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Capricorn
Capricorn

December 22 Through January 20

Capricorn, whose constellation is known as Capricornus, is one of the oldest of the astrological interpretations. Ruled by Saturn, its symbol is the goat. This is sometimes depicted as a sea borne hybrid or Dolphin. The image is often an animal with the body of a goat and the tail of a fish. In one tradition the image represents the god Pan transforming into a sea creature. A representation, perhaps, of the extremities found within this Astrological sign.

The Capricornian is generally a serious character possessing a wry sense of humor. Independent, steady as a rock, Capricorn reflects earthy qualities that range from clever to vacuous. Mostly cautious, confident, strong willed, reasonable and hard working, Capricorns are a rock upon which to build.They are capable of great endurance; a whatever it takes, for as long as it takes persistence.


Stained glass depicting Capricorn.
Lausanne Cathedral, Switzerland,
mid-thirteenth century.

Within prescribed areas, Capricorn is a resourceful, practical manager. These folks set high standards for themselves and others. They are self critical, and work well in a disciplined environment, demanding equal measure from their subordinates. A careful, ambitious planner, Capricorn moves forward with quiet, deliberate persistence.

Capricorn will often vie for a position of authority. Once attaining control, they are demanding and exacting in leadership. Although firm, they are usually fair to people they deal with. They value tradition, the tried and true, more t han innovation. "We always do it this way," was no doubt first said by a Capricorn. Their naturally pessimistic nature explains their wry sense of humor, which some think is no humor at all.


Capricorn symbol within the zodiac,
seventeenth century European manuscript.

The occupations Capricorns usually choose are as; doctors, lawyers, accountants, and most any endeavor that deals with math or money. They excel as bureaucrats, especially where projects demanding long-term planning are concerned. Capricorns make excellent politicians due to their skill in debate, and good teachers or principals. They do best in an environment wherein they can exercise their desire for authority and organization.


Origins in Mythology

The sign of Capricorn within the Astrological zodiac dates back at least some 4,000 years. It is known that the Sumerians placed a great emphasis upon this particular time of the period. During this earlier age, the winter solstice (now in Sagittarius) occurred within Capricorn. On this date, many cultures of the ancient world would perform elaborate rituals and carry out sacrifices.


The Constellation Capricornus.

Among societies of the Mediterranean region, animals were associated with the four seasons. To each of these creatures belonged either a solstice or equinox. It is generally recognized that these figures were the bull, lion, scorpion and a sea creature. This imagery corresponds clearly to the astrological signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Capricorn. In a symbolic ritual, kings of the period would combat and subdue these animals to represent dominion over the elements of the seasons.

The association of the goat with Capricorn clearly dates back to ancient Babylon, at least. The Greeks related the sign to the horned god Pan. The image of the hybrid goat-fish creature corresponds to the tale of Pan's encounter with the beast Typhon. Attempting to escape the dreaded monster, Pan turned his lower half into a fish, in order to swiftly swim away. However, here again, the association of Capricorn with water, also dates to earlier cultures.

There is also a Capricornian reference recognized in the Babylonian god Ea, who wore a cloak designed as a fish's skin, complete with head and tail. One of his many names was "Antelope of the Seas". A good description of a fish tailed goat? He is one of the world's great culture initiates, who rose from the oceans to teach wisdom to land-dwelling man.


Capricorn
(December 22 Through January 20)
Capricorn Associations

Ruling Planet
Saturn
NatureNegative
QualityCardinal
Element
Earth
SymbolGoat
Glyph
ColorsBlack,Dark Brown,Gray
MetalSilver
GemsAmethyst
FlowersIvy, Pansy,Amaranthus
AnimalsGoats, and the clove-footed
Countries
India, Mexico,Afghanistan,
Cuba,Slovenia
CitiesOxford, Delphi,Mexico City
HerbsComfrey,Knapweed
Body AreaBones, Knees
PrincipleCrystallization
KeywordsPrudent, Aspiring, Calculating
Notable Capricorn
Elvis Presley




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