As a Cancer born on July 16th, your optimism and empathy are two of your greatest talents. You never struggle to see the bright side of things and those around you marvel at your positive outlook. In the same light, you have the ability to understand the emotions and thoughts of others intuitively, as you seem to just know what's bothering a friend or loved one. These qualities allow you to thrive in social situations and are greatly appreciated by your friends, family, peers and co-workers.

Water

Water is your paired element and you have the most fundamental connection with water of all the zodiac signs. As the element of emotion, you experience water's unpredictable and forceful qualities in strong waves of emotion. From these waves you gain deep understanding and the ability to spot even the slightest change in the emotional tides of others. Your empathy and compassion will continue to grow as you embrace the positive qualities of water. Be aware of water's negative qualities, as you can get lost in the depths of emotion and become moody.

The moon is the ruling planet of your sign, but because you are born in the third Decan, or part of the sign , you also experience the planetary influence of Neptune. An interesting pairing, the moon influences your emotional sensitivity, while Neptune drives your spirituality and imagination. The resulting combination makes you a dreamer and romantic at heart. You are excited by romanticism and spend much time in the realm of fantasy. While these talents can be your greatest strength, you run the risk of becoming fully engulfed in the clouds and losing sight of reality. Spend time to figure yourself out and to explore other cultures, as these practices will bring you a sense of fulfillment.

Your unique combination of emotional understanding, creativity and optimism result in a variety of available career paths. Humanitarian careers, such as teaching or social work would help to give your life purpose. If you cannot go without a more creative outlet, writing or the arts may be the answer. Look to the imaginative characters and comedic writings of Will Ferrel, who was also born on July 16th, as inspiration. The creative dancing of Ginger Rogers, another of your birthday twins, can also serve as encouragement.

The Sabian Symbol for your birthday is a leader of men wrapped in an invisible mantle of power. You have a profound amount of inner strength, which gives you the fortitude to reach levels of self-discovery that others cannot obtain. Take strides to embrace your intuition, much of your strength lies at the unconscious level.

Here are a few Cancer celebrities born on July 16th and their romantic connections and associated sign:

Corey Feldman (Cancer) and Drew Barrymore (Pisces)
Ginger Rogers (Cancer) and Fred Astaire (Taurus)

Jul 16

July 16 is associated with Birthday Number 5
July 16 is associated with Tarot Card 4 of Cups