Strangely, it was not in the water that they met ..
The Crab and the Scorpion may meet while they’re sunning themselves on a rock somewhere, on a lazy lavender day. They could, of course, meet beneath the briny, but since they are often destined to be drawn together sooner or later, the choice of multiple meeting places is greatly enhanced. A bank is near the top of the list. Or perhaps a United States Treasury building. Maybe a restaurant – a nursery – or in history class. All these areas are sacred to Cancer. Give Scorpio the choice, and it could be any site from an archaeological dig to a church … with a strong possibility of Tibet, among the lamas … or a library, near the shelves labeled “Sex and the Human Psyche.” All sacred subjects to the Eagle.
This is the blessed-by-grace 5-9 Sun Sign Pattern, meaning that these two will almost surely be magnetized together anytime they’re within a few miles of one another – not always, but usually. It’s not a guarantee – what is, regarding human behavior? But it’s an astrological probability that Cancer and Scorpio have a better chance than most people of successfully blending their auras. Anyway, guarantees are boring, don’t you think? No. The Crab and the Eagle do not think so. Other 5-9 Sun Sign Patterns, such as Aries-Leo, Gemini-Aquarius, and so forth, may look upon guarantees as boring, but not this particular 5-9 vibe. Scorpions (Eagles) are undeniably fond of sure things, and Crabs mentally visualize the word guarantee spelled out in diamond letters, sparkling like the water of an unpolluted stream (a good allegory, since an unpolluted stream is as difficult to find these days as a 100 percent guarantee has always been – and always shall be – to locate).
All right, we’ll start over. To the Crab and the Scorpion: You two nice creatures are very, very, very, very close to being certain of achieving harmony together, closer than most anyone you know. That’s a promise from the planets and stars, a promise you have the power to transmute into a genuine guarantee with less effort than lots of other people. Does that make you both feel a little more comfy-cozy secure about it all? (Shh! See? Notice. The Crab is now peeking out of the shell, curious … and the Scorpion has raised one cautious eyebrow slowly, in interest. Words like guarantee and secure always have that effect on these Sun Signs.)
An occasional Cancer-Scorpio combination may toss each other up on the beach in an unhappy ending, but the great majority of associations between the Moon-governed (Cancer) and the Pluto-ruled (Scorpio) need never fear such a shipwreck. Their relationship will quite likely still be strong and healthy long after other combinations have given up the struggle. The areas of publishing, religion, space travel, the law, travel, foreign countries, the stock market, young people, schools, and various forms of creativity, including films .. (all ninth- and fifth-house matters) .. are likely ponds where you will find this combination splashing and diving and swimming and floating – or, if they’re un evolved types – crawling hesitantly, hiding under protective shells.
The Crab and the Scorpion (or Eagle) have an almost uncanny instinctive understanding of one another. They share, not all, but nearly all vices and virtues. The faults and foibles of one are either possessed by or compassionately comprehended by the other. The lovable traits and talents of one are either possessed by or intensely admired by the other. It’s called empathy, and Cancer and Scorpio can always count on this as a supportive influence in their relation-ship, whether adult and child, business associates, lovers, married mates, friends, siblings, or other relatives.
A child, or children, will typically, in some way, play an important role in their lives, as the relationship grows and endures (and probably it will), either a troublesome and sorrowful or a happy and magical role, almost from the time they first meet. Sometimes, sadly, this takes the form of children one or both deeply desire, but cannot possess, for one reason or another. More often, however, children and young people are a blessing to these two. If not literally children, then the childhood of the Crab or the Scorpion (or both) will be, in some strange way, the basis for initial attraction and sympathy. They will enjoy comforting one another concerning a sad past – or laughing and dreaming together over a happy past. Yesterday is always very near to Moon souls, and Scorpio also looks back, secretly, with nostalgia.
Both the Crabs and the Eagles tend to never forget a kindness. Likewise, they mutually share long memories for hurt or injury. Wound either Cancer or Scorpio, and the memory will linger, never fading, occasionally for a lifetime. But there the similarity ends, for the Crab will seldom try to even the score, preferring to cry and nurse injured feelings alone, cauterizing the wounds with liberal doses of self-pity, while the Scorpion will bloody well see to it, in one way or another, that there is returned an “eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” – a bruise for a bruise, a dented fender for a dented fender, an insult for an insult, and so on. This is a reaction (though not a very positive one) to the Scale-balancing act Scorpio has already learned from the sign behind – Libra. Making things come out even. But while Libra sorts it all out evenly through logical mental processes, Scorpio balances matters in, shall we say, a more tangible and instant way.
