Although Virgo might not be sufficiently affectionate or demonstrative for Cancer’s taste, in most ways this is a compatible match. Both signs tend to be practical, reliable, and concerned with health and domestic issues, and both are helpful and self-sacrificing by nature, which means that they are unlikely to abandon one another in times of need. Virgo and Cancer can create a comfortable home together, establish a mutually supportive friendship, or run a successful business.
Cancer and Virgo have some complementary traits that increase their overall compatibility. For example, Virgos have a strong need to control their environments, whereas Cancers tend to be less fussy and more flexible about their homes and workplaces. This means that Cancers are more likely to let Virgos organize shared homes to suit their own preferences (which is critical to Virgo happiness). Also, Virgos tend to be stoic in the face of hardship or loss, so they can support Cancers through difficult or unpleasant situations. And neither is inclined to take off when things get rough, so these two can form a good support system for one another. Both also tend to be worriers, so they’ll sympathize with this trait in each other.
Despite its many positive attributes, the Cancer-Virgo match is not without challenges. The most significant problem with this pairing is that Cancers tend to experience the world through their emotions and Virgos through their intellects. Virgos have difficulty relating to Cancerian feelings, and a criticism Virgo considers insignificant can be devastating to Cancer, so there is a risk that Virgo will inflict deep wounds without realizing it. In such cases, Cancer may perceive Virgo as cold and unfeeling, while Virgo thinks Cancer is being oversensitive, and both are inclined to be critical, which can make matters worse. On the other hand, Virgos tend to be considerate and have good self-restraint, so they can learn to tread cautiously around Cancerian feelings.
In a best-case scenario, these two will have positive effects on one another, with Cancer encouraging Virgo to warm up and explore the emotional side of life, and Virgo helping Cancer develop some degree of self-protective emotional detachment. Each can soothe the other’s anxieties, Virgo by helping Cancer see that things aren’t as bad as they seem, and Cancer by compromising and accommodating Virgo’s need to maintain things in certain ways. However, for the relationship to succeed, these two will have to develop a better understanding of the different ways in which each experiences the world so that they can be more attuned to each other’s feelings and needs.
Despite their differences in perception, Cancer and Virgo usually have plenty in common when it comes to lifestyle preferences. They are often drawn to the natural world of quiet green spaces and both need to establish solid incomes and stable home bases to feel secure. Neither is inclined toward recklessness unless they have their ascendants in Scorpio or one of the fire signs (Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius), so they are less likely to destroy one another financially or put their lives at risk unnecessarily. Both typically prefer the company of long-time friends and family over attending large gatherings as they tend to be somewhat shy around new people (unless their ascendants fall in more gregarious signs). They also share a penchant for practical crafts, which can support mutual interests in making or building things. In addition, Cancers aren’t typically pushy and Virgos aren’t inclined to pick fights, so although the relationship may lack excitement, it is likely to be supportive, harmonious, and mutually fulfilling.
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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