Ever have the experience of proposing to a group that there might be a better way to do something, only to hear one of them say “But we’ve always done it this way”? You may have just met a Capricorn, one of those who give all the others the less than scintillating image of being the most predictable of all signs, the people most addicted to safe choices.
While the rap is not entirely fair, as we’ll soon see, it may fit. Of all the people in the zodiac, Capricorns may be the most reliable, solid and hard-working, and most likely to build simple, practical systems and structures that can go on and on without innovation or adjustment. They also work in a generous spirit of service, cheerfully taking on the less glamorous jobs that no one else wants to do. The Capricorns are the ones who’ll work late into the night building and painting the stage set, and then are nowhere to be seen when the curtain goes up, and the stars of the show get the spotlight.
If it’s true that one way to figure the three earth signs is that Taurus likes to acquire things, Virgo rearranges them and Capricorn counts them, it’s no surprise that those born in Capricorn month (Dec. 20 – Jan. 19) make excellent accountants, bureaucrats and bankers. They can be comfortable with leadership, but, like Stalin (Jan. 2), Mao Zedong (Dec. 26), Richard Nixon (Jan. 9) and Caesar Augustus, will not rise quickly through charisma, but by working hard and patiently building their power base. Even if he’s in a glamorous, risky field, a Capricorn tends, like Kevin Costner (Jan. 18), Mel Gibson (Jan. 3) and Elvis Presley (Jan. 8), to find a formula that works and stick to it rather than try anything new. Yet the cautious Capricorn stereotype can be deceptive, as impetuous Marc Antony, Lorenzo de Medici (Jan. 1), Marlene Dietrich (Dec. 27), Gypsy Rose Lee (Jan. 9), Joan of Arc (Jan. 6), and Muhammad Ali (Jan. 17) were all born under this sign.
A Capricorn on your team can be a useful counterweight to the visionary types who see only the possibilities, without understanding what they’ll cost, and how long they’ll take. While a Capricorn may not invent the plan, he or she will execute it to high standards, and expect the same integrity from others. Capricorn lovers are the same way. Not that they can’t get wild – but before they turn up the violins and strew rose petals on the bed, they’ll make sure they’ve got receipts from the music store and the florist. Marry a Capricorn? Sure, and happily – if the material foundation of life is strong. Shakespeare’s Camillo, in The Winter’s Tale, speaks like a true Capricorn in declaring that “Prosperity’s the very bond of love.”
There’s a mythic reason for all the practicality. Capricorn month begins at the winter solstice, when ancient peoples in the Northern hemisphere had to make sure there was enough food and fuel to see them through the coming time of the Ice Moon, Wolf Moon and Birch Month, whose stark Capricorn colors of black and white symbolize the death of the old year, and the time of purification and preparation for the New.
Ancient Romans celebrated a two-day rite, on the last day of the Old Year and on New Year’s day, enacting the dual role of Capricorn’s ruling planet: the bony, severe Saturn. As Father Time, he is the pale death figure in a black robe, the Reaper whose scythe cuts through the old, exhausted energies that must be cleared to make room for new life. His other aspect is as the keeper of prophecy and teacher of esoteric wisdom, who holds within his Hermit’s lantern the light hologram that organizes all knowledge. One of the first things an astrology student learns is that it’s essential to love Saturn, whose karmic lessons are astringent at best, and most painful when resisted.
Capricorns are profound thinkers who may believe that the deeper they look, the darker the shadows get. Edgar Allan Poe (Jan. 19) and Gustave Dore (Jan. 6) are good examples of this type. But at his most luminous, Capricorn discovers universal truth, and not just in the physical laws and numbers seen by Benjamin Franklin (Jan. 17), Stephen Hawking (Jan. 8) and the genius (Jan. 5) of whom Pope wrote “God said, Let Newton be, and all was Light.” In the ideal order Capricorns see, all stories lead, after all the chaos and misunderstanding, to happy new order in which all roles are important and everyone is included. Saturn is, after all, surprisingly, the ruler of comedy.
It is best to remember to laugh now, as transformative Pluto crosses through Capricorn from now to 2023. Negative-minded people will invariably see such transits as tough. More proactive types will see Pluto transiting over their Sun for what it is, a tremendous boost to their creativity. Pluto, in his 90° “square” to Uranus in early Aries, is now and will continue to be, both planet-wide and in our individual lives, an irresistible agent of change during the early Aquarian times from now through 2015.
Want to know how the year ahead affects people born in your sign? Dan Furst has been a professional astrologer for thirty-three years. He is the author of Dance of the Moon, and his new book Surfing Aquarius will be published by Red Wheel Weiser in September. He lives in Peru, and does astrology and astrocartography readings for people all over the world by phone and Skype. You can reach him at 51 – 984 – 155622, email firstname.lastname@example.org. His astrology web page is Dan Furst Astrology Web Page.