Cancer and Capricorn: Compatibility in Love, Sex and Life


When Cancer and Capricorn come together for love or any kind of relationship, it’s a perfect blend of divine feminine and masculine energies. These two traditionalists can easily fall into conventional roles, which can also lead to a codependent dynamic. A Cancer-Capricorn relationship is nurturing, since you both strive for balance between care-taking and providing.

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Cancer and Capricorn: Your compatibility clicks and clashes

Where you click:
A perfect balance! Cancer is the mother sign, Capricorn the daddy, making you feel like long-lost partners, destined to start a family together. Since the two of you are opposite signs, there’s plenty of chemistry between you. This is a soulmate matchup made in domestic heaven. You’ll naturally fall into step with one another. Capricorn builds the empire while Cancer keeps the home fires burning. While you can lapse into traditional roles, you may both enjoy playing them. 

Where you clash:
As the relationship evolves, Cancer may grow resentful, especially if they sacrificed a personal dream only to feel like Capricorn’s secretary or baby nurse. As Capricorn designs the family crest, make sure you include both sides in equal measure. Sure, all this tradition may seem like strange hullabaloo to Cancer, but if you don’t insert yourself into the picture, take-charge Cap may unwittingly paint you into a very tiny corner.

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Love and compatibility by element

Cancer is water and Capricorn is earth

For the most part this is a harmonious blend of two compatible energies. Both earth and water signs seek comfort, security and consistency. The two of you provide that nicely for each other. This is the kind of relationship that can even begin in primary school or college, then last throughout adulthood. You easily slip into a comfortable groove, especially once you live together. Your home can be a cozy, welcoming space—the hub for gathering family and longtime friends. Parenthood can be an area where you shine together, too.

You can also get SO tuned into each other’s emotions that your bond turns codependent.

There are differences, of course. The nature of water is emotional, while earth tends to be more grounded and practical. While a water sign might start a sentence with “I feel” an earth sign is probably more responsive to a statement that begins with “I think.” Feelings, to the earth sign, seem random and hard to follow—if there’s a problem in the relationship, the linear earth partner wants you to get to the point so they can figure out how to fix it. Unfortunately, the intuitive water sign doesn’t work that way. They need to process things in a more circular pattern, starting with their emotions and intuition—which, for water, is the most trustworthy guide. The earth sign must learn to respect the water sign’s “gut feelings,” even when they seem to defy sensibility and logic. By contrast, the water sign might want to unpack some of those emotions with a therapist or compassionate friend, rather than with the earth sign partner. Once the water sign gets to the root of what’s bothering them, THEN they can present it in a less emotionally-charged way to the earth sign. The result? The water sign will find a partner eager to problem-solve, rather than a defensive or dismissive person who patronizes them when they’re at their most vulnerable!

Earth signs can seem cold or overly harsh, doling out tough love when water sign feels sensitive. The water sign can get clingy and overly dependent, creating a parent-child dynamic. Make an effort not to lapse into these well-worn roles just because it’s easy. You can also get stuck in a rut of doing the same-old things or being fearful of change together. Bringing in a friend, colleague or family member who’s a more dynamic fire or air sign can help. You might even have a child together who’s a fire or air sign. Instead of treating them like the family misfit, allow them to introduce novel ideas to the clan, and respect their greater need for independence.

There are four elements in astrology: fire, earth, air and water. Each one plays an important role in the greater whole of humankind. A love match with someone from of a different astrological element can be challenging, but also a beautiful opportunity to evolve. After all, differences push you both to grow and step outside of your own experience.

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Cancer and Capricorn are both cardinal signs

In astrology, the “qualities” or “triplicities” reveal the role you play in a relationship or collaboration. Are you a starter, a doer or a finisher? Do you like to take charge and have a plan, or do you prefer to go with the flow? In astrology, you are both from the “cardinal” quality or triplicity. Cardinal signs are both leadership-driven, headstrong and like to be first. In this love match, you will always need to work on compromise. Otherwise, you can butt heads and fiercely dig in your heels, driving a wedge into your relationship. When you respect each other’s leadership abilities and strength, however, you can be a fascinating power couple who can take on the world or build an empire together. Birthdays, holidays and other occasions are NOT to be missed in a cardinal sign coupling. These are major life events that merit a grand celebration with an epic gift to match. Your signs can be sophisticated and status-seeking—you love dressing up and turning heads as a dashing duo (and yes, even inspiring envy among your friends). Impressing each other is part of your courtship ritual in a cardinal sign love match. Take turns plotting new experiences, surprising each other with reservations or vacations that you’ve carefully curated. To minimize fighting, one of you should take charge at a time. Or, create a shared project where you play to your differing strengths, each of you shining in your own rights, but never competing.

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Cancer and Capricorn are both yin, or feminine signs

In astrology, every sign has a “polarity”: you’re either yin (feminine) or yang (masculine). You are  both yin signs: receptive, sensitive and intuitive. When all is good, you are deeply simpatico, nurturing one another and sharing romantic, thoughtful gestures. The downside? Your fluctuating moods may collide, causing dramatic fights that can escalate into an unnecessary cold war. You can also get SO tuned into each other’s emotions that your bond turns codependent. While it’s lovely to build a cozy cocoon, make sure you don’t get stuck in that bubble and stunt each other’s personal growth.

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Cancer and Capricorn are opposite (six signs apart)

In astrology love matches, we also measure compatibility by the aspect, or distance, between the two signs. Your signs are opposite, or six signs apart. Your opposite sign lives directly across the zodiac wheel from you. However, you’ve got more in common than the name suggests. This sign can be highly compatible, even a soul twin match. You each have a distinct role, but you’re a tag team, too. With an opposite sign, you’re challenged to grow as a person and take responsibility for your part of the relationship. It’s like taking a big step back to get a clear perspective of your life. We tend to view things from a close-up, missing the whole picture by hyper-focusing on a detail or two. With an opposite sign, your life appears in full relief, like a finished painting. Suddenly, it all makes sense. This can be a little uncomfortable, but if you’ve manifested an opposite sign partnership, it means you’re ready to grow up.

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