Capricorn Characteristics: Are You a Typical Goat?

Updated on June 24, 2020
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I'm a typical Capricorn for sure. Yet my Moon in Cancer and my rising sign of Scorpio sometimes cause me to be an emotional wreck.

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Capricorn: December 22 to January 19

I am a Capricorn and naturally I want to celebrate all the great attributes of Cappies, and perhaps point out some of our (very few) negative traits. I was born on December 28th, and so was my little sister, 11 years after me. It's a horrible day for a birthday as everyone is exhausted after a hectic Christmas. Most are either back at work, or having a lazy vacation in order to be ready to celebrate the New Year. We are the 'inbetweenies'.

Read on to see if I have captured your Capricorn personality and take part in the poll. I’d love to hear your opinion, so please leave a comment.

Capricorns Are Solid and Dependable

Like a rock...

  • We appear over-serious and pretty boring at times. Yet, don't let that fool you into thinking that is our true nature. It isn't. It is true we are reliable and loyal, calm and strong-willed, but we also have a streak of fun-loving, creative loveliness going on.
  • We are great workers, always taking a project to its conclusion. Our standards are high and discipline in the workplace is a must. We also like to have a little respect from employers and co-workers for our efforts. That doesn't rule out the occasional need to kick over the traces and have a lark, as we say here in sunny Wales.
  • We are very profound thinkers. We thoroughly explore all options before deciding on the safest alternative.
  • Cappies have good memories and an insatiable desire for knowledge. We are rational, logical, and clear-headed and a delight to debate.
  • Capricorns do try to impose their standards on others, and this can set them apart and cause friction. This is one of Capricorn's life lessons. We must learn to live and let live.
  • Capricorn has a deep interest in the spiritual world. We have a well-developed intuition, which seems to be at odds with our practical nature. It stems from our strong connection to the earth. We know the earth is the source of our power.

Passive-Aggressive? Moi?

  • Capricorns don't let life get them down, even though some of us can do a pretty good impression of Eeyore sometimes. We simply buckle down and get on with the job, whether we be high-ranking executives or office cleaners.
  • When faced with adversity, we plan how to deal with it and then deal with it. We do have a tendency towards an immediate negative response—maybe a moan or we say no to something before considering it properly. Once we have worked through a mental list of obstacles, everything is fine and we can get on with whatever challenge we are faced with.
  • We are usually (but not always) organized, so we can tackle more than one project at a time.
  • We love being wealthy, not because we are greedy, but because we crave security.
  • Failure is extremely upsetting to a Capricorn. We feel as though we have let ourselves and others down. We can slip into melancholy and even depression, though generally, our practical perspective helps to bring us back to normal quite quickly.
  • Capricorns may exact revenge on those who distress them. Sometimes, they will just stop talking to you. Most of the time, they aren't brooding on what you have done to them, or acting all passive-aggressive; they're simply choosing to focus their attention elsewhere. They won't let a negative situation impact their lives for any length of time.
  • Capricorns like to be right. The trouble is, they usually are. It's best not to argue with them - the worst (or best, depending on your point of view) thing you can say to a Capricorn is, "I'm sure you're right..." and then change the subject. The Capricorn will be left seething, having been denied the opportunity to prove their argument in depth.
  • Capricorns can be grumpy in the mornings. If they aren't grumpy, then they can be bright and breezy, to the annoyance of everyone around them.
  • All right, I'm going to admit it. Capricorns are sometimes, just sometimes, a little bit critical. Look, if you're going to do something, then do it properly. Then we won't tell you off. Promise.

Queen of Pentacles from the Robin Wood Tarot
Queen of Pentacles from the Robin Wood Tarot

The Tarot Queen of Pentacles Represents the Motherly Capricorn

Mothering Yet Not Smothering

The Queen of Pentacles is a practical woman. She will offer a shoulder to cry on for about five seconds, but then she expects you to pull yourself together and listen to her bossy suggestions of how you might solve your dilemma. If you want empathy, this Queen is not your woman. She likes to help, but she does expect to see people making an effort to help themselves.

