Capricorn Zodiac Sign


Time Period: December 22 – January 21

Symbol: Sea-Goat

Element: Earth

Ruling Planet: Saturn

Quality: Cardinal

Ruling House: 10th

Polarity: Negative

Birthstone: Garnet, Ruby, Agate, Black Onyx

Key Traits: Patient, Authoritative, Responsible

Phrase: “I enjoy”

Power Colour: Black, Indigo

Flower: Carnation, Ivy

Eminent Personalities: Stephen Hawking, Tiger Woods, Elvis Presley, Muhammed Ali, Bradley Cooper

About Capricorn

As the Cardinal Earth sign ruled by Saturn, you have a serious side that is very driven by your instinctive responsibility. To others this can read as cold and boring, but really, you just know what needs to get done and you do it. Being a Cardinal sign means you are a born leader, and taking charge of any situation is your superpower. You may not trust others to do things the way that you want them done, and this is why you are often burning the midnight oil at work or at home to make sure things are done right. It’s not that you aren’t fun. But with Saturn in your corner, responsibility is your middle name, and you’d rather work first and play later. This usually leads to a very successful life for you.

The name Capricorn is a Latin version of the Greek name for this sign, which meant, in their language, “The Goat Horned”. From the depths of the sea to the tops of the mountains, there are few beings on Earth as certain, as ambitious, as true, and as misunderstood as you are, Capricorn.

One misunderstood aspect of Capricorn has to do with their virility and physical nature. Many assume Capricorn is short and crooked in some way, as if the typical example of the sign was Quasimodo. Not so. Capricorns are often somewhat weaker than their peers as children, but get stronger as time goes by, and when you reach old age, you usually best those much younger than you in many ways.

Capricorn is more aware of its mortality than any of the other eleven signs. This is why Capricorn children become adults before they reach puberty, and why the lust for achievement is so strong in your sign mates. Capricorn is headed for the top, and consciously. Some students of Zodiac lore think that Capricorns invented the entire concept of the “career ladder.” Why not a “career road” or a “career waterway?” Take a look and see who climbs - that’s right, the Mountain Goat.

Not only are you headed for the top, you are headed there at a steady and sure pace. There is no question about it, in any contest of will and determination, Capricorn wins. The Tortoise and The Hare could have been called The Capricorn and The Aries, because, for all intents and purposes, that’s how you work.

Determined and hard-working, you are considered reliable by your peers and superiors (if you have any), and because of this, others lean on you for support in times of crisis. Not that you are stingy, but, thanks to your ruling planet Saturn, it is somehow easier for you to say “no” than it is for any of the other Zodiac signs, and this is a good thing. Your philosophy is that the Earth is abundant and provides for all who are ready to go get what’s out there. Of course you are not so cruel as to deny help to those who really need it, but you can tell whether someone is asking for what they need or what they want. To be fooled or scammed out of money or property is almost like being wounded in battle to you, so you tend to be on guard at all times. Being dependent on another is the equivalent of being a prisoner to you, so you will do everything in your power to make sure that you have resources to depend on that are yours, and not subject to the whims or mismanagement of another. The Capricorn without a foundation is sad indeed, because the basic human need that dominates your character is certainty, the knowledge that you can depend on what you see before you.

Capricorns are not the care-free party types. The social gatherings or groups you attend are those that offer the opportunity to advance yourself in some way: events with clients or bosses, self-improvement seminars,retreats and the like. It could be said that your social life is driven by your ambitions, and even when it comes to marriage, your choice in a mate falls right in line. You are far from being the kind of emotional mercenary that is depicted in bad books on astrology, but you are not one to toss your ambition under the bus.

With all this, it may seem that Capricorns are hard-nosed materialists, but this is not true. Any list of Capricorn notables will show you just how many beautiful gifts have been given to the world by your sign-mates, who, from the mountaintop, have a vast and unique perspective.

We all have our ups and downs, and negatives sides for all our positive traits. The most important thing is that we keep our minds on our goals and our hearts on those we care about so that we can learn what really matters, and what gives us a sense of purpose.


