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Venus is known as the planet of love, and its position in your natal chart can tell you a lot about your approach to love and relationships. It also relates to how you value things in the material world, and how you feel about your appearance.
If you are born under Venus in Cancer, you are very sensitive when it comes to love. You are very much in tune with the feelings of your partner and tend to take the small things personally. Your default approach to caring is to take on the role of a caregiver.
In the material world, you are more focused on attachments and things. But having a recognized and steady place within a group is very important to you. You tend not to be able to see how beautiful you are and underestimate yourself.
Celebrities born under Venus in Cancer include Keanu Reeves, Cameron Diaz, Natalie Portman, and Chris Evans.
Venus Transit & Retrograde Through Cancer
While the position of Venus in our natal chart affects us on an individual level, Venus’ continual transit through the signs impacts us all as it dictates the kind of “love energy that is in the air”.
When Venus transits through Cancer, you can expect to be extra sensitive in relationships and perhaps have a tendency to read too much into things. But this also tends to be a good time to make long term commitments towards building a home and a family with someone else.
Thankfully Venus does not retrograde through Cancer often, and will not do so again until 2071. Considering its disruptive power over the heart, it is good that Venus only retrogrades every 18 months.
Whenever Venus retrogrades, we all tend to misstep when it comes to love. When this is combined with the energy of Cancer, you might find yourself feeling burdened by the obligations of relationships and family and needing to escape.
Venus in Cancer Love & Compatibility
When you are born under Venus in Cancer, you are looking for more than a lover, you want a partner with whom you can build a life. You are empathetic, but also highly sensitive and often find yourself emotionally overreacting to things in your relationship.
You are so attentive to the feelings and the need of your partner that you tend to know exactly what they want without them having to say anything. Your default way of showing that you care is also to take on the role of caregiver and to do nice or helpful things for the other person.
But you are incredibly sensitive, and even small things hurt. This can be problematic if you have a partner who is not careful with their words and actions. You may find yourself on an emotional rollercoaster, feeling on top of the world one minute and low the next.
In the bedroom, you can be more concerned about pleasing your partner than fulfilling your own needs. This can be frustrating as you are a deeply sensual person. When you do find someone who can fulfill you sexually, you often find new confidence.
Venus in Cancer Man
Men born under Venus in Cancer tend to want to be the breadwinner of a family and be able to care for the people that he loves. But don’t expect an absentee man that spends weeks in the office and weekends on the golf course. He prefers to spend quality time with the people that he loves.
He is very good at saying the right thing when his partner is feeling emotional or insecure to bring them back to a good place. These men are also very good at wooing the objects of their affection, as they know how to make someone feel special.
In the bedroom, he wants to create a safe space where both he and his partner can feel free. He can be a little shy when it comes to experimentation, but he will try most things if his partner wants it.
Venus in Cancer Woman
You can expect women born under Venus in Cancer to be natural “mothers”. They always look after their friends and family, and they tend to have the same desire to look after their partner. This can come across as being a little controlling.
She is always very careful with her words and actions to be supporting and loving, as she understands the power of words to hurt or heal others. These women themselves are easily hurt by the words of others and can often seem like they are emotional “for no reason”, but she has her reasons.
Women of this sign are concerned about pleasing their partner in the bedroom and might be the type to “fake it” if they think that is what their partner wants. But she is highly sensual and can be transformed by a good sexual partner.
Venus in Cancer Compatibility
Venus in Cancer is most compatible with Taurus in Cancer, who are sensitive to their feelings and generous in their affections. They also suit Venus in Libra, who will appreciate the home and that Cancer wants to build for them.
Venus in Cancer Material Values
If you are born under Venus in Cancer, beyond having a comfortable home, you aren’t very concerned about the material things. Home matters because it is the place that you welcome and care for the people that you love.
But having a community around you, and having an established place within that community, are both very important to you. While you don’t necessarily need to be high status, you need to feel like you belong and you contribute.
Venus in Cancer Appearance & Self-Esteem
When you are born under Venus in Cancer, you tend to have relatively low self-esteem in terms of your looks. You tend to think that you aren’t that attractive and underestimate what other people might see in you.
This doesn’t undermine your overall self-esteem, as you don’t value yourself on the basis of your looks. You value yourself on the basis of who cares about you and how you can help the people that you love.
Finding a partner that you can trust and who speaks to your sensual side can give you a major confidence boost when it comes to your appearance.
Venus in Cancer Personality Traits
When you are born with Venus in Cancer, you are all about community and the people that you care about. This encompasses everything from caring about your roots and having a passion for history to protecting the people in your clan. You are a natural carer and nourisher, and will often be interested in nourishing activities such as cooking and meditation.
When you are born under Venus in Cancer, you innately know that it is the people that you are closest to that define you. That said, you would never cast someone out of your clan, even if you can see that they are damaging you in some way.
Also, you care so much about the people close to you that you can unwittingly be exclusive. You can have a tendency to develop an “us and them” mentality and want to protect “us” from “them”.
You tend to believe in the importance of nourishing yourself and others. This often results in an interest in things such as cooking and nutrition, yoga and meditation, and other types of self-care. You understand the difference that this can make.
When you are wrapped up with helping someone else you can sometimes forget to take the time you need to care for yourself. But when you do remember, you innately know what you need physically and emotionally.
Your family and your roots are very important to you. In your opinion, people are defined by where they come from and you can’t escape your past of your family. And you don’t want to. You are someone who wants to feel connected to your past.
This can manifest in an interest in history, especially from parts of the world with which you are connected. But your historic interest is not limited to this, you find nostalgia and the way that people used to live in what you might consider “simpler times” compelling.
Were You Born with Venus in Cancer?
If you were born with Venus in Cancer you are a sensitive soul. You are empathetic and incredibly good at reading people. You tend to have a natural desire to make others feel safe, happy, and loved.
But your emotions also run close to the surface, so you find it difficult not to react to things. So, others would probably describe you as sensitive.
You are not naturally inclined to think of yourself as attractive and you might underestimate or underplay your looks.
When it comes to the material world, you are more interested in people than things. Having a defined place within the community matters to you.