The Goat

Capricorn Image

December 22 - January 19

The tenth sign of the zodiac is concerned with:
* practicality, realism, hard work accomplishments
* planning, determination, persistence, success
* high status, good quality, reputation
* responsibility, difficulties, problems
* paternalism, authority, discipline
* money, wealth, long-term projects
* wisdom, loyalty, sensitivity to beauty

Elemental Quality

Capricorn is the cardinal earth sign of the zodiac. It can be likened to the oldest and most valuable tree in the forest.

Surefooted and thoroughly practical, in the end the Capricorn goat always reaches the heights, beating others who are faster but less determined.

The cardinal signs must put their resources to good use. Earth resources represent practical skills: material, financial, and social resources that can be used to further an ambition.

Spiritual Goal

To learn to understand the feelings and needs of other people.

The Capricornean Personality

These are the general personality traits found in people who are typical of Capricorn. An unhappy or frustrated Capricorn may display some of the not-so-attractive traits.

* Good organizing skills* Tendency to believe their way is always the best
* Cautious and realistic* Egotistical
* Hard working* A slave driver
* Scrupulous* Unforgiving
* Fearless* Anxious, allows inner fears to dominate decisions
* Calculates risks but takes them when necessary* Takes a very critical view
* is an admiring spectator* A perfectionist who is never satisfied
* Has high but realistic standards* Fatalistic
* Conventional* Status seeking
* Concerned
* Gives sound advice
* Loyal to tradition
* Respects authority

Secret Capricorn

Inside anyone who has strong Capricornean influences is a person who worries about security -- physical, social, and emotional. A typical Capricorn cannot bear to be embarrassed in public. Sometimes, Capricorn longs to let go a little and to allow themselves to join in on the fun -- let their toes tap in time with the music. But usually a sense of duty and a terrible fear of looking foolish stop them from acting out their desires. Capricorns are also secret romantics who want a perfect and secure love in their lives.

Ruling Planet and Its Effect

Saturn rules the zodiac sign of Capricorn, so anyone whose birthchart has strong Capricornean influence will tend to take life seriously.

In astrology, Saturn is the planet of fate, time, sorrow, caution, and wisdom. It is often called the great teacher, because Saturn is associated with the life-long task of gently working out our fears and overcoming them. Saturn is also the most beautiful of the planets.

Capricornean Lucky Connections
Colors: green, black, gray, indigo, violet
Plants: yew, ash, hemp, weeping willow
Perfume: musk
Gemstones: jet, black diamond, onyx, ruby
Metal: lead
Tarot Card: the devil
Animals: goat, donkey

The Capricornean Look

People who exhibit the physical characteristics distinctive of the sign of Capricorn generally have a small skeletal structure. The shape of the body will depend on how well the musculature has been developed. If physical training is part of the Capricorn's daily routine, then it will be done with determination and discipline, resulting in a well-developed musculature which may make a Capricorn look heavier than he or she really is.

A typical Capricorn has a serious look, and young Capricorns often look older than their years. It is also typical that aging Capricorns eventually tend to become more relaxed and so look younger than their years.

Physical Appearance

* Forehead: narrower than average between the temples, with deep frown lines.

* Style of walking: swift and sure because all typical Capricorns take great care of where they put their feet when they take each step.

The Capricorn Male

If a man behaves in a way typical of the personality associated with the zodiac sign of Capricorn, he will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below, unless there are influences in his personal birthchart that are stronger than that of his Capricorn sun sign.

The typical Capricorn man:
* is stocky
* has sharp, penetrating eyes
* rarely smiles
* has very strong white teeth
* is conscious of his appearance
* dislikes removing his clothes in public -- for example, he will still be wearing a shirt during a heatwave when other men are bare-chested
Behavior and Personality Traits
* is dignified in his manner and very polite
* seems unapproachable and self-protective
* is totally reliable in pursuit of an aim
* takes his time sizing up other people before he will relax enough to share his inner warmth
* seeks honor but is not interested in becoming famous; on the contrary, he avoids publicity
* has strong opinions but is not at all vain

The Capricorn Female

If a woman behaves in a way that is distinctive of the personality associated with the zodiac sign of Capricorn, she will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below, providing there are no influences in her personal birthchart that are stronger than that of her Capricorn sun sign.

