The Best of Cancer Strengths and Spiritual Gifts

Cancer you are a dynamic combo of power and kindness! If you were born under the Cancer zodiac sign, you wrote the book on loyalty. Today we celebrate you by exploring Cancer strengths, unique spiritual gifts, and the best self care tips to keep you on your game.

Cancer Zodiac Sign Basics

  • Birth Dates: June 21 – July 22

  • Symbol: The Crab

  • Birth Stone: Pearl (June) , Ruby (July)

  • Ruling Planet: Moon

  • Element: Water

  • Chakra: Third Eye

  • Duality: Divine Feminine/Receptive

Cancer Strengths

A natural intuitive, you sense the needs of your tribe and go out of your way to fulfill them. Your loved ones know that all is well when you’re around, Cancer!    

Like the crab spirit animal aligned with your sign, you have a tough outer shell! While that armor keeps you safe, you’re really a softie underneath, who loves deeply.

Family is very important to you. In fact, you’re fiercely protective of the ones you love, and equally as nurturing.

The physical and emotional security of your tribe is top priority, and you can be quite resourceful in finding ways to ensure everyone is comfortable, safe, and thriving.    

Cancer’s Spiritual Gifts: Loyal, Intuitive, Nurturing

Each zodiac sign aligns with a planet. As a Cancerian, you have the very special magic of being aligned with mama moon.

This makes you highly intuitive, and you’re naturally able to get a good read from people simply by being in their presence. For this reason you’re an excellent judge of character. Not much gets past you, Cancer!  

Cancer’s Weaknesses

You are loyal, almost to a fault, dear friend.  Once someone’s made their way into your life, you hold them in your heart forever – and you have a VERY long memory. Sometimes this makes it difficult to release the past.

So if you find yourself spending too much time on life’s regrets, remember that it’s safe to let go. Forgiveness is simply the act of exchanging your suffering for peace, and you deserve to feel peaceful.

While most of us only sense the moon when it’s full, you two are in harmony on a daily basis, which can have an effect on your emotions.

So if you’re ever feeling uneasy and you’re not sure why, know that you can soothe anxiety with a regular grounding practice (we’ll get to that in the self-care section).   

Drawing of Cancer Crab
Cancer zodiac symbol is the crab. It captures one of your greatest strengths: your ability to embrace someone you love and hold on tight.

Cancer Sign Compatibility

Best Romantic Matches: Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio, Capricorn

Cancer is aligned with the water element, which means you’re very in tune with your feelings and intuition.

For this reason, you’ll appreciate the emotional intelligence other water signs, like Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio, have to offer.  

You’d also get along quite well with earth signs because they’re you’re opposite.

Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo have grounded, stable energy, and you complement each other nicely. If you’re a typical Cancer, you value financial security a great deal, and Earth signs excel in money management.

Air signs like Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius might be a little abrasive for your sensitive side, but it’s nothing you can’t work through if you’re both devoted to learning from one another.

As long as you team up with a soul who can appeal to your sentimental streak and stay in the flow of your moon vibes, you’ll be set! 

Do you find yourself attracted to water/earth signs, Cancer? Leave a comment and share! 

How To Attract a Cancer

If you’re reading this because you’ve set your sights on a Cancerian, here are a few things to keep in mind.

First, they may not be super direct in letting you know how they feel right away. Cancerians are complex creatures, so watch for their subtle cues because they may be all you have to go on. 

Have you ever seen a crab move sideways along the shore? While Cancer knows how to flirt quite well, they’ll often sidestep sharing their true feelings before they know they can trust you. But once you’re in, you’re in for life. 

Second, Cancerians appreciate romance and nostalgia, so keep that in mind when you’re attempting to impress! Take Cancer’s photo, bring them places of historical significance to them, and take note of their likes and dislikes. This attention to detail will go a long way in winning Cancer’s affection.

Finally, only pursue Cancer when you’re ready to be faithful and true for the long haul. Cancer is famously possessive, and loyalty is everything to them. If you betray Cancer’s trust, they will never forget.  

Cancer on Friends + Family

Oh goodness, Cancer you are the beating heart of the family. You truly know how to make a house feel like home, and often your friends become adopted family members.

When you care for someone, you bring them right into the fold. Holding space for your tribe is really where you shine. You can charm a smile out of a loved one who’s feeling down, and you listen with your whole heart when a friend needs to get something off their chest. 

When you’re in nurture mode, there is no one more compassionate than you are, Cancer. In addition, you often tap into that razor sharp intuition to resolve situations before they ever hit the fan in the first place.

You’re great at anticipating and avoiding pitfalls before the rest of your crew has even begun to think that far down the line. You are programmed to shield and protect, and your tribe receives the benefit of that. 

