July 8 Zodiac: Sign, Traits, Compatibility, and More

Written by Sandy Porter
Updated: July 8, 2023
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Key Points

  • Cancers babies are born between June 21st and July 22nd.
  • Cancers are most often compatible with Taurus, Virgo, and Scorpio, among others.
  • If you are a Cancer, you may be loyal, supportive, and creative.

Your friendship is long-lasting and deep, and though it may take time to build a bond of deep intimacy with you, your loyalty is unmatched by anyone. You are a July 8 zodiac; you are a Cancerian.

Born under the Cancer sign of the zodiac, your July 8 birthday indicates that you are creative, adventurous, ever-curious, and ever-changing. Your resilience helps to keep you strong through the challenges of life while you seek out new experiences to keep yourself growing and learning.

If three phrases could describe you, they would likely be creative, emotionally intelligent, and continually getting better. You love new experiences and seek them out, whether in gastronomy, physical adventures, or experimentation in your creative work.

Cancer zodiac sign

Like the crab, the symbol of the Cancer zodiac sign, people born on July 8th are intuitively guided by emotion yet tough enough to protect themselves from harm.


June 21 to July 23 Zodiac Sign: Cancer

July 8 Zodiac signCancer
GemstonePearl, moonstone
Ruling planetMoon, Pluto
Power colorsWhite, silver, gray
Lucky numbers3, 5, 14, 18, 25
Lucky dayMonday
Most compatible withTaurus, Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn, Scorpio, Pisces
Motto“I feel, therefore I am.”
EmbraceNew experiences, learning opportunities, reflective moments
AvoidAnger, playing with the feelings of others, vindictiveness
Career path idealsArtist, designer, architect, scientist, writer, digital artist, inventor, performance artist, marketer, lawyer, consultant, doctor, holistic healer, teacher, therapist, nurse, nutritionist, hospitality personnel, archeologist, (personable) salesperson

Born between the summer solstice on June 21 and July 23, Cancer, or The Crab, is your zodiac sign. The name transliterates from the Greek, Karkinos, a legendary creature known in Greek mythology. The giant crab influenced the alignment of the constellations and now symbolizes those burning under the sign of Cancer.

The Crab is the fourth astrological sign of the zodiac; its constellation is visible in North America in the springtime night sky, located between Leo, the Lion, and Gemini, the Twins. The faint constellation is hard to spot, but if you pull out a telescope, you may see the upside-down Y between the nearest constellations.

And though the constellation isn’t the brightest in the sky, you are likely the person most noticeable in a crowded room. Your deep emotions and compassion, intense loyalty, and vibrant charm help you stand out when others might fade into the background.

Ruling Planets for July 8 Zodiac

A northern sign, Cancer dwells with the ruling planet of the Moon. Neptune, Pluto, and Saturn may also influence other Decans of Cancer. For you, as a July 8 Zodiac, Pluto is your secondary pull, leading your intellectual, reasoning side and putting your emotions into balance with the Moon’s pull on your spirit.

This tug between Moon and Pluto can help explain that sense of constant struggle between reasoning and emotional leading, but this is normal and even healthy and is part of what makes you so unique and powerfully creative. It does, however, impact your need for security and stability in relationships, which is part of why you are so intensely loyal once someone earns your trust.

July 7 Zodiac Personality Traits

Personality traits in graphic

Personality traits in graphic


Five traits are most likely to come up when someone asks a friend to describe you: creative, compassionate, attractive, emotional, and charming. Those who aren’t as friendly with you (possibly jealous!) are more prone to calling you crabby, overly sensitive, ostentatious, or vain. These traits can sum up the outside perspective of you, depending on your emotional health.


Your life would not be fulfilling in the slightest if you weren’t able to express yourself through creative means. This could be in music, design, writing, architecture, invention, or any number of other creative mediums. The key is that you must allow yourself to enjoy the creative side of yourself, or you’ll live in constant misery, unfulfilled.

Attractive and Charming

Your good looks and enticing charms draw others to you wherever you go if you’re in a healthy place emotionally. If you’re unhealthy, the charm and attractiveness may still draw people in, but the relationships you’ll form won’t be as genuine or healthy. Be cautious of partners only interested in your life when you’re struggling to find your footing.


Part of your charm is the ability you have to make quick, reasonable decisions that lead the group into good places. You’re often automatically bumped into leadership roles without trying to get them, and everyone looks to you when there are tough decisions to make. Celebrate this, embrace it, and make those decisions to help others follow along in the positive path of your creative guidance.

Bored Easily

That creative and adventurous spirit has a potential downside – but it’s a completely natural component of who you are: boredom comes easily. Because you explore new places, new things, and new methods all the time, and because you’re usually working on multiple small projects all at the same time, boredom hits hard when you get stuck in a standard routine.

