Your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs
The Sun in Capricorn
The Sun in astrology symbolizes the core essence of who you are – your individuality and sense of self.
It describes what is likely to motivate you, and why. The Sun Sign describes the prime focal point within the personality structure, and is of major importance. Understanding and developing these aspects of self will help develop and expand your sense of authenticity. Understanding the house in which your Sun is found will give even greater detail.
If you do not feel much like your Sun Sign, then consider – Are giving yourself permission to be who you truly need to be?
Capricorn: Cardinal Earth
Keywords: Authority, Mastery, Completion, Organization
Functional Expression: Capable, hard-working, serious, practical, prudent, trustworthy, grounded, fun.
Dysfunctional Expression: Miserly, dictatorial, restrictive, cold, unsympathetic, reckless ambition, fear.
When the Sun is found in Capricorn, the focus involves taking action to master material resources. As an Earth sign, Capricorn is concerned with the tangible aspects of life – what can be seen, heard, smelt, touched or tasted. As a Cardinal sign, its expression involves action. For these reasons, Capricorn tends to be associated with hard work and perseverance. It is considered the most ambitious Zodiac sign. Understanding how to reach the top of the mountain peak is a major piece of the journey. Yet not all Capricorns identify with the need to achieve. More specifically, Capricorns tend to feel a sense of responsibility to make the most of what they have. They concern themselves with the best use of whatever is available, whether this is money, education or the chance to have fun. Usually, their journey involves learning lessons around patience and endurance through years of focussed application. Things don’t come easy, they come through hard work. Capricorn gives the drive needed to reach the top of the mountain, whilst ruler Saturn provides the necessary committment and restraint to achieve success through overcoming any obstacle along the way.
First and foremost, the Capricorn journey involves learning lessons around responsibility. Capricorns are here to understand what it means to accept and fulfil obligation – to live up to be the best that they can be. With a keen awareness of the tangible or material resources that each situation provides, they tend to focus on pragmatic, achievable outcomes. Generally speaking they are realists and organizers. Yet just as much as they can be hard workers and diligent managers, they can also be great fun. This sign is known for having a wonderful sense of humour, and finding irony in even the most adverse situations. Often born with ‘old heads on young shoulders’, Capricorns tend to find life a challenge until they accept that responsibility is their game. As children they can be very serious but relax more as they age. Capricorns willingly step up to situations where they can make decisions and follow through. Achievement comes through demonstration, navigating life’s ups and downs. Along the way they develop an appreciation for life’s absurdities. As they trust their own ability to accomplish what they intend, they find the time to laugh and play.
As a Cardinal Earth sign, Capricorn represents the need to exercise executive or managerial abilities. The opportunity for this usually happens through their professional life, but may manifest anywhere. Capricorns expect themselves to reach a certain standard. They won’t rest until they feel this is achieved. Typically the urge to meet standards will involve aiming for positions in life in which they can take charge. They are likely to have very particular ideas about what they expect of themselves, and others in return. Accordingly they often have strong leanings toward executive positions, aiming for greater responsibility and the associated achievement that comes through exercising authority within their chosen domain. The urge is to reach the top of their chosen mountain peak, whether this be within the home, the schoolyard, the office or the corporation. Capricorn can be driven by long hours and the thought of tomorrow. Whatever they decide is their ultimate end will then be what they work tirelessly to achieve.
Capricorn is also associated with tradition, convention and maintaining the established status-quo. This sign is sometimes known as conservative because Capricorns tend to be acutely aware of the need to maintain what has already been gained. Why take risks with the unknown when a proven path has been laid? Often, the Capricorn individual will be hard-working, practical and realistic, with an innate sense of responsibility around how resources are best used. Even the most fun-loving and exuberant Capricorn will carry an inner sense of what really needs to be done. As an Earth sign concerned with material resources, Capricorn will favour the tangible and concrete over the aspirational or ideal. They specialise in finding a realistic approach to goals, learning as they go the inner discipline needed to systematically set about reaching targets, typically one by one. Because of their awareness around the here and now, Capricorns tend to hate waste. Dispersion usually represents a failure to make the best use of whatever is available. Whether these resources are opportunities to grow or material advantages in the present tense , Capricorns often have a strong aversion to behaviour that dissipates potential. “A bird in the hand is always worth two in the bush” where Capricorn is concerned.