The typical Capricorn woman:
* has a small and well-shaped body with a slender neck
* has deep, serious eyes
* has an "earthy" beauty
* has a full mouth and very white teeth
* has shapely legs, slim ankles, small feet
Behavior and Personality Traits
* is very self-conscious
* behaves in a ladylike manner in public
* dresses according to what she intends to achieve that day
* needs to gain recognition for her work
* appears as steady as a rock, but is quite moody inside herself
* runs a well-kept home, although she finds domesticity tedious
* is totally loyal to close family and distant relatives
* cannot bear to be teased
* smiles little, but when she does it is a very beautiful smile

Young Capricorn

If a child behaves in a way that is distinctive of the personality associated with Capricorn, he or she will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below.

Behavior and Personality Traits
The typical Capricorn child:
* tends to prefer older company
* often looks very old when still a baby
* is self-contained and strong willed
* is usually even-tempered
* gets what he or she wants by slowly wearing down parental resistance
* likes the security of routine and orderliness
* has just one or two close friends
* enjoys pretending to be grown up
* usually loves reading
* likes to make things that have a practical use

Bringing Up Young Capricorn

Young Capricorns are not particularly enthusiastic about sports or the outdoors, so they need to be encouraged to spend time outside in the fresh air getting some exercise. Trips to museums, archeological sites, or even rock climbing are likely to satisfy them.

Usually, Capricorns work doggedly at school subjects and aim to get good grades and gain honors.

It may be that they need to be encouaged to relax and play. They may seem very serious children, but they have a sense of humor; this needs to be encouraged -- but not by teasing.

Young Capricorn's Needs

A secure, warm home with a regular routine and reliable, appreciative parents are essential to Capricorns. In spite of all their capable maturity, young Capricorns can lose self-confidence very easily.

What To Teach Young Capricorn

Young Capricorn must be taught how to relax and to take a rest from his or her responsibilities from time to time, or their life will become joyless. Young Capricorns need plenty of reassurance because they are natural worriers.

Their diet and exercise routine should also be carefully handled, as young Capricorns are prone to illness. Their resistance to disease improves with age.

Sensitivity to other people's feelings and an understanding of other people's difficulties should be taught in practical situations -- but without emotional pressure. Young Capricorns also need to be taught how to express their own very sensitive inner emotions in ways that will not cause them embarrassment.

Capricorn At Home

If a person has the personality that is typical of those born with a Capricorn sun sign, home is a place for enjoying the family as much as possible, and he or she will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below.

Typical Behavior and Abilities
When at home, a Capricorn man or woman:
* really enjoys providing for the family and having visits from relatives
* likes having a routine and an organized household
* wants quality furniture and fixtures
* is basically loyal to home and family
* needs home as a safe haven for personal pleasure and business entertaining
Capricorn as a Parent
* is strict but always fair
* takes parenthood seriously
* has an ironic sense of humor
* provides the very best for the children
* is tender and sensitive
* has difficulty relating to young children, but will find it easier as they get older
* will teach the children good manners
* provides plenty of educational stimulation

Two Capricorns in the Same Family

Since the need for public recognition is basic to Capricornean well-being, two Capricorns in the same family will get along quite well, providing they each have an area of endeavor in which they can succeed and achieve some adulation from others.

On the whole, Capricorns are not jealous people; nor are the quarrelsome, unless someone is trying to give them orders. So Capricorn siblings or spouses should remember never to try to make the other one conform to his or her ideas of how things should be done.

Capricorn At Work

At work, the person who has a typical Capricorn personality will exhibit the following characteristics.

