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  • Capricorn Ascendant (Rising Sign) description
  • Alternate descriptions of Capricorn Rising
  • Famous People with Capricorn Rising


The Ascendant

Capricorn Symbol

There's a seriousness to Capricorn rising people that is unmistakable. Even when they're joking around, it's of the deadpan variety. In fact, plenty of very humorous people have Capricorn Ascendants. It's all in the timing...and the fact that they don't giggle before the joke is over. 

Capricorn Ascendant people project competence. They simply ooze it. They're generally very image-conscious people--the clothes they wear and their manner are a big deal to them. They want to appear successful, and they generally succeed! 

Often the Ascendant persona is the one that was forced upon us by family conditioning. For example, parents may label their Libra Ascendant child the "nice" one; their Aries Ascendant child the "independent" one; and their Pisces Ascendant child is generally the space cadet of the family. We adopt these roles as familiar ones, and often carry them with us as our defense mechanisms, in some way or another, for the rest of our lives. In the case of Capricorn Ascendants, these were the children who were considered the responsible ones. Sometimes, it was they themselves who looked around them and felt the need to be the structured, dependable, and responsible members of the family. So, often, Capricorn rising people adopted a strong sense of tradition, family, and responsibility at a very young age.

Capricorn rising people are generally big on family, and forever worry about security--for themselves and their dependents. They come across to others as hard-working, competent, and dependable people. What others may not see under that cool, even suave, exterior, is an inner struggle: they often ask themselves, "Am I doing enough?", "Do I deserve all of this?", "How can I make things better?" They worry a lot about the future.

If success seemed to have come easy to these folks, it hasn't. They just made it look that way with a patient, hard-working, driven personality. Some Capricorn rising people practice some form of self-denial. They know how to do away with the frivolous. Still, they'll spend money on the clothes they really want (the ones with the right labels, that is), and other status symbols. Although they're rarely showy, their quiet air of success is often a result of conscious effort.

More often than not, Capricorn rising individuals are success stories. Their childhoods may have been difficult, but they slowly but surely turn their lives around. Saturn rules this Ascendant, and this generally means a kind of backwards way of living--as children, they are serious and bear a lot of responsibility; and as they grow up, they age beautifully, learning how to loosen up. 

The Ascendant (or rising sign) is often considered the mask one wears when meeting others. Perhaps it is most aptly thought of as the automatic responses to one's environment. The Ascendant shows our natural defenses and how we cope with day-to-day issues. The energies of the sign and condition of the Ascendant are most overt and obvious to others. The Ascendant shows an individual's first, natural reaction to new people and situations.

The characteristics of Capricorn Ascendant described above are modified by planets conjunct the Ascendant, planets that aspect the Ascendant, and the position of the ruling planet of the sign on the Ascendant. For example, a person with a Capricorn Ascendant with its ruling planet, Saturn, in Sagittarius will respond to the environment a little differently than another person, also with a Capricorn Ascendant, but whose Saturn is in Scorpio. Similarly, a person with a Capricorn Ascendant who also has Venus conjunct it will "behave" differently than someone with a Capricorn Ascendant who does not have that aspect in their natal charts.

Capricorn Rising

The following interpretation of Capricorn Ascendant is from the Karmic Insight Report, and is written from an esoteric viewpoint.

The point that was on the eastern horizon at the moment of your birth is called the ASCENDANT, or rising sign. While the Sun describes your conscious direction and current life focus, and the Moon your subconscious predisposition and past, the Ascendant indicates a way of being that transcends and embraces past, present, and future. It describes the way you engage and merge with the outer world and how you bring through into life the energies depicted by the Sun, the Moon, and the rest of your birth chart. Everything is filtered through the Ascendant from an esoteric point of view. It indicates your soul's function and thus a key part of your destiny.

Capricorn Rising - General

Hardheaded realism, earthly pragmatism and a concern for outward form or reputation colors your entire life expression. You are ruled by Saturn, planet of time, old age, and maturity, as well as of pruning, discipline, and restriction, the archetype of the Crone or the Seney, the old man. Thus, you possess the impersonal detachment and worldly understanding of an elder, even in youth. You will have to cultivate flexibility and moisture (in your body as well as in your thinking) in order to offset your natural tendency toward dryness and/or rigidity and stiffness. (Since you are Saturn-ruled, the section on this planet later in the report is especially relevant to you).

Esoterically, mastery of the world of form and the ability to physically manifest and embody spirit is a key to your soul function.

A Spiritual Interpretation of Capricorn Rising

The following interpretation of Capricorn Rising is from Your Spiritual Path Report.

