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Capricorn zodiac sign and its interpretation

This page offers a few texts published in several pages of our website along with other unreleased features. Its aim is to describe and to recapitulate the mains characteristics of Capricorn.

It is useful to recall that to be a Capricorn means to have one's Sun in Capricorn, which requires to know the exact time and place of birth in addition to the date. Indeed, sometimes a one-minute gap is enough for the Sun to shift signs when the birth occurred near the end or at the beginning of a given sign.

Astrotheme enables you to find rapidly the exact position of your Sun and your Ascendant, should you have any doubt.

The astrological sign of Capricorn and its personality

Your psychological nature is introverted and cold, totally controlled and phlegmatic, at least regarding the image you project invariably. You seem unemotional and austere. Actually, your secondarity chews over the strategies or responses that you create as a recation to the environment.


You are slow but very thoughtful, solid and balanced. You are as curt as you are cold and you put the strength of your character at the service of your huge and long-term ambition. Or you may be detached from the earthly riches and you focus on spiritual values.

Like all the people born under an apparently reserved and tough sign, your inner personality is often charming and gentle, as if the thick armour, forged throughout childhood, had entirely preserved the purity and the warmth of the soul imprisoned within.

Capricorn' sayings and key-words

The sentence "We achieve" encapsulates one of Capricorn's character traits. He is ambitious but practical, persevering and hard-working, devoid of qualms which might hamper him and of utopia which might lead him away from his initial goal.

The sign of Capricorn is serious, cold, disciplined, patient, focused, thoughtful, ambitious, indomitable, cautious, lucid, persistent, provident, steady, introverted, stern, wilful, hard-working, responsible, persevering, honest, realistic, loyal, reserved, resolute, moralistic, quiet, rigorous, attached and reliable.

But sometimes it is curt, withdrawn, calculating, petty, cruel, unpleasant, ruthless, selfish, dull, rigid, slow or sceptical.

The sign of Capricorn and its astrological characteristics

Rulership and exaltation in Capricorn

Capricorn is serious and competent

Each astrological sign has traits which are similar to, or different from, those of certain planets. They are known as planetary dignities. The planet having the strongest affinities with a sign is said to rule the sign and to be in its domicile, i.e. at home. It expresses itself with all its might, unreservedly. When a planet does not match a sign too well but remains compatible, it is in its exaltation. It gets its strength and its energy from the said sign though to a lesser extent than a planet in domicile.

The sign of Capricorn is in analogy with Saturn, its ruler. It gets along well with Mars, the planet which is in exaltation here.

Therefore, the astrological sign of Capricorn displays several traits pertaining to Saturn: discipline, patience, perseverance, rigour, concentration, responsibility, ambition, maturity, and discretion, but sometimes harshness, dilatory gesture, introversion, solitude, dryness, and lack of selflessness.

Capricorn also displays several traits pertaining to Mars. Some of Mars' features are found in the sign of Capricorn, i.e. energy to undertake, fighting spirit, resistance, courage, dynamism, but in some circumstances, despotism and cruelty too.

It must be noted that the interpretation of each zodiacal sign echoes the meaning of its House: the first sign and the 1st House, etc. Therefore, Capricorn, the tenth zodiacal sign, is in analogy with the 10th House: it is opposite the 4th house and corresponds to the native's professional career, as well as his social elevation as compared to his family background. It symbolises his ambitions and his achievements in the society.

It is also related to the general public, potential fame, and the mother's influence.

Capricorn Elements, Quadruplicities, and Polarities

Earth element of Capricorn

The twelve zodiacal signs are divided into four sectors matching the four elements: Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. An element includes three compatible signs (triplicity), each element being mutually complementary.

Capricorn, like Taurus and Virgo, is an Earth sign: people with emphasised earth signs have a practical and realistic mind and are down to earth. The earth element provides solidity, stability, persistence and a concrete nature.

People ruled by this element know how to bring their undertakings to a successful conclusion and never shirk from anything. They are rather calm, slow, and cold, but they are resilient, with an iron will. Earth is also synonymous with sensuality, earthly pleasures, and both material and sentimental security.

However, the natives are also capable of incredible temper tantrums and outbursts of fury if their anger has been repressed for too long.

Capricorn is sometimes a withdrawn or a solitary person

The Cardinal mode of Capricorn

Signs are also divided into three sectors comprising four signs each. They are the Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable sectors. Quadruplicities are also referred to as mode: the Cardinal mode, the Fixed mode, and the Mutable mode. Like elements, they rule different values and have characteristics of their own.

Capricorn, like Aries, Cancer, and Libra, is a Cardinal sign. They are creative and enterprising signs, some sort of engines. Their peculiarity is to be selfish, to pay excessive attention to themselves, and to always want to be at the top of the list. However, this means of assertion may vary significantly from one sign to another.

Capricorn behaves cautiously and discreetly. She is slow, but endowed with great ambition. As a result, she obtains whatever she wants without anyone suspecting anything, and exploits this advantage in order to exert power on other people.

