The Most Compatible — and Most Problematic — Zodiac Signs for a Cancer
If you believe everything you read on social media, you're probably convinced that all Capricorns are snoozefest workaholics, Sagittarians are soapboxy zealots, and Scorpios are scary as hell. Every sign is subject to overgeneralized, often negative stereotypes in the world of quippy tweets and speedily scrolled-through memes. While they might not be as polarizing as, say, tough-to-pin-down Geminis, those born under the cardinal water sign Cancer are often pegged as overly sentimental crybabies and stage five clingers for life.
The truth is far more nuanced. Every sign has its strengths and weaknesses and will hit it off with some signs more than others. Ruled by the intuitive moon, Cancers are innate caregivers who are uniquely in tune with their own and their loved ones' emotions. They're compassionate, nurturing mush balls who are quick to protect their sensitive hearts when they sense they could get hurt. And because they're the ruler of the fourth house of home and family, they thrive when they have a tranquil, secure domestic life. If you're similarly family-oriented and in tune with your feelings, you'll probably get along well with a Cancer.
Here, Cancer's compatibility with all 12 signs of the zodiac.
Cancer and Aries Compatibility — Problematic Pair
Aries, the first sign of the zodiac and the cardinal fire sign, and Cancer are square, or three signs apart, from one another, which can be a challenging — or in the best case scenario — activating angle. Both cardinal signs are big-picture thinkers who excel at initiation but might need a bit of hand-holding when it comes to follow-through. They can join forces and take on sweeping projects in a bold, take-charge way. But while both are natural-born leaders, Cancer's sweet, thoughtful sensitivity could conflict with Aries' fiery, fast-paced competitive M.O. Respecting one another's emotional process is integral to getting on the same page.
Cancer and Taurus Compatibility — Ideal Match
Taurus, the fixed earth sign, and Cancer are sextile, or two signs apart, from one another, making for a friendly, easygoing relationship. In fact, these two signs make for one of the sweetest, most organically compatible pairings of the whole zodiac. The Bull's slow, security-loving vibe harmonizes with the Crab's heartfelt homebody personality. Both are innately nurturing, loyal, and commit their heart and soul to a relationship they're invested in. They also tend to adore the same sensual experiences (like a sumptuous, home-cooked meal). In a romantic bond, this can make for an extremely emotionally — and in turn, physically — satisfying expression of mutual feelings.
Cancer and Gemini Compatibility
Cancer is semisextile, or one sign apart, from Gemini, the mutable air sign, which can create some friction between partners. Where the Twins can be super-cerebral, leading with their mind, the Crab can be incredibly emotional, allowing their heart to run the show. Mercury, Gemini's ruling planet, is faster-paced than the intuitive, luminous moon, which can throw off the energy balance between these two as well. But if they can make an effort to open their minds and hearts to one another's needs, they can build a lasting bond through lots of communication.
Cancer and Cancer Compatibility
Two Cancers, each wired to take care of everyone around them and to pour their hearts into their most meaningful bonds, can create a blissful, homey, cozy existence with one another. They'll endlessly show up for one another, prioritizing love and family and mutual support. And they're both quick to defend one another from any pain or hurt that could be inflicted by the outside world. The only drawback: When you have two people who are both prone to swimming in all their big emotions and moodiness, it's possible this pair could get swept out into a sea of melodrama on occasion.
Cancer and Leo Compatibility
Leo, the fifth sign of the zodiac and the fixed fire sign, is semisextile, or one sign apart, from Cancer, making for some bumpiness stemming from differing views and priorities. The dynamic, spotlight-loving, sun-ruled Lion is pretty much perpetually optimistic and confident, preferring to see the sunny side of life while intuitive, sensitive, and moon-ruled Crabs not only see but feel all the shades of happiness, sadness, and everything in between. But both are loyal, heartfelt, and prone to be in love with love, prizing loyalty and security above almost anything else, which can make them feel like a fairly natural duo.
Cancer and Virgo Compatibility
Virgo, the sixth sign of the zodiac and the mutable earth sign, is sextile, or two signs apart, from Cancer, which makes for a natural, harmonious connection. Both Cancer and Virgo are sensitive, service-oriented caregivers who are happiest when they're giving to others. They're both equally motivated to turn big-picture dreams into a reality and enjoy being the shoulder that the other one leans on while they're striving toward their end game. Cancer can learn from and admires Virgo's intellectual approach while the Crab can teach the Maiden how to tune into their intuition.
Cancer and Libra Compatibility
Libra, the seventh sign of the zodiac and the cardinal air sign, is square, or three signs apart from Cancer, which can be a challenging but also potentially activating angle. Both cardinal signs adore companionship, creating a beautiful home life, and all the pleasures and joys that come with having a partner. But as an air sign, Libra's approach to romance tends to be more intellectually-charged, while Cancer prefers to follow their heart over their head, which could trigger misunderstanding. But keeping their eyes trained on their mutual love of love can save the day.
Cancer and Scorpio Compatibility — Ideal Match
Scorpio, the eighth sign of the zodiac and the fixed water sign, is trine, or four signs apart from Cancer, which sets the stage for one of the most natural, pleasurable, well-matched pairings in the zodiac. Both are sensitive, intuitive, even slightly psychic water signs who put family first and have no problem swimming in the depths of all of their feelings. The Crab's loyal attachment style is perfectly suited to the Scorpion's natural possessiveness, and lovemaking is spiritual, transformative, and deeply sensual. Together, they can — and usually do — build the ultimate home life.
Cancer and Sagittarius Compatibility — Problematic Pair
Sagittarius, the ninth sign of the zodiac and the mutable fire sign, is quincunx, or five signs apart from Cancer, which speaks to an awkward match. While both signs are spiritual and find comfort in rituals and discussing what they believe in, Sag is free-spirited while Cancer needs consistency, loyalty, and dependability to feel secure. The Archer's unfiltered soapbox routine can come off as preachy and insensitive to the Crab. Cancer's moodiness can strike Sag as weak. But if they can attune to one another's needs and strike a balance between freedom and security, the Archer and Crab could be one another's greatest cheerleaders.
