7 Things You Need To Know About The Cancer Woman

The Cancer woman is full of contradiction. She's vulnerable but guarded, moody but dependable, and terrified of change but extremely adaptable. She has layers. She is INTERESTING.

She is the type of woman you hope to marry. She's the type of woman who would make a fantastic mother. She's the type of woman you'd be lucky to call your best friend.

And though you may not guess it when you first meet her, the Cancer woman loves hard. When she loves, she LOVES. When she cares, she CARES. Despite her calm facade, she experiences every emotion in all caps.

She carefully chooses who she lets into her world. But once you're in, you're in. Consider yourself lucky.

This woman is in it for the long haul. She will stand by you through thick and thin. She's not only the friend who will listen to you cry -- she's the friend who will cry WITH you.

Before you get involved with one of these fabulous, fiercely nurturing and sensitive creatures, here are seven things you should know about Cancer women.

1. We're heavily guarded but deeply sensitive.

We cancer women do not trust easily. We are terrified of being hurt and try to do everything in our power to keep that from happening. Like the crab that symbolizes our sign, our soft side is usually hidden within our hard exterior.

No matter how far we let you into our lives, we maintain a level of mystery.

Because of this, we may appear to others as cool and calm. In fact, we're quite the opposite.

Cancers are sensitive and deeply passionate beneath our cold, hard shells. We're extremely intuitive and easily hurt. Those who know us well are able to see past the tact to our passionate (and sometimes even moody) inner selves.

 2. We make excellent friends and partners.

Cancer women may not be swimming in acquaintances, but they have several close relationships.

Our naturally intuitive nature makes us inherent nurturers. Thus, we're fantastic friends and partners (and lovers).

We love feeling needed and actually crave the sensation. We are extremely dependable. We're vehemently protective and fiercely loyal, especially when it comes to close friends and family.

We care deeply and sympathize with every fiber of our being. We know how to make you feel welcome.

We hope you'll eventually see yourself in the same brilliant light that we see around you. A Cancer's love is the kind that will last a lifetime.

 3. We crave comfort and stability in all that we do.

At the end of the day, the main goal of the Cancer woman is a life filled with comfort and stability. Even when she seeks reckless adventure, the Cancer woman still yearns for a sense of security.

She needs constant reassurance that she is loved, and she wants to feel completely safe and satisfied in her relationships.

Deeply afraid of being hurt, she craves the sensation of feeling safe and secure in all she does.

 4. We value the concept of home.

Cancer women crave roots. We want to belong somewhere and call a place home. Often referred to as homebodies, we thoroughly enjoy spending nights in and surrounded exclusively by the ones we love. We are happiest when we are at home.

When we become romantically involved with someone, our love for home intensifies. We enjoy the home and everything it contains. We tend to have a deep appreciation for food and a knack for cooking.

 5. We avoid confrontation at almost all costs.

Our sensitive core leaves us with a vulnerable spot, and we're easily hurt. Blunt words can cut us deeper than their speaker intended.

We crave comfort and stability, and the thought of losing a cherished relationship is heart-wrenching.

Confrontation is not just a threat to this comfort and stability. It also creates the perfect forum for the blunt words that strike a Cancer's heart.

In other words, confrontation is our worst nightmare. When it seems inevitable, we react by shutting down completely. The Cancer crab retreats back into her shell and regrets ever letting her guard down in the first place.

But more often than not, we manage to avoid conflict. We actually become great manipulators when we learn to get what we want without any confrontation.

 6. We live in the past.

The Cancer woman often takes trips down memory lane. She cherishes her memories and has a deep respect for the history attached to them.

The Cancer woman saved the ticket stub from your first date at the Coldplay concert. Her grandmother's pearl necklace is her favorite piece of jewelry.

She incessantly stalks her own Facebook page to revel in the happy throwbacks.

 7. We are survivors.

Cancer women have fantastic survival skills. This is partly because of our guardedness. We put up a hard exterior to protect our soft interior from the big, bad world.

As you can imagine, the Cancer homebody is not crazy about leaving the comfort zone she worked so hard to build for herself. She avoids change to the best of her ability.

But when push comes to shove, she can be surprisingly adaptive. When her back is against the wall, the strong and mature Cancer is able to muster up the courage to scuttle away -- off to a completely new adventure.

We are fiercely protective, and we will do whatever it takes to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.