Yin polarity for Capricorn

Lastly, polarities divide the Zodiac into two groups of six signs. Polarities are referred to as Masculine and Feminine, Yin and Yang, or Active and Passive.

These characteristics alternate from one sign to the next in zodiacal order. Active signs indicate extroverted, expansive, and fairly physical people who express themselves easily and are quite energetic and enthusiastic. Passive signs are more introverted, internalised, intellectual, deep, and calm.

Capricorn is passive, or Yin.

The sign of Capricorn and its physical appearance

Even though they may not perfectly match your outward appearance, if your Ascendant, or to a lesser extent, your Sun, is in Capricorn, you might take on the following characteristics:

Capricorn physical appearance

Physically speaking, Capricorn people are quite slender, bony, and of small to average height. The features are fine and seem cut with a chisel, with deep-set and serious eyes.

The general appearance gives an impression of sternness, solidity, deepness, and maturity.

Their look is marked by neutrality, sobriety, and ordinariness. Their concern is practicality and not aesthetics, which they pay no attention to. They often look like a scientist or a philosopher, a scholar or a wise person, and one perfectly understands that their interests always involve long term goals.

Their favourite colours are black and all the hues of gray, green, and brown.

The sign of Capricorn and its health

The knees, the bones and the skin are the parts of the body in analogy with the sign of Capricorn.

If your sign is Capricorn, your health is more resistant than good, but it is enough to keep illnesses at bay and to enable you to live to a ripe old age safe and sound.

You are quite frail, but you have a good and reasonable nature. Therefore, you are most likely to avoid all weight problems and drawbacks caused by an excessive consumption of alcoholic drinks or too rich and fatty food.

Actually, the more you age, the healthier you are. You belong to the category which produces the most wonderful elderly people!

Capricorn rules the skin, the bones, and the knees. Potential diseases may be related to joint rheumatisms, temporary paralysis, arthritis, or benign skin conditions.

The sign of Capricorn and its hobbies

If your sign is Capricorn, solitude and calm fit you very well. People find it quite surprising that, instead of fidgeting here and there and getting lost in idle chatters, and instead of spending time in physical activities which you deem useless, you prefer to isolate yourself and read.

Alpinism, one of the sports Capricorn enjoys

Indeed, you think that it is much more natural and interesting to amass knowledge and to increase your assets.

However, should circumstances lead you to practise sports, you feel comfortable with all disciplines requiring patience, concentration, and rigour. Golf, bowling, rock climbing, cricket, gymnastics, long-distance race, speleology, hiking, yoga, skiing, and jogging are very suitable.

You may also excel in intellectual activities demanding time and insight, such as a high-level chess tournament, and you are very good at solving problems in general.

Capricorn and Love

What people born with the Sun in Capricorn should bear in mind is that, like his opposite zodiacal colleague, Cancer, he is marked by some initial restraint owing to the sign's withdrawn personality and the need for security in relationships, especially regarding material matters.

Since Capricorn loathes uncertainty and defeat, he often prefers to bide his time before declaring his love, even if it implies that he risks losing the lucky one he has set his heart on.

Slow, patient, but somewhat emotionally inhibited, he can loosen up only when he feels that the link with the one he loves has become serious. This is the reason why people say that Capricorns marry late in life.

This is true also if the natal Moon – in a man's chart – or the Descendant (relationships with other people) is in this sign.

Since Capricorn ponders over long-term topics and is socially ambitious, he may need to fix his choice on someone deserving of admiration and respect, someone like him, in a way.

If these conditions are met, he behaves affectionately, faithfully and lovingly throughout his life. Otherwise, the partner who neglects his/her duties should watch out, because grudge and bitterness may quickly replace the benevolent and steady attachment Capricorn normally shows, even though this Saturnian sign prefers to endure an imperfect situation rather than to split up, a gesture which is specific to signs influenced by Uranus or Mars.

Capricorn and work

Your destiny is commensurate with your nature made of perseverance and patience. Even though you are slow, at the end of the day, you usually find that your status is higher than that of other people.

Since Capricorn is the 10th sign of the Zodiac, it is in analogy with the 10th House, the house of career, professional ambition, and public image. Your day of glory comes late, but it endures throughout your old age, which is the most fruitful and fulfilling period of your life.

Chemist, one of the jobs suitable for Capricorn

You are neither particularly lucky nor extroverted. You owe your achievements to your hard-working qualities and your long-term vision. You are objective, patient, logical, and pragmatic, and your intellectual rigour enables you to understand with certainty the elements on which you must act upon for your growth.

It does not matter if results come in dribs and drabs because the very fact that you progress is enough. You content yourself with very little, and you consider that the struggles cropping in your way as you rise to the top are mere natural incidents.

With the help of insightful Saturn, you see at a glance the whole picture of your goal and your itinerary, whereas with the support of bellicose, passionate, and efficient Mars, you become a machine which produces success in the long run.

