There are numerous types of relationships to explore when considering compatibility between two signs. We grow up in a parent/child dynamic. Outside our family, we form friendships with other children and eventually other adults. We look for and find love. And, we go to work and have careers, interacting with employers and co-workers.
Each sign-to-sign interaction guides our behavior in every relationship. Read through this section to find out how each of the above dynamics works astrologically so you can experience the optimal way to communicate and get along with your sign and all the other signs.
The Aries-and-Cancer interaction is challenging. As the “I am” sign of the Zodiac, Aries is independent, face-paced, and likes to take risks. Cancer is the “I nurture” sign of the Zodiac and is caring, sympathetic, and compassionate. A long-term relationship (outside parent/child) may happen, but it will take work from both individuals to make it last. As is often the case when Aries is involved, the other sign will usually end up doing the “heavy lifting” in the relationship to make it succeed over the long term.
Aries Parent/Cancer Child
The Aries parent and Cancer child will feel the strain of their elements, fire and water, and their principles. Aries, as a parent, can be very hands-off, and not very nurturing on an emotional level. The Cancer child will crave emotional support and struggle to risk being vulnerable with such a “fiery” parent. It is very possible for the child to develop and have a more mature emotional approach, since water is his or her element, and end up caretaking the Aries parent more than the other way around.
Cancer Parent/Aries Child
The Cancer parent and Aries child will really have to be careful; they can easily frustrate each other. Cancer is a caretaker, which, to Aries, can often feel like smothering energy. Aries strives for independence, which can often feel like rejection to the Cancer parent. In truth, the Cancer parent would do well to have more than one child, especially if one of the children is an Aries, who will not enjoy the degree of attention a Cancer parent will want to apply.
Aries Friend/Cancer Friend
Aries and Cancer friends can help each other in very specific ways, especially since they do not have to live together or be in an intimate relationship. Cancer can help Aries be more compassionate, which can easily NOT be part of Aries’ emotional range. And Aries can help Cancer deal with people who try to take advantage of them, especially emotional and financial advantage. It will likely be a spotty friendship unless other factors in the chart support the connection.
Aries Lover/Cancer Lover
This romance, love, sex combination is rather challenging since there is a fundamental potential conflict between selfishness (Aries) and selflessness (Cancer). Other factors in the charts would have to be quite strong to make this combination last over the long haul. Both are cardinal signs, but each wants to lead in very different ways, which can put them at odds in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.
Aries Employer/Cancer Employee
The Aries employer and the Cancer employee can be a good combination for a business, if not for a personal relationship. Aries can easily fly around, pushing for new work or accomplishments and missing some of the emotional needs of the employees and customers. Cancer, as an employee, can be a tremendous asset for an Aries boss. Also, the Aries employer will let the Cancer employee “run things” as they see fit, which will make the Cancer individual quite happy.
Cancer Employer/Aries Employee
If the employer is Cancer and the employee is Aries, this combination is much more problematic. Cancer wants to know what is going on and how everyone is feeling. In small doses, the Aries employee might enjoy the caring energy, but if the Cancer employer worries too much and shows the Aries too much attention, things can heat up in a way that will look a lot like a rebellion from the Aries, which will not be well-received by the Cancer.
Aries Co-worker/Cancer Co-worker
This combination will struggle unless they have control over separate aspects of their employment and only have to meet intermittently. One will be ideal for pioneering (Aries) and the other will be ideal for knowing the emotional pulse of the company (Cancer). These will not be the easiest of teammates, so probably best to keep the working apart.