The match of Cancer and Capricorn is great for a short term fling, but can be more challenging to make work in the longer term, with the risk of a love-hate outcome if not handled carefully. The low scores below represent the initial compatibility of this match. However, you are both strong willed enough to make this work, and if you succeed the scores would be much higher.
These scores show the averages for data collected from my clients over the past 20 years. It's important to note however that individual relationships vary enormously. This is a summarized picture, a real compatibility reading is needed to judge a real relationship. It's also worth noting that Soulmates can be found in any sun sign match, even those which are statistically likely to have low compatibility.
This article is in two halves, the first is written from the viewpoint of the Cancer man or Cancer woman, and the second is written from the viewpoint of the Capricorn man or Capricorn woman.
You give and appreciate constant affection, whereas your Capricorn is often distant and emotionally withdrawn from a relationship. You're highly sensitive and empathetic, while your partner is far more cool and analytical, often noted for their methodical and calculating ambition.
Your Capricorn is an ambitious partner, enjoying structure, planning and hard work to attain goals and financial security. Fine and admirable traits, but they often come at a cost to a relationship, and one that few Cancers are willing to pay in the long term without understanding them.
While you may admire and embrace that ambitious nature, you may find that the practical implementation has many aspects which you don't enjoy nearly as much.
Capricorns are fairly notorious for putting other things ahead of relationships, making for a very one sided situation when combined with a partner like yourself, who often puts their loved ones before all else.
Compounding this, you really don't do well when neglected by a partner, and you both can be very stubborn - if problems arise it's very likely they will create a vicious circle of resentment if action isn't taken to fix them.
On the positive side, this is a very loyal and trustworthy partner, who you are likely to feel secure with aside of the above issues. You also have several things in common, for example you're both home loving, and both value financial security, tending to save or invest wisely.
These fundamental differences can make the relationship unsatisfying for both of you unless you each take the time to understand your partner and respect each others needs and viewpoints. Doing so will often expose you to new experiences you'll enjoy, so it's not nearly as self sacrificing as it might sound.
There's excellent chemistry in this match, and sex is likely to be very good initially. It has the same potential in the long term, as long as the above relationship issues haven't created too big of an emotional barrier meanwhile.
It's important to note however that we're looking only at sun signs here. There are many other planets which can have an equal or greater effect on someone's personality. Makes sense, as ultimately everyone is of course unique. 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 placements from their date of birth, and compare them to your own, and then interpret the results.
This unlocks the real power of astrology, and gives much more useful and specific information: everything from 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 compatibility readings page.
You're ambitious, down to earth and responsible, while your Cancer is more interested in the home and family. On the surface this can make a great team, and if you can agree on just a couple of things it can be an excellent relationship.
You have several things in common with your Cancer, for example you're both home loving, and value security in a partner, and you both value financial security, tending to save or invest wisely.
The problem areas in this match mostly revolve around your Cancers emotional needs and moods, which are likely to wear you out if not understood, while your reserved and analytical detachment will bring out the worst in them, compounding the situation.
Cancer tends to be a particularly moody and unpredictable partner by your "slow and steady" standards (you're one of the most outwardly consistent signs, often tightly controlling how you react to things, while Cancer often react far more emotionally to things.
If you've previously been criticized for neglecting a relationship this may be a particularly challenging match, as this is a partner who will become more withdrawn and distant with every perceived neglect. Your emotional debt in this respect can rapidly become fairly substantial.
You both tend to hide behind a veneer put up for the world. This can be fairly one sided however as your Cancer is intuitive enough to see straight past yours, while you won't be nearly as successful, and may end up trying to figure them out for quite some time.
One quirk of Cancer which makes this difficult is that they often have a "time delay" in reacting to things. Something happening "now" may make them happy, which reminds them of something in the past which makes them sad. On the surface this can make them appear very unpredictable, unless you take the time to understand them.
Compounding the above issues, you both can be very stubborn, and any arguments are likely to last a long time, and be often repeated. One notable flaw of your Cancer is a desire to bring up past problems and hurts, which often makes any bad situation worse.
You both value security and stability in a partner, and you both are very likely to have it with each other. However, it may not appear so - hence this is worth special attention here.
Cancer likes affection. If you focus on things outside of the relationship too much you will ignore them (by their standards) regardless of whether you feel you're doing so to benefit the relationship. This can make your Cancer withdrawn or sulky.
You like stability. Your Cancers emotional reaction to things may make you question their commitment to the relationship. They don't censor emotions like you do, and aren't nearly as volatile as they appear. Cancers often laugh and cry a lot. That's just how they are - it doesn't mean they're on the verge of losing it, just because you would be if you had the same extreme reactions going back and forth in a short period of time.
There's excellent chemistry in this match, as long as you can keep your Cancer happy enough to unleash it - a key to doing so in the long term is to make time for them, and ensure you put them first. Enjoy their emotional capacity and honesty.
So is this article conclusive? No! This article is based only on sun sign interaction. In order to provide a lot of people with information it's a convenient and fast way to generalize, but it's far from conclusive at this broad level. To get a complete picture we need to take all the other planets and their interactions into account for each of you, with a real astrology reading...
For details of the most common pros and cons of relationships with each of the other signs I have a separate index of articles on Cancer compatibility and Capricorn compatibility
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