Upside: socially ambitious; aware of self-presentation; lovers of the finer things; perceptive; sexual tensions.
Downside: materialistic; status obsessed; devious or manipulative; power struggles.
Libra and Capricorn have intensity and a mate-for-life philosophy that can overcome the differences -- and they are considerable. First off, Capricorn is not likely to swoon over Libra's obvious charms. That could be a deal breaker for Libra from the get go.
The Capricorn Goat has a cavernous depth of cool that keeps Libra guessing. Some Caps are super serious until they get to know you better. That is a fun challenge for the pleaser Libra. They see a chance to win over the hard-to-impress Cappy. It all depends on the timing and other factors in the birth chart -- love chemistry could be there due to other factors.
Libra quickly realizes that being super-smart and self-reliant will win the Goat. They can't win the Goat by coasting on their looks and charm. Capricorn is decisive and can be ruthless with their assessment -- they might find Libra to be all talk. But the Libra joi de vivre is fresh air for the serious ( Saturn-ruled) Cappy, if they'll let it in. Libra's light touch goes far to soften things for Capricorn, and bring pleasure to everyday life.
Libra likes the extras of romance, while Capricorn isn't likely to invest in love ephemera. But if a bond emerges, Libra can rest assured that Capricorn's gifts will be ones of lasting value. Both are marriage-minded, and while it's got built in frictions, this pair can find a harmonious balance. Capricorn tends to the structure of the relationship, while Libra adds the flourishes.
What intrigues Capricorn is Libra's social finesse, something they see as an asset for climbing the ladder. Beyond that, the Goat knows the value of a good, clear mind, and is entertained by the Libran wit. On dates, Libra brings ease to conversations, and that allows the reserved Cappy to open up.
If the Libra is female to a status-minded Capricorn male, she could become Venusian arm candy, not fully respected in her own right. A female Capricorn might be alarmed by Libra's ladies man ways. The tradition-minded Capricorn is looking or marriage or at least a firm commitment she can take to the bank. Libra tends to be more prone to losing their heads in love, while Capricorn remains ever the pragmatist.
Capricorn tends to say 'my way or the highway,' a sentiment abhorrent to Libra's diplomatic nature. A Libra caught too often in the lala land of indecision could be putty in the hands of the strong-willed goat. Capricorn loses respect for the people-pleaser, or a Libra that is all talk and no action. While the extremes of these signs together spell disaster, many Libra-Capricorn couples learn to respect what the other has to offer.
It's likely that the Goat wants to 'talk shop' a lot, but as a cardinal sign, Libra understands ambition. Libra just goes about it in a different way, prefering paths of least resistance. Capricorn might think Libra a layabout, but if they observe over time, they'll see just how much the latter accomplishes. At home, Capricorn can be a hoarder and packrat, while Libra prefers an airy spaciousness. Libra likes to stay above the fray, while Capricorn sinks into dark moods from time to time that are unshakable. Libra's instinct for saying the right things may help, but sometimes the Goat just needs to be alone.
With the traditional home-loving Goat, Libra comes to life, having found a loyal mate for all time. And Capricorn is drawn into the pleasures and beauty of life by entering Libra's world. Once a commitment is made, their differences round things out, and bode well for mutual fulfillment.