The Moody Cancer Partner


If you’ve been involved with someone with emphasized Cancer energy in her chart, you’ve probably been challenged by her moods. Sensitive yet volatile, one minute she’s hugging you, and the next she’s in sullen retreat. When dealing with the variable moods of a Cancer, it helps to understand where she’s coming from, and why she has these moods to begin with. Note that “emphasized Cancer” refers to anyone (man or woman) with personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) or their Ascendant/Ascendant ruler in Cancer.

Mother and Child

Cancer is ruled by the Moon, making it an instinctive sign. It’s all about needs and feelings in the moment. Strongly connected to childhood, it represents all the basics from that phase: security, food, nurturing. It is also connected to mothering, and the urge to protect, nurture and be needed. Your Cancer partner has the Mother/Child archetypes alive and well within her. One will take precedence over the other at various times, but the primal urges to care for/be cared for are always there.

Cancer is a receptive Cardinal sign, which means she reacts quickly to external stimuli. There is an impatience to get things started, even though her approach is indirect. In order to preserve her profound inner sensitivity, your Cancer partner is initially cautious, but will react almost immediately (even if you don’t see her reactions on the surface). When this Cardinal energy is mixed with instinct, the result is a tempestuous blend of moods that can shift several times a day.

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About Nadia Gilchrist

Nadia Gilchrist offers over 19 years of experience in astrology. Her writings and personal consultations focus on applying practical astrological analysis to the real world. Nadia blogs regularly at Ruby Slipper Astrology.


  1. Every single word is true. This article is about me:) But the fact is: I’m a “hardcore” cancer: Sun, Mercury and even Mars are in Cancer in my chart.
    Thank you Nadia!

  2. @Dina
    you’re welcome…glad it resonated!

  3. It’s your job to honor her primary needs …… or a steady supply of soups and stews….. God did I get a good laugh when I read that. I always have to make sure that there is enough food in the house (because of course, we don’t like to go outside to go get it when we want it NOW ! Even as a child I use to take fits when there was nothing I liked in the house. I have Mars cj Venus in Cancer. Thanks Nadia. Always like when someone gives me a good laugh!

  4. Nadia,

    If neither party of a couple has any cancer natally, but their composite chart has Sun conjunct SN in Cancer, what would be the basic difference?
    Does it mean, they are not ‘cancer-like’ to each other but they seem ‘cancer-like’ to others when they are together? Or is it that they had a very ‘cancer-like’ relationship in a past life?

  5. @France;
    you’re welcome. 🙂

  6. @Marion
    Yes and yes. The past-life relationship was strongly centered around nurturing, with maybe a parent/child dynamic. In this life, when the couple is together, they bring out the nurturing/child issues in each other.

  7. Thank you Nadia. Spot on! A hypnotic regression indeed revealed that the couple were in a parent-child relationship in a past life. The man and woman were son and father respectively.

  8. Shanamarie says:

    Hi nadia! Thank you for this! I have my Sun (mercury and mars) in Cancer but my Moon in Aquarius and ASC in Sagittarius, which all belong to extremely different elements. Not that I don’t know myself, but do you think this still makes me a moody cancer? Or are the effects canceled or this makes me a balanced being?

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