Cancer and Capricorn Compatibility
Capricorn, the tenth sign of the zodiac and the cardinal earth sign, is opposite, or six signs apart from Cancer. The Goat and the Crab can balance one another out — or drive each other up a wall. Ruled by taskmaster Saturn, Cap's cool, serious pragmatism lends itself to their ultimate goal: climbing up that mountain and achieving their greatest aspirations one step at a time. Cancer, on the other hand, tends to let emotion fuel their aspirations and their action. But both are interested in putting in the work to create a lasting, secure partnership, so if they are equally invested, they'll find common ground.
Cancer and Aquarius Compatibility
Aquarius, the eleventh sign of the zodiac and the fixed air sign, is quincunx, or five signs apart from Cancer, making for an awkward, uncertain pairing. Ruled by revolutionary Uranus, airy Aquarius is aloof, cool, and future-minded, preferring to embrace rational thought over emotions, while Cancer is rarely going to set aside how they intuitively feel in order to use just their head. The Crab has a soft spot for traditions, especially those that are interwoven with family, while the Water Bearer prefers to strike out on their own — and against convention. In an ideal scenario, Aquarius can offer Cancer a departure from the ordinary while Cancer can show Aquarius the beauty of reliability.
Cancer and Pisces Compatibility
Pisces, the twelfth sign of the zodiac and mutable water sign, is trine, or four signs apart from Cancer, making for a natural, loving fit. Ruled by dreamy Neptune, the Fish is deeply spiritual, empathic, artistic, and emotional. As an initiating cardinal sign, Cancer can come up with ambitious game plans for making less decisive Pisces' dreams come true. And Pisces can teach Cancer to channel their at times overwhelming emotions into a healthy outlet, like art, music, dance, theater, or creative lovemaking. While they have their differences — Pisces might be turned off by Cancer's bossiness and Cancer might find Pisces a bit too escapist — they ultimately speak the same heartfelt language.
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The Bottom Line on Cancer Compatibility
Whether you're feeling confident or freaked out at the moment, remember that no matter how compatible — or not — you seem to be with your partner or potential love match, sun sign compatibility is just one small piece of a larger puzzle. You can get the most accurate idea of how you match with a partner by looking at your entire natal charts. (Running a synastry report on a site like CafeAstrology.com or doing a reading with a professional astrologer can offer the most accurate, individualized insight.) And if you're ever tempted to badmouth Cancers as brooding, cranky babies, check out your own birth chart, which is divided up into 12 houses, each ruled by one of the 12 signs. Everyone — yes, even you — has some moody Crab energy in them.
Cancer Sun Sign Compatibility Matches
Cancer Sun Sign Compatibility Matches
Matches With Cancer
The following are sun sign comparisons for Cancer the Crab. Which signs match with Cancer? These interpretations are written with romantic relationships in mind and are from the Romantic Compatibility Report.
Keep in mind that other astrological factors, especially the Moon, modify these compatibility readings. For example, a person with a Cancer Sun with an Aries Moon will respond differently than a Cancer Sun with a Taurus Moon.
ARIES often feels smothered by demands of family and even friends. CANCER, on the other hand, is very devoted to family needs and the inner, emotional needs of others. ARIES may, without realizing it, selfishly accept CANCER’s nurturing and giving, while contributing relatively little to the relationship on an emotional level. ARIES’s need for autonomy and independence often conflicts with CANCER’s needs for closeness, intimacy, and mutual dependency.
ARIES seems selfish, impersonal, and indifferent to CANCER at times, and CANCER may feel too needy and emotionally sensitive compared to ARIES. ARIES can learn compassion from CANCER, and CANCER can learn to be more independent, but it’s likely to be a rough road at times with much adjustment needed on both sides.
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Both of you are very domestic and appreciate the simple joys of life. Others find the two of you to be very warm, friendly, and caring, and your soft and considerate attitude is greatly appreciated by your friends. If you have children, then you are very dedicated and involved parents.
The two of you would enjoy living in a quiet, fairly secluded place away from hustle and bustle. CANCER is very emotional, very attached to family and familiar surroundings and easily upset by any form of cruelty; TAURUS’s practical, grounded approach to life and gentle manner is very much appreciated by CANCER.
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CANCER is usually the one who takes care of family affairs -writing letters to family members, visiting family members, providing the emotional support and care needed by children (and adults!), and, in general, is more attentive to people’s feelings and emotional needs.
CANCER is also more attached to the past, fond memories, places, and friends than GEMINI. Sometimes GEMINI is indifferent to the concerns of CANCER, and often simply cannot become as emotionally involved about an issue or situation as CANCER.
Even if GEMINI is a caring, sensitive person, you still find concerns are expressed differently and are directed less personally than those of CANCER. GEMINI often wants to approach problems intellectually by discussing them whereas CANCER seeks a change in attitude and feels that talking often evades the underlying problems.
Many of the misunderstandings between you arise because GEMINI is more emotionally detached and rational, while CANCER is more subjective, emotionally involved, and unable to be as articulate and “reasonable” as GEMINI is. Paradoxically, you are attracted to one another for the same reason! GEMINI’s mental agility and wit appeals to CANCER, CANCER’s sensitivity and depth of feeling is attractive to GEMINI, and you both have much to learn from one another.
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Both of you are very sensitive, sympathetic and emotional, with moods that shift and change like the tides. Though you may hide behind a shell of equanimity or indifference, you are really very easily hurt and take almost everything personally.
You both have deep feelings for, and sentimental attachments to, the past, your home and family, or anything or anyone you once had a close affiliation with (school, home town, friends, etc.). If your backgrounds are very different, this may be more of a problem for you both than it would be to other people, because your identification with your origins is so strong.
Both of you need to be needed, and desire a very close, secure, loving and protective relationship. Family or domesticity is extremely important to you. Because of your empathy for one another, and your similar temperaments, you blend quite well together.
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Both of you take life very personally, probably more personally than you realize. Your feelings and your pride are easily wounded by criticism or lack of appreciation from the people you care about. There can be an unusually warm loving bond between you, though your temperaments are quite different.