Conflict Comes Easily

Your emotional soul thrives in compassionate spaces, but that doesn’t always mean that others appreciate your passions. Because your creative soul is often misunderstood by those less emotion-based, you may dredge up conflict unintentionally on the regular with family and friends who aren’t as much like you. To avoid this problem, make sure you engage in compassionate, active listening – avoid trying to defend yourself and instead try to hear the other person’s perspective. Recognize their point of view is just as valid to them as yours is to you – and use this to communicate better with them.

Career and Passions for July 7 Zodiac

pop art - hands over typewriter in unusual style, the creative process

Creative careers are often the best for July 8 Zodiac-born Cancerians.


Career paths with autonomy, loose but strategic guidelines, and plenty of human interaction are going to be the best fitting for your personality. Your emotional soul and reasoning mind make you an excellent candidate for any of the following career paths and similar.

Careers to consider as a Cancerian:

  • Writer
  • Digital artist
  • Performance artist
  • Holistic healer
  • Designer
  • Visual artist
  • Archeologist
  • Photographer
  • Musician
  • Consultant
  • Lawyer
  • Therapist
  • Nutritionist
  • Inventor
  • Architect
  • Scientist
  • Teacher
  • Nurse
  • Doctor
  • Marketer
  • Hospitality personnel

Careers to Avoid as a Cancerian:

Those same traits, though, mean certain career paths won’t help you feel fulfilled. Avoid roles as:

  • Judge
  • Military personnel
  • Stockbroker
  • Prison personnel
  • Insurance salesperson
  • Butcher
  • Gambler
  • Politician
  • Hard selling, such as sales

July 7 Zodiac Compatibility

couple on beach, woman piggyback

The right partner will make life amazing for the July 8 zodiac-born Cancerian.


July 8 Zodiac-born Cancer natives are compatible with about half of the other zodiac signs, thanks to the emotional intelligence, charm, and creative depth of your personality. There are some signs. However, that could cause trouble in romantic matches.

Great Matches


Two signs apart on the zodiac, Taurus, and Cancerians are quite often the perfect match. The relationship winds up being friendly, easy-going, and generally smooth, whether we’re talking friendship or romantic partnership. Your compatibility resonates particularly in the way you hear each other and harmonize in your shared experiences of choice, such as gastronomy.


Two signs apart under the zodiac, Cancerians and Virgos will find harmony ringing as they proceed through life together. Your common sensitivity and service orientation in relationships blends well with you both being full of big dreams and hopes for yourselves and the world.


As part of the water trigon with Cancerians, Scorpios are likely to make an excellent match with you. Their low-key approach to life will blend lovingly in their own emotional strength and empathy, their big dreams encouraging yours, and the ability to communicate needs as you are able through creative expressions.


If a balanced relationship is more in-tune with your needs, Capricorns are your go-to partners, whether in friendship or romance. Their pragmatic viewpoints may help you find more stability in your struggle between emotions and reasoning and likely make things easier to communicate about any conflicts that may arise between you.


The deeply spiritual Pisces will blend perfectly with your Cancerian charm. The ability you both bear in knowing and truly hearing each other will lead to healthy, long-lasting relationships. Let empathy guide your way and work together to create the passionate, happy life you both dream of.

Fellow Cancerians

Of course, two Cancerians often pair well. You both fully understand what it means to bear the deep emotions, the continual conflict inside between emotion and reason, and the need to find both stability and care in relationships of all types.

Poor Matches


Being only one sign apart, Gemini and Cancerians often have friction that won’t help you thrive in a romantic partnership together. The cerebral-based communication and needs of the Gemini will conflict with the emotion-based needs and communication you have as a Cancerian, making a peaceful life together challenging.


Three signs away from Cancerians, the challenges may arise between Libra and Cancerians on the regular. While you both need companionable relationships and you’re both charming and attractive, the Libra often may have a greater need to be the center of attention, which can lead to jealousy or feeling invisible for the Cancerian.


Perhaps less challenging than Gemini, the Aries, in partnership with Cancerian, also isn’t likely to be the best match. While both Cancerians and Aries are big-picture thinkers, Aries often also struggle with the stick-to-it-ness that so often Cancerians struggle with. This can lead to big problems in a committed relationship.


While deep loyalty is something incredible to both Cancerians and Sagittarius, living in their head can be a big cause of conflict for Sagittarius matched with Cancerians. Your emotions are scattered everywhere while theirs are tucked away – and this will often leave one or both of you feeling unknown and unseen.


Though they may be deeply emotional on the inside, Aquarius is often considered to be aloof and cool when it comes to relationships. PDA isn’t likely to be a thing, and big public displays of emotion – or private, for that matter – aren’t often a thing. This may cause major issues for Cancerians, as emotions are where you live much of the time.

Could Go Either Way


One sign away, Leos also tend not to match well with Cancerians. Frequent conflict and friction may arise, with Leos looking for attention and pulling the spotlight away from your creative efforts. On the other hand, the perpetual optimism of Leo may help to balance out the “moodiness” of Cancerians that often drags you down into the pits of despair when life is rough.

