Hobbies Astrology Cancer and Scorpio Love Compatibility Water Ways Share PINTEREST Email Print Cultura RM Exclusive/GretaMarie / 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 13, 2018 Cancer and Scorpio both seek emotional safe harbors in the turbulent sea of life. Super self-protective, time will tell whether this couple can be a union of amour or armor. Cancer plus Scorpio is 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! Defenses Will Be Up Each person may come to love with well-developed defensive strategies. Both Scorpio and Cancer have an odyssey to take to be able to reveal their tender, loving side. The atmosphere of the meeting matters a lot. If one or both is coming off a romantic disappointment or is experiencing a crisis, the open wounds may make for a rocky start. Both signs are known for keeping their true feelings under wraps, and this could make for a cool first few dates. Getting past the defenses calls for a 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 between them, they build a fortress of trust around them by handling each other with care. Love Is Deep Their intimate encounters are events that meld them, body and soul. After they've fallen in love, it's hard and even painful to separate. A love scene with two water signs is one of swimming in a sea of emotional meaning (and bliss). But it can also lead to the phenomenon of two drowning lovers, trying to climb over each other for 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 a relationship, Scorpio needs more space apart and has a tendency not to divulge everything he or she is feeling. 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 his or her shell. Both partners will have to learn that some things will remain a mystery between them, owing to their complex natures. But strong intuitive and psychic gifts can go far in figuring out and healing their relationship issues as they arise. Scorpio's penetrating insight can help Cancer get some distance on what they're submerged in. Moon children tend to be so deep in their own emotional experience that it's hard to see things 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 can give way to more space and freedom. Unfathomable Depths There's always more to explore with each other, because 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 for a while. Scorpio's incredible psychic hits are invaluable to Cancer and can help the lost child, the crab, cut through 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 meetups, an intuition of needs, and emotional intelligence Downside: Manipulating, wounding, being jealous, having emotional and psychic holds out of fear, draining, and drowning Element and quality: Cardinal water (Cancer) and Fixed water (Scorpio) Watch Now: What's the Typical Cancer Personality?