When Saturn prevails, you are very likely to be meant for areas characterised by the weight of the past with its classicism and its traditions. Subjects which are related to innovation or which are quite recent do not interest you.

You can be successful in the following areas:

Manager, banker, financier, antiquarian, senior insurance agent, high-level scientist, geologist, speleologist, archaeologist, cultivator, officer, university professor, notary public, solicitor, judge, prison warder, policeman/woman, mechanic, politician, or Minister for Education.

The symbolism of the sign of Capricorn

Countries and cities associated to Capricorn

Below are several traditional features associated with the sign of Capricorn.

For the countries : India, Mexico, Afghanistan, Macedonia, Thrace, the Yugoslavian coast, the Orkneys and Shetland Islands, Albania, Bulgaria, Saxony.

For the cities: Delhi, Oxford, Brussels, Mexico, Port-Saïd, Gent, Constance, Mecklenburg, all the administrative centres of capital cities.

Animals, Food, Herbs and aromatics for Capricorn

The animals in analogy with Capricorn are goats, pigs and animals with split hooves.

The foods in analogy with Capricorn are meat, potatoes, barley, beets, spinach, medlars, onions, quinces, flour and starchy food in general. Herbs and aromatics: Indian hemp, comfreys, centaureas, hemlocks, henbanes.

If you are Capricorn, your appetite is not too strong because it is not in this area that you find pleasure. Besides, you can hardly take big meals. However, for the sake of your health, you ought to force yourself into eating more, particularly during the first part of your life.

In the second part, you are very likely to be more fulfilled and start to enjoy your food. Simple and wholesome dishes may become a source of pleasure, even though it is obvious that you will never be a Gargantua, the legendary giant devised by French Renaissance author François Rabelais.

The following foodstuffs are good for you: anis, avocado, carrot, celery, cheese and dairies, cumin, fennel, linden, marjoram essence, pineapple, grapes, spinach, turnip, and wheat germ.

Regarding your culinary tastes, owing to your Spartan nature, you often happen to skip dessert. In addition, you are not prone to nibbling between meals. Therefore, it is only when you are given no choice – or almost – that you can find sweet dishes enjoyable. Perhaps you should start with a slice of cake with a cup of tea. Go for financiers, which may give you the impression that you are not too frivolous.

Anything containing dried fruits perfectly suits your cautious temperament and the symbols of your sign. You can keep this option in summer, with hazelnut, walnut, or pistachio ice creams.

You can also snack on raisins or dates in all forms, because they remain healthy. It is most unlikely that candies and other junk food excesses ever reach your stomach.

Flowers, plants and trees associated with Capricorn

Flowers and plants: ivies, wild pansies, amaranths, pansies.

Trees: pines, willows, flowering ashes, aspens, poplars, alders.

Stones, Metals and Salts associated with the sign of Capricorn

Stones, Metals and Salts in analogy with Capricorn are turquoises, amethysts, silver, lead, calcium phosphate, calcium fluorine.

Celebrities with the Sun in Capricorn

Orlando Bloom, a famous Capricorn man

Astrotheme's database of celebrities lets you know who are the most popular personages. There are two possible criteria: the number of clicks on a celebrity's page, or the number of visitors who put them in their favourite file of their account. The examples below take into account both criteria, at the date of creation of these pages.

Taking into account contemporary people, the three most popular females are Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson and Beyoncé Knowles. The most popular males are Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.

However, we are focusing here on people born with the Sun in Capricorn. The currently most popular people are: Michelle Obama, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Martin Luther King, Kate Middleton, Orlando Bloom, Jared Leto, Jim Carrey, Jude Law, or Vanessa Paradis.

Famous people having a Capricorn dominant

The Sun in Capricorn corresponds exactly to the topic of this article. However, it may be interesting to check the dominant of the chart. Indeed, it sometimes happens that the only planet in Capricorn is the Sun, but that the other planets or an angle such as the Ascendant are in a different sign. Although the chart's owner is a Capricorn, his chart may display a more "powerful" sign than Capricorn. This is called the "dominant sign".

Clarke Gable, an Aquarius with Capricorn dominant

Conversely, some people are not Capricorn, although Capricorn is their planetary dominant. In that case, they display Capricorn features. In some cases, they are "much more Capricorn" than people having the Sun in Capricorn.

Astrotheme has computed eleven types of dominants for all the entries of its database. They include the dominant sign and in particular, the Capricorn dominant.

The most popular people having Capricorn as their planetary dominant (but not the Sun in this sign) are, for some of the most famous ones: Sagittarius Taylor Swift, Aquarius Alizé Cornet, Aquarius Nabilla, Sagittarius Gaspard Ulliel, Sagittarius Rachida Dati, Aquarius Paul Newman, or Aquarius Clark Gable.

The other signs of the zodiac

You can also read the files about the signs of Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius, Aquarius, and Pisces.