Updated: Jan. 1, 2021
Cancer Zodiac Information
Date Duration: June 21 to July 22
Sign Quality: Cardinal
Ruler: The Moon
As the summer solstice begins on June 21st, so does the period for the zodiac sign Cancer. When the sun is in Cancer from June 21st to July 22nd, everyone will be exposed to the energy of Cancer. Fortunately, regardless of your sign, there are crystals that can help guide you to being in balance with Cancer’s strong energy during the coming weeks.
Whether you need to boost positive energies, eliminate negative ones, or you need help in certain aspects of your life during this period, these crystals can help you make the most of this time of year. While these stones have a special connection with Cancerians as they are their birthstones, everyone else can benefit from them as well.
While Cancer’s energy may have a stronger impact on some people than others, it is important to keep yourself grounded and tuned into the energy around you so you can adapt accordingly. Whether Cancer’s energy positively or negatively impacts you depends on your personal disposition and ability to adapt to change.
People born under Cancer are often referred to as “Cancerians”. During this period when the Sun is in your sign, you may find it extra challenging to deal with the highs and lows of the season. This is because Cancer’s sign quality is Cardinal. Cardinal signs are considered to be important in astrology, especially by traditional astrologers as they are all positioned during the beginning of a season. In this case, Cancer coincides with the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, when the days are long and the nights are short.
Like any other sign, Cancer possesses unique strengths and weaknesses. When the Sun is in your sign you might find it easier to highlight some of your best traits and use them to your advantage. However, you should also remember to tune into the energies surrounding you.
A Closer Look at Cancer's Strengths and Weaknesses
Notable for their intuition and sensitivity, Cancerians are deeply sentimental people with strong ties to family. Those born under Cancer tend to keep close to their roots, as they love being around family and tend to dislike small talk and socializing with strangers. Their strong affinity for family and deep friendships is what makes them such great people to have in one’s life. If you ever find yourself in trouble or facing a difficult situation, having a Cancerian in your family is priceless. They will defend you no matter what, even though they generally hate confrontations and prefer to keep to themselves.
When it comes to defending their family and their homes, Cancerians are willing to confront anyone or any situation (regardless of size or power) even if it leads to their personal detriment. This courage is heavily influenced by their sign, the Crab, willing to leave their homes and walk sideways when necessary.
Cancerians are deeply sensitive people and as such, they have a strong sense of empathy. This trait makes them patient and gentle towards others especially those who are close to them. However, Cancerians can be prone to mood swings and can just as easily become withdrawn, impatient, insecure, and suspicious of others (even those who are close to them). When the tide turns for the moody Cancerian, the once helpful and sensitive person everyone loves can become depressed, self-deprecating, and self-pitying.
Like your sign’s ruler, the Moon, your personality has many phases to it and you hold many mysteries within you, sometimes even unbeknown to yourself.
While highly empathic by nature, you can also sometimes misconstrue other people’s intentions, especially those who are not very close to you. You might feel unfairly treated by those you love because they don’t give back as much as they take from you. Cancerians are generally selfless when it comes to family and close friends but during tough times, you may feel the need to be reciprocated for the things you do for others. However, people around you might not quite understand what it is you need or want from them, which can often lead to conflicts even in your closest relationships.
This period, when the Sun is in your sign, can intensify these energies for you. While you will benefit from some of the positive energy that your sign possesses, you will also need to work through the negative energy that comes with it. For the other signs, this energy will be experienced in different ways. By keeping an eye out and being aware of the patterns you can see how they are playing out in your life.
If you're a Cancerian, you might want to utilize the power of some of the birthstones associated with you sign to help make the coming weeks easier for you. And again, as previously alluded to, the healing energies of these crystals can benefit everyone not just people born under Cancer.
Recommended Healing Crystals for Cancer Energy
Moonstone is one of the birthstones commonly associated with Cancer. It is a variety of feldspar revered for its multicolored (mostly, milky bluish) sheen when polished. This optical illusion is referred to as "Adularescence" and is responsible for giving the stone its milky, pearly-like glow which is reminiscent of the glow of a full moon, hence the name. Its colors range from white and peach to blue and gray.
The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that the stone came directly from the rays of the moon and as such, it has been used since ancient times as a protective talisman especially when traveling at night.
Moonstone is associated with the Heart, Sacral, Crown and Third Eye Chakras, making it a powerful stone for improving one’s intuition (a trait that Cancerians already have an affinity for) and for connecting with one’s subconscious (the inner self and the divine).
It is especially helpful for Cancerians suffering from clouded thoughts as a result of self-doubt. It is also a stone of self-expression and is helpful for times when you have trouble telling people what you want or need from them, a problem that many people face especially when dealing with sensitive issues regarding relationships.