LEO is very proud and wants recognition, appreciation, respect, and love from a partner. CANCER wants to be needed and desires sympathy, tenderness, and emotional support from a partner. LEO has difficulty accepting and expressing needs, sadness, or weakness, and is uncomfortable when CANCER expresses doubts, insecurities, weaknesses, or moodiness.
LEO is the more dominant of the two of you and is likely to take the lead in your relationship – which is fine with CANCER, who has no need to be on top.
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Both of you are inclined to mood changes that, at times, can irritate each other. For example, CANCER experiences periods of melancholy, tenderness, concern, worry, nostalgia and sentimentality, which VIRGO may not understand or sympathize with.
VIRGO can suddenly become irritated and irascible over minor annoyances, and at such times, is capable of intense sarcasm and criticism, which can be extremely disconcerting to CANCER’s tender, sensitive feelings. VIRGO must be prudent, and CANCER must strive to be forgiving when things go a little awry. However, you are both capable of enormous devotion to one another (and to your children if you have them), and taking care of one another comes naturally to you.
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There are some similarities between you, and also some significant differences in your temperaments and needs.
Both of you are thoughtful, considerate, sensitive to, and aware of, other people’s needs. Having good personal relationships is very important to both of you, and you make harmony and peace in your personal lives a very high priority. You both avoid conflict and confrontation if at all possible.
The differences are thus: LIBRA is more objective, rational, and fair compared to CANCER, who is subjective, emotional, and biased by personal sympathies and loyalties. Though seemingly sympathetic, LIBRA can be surprisingly cool and intellectual when problems arise between the two of you. CANCER responds very personally and emotionally. LIBRA needs more communication and conversation than CANCER seems to.
Also, LIBRA wants to relate as an equal and a peer, while CANCER wants to mother or be mothered by a partner. So CANCER is more comfortable with becoming emotionally or financially dependent on a partner (or having the partner dependent in that way), while LIBRA wants a more egalitarian relationship. These differences can cause misunderstandings between you, but rarely are they a source of major conflict.
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It is so very easy to attach yourselves to each other! Because each of you possesses a powerful feeling nature and a tendency to bond intensely with important people in your lives, you sense in each other a basic similarity in temperaments and goals. There are differences, of course, in your natures, but this overall similarity can strengthen the bond between you.
CANCER often feels more compassion and sympathy for others, while SCORPIO may view CANCER’s feelings as sentimentality. When wounded, SCORPIO sometimes tends towards being resentful. CANCER, on the other hand, is more apt to sulk or withdraw when hurt, and usually lets the other person know (generally in a nonverbal manner!) about it. SCORPIO, by contrast, hides hurt more readily.
You may also have different attitudes towards sexuality versus love. For example, CANCER may feel that SCORPIO is sometimes more driven by instinct and lust than by love, and this may become an issue in your relationship. Overall, though, the intense bonding and emotionality of your relationship fosters a deep, lasting attachment between you. Intimacy is likely to come more easily to you as a couple than it does for others, and loyalty is important to you both.
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Your natures are so different that you are bound to clash at times. Very often when SAGITTARIUS feels the urge to travel, explore, expand, and follow a new star, CANCER feels just the opposite: the urge to be close to family, to establish roots, to have children and provide for them, to be near close friends. SAGITTARIUS’s desire for freedom and exploration is often at cross purposes with CANCER’s need for security.
SAGITTARIUS tends to also be philosophical and detached about personal matters while CANCER takes a much more personal, subjective, compassionate, and emotional approach to life. Although in theory your differences can complement each other, and sometimes they do, there are times when you will have to be very creative and imaginative to find ways to meet everyone’s needs.
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In many ways the two of you are opposites. CANCER needs a lot of domestic and family activities. Nurturing others and personal involvement with others is a necessary part of life for CANCER. Family and close friends are extremely important for CANCER, while CAPRICORN often becomes emotionally detached from personal affairs and may fail to fully appreciate CANCER’s more personal, emotional responses to situations. CAPRICORN may seem dry and perhaps overly ambitious to CANCER.
Your differences can serve to complement each other only if you really understand and appreciate each other. Both of you do seek security, consistency, and fidelity in relationships, so there is a reasonably good chance that over time you will develop a greater appreciation for each other’s opposite qualities.
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CANCER is more attached to family, more nostalgic, and more domestic than AQUARIUS. AQUARIUS is very friendly but not as emotionally involved with family and has much broader tastes and interests. CANCER, for example, becomes very emotionally attached to familiar surroundings and is inclined to live in one place for a long time. AQUARIUS, on the other hand, is more willing to follow whatever direction that career changes and other demands necessitate.
AQUARIUS quickly makes new friends and does not need as high a degree of intimacy as CANCER and therefore finds the transition to new surroundings much easier. CANCER is also more concerned with having financial and material security and is more inclined to worry if circumstances are not stable and secure. CANCER needs to be needed and wants a level of emotional bonding and nurturing that AQUARIUS may be incapable of.
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There is a tremendous flow of feeling, sympathy, and emotional rapport between you, and you feel that your partner understands and empathizes with you in a way few others do. Both of you are sensitive, intuitive, receptive, and compassionate people, easily moved by emotional appeals or needs of others. A deep mutual appreciation of music and the arts is also likely.
The differences between you are: PISCES’s sympathies are more broad and universal than CANCER’s, who is more concerned with family or others who are personally dear to CANCER. “Our family” or “our circle” matters more to CANCER than to PISCES, who treats friends and strangers more equally. PISCES can be a little lax when it comes to remembering significant personal dates, like anniversaries or birthdays, whereas CANCER never is. Fortunately this difference is rather minor and unlikely to be much of problem between you.
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Remember that comparing Sun signs is just the tip of the iceberg. There is far more to compatibility! See our Venus Sign Compatibility, our Love Sign Compatibility Grid, or order an in-depth compatibility report that compares numerous factors.
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Color Codes – Sun Signs – Quick Interpretation:
Magenta Pink is Hot – Your Sun signs are trine. Your individual emotional dispositions are similar enough to understand, and different enough to be exciting.
