Leo’s attention-getting ways will not sit well with reclusive Cancer. However, Cancer can provide the appreciation that Leo craves, in abundance. This relationship can work, as long as Leo doesn’t forget that his endlessly giving partner has needs of her own.
Sun in Leo is a performer, no matter what he does for a living. His purpose is to express his love of life, and he needs an audience to do this. Therefore, his partner must be prepared to not only give him attention, but appreciation as well. At the heart of every Lion is a child who craves basic ego gratification. When that child is happy, Sun in Leo can be a dream partner; loving, loyal, generous and fun. But when that child feels ignored, he won’t hesitate to let his partner know via attention-getting tactics (which will not be subtle) or angry sulks.
Moon in Cancer needs to nurture, but only a select few will ever benefit from this sensitive sign’s world-class loving. Notoriously private, it can take a while before this self-protective Moon opens up to her partner. But when she finally does, her lover can count on home cooking, emotional support and intimacy. Moon in Cancer thrives when she is caring for someone, but it’s easy for others to forget that she has needs as well. If her partner takes but doesn’t give back, he’ll quickly be reminded when she abruptly withdraws into her shell.
Sun in Leo will think that he’s found the perfect partner in Cancer; she’ll be his Domestic Goddess, keeping the home fires burning while he shines brightly out in the world. The more gratification Leo demands, the more Moon in Cancer will give. But problems will arise if Sun in Leo fails to appreciate Cancer’s support, or if he triggers her insecurities by flirting with other women. Cancer will withdraw, Leo will feel rejected when she no longer has his back, and a sulky, moody standoff will ensue. All it will take is a genuine apology (from either partner) to break the tension. But in order to avoid the same vicious cycle, both will have to make some adjustments. Leo will have to recognize that Cancer has needs, and Cancer will have to be more aggressive about promoting her own needs.