When Aries and Cancer get together in a love affair, it's a case of opposites attracting.
Aries is reckless and daring, while Cancer is sensitive and emotional. Aries can certainly be emotional - in a brash, impetuous way that can put Cancer off. Even though Cancer generally likes to take their time with relationships, Aries' whirlwind approach can be extremely stimulating. Aries, on the other hand, may find Cancer's sensitivity attractive; it's a good balance to Aries' typical directness. Problems can arise if Cancer's moodiness escalates or if Aries' aggression becomes harmful. Both signs should take time to listen to their partner's needs and understand that they are coming from different directions to achieve a common goal.
Cancer is the sign of the home, while Aries is the sign of the self. A great dynamic between these two is that both signs are extremely protective of those they love. Cancer uses that crab shell to protect themselves, their family and partner when trouble is near, while Aries uses their strength and bravery, like a knight in shining armor. Cancer also provides Aries with a happy home life and emotional security. Sometimes they can build up an idealized image of their Aries partner or be overly possessive, which can really annoy the independent Aries. However, Aries can help by reassuring their Cancer partner that they are loved and cherished. Aries really needs to learn to listen to Cancer: the Crab operates on an instinctive level and their advice can help Aries avoid making silly mistakes caused by that typical Aries lack of planning.
Aries is ruled by the planet Mars and Cancer is ruled by the emotional Moon. Mars was the god of war, and Aries is a soldier who faces all challenges head on. The open and passionate nature of Aries attracts Cancer, who often internalizes emotions and feelings. Cancer can have intense feminine energy and Aries can help them learn to release it. The Moon controls the tides of the Earth, silently affecting all of life, likewise, Cancer works behind the scenes (while Aries rushes into battle). Cancer tends to be sentimental and can teach Aries to slow down and appreciate life, rather than always rushing on to the next thing.
Aries is a Fire sign and Cancer is a Water sign. These two elements can be a great combination if they work together, using emotion and action to make things happen. Cancer can help Aries slow down and learn to be gentle, while Aries teaches Cancer to come out of its shell. But Cancer can be emotionally manipulative - sometimes too much Water can dampen Aries' enthusiasm. On the other hand, too much Fire can cause the water to evaporate, leaving Cancer emotionally raw. Aries and Cancer must speak openly and freely to ensure that their balance is maintained.
Aries and Cancer are both cardinal signs. Both signs are initiators, but they need to learn to cooperate. On the surface, Aries is the leader, always rushing to meet a challenge, but Cancer is also indirectly responsible for emotional control and the ability to weigh up the situation. Cancer tends to compromise more easily, while Aries may not be willing to give in, so Cancer may have to accept giving in from time to time.
What is the best aspect of the Aries-Cancer relationship? Once they realize they're on the same team, the combination of Fire and Water works well together. Aries is out there drawing attention and Cancer is quietly supporting behind the scenes. Each partner's ability to provide what the other is lacking makes their relationship equal.