10th Sign of Zodiac
Stone: Amber, Onyx
Color: Purple, Brown
Anatomy: The knee, bones, skeleton
tenacious, conservative, resourceful, disciplined, wise,
ambitious, prudent, constant.
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
FREE Astrology birth chart!
Sun in Capricorn
(The Sun is in Capricorn from approximately December 22 to
depending on the year).
Capricorn is a
feet-on-the-ground, eye-on-the-prize sign. Those with Sun in
Capricorn have a realistic, grounded approach to life that
can be seen no matter how dreamy the rest of the birth chart
suggests. These people know how to do things, and to get
Some Capricorns naturally
turn their backs on things they deem too frivolous. They are
very much concerned with things that are worthwhileand that includes their own lives. Capricorns want to do and
be something worthwhile. Like their Earth signs relatives,
Taurus and Virgo, they need to feel useful and effective in
the real world in order to be satisfied with their lives.
But the Capricorn spin on the earth signs is that Capricorn
possesses a stronger need for recognition in a worldly sense. They
have a strong sense of society and its framework, and they
feel most secure when they feel they are doing their part
within that framework.
Capricorns like to pare
things down, and take pleasure in the simple things in life.
However, many are attracted to status symbols and these ones
will wear the best clothes (tasteful ones!) and drive
quietly impressive cars.
Comparing Capricorns to
their symbol, the goat, brings up some interesting
analogies. Solar Capricorns can see into the future, and
plan for it. They don't mind taking things slowly, but they
absolutely aim to get to the top of the mountain in life!
They make their way steadily and sure-footedly; and their
strength and singleness of purpose are admirable.
Capricorns can sometimes be
rather lonely people, although they rarely let it show. They
are often a little reservedeven standoffish. This is
generally because they value all things practical,
and they'll seldom wear their emotions on their sleeves,
unless they have a particularly flamboyant Moon sign.
This is a sign that is
surely the most resourceful of the zodiac. To some,
Capricorns come across as unimaginative, but they can be
enormously creative when it comes to the material world.
They are generally very capable people with a strong sense
of tradition and responsibility.
Many Capricorns have
mastered the art of making people laugh. Their sense of
humor can be of the deadpan varietythey're generally
excellent at keeping a straight face. They can be bitingly
Capricorns are not known
for taking too many risks in life. They value the beaten
track and things "tried and true". This is not to
say they are stick-in-the-muds they simply value the hard
work laid down by those who've been around before them.
Turn to your Capricorn
friends for help when you need to really get things done.
They'll have practical advice, and they'll help you organize
and manage your life a little better. Capricorns are
generally good with their "word", dependable, and
rather loyal people.
Some Famous People with
Sun in Capricorn: Dido Armstrong (Sun in Capricorn), David Bowie (Sun, Mercury, and Mars
in Capricorn), Nicolas Cage (Sun, Mercury, and Mars
in Capricorn), Jim Carrey (Sun, Venus, and Mars in
Capricorn), Kevin Costner, Marlene Dietrich (Sun, Mercury,
and Mars in Capricorn), Mel Gibson (Sun and Mercury in Capricorn), James
Earl Jones (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Capricorn), Annie
Lennox (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Capricorn), Moliere
(Sun and Mercury in Capricorn), Michelle Obama (Sun and
Mercury in Capricorn), Jimmy Page (Sun and Mercury
in Capricorn), Howard Stern (Sun, Mercury,
and Venus in Capricorn), Tiger Woods (Sun and Mercury in
Moon in Capricorn
Being useful and productive are basic needs for Lunar
Capricorns. Because they generally keep their emotions under
check, Moon in Capricorn people come across as competent
However turbulent their
emotions may be under the surface, Lunar Capricorns keep
cool-headedand they come across as steady and reliable
This position of the Moon
suggests a desire for clear boundaries and realistic goals.
Not much for taking risks in life, Lunar Capricorns look for
safety and security in most everything they do. Most of them
respect authority and tradition,
and many are planning well ahead of the rest of us. You
likely won't have to remind them to protect their interests,
plan for old age, or keep fall-back money in their bank
accounts. These things come naturally to them.
Calm, cool, and collectedthese words sum up Moon in Capricorn natives
well. Messy emotions and "leaky" souls are a bit
frightening for most with this position of the Moon. Truth
is, they can have plenty of mood swings and some dark
emotions now and again. Lunar Capricorns are often quite
hard on themselves, and would benefit from letting their
guard down once in a while. They quickly garner reputations
of being mountains of strength, and they easily hide their
sensitivity behind a sarcastic manner.