Crimson Red is Bang-On – You share the same Sun signs. Your emotional natures are so similar, it’s uncanny. Your relationship is very intense.
Light Purple is Harmonious – Your Sun signs are sextile. You appreciate one another’s emotional style. It’s easy to collaborate with one another.
Pink is Opposites Attract! – Your Sun signs are opposite. You find each other fascinating, frustrating, and intriguing–all at the same time!
Beige is Huh? – Your Sun signs are semi-sextile. You don’t really understand each other’s styles of expressing emotions. Your relationship requires some adjustments.
Olive is Paradox – Your signs are inconjunct. If an attraction exists, it’s magnetic and binding, but it’s hard to find the reason for it, and plenty of adjustments are necessary.
Green is Clash – Your Sun signs are square. It’s very challenging to understand each other’s styles of expressing feelings, and clashes are frequent.
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Cancer Personality Traits: Everything You Need To Know About the Zodiac Sign
The fourth sign in the zodiac, Cancer (June 21 – July 22) is highly sensitive and intuitive, with an innate ability to see through other people. While Cancerians — represented by the crab — are known to be self-protective and often thought of as cold, when connecting with someone on the same wavelength, they are able to shed their shell to reveal their caring, gentle and nurturing side. A cardinal water sign, Cancer is an emotion-driven creative being who can turn ocean waves into sound waves — some of the music industry’s favorite artists, such as Ariana Grande, Solange and Selena Gomez, are also Cancers.
As we move into Cancer season, Sanctuary astrologist Julia Arielle Modorsky shares everything you need to know about the zodiac sign, including its biggest strengths and challenges, as well as their compatibility with other signs.
Cancer is the fourth astrological sign in the zodiac.
With Aries, we had the beginning of life, activity and passion. Taurus came with the enjoyment of life, the voice (singing) and earth’s natural resources. Gemini went into the beginning of conscious thought, questions and curiosity. And now, Cancer is here as the fourth sign to establish the home, the family (this can be friendship), and to recognize the heart and emotional nature of life, the beauty of creation.
Cancer is ruled by the Moon and it is a water sign.
Cancer being ruled by the Moon (the two correlate with one another) is actually why Cancerians are one of the most diverse signs in the zodiac. Since the Moon changes signs every 2.5 days for a total of 28 days, each time we enter Cancer season, we find Cancerians born under and ruled by any of the 12 zodiac signs. In contrast, Gemini’s ruler, Mercury, is always near the Sun. During Gemini Season, the ruler could have only been in Taurus, Gemini or Cancer, and no other sign. Meaning a “Sagittarius Mercury-ruled Geminian” (for one) can never actually exist. But there is such a thing as a daring Sagittarius Moon-ruled Cancerian, an intellectual Gemini Moon-ruled Cancerian, an exuberant Leo Moon-ruled Cancerian and so on with every single Moon sign.
Being the first of the water signs, Cancerians are the first to be aware of the emotional tides and the great knowledge our bodies can share with us (or intuition, in other words). As the Moon has such control over the waves, Cancerians are also very much in tune with the waters of life — feelings, emotions, emoting, caring, understanding, empathizing. There’s an inner need to express the energy in motion. Just as the Moon can manipulate the ocean waves, however, a not-yet-matured Cancerian can also manipulate the emotional waves of the heart.
Cancerians are easily compatible with other water signs and earth signs like Pisces, Scorpio, Taurus, Virgo, and even their polar opposite, Capricorn.
With the combination of the two Suns, a Piscean-Cancerian combo can encompass a very grounded, natural and rhythmic relationship where each partner feels highly valued.
Falling in love with a Scorpio can exhibit a very conscious and aware partnership. You’re eager to help one another out, focusing on health, healing and going about the day-to-day together through a successful routine. Be sure to curb any potential criticisms with empathy and understanding.
A relationship with a Taurus can feel communicative and full of curiosity, chatter and openness — a great foundation for any relationship, with both eager to share what’s on their mind.
Virgos and Cancers can form an expressive, playful, fun-filled, romantic and creative partnership — able to shine a bright light on one another’s best traits.
Capricorns can provide a great balance with Cancerians in both grounded-ness and feeling enlivened in a relationship with one another.
This is not to say Cancerians won’t get along with an air or fire sign. Remember: these Lunar folks are the most diverse when it comes to rulership. You can find a Cancer Sun ruled by an Aries or an Aquarius Moon for example, bringing out an independent or an innovative vibe towards its feeling nature — making these particular Cancerians a perfect match for fire or air signs.
Aries, Libra and (again) Capricorn Suns can really challenge a Cancerian towards growth with their self-expression and how they shine (and vice versa), while Gemini, Leo, Aquarius and Sagittarius Suns can help bring in new perspectives.
However, always keep in mind that the whole birth chart is necessary when it comes to compatibility. So enjoy your relationship, enjoy the person you’re vibing with, and dive deeply into a birth chart only to better understand both your partner and yourself. Even with careful understanding and putting your all into a relationship, if it starts to turn sour or just doesn’t seem like it’ll be able to work out, be very honest with yourself early on, keep the lines of communication open, and bravely continue on forward knowing all will be well and that you will thrive.
Cancerians are some of the most gentle, friendly, caring, understanding, familial and even fierce beings of the zodiac. They’re able to skillfully express themselves from the very core of their being.
They are also protective, nurturing and active. A mama or papa bear may be more of a fitting animal-pairing than the well-known crab. Most people will often find themselves feeling comfortable being around a Cancerian. However, because these perceptive beings are able to really see through (or feel through) to the heart, it can be important that they remember to set boundaries and be discerning, so they’re able to see a person for who they presently are, and not just for their potential or higher self.
Cancerians are highly intuitive and can mostly easily follow where their heart and gut are guiding them with their internal built-in GPS system. They are also one of the four cardinal signs, alongside Aries, Capricorn and Libra — these individuals have no problem with initiating and taking action when needed, especially with those whom, or in a setting where they feel supported and foundationally secure.
