Upside: Love to laugh; an eye (and ear) for the absurd; childlike, playful; both changeable; close on Zodiac wheel; family (sibling) oriented; friendship cultivators; entertainers & party hosts; curious about people.
Downside: Erratic moods; unstable emotional lives; hot and cold (and everything in between); aloof (Cancer) and detached (Gemini) as defense; a thinker (Gemini) and a feeler (Cancer.
Gemini and Cancer are roommates on the Zodiac wheel, and could be close enough in degree for big compatibility. There's just a shade of difference between a late degree Gemini and an early degree Cancer. Look to the degrees of your Suns, but also to the rest of the chart, especially where there's air and water energy. When Gemini and Cancer are able to "get" the nature of the other, that gap can be bridged -- with love, trust and respect.Odd Couple
This brings together a clinger and a player, and that could spell trouble for both. Gemini is a player in the literal sense -- play and lightness keep them happy. Though Gemini is flirty and might have scenarios on the side, it's not necessary a sign of being a player in the physical sense (many lovers). The play is through the mind, and this makes them distracted lovers, especially when out together.
Cancer finds it hard to feel that connection that they need to build a friendship or more. Many Geminis are warm and emotional, though, and there again, it's the whole chart -- and person -- that's the key. Gemini has an intellectual nature and Cancer a feeling one. But the combo is a delight, when one plays with the other, and brings out the best qualities of both.
Common ground is the world of the imagination, enchantment, wonder, curiosity and learning about this infinitely changeable world. The glue for this relationship is the experience of life itself, if both put the focus on that adventure. The days are never boring, since moods and thoughts change in an instant, and there's always more to learn, know, experience.New Love
The initial sparks come through humor, since these two love to laugh at the lunacy of life. But the dating agenda is very different, with Gemini finding it a game and Cancer out for a sure thing. Cancer gets nervous at the Twins' light, non-commital air, and crawl into their carapace of self-protection. Gemini may want to be in the mix, among fabulous people, and the Crab craves intimate spaces, and loves home most of all. Cancer wants to feel someone out emotionally, and Gemini hovers more in the mental realm. When the natural flirty Gemini nature comes out, Cancer gets frightfully jealous, and brooding ensues.
This pairing works when other complimentary signs bridge the gap. In general, Cancer helps Gemini get in touch with their sensual and emotional side. Gemini's detached vision can lift Cancer up out of their subjective swamps, and help them gain perspective. Together they're astute people watchers, and can share notes on the nuances of body language, speech patterns, and especially what's not said. They've got the full spectrum covered, and would make a great writing duo for dramedies.
When Cancer accepts and learns to trust the free flying Gemini nature, and Gemini shows the wisdom to tread lightly on the Crab's feelings, things could work out. Cancer can find it freeing to bounce around perspectives, with Gemini, and experience taking things less personally. Gemini's gift of lightening things up helps the lost child in the Crab see from outside themselves -- and even laugh at their own infant terrible moments. Cancer shows Gemini that it's okay to feel deeply, and be vulnerable. A good sign of enduring love here is if the sound of laughter follows them wherever they go.
With love, and some evolution, this union becomes like a seabird -- there's high flying punctuated by plunges into oceanic depths. The key is learning to be gentle with the other when they're not "in their element."
Famous Comedic Pair: Absolutely Fabulous' Joanna Lumley (Gemini) and Jennifer Saunders (Cancer)
Read about the Dark Side of Gemini.