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Those born between the June 21st and July 22nd have their Sun sign in Cancer, but are often referred to as the Moon Child as the Moon is their ruling planet. Like the crab, they have a hard outer shell and soft under-belly. It is hard to get to know them and they are not afraid to pick a fight with someone bigger than them, but once they are hurt it takes them a long time to recover and heal.

Notorious for being moody, easily offended and able to effortlessly hold grudges for a lifetime. But on the other hand, when the hard time comes Cancer is able to sympathise and be the first to offer support to get through your momentary hardship. 

Cancer at a glance

Element: Water

Quality: Cardinal

Ruler: Moon

Strengths: Tenacious, highly imaginative, loyal, emotional, sympathetic, persuasive

Weaknesses: Moody, pessimistic, suspicious, manipulative, insecure

Cancer likes: Art, home-based hobbies, relaxing near or in water, helping loved ones, a good meal with friends

Cancer dislikes: Strangers, any criticism of Mom, revealing of personal life

Cancer aesthetics

This sign takes pride in their home and are very sentimental creatures. For their fashion ensembles, they take inspiration from their mother’s closet, old cinematic fashion and are heavily influenced by where they come from and their ancestral customs and traditions. They take good care of their clothes and are able to keep them looking new for years to come. 

Favourable Colours: White, Seafoam Green, Blue, Mustard

Colours to stay away from: Black, Burgundy


  • Ruby – stimulates passion and vitality for life
  • Emerald – power of emotional well-being
  • Sapphire – inner peace and spiritual enlightenment
  • Chalcedony – repels negative energies, dispels nightmares and powerful healing crystal
  • Moonstone – calming and soothing for the heart, keeps inner peace
  • Pearl – helps to focus, promotes faith, innocence, charity

Day of the week: Monday, Thursday

Lucky numbers: 2,3, 15, 20

In the Sky

The Cancer constellation represents the giant Crab that Hercules killed in one of his 12 labours. It was sent by a jealous goddess Hera, to hinder his chances of winning the fight with the water serpent-like monster Hydra, but Hercules was able to kill it with his club by whacking it so hard it flew to the sky and remained there as the Cancer constellation till this day. 

It is the faintest constellation out of all the zodiac constellations and often very hard to notice with the naked eye. The overall shape for the cancer constellation is an upside down letter ‘Y’. 

The brightest star is Al Tarf (Beta Cancri), which in Arabic means ‘the eye’ and it’s approximately 290 light-years away.

Cancer birthday messages

Sometimes you can be stuck on what to write in a birthday card. Cancerians have a strong feminine energy, therefore for their greeting cards I considered using moving quotes that have been said by strong women in history. 

Here are some examples of birthday verses for Cancer I would write in the birthday card:

‘Happy Birthday (their name)! You are not one in a million kind of girl. You are a once in a lifetime kind of woman.’ (Audrey Hepburn)

‘Happy Birthday (their name)! Imperfection is beauty; madness is genius & it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.’ (Marilyn Monroe) 

‘Happy Birthday (their name)! Well behaved women rarely make history. Stay wild Moon child.’ (Elenor Roosevelt)

‘Happy Birthday (their name)! All of us are stars and we deserve to twinkle’ (Marilyn Monroe)

‘Happy Birthday (their name)! Step out of history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.’ (Oprah Winfrey)

‘Happy Birthday (their name)! You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.’ (Melissa Etheridge)

Cancer birthday activity ideas

People born under this sign hold their home and family close to the heart. Their home is like a haven they use to recharge after a hectic day. For their birthday festivities, close loved ones can participate in the Cancerians current hobby or have a little gathering in the park or their home.

For example:

  • Roller skating.
  • Football game.
  • Outdoor yoga.
  • Frisbee throwing session.