While their following sign, Leo, is known for its creativity and charismatic expression, Cancerians are known for their ability to birth creation. They are the makers and creationists of the zodiac, able to turn feelings and needs into action, calling a brilliant new idea or passion project their baby (or child). Whether creating music, assisting families as a doula, concocting healing apothecaries from their carefully crafted garden, establishing a thriving company or business, or professionally whipping up a delicious meal, Cancerians can successfully create anything their hearts call them towards.
It can be important for Cancerians to be careful with getting lost in the sea of their emotions, or projecting this out without total awareness. This also goes for getting lost in others’ emotions due to their inherently empathic and sympathetic natures. Remaining disciplined and standing firm in their boundaries can be of great benefit here. There is a possibility that moodiness can be a challenge to overcome for Cancerians, as this sign is ruled by the Moon and can be swayed by the ever-changing tides of its cycle — from the freshness of the New Moon to the intensity of the Full Moon. Having conscious awareness of how these waters can influence their mood can help any Cancerian master the art of emotional discipline, maturity and grounded-ness. Due to their feeling nature, it’s also key that they always continue to honor their emotions, while staying in control of how they respond, so as to not regret a potential emotional reaction. Cancerians will thrive if they don’t take any criticisms or opposing ideas personally or to heart, instead seeing them as constructive feedback or as pure discourse.
Another challenge Cancerians may face is to not overextend themselves with those who don’t also see or treat them like family (as they would). It’s best for Cancerians to not second-guess themselves too often and learn to develop a deep trust in their inner knowing.
And lastly, if they’re feeling drained, it’s important these sea creatures don’t shame themselves out of a midday snooze, and remember to nurture themselves as they would nurture others.
Love and Sex
When it comes to romance, Cancerians don’t often have trouble finding love or opening up in vulnerable ways, and can be found showering their partners with sweetness. They will most often follow their hearts and, once in a relationship, can be very committed and even desire to build a family in some form (this can also mean animal friends!).
If a Cancerian is distracted and not too present with their partner, it’s possible there’s something weighing on their heart, so be sure to let them know that it is safe and okay to divulge how they’re feeling if something isn’t being said. It can be about their work, family, the world, or anything else that they haven’t already been discussing with their partner.
On a date, a Cancerian may invite their love interest over to their place and even prepare a home-cooked meal. If this does happen, rest assured that their date will not be disappointed and these hosts may even find themselves becoming the designated chef in the relationship (before it gets too out of hand, make sure to communicate that it’s something they actually enjoy and want to do, and not just something that happened).
Spend time showering these Moon beings with love and let them know that their feelings are valid, even if there’s a misunderstanding that needs to be worked through. When deeply in love and fresh out of an argument, a Cancerian will work without much rest to come upon a greater understanding of their partner’s needs while still valuing their own. It’s important their efforts are appreciated and that compromise and peace are successfully attained, so the relationship can
continue to healthily progress.
Cancerians are always circle-inclusive when the vibes feel right. Being good friends with a Moon child can mean being friends for life, as they’ll become a part of a Cancerian’s ever-growing community. This is the zodiac sign that will be there for their close friends whenever needed — if going through a troubling period, they won’t shy away from a friend’s emotions, but instead be greatly supportive. Like the nurturing parent, these gentle and protective-shelled friends will make sure their companions are well-nourished when they’re together. A meal, a glass of water, a listening ear or a reminder of how wonderful their friends are. A BFF for all!
If the vibes are ever off, Cancerians will be highly aware of this and may build a protective wall, or decide not to even tear it down in the first place. They’ll often only open up with those they intuitively know they’ll become good friends with, feeling a known comfort in one another’s presence.
These good-natured water beings will also lift their friends up if they’re ever down. With a love for good moods and emotional connections, Cancerians can thrive with a night on the town, out partying on a day off, at a beach barbecue or a friendly gathering elsewhere. They’re most often up for a good time with their friends, so bring out the laughs and the good vibes.
At work, we have an individual that everyone gathers towards, feels reassured by, comforted, cozy and at home with. The empathic and receptive individual with whom you’d like to share your day with, how you’re feeling, or even just be in their presence surrounded by their warmth.
Now, with all the different Cancerians out there, we have many different types of careers. We can have a pioneering leader, a musician, a grounded analyst, an emoting actor, a brilliant inventor and so on. What we know about Cancerians on the job is that their heart is in control. This can involve leading with the heart, managing their employees intuitively or even speaking from the depths within, whether this is through social media, in class as a teacher, or on stage with a mic in hand. There’s really little these Cancerians can’t do, especially when they’re feeling nourished or fulfilled in their goals.
If they feel their emotions are being ignored, neglected or they’re unhappy with the workplace dynamic, these heart-centered beings can exhibit a lower job performance (if allowing lower-vibrational Cancerian traits to come through, this can show up as passive-aggressiveness or somewhat of a petty behavior).
Cancer Predictions 2021
Happy Summer Solstice, Cancerians! We have a New Moon in your sign on July 9. Enjoy the fresh revival. Plant seeds, set your intentions, don’t expect immediate results, and watch them blossom with time. As the sign that births creation, Cancerians know well the time and nurturing it takes for fruits to form, vegetables to ripen, food to simmer and a project to come together. Find your voice this year, understand the power behind your grounded emotional state, and know with this you will be able to move any mountains.
Throughout this year — something many of you may have already been experiencing — transiting Chiron may “square” your Sun if it’s between around 5°-15° Cancer (this goes for all Cancerian placements, including Sun, Moon, Rising, Venus, etc.) as Chiron will soon be retrograding from 12° Cancer all the way back to 8° Cancer this year. A “square” can push us to refine an area of our lives, but it’s not always the easiest of energies to experience, and can feel somewhat tense or under pressure (crystals and diamonds are being formed here). With Chiron involved, it can be a bit of a draining period as the past or old wounds can be brought up to undergo immense healing. This will ultimately bring upon newfound wisdom, realizations, consciousness and strength towards (if Cancerian Sun) your self-expression, life force and what fuels you. The healing of the inner child and the ego self. Be very kind, gentle and patient with yourself if you’re experiencing this healing-intensive transit, and know that your energy will reignite, revive and return as you continue to integrate these new awarenesses.
