The constellation for Cancer is The Crab, and a crab is a good metaphor for the sign. Cancer has a soft interior and a hard shell, and unfortunately, also has some rather sharp claws.
A Cancer woman needs the security of a relationship, but because she is so shy, it can be hard for her to find one. Underneath her crusty shell, a Cancer woman is usually very sweet and loving and is often the proverbial "girl next door."
A Cancer woman in love may not always show her feelings, though, so pay attention to these signs a Cancer woman likes you. See also the best and worst matches for a Cancer woman.
The Astrology of Relationships
In order to see the signs a Cancer woman has feelings for you, it is helpful to understand the order relationships progress in astrology.
As your relationship with a Cancer woman grows, she will slowly and step-by-step come out of her shell. These steps are predictable and follow a pattern.
You can follow this pattern using the Sun Sign, but there is another sign that will give you accurate results as well. This is known as the Ascendant or Rising Sign. This is the sign that was rising in the East when you were born.
If you know her date, time, and place of birth, and if she is willing, you can find out her Ascendant by getting a birth chart / natal report for free at Astrology Season.
Starting from the Sun Sign or the Ascendant, all relationships start in the 1st House, when you meet and decide if you want to see more of each other.
They then move on to become an 11th House friendship. They may develop into a 5th House romance and culminate in a 7th House marriage or long term committed relationship.
Clear Signs a Cancer Woman Likes You at Each Stage
First Encounters - Signs a Cancer Woman Finds You Attractive
Relationships start in the 1st House, when you first meet and start to get to know each other. This is always the sign itself, in this case, Cancer. Cancer women are hard to get to know. They are extremely shy, and do not generally open up to new people.
To find out if a Cancer woman has a crush on you, watch for these signs a Cancer woman likes you early on.
1) She will talk with you at all
A Cancer woman is not one to socialize when she does not have to. When she can be dragged to parties or social events, she usually sits off to the side without talking to anyone.
If someone she does not already know approaches her, she will say as little as she can get away with without sounding unforgiveably rude.
So, if a Cancer woman will talk with you at all, you can be sure that this is one of the signs that she finds you attractive.
It is possible, though, that even if she thinks you are attractive, she still might not say much. It will look different, however, than if she does not like you.
If a Cancer woman has a crush on you, she will blush and stammer a little and give you a shy smile. If she does not like you, her demeanor will be cold and standoffish.
2) She will agree to a date
If you ask her for a date, and she agrees, it is one of the signs a Cancer woman likes you. If she does not like you, she will refuse. Even if she likes you, though, she might not agree right away, and she may need coaxing.
You can tell by her demeanor and tone of voice whether coaxing will be effective. If her no is firm, but polite, you are generally out of luck. If she says no in a way that seems indecisive or hesitating, she might looking for you to persuade her.
3) She will subtly look after you
Cancer women are the most nurturing women in the zodiac, and even in the very early stages of your relationship, she will begin to look after you. She will notice if you seem sad, or if you have not eaten.
She will offer to get things for you or pay attention to how you take your coffee. If you tell her about your problems or difficulties, she will sincerely express her sympathy.
These demonstrations of care and concern about your welfare are one of the hallmark signs a Cancer woman likes you at any stage of your relationship.
A Growing Friendship - Signs a Cancer Woman is Feeling Comfortable Around You
The next stage of a relationship is when a friendship begins to develop. Friendships are 11th House relationships, and the 11th House from Cancer is Taurus.
As a Cancer woman begins to feel safe with you, she will relax and start enjoying your company.
4) She will want to be with you a lot
A Cancer woman does not like parties or large social gatherings, but she does like to be with those she is close to. She generally has a small amount of friends who she spends a lot of time with one-on-one.
You will know if you have become a part of her small, select group of friends if she wants as much time with you as you will give her.
5) She will want to talk or text with you every day at the very least
Cancer women are known to be rather clingy. They like to be in constant contact with those that they care about.
A Cancer woman will tend to be insecure, and she will need a lot of reassurance that you really do care about her. She will also genuinely worry about you if she has not heard from you for too long of a time period.
If this is a difficulty for you, she will probably be happy with sweet emoji or short messages over text. She does not necessarily need long conversations, just something to let her know that you are ok and that you really do still like her.
The nice thing about this will be that if you need reassurance, she will gladly give you as much as you want.
A Cancer woman will understand your insecurities, and there will never be any need to adopt a false bravado or tough exteriors. She will like you all the more if you show your vulnerabilities.
6) She will cook for you
Like a Taurus woman, a Cancer woman will almost always be a fabulous cook. As you become close to her, it is almost certain that at some point, a Cancer woman will invite you for dinner.
While a Taurus woman will be an artist in the kitchen, a Cancer woman will specialize in "comfort food." She will want to know you favorite childhood meal, and she will try her best to replicate it for you.
