Capricorn Traits: Classy, practical, reliable, ambitious, hardworking, anxious, self-conscious, diplomatic, cautious, prudent, fit, serious, intellectual, self-disciplined, pessimistic, emotionally reserved, active, successful
Self-Disciplined and Hardworking
From early childhood, most Capricorns are self-disciplined, serious, determined, mature and able to persevere in the face of adversity. Capricorns tend to work hard and rise in their chosen fields to achieve high status and success. They often end up in positions of power, earning the respect of others rather than simply asking for it.
Most Capricorns keep their promises and fulfill their obligations. They are less likely to stand people up or waste their time than those of other signs, and they have little tolerance for unreliability in others.
Capricorns have good memories, both for those who have helped them and those who have harmed them. Being honorable by nature, most will repay a debt or a good deed with something equivalent or better, and some will repay a bad deed with revenge.
Diplomatic and Humorous
One of Capricorn’s more appealing traits is an excellent sense of humor, which tends to be wry or dark. When Capricorns feel hurt, their wit can become sarcastic and cruel, but the rest of the time they are inclined to be diplomatic, preferring to avoid unnecessary conflict. Capricorns loathe embarrassing public scenes and prefer rational discourse to emotional outpourings.
Cautious and Self-Conscious
Capricorns are logical and intellectual by nature, and they don’t show their emotions easily for fear of being vulnerable, which can make them seem detached or even cold. They are actually quite sensitive with those they care about, though they can be ruthless in business.
Capricorns don’t usually bring their problems to others, choosing to suffer in silence instead. They find it hard to open up to other people, which makes it difficult for them to establish deep relationships, though when they do they tend to be very loyal and trustworthy friends.
Capricorns can be over-conventional, afraid to break with tradition or try new things because they are more comfortable with what has been proven reliable over time, and this wariness may extend to new relationships as well. They are slow to trust, and they don’t show their feelings easily. Most have a deep fear of public humiliation and a strong streak of self-consciousness. When Capricorns are feeling anxious or low, others rarely know it.
Prone to Anxiety and Depression
Capricorns often suffer from low self-esteem because they are hard on themselves. This tendency toward negativity and self-criticism can become full-blown depression if they’re not careful. To guard against the tendency to spiral downward into melancholy, they need to give themselves a little leeway and not expect perfection all the time.
Capricorns are also prone to anxiety. This trait, combined with a tendency toward cleanliness, can manifest as a germ phobia in some cases. Obsessions and compulsions are also common with this sign.
Prudent and Shrewd
Capricorns make prudent investments and are good at earning money from a variety of sources. Unless their ascendants fall in more extravagant signs (such as Gemini, Leo, Libra, or Sagittarius), they maintain a balanced budget, save money, and continue to invest wisely, because they don’t feel safe until they’ve accumulated a large nest egg and have lots of possessions. These tendencies, combined with the Capricorn work ethic, make them excellent business partners and providers.
Capricorns are drawn to the fine things in life, and they are excellent at gathering assets that are likely to increase in value. However, taken to the extreme, practicality with money can tip over into self-deprivation and miserliness.
Fit and Active
Capricorns usually stay in good shape because most have a strong need for exercise, and they are not inclined to overindulge. They tend to favor solo fitness activities such as running or skiing, or those that can be done with small groups of friends such as hiking (though Capricorns with more extroverted rising signs such as Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, or Aquarius are more likely to play team sports). Regular exercise helps to stave off the negative feelings that tend to afflict this sign.
Most Capricorns have some sort of fitness routine, watch their diets, or both. As a result, they tend to be on the slim side to begin with and are less likely to become obese or unfit than those of other signs, though having a more decadent ascendant (for example, Leo, Sagittarius, or Pisces) can override these healthy tendencies to some degree.
Capricorns are also very active when it comes to getting things done, and they usually have little tolerance for lazy people. They tend to engage in productive activities in their spare time and most devote themselves intensely to their hobbies. Capricorns are not likely to sit around in front of the TV unless they can do something useful while they’re watching or the program is educational or informative. They like to be busy and usefully occupied.
Many Capricorns have musical talents and may actively engage in music production, but most are too practical to do this as more than a sideline or a hobby.
Capricorns are the old souls of the zodiac. When young, they seem more mature than their peers. Most view children their own age as immature and seek out older companions who are more on their level.
Capricorn children are usually good at amusing themselves and not bothering others. Some Capricorns get picked on at school because they earn good grades or are shy and withdrawn. However, those with their ascendants or moons in fire or air signs tend to be more extroverted.
Most Capricorns go through more than the usual amount of hardship, but the bulk of this hard karma tends to occur in the first half of life, as if the Capricorns want to get it all over with at once so that they can move on to better times later on. In keeping with this trend, Capricorns have a tendency to age in reverse to some degree, looking younger than their biological ages as they grow older and becoming more youthful and laid back when they reach middle age and beyond.