Family is all-important to the Queen of Pentacles, yet she also values her own time. She protects her babies like a she-wolf, but as they grow she will encourage her kids to be independent and self-reliant.

This is the woman you want next to you in a crisis. She's the one who will put the kettle on and mop up the blood. The Queen of Pentacles is a tough businesswoman unless she is called to more homely activities.

"God helps those who help themselves"

— typical Capricorn motto

Careers and Work

All the Capricorn personality types have an affinity with work. They need it. Capricorns cannot bear doing nothing at all, and if they can learn something or earn something so much the better. They don't see the point in doing anything without some reward, though it doesn't have to be monetary. They are happy in the achievement of a job well done. If their job inspires them and makes them want to get up in the mornings, then they are even happier.

Capricorns have a wide range of options when it comes to careers. A lot of them choose careers that have to do with money. They make great economists, bankers, contractors, managers, and real estate brokers. They excel at projects that are long-term and demanding. Their love of debate and dialect makes them great politicians.

They are good teachers and prefer jobs where they have authority. Whether working with their hands, their brains, or both, they make great scientists, engineers, farmers, and builders.

We are artistic and creative, though many would disagree. We make good writers, though we have a thing about grammar and spelling, sometimes to the detriment of expressiveness.

Note to self: Better check this article very, very carefully!

Your Capricorn Employee

One thing Capricorns don't need is the approval of others. However, they are gracious in their acceptance of praise and it serves to increase their confidence and, therefore, their ability and efficiency. So, if you want a good job done even better make sure you acknowledge your Capricorn's effort, input and expertise.

We don't take criticism well, and it is something we need to address. Make your criticisms suggestions and they will be accepted. Make your Capricorn feel stupid and you risk losing a great worker. Capricorns hate humiliation.

Capricorns are loyal. If they like and trust you, they will walk to the ends of the earth for you. They might moan and grump about it, but do it they will.

We like to advance. Preferably steadily. We can't handle sudden rises to the top, but enjoy steady progression. We must master each level or skill before moving to the next.

Be Careful

Ridicule a Capricorn at your peril

If You Can't Love Me At My Worst...

You sure as sausages don't deserve me at my best

Capricorns can have problems in personal relationships. They have a very strong sense of fairness, which they apply equally to the other person (partner, child, parent, friend, co-worker) and to themselves. They see a relationship as a 50:50 thing and expect the other person to play the game. They can put up with an imbalance in the relationship for a little while, but if it feels as though they are being taken advantage of, they will become unhappy.

We are wary of people we don't know very well and take a little time to lower our guard. We tend to have a few good friends, rather than a coterie of acquaintances. It's the security thing kicking in, we like to be with people we can trust. We also like them to know that we are trustworthy beyond doubt. Tell us a secret and we'll keep it.

Capricorns attract people who don't really understand how we operate. They sometimes think we are a little cold and unfeeling. This is not necessarily the case; we are simply not demonstrative in a public way.

Don't engage a Capricorn in a battle of wills. There's no point. The goat will present his (or her) horns, dig in their hooves and you won't stand a chance of winning. This means that Capricorns are less likely to put up with bullying from others. However, if a Capricorn goes rogue, he or she can indulge in domineering, and yes, bullying behavior.

Once Cappies feel safe in a relationship, they will unleash their witty alter-ego. They love to be entertained by their partner or friend, so someone who gets their sense of humor, and who can give as good as they get, is treasured.

Capricorns and Health

When it comes to their health, Capricorns are generally very robust. They don't like to talk about anything that is really bothering them and will often hide health concerns from family, but will moan and groan about minor aches and pains.

Capricorns have a tendency to have knee issues later in life. Bones and skin are also areas which might cause health problems. They are subject to strains, fractures, and other leg problems. They tend to hold in worry and suppress emotions which can lead to digestive problems. They often suffer from are anemia, deafness, rheumatism, and rickets.

Northern hemisphere Capricorns should take a good all-round vitamin supplement and get their lazy backsides out into the sunshine as much as they can to encourage the production of Vitamin D.

I can certainly attest to the knee thing. Ouch!

A Few More Cappie Things...

