Cancer is a complicated sign. Cancer natives can be the most tender and loving partners in the zodiac. On the other hand, they can also be irritable and standoffish. In terms of compatibility, Cancer needs a partner who can provide stability and who can bond on a very deep level.
This article is a discussion of the compatibility for someone with a Cancer Sun Sign. There is much more to a person’s character and relationship style than just their Sun Sign, however. Most people are made up of several zodiac signs, and for a full compatibility analysis, it is recommended that you consult a professional astrologer.
Table of Contents
- 1 Cancer Compatibility Table
- 2 Best Matches
- 3 Worst Matches
- 4 Summary of Cancer Compatibility
Cancer Compatibility Table
Below is a table of Cancer compatibility with each sign reduced to a numerical percentage. There are several factors used in determining this. One of these factors is the traditional wisdom as to the relationship between the signs in the zodiac. Other factors include the way each sign behaves in relationships and professional observation and experience as to how the various signs interact with each other.
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
Below is a list of the signs that have the highest compatibility with Cancer. These signs understand Cancer and can provide stability and balance for this sign.
In many ways, Cancer and Pisces are a match made in heaven. As Water Signs, Cancer and Pisces both have the capacity to bond on a very deep level. These signs also have an intuitive understanding of each other, and they can communicate without saying a word. They instinctively know how to comfort each other and give each other the security they need.
Yet, it is not just the similarities between these signs that make them such a good match. Their differences complement and balance each other in very important ways. Cancer is domestic and practical, and a natural caregiver. The downside of these traits is that Cancer tends to get very nervous, and is subject to worry.
Pisces is gentle and spiritual. This sign is capable of great compassion and a deep understanding of other people. Yet, Pisces is often detached from the material world and can have trouble with practical skills.
Cancer can help Pisces with practical matters, and Pisces can soothe Cancer and provide the emotional support that this sign needs. Because of these, these signs can bring out the best in each other.
To the outside, Taurus and Cancer can seem quite similar. These signs are both extremely domestic, loving good food and a comfortable home. They also both prefer to spend their time at home to going out. Taurus and Cancer share a lot of skills and interests, and they usually find that they have a lot in common early on in their relationship.
Yet, like Cancer and Pisces, Taurus and Cancer have some important differences which help them to provide balance for each other. The main difference is that Cancer is a Water Sign, and Taurus is an Earth Sign. Cancer is ruled by the emotions, and Taurus is ruled by physical and material considerations.
The other main difference is that Cancer is a Cardinal Sign and Taurus is a Fixed Sign. Taurus dislikes change and is prone to laziness. Cancer is an active sign that likes to take charge and get things one.
These differences help these signs to balance each other. Taurus is able to remain sensible when Cancer frets and worries, and Cancer can help to motivate and encourage Taurus to get things done.
For many sign combinations, the differences between the genders create slight variations with respect to compatibility depending on which sign is the man and which sign is the woman. When it comes to Scorpio and Cancer, however, there is a big difference in the compatibility between Cancer Man/Scorpio Woman relationship and one between a Scorpio Man and a Cancer Woman.
In the case of Cancer and Scorpio, the reasons for this difference come from societal expectations with respect to gender roles rather than from any natural difference between men and women.
A Scorpio Man/Cancer Woman relationship is as pleasant and harmonious as the relationship between Cancer and Pisces. In this relationship, the Scorpio man will generally take on the dominant role, and the Cancer woman will help to care for him and their family. This will be a very traditional relationship.
In theory, the same would be true for a Cancer Man and a Scorpio Woman, except for a reversal of roles. Yet, this may be a struggle for this pair, especially if they do not have family or social support for such a role reversal. These signs tend to be conservative and worry about what others think of them. Yet, if they can navigate this challenge, they make a great pair.
According to the percentages listed above, Virgo has a higher compatibility with Cancer than Capricorn. Yet, Cancer and Capricorn are each other’s opposites. In theory, opposites are the natural partners for each other.
Oppositions represent polarities, and the polarity between Cancer and Capricorn is central to married life. This is the polarity between home and hearth, which in Ancient Greek was known as the hestia, and the business world and marketplace, which in Ancient Greek was known as the agora. Cancer is the archetypal sign of the hestia, and Capricorn is the archetypal sign of the agora.
All families must navigate both the hestia and the agora in order to survive. In many societies, the responsibility for these areas has been traditionally divided according to gender lines, with women being in charge of the hestia and men being in charge of the agora.
Yet, when it comes to Cancer and Capricorn, regardless of gender, Capricorn is most suited to the agora and Cancer is most suited to the hestia. Although there have been many changes to society with respect to gender roles, there still can be a stigma for the role of “Mr. Mom.”
This means that there is a big difference in the compatibility between a Cancer Man/Capricorn Woman relationship and one between a Capricorn Man and Cancer Woman.
Now that we have seen the best matches for Cancer, now let us look at the most difficult combinations with this sign.
Cancer and Aquarius have nothing in common with each other. Cancer is governed by intuition and emotions. Aquarius is governed by logic and reason. These signs have absolutely no understanding of each other, which makes it hard for them to work through their differences.
Aquarius is rarely moved by another person, even under the best of circumstances, and this sign will never be moved by a Cancer’s appeal to emotions and feelings. In turn, Cancer will find the Aquarian approach too cold and unfeeling. This means that most discussions and negotiations are doomed before they begin.
In actuality, however, this combination is quite rare. These two have so little connection that most of the time, they do not get together at all.
Cancer also has very little in common with Leo, the opposite sign to Aquarius. The differences between Cancer and Leo are not as immediately obvious as the ones between Cancer and Aquarius, but they are just as real.
Leo is much more tolerant and understanding of emotions than Aquarius is, but Leo needs a lot of social interaction. Leo enjoys being the center of attention and loves to put on a show. Cancer is very shy in public and prefers to remain as private as possible.
This is another combination that is markedly different depending on the gender of the natives. When the man is a Leo and the woman is a Cancer, he can express his Leo nature by protecting and shielding her.
A Leo woman, on the other hand, will have a hard time respecting a Cancer man unless she can see his unique strength and courage.
Aries and Cancer do have things in common, and there is a great deal of sexual chemistry between these two signs. On the other hand, they have the potential to be the most volatile combination is the zodiac.
The reason for this volatility is the way that each of these signs handles conflict and difficulty. When there is a problem, Aries tackles it head-on. This sign has an extremely direct approach and sees difficulties as challenges to be overcome.
Cancer takes a sideways approach. The natural inclination of this sign is towards protection. While Cancer can be fearless in protecting another, when natives of this sign feel personally attacked, they tend to retreat into their shell. Yet, they are not helpless inside their shell; like their symbol, the crab, they can have vicious claws.
Aries, the ram, will charge at Cancer, the crab, which will drive Cancer into their shell and attack with their claws. This will enrage Aries, causing Aries to attack more fiercely, driving Cancer deeper into their shell. This could become a vicious circle.
Summary of Cancer Compatibility
Cancer has the best compatibility with Pisces and Taurus. Cancer also does well with Scorpio, although this combination works best when the woman is a Cancer native and the man is a Scorpio native.
Capricorn is the natural partner to Cancer. When the man is a Cancer native, however, they will have to negotiate societal gender expectations with their natural talents and inclinations as they are working through the division of labor in the relationship.
Cancer has little in common with either Aquarius or Leo, and Cancer and Aries can be the most volatile combination in the zodiac.
That being said, there is much more to the success of a relationship than natural zodiac compatibility. In particular, the motivation and willingness to work through differences will make or break any relationship, regardless of the level of compatibility between the signs.