Are Cancer and Leo Compatible?

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Zodiac signs are a topic that many people find a considerable amount of interest in. After all, the idea that one’s personality may be based on the star sign assigned to their date of birth is one that can be quite fascinating when you think about it.

If you are new to zodiacs, you may not realize that there is a lot more to it beyond the dates that assign your star sign. For example, zodiac signs can even determine whether you and another person could be compatible.

The idea of two signs being compatible with each other needs a fair amount of understanding of each of the signs on their own first.

After all, if you don’t know about Cancer traits and Leo traits separately, how would you be able to answer the question of can Cancer and Leo be soulmates? To get a sense of whether or not you and the person you are interested in may be compatible with each other, you first have to understand where each side of the equation is coming from and that means understanding what both Leo and Cancer have to offer.

Zodiac signs will usually denote a few things about the person. First is going to be the time of the year that they were born. Most zodiac signs will cover a couple-week period of time, where when someone is born during that time, that would mean that this person falls under the specific sign that corresponds with that birthdate. Zodiac signs also include personality, advantages and disadvantages, and even financial and career capabilities that stem from this.

It is important to understand them all before looking into compatibility.

The Leo Sign


As the name would suggest, Leo is a sign that corresponds with a lion, or a confident and straightforward personality. People who have the sign of Leo are born between July 23 and August 22. At a glance, those under the sign of Leo are going to be the center of attention, ambitious, self-driven, and loyal to those who are close to them.

Just like a lion in the wild, those under the Leo sign are often considered to be natural-born leaders with a strong sense of right and wrong, allowing them to be able to take positions of leadership with natural ease and often excel at the job in question.

What makes this better is that many people under this sign also enjoy being the center of focus in an area, such as public speaking, making them the perfect fit for these kinds of career positions.

What this also means for people who are born under the sign of Leo is that their self-confidence and bold personality can come across as selfish, vain, and even domineering if it is not kept in check and properly managed.

In the worst cases, they can lack self-awareness and be narrow-minded to the detriment of themselves and anyone else around them, especially when in a position of leadership. This is something to be mindful of if you are the one with the Leo sign.

The Cancer Sign


By contrast, Cancer the crab is almost the complete opposite. Cancer is the water to the Leo’s fire, and this can come across in a number of ways. Those who are born under the Cancer sign were born between June 21 and July 22, making them born a month before Leo on the zodiac. At a glance, those who are born under Cancer tend to be sensitive, passionate, nurturing, and protective.

One can think of Cancer as being connected to the water in almost all shapes and forms. Those who are born under the sign of Cancer are natural caregivers and enjoy helping to sustain those around them, just as water does in the natural world. People who associate with the sign of Cancer tend to be the parent archetypal personality, even within platonic friend groups and with other people that they meet.

The downside to this caring personality is that those who are born under the sign of Cancer tend to be so in-tune with their emotions that they can quickly become moody and snappy if they are having a bad day, and they can be quick to agitate as they are often on the more sensitive side of things.

A more depressive person under the sign of Cancer may develop the belief that they are being taken advantage of for their natural care-giving attitude, which can lead to more problems if left unchecked.

Finding a Soulmate Based on Zodiacs

Now that you have a good sense of who Leo and Cancer are in terms of the zodiac, you will want to begin to learn about what this means for soulmates. Depending on where you look, there are plenty of places out there that will claim that certain signs are destined for each other, while other times, you may come across sources saying that compatible signs are only a suggestion.

Most of these compatibility scales and meters you will come across are based on what each zodiac personality is like and what each sign can benefit the most from.

As an example, the confident and driven Leo is going to want a personality that is equally as driven in their own right to keep up with them, but reserved enough to be a soothing force at the end of the day, when the Leo needs to rest and recharge to prepare for the next day of leading the pack, so to speak.

Likewise, someone who falls under the caregiving Cancer sign is going to want to look for someone who has the time to stop and face the tumultuous storm of emotions that this sensitive sign might face. People born under this sign are naturally caregiving, so they often want to have someone who is equally as passionate and affectionate in return so that on the bad days, they do not feel as if their caregiving qualities are being taken advantage of for any other purpose.

Putting Leo and Cancer Together

Chances are that you have heard the phrase “opposites attract” at some point in your life, especially referring to relationships. A Leo and a Cancer wanting to be together only pays homage to that phrase, as the fire-based Leo and the water-based Cancer couldn’t be farther apart in certain aspects. At the same time, it is the fact that they are opposites that allows them to fill each other’s flaws, making them a perfect couple.

In fact, there is no clearer sign of this than the fact that Leo is associated with the sun and that Cancer is associated with the moon. Both signs can work together with each other, provided that they can have some patience for the fact that Leo will tend to be more strong-minded and that Cancer will have sensitive and emotional moments.

The Leo, self-driven and focused on being loyal to those who are important, may seemingly radiate enthusiasm and warmth, while the Cancer, focused on taking care of someone special will help to nurture and allow for the Leo to grow in the relationship.

In a sense, assuming that the two people have the patience to work with each other on personal flaws, each sign can sustain the other with their opposing energies, which can make for a strong relationship. What you should consider, though, is that there is often a reason why opposites are called that, and that is because they directly oppose each other. For those who do not have the patience to work on this, this can spell trouble for a potential relationship.

Problems with the Relationship

With it being mentioned that a Leo and a Cancer can easily fulfil each other’s shortcomings in the long-term course of a relationship, it will still take a bit of time to naturally get to this point, and this is where the trouble can begin.

A Leo and a Cancer’s personality type directly oppose each other, with the Leo being self-driven and wanting to move forward toward leadership and the Cancer often wanting to remain somewhat reserved and focused on simply supporting and nurturing the other.

Where this can cause problems is that the Leo may want someone who is equally as driven, someone who has that same high-energy and ambition to help motivate the Leo through projects, much in the same way that people at the gym support each other to go further while working out.

Likewise, a Cancer may want to be with someone who is more in-tune with their empathetic side and has the time to sit down, empathize, and work with the Cancer on the emotional turmoil that may go on, which is not something that the often-vain Leo is good at doing.

At its core, both signs are high-energy and also high-maintenance, and the worst part about it is that their energies often do not fulfill the other’s wants. This can lead to both parties feeling as if they are not getting what they need out of the relationship, which can lead to the Leo becoming frustrated and angry and the Cancer becoming guilt-ridden and upset. This is not the best way to start a relationship and it is something to think about when you are trying to decide if you want to pursue such a relationship.


Leo and Cancer are the epitome of the phrase “opposites attract” and this can be both beneficial and detrimental. On one hand, they can support each other where the other falls short, as their abilities are compatible in this sense.

On the other hand, they can easily drive each other away, as their energies often do not fulfil the other’s needs. Leo and Cancer are equally as passionate but in different areas of life, and it may take some time for this understanding to set in.


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