You throw water on a fire to put it out, but can water sign Cancer and fire sign Aries create a spark? The answer: It’s complicated! In terms of astrological compatibility, Aries and Cancer form a square—a 90-degree angle—which in astrology a harsh connection associated with tension, difficulty, and drama. But astrological tension can lead to sexual tension, so don’t write off this pair entirely. Let’s talk specifics.
The Aries Basics
Dates: March 21 to April 19
Tarot card: The Emperor
Represented by: The ram
Famous Aries: Halle Bailey, Pedro Pascal, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker, Keira Knightley, Reese Witherspoon, Randall Park, Jessica Chastain, Big Sean, Hayley Kiyoko
The Cancer Basics
Dates: June 21 to July 22
Ruler: The Moon
Tarot card: The Chariot
Represented by: The crab
Famous Cancers: Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Solange, Selena Gomez, Chloe Bailey, Khloé Kardashian, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Jaden Smith, Lana Del Rey, Jacob Elordi
Aries and Cancer: Personality Traits
As a fire sign (Aries) and a water sign (Cancer), these two have a lot of differences. Aries is hotheaded, passionate, and outgoing, while Cancer is quieter, calmer, and more introspective. Both are, however, cardinal signs, marking the start of their season (spring for Aries and summer for Cancer). This means that both are natural leaders and trendsetters, forward-thinking, ambitious, and maybe just a little bit self-centered.
Aries and Cancer: Friendship Compatibility
With a square formed between their signs, some might say these two are destined to butt heads. There’s no denying that they’re very different. But an ~evolved~ Aries and an ~evolved~ Cancer know that they can learn a lot from people who are different from them. In that case, Aries can help encourage Cancer to step outside of their comfort zone, and Cancer’s stability can provide a sense of groundedness that Aries didn’t even realize how much they needed.
Aries and Cancer: Sexual Compatibility
So all that astrological tension I mentioned? Yeah, it can lead to an incredibly hot sex life. Aries is one of the most passionate (read: horniest) signs of the zodiac, and they’re always ready to experiment with new kinks and sex positions. And for their part, Cancer wants to feel emotionally close as well as physically close with their partner. If Cancer looks at sexual experimentation as a bonding exercise, these two can have a ton of fun in bed together.
Aries and Cancer: Relationship Compatibility
These two aren’t a natural pair, and many consider them to be “incompatible.” And it’s true that these two signs are very different. Aries is adventurous while Cancer is a homebody; Aries is impulsive while Cancer is careful; Aries cannot do subtlety while Cancer is incredibly intuitive. But if they can honor each other’s differences and find a way to communicate effectively, there’s no reason why they can’t create an incredibly fulfilling relationship. Just take a peek at some of the longtime Aries/Cancer celeb couples, like Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds or Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Junior, as evidence.
Aries and Cancer: Marriage Compatibility
If Aries and Cancer have made it to the point of marriage, they’ve likely figured out a way to communicate effectively, compromise when they disagree, and honor each other’s differences. And in a long-term, committed relationship, they appreciate that the other person has personality traits and interests that they don’t. Aries’ sense of adventure is balanced by Cancer’s love of home and family, and Aries’ love of spontaneity and Cancer’s love of comfot means that these two have *the best* vacations together.
Aries and Cancer: Compatibility Summary
There’s no denying that two are very different from each other. The fact that they form a square aspect means that many astrologers see them as fundamentally incompatible. But with compromise, communication, and an appreciation for each other’s differences, these two can form a partnership that’s both exciting and stable.
Famous Aries and Cancer Couples
Blake Lively (Cancer) and Ryan Reynolds (Aries)
Sarah Michelle Gellar (Aries) and Freddie Prinze Junior (Cancer)
Jackie Chan (Cancer) and Joan Lin Feng-jiao (Aries)
Ariana Grande (Cancer) and Big Sean (Aries)
Lady Gaga (Aries) and Taylor Kinney (Cancer)
Ewan McGregor (Aries) and Eve Mavrakis (Cancer)
Claire Danes (Aries) and Billy Crudup (Cancer)
Mariah Carey (Aries) and Tommy Mottola (Cancer)
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