Relationship Strengths and Weaknesses

Your life is filled with ups and downs, like the waning and waxing of the moon. That means your relationship weaknesses are usually your strengths turned in on themselves when you’re not functioning in a healthy relationship.

  • Emotional and expressive – One of your greatest strengths is your emotional intelligence and ability to communicate. However, when you’re not operating out of a healthy place, or the relationship you’re in is unhealthy, this strength can be turned inside out and become your greatest weakness: the manipulation of others.
  • Deep connectedness and loyalty – Once your trust has been earned, that person is in your heart forever. Loyalty is one of your most powerful relationship qualities – but it can become unhealthy if you let it. Avoid becoming possessive or overly protective, or you could become co-dependent and highly unhealthy.
  • Intuitive and caring – Love rules your heart, and that creative soul shines through unique expressions of care and intuitive love for others. This is probably your greatest strength when it comes to relationships – you know what the other person needs without being told. There’s a danger here, though, in starting to think you know best. Instead, listen with your heart and hear the other person express their needs instead of expecting you already know them.

Why Silver Matters to Cancerians

Woman dressed in shining silver, blowing confetti away, pink backdrop

Silver clothing may help to boost your mood and encourage your creativity as a Cancerian.


Achieving personal fulfillment, with the courage to stick through it all, has been linked to the color silver. Because of your unique traits as a Cancerian with both great loyalty and easy boredom, this power to meet your goals of self-improvement and fulfillment is important. Representing also purity and spiritual power, the color leads into a state of bliss for those who rely on its color for inspiration, with a bit of mystery lingering around the edges.

Tying into the moon and water, silver indicated emotional resilience, sensitivity, and a creative spirit, as well, meaning you’ve already got silver “all over” you in a supernatural way. It cannot give you power inherently, but it can encourage you, lift your mood, and inspire your heart to pursue your dreams and fulfill your deepest needs for connection and creative expression. Wear the color often, whether in jewelry or clothing or dress your creative workspace in the color to enhance its influence over your spirit.

July 8 Zodiac Birthstones

opened oyster shell with a large pearl in it. Light shines on oyster shell and pearl from back of frame. Background is blues and white.

The lovely pearl is one of the most powerful gemstones for Cancerians.

©PHIL LENOIR/Shutterstock.com

Many stones may be embraced by Cancerians for their gemstones, but the most common three are the ruby, the traditional stone of the Cancer sign, pearls, and moonstones.


The traditional birthstone for Cancerians, rubies offer a warm, red glow that heightens and exemplifies the emotions of Cancerians. Considered to be ruled by the Sun, the cosmic connection between the two is thought to help bring balance into the life of Cancerians. Balancing the heart and drawing confidence is also attributed to the stone and is thought to help Cancerians when they struggle with co-dependency. 


As the Moon rules Cancerians, moonstones make sense for those under the sign to embrace as their stone. Moonstones are often thought to deepen intuition and guiding plans, two qualities found in Cancerians when they are healthy emotionally.


Connecting the water element to Cancerians, pearls offer luminous beauty as a sign of purity and sincerity. The Cancerian heart aligns with these notions and may easily find the pearl the most intimately connected stone.

History Made on July 8

  • 2011 – Space Shuttle Atlantis launched, the last in NASA’s 30 year-long Space Shuttle Program, the 135th flight of the program.
  • 2010 – Film “Inception” premiered in London, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, directed by Christopher Nolan
  • 1996 – Spice Girls release their debut single “Wannabe” in the UK
  • 1995 – Steffi Graf wins her 6th Wimbledon title
  • 1908 – Nelson Rockefeller born
  • 1889 – Wall Street Journal published for the first time
  • 1800 – Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse gives first cowpox vaccination in history, to prevent smallpox in his son
  • 1777 – Vermont abolished slavery

Historical Figures and Celebrities born on July 8th

  • Maya Hawke
  • Kevin Bacon
  • Milo Ventimiglia
  • Sophia Bush
  • Billy Crudup
  • Aimée Kelly
  • Kathleen Robertson
  • Jake McDorman
  • Sebastian Maniscalco
  • Michael Weatherly
  • Robert Knepper
  • Anjelica Huston

The photo featured at the top of this post is © iStock.com/vectortatu

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About the Author

Sandy Porter is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering house garden plants, mammals, reptiles, and birds. Sandy has been writing professionally since 2017, has a Bachelor’s degree and is currently seeking her Masters. She has had lifelong experience with home gardens, cats, dogs, horses, lizards, frogs, and turtles and has written about these plants and animals professionally since 2017. She spent many years volunteering with horses and looks forward to extending that volunteer work into equine therapy in the near future. Sandy lives in Chicago, where she enjoys spotting wildlife such as foxes, rabbits, owls, hawks, and skunks on her patio and micro-garden.

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