Capricorn (astrology)

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Zodiac Symbol Goat
Duration (Tropical, Western) 22 December – 20 January (2014, UTC)
Constellation Capricornus
Zodiac Element Earth
Zodiac Quality Cardinal
Sign ruler Saturn
Detriment Moon
Exaltation Mars
Fall Jupiter

Capricorn () is the tenth astrological sign in the zodiac, originating from the constellation of Capricornus. It spans the 270–300th degree of the zodiac, corresponding to celestial longitude. Capricorn is ruled by the planet Saturn. Under the tropical zodiac, the sun transits this area from December 22 to January 19 each year, and under the sidereal zodiac, the sun currently transits the constellation of Capricorn from approximately January 15 to February 14. In astrology, Capricorn is considered an earth sign, introvert sign,[1] and one of the four cardinal signs.


In astrology, a planet's domicile is the zodiac sign over which it has rulership. The planet said to be ruler of Capricorn is Saturn.[2] The Encyclopedia Britannica states that the figure of Capricorn derives from the half-goat, half-fish representation of the Sumerian god Enki.[3]



  1. ^ Jeff Mayo, Teach Yourself Astrology, pp 38–41, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1979
  2. ^ Heindel, p. 81.
  3. ^ "Ea". Encyclopedia Brittanica. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 


External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of Capricorn at Wiktionary
  • Media related to Capricorn at Wikimedia Commons