The Crab’s hurt seldom, if ever, causes an urge to attack. The reflex action of the wounded Cancerian is to retreat, often remaining mistrustful of that person or situation forever …. whereas the word “retreat” is nearly unknown to an Eagle. Scorps may appear to give up, to retreat or disappear. But they’ll return. Inwardly, these people would almost literally prefer to die than to lose a conflict or come out on the short end of someone else’s stick. This goes for love affairs, business deals – soccer and marbles (depending on the age and sex). Yet, the Scorpion does not always consciously obtain the satisfaction of revenge. That is, he or she need not necessarily (though some do it deliberately) take an overt action against the offender. The intensity of a Pluto-powered thought alone will do it.
Nevertheless, there is an unearthly sweetness in the Scorpio aura, superimposed upon the determination not to be smashed without teaching the smasher a lesson, and it is this sweetness, this gentleness and sensitivity, which allows the Crab to trust the Eagle.
Since both are of the Water Element, when Cancerians and Scorpions who have heavy afflictions to their individual Suns at birth get together, they can drown in drink, drugs, or other forms of escape, including sexual promiscuity-dragging one another down deeper into the depths, until they’ve reached the ocean floor. The swim back up is not easy. For these, the extraordinary magnetism of the 5-9 attraction is a trap. Some associations of this type have even become mutual victims of dark arts like hypnotic control, psychic attack, voodoo, and black magic. Scenes like seances with a trance medium are best avoided by either – and especially by both together.
Ah! but the evolved, the emotionally mature, mentally perceptive, and spiritually aware Crabs and Eagles will discover all the joys and pure pleasures of the 5-9 Pattern, feeling and behaving very much like children together – and what could be more wonderful than submission to innocence, excitement, and faith in faeries? This can really be a rainbow kind of relationship, where every small or large misunderstanding is certain to be resolved and forgiven later. Crabs and Scorps don’t forgive many people – but they will forgive one another. What is even lovelier, if the Sun-Moon aspect between their birth charts is also harmonious, matching the music of their trined, natal Suns, they’ll not only forgive – they’ll forget. And that’s a true miracle for the Crab and the Scorpion. They can, if they only half try, bring out the best, not the worst, in each other. The trust Cancer has never been able to fully give to anyone will be easily given to Scorpio – and the great gift of forgiveness that Scorpio has never quite been able to give to another person will be painlessly given to the compatible Crab. Cancer and Scorpio, both extremely sensitive, are willing to reveal their vulnerabilities to each other. This is no small matter, for they’ve both kept their terrible vulnerability hidden beneath their shells for so long, lest the world discover it as a weakness and use it against them.
They tell each other secrets they would ordinarily never tell a soul. No one can pry a secret out of a Crab, if he or she doesn’t want it known, but the Eagle just may – and the gentle Moon-ruled Cancerians can sometimes perform the magic trick of accurately reading Scorpio’s facial expression of cool detachment for what it really is – a mask. They’re both more than a little telepathic, particularly with one another.
When their purposes do clash, it will frequently be over money, because Scorpio is concerned with “other people’s money,” and Cancer is concerned with – well, with just plain money, never mind whose, just so it’s green. Scorpio tends to worry over how to obtain it, Cancer over the dreadful possibility of losing it.
Since all Crabs, of whatever age or sex, as explained in my first book, Sun Signs, are “Jewish mothers” – and all Eagles, of whatever age or sex, are fiercely, intensely protective – these two will wrap one another in a very comforting cocoon, which could become a little stuffy unless they allow themselves to come out for air now and then. But oh! that feeling of security. Beautiful. Scorpio can at times be too self-controlled for Cancer’s affectionate nature, and the Crab will sometimes snap at Scorpio, ruffling those smooth Eagle feathers, but these are minor tensions with which to cope when the rewards are so solid. After swimming for what has seemed to be eternities, in endless whirlpools of infinitude ….. .to be brought together with one who so gently understands your heart’s deepest longings ….. .is a blessed thing.
Love Signs by Linda Goodman