Jean teaches astrology & metaphysics. She is an author, reader, ordained nondenominational minister, and member of the NJ Metaphysical Ctr.
Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign, meaning these are very down-to-earth people who are achievers who like to lead. Capricorn sun sign people are symbolized by a mountain goat, which has made his way to the top of a steep mountain. This symbol is a metaphor for the Capricorn who has reached the pinnacle of success in whatever way they have chosen. The ruling planet for this sign is Saturn, which takes thirty years to complete its rotation around the Sun. When people are nearing the age of thirty, they are in a life stage that Astrologers call a “Saturn return.”
This is a sort of “you reap what you have sown” set of circumstances that have brought you where you are in life up until now. If you have been responsible, treated others well, worked hard, and lived sensibly, you will be in a good karmic place as your thirtieth birthday comes near. If you spent your time partying, flunking out of college, bopping from relationship to relationship, ignoring your parents, or not having any goals or jobs, you may experience a very difficult period of life which forces you to grow up and become more mature.
People get to experience another Saturn return around the age of sixty. Once again, if they kept getting married and divorced, were lousy parents, or did not take care of their health, they may have to endure sickness and sorrows, and have no loved ones who care. Those who devoted themselves to family or other positive causes, will find that now they can kick back and go on cruises, enjoy the grandchildren, and reap the benefits of living a sober life.
If you endured so much you make it to be ninety, hopefully that Saturn return will be easy on you! Birthdays for Capricorns are around the Winter Solstice time, beginning approximately December 21st through January 21st. You must consult an ephemeris to be sure, as there is no such thing as “being born on a cusp.” You have one birthday, and your Sun was always in one sign that day.
Hard Workers and Sensible Shoppers
Capricorn sun sign people are adaptable to change, particularly the kind of change that puts them in a more powerful position in the workplace, or in politics. They also have a gentle side that you may not often see, but it is there. They prefer everything to be orderly and well done, but will roll up their sleeves and work right alongside you. A Capricorn will never ask you to do something that they would not do themselves.
They like to get attention and praise for their work, but do not like public scenes in any other area of life, such as an argument when out for dinner, or a shouting match of relatives at the holiday meal table. Capricorn sun sign people are shrewd and know how to take advantage of any opportunities that come their way, and can be fearless about it. Although they are conservative themselves, they are open minded about others, reserving judgment. Another trait of Capricorn sun sign people are persistence and patience and they normally conduct themselves with a calm demeanor. They are usually well respected in their communities, and involved in activities there. Saturn rules the knees and joints, so many Capricorns may end up having knee replacements, and should keep exercising to avoid arthritis as they get older.
The red ruby is one of the gemstones that have good qualities for Capricorn people. The finest come from the area between Bangladesh and Vietnam. Rubies are considered to guard the wearer from enemy attacks, reveal the presence of poisons by changing shades, and to attract friends and good fortune. In China and Japan, rubies are worn to give long life, health, and happiness to its wearers. They are supposed to foretell danger by losing brilliance in such a situation. Catherine of Aragon, one of the wives of King Henry the Eighth, was reported to have a ruby set that indicated the approach of her misfortune. Rubies also drive away bad dreams and evil spirits.
The black onyx was used for making rosaries in India because its attributes were to restrain passion, to give spiritual strength and inspiration, and a cure for epilepsy. This is another stone associated with a Capricorn sun sign. It is supposedly a cure for a bad toothache, and was mixed with beeswax to heal tumors. The Greeks dedicated onyx to Cybele, Goddess of all things necessary to life produced by the earth. People wore it for her favors and for protection while travelling by sea or land. It was a recommended cure against nightmares, witchcraft, and depression.
More Capricorn Traits
Capricorn sun sign people are serious and reliable, also very goal driven and ambitious. They have a good head for business and are often bankers, financial advisers, lawyers, accountants, CEOs of large corporations, or will rise to be the manager of whatever career they have decided upon. They will sacrifice personal time when they are young so they can live a luxurious lifestyle in comfort when they get older. They tend to worry about keeping up with others, and like to surround themselves with nice material things.