You can give her no greater compliment than to clean your plate and ask for seconds or thirds. If you do not, she will worry that you did not like it.
If there is something you actually did not like about the meal, it is best to be honest about it. She will know if you are holding back to be polite, and she will imagine the problem was far worse than it probably was.
Another reason to tell her is that if you continue to see her, she will most likely cook for you often. She will remember what you said and change the recipe accordingly.
A Romantic Relationship - Signs a Cancer Woman is Falling in Love
After a time, your relationship may blossom into a full-blown romance. Romantic relationships are found in the 5th House, and the 5th House from Cancer is Scorpio.
In popular astrology, Cancer sometimes gets the reputation of being somewhat weak and overly emotional. While the reputation of excessive emotions is fair, a Cancer woman is far from weak!
A Cancer woman in love will show her strength and is a force to be reckoned with. Below are the signs a Cancer woman likes you and is falling in love.
7) She will take you to meet her parents
Unless there is a very good reason not to, a Cancer woman will maintain very close ties to her parents and her family.
If she falls in love with you, she will want you to meet them. She will also want to meet your parents and your family.
Family is extremely important to Cancer, and if your relationship becomes serious, you will need to accept that her family will be a part of your life together. Hopefully, you will get along with them.
By the same token, she will be very understanding of your family obligations. If you are estranged from your family for any reason, she will want to help you reconcile with them.
8) She will show her temper at times
As loving as a Cancer woman can be, this sign is known for its temper! Remember that Cancer is the Crab, and a crab has claws! As you spend more time with her, and as she feels safe around you, it is very likely she will let that side of herself show.
When she is angry, a Cancer woman can say things that are biting to the point of cruelty.
If your Cancer woman becomes angry with you, it is best to back away and not engage with her.
You have probably said or done something that has hurt her tender side, and she is protecting herself. The last thing you want to do is in any way back her into a corner, literally or symbolically.
Once she calms down and feels safe again, she will return to her sweet self and will feel bad about hurting you.
9) She will talk about having children
Cancer is the sign of the Mother, and a Cancer woman will almost certainly want children.
One of the signs a Cancer woman likes you and is becoming serious about you is if she starts to talk about having children and asking you whether you want them. If you do not want children, this may be a difficulty in your relationship with her.
If your Cancer woman is older and past childbearing age, if she already has grown children, or if for any reason, she is unable to have them, she will usually have pets that she treats as her children.
Even so, if you want to be with a Cancer woman, you will need to find a way to get along with any pets she has as well.
A Long Term Commitment - Signs a Cancer Woman Wants You in Her Life For Good
If you have gotten through all of the other stages in your relationship, and all has gone well, you may want to get married or settle into a long term partnership.
When and if this happens, your relationship will move into the 7th House. The 7th House from Cancer is Capricorn. A Cancer woman takes marriage and commitment very seriously.
Here are the signs a Cancer woman has a crush you and is ready for a commitment.
10) She will want a home with you
Home and hearth are very important to Cancer women, and when she is preparing for a long term relationship, her first consideration will be where you will live together.
Unlike a Taurus woman, who will be thinking of your property, a Cancer woman will be wanting to make a home. She will take the initiative in this department, and she may start making plans before you realize she has done so.
11) She will take control of domestic chores
If you have already moved in together, or if she is at your place a lot, she will start to take over many of the household chores. It may be tempting to just let her do this, but that is not a good idea.
A Cancer woman is prone to developing a "martyr complex" and this could become a vicious cycle.
She is taking over household chores because she cares about you. If you do not notice, or if you do not contribute as well, she may start to think that you do not care about her.
It does not matter that you never asked her do all of the things she has taken on. It does not even matter whether you really wanted her to do them in the first place. The best thing to do is to notice and appreciate her efforts.
Even if she seems grumpy about it, this is really one of the signs a Cancer woman likes you and is thinking of you as a lifetime companion.
If you really want to make her feel loved and cared for, trying doing little things for her as well. This will likely move her to tears of love and tenderness for you.
12) She will want to be alone together with you
Cancer natives are usually introverts, and being around people exhausts them. A Cancer woman will need time away from social engagement to recharge.
Even so, she will still want to be in the same room as you. She will want to spend time alone, but together.
For example, she will want to quietly read a book or engage in some other quiet hobby. She may want to watch TV on her tablet or other device with her headphones on. It might feel like she is withdrawing.
If you were to leave the room, however, she would call for you and wonder where you were. The fact that she wants you with her even when she is spending time by herself is one of the sure signs a Cancer woman likes you very much.
Cancer women can be moody and difficult to read, but they are usually sweet and loving. For a patient and understanding person, a Cancer woman can be the perfect companion.
What do you think? Does your Cancer woman show she likes you in these ways?