Traditional astrological wisdom holds that Cancers are most compatible with Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio and Pisces, and least compatible Aries, Gemini, Libra, Sagittarius and Aquarius. But what do the actual marriage and divorce statistics say?
Mathematician Gunter Sachs conducted a large-scale study of sun signs and found statistically significant results on a number of measures. Marriage and divorce findings are outlined below.
There are no statistically significant results for any particular sign when it comes to who Cancer men are most likely to marry or divorce. However, they are least likely to marry Aries women and least likely to divorce Cancers.
It is no surprise that two Cancers are inclined to stay together. These signs share a love of cozy domesticity and often outdoor pursuits as well. They tend to prefer natural surroundings and home-based comforts to wild parties. Both are usually reliable, sensitive to one another’s feelings and able to take care of each other in times of crisis.
It is also unsurprising that Cancer men are least likely to marry Aries women. Aries insensitivity can cause hurt feelings for the Cancer, and as these are both cardinal signs, there is a tendency to clash. Fights are thought to be more common among these two signs as a result.
As for who Cancer women are most or least likely to marry, there were also no statistically significant results for any particular sign. However, Cancer women most often divorce Aquarius men and are least likely to divorce Tauruses and Cancers.
The higher-than-average divorce statistic among Cancer women and Aquarius men is in keeping with traditional astrological wisdom. Aquarius is a sign that seeks change, novelty and new horizons, whereas Cancers like to have an established and secure home base.
Additionally, Aquarians tend to be emotionally detached, while Cancers are inclined to have intense moods and feelings. A Cancer may not get the reassurance and compassion she needs from an Aquarius. Sociable, group-oriented Aquarians belong to the world rather than a single individual. As a result, the Cancer may feel insecure while the Aquarian feels oppressed by the Cancer’s need for reassurance.
The finding that Cancer women are inclined to stay with Taurus men is also in line with conventional astrology. A Taurus can usually offer security, loyalty, reliability and a solid domestic environment. These two signs have the potential to build a good life together.
Overall, the best long-term love match for a Cancer is another Cancer, with Taurus coming in a very close second.
Study Findings and Traditional Astrological Predictions
In the case of Cancer the study findings match traditional astrological predictions. Cancers are more inclined to avoid marrying or divorce signs that are considered incompatible, as well as to marry and stay married to the compatible signs of Taurus and Cancer.
Cancers who find themselves romantically entangled with one of the less compatible signs should not despair. Plenty of marriages between supposedly incompatible signs have lasted.
While some matches are statistically favored over others, astrology is complex, and there is more to take into account than just sun signs. Two people with incompatible sun signs may have highly compatible rising signs (ascendants) or moon signs that can make the difference between a bad match and a good match with a bit of an “edge” that keeps things interesting.