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The Basics of Capricorn
- Element: Earth
- Quality: Cardinal
- Planet: Saturn
- Placement: 10th Sign
- Affinity: Yin
- Key Trait(s): Ambition, Quietness, Weirdness
- Animal: Half fish, half goat
A Little Background on Capricorn
In mythology, Capricorn is Pan reincarnated into the stars as a constellation. Pan is the God of farming, animals, fertility, etc.
Pan is basically half-goat, half-human. He was the first satyr ever to exist.
Pan once saved himself by jumping into a river and giving himself a fishtail, completely eliminating his human half. Though, at heart, he was human.
I'm not sure how, but he was reincarnated as the constellation Capricornus. So, in a way, Capricorns each hold a part of the Wild Animal God, Pan.
Capricorn: The Good
Most people think Capricorn is an overly serious and boring penny-pinching prude. But those people couldn't be further from wrong. They are looking at the trees and not the forest.
I mean, don't get me wrong, it's very true that we can be too serious, and we do tend to be overly prudish, but there's more to us than meets the eye.
See, that's just how we are to the outside world. However, behind closed doors, that's when the Pan side of us starts to become noticeable. Pan was known as a very vivacious party-mongrel who literally created the phrase, "Party until dusk till dawn."
However, the reason why this isn't noticeable like the fire signs is twofold:
The first reason is that we are ruled by Saturn, aka Kronos, the God of Time, Discipline, and Old Age.
The second reason is that we, like all even-numbered signs, have a yang quality as opposed to the odd-numbered signs' yin quality.
This makes us very held back in expressing ourselves because the discipline of Kronos holds us back from being extroverted in public, and the yang quality influence enforces that which holds us back.
And it makes sense because take out our yang quality and replace it with a yin quality, and it would make us seem like Aquariuses. Since that wouldn't work, that's why we have a yang influence.
Anyway, back to the point. This is why Capricorn might seem like a penny-pinching prude or a person blinded by their own ambitions. Most Capricorns do care about their public image in some way, shape or form. And as a result, this holds us back from expressing ourselves. This can be anything like being embarrassed in public (unless your Akira Takizawa from Eden of the East and you've had your memories wiped then that's a different story) or not wanting people to think we're just some simple rube who doesn't know their place.
In any case, this is...well, one of the reasons why we are the way we are.
The second reason is that we always have something on our minds. Especially young Capricorns (some of them anyway). That's why we might appear aloof, distant or detached because we're just in deep thought about stuff. It's just a form of entertainment for us, honestly.
Usually, most Capricorns will attract people who don't really understand them or people who are weirdos like themselves. This can either be a good thing or a bad thing. In my experience, it's usually a bad thing, haha.
As a Capricorn, I've had a lot of experiences with people who don't really get me. Some of these people I became really good friends with. And some of them...yeah, we clashed. A lot.
But anyway, that's just about it for all the good stuff. Now for the next section
The Myths and Truths About Capricorns
I also see a lot of rumors about Capricorn being just the sign of the goat. People only say that about us because it gets in the way of their image of a sober and serious workaholic. But it's not true.
Capricorns are actually the sign of the sea-goat.
This brings about a lot of contradictions about us, which causes people to shaft the fish side of us. The goat side of us is a person who is incredibly slow, steady, serious, and capable; a person blinded by their own ambitions, forgetting about the finer things of life, like love, sex, and most importantly, taking a goddamn break.
But the fish side of us is sort of like Pisces. This part of us is a person with an incredible amount of intuition and like Scorpio, this part of us is a person with an incredible amount of depth; a person with layers and layers hiding what they truly are, for a reason.
I've always thought that, in theory, the fish side of us takes characteristics from Scorpio and Pisces and merges it with the goat side of us. That's because we're the 10th sign, and in theory, 10 is the median number between 8 and 12. Though that's just theoretically speaking so don't take it to heart.
Capricorn: The Bad
In every light, there is a hint of darkness, and I'm about to explain what some of Cap's bad traits are.
Capricorns do like to climb the mountain of success, but that doesn't mean they won't want to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
This might mean getting a giant UHDTV, or buying several houses along the California coast. Or heck, even having a really fancy ramen dinner served and made by a Japanese chef straight from Japan. Even from a young age will Capricorn enjoy getting lots of things, from a new PS4 to that fancy toy they've been dying to have.
This can make them seem extremely possessive and materialistic, and tbh, those people are right. Some Caps need to understand that their possessions do not define them.
