Although Cancer and Capricorn are opposite signs, they often get along quite well in a romantic relationship or a business partnership. Both tend to be practical, reliable, and shrewd, and they have the ability to come up with good ideas and see them through, which increases the likelihood that projects or businesses they start together will be successful. However, there are some differences between these signs that can present challenges in a romantic relationship or even a platonic friendship.
Cancers tend to be warm, affectionate, and demonstrative, whereas Capricorns are inclined to be reserved and somewhat aloof. They are slow to trust and don’t like to make themselves vulnerable by showing their feelings, and this cautiousness can be misinterpreted as disinterest by Cancers. If the relationship goes well, Cancer warmth can melt Capricorn’s protective exterior, and Capricorn can provide the security that Cancer craves, so these two form a good complement to one another. However, if other elements in their natal zodiacs are incompatible, Cancer may not break through the Capricorn ice.
There is also a risk that Cancer won’t get enough attention in this pairing. Typical Capricorns are ambitious and hardworking. They tend to keep busy, with many things on the go, and are likely to become resentful if a partner’s demands interfere with their ability to get things done. There is a risk that Capricorn may find Cancer overly needy, while Cancer finds Capricorn distant and emotionally unavailable. Capricorn can be hard to know, and Cancer will find this aspect of the Capricorn personality difficult to deal with.
Despite these problems, if other elements in their natal zodiacs are compatible, this match has good potential. Cancer will appreciate Capricorn’s strength and stability, and Capricorn will benefit from Cancer’s nurturing qualities. In addition, these two are unlikely to provide one another with any nasty shocks unless their ascendants fall in more erratic, unpredictable signs. Both thrive on peace and consistency, and because they have rich inner lives, they tend to prefer a quiet outer life without the tumultuous drama stirred up by more restless signs of the zodiac.
Cancer and Capricorn both tend to be commitment-oriented. They value the security of a solid home base, a good income, and a trustworthy partner too highly to go off in search of foolhardy adventures on unknown shores, so if these two do part ways, it will more likely be as a result of irreconcilable differences than boredom and restlessness, unless their ascendants fall in more fickle signs.
Note: There is more to astrological compatibility than sun signs alone. Other elements in a person’s natal zodiac also play a role. Ascendants (rising signs), moon signs, and other planetary placements and aspects also shape personality and affect compatibility. For example, a Capricorn with Leo rising will be more extroverted than a typical Capricorn, and a Taurus with Aries rising or the moon in Sagittarius will be more compatible with Sagittarius than a typical Taurus. For more information on other natal chart elements, see Astrology Sun, Moon, and Ascendant.
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