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Cancer in Witchcraft: Correspondences, Magick, Moons…

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)


Reviewed by: Tina Caro

Cancer is the fourth sign of the Zodiac and symbolized by the Crab. Cancer is a Water sign, ruled by the Moon and is considered a Cardinal sign.


Cancer, a water sign deeply connected with emotions and nurturing, plays a significant role in witchcraft, focusing on emotional healing, protection, and intuitive practices.

Correspondences for Cancer include specific herbs, crystals, and colors that align with its sensitive, caring, and intuitive nature.

In magical practices, Cancer’s influence is often utilized for spells and rituals that emphasize home protection, emotional healing, and enhancing psychic abilities.

Moon phases in Cancer, particularly the new and full moons, are powerful times for conducting rituals that tap into Cancer’s strong, nurturing energy for family, home, and emotional well-being.


Cancer is associated with The Crab. The crab is said to be the very one that Hera sent to harass Hercules when he was fighting the Hydra. The crab’s two eyes are known as Asellus Borealis, and Asellus Australis, the Northern Ass and the Southern Ass representing the donkeys the Gods road in their war with the Titans.

Astrological Sign

Those born between the Summer Solstice and about and July 21st in the Northern Hemisphere (exact dates may vary) are said to have been born under the sign of Cancer. This means that the sun was in this sign during the time of the person’s birth.

Cancer Personality

Cancer people are said to be loyal, family-oriented, caring, hearth, and home types who may be subject to laziness, gluttony, moodiness, and inertia in general. Cancers do not tend to be outwardly affectionate or emotional, they have that hard outer shell. But they are soft and sensitive on the inside.

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Cancer Appearance

The Cancer, being ruled by the Moon, tends to have luminous eyes filled with emotion. Their features are often round in shape and they tend to get a little overweight in their later years.

Cancer Traits and Characteristics:

Ruling PlanetMoon
PersonalityNurturing, intuitive, sensitive, loyal, protective
StrengthsCompassion, empathy, adaptability, tenacity
WeaknessesMoodiness, clinginess, insecurity, over-sensitivity

Cancer Compatibility

Compatible SignsIncompatible Signs

Cancer Energy in Magick

When the moon is in Cancer, this is the best time for any magical work related to domestic life, family, or the hearth and home. Cancer energy supports comfort, the sort that comes from having a cozy home, surrounded by loved ones, secure in the knowledge that the larder is well stocked and the fireplace is well stoked.

Cancer Correspondences

  • Gods and Heroes- Heracles
  • Colors- Violet
  • Stones – Moonstonepearl
  • Metal – silver
  • Planets – The Moon
  • Animals – the crab
  • Body Part – chest, stomach

Full Moon in Cancer

The Full Moon in Cancer occurs when the sun is in Capricorn, either in late December or early January. This is a good time to perform rituals of gratitude for friends, family, home, and hearth as well as to cast protection and blessing spells over the same.

New Moon in Cancer

The new moon in Cancer occurs when the sun is in Cancer; either late June or early July. This is a great time to perform a ritual cleansing of your home and to cast spells to ensure your household experiences abundance, prosperity, love, and luck.

And if you’ve had “issues” in your family or household, now is the time to address them.

Famous Cancer Personalities

CelebrityDate of BirthNotable Traits
Tom HanksJuly 9Compassionate, versatile, dependable
Princess DianaJuly 1Empathetic, nurturing, charismatic
Frida KahloJuly 6Creative, emotional, resilient
Meryl StreepJune 22Sensitive, versatile, emotionally rich
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I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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