How to Seduce a Cancer

Locking down Cancer the Crab

Photographed by Ricky Michiels, Beauty Editor: Jade Taylor, Styled by Michael Kozak, Makeup by Lindsey Williams, Hair by Remy Moore, Model: Kayla at Zodiac Management

Just as the moon has many phases, waxing and waning from a bright, incandescent orb to virtually invisible, Cancer, the fourth sign of the zodiac, cycles through their emotions similarly, riding the wave of the moment. Depending on their current mood—which can oscillate from sweet to sour in an instant, thanks to everything from a stressful commute to a schmaltzy dog food commercial—celestial crabs can be tough nuts to crack.

Crushing on Cancer takes patience and fortitude, but most of all you’ll need genuine empathy and a keen sense of observation to catch a crab. Symbolized by the tough-shelled and reclusive crustacean, Cancer likes to hide out until they’re sure the coast is clear, making these signs some of the most reluctant personalities to dive headfirst into commitments. Sure, as a deep-feeling water sign Cancer is content to stay solo if it suits them. But being a sign of extreme contradiction, crabs crave companionship more than any other, blooming into their highest potential when immersed in true love.

Sensitive, warm, and maternal, these givers are some of the most rewarding lovers and partners out there. But forget any petty games or tricks in the chase: Cancers are purely intuitive to an alarming degree and will happily clamp their sandy shells shut if they sense any deceit or mischief. So, set your crab traps accordingly and prepare to feel your way through the moonlight to Cancer’s heart.