In theory, a Cancer man and a Scorpio woman are highly compatible. They are both Water Signs, and their relationship within the zodiac is that of harmony. They understand each other on an intuitive level, and at times, they even seem to communicate on an almost telepathic level.

Yet, in practice, this pair can face some challenges. Many of these challenges arise from gender role expectations. In this couple, the Scorpio woman will often have the greatest interest and desire to pursue a career, and the Cancer man will be the one who is more interested in domestic matters.

Yet, if they can accept each other and be willing to have a rather unconventional relationship, a Cancer man and a Scorpio woman will have a happy and loving relationship.

Relationship Strengths

A Cancer man and a Scorpio woman have many strengths when it comes to forming and maintaining a relationship. Below are some of the most important points of compatibility between this pair.

A Deep Emotional Bond

A Cancer man and a Scorpio woman both have the capacity to form deep, intimate bonds with another. For both of these signs, emotional intimacy is extremely important. Neither of these signs is happy with casual romances, so they will move towards a serious long-term relationship very quickly.

Their bond can become so strong that they can sense each other’s moods, and conflict and separation can become almost physically painful for them.

This bond means that they will both be highly motivated to do what it takes to make their relationship work. This motivation will help them to overcome the inevitable challenges that arise in any relationship, no matter how compatible the match is.

Shared Values

Although they have their differences, a Cancer man and a Scorpio woman see the world in similar ways. As Water Signs, to them, trust and emotional security are the most important things in a relationship.

Both of these signs are also extremely loyal to those that they care about. For the Cancer man, this will be his family. For the Scorpio woman, this could include her family, but it could also include close friends and confidants.

These signs are also rather conservative when it comes to relationships. They believe in marriage, and both of these signs tend to marry for life.

High Sexual Compatibility

A Cancer man and a Scorpio woman are very compatible in the bedroom. For both of these signs, emotional intimacy is a crucial component when it comes to sex. Neither of them will be satisfied without it. Also, neither of them can have sex without becoming emotionally attached.

Because of this, both of these signs tend to go slowly. They each are likely to have learned the hard way that they need to be careful with their hearts.

Yet, when they do meet in the bedroom, these signs will not only bond on a physical level, but on a psychic, and perhaps even spiritual level as well.

Relationship Challenges

While overall a Cancer man and a Scorpio woman are very compatible, there are some challenges that they face in their relationship. Below are some of the most difficult ones.

Gender Role Expectations

As discussed at the beginning of this article, some of the biggest potential difficulties for this couple will come from gender role expectations. Cancer is one of the most domestic signs in the zodiac, rivaled only by Taurus. The archetype for Cancer is that of the caregiver, and this sign absolutely needs to nurture others.

Indeed, some of the negative traits of this sign, such as clinginess, self-pity, and irritability, only arise when Cancer has no one else to care for. Then their instinct to nurture gets turned inward, and they become the baby rather than the parent.

Scorpio, in contrast, is a powerful and intense sign. Scorpio can be one of the most single-minded signs of the zodiac when it comes to pursuing a goal. Scorpio natives often channel this energy into a career or a cause.

Given their natures, the most practical way for these two to build a life together is for him to take on most of the responsibility for the home and any children that they have and for her to pursue a career and be the primary breadwinner.

Even if they both have careers, he will always be more interested in the domestic side of their life than she will.

Society is changing, particularly in the West, allowing for more flexible gender roles. On the other hand, there is still a stigma attached to a man who takes on a more domestic role and to a woman who is more focused on her career than her family, especially if she has children.

Society is changing, particularly in the West, allowing for more flexible gender roles. On the other hand, there is still a stigma attached to a man who takes on a more domestic role and to a woman who is more focused on her career than her family, especially if she has children.

This could lead them to try to make their relationship fit into a more traditional mold, making both of them miserable.

His Mother

The other major challenge for a relationship between a Cancer man and a Scorpio woman will likely be his mother. A Cancer man will almost always be extremely close to his family, especially his mother. This means that she will play a major role in his life, and thus, be a part of any of his relationships.

He will want to introduce anyone he is dating to his parents early on in the relationship, and he will take their opinion and advice quite seriously.

A Scorpio woman tends to do things her own way, and she will not be happy with too much interference from her mother-in-law. If the couple is not careful, this could be a major source of conflict in their relationship.


The communication between a Cancer man and a Scorpio woman will be excellent. These two will have an intuitive understanding of each other, and they may even seem to communicate telepathically.

Both of these signs operate by intuition and feeling, and they will be able to be a great source of support for each other.

They will also instinctively know how to respond to each other’s moods. They each have the potential to have rather stormy emotions. Yet, together they will be able to soothe each other.

The Cancer man will be able to soften and soothe the intensity of the Scorpio woman. In turn, the Scorpio woman will be able to sense when to pry and when to back off when the Cancer man retreats into his shell.

The only real communication challenge that these two may have will come from the depth of their bond. They can become so close that they will start to feel each other’s emotions as their own. If they are not aware of this potential, they could think that they are upset or angry when it is really the other person.

Points of Advice

If you are in a Cancer Man/Scorpio Woman relationship, below are some points of advice for a happy and harmonious life together.

To the Cancer Man

Learn to accept yourself for who you are. Don’t worry if you do not fit the stereotypical mold of masculinity. There is nothing weak about wanting to nurture and care for others. Enjoying cooking or domestic tasks does not make you less of a man.

The more that you can accept yourself, the easier it will be to negotiate your role and the division of labor in your relationship. A Scorpio woman notices everything, and she will be able to sense if you are uncomfortable or unhappy.

Also, it will fall on you to facilitate a harmonious relationship between your parents and your Scorpio woman. Don’t shirk this responsibility. Your life will be happier if they get along with each other.

To the Scorpio Woman

In many ways, the match between you and a Cancer man is one that is made in heaven. He can soothe and balance you as few other signs can. Do not let his domestic nature fool you into thinking that he is weak. He is not. Appreciate him for who he is.

Also, if you have a self-critical voice inside of you berating you for being more interested in your career than domestic matters, turn it off. It is ok if he is a better cook or housekeeper than you are. If you have children, it is even ok if he is the more nurturing parent. Each of us has our own gifts and talents, and yours are just as important to the relationship as his.

Finally, accept the fact that his parents, and particularly his mother, are going to be a part of your life with him. Learn to get along with them.

To Both

For the most part, you will naturally get along with each other, and in most circumstances, fights between you will be rare.

Yet, there may be times when you find yourself in a fight that seems confusing or unresolvable. This could be because you are picking up on each other’s emotions. If one of you has a bad day or is upset about something, this could leak to the other. So, instead of comforting each other, you end up fighting.

The best way to prevent this is to be aware of this potential. If you find yourself having sudden emotions for no reason when you are with each other, check to see if you are actually feeling the other’s emotions. This should help to resolve the conflict quickly.