AUTHOR’S NOTE: These are not my words. I merely compiled the writings of the most prominent sidereal astrologers, all who give a thorough explanation of the signs as they really are. The works of Cyril Fagan, Rupert Gleadow, and Alex-Blaire are hardly known to the world. They deserve to have their voices heard. Their writing is invaluable to any serious student of astrology.
Manilius, ASTRONOMICA book 4
In her shrine Vesta tends your fires, Capricorn: and from her you derive your skills and callings. For whatever needs fire to function and demands a renewal of flame for its work must be counted as of your domain. To pry for hidden metals, to smelt out riches deposited in the veins of the earth, to fold sure-handed the malleable mass—these skills will come from you, as will aught which is fashioned of silver or gold. That hot furnaces melt iron and bronze, and ovens give to the wheat its final form, will come as gifts from you. You also give a fondness for clothes and wares which dispel the cold, since your lot falls for all time in winter’s season, wherein you shorten the nights you have brought to their greatest length and give birth to a new year by enlarging the daylight hours. Hence comes a restless quality in their lives and a mind, which is often changed and floats this way and that; the first half of the sign is the slave of Venus, and that with guilt involved, but the conjoined fish below promises a more virtuous old age.
Cyril Fagan, THE SYMBOLISM OF THE CONSTELLATIONS, 1962
SUN IN CAPRICORN: Jan 15 – Feb 12
Capricorn, the horned goat, is the throne of Mars (28 deg) and the diurnal house of Saturn, the two traditional malifics among the planets. It is a curiosity of astrology that more deformed people appear to be born when the Sun is passing through Capricorn than when in any of the other zodiacal constellations, and although many superb geniuses are born under this sign, yet the intelligence of the average Capricorn seems below normal… He finds it difficult to assimilate new conceptions, without their being translated into the framework of his earlier conditioning, thus destroying their essential worth.
Fundamentally, he is a doubter and a pessimist, and he cannot believe that his lot will ever be other than what it is. More at home in the shadows, he evades the glare of publicity. He usually finds his greatest interest in the creations of his lugubrious fantasy, and it is therefore that in the telling of ghost stories or in depicting the weird and uncanny that he is unsurpassed.
More than most, they are attracted to the uncanny and the bizarre and are often found active as magicians, astrologers, occultists, and sexologists, as befits their symbol of the Sabbatical Goat. Probably, the least ambitious of the zodiacal family, the Capricorn will undertake jobs and chores that others mostly shun. At some period of his life, not a few Capricorns suffer extreme humiliation, hardship, neglect, ill treatment, brutality and even abject poverty, the memory of which darkens the rest of their days. As Saturn, Capricorn’s ruling planet, is inimical to the young, their worst time is usually childhood, when they frequently suffer at the hands of their elders. Such memories all too often leave their scars in the form of resentment, callousness to the suffering of others, entire lack of sympathy and compassion, and in extreme cases, even a hatred of humanity at large.
By no means a ‘gad-about,’ a Capricornian will live almost in monastic retirement, or as a recluse, and in the most economical way possible, rigorously denying himself the simplest of social amenities. His clothes are usually somber, old, ill-fitting and often threadbare. Obsessed with the idea of economy, he brings this to bear on every phase of his existence. He makes a severe and exacting husband, and as a father he disciplines harshly. Seldom does he lavish the luxuries of the world on his family.
Abstemious in his eating habits, he often is undernourished and underdeveloped. He abhors waste in any form and is adverse to innovations unless Uranus happens to hold a prominent place in the natal theme. His correspondence is noted for its extreme brevity and clarity of style, often done on postcards. Cheaper to mail! Addicted to the study of serious literature, they also are fond of good music, mainly of the classical variety. Many Capricorns have exceptional talents in this direction.
The average Capricorn is not fond of entertaining or being entertained. When obliged to meet strangers he welcomes them with cold reserve, and keeps his distance; he permits no familiarities, and his handshake is not noted for its vigor or geniality. Rarely does he praise, much less flatter, and seldom does he appear to get enthusiastic about anything; he can hardly be classed as generous or sympathetic. Despite the discomfort associated with old houses, he prefers these, often isolated buildings to modern homes; if a farm is available to him, he likes to potter about in the garden. Capricorns make excellent farmers and can also be found working in real estate, insurance, or as property owners renting out their places. Their investments are usually in gilt-edged securities. This one takes no chances!
Typical of this constellation are: John Gadbury, Edgar Allan Poe, Lord Byron, Robert Burns, Louis Carroll, James Joyce, Jules Verne, Moliere, Havelock Ellis, Charles Dickens, Somerset Maugham, Henry Irving, Havelock Ellis, Titis, Benjamin Franklin, Wilhelm II, Frederick the Great, General Gordon, F.D. Roosevelt, Francis I, Adlai Stevenson, John Ruskin, Francis Bacon, Stonewall Jackson, Martin Luther King, Swedenborg, Jeanne d’Arc, Paul Cezanne, Franz Schubert, Motzart, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Eddie Cantor, Leontyne Price, James Dean, Vanessa Redgrave, Mia Farrow, Babe Ruth, Charles Lindberg.
