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21 Fun Facts About Cancer

Searching for the best fun facts about Cancer? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about this creative and emotional star sign.

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If there’s one thing we can say about the 4th sign of the Zodiac, Cancer, is that they’re in touch with their emotions. Cancers are the best caregivers around and will even put other people’s feelings above their own.

However, this can be a tough balancing act for Cancer, because all the empathy oozing out of them can make them overly emotional. That’s why a typical Cancer’s reputation may be seen as too sensitive or moody.

But we’re here to prove with these fun facts about Cancer that there’s a heck of a lot more to them than just a jumble of emotions. 

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How much do you know about Cancer?

Like did you know that Cancer’s are extremely creative? They’re also the cardinal water sign meaning they have the leadership qualities that are unmatched among their elemental siblings, Pisces and Scorpio.

We’ll also take a look at a giant crab in Greek mythology, the number 69, and the constellation of Cancer – plus some tips on how you can spot Cancer in the night sky.

Okay, are you ready to learn some more Cancer facts? Let’s get into it and discover what makes Cancer one of the most warmhearted signs of the Zodiac!

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It’s time to dive deeper into our Cancer trivia

21 Fun Facts About Cancer

1. What are the birthdates for Cancer?

Whether you’re welcoming the sweet heat of summer in the northern hemisphere or buckling down for winter in the southern hemisphere, the astrological sign of Cancer always begins with the new season. 

If you were born between June 21st to July 22nd, you’re part of the crab family!

2. What are some Cancer strengths?

Here’s Cancer’s superpower: They’re nurturing, compassionate and empathetic to others. There’s just something in Cancer’s nature that makes them a soft place to land. 

Cancers are bursting with emotional sensitivity and wish to show love and make people feel comfortable. If you’re having a bad day a Cancer will be there to lend an ear.

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Cancer is the most dominant water sign

3. Is Cancer a water sign?

Most definitely! Cancer is the most dominant of the water signs, also known as the cardinal sign. 

This means that Cancer, while sometimes having a passive reputation, has the ability to take charge when they need to. They also have an innate ability to trust their gut and make important decisions.

4. Why you want to marry an Cancer

If you’re into Netflix and chill, snuggling by the fire, or romantic dinners… well then Cancer is your perfect match!

And if you get sick and need someone to rub your back or make you some chicken noodle soup, your Cancer partner will happily step up to the plate.

5. What are some of Cancer’s worst traits?

With so much love to give, sometimes Cancer can be seen as overly emotional or smothering. Even worse, if you bring these concerns up with a Cancer there’s a good chance they’ll get really hurt and take it personally. Dare we say, Cancers can be a little crabby.

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Did you know cancer is Latin for Crab?

6. What are the symbols of Cancer?

Cancer is Latin for crab, making the crustacean the most enduring symbol of this Zodiac sign. 

In glyph form, Cancer’s symbol is often described as the number 69 in horizontal form. The 6 and 9 are said to represent the claws of a crab or even a woman’s breasts.

7. Do Cancers have a sense of humor?

People born under Cancer are notoriously self-deprecating, and it’s often hard to tell if a Cancer is looking for reassurance or just poking fun at themselves. 

Also, Cancer’s shy nature doesn’t make them laugh-out-loud funny, but once you get to know them their blunt observational humor will have you howling.

8. What planet rules Cancer?

Cancer is not ruled by a planet, but by the moon. The moon represents self-care, motherly energy and comfort. It’s also responsible for the changing tides. 

As you can see the moon represents Cancer so well… the intense caring, but also the change of moods with its many different phases.

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Cancers work well with Pisces and Scorpio

9. Who is Cancer most compatible with?

What goes well with water? More water of course! Cancer will have an intense bond and emotional understanding with the other water signs, Pisces and Scorpio.

Also, look to the earth signs, Capricorn and Taurus which can help ground Cancer in a more rooted reality, while Cancer can teach them to embrace their emotions.

10. Who are the enemies of Cancer?

A few Zodiac signs just can’t be bothered to deal with Cancer’s changing moods and ultra-sensitivity. Look at the fire signs, Sagittarius and Leo especially. 

