Upside: unspoken communication; deep intimacy; dream meet-ups; intuiting need; emotional intelligence.
Downside: Manipulative behavior; wounding; jealousy; emotional and psychic holds out of fear; draining and drowning.
Cancer and Scorpio are both seeking emotional safe harbors in the turbulent sea of life. But each has a significant journey to take, on the road to trusting another soul. Both have an odyssey to take to be able to reveal the tender, loving side.
It's 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!
The atmosphere of the meeting matters a lot. If one or both are coming off romantic disappointment, or experiencing crisis, the open wounds make for a rocky start. Both signs keep their true feelings under wraps, and this could make for cool first few dates. Getting past the defenses calls for 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, they build a fortress of trust around them by handling each other with care. Their intimate encounters are an "event," that melds them body and soul. Once they've fallen in love, it's hard and even painful to separate.
In the rhythm of relationship, Scorpio needs more space apart, and has a tendency not to divulge all. 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 the shell. They'll have to learn that some things will remain a mystery between them, owing to their complex natures. But strong intuitive and psychic gifts go far in figuring out and healing their relationship issues as they arise.
Scorpio's penetrating insight helps Cancer get some distance on what they're submerged in. As a Cancer Sun, I've experienced this many times with Scorpio friends. 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 gives way to more space and freedom.
There's always more to explore, since 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 awhile. Scorpio's incredible insights are invaluable to Cancer, and help the moonchild cut through the 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.