Astrology tells us so much about ourselves; the planets in their orbits reflect our basic life forces. They influence our characteristics by their relationship to each other, as measured from the moment of our birth. These relationships between the planets, their positions in relation to the place of our birth tell us of their expression in the spheres of life depicted in the astrological houses.
Many mistakenly think that is all there is to Astrology, simply watching constellations process through the Zodiac, but there is much, much more. The Zodiac is a 360 degree circle divided into 12 sections, each associated with certain characteristics based on qualities on the elements Fire, Air, Water and Earth.
Each of these four elements has three states named Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable. Those of us with an emphasis on Cardinal signs tend to be leaders or initiators, they're goal oriented, never taking their eyes off of the prize. Those of us with an emphasis on fixed signs tend to be "status quo" people. They're efficient, good organizers, tending to react to situations and not to initiate them. Those with mutable emphasis love change; they seek the new and have no love for the "status quo."
So with 12 Zodiac signs each belonging to an element, each in one of the three states gives us an infinite number of personalities and characteristics. Each of us, holding specific aspects of each, so there is no pure Taurus or Sagittarius. With the factors of heredity and influences of the states and elements two people born into Aries can seem as different as night and day. The date, time and places of their births, separating them, giving them, different relationships to the different planets.
So which signs should you be friends with?
Cancer is a Cardinal water sign, ruled by the moon; they're described as the crab because they carry their own house. Insightful Cancer's tend to internalize their feelings. They crave a stable relationship built on mutual trust and affection. Like a crab they hold on to something they want, being quite subtle they can approach matters from different directions. Cancer's aren't interested in playing the field; it is contrary to their water nature. They seek commitment with a special someone as they need to be needed. They love to love and to build a family around themselves. Like still waters, Cancer's water nature sometimes runs deep, mysterious just as the other water signs Scorpio or Pisces are, for Cancer the best night out is a night at home.