This watery sign, ruled by the Moon, is washed with family, the past, ancestors, the tribe, its country. Mom, motherhood, nurturing others, home and security are paramount. Ancestors, and heredity, real estate, and land are important. Cancers often make wonderful mothers, unless they smother. The excell at real estate, and other land/home businesses.
Like the crab, its symbolic animal, Cancers scuttle under a shell when frightened or nervous. They tend to move out in a sideway fashion, instead of taking direct action. Fiercly brave when defending their own, they can be fearful of entering the world on their own, for their own sake.