by Stefan Stenudd


Capricorn in the Complete Horoscope

The Goat Zodiac Sign in Classical Astrology

Capricorn Zodiac sign in Astrology

Capricorn, the Goat, is the tenth sign of the zodiac. The sun enters it on or around December 22, at the winter solstice.

       Capricorn belongs to the element earth, its quality is cardinal and its charge is negative. Its Ruler is Saturn, and Mars exalts in it. Its motto is: "I use." In the horoscope chart, the zodiac sign Capricorn brings ambition and a constructive drive to planets and astrological houses therein.

       Please observe that the text on this webpage is about the role of the Capricorn zodiac sign in the complete horoscope chart, and not just its meaning as a star sign, also called sun sign (when the sun was in Capricorn at the time of your birth).

Your Capricorn Zodiac Sign

The sun, the basis of Zodiac sign astrology. Woodcut. Those who have Capricorn as their zodiac sign (star sign) are born when the sun was in Capricorn, normally December 22 - January 19 (it differs slightly from year to year, because of the leap years). Therefore, it is also - more adequately - called the sun sign.

       Observe that it's just one of the many components of the complete horoscope chart. Nowadays, star sign astrology is much more widespread and common than readings based on the classical birth chart, but the latter is what astrology is really all about.

       The sun in your horoscope is your natural self - what you are when you relax, when other planets in your horoscope are not active. It is your basic drive.

       If your sun sign is Capricorn, you are a person with a drive, with the energy to reach results whatever you do. You want to accomplish, to drag things to completion. You have the ability to accomplish concrete results, even when the initial ideas may have seemed vague or even unrealistic.

The Father of Capricorn

The sun in the horoscope also represents your father (the mother is represented by the moon).

       If you have the sun in Capricorn, your relation to your father is one of mutually high demands. You expect a lot of each other. There is respect, but also intolerance if the demands are not met. There can also be some rivalry about authority. Your father demands to be obeyed, and it happens that you do the same.

Capricorn, by Hevelius.

       For more about your sun sign in Zodiac sign astrology, see the link further down this page.

The Planets in Capricorn

The planets and astrological points are the active forces in the horoscope chart, the energies by which we are able to act. As such, each has its own characteristics, but they are influenced by the zodiac sign they occupy. When a planet or other point of the horoscope is in Capricorn, it is also affected by the zodiac sign, getting something of its character. Here are those planets and astrological points, what they stand for in the complete horoscope chart, and how they are affected by the zodiac sign Capricorn:

The planet symbols (glyphs).

Planet symbols (glyphs). From left to right: sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Ascendant, Medium Coeli, moon node.

  • Sun   basic drive - Capricorn brings an ambition to accomplish great things.

  • Moon   longing - Capricorn brings a need to get things done and to be in control.

  • Mercury   curiosity - Capricorn brings a sharp mind focused on solving problems.

  • Venus   affection - Capricorn brings a capacity to easily get things done, and technical skills.

  • Mars   aggression - Capricorn brings an unbending will and strong perseverance, as well as lots of stubbornness.

  • Jupiter   luck - Capricorn brings success in constructive and concrete matters, the ability to accomplish great things.

  • Saturn   duty - Capricorn brings a grim and focused mind, set on duty and on doing what must be done.

  • Uranus   contemplation - Capricorn brings a competence to analyze complex situations and reach wise decisions.

  • Neptune   fantasy - Capricorn brings dreams and visions of a concrete nature, many of them possible and rewarding to realize.

  • Pluto   catharsis - Capricorn brings ability to handle crisis and to excel where others fail.

  • Ascendant, AC   attitude - Capricorn brings an attitude of authority, demanding the respect of others.

  • Medium Coeli, MC   self-image - Capricorn brings a sense of being able to do just about anything, and the inclination to try.

The Houses in Capricorn

The astrological Houses are life environments, different sections of what constitutes our everyday reality. The Zodiac signs bring their characteristics to the Houses, influencing the environments described by them. Here are the twelve Houses, what they stand for, and how the Zodiac sign Capricorn affects them:

  1. Identity - Capricorn makes you seem competent and worthy of respect.

  2. Resources - Capricorn makes you in control of your material situation.

  3. Communication - Capricorn makes you accomplish great things with your friends, and your studies are focused.

  4. Home - Capricorn makes your home your castle, and your family well organized.

  5. Pastime - Capricorn makes you enjoy to have plans and get lots done, in your free time.

  6. Work - Capricorn makes your work ambitious and constructive.

  7. Partners - Capricorn makes your relations fixed and committed.

  8. Unknown - Capricorn makes you able to keep control even when the unexpected happens, and in life-crises.

  9. Travel - Capricorn makes you plan your travel and reluctant to return.

  10. Career - Capricorn makes you ambitious and capable to have a successful career.

  11. Ideals - Capricorn makes you work hard to make the world a better place, never just talking about it.

  12. Shortcomings - Capricorn makes it difficult for you to keep your goals and to reach lasting results.

Capricorn in General

Of course, all of the above is very general, mainly to give you an idea of how the Capricorn zodiac sign works in the horoscope and influences its different components. You need to study your complete horoscope chart carefully, to make a deeper and more nuanced interpretation.

Capricorn - Sea-Goat. Illustration from a 1482 edition of Poeticon Astronomicon, attributed to Hyginus.

Capricorn - Sea-Goat. Illustration from a 1482 edition of Poeticon Astronomicon, attributed to Hyginus.

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