In my experience, of all of the signs I’ve met, Cancers have most consistently matched their descriptions.

Very few times have I met a Cancer who didn’t perfectly embody the key characteristics that constitute “the crab.” Defining characteristics of Cancers include emotional, empathetic, sensitive, active, intuitive, imaginative and loyal.

It is these characteristics that make Cancers the most gratifying people to love, and here are the reasons why:

1. Cancers are protective; they will defend those they care about to the death

One reason you want a Cancer on your team is because the sign is very loyal. When you get close to a Cancer, you are family, and the family-oriented crab will likely do just about anything for those it lets into the exclusive walls of its shell.

While not natural-born fighters (in fact, quite the opposite), they turn full maternal and will attack when their nests are threatened. You can mess with Cancers, but never mess with their friends or family.

In relationships, this can sometimes be seen as a negative quality, as Cancers can easily become jealous. But, it just means they care and want to protect what is theirs.

2. They will do everything with passion and love

As the most sensitive sign of the zodiac, a Cancer does everything with love in mind and in heart. Because of this, they are the most tender lovers.

Having a lover like a Cancer is important, as the crab will care for you in ways many others do not know how.

Intuition, one of the major defining characteristics of Cancer, plays a large role in this sense.

Their intuition channels a somewhat maternal energy, making them gentle in their affection and expressing a clear concern of others’ desires before their own.

3. Cancers are “the dreamers” of the zodiac

With such love and a strong sense of imagination, I call Cancer “the dreamer” of the zodiac.

They often romanticize, making them more susceptible to love and relationships. They won’t settle for ordinary and will create their own versions of fairytales.

Their imaginations also lead them to look into the future. In relationships, this quality, in tandem with their loyalty, makes for devoted and loving long-term partners.

4. Their empathy makes them great friends, lovers and confidants

If you need to go to a person with a private matter, are in need of advice, or just want someone to listen in quiet support, consult a Cancer. Their empathy makes them great unbiased listeners.

Cancers are able to adapt their thinking to better understand another’s perspective, and their intuition grants them the great gift of wisdom, which they may share in offering up advice.

They are honest and caring, and they usually give off an aura that makes you feel more comfortable opening up to them.

In relationships, this serves as a major benefit for obvious reasons. It is important your partner is someone you feel you can trust and be honest and open with.

5. They are resilient

If it is easy, it probably isn’t worth it. Cancers know this to be true, and relationships with Cancers are not always easy.

They are not keen on being told what to do and can be challenging, but their will to do what they love, despite being counseled otherwise, makes them inspiring lovers and friends.

While they are not as stubborn as the Taurus, their resilience is how they obtain passion and excitement even when the odds are against them. Though inside it may be fragile, the crab’s shell is hard.

When something stands in Cancers’ way of what they want, it only further motivates them. In relationships, Cancers are more willing to work through problems instead of giving up.

They want to make it work if they think it is worth it.

/Based On Materials From: Rachel Shapiro

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