Capricorn: Ruled by Saturn.
A receptive, feminine sign.
The Sun is in Capricorn from December 21st to January 21st, approximately. It represents ‘the mountain goat, climbing toward the heights, solitary and alone.’ Keyword: ‘I use.’ Rules the bones, the skin and the knees in the physical body.
Capricorn is the natural ruler of the tenth house, the amplifier of what the person attains, or does not attain, in prestige, honor and success before the public. Capricorn is a ‘testing’ sign and the tenth house is of deep significance to the soul on its journey to the highlands of spirit.
Capricorn is symbolized by the mountain goat, solitary and alone, who climbs to the heights with patient persistence. He faces calculated risks in that climb, but nothing is going to stop him before he attains his objectives. Is it any wonder that Capricorn rules big business?
Capricorn people can exemplify the highest or the lowest qualities of which human nature is capable. They are capable of great strength and have a strong sense of purpose. How they use that strength and what that purpose will be is of utmost importance. Expediency is a Capricorn keynote. “How can I use this?” differs from “How can this be of use to others?” These attitudes show the difference between the unevolved and the evolved soul born in Capricorn.
Where Leo rules by the divine right of kings, Capricorn rules by delegated authority. The Capricorn’s strength lies in leadership and in humility. Too often their weaknesses lead to false pride and to the assurance that they are the only ones who know what is good for the other fellow. Materialism is very strong in the people of Capricorn. Money is extremely important to them, not for the money itself but for the power it wields in the outer world.
Respect and reward have to be earned in the sign of Capricorn. Great wealth or power entails great responsibilities. Some of the robberbarons that took advantage of the laborers at the turn of the century found this out. They tried to right the wrongs they had done and gave a great deal of their finances toward humanitarian causes, but their dues had to be paid. They were paid through the instrument that the Capricorn values most—the body. Good health was the one thing their money could not buy. Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, keeps a perfect set of books. We might break legal laws but we can’t break cosmic laws. Everything in the universe goes back to its source. Everything we do, good or ill, returns to us. This is the Law. Sooner or later, everyone of us gets what he deserves, no more and no less.
The positive qualities of the Capricorn people are leadership, patience, persistence, efficiency and practicality. They are ambitious and willing to work and to work hard for what they want. There is strength and integrity in the higher type Capricorns. They are dependable and confident, and give confidence to others.
Tradition, home, mother, the past (often exemplified through their love of antiques); these are important to the people of Capricorn. The Capricorn male clings to mother even after marriage. While mother lives she is at the hub of his life. This can lead to complications in marriage. Too often Capricorns are much nicer to people out in the world than they are to their own family. So many times they have been
accused of being a “street angel and house devil.” Too often this can be true. They are the disciplinarians. “Do it because I say so.” This is because they do not understand the other fellow’s feelings.
Capricorns are accused of being cold and insufficiently concerned about those close to them. This is true if Saturn or the Sun has afflictions in the chart. Then they are apt to want their own way regardless of the other person’s feelings. They may not consider the fact that every individual has the right to his own feelings and his own freedom. The antidote for an afflicted Saturn is Venus. Love is the healing force that dissolves arrogance and selfishness.