In general, Aganza says to remember that Cancerian individuals value quiet time, so don't mistake that as the silent treatment. "This is one of the signs that can bond in gooey silence," she says.
Physical touch may also be a love language of theirs. "If the bodies are touching, they take a minute to open up, but when they feel safe, they'll let you into their exquisite love heart and work to make you feel comfortable being with them in the moment." She notes that Cancer's heart, though extremely sensitive, is among the most beautiful in the zodiac.
Part of understanding Cancer compatibility is knowing that this sensitivity can also lead to moodiness — something for which Cancers can be classically stereotyped. "[As] the moon fluctuates frequently, Cancers can be moody," says Aganza. "So don't take their silence and need for retreat personally. They'll come out of it. It's important to respect their space and their literal 'space' — whatever it is they call home."
What matches are best for Cancer love compatibility? According to the experts, the signs Cancer loves are Taurus, Capricorn and Scorpio. Let's look at the pairings in more detail.
If food were a love language, it would certainly be the love language of this coupling (perhaps even a central theme of Cancer-Taurus compatibility).
"Cancer and Taurus are what I'd like to call the homebody couple," says Campbell. "These two are definitely creatures of comfort and genuinely enjoy being present in each other's company."
Taurus doesn't let their watery partner do all the emotional or logistical labor. "Cancers are natural caretakers," she says, "but Taurus won't let them work too hard; they help by taking some of the workload off of Cancer."
Cancer and Taurus also have a stabilizing, complementary energy with different inherent skill sets. "Cancer can also help Taurus open up emotionally, while Taurus can be a beautiful grounding force for Cancer when emotions start to overflow," Campbell adds. "These two have a very easy-going relationship, centered around the same goals."
While these two may be opposite on the zodiac wheel, Cancer and Capricorn are particularly complementary and "actually work very well together," says Campbell.
In traditional astrology, Cancer and Capricorn together is seen as the mother-father pairing, with Cancer carrying maternal energy and cardinal earth sign Capricorn carrying the paternal.
"Capricorns can sometimes come off as cold and detached, but their ability to create a comfortable and financially abundant lifestyle is exactly what Cancers admire about them," says Campbell. "Cancer can provide a nurturing role for Capricorns, so in turn, they feel safe and taken care of by each other in different ways; one is material and one is emotional."
As two water zodiac signs, this pairing has an innate compatibility, with a natural, easeful understanding of each other's emotions, "especially with Scorpio diving to the deepest parts of Cancer's feelings," says Campbell. "They feel safe opening up to one another because there is no judgment on expressing emotion."
Both Cancer and Scorpio are deeply emotional. While Scorpio can be quite deep and intense, Cancer adds a bit of levity, she says. "Scorpio's inner turmoil is lightened by Cancer's gentle approach, while probing Scorpio can pinpoint Cancer's emotionally charged motivations and help work through them."