Cancer Rising

Meaning of Rising Sign

Cancer rising means that Cancer was the zodiac sign that was on the eastern horizon at the time of your birth. As a Cancer rising, you're ruled by water, and your ruling planet is the moon—the planet of deep emotions, intuition, fertility and childbirth.


Because Cancer is represented by the moon, there are a number of ways this plays into a Cancer rising's appearance. The moon works in phases, and, as such, a Cancer rising's appearance will also transform in “phases.” This person might alter themselves over the years to fit their particular moods.

In general, given the moon is represented by the very full moon, Cancer rising tends to have a lot of round features. This person could have large cheeks, a round chin, with a nice shapely figure. Additionally, the moon is nocturnal (i.e. it's only visible at night), so this person typically has dark features, too. A Cancer rising might have black or dark hair, deep blue eyes or a brooding complexion.

Like the full moon, everything about a Cancer rising is “full” as well. So, that's where you get their deeply colored eyes, bodacious body and lush, full-bodied hair.


  • Attractive
  • Cautious
  • Cheeky
  • Engaging
  • Insecure
  • Maternal
  • Moody
  • Sensitive
  • Sweet


Everything about a Cancer rising is deep or full-bodied. Picture a hearty Cabernet. So, as it relates to personality, Cancer rising is, simply, full. They might have a deep laugh, extremely dark and haunting eyes, lots of stories to tell and a body that demands attention. This kind of person definitely isn't someone who wants to steal the show; they just can't help but attract an audience.

The moon is a Cancer rising's ruling planet. And think about it … the moon changes signs every two and a half days. So, it's no wonder why Cancer rising's moods change so frequently! You better believe this placement will tell you exactly how they feel when they feel it. There are no secrets with Cancer rising.

Additionally, this placement can be a little dramatic. What's life without a small emotional hiccup or outburst? Cancer rising has a lot of feelings but also has trouble expressing their emotions. So, half the time they might be quiet, and the other half they might blow up and get their feelings on you. Just go along for the ride, and you'll do fine!

Like Cancer's mascot, the Crab, this person tends to be a little cool and guarded when first meeting someone. They do have a lot of love to give, but they also know they can give out too many chances. So, a Cancer rising will hold out as long as they can before they become vulnerable with a new person. (It's not you, it's them.)

However, when they do let their guard down, this person is a ride-or-die friend, lover and family member. They put the people they love first—no exceptions.