These two may be drawn together because Libra finds Capricorn’s strength and classiness appealing and Capricorn appreciates Libra’s social skills and intellectual interests, but this can be a difficult combination unless other elements in their natal zodiacs are very compatible. Lifestyles and attitudes are poles apart, and there is a risk that Libra will find Capricorn dull and overly cautious, and that Capricorn will find Libra flighty and frivolous. These problems are unlikely to trigger noisy fights because both signs tend to be diplomatic and they share a hatred of ugly scenes, but a smoldering resentment may develop, with Libra dismissing Capricorn as gloomy and depressing and Capricorn assuming that Libra is shallow and self-absorbed.
A major problem with this pairing is that these two interact with the world in very different ways. Capricorns tend to be more introverted. They do socialize, but they’re very selective about their companions and prefer to confine their friendships to a smaller number of trusted individuals. Typical Libras have a need to get out and meet new people on a regular basis, and they’re far more interested in entertaining different perspectives.
Another point of divergence between these two is that Capricorns tend to put more emphasis on achieving goals and becoming successful, whereas Libras are more inclined to seek social connectedness and the enjoyment of life’s more decadent pleasures (which Capricorn will probably view as laziness). In addition, Capricorns tend to be more active and hardworking, whereas Libras can become indolent if they can get away with it (though their vanity will usually motivate them to exercise, their friendliness may draw them into team sports, and their love of luxury will often encourage them to seek high-paid employment, all of which act as counterforces to a natural tendency toward laziness).
There are also differences in the ways in which Capricorns and Libras perceive the world. Libras tend to be idealistic, while Capricorns are inclined toward realism or even pessimism. The typical Capricorn is slow to trust and warm up to others due to a cynical view of human nature, and Capricorns are not inclined to be exceptionally romantic, even within a romantic relationship. As a result, Capricorn may be perceived as cold and distant by Libra, who craves affection and regular declarations of love.
This match will have more staying power if these two can benefit from one another’s complementary traits and learn to compromise in day-to-day life. In a best-case scenario, Libra will help Capricorn relax and enjoy life more, and Capricorn will provide direction and stability for Libra. Capricorn can create a solid home base and take care of the practical aspects of life while Libra does the work of cultivating a broader range of friendships for the couple and maintaining these social ties. This match has more potential if other elements in their natal zodiacs bring their temperaments into better alignment.
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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