cancer’s protective nature. When you study this animal, you will notice that it is very protective of their offspring or those whom they form an emotional bond. The Internet is replete with stories of dolphins rescuing someone from shark attacks.

Finally, dolphins are the only sign known to be associated with a Zodiac sign. Notice who the dolphin is playing with in photo – a seal!

seal lion sign of crab
Sea Lion Sign of Crab

Cancer Sign 4: Sea Lion

The final sign symbol for Cancer is the sea lion. Beyond being just adorably cute, sea lions can be quite savage during mating season. This is the symbol representing Cancer’s sexual energy. They are fierce in the bedroom and very loyal once they have attached to you. In nature, this animal is also known for sacrificing itself in an effort to protect its children.

Famous Cancer Sign People  

  • Tom Cruise

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    Taylor Kinney is a Cancer with Green Eyes
  • Kinney Taylor
  • Lindsay Lohan
  • Chris Pratt
  • Amanda Peterson
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Judy Greer
  • Vin Diesel
  • Kevin Bacon
  • Eva Green
  • Harrison Ford
  • Colton Haynes
  • Jared Padalecki
  • 50 Cent
  • Kristen Connolly

Inviting Cancer Sign Symbols

If you want to invite one of the Cancer sign symbols into your awareness, you will need to engage in active mediation. You can also look for your spirit animal in your dreams. They will only reveal themselves to you when you invite them. Be open to this and do not dismiss their existence. You have come this far so why not try it?

If you are a Cancer, you have abilities that other signs simply do not have. The moon has always held mystery for our species for its strange appearance and powers. Cancers are considered a “cardinal sign” – meaning they have power over the seasons. This fact should speak volumes to the immense power that you personally hold, if channeled correctly.


Cancer Constellation Video

The above video explores how we got our constellations. Cancer is mentioned and discussed as part of the presentation. It is a vid you should take a few moments to watch to learn more about your Zodiac sign.

Cancer Poll

This poll is designed to let you identify which Cancer symbol sign animal best represents your personality. It is not scientific but may be helpful as a way of gauging how other Cancers Zodiac signs view themselves.

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Cancer Zodiac Sign Myths


Cancer Sign Myths

Keep in mind the Cancer myths listed below represent a fraction of what’s out there:

  • Cancers make the best parents
  • Cancers are too sexually charged
  • Cancers live longer lives
  • Cancers have telekinetic powers
  • Cancers are terrible lovers
  • Cancers like to swim
  • Cancers are more prone to addiction
  • Cancers are excellent at math
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Cancer man personality traits

Cancer Sign Compatibility

As mentioned previously, Cancers are a cardinal sign. This means they can adapt to a number of different situations. Cancers also hold special transformative powers. According to a number of astrological studies, coupled with material passed on from the ancients, Cancers are thought to be most compatible with:

  • Pisces
  • Scorpio
  • Taurus

Cancers can couple with another Cancer but it can be problematic because both signs constantly are “reading” one another and feeding off their respective energies. Cancers usually attach well to fixed signs, like Scorpio – a Zodiac sign that has a unique understanding of the proverbial “crab”.

Cancer Sign Book

If you are looking for more information on Cancer signs, I highly recommend the book, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cancer Zodiac by Chloe Miller.

Inside, you will find page after page of insightful, useful knowledge on how Cancers think, feel, operate and mate. You can download this book if you have a Kindle.

Final Thoughts

There is so much we still do not know about the Cancer Zodiac sign. Research is still ongoing by behavioral scientists who are exploring the unique relationship between astrological signs, psychology and human behavior. Hopefully, the material shared here was useful to you. Thanks for visiting Men’s Culture. Please like us on Facebook! Circle us On Google+ and Pin us on Pinterest!

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Aaron McBride is a Seattle based freelance journalist. He enjoys writing on men's topics, outdoor activities, grooming, and wellness. He's also got a thing for penning pieces on spirituality and astrology. Look for posts that are off the wall and sometimes bizarre.