The Atypical Capricorn
The sun sign isn’t the only element that influences personality. Aspects and planetary placements, particularly the moon sign and rising sign (ascendant), are also important. For example, a Capricorn with Gemini rising will be far more chatty and open, though less reliable, and with Leo rising, a Capricorn is likely to be more assertive and prone to risk taking but less humble and sensible with money.
There are many websites that offer free chart calculation to determine other planetary placements and aspects. Learning these other planetary placements is recommended, as it provides a more comprehensive personality profile.
Ruling Planet: Saturn
Symbol: The goat
Gemstones: Jet, jade, hematite, obsidian, onyx, turquoise stone (December), garnet (January)
Parts of the Body: Bones, knees, joints, skin, teeth
Places: Lithuania, India, Bulgaria, Mexico, Afghanistan, Oxford, Brussels, Boston, Chicago, Montreal
Animals: Vulture, mule, stag, raven, goat, eel
Trees: Yew, willow, cypress, elm, holly, hemlock, birch, pine, poplar
Plants and Herbs: Deadly nightshade, comfrey, hemlock, barley, burdock
Foods: Barley, onion, spinach, beet
Colours: Black, gray
Patterns or Design Motifs: Monochromatic colour schemes, understated and uncluttered designs, conservative/classic/traditional patterns
Other Capricorn Associations: Antiques, prestige, the ruling classes/royal families, clocks, designer labels, vintage wines, watches, clipboards, established governments, success, chiefs, party leaders, national traditions, tennis, running/jogging, heavy industry, engineering, science, music
A .A. Milne, Al Capone, Albert Schweitzer, Alexander Hamilton, Andre Michelin, Andreas Vesalius, Andrew Johnson, Anne Bronte, Anthony Hopkins, Anton Chekhov, Anwar Sadat, April Winchell, Aristotle Onassis, Ava Gardner, Barry Goldwater, Benedict Arnold, Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Rush, Betsy Ross, Betty Bumpers, Betty White, Bradley Cooper, Carla Bruni, Carlos Castaneda, Cary Grant, Cassius Clay, Charles Babbage, Charles Goodyear, Christy Turlington, Cody Simpson, Conrad Hilton, Crystal Gayle, Danny Kaye, David Bowie, David Caruso, David Sedaris, Denzel Washington, Dian Fossey, Diane Keaton, Diane Sawyer, Dolly Parton, Donna Summer, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Edgar Allen Poe, Elvis Presley, Ethel Merman, Faye Dunaway, George Burns, George Foreman, Grigori Rasputin, Gypsy Rose Lee, Harold Shipman, Harry Shearer, Helena Rubinstein, Henri Matisse, Henry Miller, Hermann Goering, Holly Madison, Howard Hughes, Howard Stern, Humphrey Bogart, Isaac Asimov, J. Edgar Hoover, J.D. Salinger, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jack London, Jacques Cartier, James Earl Jones, James Watt, Janis Joplin, Jared Leto, Jason Bateman, Jean Chretien, Jean Stapleton, Jeremy Renner, Jim Bakker, Jim Carrey, Jimmy Page, Joan Baez, Joan of Arc, Joe Frazier, Johannes Kepler, John A. MacDonald, John Carpenter, John Denver, Joseph Smith, Joseph Stalin, Jude Law, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Karan Brar, Kate Bosworth, Kate Middleton, Kate Moss, Katey Sagal, Katie Couric, Kevin Costner, King Jong-un, Kirstie Alley, Lady Bird Johnson, Laila Ali, Lars Ulrich, Lauren Cohan, Lebron James, Liam Hemsworth, LL Cool J, Lord Byron, Loretta Young, Louis Braille, Louis Pasteur, Louis Tomlinson, Mao Zedong, Marlene Dietrich, Mary Higgins Clark, Mary Tyler Moore, Matt Lauer, Maury Povich, Mel Gibson, Michelle Obama, Millard Fillmore, Moliere, Muhammad Ali, Naomi Judd, Nicholas Cage, Nicholas Sparks, Nigella Lawson, Norman Reedus, Oliver Hardy, Orlando Bloom, Patrick Dempsey, Paul Cezanne, Paul Revere, Paula Deen, Psy, Regina King, Richard Nixon, Robert E. Lee, Rocky Graziano, Rod Serling, Rorion Gracie, Ross Lynch, Rowan Atkinson, Roy Jones Jr., Rudyard Kipling, Rush Limbaugh, Ryan Seacrest, Sarah Polley, Sean Hannity, Sienna Miller, Simone de Beauvoir, Sir Isaac Newton, Sissy Spacek, Swami Vivekananda, Soupy Sales, Stan Lee, Stephen Hawking, Stephenie Meyer, Steve Allen, Steven Soderbergh, Susan Sontag, Ted Danson, Tia Carrere, Tiger Woods, Tracey Ullman, Vidal Sassoon, Walter Mondal, Woodrow Wilson, Zayn Malik, Zooey Deschanel
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