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Capricorn Sign – The Tenth Sign of the Zodiac

The Capricorn Sign, the tenth sign of the zodiac, is all about hard work. Those born under this sign are more than happy to put in a full day at the office, realising that it will likely take a lot of those days to get to the top. That’s no problem since Capricorns are both ambitious and determined: they will get there. Life is one big project for these folks, and they adapt to this by adopting a practical approach to most everything they do.

Capricorns are practical as well, taking things one step at a time and being as realistic and pragmatic as possible. Capricorns are industrious, efficient, organised and won’t make a lot of waves. They are scrupulous with details and adopt the conventional approach in business and life. These folks feel best playing it safe since this is a fail-safe way to get to the top. Thankfully, Capricorns are patient, too, and are happy to wait for their ship to come in.

Saturn rules Capricorn. In ancient Roman mythology, Saturn was the father of many of the gods. Consider him top dog, if you will, and then you’ll see a parallel to Capricorns. Those born under this sign also want to be the top dog, and they’re smart enough to know that the title won’t be handed to them. Caps are happy to work for it, and luckily they possess enough discipline and sense of responsibility to get them there. 

The element associated with Capricorn is Earth. No big surprise there! Caps are down-to-earth in the sense that they’re not interested in wild ideas or round-the-world dreams. They would much rather stay put and get to work. Remember, these are the businesspeople of the zodiac, so in their sensible and economical way, they’ll get up every morning and see to it that their job is done to the highest degree of quality possible. 

Capricorn Sign Summary

Sign: Capricorn
Dates: December 22–January 20
Symbol: The Goat
Element: Earth
Ruling Planet: Saturn
House Ruler: 10th House
Modality: Cardinal
Polarity: Feminine / Yin

High/Light Traits: Successful, committed, reliable, hard working

Low/Shadow Traits: Authoritative, controlling, cold, distant, ruthless

Keyword: I Put Forth

Comparison With Its Symbol: The Goat

Goats are “agile animals” and “surefooted”(1). They are “gregarious, except for old bucks, which tend to live by themselves” (2). Goats are considered to be rather hardy animals. Capricorn is most often compared to the mountain goat. Capricorns are thought to be loners at heart, with introverted characters. Mountain goats find security in cliffs and heights–the highest places that can be climbed. Slowly but surely, a goat climbs the mountain. And, Capricorns are thought to move through life, achieving success slowly but surely. A large measure of strength of character is also associated with Capricorn.

The glyph for Capricorn is a little more intricate than most. The V is thought to depict the goat’s beard; and the tail is that of a fish (Capricorn, in ancient times, was associated with the sea-goat).

High Capricorn Personality Traits

Every star signs can represent their energy in the lightest, balanced or highest form. Some of Capricorn high traits include the following traits:

Responsible, goal-oriented, achieving, successful, disciplined, committed, honorable, serious, moral, accomplishing, hard-working, deferential, dutiful, purposeful, structured, organized, professional, traditional, acting with integrity, reliable, generous, productive, grounded, thorough, completing, careful, methodical, systematic, devout, authoritative, protective, prepared, self-motivated, aspiring, industrious, loyal, trustworthy, prudent, considerate, respectful, executive, idealistic, persevering, strong.

Low Capricorn Personality Traits

Every star signs can represent their energy in the darkest, excessive or lowest form. Some of Capricorn’s low traits include the following traits:

Demanding, authoritarian, depressed, driven, workaholic, controlling, rigid, exploitive, opportunistic, unscrupulous, materialistic, condescending, snobbish, patronizing, parental, punitive, unrefined, guilty, overcompensating, over-extending, dissatisfied, perfectionistic, burnt out, apprehensive, self-denying, reactionary, narrow-minded, bigoted, negative, pessimistic, melancholy, repressed, frigid, discontent, tyrannical, cold, heartless, greedy, egotistical, arrogant, power-hungry, crude, selfish.

Likes

  • Reliability
  • Professionalism
  • Knowing what you discuss
  • Firm Foundations
  • Purpose

Dislikes

  • Wild Schemes
  • Fantasies
  • Go-nowhere jobs
  • Ignominy
  • Ridicule

Planets in the Capricorn Sign – An Overview

So now that we have discussed the Capricorn element. Let’s take a little look at how the style of Capricorn influences the planet in a bit more detail.

Sun in Capricorn Sign

The Sun (to integrate) in Capricorn (Prudent and Reserved)

Capricorn Sun natives have the desire to climb whatever mountains are necessary and to stand on their own two feet in order to work out their ambitions and their salvation. They are conservative, organized, methodical, traditional, responsible, honest, efficient, patient, practical, authoritative, disciplined, serious and goal-oriented. On the negative side they can be worried, pessimistic, retaliatory, suspicious, stubborn and intolerant. They are happiest in careers calling for organizing ability, integrity and perseverance. They have a fear of failure.

