Cancer and Scorpio Love Compatibility

Water Ways

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Cancer and Scorpio are both seeking emotional safe harbors in the turbulent sea of life.  Super self-protective, time will tell whether this will be a union of amour or armor. 

Each often comes to love with well-developed defensive strategies.  Both have an odyssey to take to be able to reveal the tender, loving side.

It's a promising match between two water signs that feel their way around. Right away, they'll sense the depth and mystery of the other. If there's an attraction, it'll set off an irresistible pull -- these two might fall in love at first sight!

The atmosphere of the meeting matters a lot. If one or both are coming off romantic disappointment, or experiencing crisis, the open wounds make for a rocky start. Both signs keep their true feelings under wraps, and this could make for cool first few dates. Getting past the defenses calls for slow building of trust, with strategic soul baring and shows of affection.

Scorpio understands Cancer's hard shell, and intuits the sensitive dark matter behind it. Cancer is magnetized by the intensity of Scorpio's gaze and palpable sexuality. As true feelings are revealed, they build a fortress of trust around them by handling each other with care.

Their intimate encounters are an "event," that melds them body and soul. Once they've fallen in love, it's hard and even painful to separate.

A scene with two water signs is swimming in a sea of emotional meaning (and bliss.) But it can also lead to the phenomenon of two drowning lovers, trying to climb each other or air. So much depends here on emotional maturity -- how well do you each know yourselves at a deep level?

Cancer in Love is nostalgic, a nurturer and sometimes the lost child.

Scorpio in Love is secretive, very sexual and in break-ups, sometimes vengeful. 

Refreshing the Waters

In the rhythm of relationship, Scorpio needs more space apart, and has a tendency not to divulge all. Cancer has to watch that this doesn't kick up insecurities, and bring out the clingy Crab. Scorpio is understanding, but can grow weary of too much emotional hand-wringing. Cancer could easily take the Scorpion's occasional cutting remarks to heart, and retreat within the shell.

They'll have to learn that some things will remain a mystery between them, owing to their complex natures. But strong intuitive and psychic gifts go far in figuring out and healing their relationship issues as they arise.

Scorpio's penetrating insight helps Cancer get some distance on what they're submerged in. As a Cancer Sun, I've experienced this many times with Scorpio friends. We Moon children tend to be so deep in our own emotional experience, it's hard to see from any other angle. The rare to-the-roots sight of Scorpio helps unlock what's buried, and get the waters moving again.

Scorpio admires personal will, and it takes time for the archetypal child Cancer to gain emotional independence. In neediness, both signs could play on the weaknesses of the other, to "hold" on. But with time and trust, the fear of losing each other gives way to more space and freedom.


There's always more to explore, since Cancer and Scorpio have layers of hidden depth. Cancer's loony humor and childlike ways can help Scorpio take the edge off, and drop the seriousness awhile.

Scorpio's incredible psychic hits are invaluable to Cancer, and help the lost child Crab cut through the emotional confusion. Together they make loving parents, or help each other nurture creative ideas into being. Unless there's an egregious betrayal, it's likely to be a long, loving relationship.

Upside: unspoken communication; deep intimacy; dream meet-ups; intuiting need; emotional intelligence.

Downside: Manipulative behavior; wounding; jealousy; emotional and psychic holds out of fear; draining and drowning.

Cardinal Water (Cancer) and Fixed Water (Scorpio)