"Your rising sign's symbol is the goat, an animal that seeks the highest places on a mountain. The symbol also incorporates the tail of a fish, suggesting that your roots are somehow in the water. The part of the body related to this sign is the knee. Two images come to mind: you engage in the ambitious climb through your profession, seeking greater height for its own sake. Yet you are able to dive into the water and use your flexible knees to move you through the water. The contrast of material upward progress and downward movement into the emotional realm is striking. Yet both are related to the material condition of the living human being.
Your spiritual path lies in the blending of these forces, and the material plane provides the catalyst for your spiritual development. One-sided material ambition cannot elevate you to a higher spiritual plane any more than one-sided emotional life can satisfy you completely. Together they form the foundation from which all future progress emerges. It is from this synthesis that you can move into the nest turning of your upward moving spiritual path.

The hallmark of this rising sign is intelligent activity. Thus it is important for you to pay attention to whatever subjects you study and to go beyond the facts to discern the theory that governs your interests. Finally you will be able to use your skills to identify multiple solutions to problems. Then you can exercise spiritual discernment to identify the solution that best suits the situation and the individuals involved. Underlying the desire to find a workable solution lies the desire to work that solution harmoniously.

Going back to the knee, the capacity to kneel parallels your ability to climb and to swim. I recall stories of pilgrims who travel the last part of their journey to a shrine on their knees as a sign of humility before the greatness of the divine. You may want to learn humility before the greatness of your peers and learn to serve them willingly."


Capricorn Rising with Saturn (Ruler of Capricorn) in the Signs

The following interpretations incorporate the position, by sign, of Saturn, the ruling planet of Capricorn. The sign position of Saturn modifies your Capricorn Ascendant characteristics.

The point that was on the eastern horizon at the moment of your birth is called the ASCENDANT, or rising sign. While the Sun describes your conscious direction and current life focus, and the Moon your subconscious predisposition and past, the Ascendant indicates a way of being that transcends and embraces past, present, and future. It describes the way you engage and merge with the outer world and how you bring through into life the energies depicted by the Sun, the Moon, and the rest of your birth chart. Everything is filtered through the Ascendant from an esoteric point of view. It indicates your soul's function and thus a key part of your destiny.

Capricorn Rising and Saturn in Aries

You come across as exceptionally self-reliant. You may frequently attempt to avoid direct confrontations with others, and hold onto your privacy tightly. You often struggle with fears of failure, and this can, if you are not careful, lead to avoidance of opportunities to advance and to go after what you want in life. There can be some resentment or jealousy of those who are more direct, confident, and ambitious. There can be difficulties expressing your nurturing side, even though you are far warmer and loving than you appear. You are in fact very loyal and concerned for your loved ones. Watch for the tendency to put walls around you, and to isolate yourself from others.

Capricorn Rising and Saturn in Taurus

There can be a real fear of change with this combination. You spend a lot of time making certain that your little world stays the same, and this suggests that you are a good provider and caretaker. However, there are some things that you simply can't control in life, and when changes inevitably happen, you must not blame yourself or fear them. You are more afraid of financial hardship than most people, and you might either spend too much time worrying about money, or put a lot of effort into getting to a secure position. In your earlier years, you may fear ridicule when it comes to expressing yourself, and as you grow older, you might make extra effort to learn how to communicate more effectively and with authority. You come across very well - composed and down-to-earth. You have a well-developed sense of humor.

Capricorn Rising and Saturn in Gemini

You can be exceptionally hard-working when you're engaged, and a bit of a perfectionist as well. Criticism is difficult for you to hear, but you accept it gracefully and others may not know how much it gets to you! You are highly intelligent, but you are also very cautious about how you express yourself and can take a lot of time going over information and your own communications in order to get these things "just right". You tend to be more comfortable writing than talking, as you are alone with yourself when you write and feel freer to take the time you need and to organize your thoughts and views on the topic at hand. You are capable of excellent logic. You are also very detail-oriented and easily hone in on mistakes, flaws, and inconsistencies, so that you are especially equipped for research and analytic work.

Capricorn Rising and Saturn in Cancer

You take relationships very seriously, and you tend to assume more responsibility than most for your loved ones, going to great lengths to fulfill your "duties". This may be why you can be reticent or cautious about starting a new relationship, as you sense that you won't take it lightly, and possibly preferring to skip to the part where you feel comfortable with one another. The uncertainty of new pairings is not a strong appeal. You are not always forthcoming with your emotions, and tend to show your affection through loyal actions and support rather than emotional displays and overtures. You have a difficult time revealing your more needy or vulnerable side, but if you don't express your needs, you can feel quite lonely even if surrounded by people. You are intensely loyal and steadfast.

Capricorn Rising and Saturn in Leo

There can be a lot of self-consciousness with this combination - you are especially aware of how others perceive you, and can go to great lengths to make sure that they see you as dignified. You might find it quite difficult to deal with or accept changes in your life, but if you work on stepping outside of your comfort zone just a little, but frequently, you can work on a more positive attitude towards transformations. You can be extremely hard-working and you likely thoroughly enjoy research. When engaged, you can work long hours. Thoroughness is important to you, and you are likely to be recognized for the effort you put forth.

