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Capricorn: Your Ultimate Guide

Updated on October 25, 2017
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Come along for the journey as Michelle explores & explains the intriguing signs of the Zodiac.

Capricorn: Dec 22 - Jan 19th

What are the desires, moods, and quirks of a Capricorn? What is Capricorn's prized element? Let's find out...

Capricorn | Source

Earth & The Myth of The Sea-Goat

Capricorn holds the element of earth. Generally speaking, the element of earth in an astrological sign means stability, physical power, or a sense of security.

The Greek mythology surrounding Capricorns starts with "Pricus," who was said to be the father of the sea-goats, who were his children. The sea-goat children loved to frolic by the seashore and were known for their intelligence and honor, but because so many of them stayed on to land for so long, they lost their tails and began to grow full goat legs.

Pricus was devastated over the loss of his children and even went so far as to turn back time in order to save some of them. Alas, this did not stop the sea-goat children from straying too long on land.

Eventually, Pricus made a deal with the Gods to take his life in order to spare his sea-goat children. The Gods were so touched by this act of sacrifice that they decided to make Pricus immortal.

Pricus became immortalized in the heavens as Capricornus The Sea-Goat and he would watch over his children as they battled intense climbs over both mountains and the waves of the ocean. The adventures of the sea-goats on both land and in the sea explains why it is that Capricorns are known for their tenacity in life.

The Sea-Goat, Capricorn
The Sea-Goat, Capricorn | Source

The Capricorn Personality

Capricorns are traditionally branded as one of the more "serious" signs. While it's true that Capricorns tend to be more thoughtful or even prone to brooding, generally, Capricorns are highly intelligent and empathetic toward others which can lead them to overthink certain situations.

A Capricorn is an Earth sign which can be both a blessing and also a curse at times. Capricorns tend to worry more about the future and can foresee challenges down the road that others may not think about. This can help with practical matters but can also be a burden for the grounded Capricorn personality.

Capricorns are generally susceptible to depression because they see so much around them that others don't. They are also fiercely loyal and tend to keep their circles small. A Capricorn has little interest in going out of their way to make friends if there is no need to do so. However, the reserved and thoughtful Capricorn also has an intensely charming side that can light up the life of any party. A Capricorn just needs to be in the right mood to do so.

Capricorn | Source

When you are in a romantic relationship with a Capricorn, you will undoubtedly have someone on your hands who is passionate, compassionate, and committed but also someone who overthinks and questions everything.

A Capricorn will not quit a relationship very easily unless they feel there is good evidence to do so. For this reason, Capricorns are particularly cautious about who they give their love and loyalty to because they know they'll be in it for keeps.

Capricorns are usually gifted in politics, diplomacy, language arts, business, and, perhaps surprisingly - entertainment. The sometimes melancholy Capricorn is also staunchly ambitious and driven. A Capricorn's self-discipline is one of their most admirable traits. When a Capricorn says they're going to do something - it will most likely get done.

A Capricorn is almost always sarcastic with humor. A Capricorn's unique and sometimes dark sense of humor can be an acquired taste at times but the compassionate and well-spoken Capricorn can usually get away with almost anything once they start pouring on the charm.

A Capricorn needs to remember not to dwell too much in the seriousness of things and remember the valuable gifts they possess.

Planet, Stone & Colors

The birthstone of Capricorn is Garnet. The word garnet comes from the 14th‑century Middle English word "gernet", meaning "dark red". It's derived from the Latin "granatus", from granum ('grain, seed'). Many think this could be associated with the pomegranate, which is dark red in color and has a similar shape as the garnet stone.

Red is the most common color for Garnet, although it does also come in shades of orange, yellow, green, purple, black, pink, brown and blue. To see a Garnet stone in the shade of blue is extremely rare.

The light transmission properties of a Garnet stone can range from the gemstone-quality transparent specimens to opaque varieties used for industrial purposes as abrasives. In this sense, the stone suits the sign of Capricorn very well, meaning it can adapt to many different conditions and thrive mostly anywhere.

Garnet stones in the rough
Garnet stones in the rough | Source

Capricorn's planet is Saturn, the second largest planet in the solar system behind Jupiter. It's trademark rings made out of ice and rock are what sets it apart from the other planets and make it instantly recognizable.

The Capricorn colors are indigo and black which truly represent the sometimes dark but always rich and deep sea-goat personality.

The Tarot Card Of Capricorn

The tarot card of Capricorn is The Devil card.

This card, of course, can appear ominous at first but, like a Capricorn, one must look a little deeper into the meaning.

Traditionally the devil tarot represents being caught up in earthly or material pleasures or being trapped by overly ambitious pursuits and a lust for power.

A Capricorn is highly intelligent and capable of manipulation.

When a Capricorn becomes too obsessed with the idea of success they can become a prisoner of their own fear of failure and turn to manipulation tactics.

The devil card stands to warn the driven Capricorn not to stray too far from the ground for the sake of accomplishing their goals in life.

This tarot card does not mean a Capricorn is the devil in the literal sense but seeks to be a reminder to the keen sea-goat not to get side-tracked by all their desires for success.

The Devil Tarot Card for Capricorn
The Devil Tarot Card for Capricorn | Source

Well-Known Capricorn Personalities

  • Jim Carrey
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Muhammed Ali
  • Kate Middleton
  • Michelle Obama
  • Elvis Presley
  • Tiger Woods
  • Ben Kingsley

Michelle Obama - famous Capricorn
Michelle Obama - famous Capricorn | Source
Elvis Presley - famous Capricorn
Elvis Presley - famous Capricorn | Source


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      Michelle Zunter 10 months ago from California

      Thank you!!

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      asifahsankhan 10 months ago

      Great post! : )