The ascendant/rising sign (Cancer or otherwise) describes how we appear to be, whereas the sun sign describes who we really are in a wider sense than just appearance. The charactersitics of Cancer will somewhat modify and shape the characteristics of your sun sign.
For example, if you are a Sagittarius with Cancer rising, then your straightforward Sagittarian traits will likely be shaped by the nurturing and empathetic traits of Cancer; and you will be more effective with folks as a result! Or, if you are a Virgo with Cancer rising, then your natural tendencies towards over-preciseness and extreme detail will be nicely toned down by the humane and caring traits of Cancer. If you are a water sign (Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces) with Cancer rising, then your tendencies to emotionality and flowingness-like-water will be accentuated.
With Cancer rising/ascendant, the frequently encountered qualities of Cancer that will flavor your sun sign include: responsiveness, empathy, protectiveness, possessiveness, insecurity and oversensitivity.
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