  • Capricorns often prefer rich earthy colors.
  • Capricorn birthstones include black onyx, garnet and turquoise.
  • Sissy Spacek, Rudyard Kipling, J. Edgar Hoover, Mel Gibson, Dolly Parton, and Martin Luther King—all Capricorns.

Do you believe that people born under the star sign, Capricorn, share similar personality traits?

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

  • Why don’t I fit the typical Capricorn profile?

    Have you checked your Moon and Rising signs? They might offer a clue.

  • Someone I know is a triple Capricorn. He has Sun, Moon and Mercury in Capricorn, yet he is rash, impulsive, explosively angry, emotionally immature and lazy. He has never had a real job (at thirty-two-years-old) other than a one-time job that lasted six months. How can he be so un-Capricornian even though his birth data is correct?

    There may be many other factors at work here. It may be mental health problems, a chemical imbalance, or something else determined by biology or upbringing. Or perhaps his "Capricornianism" has gone right through the barrier into a different extreme. As one myself, I can tell you that we are not immune to rage and sulks. Plus we can be lazy too - if we don't see the reason for something, then we can't be bothered to get motivated to do it.

  • Why do I love someone of the same gender who is Cancer? She's Pansexual, and I'm unsure if I'm Bisexual.

    We love who we love. No-one can control who they are attracted to. My first husband and many of my best friends are Cancer. Just enjoy your relationship.

  • I seldom see any comments about Capricorn when it comes to passion and desire. We are more often than not categorized as cold. I have Sun-Cap, Moon-Leo, Venus-Cap. I am very passionate and loving. My relationships have always been hot. So why are we always painted as cold?

    Well, I haven't categorized Capricorns as cold, but as emotions are ruled by Moon signs, rather than Sun signs, that probably explains it better. Sun sign Capricorns are not cold in love; they are measured and considered. But the person's Moon sign is more relevant in matters of the heart. Those with their Moon in Capricorn may have problems expressing emotion even though they feel deeply.

  • I’m wondering about a relationship. Are we compatible, could he be my soulmate? I am Capricorn sun with Capricorn rising and Cancer moon And he is Capricorn sun Sagittarius rising and Cancer moon. To me he barely expresses himself. I hate it. I am able to express myself but I have not always been like that. He holds back. I Just wonder about the connection?

    You are probably too similar for this to work. You have managed to let go of your Capricorn social inhibitions and get over that inbuilt tendency to keep your emotions to yourself, whereas he has not. I'm not an astrologist so I can't give you an accurate analysis.

© 2017 Bev G


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      21 months ago

      Nice to know myself in such detail. You are doing a great work keep these Capricorn articles coming.

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      21 months ago from Wales, UK

      :) We definitely prefer unambiguity in our communications, Rochelle.

      I don't know a great deal about astrology either but I always thought Leos were quite outspoken. I think it depends on many other factors and not just where the sun happened to be on the day of your birth.

      Thanks for stopping by. Much appreciated.

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      Rochelle Frank 

      21 months ago from California Gold Country

      I have seen you to be "kindly critical" in your helpful advice to hubbers seeking help. It was interesting to me that many of the typical Capricorn attributes seem to fit you so well, but there are some digressions.

      I don't know much about astrology, but I am a Leo and not very assertive or opinionated. In fact, my birthday is the same date as the actor, Bert Lahr who was the "Cowardly Lion" in the Wizard of Oz movie.

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      Bev G 

      23 months ago from Wales, UK

      Thanks, Melissa. Glad you liked it.

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      Melissa Meadow 

      23 months ago from United States

      As a Cappie, I wholeheartedly agree with this article!

      I'm stubborn and tough but have a loving side. I do expect 50/50 in all relationships and struggle a lot when this doesn't happen. I have walked away from friendships and even family members that just take too much for too long. I miss them all but have an "onward" mentality.

      Fantastic read and very fun!

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      Bev G 

      2 years ago from Wales, UK

      Indeed, Jose, most people forget to factor in their moon and ascendant sign. I have a Cancer moon with rising Scorpio, which makes me a right mess occasionally :D

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      2 years ago

      Pretty accurate to some extent Bev. Though I am a little more demonstrative, a little more short tempered than most Caps, and a bit more sunnier and not as grumpy than most goats though I can come off as a tight ass when people first meet me. This could could probably be because of my Leo Moon.