Capricorn Rising and Saturn in Virgo

This is a very earthy combination. You value order and systems, and can feel very insecure if things are chaotic or out of order around you. You are also a big stickler for being considerate and polite in your dealings with others, and can't understand it when others are not this way. A major life lesson involves learning to let go of the desire to control your responses to the world, and to allow yourself to express creative impulses more freely and spontaneously. You can be an extremely hard worker, and a bit of a perfectionist, although the latter can either lead you to work even harder or to give up on things too soon for fear of failure. You can be very humorous with a wry wit. You are very logical and talented at finding discrepancies and mistakes. You are also very reliable.

Capricorn Rising and Saturn in Libra

Capricorn Rising and Saturn in Scorpio

Capricorn Rising and Saturn in Sagittarius

Capricorn Rising and Saturn in Capricorn

Capricorn Rising and Saturn in Aquarius

Capricorn Rising and Saturn in Pisces


Capricorn Ascendant from the Cosmo Natal Report:

"Cautious, prudent, and rather self-contained, you are a person who approaches life realistically and who is not inclined to take foolish chances or get carried away by the overly optimistic or idealistic schemes of starry-eyed dreamers. In fact, you frequently have a jaundiced view of such things. You are rather worldly-wise at a fairly young age, even something of a cynic. Often the world doesn't seem like a safe, friendly place to you, and you tend to approach life in a guarded, conservative manner. You are generally calculating and careful, and are rarely spontaneous, fluid, open, and childlike.

You are pragmatic, shrewd, and an excellent strategist, carefully planning your moves for maximum effectiveness and advantage. You are willing to work long and persistently for what you want and you often do things the hard way. You do not expect others to take care of you and sometimes refuse or simply don't seek any outside help. You are often very ambitious, but quietly so. There is nothing flamboyant or flashy about your approach. You are very responsible, conscientious, and very concerned with your duties to others and how you appear in society, your "rank" so to speak.

To others you seem mature, serious, quiet, reflective, and emotionally detached. You dislike sloppy sentimentality and won't openly display your feelings, especially the softer ones. You like to always appear poised and in control and hate to show any weakness, vulnerability, or chinks in the armor.

You respect tradition and the time-honored way of doing things, and you feel there is much to be gained from studying history and also by learning from older, more experienced people. A wise mentor or father is often your guide in life, and you in turn develop a great deal of hard-earned wisdom which you like to impart to younger people.

You have a stern, authoritarian, no-nonsense aspect to your personality. You expect much from yourself and may not give yourself enough room to experiment and make mistakes.

You also tend to be rather close-fisted, to save and conserve your money and resources rather than spending, enjoying, or splurging with them. You spend money on things of quality and of lasting value, things which are good investments, but not frivolous, temporary pleasures. There is a bit of the ascetic in you. You have great self-discipline and self-control and can "do without" very well. Your tastes are generally understated and simple.

Though you may have other, more colorful and imaginative sides, the face you show the world is modest and rather conservative."

Famous People with Capricorn Rising:

Lucille Ball (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Taurus)
Candice Bergen (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Cancer)
Wade Boggs (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Sagittarius)
Erma Bombeck (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Sagittarius)
Deborah Boone (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Scorpio)
Ray Bradbury (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Virgo)
Charles Bronson (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Libra)
Bobby Brown (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Aries)
Dick Cavett (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Pisces)
Nat King Cole (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Leo)
Sean Connery (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Capricorn)
Francis Ford Coppola (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Aries)
Marie Curie (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Scorpio)
Catherine Deneuve (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Gemini) 
Carmen Electra (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Gemini)
Queen Elizabeth I (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Cancer)
Queen Elizabeth II (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Scorpio)
Jane Fonda (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Pisces)
Mark Hamill (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Libra)
Dustin Hoffman (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Aries)
Anthony Hopkins (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Pisces)
Amy Jo Johnson (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Taurus)
Ted Kennedy (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Capricorn)
Billy Jean King (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Gemini)
Michael Knight (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Capricorn)
Michael Landon (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Pisces)
Brandon Lee (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Pisces)
Liberace (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Leo)
Sophia Loren (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Aquarius)
Dylan McDermott (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Capricorn)
Paul Newman (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Scorpio)
George Segal (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Aquarius)
Tom Selleck (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Cancer)
Cindy Williams (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Leo)
Joanne Woodward (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Capricorn)
William Butler Yeats (Capricorn Ascendant, Saturn in Libra)

Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve
Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward
Paul Newman
& Joanne Woodward
Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck
Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
Dustin Hoffman - Rain Man
Dustin Hoffman
Sean Connery
Sean Connery

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