If you have your Sun at a late-Cancerian-degree (22°-28°), you may be feeling the effects of Pluto opposing your solar-self these next couple of years — bringing upon a necessity to find balance within, as well as a beneficial time to be practicing deep breathwork (or another helpful technique like EFT) as to not erupt during such a powerfully transformative period. Allow yourself to process through all of your emotions, with how you’re feeling, and make sure to connect with your friends and family (or those who feel like family) to ensure you’re being well taken care of.
Now, we have transiting Uranus in Taurus and Neptune in Pisces — both planets working in harmony with your Cancerian energies throughout these next several years. Uranus will be aiding in a smoothness of revolutionary and liberating transitions, breaking free of anything that no longer serves you, with brilliant “a-ha” moments and insights along the way. This is coupled with Neptune’s soulful, dreamy and meditative vibes, helping to remind you to trust in yourself and the motions of the universe, with a sweet surrender to the flow of life and the many exciting and seemingly coincidental synchronicities and universal messages that will find you throughout this year’s journey. Ride along these oceanic waves and enjoy.
Having always been one to enjoy problem-solving, finding patterns and exploring the deeper meanings in life, Julia Arielle Modorsky discovered the intricate depths of astrology years ago and quickly made it her full-time career. Since joining Sanctuary in 2019, she’s given thousands of readings to clients all over the world to help bring clarity, guidance and empowerment to their lives through the interworkings of the cosmos. You can find Julia giving readings on the Sanctuary app most nights, as well as on her Instagram.
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To discuss Cancer compatibility we need to look at Cancer in combination with each of the other sun signs. Each match has different strong and weak areas and its own quirks and unique features.
Cancer compatibility table
This shows the typical scores for relationships between Cancer and each of the other sun signs. Click on any combination to explore that match in more detail.
Cancer and Aries
Cancer and Taurus
Cancer and Gemini
Cancer and Cancer
Cancer and Leo
Cancer and Virgo
Cancer and Libra
Cancer and Scorpio
Cancer and Sagittarius
Cancer and Capricorn
Cancer and Aquarius
Cancer and Pisces
Summary of Cancer compatibility
The most compatible signs with Cancer are generally considered to be Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio and Pisces. The least compatible signs with Cancer are generally considered to be Aries and Libra.
Comparing sun signs can give a good general idea of compatibility. However, this is just a quick and easy way to compare, and it's going to have lots of exceptions on this broad level.
That's because people are more than just their sun sign. There are other planets which also affect someone's personality. This creates billions of permutations making each Cancer slightly different. Generalizing too far based just on sun signs can therefore be misleading.
To fully understand someone or how compatible you are with them we need to calculate those other planet positions from their date of birth and then compare them to your own. This unlocks the real power of astrology and gives much more useful and specific information, such as how they view you, how to turn them on, how to avoid arguments with them etc. If you would like to explore this further please see the astrology compatibility readings page.
Cancer compatibility forums
Here you can share experiences and opinions on dating, marriage and affairs, whether you're a Cancer or have experience with one.
You'll find that some of these forums are generally positive in tone, and some are generally negative. That doesn't guarantee that will be your experience, however you are very likely to recognize some common patterns which can be fascinating.
Some relationship combinations are much more common than others. Some sun signs are also much more chatty than others. Some are more likely to compliment (or complain!) about a partner. Each forum therefore tends to have a fairly consistent trend to the comments.
Please keep in mind though that people are much more than just their sun sign. Beyond a point Cancer compatibility varies due to the individuals other planet positions when they were born. You need a real astrology reading to understand a real relationship.
Relationships with Cancer men:
Cancer man Aries woman
Cancer man Taurus woman
Cancer man Gemini woman
Cancer man Cancer woman
Cancer man Leo woman
Cancer man Virgo woman
Cancer man Libra woman
Cancer man Scorpio woman
Cancer man Sagittarius woman
Cancer man Capricorn woman
Cancer man Aquarius woman
Cancer man Pisces woman
Relationships with Cancer women:
Aries man Cancer woman
Taurus man Cancer woman
Gemini man Cancer woman
Cancer man Cancer woman
Leo man Cancer woman
Virgo man Cancer woman
Libra man Cancer woman
Scorpio man Cancer woman
Sagittarius man Cancer woman
Capricorn man Cancer woman
Aquarius man Cancer woman
Pisces man Cancer woman
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Everything You've Ever Needed To Know About Cancer Zodiac Signs
If your birthday falls between approximately June 21 and July 22, then congrats: That means your zodiac sign is Cancer (but you probably already knew that!). Cancers are the gentle nurturers of the zodiac who excel at building safe spaces and taking care of the people around them — and Cancer energy can help us to get in touch with our feelings and the feelings of others.
Whether you're a Cancer, your crush or partner is a Cancer, or you just want to learn more about the 12 signs of the zodiac, here's the lowdown on everything you need to know about Cancer zodiac traits — and what it means if Cancer is a major influence in your astrological birth chart.
Cancer: The Zodiac's Care-Giver
Cancer is represented by the symbol of the crab, which speaks to their constant desire to retreat into the safety of their outer shells in order to protect their sensitive inner core. This emotional sign is ruled by the moon, which speaks to their maternal instincts and nostalgic nature. Because Cancers are cardinal signs, they're blessed with a deep sentimental strength, and a knack for creating environments where feelings can come to the surface and vulnerability can reign supreme. Cancer's element is water, so they relate to the world through their hearts and connect with others through their sense of compassion.
"Cancer is an ocean of emotion, submerged in infinite consciousness and intuitive memory. It is where we find both the mother and the home within ourselves," Cancer-born astrologer Valerie Mesa tells Bustle.
Just as crabs immerse themselves in the ever-changing tides of the ocean's waves, Cancers often immerse themselves in the ever-changing moods of everyone around them — they’re keenly perceptive to other people's feelings and excel when it comes to making others feel nurtured and protected. Comfort and emotional safety is important for a Cancer, so they will only open up to someone if they feel they're being provided the same sense of energetic protection in return.