These signs like to stand out in a crowd and are known for their selfish behavior. Cancer needs reassurance and they won’t find it among these more self-centered fire babies.

11. Cancer in Greek mythology

In the lagoon of Lerna, a giant crab called Carcinos attacks Heracles, the son of Zeus. Heracles is able to fight the crab off, eventually killing it.

Greek Goddess Hera, who ordered the crab to attack Heracles, rewards the dead crab’s efforts by turning him into the constellation of Cancer. That’s the story anyway!

Heracles killed the giant grab Carcinos (here he is killing a giant snake)

12. The most popular sign in the Zodiac

According to statistics gathered from 1994 to 2014, there are more Cancers born in the US than any other Zodiac sign. In fact, 9.01% of all births are Cancers. 

One main reason for this is because Cancer has the largest span of days of any Zodiac sign.

13. Are Cancers known to be healthy?

As one of the most sensitive signs in the Zodiac, Cancers tend to gravitate toward yoga, meditation and jogging. They are not usually suited for aggressive team sports or one-on-one competition. 

Cancers should also look out for digestive problems, as their tendency to hold stress and anxiety can lead to stomach issues.

14. Cancer in the night sky

Did you know that the constellation of Cancer is the dimmest of all the 13 Zodiac constellations? That means it can be very difficult to find Cancer in the sky.

In early spring, try to find the constellations of Leo and Gemini, then look for a faint upside-down Y in between the two, that’s Cancer!

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This is the beautiful beehive cluster

15. More constellation of Cancer facts

The constellation of Cancer is most famous for the Beehive Cluster, also known as M44. This cluster, observed by Galileo in 1609 and precisely measured by French astronomer Charles Messier in 1771, contains around 1,000 stars! It is one of the nearest star clusters to Earth.

16. Famous June Cancers

Cancers may be the most dynamic sign in the Zodiac, so it’s no surprise the diversity of the most famous people born as June Cancers.

They include, soccer superstar Lionel Messi (June 24th), hitmaker Ariana Grande (June 26th), YouTuber Markplier (June 28th), and billionaire Elon Musk (June 28th).

17. Famous July Cancers

Let’s keep this diversity theme going to discover some of the most famous July Cancers. Do you share your birthday with any of them?

Princess Diana (July 1st), Top Gun star Tom Cruise (July 3rd), comedian Kevin Hart (July 6th), singer/actress Selena Gomez (July 22nd), and supermodel Gisele Bündchen (July 20th).

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Tom Cruise is one of the most famous Cancers

18. Cancer in the bedroom

Cancers can be absolutely irresistible between the sheets. Cancers emanate sensuality and sexual energy. 

Being ruled by the moon gives Cancer an intuition about what their partner desires. Cancer is happy to spend all night… and all day in bed.

19. What are the best career paths for Cancer? 

As natural born caregivers it should come as no surprise that Cancers excel as teachers, doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and daycare providers.

Also, as the homebodies of the Zodiac, Cancer can blend that feeling of home with their creativity to become incredible interior designers, home stagers, or real estate agents.

20. What gift should you buy a Cancer?

Valuing the comfort of home, a gift for a Cancer should center around elevated style and sentimentality. 

A set of unique ceramic mugs for hot tea, a wool blanket for cozying up on the couch, or a colorful stained-glass panel for a kitchen window will excite any Cancer in your life!

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Maybe you can give the gift of a crab!?

21. A few more fun facts about Cancer

With the negative connotation of the word “cancer”, some want to change the name of the sign to Cherubim. 

People born between July 19th and 25th are on the Cancer-Leo cusp. People born on this cusp are very enigmatic and mysterious, having the moon and the sun compete with one another.

Who wants more fun facts?

fact books

If you’re looking for some recommendations, these are a few of our favorite fact books to buy. We use these when planning fun trivia nights with family and friends!

  1. Interesting Facts for Curious Minds
  2. 1,144 Random, Interesting & Fun Facts You Need To Know
  3. The Intriguingly Interesting Book of 555 Fascinating Facts

We really hope you enjoyed all our fun facts about Cancer! Did you learn something new? 

If there’s any Cancer facts we missed, you can let us know in the comments below and we’ll add them to this article! 

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