Their quiet exterior makes Capricorn natives appear to be loners. They build a wall of reserve around them in order to protect themselves from the ill winds of the world around them. Nothing gets in the way of their plans and ambitions. They strive for security by holding fast to duty and responsibility. Work is very important to them and they do not take it lightly. Many Capricorn natives have an inferiority complex and this sometimes is what drives them so hard to succeed. They want to look good in front of the world.

Capricorn natives like to plan their every move, weighing all the pros and cons of any issue in advance. They are dependable, particularly in a crisis. When asked, they give sound, practical advice. They are, as a rule, not aggressive people, and only express hostility as a defense when attacked.

At times Capricorn natives can be very sensitive to hurts and feel alone as if no one understands them. A negative Capricorn will seek retribution for wrongs done him. Capricorn natives need people, but they have a tendency to isolate themselves from people due to their reserve and fear of being hurt. They can be very loyal to close friends and people they care about. Respect and recognition is important to them. Encouragement and praise are essential for motivating a Capricorn.

A fear of being without material things makes it mandatory that Capricorn natives have a regular income. Their attainments in life are accomplished through steady progress rather than through speculation or get-rich-quick schemes. They have strong self-discipline and nothing turns them from their course if their mind is made up. They will give up many pleasures in order to reach their goals. Hard work invigorates them. Capricorn natives are thrifty and like to collect things. They abhor waste. This includes wasting a lot of talk in idle chatter. Capricorn natives speak when they have something to say.

Capricorn natives can be creative but they must at times learn to overcome their own self-doubts and lack of confidence. Pessimism in their own abilities can hold them back. They must learn to believe in themselves and become optimistic. There is no mountain they cannot climb if that is what they desire to do.

Capricorn natives have a lot of patience, which is good, because many of their plans meet with delays, setbacks and obstacles. This teaches them obedience, which is thus helping them to strive for spiritual attainment rather than material attainment. For them, work is therapeutic and is probably the best medicine for whatever ails them, except overwork, which they are prone to do. It is difficult for a Capricorn to really relax. They are happiest when busy, even in their spare time.

Capricorn natives are thoughtful, self-contained people. Lacking, perhaps, some of the personal magnetism of some of the other zodiac signs, they are nevertheless quite tactful, compassionate and warmhearted. Their own personal sufferings help them identify with the sufferings of others. In love, Capricorn natives are as romantic and emotional as anyone else, but usually they feel inhibited in expressing their emotions. They are cautious in making a total commitment until they know that the traits and lifestyle of the possible partner are compatible with theirs. Once married, they seldom divorce because they feel that any situation can be worked out, if only worked at hard enough.

Moon In Capricorn Sign

The Moon (to react to) in Capricorn (Prudent and Reserved)

If you have the Moon in Capricorn, you tend to be very serious and responsible, thinking that duty calls first before all else. You are not comfortable displaying your emotions for all to see and you certainly don’t want them to think that you need help and support. You never want to appear emotionally weak. There is a great sense of ambition within you, perhaps because you feel unloved, unwanted or inadequate. You then work very hard because it makes you feel important or needed. You need to feel secure in your own authority. Security needs are what drive you. You may be shy and insecure over your own worth and can be overly sensitive to real or imagined hurts. Sometimes you feel as though you have to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. You are especially uncomfortable with emotional dependency, and will tell yourself and others (even children) not to be a “baby”. You need to accept that no one is self-sufficient all the time, and to be gentler with your “childish” emotional needs and wants. To others, you may appear to be rather hard-nosed and tough, with a business-like attitude toward their personal concerns and feelings. Your feelings and loyalties run deep, but you often do not let people know how much you care. You also need to learn to relax, enjoy yourself, and play sometimes. You are conservative, reliable and ambitious. You have the ability to bring plans to completion. On the negative side, you may be ruthless in your desire for power and success. Selfishness and manipulation are possible. You desire recognition. The emotions are steady, but can be quite cold.