Typical Behavior and Abilities
A typical Capricorn at work:
* works hard and for long hours
* likes to have some home comforts in the workplace so he or she can change and go on to another appointment, or stay all night if necessary
Capricorn as Employer
A typical Capricorn boss (male or female):
* does not neglect family life for business, and family members may visit him or her at work
* is kind but expects obedience to the rules
* has a strong sense of duty and works very hard
* is not a good mixer, but others trust him or her
* does not give perks but responds when people are in need
* takes responsibilities very seriously, and so may neglect personal needs
* dresses conservatively and is well organized
* can keep complex operations moving smoothly
Capricorn as Employee
A typical Capricorn employee (male or female):
* arrives very early and leaves late
* is dependable and can carry huge workloads
* minds his or her own business
* works steadily and quietly, staying with the same company for a long time
* occasionally reveals a wry sense of humor
* is conscientious and aims high (for power not for glory)
* will expect a salary in keeping with the work done
* has respect for superiors, elders, and those more experienced
* enjoys common-sense procedures
Working Environment
The workplace of a typical Capricorn man or woman:
* must be comfortable, like a home away from home
* must be tidy and well organized
* should have a framed photo of the family on the desk
* must not have money wasted on it unnecessarily

Typical Occupations

Any occupation the requires good organization and smart management, but which does not require the Capricorn to be the front person. Capricorns prefer to work in private. They generally make good bankers, systems analysts, accountants, researchers, dentists, architects, engineers, manufacturers, and politicians. Many Capricorns are jewelers, funeral directors, art dealers, anthropologists, and managers of musicians and other entertainers. They are also to be found on radio and television interview programs; their quiet, unflappable natures are perfect for serious work under pressure.

Capricorn and Love

To Capricorn, love is the source of all inspiration. Shy, awkward with the opposite sex, and very much private people, Capricorns are, nevertheless, deeply interested in love and are reputed to be the most capable and loyal of lovers. Capricorn in love will have many of the characteristics listed below.

Behavior When In Love
The typical Capricorn:
* is slow to make approaches and never flirts for fun
* only says "I love you" when it is meant and does not see any reason to keep repeating it
* may worry about the emotional aspect of the relationship
* must feel financially secure to enjoy love
* is caring, considerate, and committed to the loved one
The typical Capricorn expects:
* to be taken seriously
* to make a long-term committment
* faithfulness
* privacy
* to make a home and a family
* to be admired by the loved one

The End of An Affair

Typical Capricorns do not have casual affairs. If the relationship begins to fail, it often takes Capricorns a long time to take action, as they have a strong sense of duty to the partner and the family. In general, they dislike divorce.

However, once a Capricorn realizes he or she has made a mistake in choosing a mate, then the parting will be abrupt and final.

If a partner betrays a Capricorn, he or she will try first to organize things so that the partner can be reunited with the family, but if the betrayal continues, Capricorns can turn vengeful.

Capricorn and Sex

When a typical, mature Capricorn makes love, it is lovemaking at its very best: to Capricorn there is no separation between love and sex. Capricorns know by instinct when they have found the right partner for this immensely important ritual. For some people, sex is a release, the satisfying of one of the basic needs in life, but Capricorns want to reach a state of total satisfaction, not only for themselves but also for their partners.

Capricorn and Partner

The person who contemplates becoming the marriage or business partner of a typical Capricorn must realize that Capricorn will take over the organization of the partner's working life. Given this, the person who partners Capricorn can expect stability, security, and success.

Capricorn Man As A Partner

He will want a partner who can help him achieve his ambitions.

He will want to organize the business and will expect absolute loyaly and a disciplined routine. He may assume that the partner is dependant on him.

Capricorn Woman As A Partner

She seeks a partner who has a good, secure position in life already. She is more likely to make a bad choice of partner than the male Capricorn, but she will soon recognize her mistake. In business, Capricorn women do not often choose other women as partners.

If the partner, in marriage or business, is lost through death or similar misfortune, Capricorns of both sexes find it hard to replace the partner and will tend to draw within themselves.