MOON IN CAPRICORN
According to tradition, the Moon is not happily situated when placedin the summer constellation Capicorn.. Because it was identified with the Greek Satyr and Italian Fauni, the pastoral gods of midsummer, natives of this constellation were presumed to indulge in all forms of sensual pleasure to excess. Rightly or wrongly, the ‘goat’ became the symbol of carnality, and the practice of ‘The Black Arts,” generally. Frequently there is a marked association of ideas between one’s soubriquet (if not one’s personal name), and the symbol of the constellation that contained the Moon at birth.
Thus Joan of Arc’s soubriquet, “The Maid,” finds a fitting association with the constellation Virgo which contained the Moon at birth. Napoleon I was known among his partisans as “The Eagle,” whilst his son, the King of Rome, was known as “The Eaglet,” and at both births the Moon was in the constellation Capricorn which is in juxtaposition to the constellation Aquila, “The Eagle.” To associate the eagle or vulture with Scorpio is a common error, as the “Serpent” is its associated extra zodiacal constellation.
Being ruled by Saturn, Capricorn is an austere and parsimonious constellation, which imposes severe restrictions and hardships on its children. In the exercise of their professions or work, those who have the Moon-in-Capricorn at birth are often called upon to endure many trials, privations and discomfitures. Indeed, they may live a barrack sort of existence, such as soldiers, explorers, excavators and the like. But even when the necessity does not arise, these people by choice, tend to adopt such a mode of living in their private lives, stinting themselves and sometimes their families, in every direction.
Generally speaking, the Moon-in-Capricorn does not object to working, often laboriously, in his studio, laboratory or cabin, and under conditions that would drive others to seek the comfort of their fireside armchairs. Should Saturn configurate the Moon in Capricorn, a tendency to indolence, depression, and even melancholy is not unlikely.
Rupert Gleadow, YOUR CHARACTER IN THE ZODIAC, 1968
So Capricorn is not gloomy and saturnine, despite the modern textbooks. It may be that his humor and wit were originally developed as a defence against melancholy, but in social life he is gay and friendly, though never effusive; for being the opposite of Cancer, he is very little dependent on the feelings of others. There are of course gloomy Capricornians, especially in youth, but they grow out of it.
This constellation is the typical introvert, determined by its own ideas far more than circumstances. Being ruled by Saturn he is always conscious of his own limitations, has a slightly ascetic tendency, does not expect to enjoy abundance, but tries to be not ungenerous though always feeling that the gods keep him a little short. So though he like to get rid of useless encumbrances, there is little that he feels he can afford to part with.
Capricorn is interested in all profound subjects such as religion and philosophy, and in youth is often too serious, not spontaneous enough, not a good mixer. He does not care to express his real feelings, for he knows when he is not being understood. He is not ambitious, not political (contrary to the modern textbook), and does not bother to show off because he cannot believe that people really want or admire him.
In many ways he is the direct contrary of Sagittarius, for where Sagittarius cannot help enjoying life, Capricorn cannot help thinking it all very uncalled for. Sagittarius hopes for the best while Capricorn prepares for the worst. Sagittarius trusts the generosity of the gods, but Capricorn builds on what he has, expecting from them neither food, money nor luck. He is essentially disillusioned and plans everything accordingly.
Capricorn is the best explainer because his words are few, and also because his instinct is to get down to bedrock and work up from there. This is because Saturn gives neither faith nor hope. If Capricorn has faith, it is the true faith born of experience, not pious trustfulness born of emotional hunger. He is capable of great devotion, great concentration of mind and will on a chosen subject, patient, secretive and far-sighted, but not flamboyant, and gives nothing away.
Economy is an important keyword of Capricorn, not so much in money, for that depends on his circumstances, and he is too self-aware to be deliberately mean, but in energy, words, and effects. He crosses the street at a cross-road to avoid mounting the pavement twice. His letters and speeches are brief and signed with a mere initial. He waits to address a meeting until the more gassy speakers have made their unimportant points, and then penetrates to the heart of the matter with brief elegance.
For his thought seeks the core of whatever subject interests him, and it does seem to be true that more intelligent people are born in the winter, when the Sun is in the Saturnine signs of Capricorn and Aquarius, and next to these the signs of Jupiter, Sagittarius and Pisces. Birth is rarest when the Sun is in Sagittarius, hence that constellation may not equal the other three in numbers of famous names, but Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces are all rich in high intelligences.
