Understanding the Cancer mind & Cancer love compatibility

Cancers (born June 21–July 22) love deeply and wholeheartedly

As the dreamers of the zodiac, they are highly intuitive beings with immense empathy for the people around them. Caring for others is in their DNA, so don’t be surprised if a Cancer friend or partner puts you before themselves.

Don’t underestimate them though—they will surprise you with how ambitious and action-oriented they can be when it comes to building a secure future for themselves. 

Represented by the Crab, Cancers need a partner who can show them affection on their worst days and promise them emotional security.

Once their feelings get hurt, these hermits are likely to retreat into their shells for a long time. But if you can break through their tough armor and earn their trust, they will show you what it means to love unconditionally.

Without further ado, here are the top Cancer love compatibility matches! 

Best Romantic Matches with Cancer

Cancer and Pisces (February 19–March 20)

A Cancer and Pisces relationship is literally a work of art—these are two equally imaginative individuals that will immerse themselves in romanticizing about a future together.

Pisces will absorb Cancer’s mood like a sponge and adapt accordingly to meet their needs. Cancer will also nurture both parties to grow as individuals with romantic gestures and compassion. 

Between the two, Cancer is likely to take charge, and this couple is most likely to own a collection of poems dedicated to one another and spend most of their dates at home cuddling. Aww.

Cancer and Taurus (April 20–May 20)

It’s love at first sight when Cancer and Taurus first lay their eyes on each other.

Despite their practicality, Taurus is a partner who will be there when Cancer needs a shoulder to lean on while inspiring them to get back on their feet. In return, Cancer will offer back rubs and prepare a wholesome dinner for Taurus after a long day at work.

You both share plenty of things in common, including your love for home life and family. This is a slow and steady relationship that makes achieving domestic bliss possible.

Cancer and Virgo (August 23–September 22)

Want a relationship that is equally strong in both communication and moral support? Get yourself a Virgo!

Both signs are great friends that quickly level up to become companions for life. After all, it’s a refreshing break for Cancer to find someone who is as equally giving as them.

A harmonious pair that have a lot in common, it’s easy for both signs to understand each other effortlessly. Virgo is also patient enough to deal with any of Cancer’s crankiness, and fights will probably be about who gets to do the dishes.

Cancer and Scorpio (October 23–November 21)

Cancer and Scorpio both share the same emotional depth and intensity and will find great solace in one another.

They equally stimulate each other on a physical and emotional level, and these two intuitive signs share intense chemistry almost instantly. 

The beginning of the relationship will prove to be the hardest since both of you tend to clam up when meeting someone new. Pass this stage, however, and you will have a lifetime companion to share everything with. 

Good Romantic Matches with Cancer

Cancer and Capricorn (December 22–January 19)

Although Earth and Water signs tend to do well as a couple, Cancer and Capricorn have some slight differences in the way they express love.

While you don’t hesitate to show affection, Capricorn is distant and emotionally withdrawn in comparison. Capricorn is also a lot more ambitious, which means that Cancer may need to settle with being in 2nd place (after their career).

These two high-achievers have the potential to become great business partners. And, if they are able to put their foot down to make a romantic relationship work, it holds a lot of potential for a happily ever after.

Cancer and Gemini (May 21–June 20)

These two signs are complete opposites—while Cancer is sensitive and nurturing, Gemini is restless and craves stimulation at every possible minute.

Gemini’s whimsical ways and overwhelming social calendar can also create a rift between the two, especially since Cancer wants a partner who can tie them down ASAP.

Perhaps the saving grace of this relationship is that both of you share a love for art and culture, so trips to museums, flea markets and thrift stores can help spice things up and strengthen the bond between you two over time.

On a side note, Gemini might want to stop inviting their pals to every dinner date.

Cancer and Cancer (June 21–July 22)

This is a highly romantic match with great emotional and sexual chemistry.

Since both parties are equally needy and require constant affection, they will know exactly what to do to pacify and support each other. 

You are both empathetic individuals who can read each other’s minds; however, this also means that you will go through the exact same highs and lows at the same time—making it hard to get out of a rut together. 

Tip: try to avoid being passive-aggressive to one another; it’s not exactly the best way to solve issues in the long run. 

Worst Romantic Matches with Cancer

Cancer and Aquarius (January 20–February 18)

Cancer and Aquarius can’t seem to “click” no matter how hard they try.

Aquarius is interested in intellectual debates and mental stimulation while Cancer is looking for an emotional connection. While Cancer tends to brood on the past, Aquarius is always looking toward the future which makes it hard for the both of you to build anything together.

Both of you are more likely to confuse each other with your contrasting outlooks on life, and Cancer’s conservative approach to things just doesn’t vibe well with Aquarius. 

Cancer and Aries (March 21–April 19)

This is a tempting match that doesn’t necessarily end well for both sides.

At first, Aries’s domineering and fun energy attracts Cancer to come out of their shells; however, Cancer soon finds out that Aries is unable to match their desired level of emotional empathy.   

Let’s also remember that Aries never holds back during arguments—a big no-no when trying to handle sensitive Cancer. That is, if the relationship even reaches that stage. 

Cancer and Leo (July 23–August 22)

Cancer and Leo start off on a good note that can eventually end up falling flat.

The good news is, Cancer is the perfect partner to stroke Leo’s ego and offer acts of admiration and adoration. The bad news is, Leo just isn’t able to fulfill Cancer’s emotional needs.

Cancer’s frequent mood swings aren’t the type of drama that Leo wants, and the Lion backs off the moment a partner gets too emo nemo. There will be passion and romance, but the conflict and emotional meltdowns can make this relationship hard to bear without some therapy. 

Cancer and Libra (September 23–October 22)

Cancer and Libra will have to overcome multiple obstacles if they want to take things further than a casual fling. 

Libra is naturally charming and loves to please, which makes the first few dates a total dream for Cancer. However, Cancer will soon find out that they aren’t the ones to build an emotional connection with.

Libra also prefers things to be in balance at all times, so they are likely to be avoidant and come off as unemotional when you share your problems. In other words, you won’t feel special enough to hang around for long. 

Cancer and Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)

Cancer and Sagittarius will have a lot of rough patches to work through, starting with Sagittarius’s need to seek new experiences and Cancer’s preference to stay at home and chill in their PJs.

Sagittarius is also honest and blunt, which can cause Cancer to go into an emotional frenzy, and they can’t expect expect Sagittarius to be there every time they throw a tantrum.

Both of you do share something in common though—food. This might push you to try a new pizza joint or Thai restaurant around the corner, which isn’t exactly a bad thing. 

So…does horoscope compatibility really matter?

Looking for a mate is no easy feat in the 21st Century, but that doesn’t mean you have to depend solely on the stars! 

Meeting your soulmate is one thing, and staying together is another. Every relationship is a self-discovery process that no one can predict with 100% accuracy.

So, why not give that person on OkCupid a shot?