Opposite Sign

Cancer is the complementary opposite sign to Capricorn. Both are strong willed and may battle for supremacy concerning organization. However, Cancer can teach Capricorn how to sense other people's needs and feelings, and how to express his or her own emotions.

Capricorn and Friends

In general, Capricorn likes a friend who is well bred, good mannered, and not too extroverted.

Positive Factors

Capricorn are loyal, kind, and often very generous to friends. They try to prove their sincerity by showing total devotion to the friendship, but this can go wrong if the choice of friend has been a bad one in the first place.

They will continue to love a friend who is old or disabled. They will not desert or neglect a loyal friend, no matter how bad the circumstances.

Negative Factors

Capricorns are not very good judges of character. If a friendship goes wrong, because of bad judgement in the first place, Capricorn may turn hateful.

If a Capricorn suspects a friend of deception, he or she will start to suspect all friends. Sometimes Capricorn tests the trustworthiness of friends several times.

Capricorns have an irritating habit of organizing things that they think will be good for a friend, which the friend does not want. At their very worst, Capricorns may use a friend to further an ambition without a word of thanks.

A compatibility chart, below, lists those with whom Capricorn is likely to have the most satisfactory relationships.


In general, if people are typical of their zodiac sign, relationships between Capricorn and other signs (including the complementary opposite sign, Cancer) are as shown below.

Capricorn with Capricorn: Harmonious
Capricorn with Aquarius: Harmonious
Capricorn with Pisces: Harmonious
Capricorn with Aries: Difficult
Capricorn with Taurus: Harmonious
Capricorn with Gemini: Turbulent
Capricorn with Cancer: Difficult
Capricorn with Leo: Turbulent
Capricorn with Virgo: Harmonious
Capricorn with Libra: Difficult
Capricorn with Scorpio: Harmonious
Capricorn with Sagittarius: Harmonious

Capricornean Leisure Interests

Most typical Capricorns are not much interested in team sports. They will work hard at a hobby and want to make a success of it.

Whatever they choose to do, it must be respectable and increase their chances of being admired or honored.

Capricorns are so aware of their duties and responsibilities that they often find it very difficult to allow themselves to enjoy anything for its own sake. As they get older and become grandparents, they tend to let loose a little and enjoy playing with their grandchildren.

On the whole, typical Capricorns pursue the following leisure interests:

* music, listening or playing

* golf, walking, playing chess, tactical games

* visiting museums, galleries, and the theater

* reading, gardening, improving the home

Capricornean Likes and Dislikes

* hot, simple food
* antiques, history
* duties and responsibilities
* not being pressured by others, having plenty of time
* sexual love
* privacy
* what is regarded as the best, such as a Rolls Royce
* membership at an exclusive club
* home and family
* personalized gifts
* new books
* expensive gemstones
* untidiness
* being teased
* familiarity
* surprises
* new ideas
* loneliness
* being made to feel useless
* being embarrassed in public

Capricornean Health

Typical Capricorns are likely to be less robust than most when they are young, but their resistance to disease increases with age. They are usually sober and temperate, so they often live to a ripe old age.

Worry, heavy responsibilities, gloomy moods, and general pessimism tend to take their toll on Capricornean health, so Capricorns need brightening up sometimes and should learn to relax.

Types of Sickness

Many Capricorns seem to have some difficulty thrust upon them. Sometimes that problem may be a chronic illness but, if this is the case, they bear it with great fortitude.

Other sicknesses linked to Capricorn are rheumatism, bone diseases, sterility, damage to leg and knees, skin problems, and depression.

Capricorn at Rest

A typical Capricorn likes to be doing something, even when relaxing. Many are to be found doing needlework or knitting while watching television.

Famous Capricorns

Ava Gardner (Actress), Howard Hughes (Billionaire Recluse), Marlene Dietrich (Actress), Saint Joan of Arc (French Heroine), Simone de Beauvoir (Author), Elvis Presley (Singer), Dr. Albert Schweitzer (Missionary and Author), Muhammed Ali (Boxer)

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