Hobbies Astrology Cancer and Capricorn Love Compatibility Family Dynasty Share PINTEREST Email Print DRESDEN/RelaXimages / Getty Images Astrology Love & Compatibility Basics 12 Signs of the Zodiac Trends & Horoscopes The Sun & Sun Signs The Moon & Moon Signs The Houses By Molly Hall Molly Hall is an astrologer, tarot reader, and author of "Astrology: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Zodiac." our editorial process Molly Hall Updated September 03, 2018 Cancer and Capricorn are very different, this is true. The Crab is sentimental and emotionally wavy, while the Sea Goat Cappy tends to be a cool pragmatist in love. If they sense something more and hang in there through any rough beginnings, some underlying similarities begin to reveal themselves. Cancer and Capricorn are diametrically opposed on the Zodiac wheel. But sometimes this kind of match has unexpected magic, as each sees a path to grow toward the other. It's the kind of love that can grow over a lifetime. Cancer-Capricorn are a polarity, which has its own unique resonance while being seemingly totally opposite. Cancer is very changeable, and the mood swings make Capricorn wary. That's because Capricorn won't invest in something that is so unpredictable — they like to be sure of their partner. From the Crab's corner, Cappy looks way serious and is far too focused on worldly matters. Cancer in love is a subjective thinker, imaginative and empathic. Capricorn in love is traditional, protective and resourceful. Very often Cancer has a hard time with insecurity, and when they open up, they need a lot of approval. Capricorn can take on the role of the judge in this scenario, with Cancer the naughty or needy child. It's hard for Capricorn to respect dependence, and Cancer often has challenges related to standing on his or her own two feet. Two Alphas Cancer is ruled by the Moon, and just as up and down, with waxing and waning emotions. Cancer could use a stabilizing force in their lives, a loving guide who is confident in the real world. In stark contrast, Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the planet of establishing order and steady achievement. Capricorn can soften up, and balance ambition with a full social-family life with a cozy Cancer in their lives. In the best case scenario, they share freely what the other needs and become complementary. Because Cancer and Capricorn are cardinal (leader) signs, there's a risk of two alphas clashing. Sometimes it works, because Cancer is willing to yield in stand-offs. Being aware of each one's contribution can ease power struggles when there is respect. Summer Winter Romance Dating is serious business for Cancer and Capricorn, and out of their shared reserve, something special can be created. Cancer is impressed by the ambitious plans of Capricorn, whose focus on career appeals to the Crab's need for stability. Reserved Capricorn warms up in Cancer's homey feel, and nurturing ways. Both are considered traditional and looking for enduring love, which may mean an extended courtship. They're looking for a sure thing, someone to marry histories with since both often see themselves rooted in their family lineage. Cancer draws out the snugly bear of the Capricorn, and they'll likely spend many evenings at home. The Goat needs a partner that respects their full-on commitment to achieving worldly success. Cancer supports the Goat by creating a loving home environment, and quietly pursuing their own ambitions, as well. Together they create a formidable pair, with a felt power that's more than the sum of its parts. Outsiders may sense the chemistry, knowing there's something solid there. Mommy and Daddy Being opposites across the Zodiac, and as cardinal signs, they carry the essence of the patriarch (Capricorn) and matriarch (Cancer). This can be interesting when the Capricorn is the woman, and Cancer the man. Both share a love of having a place in society, of belonging, and building up a sense of community. Once they've made a commitment, they can be patient with all that's unresolved. Each settles down and shows more inner treasure, in a stable relationship. They'll thrive with the shared purpose of building on their weighty bond with a home and family life. Cancer won't always understand the Goat's obsession with work. Capricorn's ability to create tangible signs of success are inspiring and comforting to the Crab. Both fall into dark mood pits, and they'll understand this recurring melancholy in the other. Even if it doesn't last, chances are, it'll always stand out as a significant relationship. Upside: Family oriented; commitment leads to enduring love; pillars of society; deep roots at home; ambitious; love of the hand-crafted and things built to last. Downside: Much goes unsaid; passive aggressive tendencies (water and earth are receptive); stagnant emotional waters; debilitating depression; manipulation; secrecy; slow to change. Element and Quality Cardinal Water (Capricorn) and Cardinal Earth (Cancer) Watch Now: Are Cancer and Capricorn Compatible?