Cancer In Love & Relationships
Cancer's romantic traits make them some of the most devoted and nurturing lovers of the zodiac. They're protective of their feelings and don't open up to others easily, but once they do, they enjoy pouring themselves into an emotionally-involved relationship and tending to their partner's needs. They’re capable of being deeply committed in love. Because they're creatures of habit, they appreciate a reliable and even routine-oriented relationship dynamic. Cancers have a tendency to live in their memories, so they may feel wistful about past relationships, even long after they're over.
The signs most compatible with Cancer are fellow water signs Scorpio and Pisces, as well as earth signs Taurus and Virgo. Cancers love to be comfortable and appreciate privacy, so if you're looking to impress one, plan your dates in cozy, intimate spaces that aren't too loud or hectic. Cooking dinner at home and cuddling on the couch for a movie is also an ideal romantic evening for a Cancer.
If Cancer Is Your Sun Sign...
If Cancer is your sun sign, then tender-heartedness and empathy are some of your greatest gifts. Cancers are deeply in touch with their emotions, even if they're quickly shifting from one mood to another. You're extremely sensitive and perceptive — but your feelings are hurt easily. If you feel too exposed, you may put up a wall that keeps others from potentially wounding you. It's important to surround yourself with loving people who give as much thought and care into life as you do.
Sensitivity is one of your strengths, but be careful not to deflect and focus too much energy on tending to the people around you. Many Cancers can benefit from strengthening boundaries so that they don't lose themselves in other people's problems. You need to be nurtured too, Cancer!
If Cancer Is Your Moon Sign...
Your moon sign represents your more private, emotional, and vulnerable side, and also speaks to what makes you feel taken care of. If your moon sign is Cancer, then you're probably deeply in touch with yourself and can easily be swept away in memories. Cancer moons can be private about their feelings, but their naturally empathic nature indicates that their emotions run deep, even if they don't always show them. Cancer moons have a tendency to be a bit moody and prone to sudden bouts of melancholy or excitement (as the fast-moving moon changes zodiac signs every few days).
If Cancer Is Your Rising Sign...
Your rising sign represents your surface-level self and the version of you that you present to the outside world. If your rising sign is Cancer, you probably come off as a warm, considerate, and sympathetic person. You're dreamy and romantic, and make people feel at ease in your presence. When it comes to your personal style, sophisticated but comfy beauty looks are your bread and butter.
Which star signs is Cancer most compatible with romantically? Cancerians are the bad and dangerous to know sign of the zodiac, so obviously they’re incredibly charismatic and attractive people! Ruled by the moon, they are mysterious, secretive, psychic, imaginative and M-O-O-D-Y. Walk in a room and they’re all smiles, nip out to fetch a biscuit and return to find them snarling. You just never know.
Cancerians are sexy (and sex obsessed), charming, funny, wise and loyal. They love and protect their nearest and dearest with the vigour of a she-dragon. That said, they expect a fair bit in return. Cancerians need attention, a LOT of it. They enjoy sympathy and compassion, and will go to great lengths to make sure they get their quota of pity and TLC. They are so hyper-sensitive and over-analytical that little itty-bitty things can turn into dramz of epic and catastrophic proportions rapidly.
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Cancer compatibility with other star signs
So when it comes to compatibility, Cancerians get on best with:
- Other Cancerians - it'll be one big old soap opera
- Pisces and Scorpio - fellow Water signs, which means their relationships are incredibly intense, spiritual, and emotional
- Capricorn - their opposite sign, and a stoic, resilient match for their OTT antics
How to know when a Cancer is into you
You’ll know they’re into you if you catch them stealing glances at you from afar or blushing when you speak to them.
Drawing the Cancerian crab out of their shell can take graft, though. A nifty trick is to start talking, A LOT, to someone else in their eyeline.
Watch them scuttle over and find a way to get your attention, because they can’t bear to let you get snapped up by someone else.
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How to win a Cancer's heart
- Cancerians are very sensitive around their chest/breast area (aren’t we all) so linger longer here with kisses and caresses
- The sign of the crab loves the water! Showery foreplay, bath bonks and oceanic orgasms are all highly welcome
- Look out for the full moon too; they go a little ~funny~ around this time.
- Big gestures, surprises, presents and treats are welcome. Oysters and champagne in the moonlight will have you firmly placed as No.1
- Your undying, absolute, overt, public loyalty and sympathy. Stick up for them in front of other people and watch them go goo-goo-eyed over you.
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Cancer Compatibility: Your Most Suited Zodiac Signs, Ranked from Worst to Best
Cancers, we love you—if not for how inclined you are to cry in an H&M dressing room upon hearing an Enya track, then definitely for how you always tuck a mini bottle of ibuprofen in your bag in case someone—anyone—gets a headache. You’re the world’s symbolic mother, which can make dating…interesting. (Oedipus complex, anyone?) Don’t fret. Some signs are more compatible than others.
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What are Some Cancer Personality Traits?
The ultimate caretaker, a Cancer would never leave you hanging when you come to her with a problem. These highly emotional crabs will sit down and talk you through any anxiety, be it a big presentation at work or how to handle a difficult social situation, they’re always ready with a keen ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on and some Häagen-Dazs on deck.
But while we love them for their nurturing nature, these ultra-sensitive creatures can be a bit clingy. After all, because they give so much of themselves, Cancers can feel easily neglected when they don’t receive the same level of attention in return. Small things such as not texting goodnight or forgetting to let them know you’re going to dinner after work can send them down an emotional wormhole, so be sure your communication skills are up to par.
Cancer Compatibility Ranking
Aquarians and Cancers seem like opposites on the surface—although sometimes that's where the strongest attractions are formed. Aquarians love new ways of thinking and primarily seek to connect on an intellectual level. Cancers are no dummies, but they tend to bond on a heart level. What the two have in common is that they are both deeply passionate people—whether it's a political cause or a niche hobby, these two come together when they find something they both care about. Maybe it's trivia night, where Aquarius can show off the truly random facts they retain, and Cancer can share every historical date and time locked up in their brain since seventh grade (Oh, you didn't know the Stamp Act was passed in 1765? Your local Cancer did...). When these two can focus on what unites them rather than sets them apart, they can win big…but more likely at trivia night than love.
