Cancer Zodiac Symbol: The Crab
"The crab risks money upon sea-winds to amass sudden wealth. His is a shrewd nature, ready to fight for profit." (Manilius, 1st Century)
The large claws of a crab symbolize how a Cancerian will snap if crossed, or they need to defend themselves. The crab is also an excellent survivor, its tough shell and soft center relate well to the characteristics of this sign.
Astrological Element: Water
The element of water is closely related to feelings and emotions. Although cold and wet in nature, this suggests a water sign to be passive, rather than cold of feeling. Water signs reflect on, and absorb all around them before responding to changing circumstances. Water also suggests moistness, which in ancient astrology relates to the release of emotions, and shared experiences.
The pearl is an object that takes on many different and shimmery shades of silver and white from the shell in which it grows. With the ruling planet of Cancer being the Moon, it's no surprise the pearl has been linked to this star sign. Wearing pearls can be a symbol of purity, or a happy marriage.
Those born under the sign of Cancer generally have good instincts, but they are also cautious and wouldn't take risks with things like money.
This could be because they tend to be hoarders and have an inaccurate view of the true state of their finances.
Cancerians have powerful emotions, making them loyal friends and romantic lovers. This can also mean they are over sensitive and take offense easily.
Their excellent powers of recall have both positive and negative ramifications too, so watch out for their mean and moody sides. A typical Cancerian is also a homebody and likes a large family.
Compatibility with Cancer:
The compatibility of any zodiac sign is worked out by comparing the characteristics of those born under the sign, and thus who they would get on well with.
In general, Cancerians will get on well with other water signs (Pisces and Scorpio) and air signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius).
Air will help water signs balance their feelings and thoughts.
One of the most important things for a Cancerian is to be needed, and loved, and secure, so partners or friends who provide these qualities will get on well with this sign.