Calcite is a stone that comes in a wide-array of colors ranging from blue, red, gray, and black to orange, peach, and yellow. It is actually a mineral made of calcium carbonate found in many limestone deposits and is used for many industrial purposes but its reputation as a healing crystal dates back to ancient times. It is a grounding crystal and has been used by the ancient Greeks to adorn tombstones and for clearing the body of blockages allowing energy to freely flow throughout the body.
It is also a gemstone associated with the moon, which is why it is considered by many to be a suitable birthstone for Cancer. Since Calcite comes in different colors, its chakra association depends on the color of the particular crystal you get. Generally however, Calcite is a manifestation stone, making it an excellent stone for anyone who wants to boost their careers or focus on work, regardless of the stone’s color.
However, if you want to know which colors work best for certain issues, I recommend the following:
Blue Calcite is especially useful for Cancerians who work in any creative field, as many people under this sign are naturally gifted in the arts. It is also an excellent stone for speaking your truth (a common problem with Cancerians when they feel like people are taking advantage of them) and for connecting with one’s higher self to further strengthen your intuitive nature.
Honey Calcite is a great option for those dealing with self-esteem issues, needing boundary support, or struggling with work fatigue
A variety of chalcedony, Carnelian is a stone that comes in a variety of orange hues, ranging from red-orange to brown-orange. It is a stone associated with the Root Chakra as well as the Sacral Chakra. As a gemstone, it is associated with Cancer because it helps with family issues, safety and security, and it helps people with self-esteem issues develop a healthier sense of self.
Since Cancerians are prone to self-pity and mood swings when they are down, Carnelian is an excellent stone to combat your mood swings, as it helps you focus on the present instead of wallowing in the past. It also boosts energy. Whenever you feel low on energy, carry a piece of Carnelian with you in your pocket or wear it as jewelry to give you that extra boost you need to accomplish your goals in the coming weeks.
Opal is a gemstone that has been revered since ancient times both for its physical and metaphysical properties, particularly for its iridescent “play of light”. Physically, Opal is such a beautiful stone, just staring into the rainbow of colors that flashes within the stone even with the slightest movement and change in angle can leave one mesmerized.
Opals come in different variations and colors, ranging from colorless, white, blue, violet, and green to orange, pink, red and yellow.
Opal is associated with the zodiac sign Cancer because it is a hydrous silicon dioxide with high water content. Cancer’s main element is water and as such, Opal is considered to be one of Cancer’s zodiac birthstones. Common opals display a pearl-like luster which is called opalescence. Generally, the rarer varieties of Opal are the ones that display a “play of light” brilliance.
As a healing crystal, Opals are known for helping boost creativity, memory recall, and connecting to one’s higher self. It is a stone of transformation- as it brings to light issues that you might have buried deep inside you and allows you to see through them clearly- allowing you to transform hidden negative energy into positive energy, or at least shine a bit of positivity into the darker areas of your life. This is especially important for Cancerians who, despite being adaptable and compassionate, tend to hold onto resentment when they feel like they have been wronged, especially by family members
Like Moonstone, Selenite is another stone associated with the moon. The ancient Greeks named the stone after their moon goddess, Selene. It is commonly white in color and has some similarities to white moonstone except without the opalescent sheen. It is a variety of gypsum and is notable for its softness, making it pliable and easy to carve into all sorts of shapes.
It is also a stone associated with the Crown and Third Eye Chakras, making it another excellent stone for improving
intuition, self-discovery, and protection against any kind of negative energy. It is an excellent stone for the overly sensitive Cancerian, as it helps cleanse one’s mind of negative thoughts and helps facilitate forgiveness.
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Citrine is known as the “Merchant’s Stone” because of its reputation for attracting prosperity especially in business. It is a variety of quartz and can be purchased as clusters, tumbled stones, or even as geodes. Citrine is a must-have for any collector, especially when used for its metaphysical traits. It is a powerful manifestation stone not only for attracting money but also for boosting creativity and turning your goals into reality.
It is yellow in color and resonates with the Solar Plexus Chakra and as such, it is an excellent stone for people dealing with self-esteem issues. It is also a powerful stone for keeping one’s boundaries clear, which is something a lot of Cancerians have trouble with because of their naturally empathic and helpful nature.
Jasper is a variety of chalcedony that comes in several opaque colors- one of the most common variety being red. The color in Red Jasper is a result of iron inclusions in the stone. As a healing crystal, Red Jasper resonates with the Root Chakra which vibrates red and is commonly associated with family and identity.
I’ve mentioned earlier that one of the most notable traits of Cancerians is their deep attachment to their families. Red Jasper is an excellent crystal for Cancer energy as it helps ground them to their roots (their family). It also helps with manifesting your goals, which complements the creative energy of Cancer.