Although Capricorns usually do succeed, that doesn't mean they've failed along the road. Once a Capricorn falls, its very hard for them to get back up and keep trying. Like Cancer, their opposite sign, when something goes wrong, it can be a tall order to pick themselves up again. Except the difference is that Cancer deals with their failures by locking themselves up at home and crying their pain away. While Capricorns will sort of be really miserly and pessimistic.
And when a Capricorn is feeling the blues, it's far more intense than any other sign out there. Sometimes, even more so than Pisces. Eventually, they will pick themselves up again. It might take time, but they will.
They can also become miserly, fatalistic, and depressed just from stressing over the teensiest of details sometimes (though, not to the extent of Virgo). They need to learn that some things are just better off being left alone and move on.
Worst case scenario is that they get so depressed that, like their polarity sign, Cancer, they'll shut off the entire world. They may shut themselves up at home, they may still go out, but still not necessarily be there in that moment, if you feel my flow.
What Capricorn Wants and Needs Deep Inside
Other than what I mentioned in the Basics section, what Capricorn needs in their lives is emotional security. Everything else they can provide for themselves (probably), but it's that emotional security that they need the most.
Similar to how Taurus and Cancer wants to feel secure in everything, Capricorn needs security too. The difference? Taurus and Cancer strive for security in every way possible. Capricorns, however, need security just in that emotional aspect.
Capricorns, out of all the signs, have the most difficulty expressing how they feel. If they had to choose being screwed over because they're crush declined their confession of them loving them over holding in their emotions about that person, thus avoiding rejection, they'll all but choose the latter.
Capricorns will hide they're true feelings behind a cool, calm, detached, and stoic demeanor. But underneath all that lies someone who suffers from probably just as much mood swings as Cancer
I'm sure you've guessed the difference, but if not, I'll go out and say it. Capricorns and Cancers are both extremely moody. They can go from the pinnacle of euphoria to the pits of depression. The difference, however, is that Cancer is more open about their moodiness, but Capricorn is not.
This is because they know it'll hinder them from achieving their goals. And anything that'll hinder their success is destined to be trouble. And trouble must be nipped from the bud. Knowing this, Capricorn will conceal these mood swings with a cool exterior. Even to their closest of the closest of friends, and sometimes, even our family as well, we hardly ever divulge what lies under our calm exteriors.
Plus, Cancer has nothing to lose from being open about their moodiness. Capricorn does.
Anyone tho, point is really, this is why Capricorns need emotional security the most. They need to have someone in their lives who they feel secure enough around to divulge their deepest, darkest secrets.
A Capricorn with no emotional security is bound to go out of control at some point
To that end, you may find that a Capricorn has a journal in which they write out what's been going on lately religiously *laughs*.
FAQ About Capricorns
Have a questions about Capricorn? Here are some frequently asked questions about Capricorn.
I like a Capricorn. How can I get them to like me back?
Be there to pick them up when they fall and give them as much emotional security as you can muster. Emphasis on that last bit. You need to show them that they can feel comfortable around you enough to tell you anything. Trying to attract Capricorn without trying to give them emotional security is like fishing without the bait.
Also, you should consider reading my more in-depth Capricorn articles about how they handle love and the like. They should be on my profile
Are Capricorns shy?
Some are shy. Some are just quiet. Some are just a bit of both. They are especially shy around someone they're attracted to or someone they want to talk to.
How do I get this Capricorn to ask me out?
Most Capricorns seldom ask someone out. They usually let the other person take the initiative. Though some will, some won't. It honestly depends on what their birth chart says.
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.
My is peniel smart on December 27, 2019:
Am 21 yrs, I really love your scenario. But i have a problem concerning how to control my Emotions.... I WILL LOVE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT EMOTIONAL SECURITY.
Brian w capricorn on April 10, 2018:
Man you nailed me to the cross. It’s nice to have someone you trust and can open up to, because I burry my emotions, if left to long I’m a volcanoe of jus blahhhh! Ive hurt so many people like this for no reason. I’m very caring (if your a good person regardless) but I can’t control this. I’m very loyal to my mate, My mate is my strength she wills me, drives me. I’m a mess when I’m alone, look out. Blessed but cursed
Mary Rose on May 21, 2016:
I'm a 21 year old pisces and i also have a Cappy, 3-4 years older. But before anything else, i just want to give my thanks because your article really a great help for me how to understand my Cappy. I can't let go this man because i feel something for him. Now i am sure to my feelings and there's no reason to leave him.
Mike on April 03, 2015:
Madara Uchiha is straight up a boss. Best and coolest character in Naurto shippuden.