Capricorn Symbols & Associations
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The Sun is in the sign of Capricorn in the tropical zodiac from approximately December 21 to January 20 each year, but anyone born on or near these dates should use a Sun Sign Calculator to determine their sign definitively. The birth time and place (for the time zone) may also be needed. This is because the dates/times for Sun signs vary from year to year.
The flowers associated with the sign of Capricorn are the pansy (depicted here, and representing consideration, carefulness, pondering) and lotus (representing patience and faithfulness).
The glyph for Capricorn is represented here and in square two of the grid above. Note that of the signs, the glyph for Capricorn seems to have the most variations.
Perhaps the most complicated one of the group, this glyph can be viewed as the twisted horns of a goat. Alternatively, 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 sea-goat).
The ruling planet of the sign of Capricorn is Saturn, depicted in square three of the grid above.
Saturn brings structure and meaning to our world as it is fully aware of the limits of time and matter. Saturn reminds us of our boundaries, our responsibilities, and our commitments. It brings definition to our lives. Saturn makes us aware of the need for self-control and of boundaries.
Capricorn’s element is Earth. There are three Earth signs: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.
Earth signs are reliable, practical, and sensual. They value what they can see, hold, and know for certain, relatively speaking. They prefer not to speculate too much.
The symbol for Capricorn is the Goat. 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. Strength of character is also associated with Capricorn.
Capricorn’s mode is Cardinal. There are four Cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.
Cardinal signs want action! They correspond to the beginning of each of the four seasons.
Depicted here, the glyph or symbol used to represent Capricorn’s ruling planet, Saturn.
Saturn’s glyph, or symbol, shows the cross of matter (reality) over the soul, representing the material nature of man reigning. Note that the symbol of Saturn is the symbol of Jupiter inverted!
The constellation of Capricorn is depicted in square eight in the grid above. Capricornus is a rather small and faint constellation, and its brightest star is Deneb Algedi.
The metal associated with Capricorn is lead (representing durability, strength, endurance, and stability).
Capricorn is associated with a number of gemstones, including the onyx (representing self-control, discipline, spiritual strength, and focus) and amber (representing wisdom and clarity).
Colors associated with the sign of Capricorn are brown (representing steadfastness, dependability, and simplicity) and purple.
Capricorn is the tenth sign of the zodiac and is also associated with the tenth house.
The tenth house rules career and profession, contribution to society, position in society, social standing, reputation, material success and position, how we carve out an identity for ourselves, achievement, authority figures, paternal figures, the father or most “paternal” parent/caregiver, bosses, governments, attitude towards responsibility, attitude towards abiding by the law, desire for achievement.
Capricorn spans the degrees 270 to just under 300 in the 360-degree zodiac.
Capricorn’s lucky day of the week is Saturday, ruled by Saturn.
The number associated with Capricorn is eight 8. Lucky days are the 8th, 17th, and 26th. Lucky years include 1970, 1979, 1988, 1997, 2006, 2015, 2024, and 2033.
Capricorn’s opposite sign is Cancer. Its fellow Earth signs are Taurus and Virgo, and its fellow Cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, and Libra. While these elements and qualities are shared, a sign can only be one combination of elements and qualities, and in the case of Capricorn, this combination is Cardinal Earth.
Capricorn is the last of the Earth signs and the last of the Cardinal signs. It is also the first of the serving signs (Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces).
Health issues related to Capricorn (when planets in Capricorn are afflicted) include obstructions, knee or bone problems, rheumatism, and issues related to melancholia.
Some of the finer qualities of Capricorn suggest a reflective, patient, resourceful, and wise personality. The nature is exact, precise, reliable, and constant. Capricorn is both reliable and self-reliant.
Qualities to develop for greater balance: spontaneity and less inhibition.
Where we find Capricorn in a natal chart, Solar Return, or progressed chart, we are especially cautious, prudent, and resilient. We may be ambitious here. We’re self-motivated and responsible, taking things seriously and perhaps, at times, too seriously to the point there is great reserve, rigidity, or self-consciousness in these areas of life. We can be inhibited, restrained, or guarded.
10th Sign of Zodiac
Stone: Amber, Onyx
Color: Purple, Brown
Anatomy: The knee, bones, skeleton
Keywords: tenacious, conservative, resourceful, disciplined, wise, responsible, ambitious, prudent, constant.
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