Home-cooked meals, weekends cuddling on the couch watching movies, spending time with family, and a ton of affection are what you’d typically find in a Taurus-Cancer relationship. When the earthy bull and the sensitive crab get together, it can feel like two soulmates finally coming together. Although they have their share of differences, this pair of romantics have what it takes to make a relationship last. Taurus and Cancer’s compatibility will tell you everything you should know about this earth and water sign couple.
“Taurus and Cancer are extremely compatible,” astrologer Clarisse Monahan tells Bustle. “Taurus appreciates dependability and consistency in relationships, and Cancer is certainly a loyal and loving partner. Taurus, being a fixed earth sign, helps sensitive Cancer to open up quite easily. Both are supporting of the other, and there is emotional depth to the relationship.”
When determining compatibility, astrologers will look for certain planetary aspects. “Cancer and Taurus are signs that sextile in the zodiac, meaning they form a 60-degree angle,” explains professional astrologer Tess Lee. This 60-degree angle may not seem as important as the elements in astrology, but it’s actually one of the most favorable aspects for compatibility. “A sextile creates a harmonious relationship between signs,” Lee tells Bustle. “Cancer and Taurus are comfortable being around each other.”
Taurus & Cancer’s Sexual Compatibility
Who are Taurus and Cancer most compatible with in bed, you ask? Each other. Taurus and Cancer make one hot, passionate pair. As astrologer Arriana Fox tells Bustle, both signs are sensual, patient, and consistent. Taurus is all about desire and pleasure, and Cancer enjoys the closeness of sex. “Taurus and Cancer are both attuned to their bodies,” adds Lee. “Together, they are able to express themselves how they want sexually because there is no judgment or pressure into what they should do. Sex between these signs [is] super touchy, foreplay focused, and centered on mutual pleasure as the goal.”
Slow, deep kisses, gentle touches, and cuddling are sure to be part of this pair’s routine. Cancer also loves taking care of their partner, while Venus-ruled Taurus enjoys being worshipped. These two will appreciate each other’s approach to sex, and will be able to please each other in ways that no other signs can.
As their emotional connection grows, their sex life will only get better. “Taurus and Cancer combines ingenuity with intimacy, so it won’t ever get boring,” Fox says. “They have a closeness that allows them to be themselves both in and out of the bedroom, and the bond between them allows them to build confidence within themselves that shines outside of the bedroom, as well.”
Taurus & Cancer’s Emotional Compatibility
Emotionally, the bull and the crab are very much in sync, as both signs are strongly affiliated with the moon. The moon rules over Cancer, which means its influence is strongest in that sign, while the moon is “exalted” in Taurus, meaning it’s happy there. “The moon loves Taurus energy, as it means steady and unchanging emotions,” Monahan says.
In addition, these two partners have similar values. “They both value ease in their relationships and are both emotionally expressive,” Lee adds. “Taurus is ruled by Venus and is exalted by the moon, which means Taurus is a hedonist who ultimately wants to be comfortable and unbothered.” While moony Cancer is more erratic than Taurus, “they also share the same value of security and loyalty,” Lee explains. From the beginning, these two signs will be at ease around each other, and both partners will feel like they’re at home. Neither will pressure the other to open up before they’re ready.
Taurus & Cancer’s Communication
When it comes to communication, Taurus and Cancer are very different. As astrologer Maisy Bristol tells Bustle, Cancer isn’t very good at communicating their needs or frustrations. They tend to go with the “I’m fine” approach, she says. Taurus, on the other hand is more direct and to the point, which may be off-putting at times for the more sensitive water sign.
“Taurus would see right through Cancer and demand them to open up,” Bristol says. “If the bull does this elegantly, Cancer will open up. But if Taurus pushes too hard (which is likely), Cancer may take that as a threat and retreat further. The best way to avoid this is for Taurus to stay away from its natural tendency toward stubbornness and approach Cancer lovingly.”
The good thing is that Taurus is known for their patience. If Cancer needs time to open up or if they just want to be alone after an argument, Taurus will let them have their space. Cancer, on the other hand, is very forgiving. As long as Taurus is sincere and tries their best to not offend their Cancer partner, they shouldn’t have any major problems communicating.
“Taurus and Cancer could create a really loving relationship — if they can become aware of each other's downfalls,” Bristol says.
Taurus & Cancer’s Friendship Compatibility
When it comes to friendship, these two make a compatible match. According to Bristol, Taurus is patient, kind, and is always willing to listen whenever Cancer needs to vent. Once there’s complete trust between them, Cancer will have no problem opening up about their feelings. Taurus values authenticity and will appreciate Cancer’s “I am who I am” attitude.
But the one thing that really bonds them together is their love home, family and food. “These would be the friends who consider the best time to be ordering in and watching Netflix all night long,” Bristol says.
Potential Problems In A Taurus-Cancer Relationship
Even the best zodiac matches have their share of potential problem areas. For Taurus and Cancer, communication, expressing anger, and healthy conflict are challenges they’ll have to work at. “Taurus and Cancer are both conflict-avoidant, and that may show in how they communicate and handle matters directly,” notes Lee. They’ll both be worried about hurting the other’s feelings and therein “disrupting the comfort,” she adds.
Crabs are sensitive, while Taurus, a fixed sign, is notoriously stubborn. “Taurus cares deeply, and that can come out forceful at times, which can upset the emotional Cancer,” Fox says. When Cancer gets upset, they have a tendency to shut down and become passive-aggressive. Taurus can be petty at times, and may choose to not speak to their partner until their partner speaks to them first. To make matters worse, both signs are known to hold grudges. If these two can’t find a way to openly communicate and talk through problems as they arise, there’s bound to be resentment in the relationship. “Open communication and understanding is key,” Fox says. “Once this area is worked through, this couple will have smooth sailing ahead.”
One of the hallmark traits of Taurus is their love of consistency — they’re a stable and grounded earth sign, after all. But Cancer fluctuates like the phases of the moon and her ocean tides — something rooted Taurus may find exhausting. “It’s important for Cancer to vocalize these changes to Taurus, and for Taurus to be more open about the things that hurt them,” Lee offers. “Given that they get along, Taurus and Cancer may find it easier to implement boundaries with each other than other sign pairings. They are able to be more accepting of one another.”
Are Taurus & Cancer A Good Match?
Despite the challenges, Taurus-Cancer compatibility can be characterized as a match made in heaven. They’re both commitment-oriented signs who value home, family, and security. They’re loyal, nurturing by nature, and complement each other really well. “Sugar and spice is this couple’s strength,” Fox says. “Cancer brings the sugar, and Taurus steps in to make it spicy with their strong-minded ways. This is an excellent coupling for a long-term union.”
Arriana Fox, astrologer at Keen.com
Clarisse Monahan, astrologer
Maisy Bristol, astrologer
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