The Cancerian character can range from the timid, dull, shy and withdrawn to the most brilliant. Cancerians can outwardly appear thick-skinned, unemotional, uncompromising, obstinately tenacious, purposeful, energetic, shrewd, intuitive and wise, sometimes with a philosophical profundity of thought vergin on inspiration. Their intimates, however, ma y see a very different character, one with a sympathetic and kindly sensitivy to other people, especially those they love. They are often over-imaginative and prone to fantasy, sometimes trying to shape their lives to fit some romantic ideal. They are appreciative of art and literature, and especially of drama. They are often fascinated by the occult and are more open to psychic influence than the average.
The Cancerian loves unreservedly, giving much and asking little in return. They are too easily influenced by those they love and admire, and swayed by the emotion of the moment. They are strongly governed by childhood memories and since they live intensely in the past in memory and in the future in imagination, a chance meeting with someone for whom they had an unrequited love, even if they thought they had conquered the feeling, will easily rouse the emotion all over again.
The Cancerian has many potential faults - they can be sulky, devious, moody, inclined to self-pity and difficult. They are governed, more than any other sign, by the phases of the moon.