Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Capricorn Sign
Capricorn Sign

The Goat

Quality: Cardinal
Element: Earth
Ruled by Saturn
Key Phrase: “I Use”

The Capricorn Sign

Capricorn is the tenth sign of the zodiac and is symbolized by the goat. At first, you might not think that a goat is a very impressive symbol, but consider how this creature climbs the ledges of mountains and faces their enemies or problems head on—literally. This earth sign is a tenacious self-starter that is driven to get through life and stay on top of the world. Ruled by the planet Saturn, Capricorn’s challenge is to be able to balance the innate maturity that many possess without becoming too serious or stern.

Capricorns tend to be pragmatic, determined, and ambitious. Even those unable to find financial success in life tend to be dominant leaders among family and friends. Capricorns’ earth nature can keep them grounded, but they have to be careful to not try to control or step on others if they have a quest for power or prosperity. Those who have found their highest vibe can be counted on to be steadfast, reliable, and amazing leaders.

Capricorn is a solid ten — in terms of Zodiac sign order, that is. This cardinal Earth sign is ruled by Saturn and symbolized by the sea goat, which is represented by a goat’s head and body and a fish’s tail. Capricorn means “horned goat” in Latin.

Capricorn is one of three Earth signs. The other two are Taurus and Virgo. You can find Earth signs in the earth element of the astrology calendar. Earth signs are known to be practical, reliable, and grounded, but each of the Earth signs manifest these characteristics differently. Capricorns are considered ambitious initiators. As a cardinal Earth sign, Capricorns are often leaders. Earth sign traits tend to come out in hard work, pride, and a deep sensitivity.

What does it mean to be a cardinal sign? Signs exist in three different modalities: cardinal, fixed, or mutable. Cardinal signs translate their elements into action. They are known to lead and motivate. Fixed signs are known for the strength of their will but their resistance to flexibility and change. Mutable signs are adaptive and resourceful. Capricorn’s cardinal nature comes out in leadership, ambition, and work ethic. They are known to be initiators, ever-ready to move forward and to climb the rungs on the ladder of success.
Capricorn, ever the multitasker, has two power colors: brown and gray. Think traditional, simple, and grounded. These practical colors represent the straightforward nature of this celestial sign.

The Mythology of Capricorn

The history of astrology often has roots in mythology around the world. Capricorn’s mythological roots are among the oldest of the astrological Zodiac calendar. The constellation of Capricorn was first catalogued in the second century by Greek astronomer Claudius Ptolemy. Capricorn, or Capricornus, is the smallest constellation–and the most faint in the night sky.

The constellation known as Capricorn is based on the legend of the goat nymph Amalthea who was Zeus’s wet nurse (in common language: she was said to breastfeed the infant god … at least, one would hope he was an infant when this took place, but I digress). It’s said that Zeus placed her in the sky as a constellation to express his gratitude.

This may be the legend most commonly associated with Capricorn, but Greek mythology actually links the sea-goat to the satyr god Pan who ruled the forests. Half man and half goat, Pan was known to attempt to seduce nymphs. His love of nature and sensuality are traits well represented among Capricorns. Sumerian mythology links Capricorn to the sea goat god of wisdom and waters, Enki. This god ruled creativity, crafts, water, magic, and intellect.

Capricorn Sun, Moon, Or Rising: Why It Matters

Celestial signs are based on our date of birth. The date itself gives us our sun sign. This is the one most people will read a daily horoscope for because it is the most easily identified. For instance, Capricorn sun signs are those that are born between December 21st and January 20th. Sun signs represent our identity, desires, goals, and actions.

Moon and rising signs aren’t quite as easy to determine. They require a natal, or birth, chart to identify the transits and their associated Zodiac signs. To obtain a natal chart, we need to know our date, time, and location of birth. A natal chart is essentially a map of the celestial bodies at the moment of our birth. It can provide insight into the challenges and opportunities we may encounter across our lifetimes.

Sun, moon, and rising signs can be identified with a natal chart. To identify the transits and associated Zodiac signs, we need our date of birth, exact time of birth, and the location of our birth. The chart includes all 12 astrological houses that represent the various areas of our lives and corresponds with each of the celestial signs. Understanding our natal chart can help provide insight into how our birth might impact our perceptions of the world around us.

