Professional Horoscope: Cancer

There is no denying it — the concept of horoscopes and astrology isn’t for everyone.

But with that said, even for the biggest skeptics among us, there is something reassuring (and at times, enlightening) about identifying with predictions that seemingly align with our habits and tendencies, moods, lifestyle, and our professional and romantic status.

Are our stars truly accurate in regards to actually predicting our future? Or is astrology predominantly hinged on self-fulfilling prophecy? I’m never entirely sure, but I do believe that these observations tend to tap into our innermost desires and thoughts, the details to our internal state and personality that we may already be aware of, but need someone else (or a greater force of some kind) to confirm for us.

These predictions and observations can also prove especially true in the realm of our careers, and the professional habits that drive (or at times, inhibit) our momentum. The Cancer sign (born between June 21st and July 22nd), are known as the intuitive, intelligent, emotional, imaginative, passionate and moody sign of the Zodiac. The long list of Cancer-born celebs includes big names like Selena Gomez, Elon Musk, Tom Hanks, Ariana Grande and Vin Diesel, just to name a few.

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So for the Cancers hoping to gain some insight into their career path and tendencies, or anyone working with a Cancer who hopes to tap into their professional disposition, here are 5 points to consider:

1. Cancers are Incredibly Emotionally Intelligent

In the professional realm, having the ability to see past bravado to the core of someone’s intentions and emotional state serves Cancers well. With a knack for cutting through the bullsh*t and getting an in-depth read on co-workers and clients, Cancers have the ability to trust their intuition and judgement with complete confidence, while picking up on things that other signs might never notice.

The flip side?  While Cancer’s instincts are almost always dead-on, he or she may not always speak up to share those opinions with others (even when they should), in an attempt to avoid conflict or under the presumption that others know what they’re thinking. This tendency to keep things to themselves can lead to communication breakdowns, unexpected outbursts and/or pent-up frustration in the workplace.

2. Cancers are Intensely Passionate

When it comes to relationships, whether romantic or professional, Cancers aren’t the type to ‘half ass’ things. This innate drive and intensity in combination with their ability to work well independently, makes them passionate employees and business leaders. Cancers put their heart into everything they do and are incredibly loyal to their craft and those who have earned their trust in their professional circle(s). Hard working, inherently helpful, resourceful and good at managing time, Cancers are often great individuals to work with, or work for.

The flip side?  Emotional and guided by their heart, Cancers are more likely to struggle with fleeting emotional patterns and mood swings, that may feel beyond their control. At times, it might seem as though they don’t have the coping/defense mechanisms for those more challenging scenarios/conversations at work, and they tend to harbour long-standing grudges when they feel they’ve been wronged. When upset or frustrated, Cancers are more likely to put up a wall and distance themselves from others, which can test the patience of co-workers/management.

3. Cancers are Inherently Creative

Those born under this sign love to create and are naturally drawn to careers which allow them to tap into their creative side. Generally considered one of the most multi-dimensional signs of the zodiac, Cancer personalities are made up of many layers and often impossible to put into ‘one’ box, allowing them to be a jack of many trades in the workplace. Cancers also tend to be dreamers, able to tap into their imaginative nature in a way that can propel their career when it calls for big, bold ideas.

The flip side?  Cancers prefer to think deeply about things rather than simply taking everything at face value, which isn’t always a viable option in high-pressure professional scenarios. Their desire for a creative outlet and deeper connections within the workplace can also mean more rigid, traditional career paths might leave them feeling frustrated and/or unfulfilled.

4. Cancers are Loyal… Almost to a Fault

Cancers are known for going to the ends of the earth for those they love and trust. From a professional perspective, you can trust that Cancers will always be in the corner of those they’ve aligned with at work. Notoriously empathetic and compassionate, Cancers will not stand for anyone messing with their chosen ‘tribe’, so to speak.

The flip side?  Cancers often struggle to find the balance between supporting their friends, and standing up for what they believe in. Those scenarios in which Cancer individuals should turn down or against a friend to advocate for their own beliefs, especially in the professional realm, tend to be an uncomfortable point of internal contention for them. Learning to mitigate their instinct for intense loyalty within their career path will be a lifelong lesson for Cancers.

5. Cancers Do Not Respond to Pushy Personalities 

Cancers connect with a variety of personalities, but with credit to their emotional awareness, individuals who come across as obnoxious, demanding and/or having a selfish agenda will most certainly rub a Cancer the wrong way. In fact, those born under this sign tend to feel an intense aversion to anyone who appears to have little regard for others, and will be quick to distance themselves from people operating with this polarizing mindset.

The flip side?  While Cancers’ ability to identify the underlying intentions of those they work with is undoubtedly an advantage, their inability to feign tolerance of certain, pushier personalities can prove to be a challenge in the professional realm. If managed by a personality that rubs them the wrong way, Cancers will likely have a hard time cooperating even if it’s in their best interest to do so, from a career perspective.