While you enjoy getting out and about, you’re a homebody at heart. The security of being in your own space, surrounded by your favorite people, animals, and possessions, calls to you wherever you may roam.

Cancer Career and Life Purpose

A true nurturer at heart, you will excel in any profession that allows you to guide or care for others.

You would make an excellent parent, teacher, therapist, or medical professional, just to name a few. Not to mention anything that allows you to tap into your intuitive/creative abilities.

True to your sign, you may not take the most direct route to finding your ultimate place in the career world.

You will honor your intuition and curiosity by exploring more than one avenue for applying your dynamic skills and talents.  However once you set your mind to something, there’s no doubt you’ll get it.

How have you put your spiritual gifts to work, Cancer? Leave a comment below and tell me what you do! 

Cancer’s Tarot Card

Beep, beep! Here comes Cancer on their chariot, totally comfortable receiving accolades for a job well done. 

The Chariot is the perfect card to represent you, Cancer, because it’s all about applying focused attention to a desire and making it happen. 

chariot tarot card
This deck’s depiction of The Chariot is my favorite, by far. It’s the Angel Tarot deck by Radleigh Valentine.  

Your intuitive nature gives you an edge when it comes to manifesting. The symbolism in this image says it all. Notice the reigns our driver is using are made of pure energy – they aren’t physical.

This means he’s using the power of his mind to keep his wild horses moving in the direction he wants them to go. If that doesn’t speak to your manifesting abilities, I don’t know what does!

When you love what you’re doing, you do it incredibly well, which often lands you in the spotlight – a place you don’t mind being once you’re feeling confident in your abilities. 

Archangel for Cancer Zodiac Sign

The archangel associated with the Cancer zodiac sign is Gabriel, and this is just too perfect because she’s the only female archangel.

You and Archangel Gabriel make an excellent pair because your sign is the embodiment of nurturing, loving, energy, but you’re also quite strong and powerful. 

Gabriel’s name means ‘messenger of God’, and she was the character in the Bible who told Mary that she would become pregnant with Jesus. So while she is loving and motherly and kind, she’s been known to drop a bomb or two.

Archangel Gabriel, like any good mama figure, will encourage your spiritual growth throughout your life, even if that means nudging you out of your comfort zone once in a while. Call on her whenever you need to feel nurtured yourself, to balance all the giving that you do.  

Self-Care for Cancers

Healthy Habits for Cancerians

  • Ground yourself daily – do some earthing or try this quick body scan meditation to balance your root chakra. It’ll help to stabilize your mood.
  • Save for your future – As a Cancer, it’s important for you to feel stable, and for you, that often equates to money in the bank. Set up automatic contributions to your savings, for yourself and loved ones.    
  • Honor your moon vibes – You’re so closely tied to the moon, and you can use this for manifesting. Have you ever made moon water? Give it a try!

Best Crystals for Cancers

  • Smoky Quartz neutralizes negative energy and soothes fear
  • Hematite helps you feel focused and stable by balancing your root chakra
  • Amethyst opens the third eye and will help you sleep 
  • Rose Quartz will soothe your sensitive soul and help you with heart healing

Affirmation for Cancer Zodiac Sign:

I am safe and secure in my world.

Cancerian affirmation: I am safe and secure in my world
Repeat this affirmation to yourself, whenever you feel ungrounded or anxious. Breathe.

Spiritual Leaders With Cancer Zodiac Sign

You are in excellent company! Many Cancerians land in the spiritual spotlight.

  • Dalai Lama 7/6/1935 – Tibetan monk and author of The Art of Happiness
  • Helen Schucman 7/14/1909 – Psychologist and author of A Course in Miracles (many modern spiritual leaders base their work on this book, including Gabby Bernstein)
  • Liz Gilbert 7/18/1969 Journalist and author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic
  • Malala Yousafzai 7/12/1997 – Pakistani activist and author of I Am Malala
  • Marianne Williamson 7/8/1952 – Spiritual leader and politician. Author of A Return To Love


Cancer, you are a dynamic soul, with so much love to give. You combine power with great caring, which uplifts the world in a very unique way. Keep slinging your crab magic!

Did you learn something new about Cancer strengths and spiritual gifts? Please leave me a comment below if you enjoyed my interpretation of the very special Cancer Zodiac Sign.

XO,  Andrea

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Andrea Scalisi

Andrea has been practicing Astrology, Numerology, and Tarot for many years. She is a certified Aromatherapist and Reiki Master in Central NY, and also holds a Masters Degree from Syracuse University. Andrea loves helping her readers bring more spiritual self-care into their lives.

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