This is not an auspicious match unless other aspects in their natal zodiacs are more compatible. Sagittarius is the least domestic and most freedom-loving sign of the zodiac, while Cancer requires security, stability, and loyalty. Sagittarius is likely to find Cancer clingy and dependent, while Cancer finds Sagittarius insensitive and unreliable.
These two signs have very different needs and lifestyle preferences. Cancers want to establish a secure home base, ideally somewhere near close friends or family, while Sagittarians prefer to roam and feel edgy when things get too settled. Cancers usually want to stay put and start families, whereas Sagittarians always have their eyes on the horizon, anticipating the next adventure. Cancers tend to be pragmatic and good with money, while Sagittarians are reckless spendthrifts. Cancers need emotional support and gentle handling, but Sagittarians are brutally honest and not particularly sensitive to the feelings of others. Sagittarians need plenty of freedom to indulge their desire for new experiences and intellectual stimulation, whereas Cancers want more togetherness in a relationship. Overall, this pair will find it difficult to understand and relate to each other unless other elements in their natal zodiacs bring their temperaments into closer alignment.
Cancer and Sagittarius are likely to find living together difficult. Sagittarius will probably want to go out and meet new people more frequently, while the Cancer prefers to spend time nurturing longstanding friendships. Cancer also has a tendency to hang on too tightly, making Sagittarius feel claustrophobic, and Sagittarius is likely to take off at times when Cancer is most in need of company and reassurance. Cancer is unlikely to understand the Sagittarian need to pursue outside interests and may feel that this time spent apart is evidence of a lack of love. And Sagittarius will be bewildered by Cancer’s tendency to take offense at what the blunt, tactless Sagittarian views as innocuous comments. Frequent hurt feelings for Cancer and irritation for Sagittarius are likely.
Despite its many shortcomings, there are some positive elements to the Cancer-Sagittarius match. If the Cancer enjoys travel, the pair will probably have a shared activity in common because Sagittarians love to see new places. Also, Sagittarians tend to be active (when they’re not sitting around overindulging in food or drink) and many Cancers enjoy rugged outdoor pursuits such as hiking or ocean sports, so these two may bond over the common ground of sporting activities or exercise in natural settings. In a best-case scenario, some of the Sagittarian’s cheerful optimism will rub off on Cancer, while Cancer will keep Sagittarius from self-destructively pursuing unrealistic moneymaking schemes or excessively dangerous activities. However, in romance (or even in friendship), this relationship may have an expiry date unless other elements in their natal zodiacs are more compatible. This pairing will have a better likelihood of success if the Sagittarius is stabilized by a more anchored rising sign such as Taurus or the Cancer has a more adventurous (and less sensitive) ascendant such as Aries, Sagittarius, or Aquarius.
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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