Ascending from the depths of the ocean, traveling across the shores and up the steepest mountain, Capricorn finds their home at the top. They’ve seen it all—the dangers in the waters, the joy and physical test of the climb, and the cool, perceptive clarity the high peaks provide. At the top of the mountain, the sea goat looks across the land and notices that the grids of city streets are neatly organized and accessible, not overwhelming as they were at the base of the mountain.
Ruled by Saturn, the planet of time and limits, Capricorn knows that putting time into something will pay off—but is also acutely aware of the limited time that we have here on Earth. The melancholy born of this realization of the fleeting nature of life is profound in this old soul. As a cardinal sign, the first sign of the season—in this case, winter—Capricorn is an initiator and a go-getter, and as the last Earth sign, Capricorn is highly focused on building and growing.
At Their Best
Having overcome many obstacles, Capricorn is wise and experienced, understands the importance of responsibility, and empathizes with people who have seen great hardship. Ambitious and self-motivated, Capricorn is tenacious and achieves any goal they set their sights on. Business-minded Capricorn appreciates the past and honors tradition, while wisely planning for the future. Capricorn is not all work and no play, though; they “work hard and party hard,” as the saying goes. Their dry humor is one of a kind, and they know how to have a good time.
At Their Worst
Capricorns are very hard on themselves; they have difficulty being satisfied with their successes, feel overwhelmed by how to achieve more, and fear failure—and they can also be very hard on the people around them. They can be power-hungry, status-obsessed, opportunistic workaholics. Everything is a transaction to them. Rigid and cold, Capricorn can also be condescending, mean-spirited, and greedy.