Achievement Comes through Time
Because the emphasis of this sign is on what can actually be achieved, lessons occur around hard work and perseverance. Latent within all of this focus on achievement and tangible results lies the seeds of failure and doubt, for Capricorns often find that their road to the top is plagued by false starts and limitations that feel as if Life is holding them back. They are here to learn what it means to achieve, and must do this through challenge and endurance. Sometimes, resentment around not receiving their perceived due creates a great deal of inner tension, and Capricorn can be very hard on themselves as well as others. They may be tempted to fall into cynical, fearful and even severe modes of being in the attempt to control outcomes and get to the top. They may also can become bitter if they cannot find a useful reason for all the obstacles in their lives. But the stern hand of experience can become an even sterner task-master if they do not give themselves a break. It is important that Capricorns see themeless as simply a work in progress and therefore allowed to stumble and fall. Along the way to mastery they must know what it means to fail. When they recognize that achievement is a process they are less likely to become eroded with self-doubt. By accepting their need to master and take responsibility they take the time required to do things properly, whilst allowing other people to fulfill obligations in their own way. Not everyone has a defined goal to strive for, and Capricorns need to accept that others may not have the same end-game as they do.
Success is a dish best savoured through patience and perseverance. Capricorn teaches valuable lessons of endurance and application through working hard for results. Often, Capricorns find that real “success” only begins to show after the mid-30’s. It may seem they have to work twice as hard as those around them when young, especially as others seem to leap-frog effortlessly into positions of prominence. Yet this is as it should be, for nothing worthwhile is achieved unless it is done step by step. Although their efforts may take longer to pay off, in the end Capricorn can feel secure because no-one can take their experience or expertise away from them. Capricorns usually achieve what they want through perseverance and application. In this way, they master their chosen realms. Then they can go on, enjoying all the benefits that mastery involves – such as inner certainty, conviction, wisdom, moral fortitude and importantly, the ability to mentor others in their turn.
Capricorn is a sign connected with material benevolence. The desire to build strong families, communities or companies through mentorship often emerges once they feel satisfied with their lot. Hard work pays off when they see the benefits accrued flowing down to children, employees or community projects they have become involved with. At the end of it all, they are often very willing to assist others through their practical wisdom and material strengths. Capricorns are also likely to be reserved, dignified and proud, aware at all times of the impression they make on others. As Capricorn is a sign associated with reputation and protocol, they will usually not do anything publicly unless they know they can do it well. In this way, Capricorn teaches others the value of a good reputation, and building solid structures which endure the test of time.
Another dimension of this sign often left unmentioned is the spiritual wisdom associated with this sign. An ancient symbol for Capricorn is the Mer-Goat, a half-goat / half-fish creature that derives its wisdom from both intuitive and physical realms. For some Capricorns, there is a pronounced willingness to explore the spiritual dimensions of life, but not in a wishy-washy or soft-focussed way. Capricorns take the getting of wisdom very seriously, and are often prepared to face their faults with candidness. This means that they are able to quietly liberate themselves from the many binds of the ego. The learn how to transcend the physical by accepting it for what it is. Many spiritual teachers, including Jesus Christ, are associated with Capricorn. This sign has long been seen as one of great mystery and depth. Some esoteric astrologers call this the sign of the Initiate, who achieves mastery over the physical form before offering transpersonal service to others. Capricorns teach the lesson of practical spirituality through its application to the everyday. Furthermore, this sign relates to institutions and civil society. In fact, civilization itself is symbolized by this sign. For cohesive physical structures to endure, there must be a Will-to-Good that pervades society. Capricorn represents longevity and the endurance of the human spirit through developing spiritual wisdom.
On another level, Capricorn is a very sensual or physical sign. Although they may be reserved and dignified in public, when the door is closed and curtains pulled, another story unfolds. Capricorns often have a highly developed sensual side that needs to be expressed. Staying in touch with the body through exercise and play is essential. If work time and ambitions become consuming, their best bet is to schedule time away from it all, so they can enjoy their physical side, experiencing the things of the Earth to full advantage. Many Capricorns have a powerful sex drive that needs an outlet, and have a way of making up in the bedroom for all the straight-laced behaviours they sometimes show on the outside. As much as this is a sign of hard work and endurance, it is also a sign of celebration, showing others how to revel in the pleasures of life. In ancient times, the festival of Saturnalia – a celebration of wild abandon – was celebrated during Capricorn time. Now Christmas is the time in the Western world to celebrate life and its generosities. Capricorn can be the literal party-animal, knowing how and when to have a good time by making the most of whatever is available.
Your Capricorn Solar Journey
Born with the Sun in Capricorn, you bring the gift of practical wisdom which is achieved through mastering your material resources. Although life will place its fair share of obstacles along your way, you can triumph in the end through learning patience and application. Your journey involves demonstrating a level of accomplishment that can only be gained through perseverance and a thorough understanding of whatever task is at hand. If success is yours, you will have earned it, and as you get closer to the top of your chosen mountain top you will experience the inner satisfaction of knowing you have earned every step along the way. The secrets of success and endurance are in fact the stuff upon which civilizations are founded. Your sign is one of longevity, teaching others how to live well in the physical through accepting responsibility and enjoying the rewards when they come. Accept your serious mindedness and plan for the long-term. Then the challenge of the moment becomes just another step for you to climb along the way.