Mercury in Capricorn Sign

Mercury (to communicate) in Capricorn (Prudent and Reserved)

If you have Mercury in Capricorn, your mind is clear, disciplined, serious, practical, organizing, objective and realistic, and you are unimpressed by exaggerated claims or promises. You want to know the facts behind any statement or idea you hear. Your natural skepticism often borders on cynicism. You have a rational approach to problems and are usually quite level-headed no matter what the circumstances. Your are capable of working long hours with focused concentration and attention on whatever interests you. You probably have a good memory and are very attentive to details. At times you appear to others as lacking a sense of humor, boring, or depressed. You simply have a lot on your mind. You are thorough, conscientious, and disciplined in your thinking, and have an aptitude for business, organization, and administration. You are also a good strategist, and will plan and patiently follow a realistic course which will lead to your eventual success. Serious-minded and studious, you enjoy quiet time alone for thinking or reading. You seldom indulge in foolish or silly chatter for you consider them a waste of valuable time which is better spent on more productive things.

Venus in Aries Sign

Venus (to harmonise) in Capricorn (Prudent and Reserved).

If you have Venus in Capricorn, you express love and affections in cautious, reserved and serious ways. You are probably not that demonstrative towards the ones you love. You care very much about what other people think of you and you fervently desire love and appreciation, yet your reserved responses make it appear that you are really very detached. Casual, superficial relationships don’t interest you at all. You are cautious and serious about love and you want a deep, genuine, lasting love. You are old-fashioned and traditional regarding courtship and love, and will remain faithful to your loved one in good times and in bad. You may be attracted to persons older than yourself, someone who is emotionally mature and reliable and who can provide the security you desire. You tend to be loyal, trustworthy, patient and steadfast. For you love may be weighed against practical concerns or on the basis of security needs. Perhaps you’ll marry for money or status. You have a strong desire to protect yourself from being hurt and this may keep you from being as outgoing and forward in love matters. You may be very fearful, selfish and jealous or cold and calculating if Venus is badly aspected. There may be an intense ambition and desire for prestige and status.

Mars in Capricorn Sign

Mars (to assert) in Capricorn (Prudent and Reserved)

If you have Mars in Capricorn, your actions serve your ambitions for power, recognition, distinction, and status. You are not content to follow, but must have a leading role in whatever you do. If not handled well, the energies of this placement can make you appear ruthless, manipulative and bull-dozing over anyone who stands in your way. You are efficient, tenacious, organized, dedicated, practical, disciplined and steadfast in your resolve to feel successful. Your drive and energy are directed toward practical material accomplishment and achieving concrete results. You are hard-working and capable of foregoing immediate comfort in order to achieve your long-range goals. You can easily become a workaholic and are very responsible and conscientious about doing a thorough job. You don’t tend to gamble when it comes to implementing your plans but generally prefer the conservative, tried-and-true route and then following through with it. You rely on your own efforts and perseverance rather than luck or good fortune. There is a natural shrewdness and instinct for business or organizational management. You tend to be ambitious, persistent, patient, self-reliant and responsible. You are apt to be slow in learning, but there is total assimilation of knowledge. Your energy is carefully used. Success is very important to you. On the negative side you may have a quick irritability which needs to be controlled and a tendency to feel resentment toward others for supposed hurts. You need to learn how to forgive and forget and how to release your emotions and frustrations positively.

Jupiter in Capricorn Sign

Jupiter (to expand) in Capricorn (Prudent and Reserved)

If you have Jupiter in Capricorn, your positive qualities are honesty, sincerity, faithfulness, ingenuity, resourcefulness and some degree of mechanical ability. Your attempts at growth, expansion, meeting new opportunities and getting ahead in the world are met with reserve, discipline, caution, system, practicality and organization. You have a desire for material success, yet this may not bring satisfaction or happiness if gained. There may be a tendency toward miserliness and withholding yourself from the rest of the world, financially and emotionally. You hate waste, are self-reliant and self-controlled, and possess a desire to have authority over others. You can rise to great heights if you stay honest, truthful, respectful, and keep your nose clean doing everything above-board.

Saturn in Capricorn Sign

Saturn (to control) in Capricorn (Prudent and Reserved)

If you have Saturn in Capricorn, you are ambitious, self-controlled and you have organising ability. You can be a disciplined, patient, hard worker who eventually receives the deserved rewards. There is a tendency to take life very seriously, and duty and responsibility are critical to you. You understand that time and suffering serve a purpose and that happiness is not the final goal of existence. You may find it difficult to divide your energies between work and play. You have the ability to translate abstract concepts into concrete terms. You may experience feelings of loneliness and inadequacy, and that could be one reason why you tend to work so much time and hard. On the downside, prestige and social standing may be paramount to you, and you will be tempted to do whatever you have to acquire them. Selfishness and a great love and desire for power can also be present.

Uranus in Capricorn Sign

Uranus (to deviate) in Capricorn (Prudent and Reserved)

Here Uranus is somewhat boxed in by Capricorn. The benefit is the ability to put problems into a coherent and logical perspective. However, conflict will arise when Uranus’s unpredictability and shock tactics try to express themselves. Capricorn is the most conventional sign, preferring to do things “the proper way.” Here Uranus’s energy is concentrated and may be put to good use.

