Capricorn (astrology)

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Not to be confused with Capricorn (constellation).
A symbolic representation of Capricorn.

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.

Capricorns are often mistaken as boring people. This is a typical stereotype. Every sign has one and quite often it's not true. Capricorns like to be social and feel included. They try to be an outgoing person but when you first meet them they are going to come across very shy and innocent but once you get to know they come across as more of a carefree soul. Capricorns are very confusing and complicated people. They are very good at hiding their true feelings, but are super emotional on the inside and nobody knows. They care what people think, and hate being doubted. They like to get the job done. They are reserved people and want nothing more but to fit in. When they trust you and are comfortable around you they tend to be more open and free to be them self. Make them feel good about themself. They emerge from positive vibes and self confidence.

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]


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.



  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 


External links[edit]

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