Capricorn (astrology)

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Capricorn
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Capricorn.svg
Zodiac symbol Goat
Duration (tropical, western) 22 December – 20 January (2015, UTC)
Constellation Capricornus
Zodiac element Earth
Zodiac quality Cardinal
Sign ruler Saturn
Detriment Moon
Exaltation Mars
Fall Jupiter
AriesTaurusGeminiCancerLeoVirgoLibraScorpioSagittariusCapricornAquariusPisces

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.

Capricorn-Sagittarius cusps (those born from December 22 to December 28) are considered to be slightly different from the typical Capricorn, being more outgoing, jovial and less ambitious and money-orientated than the Capricorn who is not born on a cusp.[2]

Associations[edit]

Fish-tailed Goat depiction of Capricorn

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.[3]

Modern astrological figure for Capricorn as a fish-tailed goat derives from the depictions of the Sumerian god of water Enki, who was associated with semen and amniotic fluid, and hence with fertility, and commonly represented as a half-goat, half-fish creature.[4]


Cultural significance[edit]

In India, the day when the Sun enters the sidereal zodiac sign of Capricorn is celebrated as the Makara Sankranti festival. It should be noted here that the Indian astronomical calendar is not based on the Western sidereal system but has a differential lag. Hence, the festival is celebrated on either of 14 or 15 Jan every year, when, as per the Indian astronomical calendar, the Sun enters the Capricorn sign.

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Jeff Mayo, Teach Yourself Astrology, pp 38–41, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1979
  2. ^ "The 12 Signs of the Zodiac: Capricorn". Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ Heindel 1919, p. 81.
  4. ^ "Ea", Encyclopedia Britannica, retrieved October 1, 2014 

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External links[edit]

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