Neptune in Capricorn Sign

Neptune (to refine) in Capricorn (Prudent and Reserved)

You refine, in a prudent and reserved manner, matters related to power, control, success and fame. You dream about becoming powerful and rich. You may, however, be somewhat confused about the process of succeeding, perhaps neglecting the work and details. People in this group take an interest in the glamour business or the helping professions. If you are taken up by your imagination, it is likely that you manage to put even crazy ideas to a practical and profitable use, making money out of them in the process.

Pluto in Capricorn Sign

Pluto (to transform) in Capricorn (Prudent and Reserved)

You transform in a prudent and reserved manner in areas related to power, business and careers. This generation may be against authority and wish to become independent of some authority (powerful country, convention, etc). You delve beneath the surface in matters related power over others and in a practical, common sense way seek to remove it (earth). You may move out into the world to make changes (cardinal) and you are motivated from the outside (passive), which might be social conventions. The transformation is resisted because of a tendency to cling onto the old and a tendency to carefully and prudently make changes, which tends to make them even more powerful when they break through.

Angles In Capricorn – An Overview

So now that we have discussed the planets element let’s see how Capricorn affect the house axis of the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th houses. Let’s take a little look at them in a bit more detail.

Ascendant (Rising Sign) in Capricorn

A serious, grounded, methodical approach motivates you toward disciplined and ambitious achievement in the world. And it helps to focus your personality in the material world. Goals, the ability to process and authority are your allies. Capricorn feels comfortable when in control! Often that translates into conservative clothing, but you are very individual in the way you mix and match. You look for quality and can pick up bargain couture at a fraction of the cost. Business orientated, it is important to dress like a professional in your chosen field. Capricorn’s ruler is powerful and practical Saturn and the position of Saturn in the chart is important.

Descendant in Capricorn Sign

You are drawn to an ambitious and practical individual who values honesty over intense emotional expression. Your Cancer rising can make you behave like a mother to others and your mate appreciates your stability and desire to provide a comfortable nest.

MC in Capricorn Sign

If your Midheaven is in Capricorn, you are drawn to positions that allow you to leave your mark on the world. You are ambitious and prefer to be in a position that commands respect. With an Earth sign as your Midheaven, you are great at building from the ground up. You take work very seriously, and you are able to shut everything else out when you are focused. With your business savvy, diligence and drive, you are proud to say you are self-made. You also like being in charge of keeping order. You can be seen as intimidatingly stern when first put in a position of power, but over time you learn that displaying compassion will gain you loyalty and respect.

Can be drawn to: CEO, manager, police, bodyguard, banker, financial manager, agriculture, property owner, stock broker, dentist, doctor, architecture

IC in Capricorn Sign

You were born into a family tree where one relative in particular scaled the heights. This person in your family tree either married up (elevating himself or herself a class above) or worked very hard to reach the top of his/her chosen field. You have inherited this ambition and may either be a social mountaineer yourself, when you need to be, or have already soared in your chosen field. Depending on how many horoscope factors you have in Capricorn, you will either strongly mirror this relative’s life (and appearance) or do so, just slightly. A Capricorn IC position suggests that there is a strong imprint of ambition in your family tree and that at one point, the branch changed considerably as someone broke away from being working class, and moved to the middle class – or moved from middle class to upper middle. Sometimes the break is financial. In your own life you will also explore this idea of ‘moving on up.’

Astral Bodies In Capricorn – An Overview

So now that we have discussed the Axis, let’s see how Capricorn effects some of the astral bodies in a bit more detail.

North Node in Capricorn Sign

Capricorn north node people have had many lifetimes in the feminine (Cancer) realm as caretakers, mothers, wives and dependents. In this life, they are learning the exciting new world of self-sufficiency. Capricorn north nodes are moving from the role of nurturer to the role of provider. However, too much time in the corporate world depletes their souls. Even if they do go into an office, they need to add homey touches and create familial bonds with their coworkers. These are the people who bring cupcakes in or organise the company picnic.

Capricorn north nodes are creative and intuitive and need to apply these gifts to their goals. They may resist structure (their least favourite moment is taking a shower and leaving the house!). However, when they stick to a simple plan that includes time for self-care, they thrive. 