You may have read that Moon
in Capricorn natives are a bit cold and calculating. The
fact is, they are unlikely to be any less emotional than the
other 11 sign positions of the Moonthey simply aren't
comfortable "letting go" when it comes to emotions. They keep
their emotions under control. Wherever Capricorn is found in
the chart, there is a desire for structure and control.
Capricorn is the sign of organization and efficient
management; so, when the Moon is found in the sign, the
world of emotions are well-managed and handled in an
efficient and practical manner.
At the heart of Lunar
Capricorns is a powerful need to feel worthwhile in the real
world. There's a basic need for respectability and a big
attachment to the world of the senses. Lunar Capricorns put
a lot of value in all things tangible and real. And, perhaps
more than anything, they need to be respected by others in
order to feel secure.
Some Famous people with
Moon in Capricorn: Benjamin Bratt (Moon, Mercury,
Venus, and Mars in Capricorn), Cher, Matt Damon, Johnny Depp,
Hitler, James Earl Jones (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in
Capricorn), David Letterman, Ozzy Osbourne (Moon and Mars in
Capricorn), Sarah Jessica Parker, Brad Pitt (Moon, Mercury,
Venus, and Mars in Capricorn).
With Mercury in Capricorn, natives have a strong need to
compartmentalize the impressions they get from the world. These
people often speak and write
in a slow and methodical manner. They appreciate structure
and order. Although they are resourceful people, Mercury in
Capricorn natives easily get frustrated when too much information
is thrown at them at once. They break down ideas into manageable
parts before arriving at a decision.
Usually quite mentally active,
these natives are generally productive people who prefer taking on
projects that will yield tangible and practical results.
These natives can have an
authoritative air about them. They don't appreciate being taken
off guard, and they quickly become impatient with people who don't
honor their word. There's a bit of a law-maker in this position of
Mercury. These people can seem a little strict and judgmental with
others, and they are easily bothered when others don't seem to
"get" things that seem extraordinarily obvious to them.
Mercury in Capricorn people can
have seemingly crystal-clear judgment, although their thought
processes can be skewed to the practical world. They too easily
reject what they deem to be frivolous ways of thinking. Not given
to much fancy, these natives' minds are oriented toward practical
There's a bit of a doubting
Thomas in Mercury in Capricorn people. Many squint oftennot due
to poor eyesight, but because their first reaction to information
is skepticism! It's more of a furrowing of the eyebrows, and it's
often seen in people with a strong Saturn (Capricorn's ruling
planet) in their charts as well.
With the Sun in Sagittarius or
Aquarius, these people may come across as more hard-nosed,
conservative, and practical than they actually are! The reason for
this is that they process, and relay, information (Mercury) in a
The style of communication with
this position of Mercury is generally of the no-frills variety.
Capricorn is a sign that hates waste and values time. They will
generally be rather concise in their presentation, although they
do take their time when they make plansthey consider it an
investment in the future.
Many natives of Mercury in
Capricorn choose their words carefully. They fear coming across as
inept, so they may be a little stiff in presentation. Even those
who seem quite smooth (and many of them do achieve this) will
likely have fretted over their ability to communicate and their
Communication difficulties are
generally most obvious when Mercury in Capricorn people are
relating to those with Mercury in Aries (who find them too
deliberate and methodical), Mercury in Cancer (who think they're
too cold and practical), and Mercury in Libra (who find them too
judgmental). Mercury in Capricorn people have their gripes with
them tooAries seem too hasty, Cancer too emotional, and Libra
too argumentative. The key to overcoming these challenges lies in
understanding that they are the result of differences in styles of
Some Famous People with
Mercury in Capricorn: Benjamin Bratt (Moon, Mercury, Venus,
and Mars in Capricorn), Nicolas Cage (Sun, Mercury, and Mars in
Capricorn), Ellen DeGeneres, Marlene Dietrich (Sun, Mercury, and
Mars in Capricorn), Mel Gibson (Sun and Mercury in Capricorn), James Earl
Jones (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Capricorn), Moliere (Sun and
Mercury in Capricorn), Michelle Obama (Sun and Mercury in
Capricorn), Brad Pitt (Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars
in Capricorn), Tom Selleck (Mercury and Mars in Capricorn), Howard Stern (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in
Capricorn), Tiger Woods (Sun and Mercury in Capricorn)
Venus in Capricorn
Venus in Capricorn people
will try to win your heart by displaying self-control,
presence of mind, and responsible behavior. These lovers
want you to know they are goal-oriented, witty, savvy, and
controlled. Nobody can get the best of them. They want you
to see just how competent they are. They like some measure
of predictability in their relationships as they are
cautious in love.