It’s possible to be a Capricorn sun sign, Capricorn rising sign, Capricorn moon sign, or some combination of the three. A natal chart will tell us how to identify. While sun signs point to our identity and actions, moon signs can indicate our instincts, needs, emotions, and our internal identity. Rising signs show how we are seen by the world–or how our internal world translates to the external one.

A Capricorn Moon focuses on achievement and success. This is how they achieve a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction. They thrive best when working toward a goal. Capricorn Moons work hard, but they play hard, too. They tend to have full and satisfying personal and professional lives, but a Capricorn Moon might also be guarded. Vulnerability may be particularly challenging for a Cap Moon–but can be equally rewarding.

A Capricorn Rising sign may appear, on the surface, to take themselves way too seriously. People may often miss their dry wit, which they’ll deliver with perfect comedic timing for those paying attention. They are known to be ambitious and successful and are likely to surround themselves with other people who share similar values. While they may outwardly project reserve, they are incredibly passionate around the few they let in.

Understanding celestial transits can provide keen insights into our behavior, the way we perceive the world, and the way the world receives us in return. Astrology cannot predict the future, but it can be used as a general guide for personal growth. It isn’t meant to define our identity but to illuminate aspects of it. When we understand our sun, moon, and rising signs, we may be better able to pinpoint our strengths as well as any challenges we may possess. Our daily horoscope isn’t meant to offer advice or tell us what to do, but it can be a wonderful resource to consider the many possibilities associated with our choices. If a horoscope deals directly in absolutes, giving specific advice, don’t walk; run!

Whether you’re a Capricorn sun, Capricorn moon, Capricorn rising, or some combination of these, you are very likely a successful person working toward your goals with single-minded intensity. Capricorns can intimidate and impress in equal measure, but beneath that calm exterior, they are passionate, sensual, and even sensitive. You don’t want to get in their way, but there’s also no one better to have on your side.

About Capricorn

When we think “Capricorn”, we likely think smart, serious, and successful–not necessarily in that order. Capricorn is known to be an independent, hard worker who can play well with others but can usually be found working alone. They are driven, often with single-minded intensity, and are known to work diligently to reach their goals. They tend to be grounded, dependable, and loyal to a fault.

These are all amazing qualities, but Capricorn also has challenges. They can be stubborn and opinionated, and they can find that this is a problem in both personal and professional settings. Changing their minds isn’t for the faint of heart, and usually, Capricorn needs to do their own research (likely independently) to come to their own conclusions. Still, they are capable of admitting when they are wrong and doing their utmost to make it right.

Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, which can make those who share this sign practical and reliable but also guarded and distant. They have difficulty forgiving themselves and others. While vulnerability is a challenge for many Capricorns, they may also find that learning to be vulnerable could help them be even more successful in business and in relationships. As they are motivated by success, this can be a key factor in helping them see the benefits of becoming more flexible and forgiving over time.

Capricorns often have a small inner circle, but they are fiercely loyal to anyone they let close to them. They care about their relationships and can be found working on them just as hard as they work on anything else. They can be passionate, sensitive, and sensual, but they won’t show this side to just anyone.

Capricorns can be materialistic, but they also work hard to earn what they have and won’t likely be found freeloading off others. Capricorns are also tenacious and tend to be pragmatic in their view of the world. They can be judgmental of others and hard on themselves because success is a cornerstone of their worldview. That success, however, also translates to a strong work ethic because they care that they do a good job–at work, in relationships, and in life.

Capricorn doesn’t give up easily. Obstacles are just challenges that will cause them to level up. They are often seen as being cold and practical, but Capricorn tends to loosen up as they get older, getting more in touch with their inner playfulness and humor.
With their love of success, is anyone surprised that many Capricorns are super-famous? There’s an exhaustive list of celebrity Capricorns–one that would be exhausting to share here in full. Let’s name-drop just a few of them. Famous Capricorns include actor Denzel Washington, singer John Legend, former First Lady Michelle Obama, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, actor and comedic icon Betty White, composer Lin-Manual Miranda, singer Mary J. Blige, host Seth Myers, journalist Diane Sawyer, athlete LeBron James, rapper LL Cool J, model Kate Moss, actor Regina King, author Stephanie Meyer of Twilight fame, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, singer and icon Elvis Presley, and so many more. Their drive, ambition, and relentless determination to succeed makes Capricorn naturally successful in many fields.