South Node in Capricorn Sign

When the South Node falls in Capricorn in past lives you have developed a strong sense of responsibility. When young your parent(s) may have been strict and you may have been expected, or forced to take responsibility through family circumstance. The bottom line was that you learned to be responsible within the family structure at a young age. In your adult years you will expect recognition and respect for your work, but you may feel that you are taken for granted. You tend to control your emotions within the family through logic. If your mind tells you something is going to happen as a result of making a certain move you will wait for a more appropriate time. You will not be drawn into emotionalism. You will stay detached and observe the right time to move. Although you have a strong desire to be responsible you can become too responsible for other family members and make tremendous sacrifices.

You stand by your principles and you carry out your duties. However, you may not get the recognition or respect you deserve. You need to be in control of your own destiny to feel secure.

Chiron in Capricorn Sign

Chiron in Capricorn may be a workaholic in order to prove their self-worth. They were often rejected in some manner during childhood. They may feel ignored or unrecognized. They may spend their time organizing and trying to control everything. They could also go the other way and resist organization in any way, shape or form. They often feel they are working harder than everyone else to no avail. They feel a need for respect and status so much that they lose sight and don’t stop to enjoy any of their accomplishments. To learn this lesson, they need to know how to acknowledge their own value. If they stop and make note of their achievements, they will see that they already have status.

Part of Fortune in Capricorn Sign

With the Part of Fortune in Capricorn you achieve happiness and success through hard work, determination and the achievement of goals.

You are serious and hard-working with high standards of accountability and self-discipline. Even if you feel you’re not that together, you’re more capable than you realise and can achieve more than you think. Put your hopes and ambitions into action and you’ll create your fortune by giving your life a definite form and structure that will outlive you.

You want to overcome restrictions you experienced when you were young and become your own authority. You understand what it means to be the master of your destiny and nothing will stop you manifesting what you know you can achieve. You have a strong respect for tradition and want to make a real and valuable contribution to society. You’re motivated by the need for quality and excellence in all that you do, and your fortune will be found in creating something with integrity and lasting value.

Your personal life is deep rather than wide, and you have access to great wisdom through practising self-discipline and transcendence. Happiness will tend to come later in life when you’ve achieved maturity and gained the skills needed to achieve your many ambitions. But you can experience joy in watching your life take shape and observing the slow, steady progress you make. You have a profound sense of social and spiritual responsibility which motivates you to become an example of integrity and higher possibilities.

The point opposite the Part of Fortune may block the free flow of energy and make it harder to find joy, but only if you take it personally. If you allow it to manifest impersonally it will help you achieve happiness. The opposite sign here is Cancer so you understand and experience the full range of emotion and the enthusiasm that births new beginnings. You know you need a good foundation for your projects, and that you need to nurture them to help them grow. But your emotions need careful handling.

You’re sensitive to the needs of others and easily overwhelmed by emotion if you take it personally, so it’s important for you to avoid negative entanglements with others. Negative emotions drain your energy and stop you making progress. To find joy you must master your emotions by taking an impersonal approach. Fears, insecurity and self-doubt from the past can all interfere with what you’re trying to build, so you need to remember that your life’s work is more important than your fears.

Capricorn Pot of Gold

You’ll find joy by taking responsibility and patiently developing self-mastery. Purpose is the key to your happiness.

  • Stay true to your own path.
  • Persevere and you will succeed.
  • Your strength is revealed through effort.

Eros in Capricorn Sign

If Eros is in the sign Capricorn then you’ll experience the most erotic and soul depth kind of love in a more reserved and cautious fashion than some of the other sign placements. You’re not in a rush to give your heart or body away so you take sex and relationship with great sobriety. If Eros is in Capricorn then you’ll likely be turned on by sadomasochistic behavior since you have such a strong need for control. Ironically, in the bedroom you might prefer to be controlled by a lover since this is a way for you to release all the pent up tension you carry from always needing to be responsible. When it comes to love and sex, Eros in Capricorn is practical and surely won’t jump into any kinky behavior too quickly. With Eros in Capricorn however, once you’re in a stable relationship you feel safe enough to let your guard down and indulge in pure sexual lust.

Vertex in Capricorn Sign

You are expected to accept the fact that in carrying out your duties and obligations, you prepare yourself for positions of greater responsibility. You need to accept limitations and diligently work through them. You will realize that you are being forced to develop organizational ability, caution, prudence, and patience. You may possibly run for an office at a time when no one else wants the position. You need to accept limitations whether they are self- imposed or imposed by the outside world.

Accomplishing these goals may make you aware of how much your organizing ability is needed. You will also purify the self through struggle and restriction.

Not fulfilling these tasks may keep you from moving up to a higher position, due to your apparent undependability, instability, or excuses. You may claim that you lack the necessary time due to domestic considerations. You may experience inner conflict if you see yourself as the victim of an unstable environment. You could also have subtle feelings of inferiority from your lack of discipline.