Venus in Capricorn men and
women project an aura of competency and their loner-like
behavior can be attractive, in a cool way. They don't go
gaa-gaa over love, or at least they don't express as much.
Their lovers may complain that Venus in Capricorns are a little
too practical and deliberate. Certainly, they can
come across as lacking in warmth and spontaneity. Truth is,
they can be rather romantic souls who yearn for a partner to
share their lives with. Others' image of their
matters to them. They are conservative and willing to
commit. Venus in Capricorn people are attracted to serious,
goal-oriented lovers. They are a little shy in matters of
the heart, but they don't want you to know it. If you like
knowing where your relationship is headed, you'll be mighty
pleased with Venus in Capricorn. These people plan ahead in
love, and, unlike Venus in Pisces, they will let you know
exactly where they (and the relationship) are headed.
Pleasing Venus in Capricorn
involves showing them you are practical and realistic. They
want to impress you with the things they do. Appreciate
their "saving for a rainy day" attitude, and be
aware that they want to show you off in a quiet way.
Some Famous People with Venus
in Capricorn: Tyra Banks, Ludwig van Beethoven, Benjamin Bratt (Moon,
Mercury, Venus, and Mars in Capricorn), Jim Carrey (Sun, Venus,
and Mars in Capricorn), Brad Pitt (Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars
in Capricorn), Britney Spears, Howard Stern (Sun, Mercury, and
Venus in Capricorn), Ben Stiller (Venus and Mars in Capricorn),
Mars in Capricorn
With fiery Mars in the more orderly sign of Capricorn, natives
with this position have a subdued and controlled style of
approaching life. Most don't come across as particularly
enthusiastic; rather, theirs is a low-key but determined energy.
Mars in Capricorn natives like to
be on top of things. They are generally goal-oriented and focused
people who are not afraid of hard work. Most are achievers by
nature, and many possess well-defined ambitions--well-defined to
themselves more than anything. They're not particularly flashy
people, but their drive to succeed and to make their lives secure
is strong, even if it's not right out there for the world to
Anger is expressed in a rather
cool, level-headed way with this position of Mars. Self-control is
strong when it comes to expressing anger, drive, energy, and
sexuality. Capricorn is a sign that detests waste of any kind. It
also fears disorderliness and "letting go". With Mars in
Capricorn, there is generally a powerful need to stay in
This is not to say that natives
of this position are cold in any sense of the word. Their
desires are strong, but they are often centered around the
physical and material world -- all that can be seen and held. With
Mars in an Earth sign, sensuality is expressed in an earthy way.
However, unlike Mars in Taurus, for example, (another earth sign),
Mars in Capricorn is not self-indulgent by nature. These people
are usually quite disciplined. Capricorn possesses the ability to
plan for the futuresomething that many other signs have
Mars in Capricorn natives are
working toward realistic and attainable goals. They are productive
people who get off when they see tangible results from their
Many natives with this position
are a little hard on themselves, and sometimes others. They
usually can be relied upon because they have an innate sense of
responsibility to both themselves and to those they care about.
Most of them are very hard-working, and one of their strategies
for anger management is to throw themselves even more
energetically into their work!
(See also the
of Mars in Capricorn).
Some Famous People with Mars
in Capricorn: Christina Aguilera, Lisa Bonet, Benjamin Bratt (Moon,
Mercury, Venus, and Mars in Capricorn), Nicolas Cage (Sun,
Mercury, and Mars in Capricorn), Jim Carrey (Sun, Venus, and Mars
in Capricorn), Marlene Dietrich (Sun, Mercury, and Mars in
Capricorn), Walt Disney, Shannen Doherty, Kirk Douglas, Katie Holmes, Lindsay Lohan, Ozzy Osbourne (Moon and Mars in
Capricorn), Brad Pitt (Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars in
Capricorn), Julia Roberts, Tom Selleck (Mercury and Mars in
Capricorn), Steven Spielberg, Ben Stiller (Venus
and Mars in Capricorn)
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 peoplethe 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 securityfor
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 livingas children, they are serious and
bear a lot of responsibility; and as they grow up, they age
beautifully, learning how to loosen up. More on
Celebrity examples of Capricorn
Ascendant are George Burns, James Belushi, Paul Newman, and Alan Alda.
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