Being ruled by Saturn means responsibility is your focus in life, so you can come off as cold and stoic at times. When you are met with responsibilities, you meet them better than anyone. The people that love you can count on you through anything because of this drive to be responsible. You’re there for people to lean on, offering sympathy and understanding. You can always come up with a plan to get someone back up and running again, and you expect little in return. Some see you as being too tactical in your support, but it’s really just a healthy dose of Earthy practicality. Your strong sense of discipline drives you, and you aren’t known to take risks because of that. You take charge of what needs to get done because you know your family’s well-being depends on it. And you usually win as a result, even if you aren’t the most emotional crayon in the box.


The same tenacity that can make you appear cold and uncaring to others is also an asset when it comes to your working life. You don’t take work personally. For you, it’s just business. You were born to do, to achieve, and to be the best you can be. You manage your time well, and you’re capable of organizing others and leading. You can see what you want, and then with practicality, create a vision of how to attain it. You’re very good at looking at long-term goals, and then working backwards to the here and now so that you have a plan. Cardinal Capricorns are often the CEO’s of the world. You lead, you initiate projects, and you are very skilled at managing teams. If your family has any complaints about your job, it’s that they don’t see enough of you because of it. Learn how to let go, delegate, and take a vacation once in awhile, that’s what all that money you’ve been making is for anyway.

Love & Relationships

As the Cardinal Earth sign, your best qualities in love are that you are great at starting relationships and sticking to them for the long haul. You are very real and grounded in your relationships, and take your lovers at face value. Because you are so grounded, however, you aren’t often described as the emotional party in relationships. You can even come off as a little cold at times. It’s not that you are unfeeling, but being ruled by Saturn and a Cardinal Earth sign, responsibilities are your priority in life over lovey-dovey conversations. When you love someone, you are absolutely committed and you seek partners that are marriage-minded. You don’t get too caught up in romance, you would rather spend the time and energy making sure your relationships are well taken care of in practical ways, like financially. You provide security to your partners in all forms, but could stand to have a few more emotional heart-to-hearts on occasion.


Want to find out how compatible Capricorns are with other Zodiac signs when it comes to love and relationships?

Element: Earth

Astrology can reveal a lot, but there’s much more to it than what Sun sign you are. At the very heart of astrology — and of Tarot, palmistry, sacred geometry, even ceremonies and rituals — are the four elements.These are Fire, Earth, Water, and Air. If you think about it, we need these four elements — all of them — in order to survive on the planet. We heat and cook and purge with fire. We grow things in the Earth; it is the foundation of our existence, and we return to it when our life has ended. We need water to survive; it grows the plants of the earth and quenches our thirst; our bodies are approximately 60% water, and the Earth itself is approximately 70% water. We need air to breathe. Even our words are given life by our breath when we speak them out loud.

So, you can see, the elements are very important indeed! If you were born a Taurus, a Virgo, or a Capricorn, then you were born an Earth sign.
Of course, not all earth signs are going to behave the same. Even two Capricorns can be very different from each other, because of the way that the rest of their planets fall. Remember, the Sun sign is only one part of astrology! There’s so much more to discover.

Do you recognize yourself in any of these points?

  • Grounded and usually dependable.
  • Practical and ‘down to earth.’
  • You err on the side of caution.
  • You enjoy creating
  • You like material goods and creature comforts.
  • You are comfortable with responsibility.
  • You feel a strong sense of duty.
  • You tend to be conservative in your approach to life.
  • You appreciate good food and pleasant surroundings.
  • You’re logical and reasonable.
  • You may be too focused on your possessions.
  • You sometimes forget to consider the feelings of others.
  • You tend to be goal-oriented.

The Quadruplicities

Even though all earth signs are going to be very similar, there’s a lot of difference between them. This is because of the triplicities, or the qualities of those signs. Just like there are four elements, ­­Fire, Earth, Air, and Water, ­­there are three triplicities. These are Cardinal, Mutable, and Fixed.

Here are the qualities of the Cardinal quadruplicity. This quality is active. It’s the ‘get up and go’ of the zodiac. Do you relate to any of these?