Capricorn sun sign people are competitive and want to have nicer cars, bigger homes, and higher paying jobs than their peers. The reason for this is because they are a little insecure and they need these things to make them feel safer and more secure. The funny thing about Capricorns is that they are serious when younger, but they lighten up more as they get older. They have a terrific and dry wit, which seems extra funny coming from one who is usually so serious. But they are generally conservative and family oriented people, who have traditional values. Capricorns do not really feel complete unless they are married with children. What good is all that hard work and having all the nice stuff if you have nobody to share it?
There are two other symbols for Capricorn. One is Fathertime, the old man who traditionally “walks” away on New Year’s Eve, to be replaced by the “baby” or new year that has come. Time is very important to Capricorns, they do not want to waste it, and are very conscious of it. The cornucopia, or horn of plenty filled with fruit and vegetables, was an ancient symbol introducing the arts of farming and animal husbandry as the days of winter got shorter at the Winter Solstice, a promise that Earth’s bounty could take of everyone. The placement of Saturn in your horoscope normally holds information about your relationship with your Father, or Father figures in your life, just as the Moon and it’s aspects describes your relationship with your Mother and then any other women in your life.
Climb That Corporate Ladder!
Capricorn sun sign people have a nagging feeling that makes them always feel like they have to be doing something. They fear that if they do not look after things, nobody else will. Life is so filled with obligations, whether they be family, business, or political ones. These people like law and order, and are sure that they and those around them follow the rules. Just like their symbolic mountain goat, Capricorns are sure footed and steady. They are smart, but do not like to waste the time learning to do something if it will not be useful. “I use” is the keyword for Capricorn people.
They will not let anything get in their way as they climb to the top, although they would appreciate a little recognition. These people are sure of themselves and have faith in their own ability to get where they want to be in life. They will not stay long in a position where they think they cannot advance, or one that makes them feel as if they are stagnating. Capricorn sun sign people can move on without looking back when necessary. They are not ruthless, by they will not stand by in a place where they are unhappy and know they could be doing better elsewhere.
Just as Capricorns act serious when young and less so when older, they seem to get into better shape when older so this gives them more energy to do things that they enjoy. They sometimes have a tendency to get sad and melancholy, as Saturn is a strict ruler. But you have to remember your Capricorn needs to be shown affection much more than they admit. They want to feel appreciated. So, go ahead, show them how much you care, and you will make your favorite Capricorn feel secure and happy. Try to do it in private though!
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
Question: My Capricorn sun is square my MC in Aries, could you help me understand myself?
Answer: I can interpret the one planetary aspect you gave me, but this is a super mini explanation of what could have been a 20 page astrology report, if you had a chart done, and that certainly would help you understand yourself. This won't. This square creates conflict between you and people who have authority over you. This is true partly because it's in Aries and Capricorn, both cardinal leadership signs, so you like to call the shots. This would cover parents, supervisors, government workers, or employers. You may encounter problems in realizing your ambitions and trouble where your public reputation is concerned. In some way you will have to sacrifice your individual self expression in order to achieve public approval and professional success. You really want to have power, and since Capricorn, with it's ruler Saturn, is part of this square, there is a karmic lesson to be learned here. Family disputes can also be a source of aggravation.
I think the Capricorn in you gives you the persistence to be patient and realize it can take time to realize your goals. I wish I had more info, but that entails more interpretation than I can do here.
© 2010 Jean Bakula
Ismail on December 03, 2013:
This is all bullshit lol... Capricorn are very judgmental... introverted... controlling.. egotistical... dishonest... highly pessimistic... all traits that Aquarius and Sagittarius don't have
Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on May 15, 2013:
Hello, nice to see you! Congratulations on your engagement, this is an exciting time for you then! I understand the Capricorn sign well, as my Moon is there. He is much more tenderhearted than he shows to most people, but you figured that out already! Best of luck to you both.
Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on May 15, 2013:
An engaging hub! Recently, I got engaged to a Capricorn and this well-written hub of yours described him to a T. He is very hardworking, ambition-driven, family-oriented and have good taste in things like brands of clothes, restaurants, etc. I myself have to add that he is caring and kind-hearted. Well-done!
Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up
Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on January 26, 2013:
Thanks. Any planet in Capricorn will take on the same traits, you just figure in the attributes of the planet. In a whole horoscope, you get more info, because they all fall in a house with meanings, and the distance the planets are apart, aspects, have an effect too. Glad to help.
Agnes on January 25, 2013:
Very cool, just like the other article of yours on Capricorn. Nice work!