This match has potential. Cancers can give Leos the devotion and attention they crave and Leos provide plenty of affection in return, which Cancers find reassuring. These are both very warmhearted and demonstrative signs, so there is a good chance of success here, though these two may clash when Cancer wants quiet evenings at home or to go on a peaceful hike or mellow pub outing and Leo wants to go out on the town. Leos crave excitement, while Cancers want security and stability, so these two can be at cross-purposes. Although both are romantic, romance to a Leo means passion and fireworks, whereas for a Cancer it is emotional fulfillment and comfort. Leo extravagance is also at odds with Cancer practicality, so conflicts over money are likely.
Another problem with the Leo Cancer pairing is the fact that both signs tend to be highly sensitive, though Leo is more likely to hide this vulnerability. Cancers can be easily hurt by offhand remarks, and Leos are easily wounded by anything that affects their self-esteem. The success of this relationship will likely depend on the ability of both individuals to treat one another gently and compromise when it comes to shared activities. Cancer will also need to flatter Leo on a regular basis, and Leo will need to provide reassurance when necessary and show compassion when Cancer suffers from insecurity or sadness. This match works best if their ascendants and moon signs bring their temperaments into closer alignment (for example, a Leo with a Cancer or Taurus ascendant or a Cancer with an Aries or Leo ascendant).
On the positive side, these two can form a nice complement to one another. Leo’s sunny, optimistic disposition can act as a potent natural antidepressant for moody Cancer, and Cancer’s pragmatism can keep Leo from spending all their money. Also, Cancer typically has no desire to dominate or control, so Leo’s pride won’t be threatened (Leos prefer to lead and Cancers appreciate strong partners). Both also tend to be good cooks, green thumbs, romantic idealists, and generous gift givers, so there is plenty to hold these two together unless other elements in their natal zodiacs are highly unfavorable.
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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