Capricorn Compatibility

Capricorns tend to be most compatible with Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio, and Pisces. They are least compatible with Aries and Libra. In terms of relationships, this means that Capricorns may be most challenged dealing with Aries and Libra. The personalities just don’t mesh well, although that doesn’t mean a romantic pairing is impossible. It does mean it might include more challenges. Capricorns are best suited to fellow earth signs Taurus and Virgo or complimentary water signs Scorpio and Pisces. This doesn’t mean these pairings will have no challenges or will automatically have relationship longevity, but it can provide helpful insight into potential relationship dynamics.

Capricorn + Taurus: Under “Relationship Goals”, you just might find a Capricorn and Taurus couple. Both are deeply loyal and practical. Both value stability and creature comforts. Both enjoy nature. Trust will be strong with these two because they are both grounded straight-shooters. They just “get” each other. These two can enjoy long, intellectual conversations and will have similar goals for the life they want to lead. Both will be challenged to out-stubborn the other–or better, to learn to be vulnerable and flexible for the sake of the relationship. Still, these two go together better than peas and carrots!

Capricorn + Virgo: It’s hard to find a more equal romantic partnership than Capricorn and Virgo. That may not sound sexy, but these two are well-matched in every area, including the bedroom. These Earth signs share a desire for security, and they both work hard to achieve it. Expect this pairing to have a cozy home, deep conversations, and a steadfast commitment to one another. They are equally happy to stay home or socialize–as long as they do it together. With that being said, both value their independence and are unlikely to smother one another. This compatible relationship will be all about respect, equality, and support. They make each other better by allowing each other to be their best and truest self.

Capricorn + Scorpio: Is it hot in here or is it just this Capricorn and Scorpio pairing? Scorpio’s fiery nature will bring out Capricorn’s passionate, romantic side. These two often prefer staying home together over going out. These two make a great team! Neither one is clingy, and both of them allow a healthy amount of space within the relationship. While they can both be stubborn, they are also deeply loyal. These two may occasionally disagree, but they’re likely to talk it out with maturity and respect. These two definitely have chemistry, and they could enjoy that spark over a lifetime together.

Capricorn + Pisces: There’s something innately beautiful about a Capricorn and Pisces partnership. It combines creativity, romance, and imagination with practicality and success. These two draw out the best in each other while complimenting the other’s strengths. Capricorn may be more grounded, but Pisces is free to dream. Together, Capricorn is likely to be more romantic while Pisces might find more fulfillment in their goals. This relationship may struggle with mutual insecurities and differing financial outlooks, but if they can work this out, they are likely to enjoy a strong, romantic, and loving relationship.

What Being a Capricorn Really Means

Sun, rising, and moon signs reveal potential strengths as well as challenges. We can understand our tendencies without judgment to discover who we are, who we want to be, and who we could be if we chose. Of course, the choice is always our own.
Astrology won’t determine choice or behavior. It won’t spell out what we should do or who we should be. It acts merely as a helpful guide, not as a rulebook to follow. If you’re a jerk, it’s not because you’re a particular Zodiac sign. Instead, it’s all about the choices you make in life–whatever your sign. That’s what will define you.

Capricorn can be incredibly stubborn and resistant to change. These qualities also help them when they’re overcoming obstacles and working toward goals. The possibilities are there in the personality, but it depends on how they are used. A Cap can choose to double down on their fixed opinion, or they can choose to use their practical, analytical minds to learn more and review their opinion against fact. They can embrace change if they so choose.

So, what does it actually mean to be a Capricorn? It means whatever Cap wants it to mean! Most are independent, success-driven, and loyal. They are, after all, the G.O.A.T.

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