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Which Star Signs Should Cancer Date?



Which Star Signs does Cancer get along with most easily? What are the best, the worst - and the most intriguing - compatibility matches for Cancer? Which Star Signs should a Cancer man or woman date?

Cancer Compatibility

Cancer's deeply caring nature makes it a wonderful match for anyone who wants to be nurtured and looked after. However, because it's also one of the most emotionally complicated of all the Star Signs, some people may have a hard time understanding, and coping with, its ever changing moods.  For optimum compatibility, Cancer needs a partner who is sufficiently sensitive to show empathy with its fluctuating feelings, but at the same time sufficiently robust to avoid ending up emotionally drained.

Signs Most Compatible With Cancer

As a Star Sign ruled by the Element of Water, the safest bet for a Cancer is probably one of the other two Water Signs, i.e. SCORPIO or PISCES. The favorable 120° – or 4 signs – spacing between Zodiac signs in the same Element makes for an especially harmonious relationship and a level of compatibility well above the norm.

Both Scorpio and Pisces are good compatibility matches for Cancer since they share Cancer’s high sensitivity and similarly intuitive approach to life. However, Pisces probably just beats Scorpio as the better compatibility choice for Cancer. Because Pisces has the same emotional vulnerabilities as Cancer, it finds it relatively easier to sympathize with the Crab’s mood swings than the strong-willed, self-controlled Scorpion.

Really excellent too, in terms of their ability to harmonize with sensitive Cancer, while also helping it to keep its feet on the ground, are the practical Earth Signs TAURUS and VIRGO, spaced by 60° – or next but one – from Cancer. Many believe this kind of Water-Earth combination is actually the ideal – and surely it’s no coincidence that a high proportion of successful compatibility matches are between people with birthdays two Zodiac Signs apart.

What About Another Cancer?

So what about another CANCER as a good compatibility match? On the plus side, you’ll definitely know what makes them tick, since they embody so many aspects of yourself. Especially with a Cancer of the opposite sex, the chances are you’ll be strongly attracted to their best Cancerian qualities – like their protectiveness and kind-heartedness.

But because we don’t tend to like our bad points when we see them reflected in somebody else, there will also be things about Cancer people – most likely their over-sensitivity and moodiness – that you’ll positively hate! If so, better take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror!

Signs Least Compatible With Cancer

The truth is, Cancer, your ideal compatibility match will rarely simply be a clone of yourself (how boring would that be!). But neither, for that matter, should their Star Sign be too astrologically antagonistic to your own.

For this reason, you should be cautious – in the absence of redeeming features – about folk born under the Star Signs of ARIES. Because Aries is at a challenging 90° angle (or 3 Sign spacing) from Cancer, the differences between you may be so vast, the chances are these people will be too incompatible with you – and just too much hard work!

Of all the Star Signs, Aries probably qualifies as the worst possible compatibility match for Cancer. Due to their extreme sensitivity and deep need for emotional and domestic security, Cancerians may find it harder than just about anyone else to cope with Aries’ highly combative, freedom-seeking style.

There may also be lesser compatibility challenges with the Signs spaced at 150° (or 5 Signs) from Cancer, i.e. SAGITTARIUS and AQUARIUS. Traditionally considered to be ‘awkward’, and involving Signs in conflicting elements, these 150° relationships probably won’t be your first choice, but then neither should they be your last. So don’t make the mistake of writing them off as unsuitable – in some cases a love match could work out fine!

Why Opposites Attract

Rather than someone who conflicts with you, Cancer, what you’re really looking for, from a Star Sign compatibility point of view, is the kind of person who is able to balance or complement you in some way. For this reason, the Sign diametrically opposite your own, i.e. CAPRICORN, can be a great compatibility match for you, Cancer.

Opposite Star Signs are often magnetically attracted to each other, their strong yin-yang polarity giving them the potential to complete each other like two halves of a perfect whole. When dating a Capricorn, emotionally hypersensitive Cancer can benefit from its opposite Sign’s more realistic, matter-of-fact approach. Cancer’s child-like vulnerability tends to be less of a problem when it has ‘grown-up’ Capricorn by its side.

Neighboring Star Signs

Although Cancer is quite different from its immediate neighbors, GEMINI and LEO, in reality it can relate quite well to – and frequently enjoys quite a good level of compatibility with – these Star Signs. This is because people whose Sun Sign is Cancer often have Mercury or Venus – which can never be far from the Sun – in the preceding or following Signs of Gemini or Leo. Many Cancer-Gemini or Cancer-Leo couples will therefore embody a number of each other’s characteristics and have far more in common than you might initially expect.

Cancer Compatibility ‘Wild Card’

Although not technically recognized as a good compatibility match for Cancer due to the challenging 90° angle, LIBRA is a popular ‘wild card’ partnership choice for the Crab. Despite their very real Water-Air differences, Cancer and Libra are closely linked by their powerful sense of romance, compelling need for companionship, and distaste for any kind of unpleasantness. Because Cancer and Libra would do anything to avoid fighting, they can enjoy an exceptionally harmonious relationship – on the surface at least. But the big question is what happens when all the hard truths they’ve been carefully ignoring finally hit the fan?

Cancer Best Compatibility Match*: PISCES
Cancer Worst Compatibility Match*: ARIES
* Assuming both people are entirely ‘true to type’ and not allowing for moderating influences in their birth charts.

How Can Cancer Improve Their Compatibility?

To improve their chances of getting on better with every Star Sign, Cancer should focus on showing others less of their most annoying traits, i.e. their over-sensitivity and moodiness, and more of what's most endearing about them, i.e. their empathy and kindness. If you're a Cancer, in general everyone will find you easier to live with if you toughen up a little emotionally and stop sulking at the least provocation. This will be particularly important in the case of Star Sign matches which present the biggest compatibility challenges for a Cancer, as detailed above.