  • You’re come up with and instigate ideas.
  • You have a willingness to take the lead.
  • You’re assertive, even aggressive.
  • You’re energetic.
  • You’re enterprising.
  • You’re outgoing.
  • You aren’t afraid to take risks.
  • You often act on impulse.

Earth Element: Capricorn

As a Capricorn, you’re not one to seek fame and fortune, although you’re the first to embrace it if it comes your way. You’re happy fitting in, and you’re not one to make waves or do things all in a hurry. There’s a somberness about you, as if you’re carrying a secret from the past; and if you are, you’ll take that secret to your grave rather than break trust.

You’re pretty good at taking life in your stride, but if someone wrongs you, you’re not going to forget in a hurry. You can forgive, but you’ll never see that person in quite the same way again. You’re persistent and very goal oriented. You like tradition and often follow convention.

You’re quite romantic at heart, but you won’t be ruled by your emotions and public displays of affection make you uneasy. You are very passionate at the appropriate time and with the appropriate person, but because it takes someone special to melt your heart, you may have an undeserved reputation for being cold and aloof. Just like anything else in your life, you take your time and that can make you awesome when it comes to intimacy.

On the whole, you go through your life fairly contented and unruffled. Your emotions don’t usually swing much out of the manageable range, you mind your own business and don’t really interact much with others unless invited. You’re content with your home and family, and your needs aren’t extravagant or costly. It’s easy for others to depend on you, and love you dearly once they get to know you.

Here are how some of your main personality traits are expressed.

  • You’re reserved and don’t seek attention.
  • You find it easy to fit in.
  • You respect tradition.
  • You’re a planner.
  • Romantic.
  • Practical.
  • You are usually content with what life gives you.
  • You respect other people’s experiences and try to learn from them.
  • You do not give unsolicited advice to others.
  • You mind your own business.
  • You can keep secrets.
  • Reliable and dependable.
  • You take your responsibilities seriously.
  • Controlling
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Realistic

Of course, you too have your challenges, things that you’re here to learn to overcome in this lifetime.

  • Fairly unimaginative.
  • It’s hard for you to daydream.
  • You won’t be hurried.
  • Stubborn
  • You don’t like intense displays of emotion, positive, or negative.
  • Harsh in your opinions.
  • You can be intolerant of people who don’t see things your way.
  • You hold grudges.
  • It’s hard for you to forgive.

The Capricorn Man

  • Patient and determined
  • Ambitious
  • Romantic
  • Show affection in practical ways.
  • Dreamers
  • Providers.
  • Goal­ oriented.
  • Mellow with age.
  • Loyal and devoted
  • Sincere and thoughtful
  • Have trouble expressing their feelings.
  • Don’t know how to accept or give compliments.
  • Easily embarrassed
  • Not comfortable with romantic gestures.
  • Demand respect from others.
  • Unlikely to give second chances.
  • Can come across as dour or surly.
  • Not afraid to tell others when they’re wrong.
  • Have difficulty apologizing.
  • Have difficulty forgiving
  • Materialistic.

The Capricorn Woman

  • Easily attract attention.
  • Seek security and authority.
  • Want recognition
  • Willing to take many different paths to success.
  • Determined
  • Subtle
  • Seek respect.
  • Have good manners.
  • Honor traditional ways.
  • Need to feel appreciated.
  • Goal oriented
  • Honest
  • Devoted
  • Supportive
  • Don’t handle criticism well.
  • Have a hard time opening up about their feelings.
  • Prone to mood swings but rarely show it.
  • Can take things too literally.
  • Pedantic
  • Won’t tolerate dishonesty, disrespect, or disloyalty.

The Capricorn Child

  • Seem wise beyond their years.
  • Rarely appreciate baby talk.
  • Determined
  • Calm, not prone to temper tantrums.
  • Patient
  • Tenacious
  • Organized
  • Like roleplay games.
  • Modest
  • Good manners.
  • Earthy sense of humor.
  • Independent
  • Helpful
  • Home-bodies
  • Respectful
  • Hold grudges
  • Don’t share their feelings easily.
  • Aren’t open about their crushes and infatuations.
  • Will plot revenge on those who’ve wronged them.

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