This can be a tricky match. Oh, it seems tempting at first...Aries energy is hyper-masculine, fun and entrepreneurial, which is something that attracts Cancers. But they can be notorious for starting things and not finishing, whereas Cancers have the opposite habit: never letting go. The key to this pairing is patience. Aries like to move fast, but if they can channel their enthusiasm into slowly revealing to the crab over time that they are loved and taken care of, the chemistry can be explosive. Cancers love being adored, and Aries love showing off their partners and making them feel like rock stars. The pairing of these two can create almost a celebrity-type presence—shiny and charismatic; but we all know how too many celeb relationships end: messily.
We already know that fire and water don’t mix well. Sagittarius is fiery and loud, cracking jokes, jabbering on 45-minute diatribes about how their new religion is not a cult, but a wonderful, peace-loving community (where, yeah, you have to sacrifice a toe to join, but so what?!). But these two have something major in common: FOOD. The way to their hearts is through their stomachs, and you can find them both waiting in line three hours for what’s considered the best slice of pizza in Brooklyn. And that’s truly a great day, even with Sagittarius monologuing in between bites and Cancer eating their feelings about how disturbing the idea of a new religion really is...
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Geminis have a lot of good qualities to bring to any romantic partnership: They are funny, enthusiastic, highly intelligent, curious and love to have a good time. Those may intrigue a Cancer, but they’ll need just a little bit more of that boring commitment stuff that keeps a relationship together. Sure, Cancers like to have fun, but they also need assurances of loyalty, not a Say Anything boombox gesture after a week of not texting back. Cancers are trying to build a future here, people! The crab needs to feel special, and what’s the one thing we know about Peter Pan? He won’t grow up.
Leos are bosses. That’s hot. They are also bossy. That’s dicey for a crab. While Cancers might be attracted to Leos’ natural charisma, their pomposity and swagger can make Cancers roll their eyes—they may be romantic, but they aren’t foolish. While Leos are doing kegstands and stealing the karaoke mic at your friend’s kid’s birthday party, Cancers are not impressed. The only way this match catches fire is with a Leo who can share the spotlight. Which…good luck!
Libras love traditional romance, just like Cancers, but their approach is usually coolheaded and intellectual, rather than emotional. This even keel makes them the perfect party host, but while they’re schmoozing and shining their light on everyone equally (they are symbolized by the scales for a reason), a Cancer love interest will feel slighted that they’re not the only VIP in the room. If the Libra can reassure the crab on the deepest, most emotional level that they are devoted, then these two will enjoy an Instagram-worthy relationship. Picture bicycle rides in Montauk, selfies at the Eiffel Tower and double scoops of ice cream. But that’s a big if.
Capricorns are serious about their futures, and they share a bone-dry sense of humor with the introverted crab. When you’re in business with a Capricorn (and marriage is a business), you are in good hands. Capricorns can be kind of cold, but once they are finally done with work for the day, they can be incredibly caring and nurturing. If relationships are work, Capricorns are here to do the work, and that usually makes for a very stable bond. One thing these two have in common is they keep their personal business private and present a strong, united front. Together, these over-achievers are the power couple of everyone's dreams. Yeah, you’re basically Will and Kate.
Crabs on crabs understand how important security is to the other, and when it clicks, these two will immediately start construction on a stable future together. This is the couple that throws the fabulous house parties but passes on going out for after-work drinks. It's not that they aren't social, it's just that things are just so much easier if you come to them, no? Once you're inside the crab shell, they will feed you, pamper you, watch whatever you want on Netflix, etc., but they are homebodies through and through. Still, Cancers aren't stagnant. They tend to love children and share the work of raising them (leaning in at home!), and when it comes to choosing a new settee or a paint swatch for the foyer, these domestic geniuses know exactly how important that decision is.
Tauruses and Cancers speak the same love language: Money. Sounds tacky, but truly, the bull is known for being superb at managing money, and the Cancer is serious about planning for the future. Emotional and financial security go hand in hand for both signs. But lest you think this would be a mercenary, loveless pairing, remember that Tauruses, like Cancers, love classic hearts-and-flowers romance. We’re talking bouquets of calla lilies for no reason(!), bath bombs and couples cooking classes. We’re seeing that bathtub scene from The Bridges of Madison County in your future together…minus that whole affair plot.
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This is the match that begs the question: Who will pamper the pamperers? Virgo loves to serve, and Cancer loves to mother. Despite being elementally compatible (Cancer’s water works well with Virgo’s earth), these two are a bit too similar for their own good—they’re both in a constant tug-of-war to be the one who gets to do the dishes and then passive-aggressively complain about it later. But when they’re in that good place, they get to be passive-aggressive together. A long walk in the park full of deep conversation? Wonderful. A long walk in the park mumbling disses at every passerby? Even better.
Pisces, fellow water signs, are deep and emotional. They genuinely lose themselves in love. That’s great news for a Cancer, who not only wants commitment but also someone who will let them take care of them. The natural martyr complex of Pisces proves an ideal match for the crab’s nurturing soul by offering pure devotion. They will probably write a love poem a day for a year and end up casually scoring a book deal and dedicating it to their muse, their beloved Cancer.
A typical Cancer thinks Romeo & Juliet is the perfect love story and just one huge communication error. That’s because they crave commitment and need to know their partners are in it for the long haul. In other words, you’ve got to crack that hard shell to get that sweet crabmeat. Scorpios, famously confident, possessive and jealous, have the tenacity to prove they are not just ride or die, they are ride AND die, as in, ’til death do us part. See? It’s scary, but for a Cancer, it’s beautifully romantic. Oh Scorpio, oh Scorpio! Wherefore art thou Scorpio?
Kiki O'Keeffe is a writer and astrologer in Brooklyn. You can follow her newsletter, I don't believe in astrology, or her Twitter and Medium @alexkiki.
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