Understanding A Capricorn

A Capricorn is an astrological sign accorded those born from December 21st to January 19th of each year. It is important to understand Capricorn's role in astrology to discover more about this sign.

In astrology, one question leads to others. To begin with, astrology in the widest sense is a discipline that forms general concepts about the universe.

Astrology assumes there is a relationship between movements of the sun, moon, and planets with movements of earth.

Astrology has its origins in primitive man's minimal understanding of the waning, waxing and eclipses of the moon. These also correspond to seasons of the year in conjunction with the sun's arrival at equinoctal and solstitial points.

In history, Sumaria and Babylonia records extend back 3,000 years, in China, to 1500 B.C. and in Mayan civilization, astrology consisted of observing and tabulating solilunar data. Using this date, Mayans predicted the time and circumstances of their recurrence.

This shows the bedrock upon which astrology and astrological signs were based. Another interesting fact about astrological signs is their placement in constellations. When primitive man studied the stars overhead, he viewed them as “figures” such as a crab, a water bearer, a ram, a scorpion and others.

These constellations appear at certain seasons of the year and correspond to astrological signs. Capricorn is found in the tropical western sky from December 21st to January 19th when it appears as a “goat.”

What is a Horoscope?

To understand further the importance of Capricorn, it necessary to know that a horoscope is a heavenly pattern of the sun, moon and planets at a specific moment in time from a given longitude or latitude on earth. The individual born at a specific point in time is placed in the center of a “wheel.”

Ptolemy's astronomy held that the earth was a sphere. As an astrologer, Ptolemy, born a Greco-Egyptian in 90 A.D. in Alexandria, Egypt, he believed quite correctly for his place in time that the earth also had celestial bodies that revolved around it. The wheel of the horoscope has twelve “spokes” or dividing lines.

However, the sphere is also divided into two sets of twelve divisions as if projected onto a flat surface in a single plane.

What is the Zodiac?

Another important question to be answered about Capricorn is its status in the zodiac. The primary division of the celestial sphere is called the “zodiac.” The zodiac is a band that extends eight degrees on each side of the ecliptic or path of the sun around the earth.

The zodiac is divided into 12 equal divisions or signs of 30 degrees. Interestingly, the Babylonians devised the zodiac about 500 B.C. and assigned to each sign the name of a constellation which occupied the greater part of the 30 degree area at that time.

The starting point of the zodiac is Aries, followed by Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. Thus, Capricorn is the tenth astrological sign of the zodiac.

Another interesting point to know is that astrological signs of the zodiac also take on four familiar elements: Air, water, fire and earth. It is easy to see which signs fall into these elements. Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio are signs with water elements.

Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are signs with fire. Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are signs with air elements and Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are signs with earth elements. In astrology, there four elements are represented in diamond shaped figure and each sign of zodiac is listed according to their placement in these elements.

Capricorn – The Tenth Sign of the Zodiac with the Classic Earth Element

The astrological sign of Capricorn is named for the constellation Capricornus, located at the 270th to the 300th degree in the zodiac. Capricorn is ruled by the planet Saturn, with the moon in its detriment. Its domicile sign is Cancer.

Some astrologers believe those born under certain signs take on some of the nuances of the season in which they were born. For example, the first three signs of the zodiac occur in spring when the earth is reborn, energized and bursting forth with growth. This fits neatly into the characters of babies born in these months.

Capricorns can afford to be laid back since they are born in a more sedentary season of the zodiac. This also fits the Capricorn symbol, the goat, an animal that is perfunctory, laid back and less inclined to dramatic aggression. However, the goat also is steadfast, prefers the security of familiarity and routine.

As the third and last of the earth signs, Capricorn, like the goat symbol of their sign are steadfast, resolute and capable of thriving in less than comfortable surroundings. The characteristics of a true Capricorn is their sense of self-confidence that can wax or wane, depending on circumstance.

Capricorns are loyal, lifetime friends who will defend that which they believe is right and fair. Capricorns are not given to excess or ostentatious shows of wealth.

Most Capricorns are prone to strong opinions, though they don't necessarily believe they must influence others in the way those born under the signs of Aries or Cancer might.

Capricorns in Love

Capricorns have a peculiar side to their nature. They are romantics, but they don't believe in lavish displays of affection. Most Capricorns are ideal as role models because they rarely step out of their belief system that actions speak louder than words.

Capricorns are natural travelers who choose tourist sites that combine relaxation with educational interests. So, it is highly possible a Capricorn may choose to visit Paris for the glamour and glitz and then continue on to an African Safari. Capricorns choose their romantic partners carefully and with that iconic Capricorn sensibility.

While they can be attracted superficially, they won't choose a life partner based on beauty. Capricorns are the individuals who need a partner who will continuously challenge their intelligence and intellectualism. Capricorn's partner know a deep sense of love and commitment some Scorpio partners never will.

Capricorns at Work

If a think tank is needed for a project, always include a Capricorn. These are the innovators, the thinkers and the doers. Capricorns almost always finish what they start. For most Capricorns, unresolved business is like a nagging backache that needs attention and care.

Capricorns are also the most impressive employers. They always see the whole picture of projects long before the team has managed to formulate the first phase. A Capricorn employer may be harsh in employee judgments, but the judgments are constructive and fair.

Capricorns Manage Time and Money

It wouldn't be accurate to save that Capricorns are always punctual. They can be easily distracted which often leads them down a very different path than the one they planned. A Capricorn doesn't always show up late but may find it difficult to be on time, every time. When a partner, employer or fellow employee needs a Capricorn to be timely, it is probably a good idea to provide plenty of extra time.

When it comes to managing money, Capricorns work hard, manage to save for a rainy day and also enjoy those little pleasures life has to offer. It is the Capricorn distaste for wastefulness that makes them appear somewhat miserly at times. It isn't that they don't like to spend money.

It is that they expect fair value for what they purchase. Capricorns are the most likely sign of the zodiac to practice, “Less is More.” As an earth sign, Capricorn isn't likely to be disrespectful of their surroundings or the environment.

Capricorns are Genuine and Fun

There are many famous celebrities who are Capricorns. They encompass quite a diverse range of talents and skills. These include: Actor, Humphrey Bogart, rock star/Musician David Bowie, writer, Isaac Asimov, boxer, Joe Frazier, Conservative Politician, Barry Goldwater, U.S. Founding Father, John Hancock, scientist/author Stephen Hawking, President Richard Nixon, First Lady, Michelle Obama, poet, Edgar Allen Poe and many others.

Capricorns are the real deal and although they are versatile in their skills and talents, they are not likely to try and upstage those they work with.

The Capricorn sense of humor is often synonymous with subtle, though unplanned innuendo. When a Capricorn tells a joke, listeners usually take a few seconds to understand the punch line. Once they do, the laughter lingers longer than most professional comedians' comedy acts.

In a group, Capricorns are fun because their reserved nature seems to be at odds with serious circumstances. This is like laughing out loud during a funeral eulogy. While the situation is serious, some tiny element spawns a comical response.

It is often like this with their wardrobes. One day, they are dressed to the nines for a gala event, dancing to a Viennese waltz and the next, they are in comfortable jeans and a tee shirt listening to the Rolling Stones. That's a Capricorn for you.

Perhaps, the Capricorn Scarlet Letter stands for “Adaptability” that goes a long way to complete their jewel-like, mosaic natures.