If you’ve ever eaten a whole crab at a restaurant, you’d know that beneath that hard-to-crack shell is some of the softest and sweetest flesh imaginable.
The same applies to the zodiac sign Cancer, who is symbolized by the Crab. Since they are far and away the most emotional of all the star signs, nature provided them with a hard exterior to protect themselves. They may seem cold, aloof, and guarded at first, but this is because their innards are such a tender repository of passion and love, they simply can’t risk getting hurt. It would crush them.
But make no mistake about it—out of all the zodiac signs, Cancer is the one most likely to be actively looking for “The One.”
They come off as quiet and kind—maybe a little too quiet and kind for their own good, because despite the torrent of emotions that they’re always feeling, they are a little bit shy and have trouble expressing exactly what they need.
But once you have found a way to get past their shell, they will be yours forever. They seek security, which is why they work best with signs who are more practical than emotional.
Here are the four signs that make the best soulmates for a Cancer. You might notice that the top three are all Earth signs. This is because their pragmatism makes them the perfect complement to the hyper-sensitive Cancer.
Cancer and Virgo may be drawn to one another because they are both highly sensitive. But since Virgo tends toward the practical side of the emotional/pragmatic spectrum, they create a safe space for Cancer to feel comfortable expressing the boundless love that comes naturally to them. On the flip side, the naturally empathic Cancer is able to nurture Virgo into kicking their shoes off, relaxing, and feeling free to go absolutely bonkers with expressions of love, affection, and unbounded moments of gag-worthy cuteness that they might not feel so free to express with other signs. And when there’s a disagreement, the negotiator in Virgo is able to steer the conversation toward a resolution rather than a fight.
The stubborn, logical, and earthy Bull acts almost as an electrical grounding wire preventing the flighty and emotional mood swings of Cancer from going haywire and short-circuiting the relationship. The pair will have an intensely charged sexual chemistry that may make them dread ever having to crawl out of bed. What’s best is that despite their superficial personality differences, at base each sign strongly craves security, home, commitment, and stability. Due to both signs’ innate guardedness, it may take a little longer than normal for them to learn to trust one another, but once that connection is made, it comes with a lifetime warranty.
In this corner, we have the emotional, teary-eyed, sentimental, wistful, hyper-sensitive, and often moody Crab. In that corner, we have the logical, stoic, sensible, goal-oriented, and almost robotically rational Goat. One would think it’d be impossible for such diametrically opposed personalities to get along for even five minutes after randomly being assigned seats next to one another on a plane, right? Wrong! Once Capricorn rubs up against the sweet, kind, and tenderhearted ways of Cancer, their heart melts just like the Wicked Witch of the West at the end of The Wizard of Oz. And for Cancer, finding a Capricorn feels like safely landing on solid land after being tossed about by a storm at sea. Ironically, these two are perfect for one another.
Unlike the previous three Earth signs, Scorpio is the only soulmate on this list who is, like Cancer, a water sign. This can be a great thing, or it can be awful. Both the Crab and the Scorpion have hard exteriors. Both are also absurdly passionate and emotional. Whereas Cancer is ruled by the moon, which makes them crave stability, Scorpio is ruled by Mars, which makes them ready to go to war at a moment’s notice. When these two signs click, there is an undeniable magnetism that may ensure they never leave one another’s side. But since they are also both very passionate, when they argue, it may be nasty enough to drive them apart forever.