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      Bev G 

      2 years ago from Wales, UK

      Well, it's not mental illness, I can reassure you about that. When I was young, I would just turn inward and think and think and think about the problem. My grandmother used to say I was sulking, but that wasn't it.

      My whole life was governed by all these feelings, many of them manifesting as physical gut feelings. Later I learned to detach, little by little, and allow my sensible Capricorn side to take control. It does get better as you get older but it can still overcome you at the most unexpected moments. Train yourself to look at situations in an optimistic way. A very happy, serene old lady once said, "I've always been a grateful person." Look for things to appreciate in life and you will be fine.

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      2 years ago also a capy with moon in cancer and rising scorpio..and i also have moments of emotional devastation and then 10 min later i will feel embarased and stupid about it even if the issue and reasons for being that way could be explained away..i feel very worried and dread teribly such moments..sometimes i question weather is metal illness or just cancer and scorpio trying to develop a plan to be always in control when water hit the rocks and to detach myself even further to the point of carelesness if necessary.

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      2 years ago

      Thanks, it's pleasure for me to read your answer with a splendid language style. Yours. M.

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      Bev G 

      2 years ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Mykola, previously (it was originally written nine years ago and had hundreds of comments) this article was twice as long, exploring each week of Capricorn. It really was too long, so I've extracted the most pertinent parts and revamped it. By necessity it has to be general. And, you're right, I don't include children.

      I'm not sure what you mean about not including my personal observations -- it's ALL about my personal observations and my perspective as a Capricorn woman. That's why I haven't written about any other zodiac sign; just the one I know intimately :)

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      2 years ago

      Dear Bev, I remember your British astrologer Linda Goodman, her characteristics of Capricorns were given in close comparison with other Signs. You didn't touch children- Cappies, very interesting field of researching. Cappies of December differ from ones of January, the day, hour, minute plays an important role in objective description of traits of character. Sorry, but your article is of common sense, without your personal impressions and observations. The range of Capricorns images is so rich. By the way, I am Capricorn, 16 of January, and we may organize some community of Cappies on Hubs. Sincerely yours , M

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      Bev G 

      2 years ago from Wales, UK

      Thank you, Vlad. The hub is geared to me, personally. Having said that, this was originally published years ago on Squidoo, and there were hundreds of commenters who picked up their personal traits on it.

      And, you are right, it necessarily is a bit of a generalisation, but still interesting when you see the commonalities. I'm no astrologer, however, my Capricorn character is softened by having Cancer as my moon sign and, oddly somewhat darkened by Scorpio as my rising sign. Both water signs, so these days, I can burst into tears at the drop of a hat :D xx

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      Val Karas 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Bev---First of all, you and I were born on the same day of the year, I just turned 73 on the 28th of December.

      I admit, I was never much into horoscope, but here you got quite a few accurate details listed about my nature---with some of them being untrue, and others present to a negligible degree.

      If you care, read my profile which hints at many of your description points being accurate---and yet so personalized into my own version of a Capricorn that any generalization would do an injustice to the complexity of what I am all about.

      However, I still think that you got something there, and intuitively sense having a lot in common with you---not with a couple of other Capricorns that I have known. This would include Mel Gibson whom I like as an actor and respect for his freedom to speak up his mind---but he appears to be way off my natural and cultivated tendency to maintain inner peace, harmony, and an intelligent emotionality.

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      Bev G 

      2 years ago from Wales, UK

      :D If she's young, she'll improve with age. We all do :D

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      2 years ago

      My daughter is a Cappy, she's extremely loyal, and a bit sarcastic (understatement) as well go the opinion on everything.

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      Cleo Addams 

      2 years ago from USA

      I enjoyed reading this article. This is definitely me through and through!

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm a Capricorn. Some of your points definitely apply to me, but not all of them. I had to smile when I read the motto. This was one of my mother's favourite sayings, though she wasn't a Capricorn.

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      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      I have a few friends who are Capricorns, so I recognise a few of the things you mention here. I agree, Capricorns are very loyal people.


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