This can be a difficult match. The infamous Aquarian unpredictability may distress Capricorn, and Capricorn’s conventionality and caution will clash with Aquarius’s eccentricity and experimental nature. Also, these two might have trouble establishing a deeper connection because both have a tendency to be emotionally detached. On the other hand, this can be beneficial because neither will expect romantic words and gestures or long discussions about feelings that the other is unlikely to provide.
The Capricorn dignity and self-discipline (which can tip over into self-denial and self-censorship) is at odds with the Aquarian penchant for self-expression (which can become crackpot radicalism in extreme individuals). Aquarians are natural rebels and contrarians, even when the contrary view is wrong or there is nothing to rebel against, while Capricorns often cling to habit or tradition, even when it brings unhappiness and should be discarded. Typical Capricorns also like to establish a solid home base and make it as nice as possible, and to work their way up within a single career field, whereas Aquarians are more likely to bounce from place to place and career to career because they are driven to seek change, particularly in times of stress. Capricorns, by contrast, crave security and stability when under pressure. These differences can lead to a variety of problems for this pair.
On the plus side, these two can be a nice complement to one another. Capricorn can take care of the practical side of life and keep Aquarius from doing anything too crazy that will cause regret later on, and Aquarius can help Capricorn break free of dull routines and get out and socialize more frequently (Capricorns have a tendency to isolate themselves, pursuing work-related projects, hobbies, and health interests at the expense of their social lives). Aquarius’s buoyant optimism can also have a positive effect on Capricorn, countering a tendency toward depressiveness, while Capricorn’s realism will help Aquarius avoid the pitfalls of crazy schemes and nutty or unscrupulous people (Aquarians are trusting by nature and easily led astray, so they can find themselves under the influence of harmful groups and individuals; Capricorns are good at spotting and avoiding these types).
A Capricorn-Aquarius romantic pairing may not be very affectionate, but its friendship component is likely to be strong and solid. If Aquarius can settle down and stay put and Capricorn can become a little more open-minded and venturesome, this match has potential, though much will depend on the compatibility of other elements in their natal zodiacs.
Note: There is more to astrological compatibility than sun signs alone. Other elements in a person’s natal zodiac also play a role. Ascendants (rising signs), moon signs, and other planetary placements and aspects also shape personality and affect compatibility. For example, a Capricorn with Leo rising will be more extroverted than a typical Capricorn, and a Taurus with Aries rising or the moon in Sagittarius will be more compatible with Sagittarius than a typical Taurus. For more information on other natal chart elements, see Astrology Sun, Moon, and Ascendant.
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