The actions of Capricorn are carefully aimed to produce the maximum effect with the minimum effort. In controversy he does not bother to leap to his own defense, but leads the opponent on to commit himself, tempting him to build up a complicated structure of argument; and once he has gone too far to withdraw, Capricorn denies the basic assumption on which the whole structure was founded, and brings it crashing to the ground. Unfortunately this technique requires too much intelligence to be effective in the hands of, or even against, persons who do not know the rules of reasoning, or are too prejudiced to use them. This is why many dogmas, which have been a million times disproved, still go on being ten million times believed….
On the other hand he is not prejudiced in his own favor, hence he is quite capable of changing his views for any operative reason; his self-criticism may in youth be emotional and excessive, but later it has a practical aim. Hence the most typical professions are scholars, thinkers, inventors, musicians, priests, but not as a rule anything to do with young children.
Ideally Capricorn is like a crystal, compact, impervious, brilliant, reduced to the smallest possible space, and having nothing superfluous about it. This is exemplified to perfection in the concise lucidity of Bacon’s Essays, in the pure clarity of Mozart, in the epigrams of Landor and often in the poetry of Yeats, who makes such direct and lapidary statements as:
The intellect of man is forced to choose
Perfection of the life, or of the work.
Sidereal Capricorn In Depth
A stranger in a strange land you look out into the world clear eyed and free of all illusion. You know that all you really have is yourself your vision, your goal and the determination to get on with it. Others mistake this for ambition, not understanding either your utter inner solitude or your determination to remain self reliant free and independent.
You like to control things situations and people, and you are well used to hearing yourself described as a “control freak”. Because you know who you are you really don’t care what others choose to think of you. What you do care about is having your life work really well. When you find yourself sorting out and imposing order upon the confusion and chaos that others so easily lapse into you notice that they don’t call you a “control freak” then. Or if they do it’s with affection and gratitude.
Endurance is a big word in your lexicon. You are able to walk into a new situation or job and at a glance see who is really who and who is still going to be there in a years time. This is one of the reasons why you so rarely have to fight for what you want. With you it’s all about timing patience and endurance. You don’t suffer fools easily and characteristically you deal with them by ignoring them. And you are so good at this that they rarely even notice. You like to move through the spaces in the world quietly surreptitiously without ever wasting energy or time in pointless encounters or confrontations.
Being essentially cautious you are rarely the first one to adopt a new method or technology, preferring to let others be the experimental test market. Once a new method or technology has proven its worth, you will adopt it, master it and get the best out of it.
Sometimes you appear cold to those who mistake worthless emotionalism and histrionics for true feelings. What you have, you hold, protect and cherish. Your feelings are deep and contained within a determination to keep what is private from the eyes of the merely curious and profane. Profoundly aware of deep spirituality you choose with care those you will discuss these matters with. You see clearly that traditional religion is a cultural and social affair, the embodiment of history, which is why you participate in it.
But authentic spirituality belongs to the few. Mysticism and occultism come naturally to you and you are fearless in these areas. Often you live in a haunted house without mentioning it out of respect for the Ghosts privacy. When you begin to learn how to meditate you take to it naturally. Transcendence is not your problem you are already innately enlightened, no the problem is whither or not you are going to fully embrace this Earth and this Humanity and stay until everyone goes free.
The 9th starhouse is ruled by Saturn. Capricorn is traditionally known as the Night Starhouse – the purely spiritual home of Saturn. Whereas the 10th house of Aquarius is the Day Starhouse or more public objective, manifest in the world of man – the archetypal image of the human being appearing in the world. The ruling planet Saturn is philosophical Gnosis – as in the words diagnosis and prognosis – meaning true and certain knowledge. Thus, we are also here dealing with “revelation” or direct vision and perception of the spirit.
The sphere of Saturn governs the great cycles of Karmic time and it is revealing in this regard to note that ancient Hindu astrology calls Capricorn (Saturn) Makara, which is an anagram of the word Karma. Here we are looking at spiritual Karma. If the 9th Starhouse is Higher Mind, then, of course, the Karma is to do with the native’s religious and ethical upbringing – the spiritual / cultural traditions and institutions of the family and nation to which the native is born.
A lower function of Saturn in the modern age is its rulership of computer memory capacity and the preservation of data banks, which are the core of the perpetuation of all modern institutions and corporations. The expression of philosophy and religion into society at large takes the form of art and exhibitions. Historically speaking, all art throughout the world was fostered by philosophies and religions. From a 9th starhouse point of view, art, which does not express the spiritual, is quite obviously not art.
The sense associated with the Capricorn-ruled 9th starhouse is Vision. This encompasses the whole function of spiritual perception, its expression in a visual medium and the physical eyes able to regard and appreciate it. Illuminated sacred texts are an exemplification of the 9th starhouse. The association of this starhouse with education and institutions of higher learning, such as, universities, seminaries and centers of spiritual learning, will strike the reader as obvious. All of the above determines the native’s true position in the world of humanity and in the world of the spirit.