December 22nd through January 20th
ambitious, self-reliant, disciplined, persevering, resourceful, creative, patient, family-oriented, committed, self-motivated, mature, dependable
The Shadow Side:
materialistic, serious, melancholy, strict, pessimistic, controlling, dismissive, snobby, status-seeking, ruthless, wed to 3D reality, authoritarian
Quality and Element:
Those with the Sun in Capricorn exude a sense of being in charge, and they usually are. They may be in pursuit of status and power, but they never compromise their integrity to get there. These are the masters of the physical realm, and widely admired for what they’re able to accomplish.
They are born with a sense of purpose, and many Capricorn children are mature beyond their years. As they get older, they seem to age in reverse, becoming childlike and retaining a youthful glow. A penchant for melancholy creates a unique filter for Capricorn humor that is known to veer toward the darkly absurd.
A fortress of defenses can keep the curious and insincere at bay in their lives. To the world at large, this can give the Capricorn a remote feeling that is intriguing. But those that pass the test of loyalty are allowed to see a more vulnerable side. At heart, they’re interested in enduring ties, and often look to family and longtime friends for emotional support.
The Sun in Capricorn has an intense drive for achievement that never lets up. They strive for a personal standard of excellence, even if the rest of the world settles for mediocrity. The ones that pursue the Arts have a disciplined approach that sets them apart from mere dreamers. If the Capricorn seems serious, perhaps it’s because they’ve got so much to do. They won’t linger too long in idleness or rest on their laurels when there are mountains to climb.
Capricorns fall into dark moods, at times, which can really linger. They're ruled by Saturn and being serious or saturnian comes with the package. They live with an intense sense of mortality (Saturn rules time and aging), and this is a motivator and a bummer. It can be hard to rouse a Capricorn out of their funk -- sometimes it just takes time.
In romance, the Capricorn would fare well as one half of a power couple. The ideal would be someone they can respect, but also allows them to take charge most of the time. Once happily settled, they’ll go about the business of building both an empire and a cozy home life.
Sophie McShera, Martin Luther King, Jr., Umberto Eco
“Well … what can I say? I like being a Capricorn..” Diane von Furstenberg