The Aquarius and Cancer Compatibility Guide

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The Aquarius and Cancer Compatibility GuideGetty/Margie Rischiotto

Now here’s an unusual couple! Aquarius and Cancer aren’t a pair that you’d automatically put together. On the zodiac, Aquarius and Cancer are 150 degrees apart, forming an aspect called a quincunx or inconjunct. In astrology, this is considered an awkward, incompatible connection that indicates that the two signs have basically nothing in common. And that checks out: Aquarius and Cancer have different elements (air and water), modalities (fixed and cardinal), and polarities (positive and negative).

But when you think about it, it kind of makes sense to put Aquarius and Cancer together. Aquarius is represented by the water-bearer, after all, and Cancer is a water sign. And Aquarius is one of the most open-minded signs of the zodiac, while Cancer is known for being open-hearted. Will these two make a lasting pair? Let’s talk about it.

The Aquarius Basics

Dates: January 20 to February 18

Element: Air

Modality: Fixed

Ruler: Uranus

Represented by: The water-bearer

Famous Aquariuses: Harry Styles, Megan Thee Stallion, Michael B. Jordan, Shakira, Oprah Winfrey, Yara Shahidi, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Aniston, Paris Hilton, Jeremy Allen White, The Weeknd

The Cancer Basics

Dates: June 21 to July 22

Element: Water

Modality: Cardinal

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, Sandra Oh, Post Malone

Aquarius and Cancer: Personality Traits

These two are incredibly different. Aquarius’ polarity is positive and Cancer’s is negative (like a magnet), meaning that Aquarius is more extroverted while Cancer is more introverted. Aquarius is an air sign, meaning they lead with their head, while Cancer is a water sign, meaning they lead with their heart. And Aquarius is a fixed sign, meaning they’re stubborn and they want to stay where they are, and Cancer is a cardinal sign, meaning they’re natural leaders who always want to move forwards. Now, this might make it sound like they’re doomed, but a few things about these signs mean that they can make it work as a couple, if they choose to.

Aquarius and Cancer: Friendship Compatibility

Despite all their differences, Aquarius and Cancer can make a great pair of friends. Aquarius is extremely intellectually curious and they like to surround themselves with people who are different from them, so they can learn from them. And sensitive Cancer really values loyalty, which Aquarius has in full. The main hurdle here is finding something to do together: Cancer is more of a homebody while Aquarius always wants to be learning. If they can find something that is cozy enough for Cancer and stimulating enough for Aquarius—maybe a book club or coffee hangs—this can be a rewarding friendship.

Aquarius and Cancer: Sexual Compatibility

Here’s the thing about astrological “incompatibility” often makes for some extremely hot sex. All that astrological tension leads to major sexual tension! In the case of Aquarius and Cancer, Aquarius tends to take the lead in suggesting new sexual positions, kinks, and sexcessories (odds are they have quite a collection of sex toys). And sensitive Cancer is up to try anything once as long as there’s plenty of cuddling after.

Aquarius and Cancer: Relationship Compatibility

To have a solid relationship, these two will have to accept each other’s differences and be comfortable doing their own thing sometimes. If Cancer can happily chill at home solo while catching up on their favorite TV show/reading a romance book/baking banana bread while Aquarius is out at a science museum/watching an art film/getting a new tattoo, that’s a great sign for this couple. But if Aquarius resents Cancer for staying at home and Cancer resents Aquarius for going out, that’s a problem; and if Cancer drags themself out to accompany Aquarius or Aquarius reluctantly cancels their plans to watch TV with Cancer, that’s even worse.

Aquarius and Cancer: Marriage Compatibility

In a marriage or other long-term, committed relationship, Aquarius and Cancer will need to find the balance between pursuing their own interests and spending time together. Because they’re so different, they can be at risk of becoming checked out of their relationship if they don’t make an effort to spend quality time together—and defining what quality time means to each of them, because they probably have different definitions.

Aquarius and Cancer: Compatibility Summary

There’s no denying that these two signs are as different as can be, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a rewarding partnership if they put their minds to it.

Famous Aquarius and Cancer Couples

Still together:

  • Harry Styles (Aquarius) and Taylor Russell (Cancer)

  • Kerry Washington (Aquarius) and Nnamdi Asomugha (Cancer)

Broken up:

  • Selena Gomez (Cancer) and The Weeknd (Aquarius)

  • Jeremy Allen White (Aquarius) and Addision Timlin (Cancer)

  • Evan Peters (Cancer) and Emma Roberts (Aquarius)

  • Paris Hilton (Aquarius) and Stavros Niarchos (Cancer)

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