Capricorn (astrology)

Capricorn (astrology)

name= Capricorn

Symbol= Seagoat
Tropical Start Date= December 22
Tropical Finish Date= January 20
Sidereal Start Date= January 15
Sidereal Finish Date= February 12
Solar Start Date= January 20
Solar Finish Date= February 15
Constellation= Capricornus
Element= Earth
Quality= Cardinal
Domicile= Saturn
Exaltation= Mars
Fall= Jupiter (ancient)/Neptune (modern/disputed)
Detriment= Moon
Numbers= Eight
Day= Saturday

Capricorn is the tenth astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Capricornus. In western astrology, this sign is no longer aligned with the constellation as a result of the precession of the equinoxes. In astrology, Capricorn is considered a "feminine," negative sign. It is also considered an earth sign and is one of four cardinal signs. [Jeff Mayo, "Teach Yourself Astrology", pp 38-41, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1979 ] Capricorn is ruled by the planet Saturn. Being the tenth sign of the zodiac, Capricorn has been associated with the astrological 10th house.

Individuals born when the Sun was in this sign are considered Capricorn individuals. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun is in Capricorn roughly from December 22 to January 19.cite web ||url=] Under the sidereal zodiac, it is currently there roughly from January 15 to February 12.


Capricorn is associated with the Greek myth of the goat Amalthea, who provided the infant Zeus with milk, or ambrosia in some versions. Zeus placed her in the sky to honor her ("Catasterismi"). Capricorn is also associated with the god Saturn and the god Aristaeus.

The Babylonian zodiacal sign is called "šaxû" "ibex." The sun in this month entered the "suxûru"-fish constellation, called the star of Tashmetum, the wife of Nabu. The goat-fish is known from depictions on Babylonian monuments as a representation of Enki/Ea. [W. Muss-Arnolt, The Names of the Assyro-Babylonian Months and Their Regents, Journal of Biblical Literature (1892).] Also linked to the Greek God, Pan.

The astrological symbol for Capricorn is said to represent the horns and tail of the goat-fish or sea-goat.

Associated traits

Astrologers assign personality traits to the signs. The following are traits more widely associated with Capricorn. Note that no scientific research thus far has been able to prove such correlation. Many astrologers consider planetary aspects to hold a key influence [] ] which may override sign location and thus conceding many exceptions.

* Practical
* Disciplined / methodical / organized
* Prudent / cautious / careful
* Ambitious / focused
* Trustworthy / dependable / reliable
* Serious
* Self-reliant / independent
* Steadfast / persevering / stable
* Persistent / dedicated
* Hard-working
* Rational / reasonable
* Responsible
* Shrewd / wise
* Aloof / businesslike
* Tenacious
* Self-critical
* Traditional / conventional
* Career-oriented
* Authoritative
* Competent
* Strong

Physical traits

Many astrologers believe that each sign of the zodiac has identifiable physical traits. Some find that physically, individuals born under the sign of Capricorn tend to have dark hair, steady eyes, a dark complexion, capable hands, and prominent cheekbones. The Diagram Group, "The Little Giant Encyclopedia of The Zodiac", pp 159, Sterling Publishing Company, New York, 1997 ]


Capricorn is widely thought to be compatible with same element signs, Taurus The Diagram Group, "The Little Giant Encyclopedia of The Zodiac", p 171, Sterling Publishing Company, New York, 1997 ] and Virgo.

There are many variables that determine compatibility in astrology, such as birth dates, birth months, birth years, position of a sign within the Sun, the Moon, Stars, etc. The signs listed as compatible with Capricorn do not reflect an "individual profile" or "individual reading" as interpreted within astrology, but rather reflect a general guideline and reference to compatibility as dictated by variables such as "Qualities" and "Elements" within the Zodiac.


The following items are traditionally associated with Capricorn: Derek and Julia Parker, "The New Compleat Astrologer", pp194-5, Crescent Books, New York, 1990 ]

* In medical astrology, Capricorn governs the knees and skeleton.

* The Indian equivalent of Capricorn is Makara.

* The Chinese equivalent is thought to be the dependable, methodical Ox, whose lunar month is 6 January - 3 February. [Theodora Lau, "The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes", pxxvii, Souvenir Press, London, 2005 ]

* The corresponding month in the Babylonian calendar is "Arax Ṭebêtum," dedicated to Pap-sukkal, the messenger of the gods.

Pluto in Capricorn

In January 2008, Pluto entered the sign of Capricorn and will not leave it finally until 2023.Fact|date=September 2008 Each of the previous times Pluto entered the sign, major political events occurred such as:
*The ascent of Rome and later its decline,
*The birth of Christianity and later of the Protestant Church,
*The Vikings rising and falling, and
*The Boston Tea Party.


External links

* [ on Capricorn]
* [ Capricorn In-Depth]

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