Capricorns don't seem to get as much press as other signs (see: people talking smack about two-faced Geminis or complaining about Scorpios' aloof attitude). And it doesn't help that Capricorn season — from December 21 or 22 to January 19 or 20 — usually flies by under-the-radar, thanks to being overshadowed by the holidays and New Year. But hard-working and loyal Caps are a standout of the astro crew worth getting to know.
The zodiac sign Capricorn is ruled by the planet Saturn, who is known to be an authority figure — think: BOSS (yes, in all caps). In astrology, Saturn makes sure you're doing the best work you can at all times and sticking to all the tasks on your plate. Basically, it can be kinda like a parent, the police, or your superiors at the office: everyone who's making sure you play by the rules.
Sounds boring, right? But, it isn't. The parental astrological figure represents ambition, rules, structure, and obligation — which is why it's traditionally placed in the tenth house of career or public image and duty. It's the sign that gets you going and compels you to put on your adult pants and go crusading into the world. And, although Capricorn has a reputation for being ultra-serious, this zodiac sign definitely knows how to play hard after working very hard. These attributes make the cardinal sign Capricorn someone who wants to be a powerful and dominating force in the world, such as a CEO or principal at school.
If you take a deeper look at the Sea Goats — the Capricorn symbol, a mythological aquatic animal that's half seahorse and half goat — you'll find they're very sensitive and intuitive. As a mix of water and earth, they're reflective, nostalgic, and devoted to those they care for and love. If you're their bestie, then you can expect to be the Capricorn's ride or die for life. They'll always be making sure you do the right thing and live up to your truest potential (and also pick up the slack when you oversleep for work or flake on a meeting).
But there's so much more to know about this earth sign. Read on for a full debrief on the most notable Capricorn personality traits and characteristics, how Capricorn shows up in different placements in a natal chart, Capricorn compatibility, and more.
Capricorn Zodiac Sign Quick Stats
Capricorn Dates: December 21 or 22 - January 18 or 19
Capricorn Symbol: Sea Goat ♑️
Capricorn Ruling Planet: Saturn
Capricorn Element: Earth
Capricorn Modality: Cardinal
Capricorn Ruling House: 10th house of career, public image, and duty
Capricorn Key Traits: Hardworking, practical, and ambitious
There are plenty of Capricorn celebrities out there in the world — after all, their signature hard work is sure to garner some success and notoriety. This list can help you get a sense of the Cap vibe.
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Capricorn Characteristics and Personality Traits
Capricorns are overachievers, persistent, practical, and sensitive. They're known for their hardworking habits, and they're overachievers who make success look effortless — even though they put a lot of time and care into their careers and relationships. They're powerful enough to run a company and a household at the same time, due to their "can do" attitude. Capricorns are notorious leaders who demand the best — in return, they give others the world. This is why Capricorns make the best CEOs and business owners. They give a lot to their career advancement and take success in strides, and this tends to be the path of everything they do.
Most people attribute Capricorn's hardworking spirit to their planetary ruler, Saturn, who's considered to be the rule-maker and authoritarian of the zodiac — "the daddy," as some may say. These qualities give them the drive to provide for themselves and others while being the top Sea Goat in charge. But they're not all business; Capricorns do have a very tender side, even though their brash and tough exterior hides it well. When they let this part of themselves be seen, they can cultivate lifelong relationships and friendships, as well as business alliances.
How Capricorn Traits Manifest In Each Planet
Reminder: You are more than your sun sign. In your natal chart, you can see if there were any other planets in the sign Capricorn when you were born. Then see how Cap shows up for that specific planet below.
The sun (which represents one's vigor, sense of self, and drive in life) in Capricorn is known to be someone who takes life seriously, is persistent, and has a clear sense of direction. They can also be very intuitive, level-headed, and austere at times.
The moon — which acts as your inner emotional compass — is in its dignity in Cancer (meaning, it's at home there). Therefore, it's to its detriment in Capricorn (because these two signs oppose each other). This means that the moon performs to its fullest capacity in the water sign Cancer, and, on the opposite side of the spectrum, it's limited in the earth sign Capricorn — indeed, the Sea Goat is practical about its emotions and has a tough exterior. The moon in Capricorn is known to be a tad less emotional than other moon signs, often being resilient and hard-headed when it comes to sentimental affairs.
Capricorn rising people are known for their determination and drive in attaining material wealth and success. They're self-starters who will work hard at cultivating their goals and end game — no matter what they have to sacrifice in the process. (Related: Your Big 3: What to Know About Your Sun, Moon, and Rising Sign)
Those with Mercury (the planet of communication, transportation, and technology) in Capricorn have a sarcastic sense of humor, which can be dry at times. They often state facts over fiction, and never tell a story that is exaggerated. They are known to be extremely direct and concise in their communication.
Venus in the sign Capricorn is known to work hard when it comes to love, relationships, and money. They will always put their best foot forward and want to take matters slowly with caution before diving in headfirst.
Mars (the planet of sex, energy, and anger) is in top form (or "exalted" in astrology lingo) when in Capricorn because this is a placement in which activities are completed and finished. When Mars is in Capricorn, sexual proudness will be heightened, there will be enough energy to see matters through, and there will be a strong conviction not to give up on a fight until it's been won.