8. Rainbow Obsidian
Rainbow Obsidian is a variety of Obsidian (made of volcanic glass) that appears opaque black at first glance but actually showcases a multitude of colors once you look closely at the stone. Its iridescent sheen is why it is called Rainbow Obsidian. Like many other black stones, it resonates with the Root Chakra and is generally a grounding stone. It is also used as a protection stone against negativity, as it helps people with resentment issues let go of their anger and negative energy. It helps clear the Root Chakra of any blockages allowing the loyal and family-oriented Cancerian to focus on what’s important (family and stability) instead of resentment, fear, and anger.
Rose Quartz is a variety of quartz that comes in a beautiful pink color. It is known as the “Stone of Unconditional Love” and as such, it resonates with the Heart Chakra. Cancerians are naturally loyal, nurturing, and loving, especially towards their families.
Rose Quartz is an excellent crystal for boosting some of the best traits of people born under Cancer. It is a stone that amplifies compassion and kindness, as well as different types of unconditional love, including self-love. During times when you feel like wallowing in self-pity, hold onto a piece of rose quartz and place it on your chest where your heart is to help facilitate healing emotional wounds.
Another pink stone, Rhodonite possesses similar healing energies as Rose Quartz. It is a stone that resonates with the Heart Chakra and also helps promote unconditional love. It is also a very powerful crystal when it comes to healing emotional wounds, especially those caused by past abusive relationships. Those who suffer from emotional abuse often suffer from low self-esteem and may feel that they have lost all personal power.
Rhodonite is an excellent stone for facilitating self-healing because it clears the Heart Chakra and other pathways within the body to allow for the free flow of positive energy.
As a stone of the Heart Chakra, it is also a great crystal to own if you were born under Cancer, as it can significantly boost your capacity for love, compassion, and forgiveness.
The moods of Cancer are heavily influenced by the phases of the moon. This trait can manifest itself even in early childhood. These sudden shifts in mood are something that even the most intuitive of Cancerians can have trouble getting a hold of. Oftentimes, you might find that even the people closest to you have trouble understanding your feelings and this can lead to resentment on your part.
Chrysocolla is an excellent stone for this issue. It is a beautiful blue-green stone that primarily resonates with the Throat Chakra. It often goes by the moniker "Stone of Communication", as it facilitates effective communication and can significantly help you during times when you have trouble expressing yourself to others.
Some varieties of Chrysocolla are more green than blue, which is why the stone is also associated with the Heart Chakra. Like other stones of the Heart Chakra, Chrysocolla helps boost compassion, understanding, and love of all kinds. Cancerians have a tendency to be unintentionally manipulative when it comes to relationships just as they are also prone to being manipulated, depending on the situation. These issues are often caused by imbalances in the Heart Chakra.
Use Chrysocolla when you have difficulty expressing yourself or when you feel like you need some help in boosting your ability for compassion and love. Wearing the stone as jewelry is especially effective, such as in the case of a necklace so you can wear it close to your heart.
Kyanite comes in the colors gray, green, orange, yellow, white and black. For Cancer energy, I recommend Black Kyanite because of its association with loyalty, family, and community.
Like most black stones, Black Kyanite is a stone that resonates with the Root Chakra. It is a grounding crystal and can help improve your relationships by facilitating positive communication and grounding you to your roots. It also helps boost loyalty and empathy, traits that Cancerians already possess.
A variety of Chalcedony, Chrysoprase is a beautiful light green stone that resonates with the Heart Chakra. It is a powerhouse of a crystal when it comes to emotional healing. Since Cancerians are known to be moody and can sometimes show symptoms of anxiety and depression, Chrysoprase is a must-have for everyone born under Cancer. It is also recommended for anyone who suffers from any kind of depressive or anxiety disorder.
Whenever you feel the dark clouds of depression hovering over you, hold onto a piece of Chrysoprase. Whether as a tumbled stone or in the form of jewelry, set your intentions and wear it as a necklace or bracelet throughout the day to keep negative emotions at bay. You can also carry a tumbled stone in your pocket so you can reach for it when needed. It is also an excellent stone for meditating whenever you feel down.
Cancer is one of the most emotional signs in the zodiac, because of this Cancer season can be a time of deep emotions for everyone. Taking the time to dive deep in to your emotions can lead to powerful results right now, especially for signs that typically shy away from such things. But for the signs that are emotional, remember not to get lost in your emotions. The crystals recommended above can help you navigate this process and calm the waves of your emotions. Once your emotions are at ease, it will be easy to experience and appreciate the love of family and community that is abundant this time of year.
The crystals we recommend are particularly effective when worn as jewelry, as having them close to you will keep you in touch with their healing energies. This is especially when you set your intention before wearing them. Below are some jewelry pieces I recommend from our collection. They each work with different aspects of Cancer energy and have been specially cleared, charged and blessed by our certified energy healers to awaken their full potential.