Capricorn: All About This Zodiac Sign’s Personality Traits, Compatibility and More

Capricorn is the measured master planner of the horoscope family. Capricorn energy teaches us the power of structure, delayed gratification and setting goals for the long haul.

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The Capricorn Personality

Capricorn Traits At a Glance

Symbol: The Mountain Goat
Element: Earth
Quality: Cardinal
Ruling Planet: Saturn — the planet of discipline and maturity
Body Part: Knees, skin, bones, teeth
Good Day: Loyal, family-minded, hardworking, devoted, honest, fearless
Bad Day: Pessimistic, unforgiving, cold, materialistic, snobbish, hopeless
Favorite Things: Business cards, goals, official titles, being in charge, exclusive clubs, “leg sports” like soccer or track, motorcycles, leather
What You Hate: Quitting, shouting in public, careless mistakes, traveling without an itinerary, doing things “just for the heck of it”
Secret Wish: To have every need taken care of
How to Spot Them: Distinctive jaw, strong teeth, wise look in the eyes
Where You’ll Find Them: Enjoying quality time with the family, working obsessively on a large-scale project, running for Senior Vice President of the company, directing a full-length feature film
Keywords for Capricorn: Ambition, Structure, Goals, Long-Term Plans, Prestige, Public Image/Acclaim

Watch: The AstroTwins Describe the Capricorn Personality and Traits

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What Is Capricorn’s Symbol? The Sea Goat

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The Capricorn horoscope symbol is the Sea Goat. The Capricorn sign symbol is usually depicted as the hoof of the mountain goat and the tail of a fish. This icon shows the lesser-known material and spiritual nature of this sign. Capricorn is the zodiac’s achiever, and the more universal Capricorn traits include a solid work ethic, perseverance and great willpower. But with its mystic mermaid tail, Capricorn can also plunge into deep wells of the imagination and spirit.

What Is Capricorn’s Element and Modality? The Cardinal Earth Sign

Capricorn Element: Earth

Capricorn is one of the three zodiac signs grouped under the earth element. The other two earth signs are Taurus and Virgo.

Capricorn Modality: Capricorn is a Cardinal Sign

The zodiac signs are grouped into three “qualities” or “triplicities”: cardinal, mutable and fixed signs. Capricorn is one of the four cardinal signs. These signs start every season—Aries kicks off spring, Cancer starts summer, Libra begins fall and Capricorn is the first winter sign. Thus, they are the leaders and “idea people” of the zodiac. These signs prize originality and like to be first in everything they do. They’re the trendsetters and trendspotters, the ones who get the party started and the crowd hyped. Count on them to initiate a winning idea or plan.

What is Capricorn’s Ruling Planet? Saturn

The planetary ruler of Capricorn is stern and authoritative Saturn. In Greek mythology, Saturn is also known as Cronus, who is literally “Father Time.” The legend goes that Saturn—in a rebellious act to overthrow his father, Uranus—castrated his dad and assumed power as the next-of-kin.

Much like Saturn, Capricorns are the “daddy” sign of the Zodiac, and want to be respected for their paternalistic command. Additionally, Saturn is the planet of repression, which can make Capricorn urges come out in shocking or subversive ways. Don’t be surprised if Capricorn has a few freaky secrets under the stoic exterior.

Capricorn love and compatibility

In love and relationships, Capricorn is an ambitious sign who has mind on the past and the future but lives in the present with the right partner. Capricorn thinks love is serious business. This sign is the zodiac’s most goal-oriented.

Simply put: Capricorn has a plan. Dating a Capricorn is a time commitment, as this sign builds up to relationship status. You’ll need to be willing to put in the work, and provide your resume on the first date (kidding, but also sharing your achievements or awards won’t be considered bragging).

For Capricorn sex is pretty much an anytime, anyplace kind of thing. Capricorn is comfortable mixing business with pleasure, and you might meet this sign on the job. The Capricorn ruling planet is structured Saturn. This task-master sign is comfortable with knocking things off a to-do list, and you could be one of them if things get stale.

Capricorn cheats rarely and typically if already facing a sure end to a relationship. This is a loyal sign that invest a lot in future plans. A Capricorn breakup can signal the end of their grand vision, and therefore be challenging to get over. Despite their love of planning, should they make it to the altar, their wedding can be delightfully simple.

Capricorn compatibility

While we believe that any two zodiac signs can be compatible in love and friendship, there are certain sign combinations that just flow together easily.

Most compatible signs for Capricorn:
For Capricorns, the most compatible signs for romantic relationships, work and friendship tend to be the three water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) and the three earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn), who tend to be traditional and safe in similar ways.

Least compatible signs for Capricorn:
Capricorns may find their most incompatible signs for love, work and friendship to be the fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) and the air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius)

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Capricorn in career and money

The Capricorn career path is a steady climb to the top, whatever that may be. Your sign rules the zodiac’s tenth house of career and achievement, which means that you’re in your element at work! A dedicated professional, the Capricorn career path stokes your love to plan and set goals. You don’t care if it takes 30 years to reach your ultimate destination. Capricorn views life as a rocky uphill climb (like your sign’s symbol, the Sea Goat). Unlike other signs, you expect to face a few bumps along the way and don’t mind learning lessons. 

When it comes to money, Capricorn brings the same persistent work ethic and sensible style. Money management come naturally to your responsible sign. But financial acumen doesn’t mean you always have money in the bank. You’re usually willing to risk short-term sacrifices for the big-picture payoff. 

Capricorn in a family: Capricorn parents and Capricorn kids

Loyal and traditional Capricorn is the family member with sterling family values. They’re happiest spending time with relatives and supporting their ambitions. 

As a parent, the Capricorn mom or dad is the glue that holds everyone (and everything) together. As the zodiac’s provider sign, they’ll do everything in your power to make certain their family are secure. Capricorn’s drive is fueled by structured Saturn. They thrive when there’s a long-range goal and don’t mind putting in the work, but need to be reminded to enjoy the journey to the destination.

The Capricorn kid are the zodiac’s old soul, wise beyond their years. This child can be responsible and determined and hard on themselves. They may need to be reminded they’re kids!

Read more about Capricorn family dynamics

Capricorn taste and style: fashion, decor and wellness

Capricorn Style + Home Decor

The Capricorn style is classic and traditional. Capricorn is the sign of the executive, so they’ll often have at least one suit hanging in the closet. Their basics are usually just as well tailored and designed to stand the test of time. Capricorn home decor leans on quality and craftsmanship. This sign may eschew comfort for style. They can be minimalist or collector (still, quality over quantity).

Capricorn Health + Wellness

When it comes to Capricorn health and wellness, these people are willing to go the distance. This persistent sign will put in the effort required to take on any challenge. Capricorns also love to sleep and benefit from a Zs binge once in awhile. Another way to slow down is through meditation for their sign or one that is focused on the earth element.

Famous Capricorns & Capricorn Celebrities

David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Kate Middleton, Martin Luther King Jr., Michelle Obama, Zayn Malik, Denzel Washington, Nicolas Cage, Meghan Trainor, LeBron James, Elvis Presley, Lewis Hamilton, Gabby Douglas, Pitbull, Liam Hemsworth, Ellie Goulding, Jim Carrey, Cody Simpson, Jared Leto, Howard Stern, Betty White, Psy, Calvin Harris, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Woodrow Wilson, Richard M. Nixon, David Sedaris, Nicolas Sparks, J.D. Salinger, J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Allen Poe, Kate Spade, Alexander Wang, Diane von FĂĽrstenburg, Christian Louboutin, Blue Ivy Carter

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