Being that Jupiter (the planet of luck and fortune) is a planet that focuses on expansion and Capricorn is a sign that limits, this placement means that risks are calculated. Jupiter is in its fall in Capricorn, which means that it moves at a slow pace and worries about veering from the straight and narrow.
Saturn (the planet of boundaries, restrictions, and separation) is the planetary ruler of Capricorn, which is why you can rely on this planet to make sure that you're able to take care of business. Saturn is about authority, while Capricorn focuses on respecting elders. Therefore, it's no wonder that they go hand-in-hand, focusing on tradition and carrying out tasks that need to be done in accordance with society.
Innovation and rebellion start within the system when Uranus (the planet of rebellion, revolution, and creative breakthroughs) is in Capricorn. In order to make a change, you must start at a grassroots level and work your way up by changing the foundation.
Capricorn offers harsh realities for elusive Neptune (planet of spirituality and mysticism), who likes to live in a dream world. When Neptune is in Capricorn, you can see the truth of matters and understand that's all is not as it seems.
Pluto (the planet of death, rebirth, and transformation) destroys structures that have been in place for centuries, which juxtaposes the energy of the sign Capricorn, which represents the passage of time. When Pluto is in Capricorn — which it's currently residing in from 2008 to 2024 — you can expect to see changes in the world that have been in place for many years fall down in order to be rebuilt properly with the current times.
North Node of Destiny In Capricorn
The North Node — not a celestial body, but one of the points where the moon's orbit intersects the plane of the solar system — sheds light on your current life's purpose. With a Capricorn in this placement, it's important for you to maintain a work-life balance instead of giving your all to your professional aspirations.
South Node of Destiny In Capricorn
The South Node — opposite the North Node, and the other point where the moon's orbit intersections the plane of the solar system — represents lessons you bring with you from previous lifetimes. With a South Node in Capricorn, it's important to learn how to create your own traditions within your family instead of relying on structures from the past. You can create your own rules. (Related: What Does the Chiron Mean In Astrology?)
The Capricorn friend and partner is dedicated and loyal. Their love will grow and transform over time as they dedicate themselves to the long haul in everything they do and with everyone they care about. They're such hard workers that people don't realize they're also very sweet and loving, but these, too, are notable Capricorn traits. Read on for a glimpse into Capricorn's compatibility with each of the other zodiac signs.
Capricorn and Aries
Capricorn finds the energy of Aries to be refreshing and enjoys their fiery banter. Both signs are focused on success and will help elevate each other's personal and professional status to the highest level.
Capricorn and Taurus
What a team! This earthy duo certainly does enjoy each other's company. Capricorn is great at planning and Taurus loves to follow the plans made by their sweet goat partner. Not to mention, how sensual the vibe is between these two — straight-up steamy.
Capricorn and Gemini
The Sea Goat gets a kick out of Gemini's tales and their ability to multitask, acknowledging the work ethic of the twins. Capricorn appreciates Gemini's desire to make this pairing work at all costs.
Capricorn and Cancer
Known for their serious nature, Capricorn's have a soft spot for their opposite sign, Cancer, as Cap's feel they represent the gentler sensibilities of the goat. This romance can be a roller coaster as Capricorn may feel Cancer's emotions are too topsy turvy for their liking.
Capricorn and Leo
Both signs are loyal by nature and try to stay true to their partner. This pair just has different emotional styles. Leo likes to lavish freely with attention and Capricorn opts to work hard for attention and love. (Related: What Are the Love Languages, and Why Do They Matter?)
Capricorn and Virgo
This is a pair that's frequently attracted to each other because they share earthy needs. However, Capricorn can feel a little stuck because they tend to share an affinity for the same mundane activities. Both have a practical nature which can draw them closer, but it can create issues down the road as Capricorn may outgrow the relationship.
Capricorn and Libra
Capricorn sees Libra as their ticket to success, which is very fitting because Capricorn is known to be a hard worker. Libra may elevate their public standing or social circle through their connections, which will make Capricorn feel sexy and popular as a result.
Capricorn and Scorpio
This hot pair has the steamiest sex, filled with excitement and lusty interludes, making them uncontrollably attracted to each other, craving each other all day and night.
Capricorn and Sagittarius
At times, Capricorn may be suspicious of the archer's carefree attitude towards responsibilities. This relationship can work with compromise, but Capricorn may be unsure or feel Sag is too complicated due to their changeable desires and energy.
Capricorn and Capricorn
Together, they both feel secure and stable. Two Sea Goats accept the unpredictable side of the relationship for the promise of steady comfort and overall reliability, which they both love.
Capricorn and Aquarius
The signs may become entranced with each other very quickly! Capricorns remain steadfast in their attraction but may grow detached from their Aquarian partner at times when they feel the cupbearer is being aloof. The match can work if they commit to talking things out.
Capricorn and Pisces
This is a lovely coupling that allows Capricorn to soothe their rough and tumble mindset and let go, rolling steadily through the Piscean sea of intrigue, mystery, and glamour as Pisces enjoys the depth of Cap's commitment.