What are water signs? Zodiac's guide to Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces

If you've been curious about what are water signs, allow us to introduce you to the dreamiest signs of the zodiac

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If you're an astrological newbie, you might wonder: what are water signs? What are their personalities like? How do they interact with others? If you've been curious about the cosmos, allow us to introduce you to all things Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. 

Whether you've started dating a water sign, want to get better in tune with your personal sign or you're simply searching for gifts astrology fans love, we'll break down everything you need to know about this dreamy sector of the zodiac. 

"Since water represents emotion in astrology, water signs can sometimes become overwhelmed by not only their feelings but that of those around them," says astrologer Renée Watt. "Water signs are natural empaths, so it's important [they] research different psychic defense techniques to avoid carrying emotional weight that doesn't belong to them."

We'll give you more details about how water signs operate in love, their careers and everyday life—the good and bad. Let's make a splash!

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What are water signs in the zodiac?

Before we get to the nitty gritty, let's tackle the waters signs' respective dates and symbols: 

  • Cancer: June 21–July 22 (The Crab) 
  • Scorpio: October 23-November 21 (The Scorpion)
  • Pisces: February 19-March 20 (The Fish) 

What are water sign traits?

As you've already learned, water signs tend to be dreamy, creative, emotional and empathetic. They are oftentimes the artistic ones of the group and can wear their heart on their sleeves, but that perception shouldn't lead you to any assumptions. 

"I think the idea that water signs are always emotional is a pretty bold misconception," Watt adds. "Sometimes water signs shut down because they've been berated by too much emotion recently and they need a time out."

That does sound fair...

Downfalls of water signs

Boundaries are important for water signs, and there are times when they feel as though everyone else's problems are their own. Step back, Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio. Step back!

"These members of the zodiac are often easily manipulated as well, and can sometimes fall for a sob story if they haven't developed healthy boundaries," Watt adds. "A penchant for drama can manifest if a water sign hasn't developed emotional intelligence and a strong sense of logic."

What are water signs like at work? 

There's a good chance your work wife or the one you trust most in the office is a water sign: they tend to nurture those around them and put everyone else's needs above theirs, though sadly taking on too much of the burden at times.

What are water signs like in love?

Have you started dating a water sign? Are YOU a water sign? Get ready for an emotional love life!

"Romantically, no one loves as deeply as a water sign (especially Scorpio), and these members of the zodiac know their partners inside and out, intuning how they feel without so much as a word on the subject," Watt says.

There's a lot to love (quite literally) about getting to know a Pisces, Scorpio or Cancer. But be mindful, water signs. 

"It's helpful to remember that they don't have to take on the problems of everyone they love and that it's okay to set boundaries if they feel like they're being emotionally depleted by those around them." 

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