A Capricorn Season and Winter Solstice Horoscope to Help You Finish The Year Strong

The 4-week phase of Capricorn season welcomes winter, puts the focus on tradition and places your ambitions front and center. Set those far-reaching goals and resolutions, but with caution, thanks to Mercury retrograde!

Every 30 days or so, the Sun visits a new zodiac sign. During this “season” everyone feels the energy of this prevailing astrological sign, no matter what your Sun sign horoscope may be. Here is everything you need to know about the astrology of Capricorn season, plus your horoscope!

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Winter is coming!

Thursday, December 21, marks Earth’s return toward the light, and the solstice coincides with the Sun’s transition to can’t-stop-won’t-stop Capricorn. For the next four weeks, take a pragmatic and streamlined approach to all you do.

Could someone in your life use a not-so-secret Santa?

Material-minded Capricorn is the “provider” sign, reminding us that ‘tis better to give. Fortunately, it’s also ruled by boundary-hound Saturn, so generosity doesn’t have to turn into a sacrifice.

Look for ways you can pass on your expertise, like taking a younger relative or a greener coworker under your wing. What goes around comes around!

Goal-setter Capricorn loves an ambitious plan

Emphasis on the “plan” part. Write down where you’d like to be a year from now and reverse-engineer a master map that will get you there, one discerning step at a time.

And since the celestial Sea Goat is the governor of goal setting, how perfect is it that we get to make our resolutions under these solar flares every year? Get a running list going in your Notes app for now, so you can enjoy the holidays pressure-free. Capricorn season rallies on until January 20, so you’re not going to lose your momentum (or your “high pro glow”) if you start building your supersized visions early next year. In fact we recommend it, because…

Capricorn Season 2023 Serves A Side Of Mercury Retrograde

The last Mercury retrograde cycle of 2023 began on December 13 (the week before Capricorn season began), and ends on New Year’s Day 2024. For this final Mercury retrograde of 2023, the communication planet backpedals through traditional Capricorn (December 13-23) and worldly Sagittarius (December 23 to January 1, 2024).

Head’s up: You may want to delay starting your New Year’s Resolutions until the shadow period of Mercury retrograde ends. We recommend setting them under the success-boosting beams of the Capricorn new moon on January 11.

Capricorn season and the New Year are traditional times we eagerly set resolutions, turn fresh pages in areas of our life. This Mercury retrograde cycle’s timing could cause some delayed satisfaction with annual goal setting. Is it better to hold off until the Mercury cycle ends? It’s your choice. But one thing is certain, everything tends to move a little smoother once Mercury turns direct!

Capricorn Season Puts Your Love Life In An Old-Fashioned Groove

Tradition, tradition! After four wild weeks in Sagittarius, Cupid slips into an old-fashioned groove in Capricorn. There’s a reason why conventional rules of romance, like honesty and fidelity, have lasted through the ages.

Whether you’re staunchly monogamous, proudly polyamorous or “monogamish”, integrity is key to any successful union. Get honest about where you stand with people, even if a good one slips away because you want totally different things.

In a rock-solid relationship? Now’s the time to honor your bond by creating cherished memories or turning favorite pastimes into full-on traditions. Assemble photos of your greatest moments into an album or have matching jewelry engraved. Did you break a promise to the one you love? Start making it up to them in tangible, measurable ways. You’ll be back in good graces in no time.


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Your Capricorn Season Horoscope

Below are horoscopes for every zodiac sign for Capricorn season, from December 21, 2023 to January 20, 2024. You can read for your Sun sign or your rising sign (ascendant). Visit our Cosmic Calculator section if you want to calculate your Rising sign or discover more about your personal astrology.

Embrace the energy of the season with one of our many Capricorn season ritual ideas, too!

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Holiday, schmoliday? Your ambition goes into overdrive beginning December 21, after the energizing Sun ascends to determined Capricorn and your achievement realm for a four-week visit. This isn’t your cue to skip the festivities and toil around the clock to advance your career before the year is over. Au contraire! Join in the fun with friends and family while visions of promotions and business plans dance in your head. After the season comes to a close, you’ll be geared up to hit the ground running. Read more Aries horoscopes.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

You’ll be itching for adventure once the Sun blazes into Capricorn and your exploration sector beginning December 21. For the next four weeks, your yearning for a change of scenery could take you to far-flung locales—or wherever your budget and schedule (and Mercury retrograde) permit. Taurus loves a plan, so if you can’t skip town anytime soon, start plotting your great escape with a passion. And in the meantime, stream a TV series set in your country of choice to feed your wanderlust. Read more Taurus horoscopes.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Tactile Twins, here’s some news you’ll love hearing. Beginning December 21, the sizzling Sun dives into earthy Capricorn and your intimate eighth house, marking the beginning of a four-week mojo-boosting sweep. Nix less-than-thrilling social plans so you can hide out with your favorite bedroom buddy and keep each other warm on cold winter nights. If you’re single, you might have a few favorites on rotation as you continue to mull your options. Keep in mind that the eighth house is ultra-private, so don’t go gossiping about your exploits. In lust we trust. Read more Gemini horoscopes.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

When the Sun beams into Capricorn and your interpersonal realm beginning December 21, it’s a signal from the stars that two will be more fun than one in the month ahead. Come out of your shell, Crab, and take a chance on partnerships of all kinds—romantic, business, creative, you name it! Instead of going it alone, make a point of connecting with possible collaborators to up your odds of success and make life more enjoyable. It won’t take much to lure the other half of a dynamic duo into your force field. El Sol wants you to pair up! Read more Cancer horoscopes.

Leo (July 23-August 22) 

‘Tis the season to indulge, but can you do so mindfully? Starting December 21, you may be ready to dial down a LITTLE bit of decadence as the Sun sails into disciplined Capricorn and your sixth house of wellness for a month. Sub the inflammation-producing eggnog for spiced cider and skip the fruitcake in favor of actual fruit. Stick with your usual exercise routine as much as possible. You’ll need your energy for a demanding workload that might not let up until January 20. But don’t be afraid to hand over a few tasks to an eager assistant so you can enjoy the holidays! Read more Leo horoscopes.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

The Sun sashays into take-charge Capricorn and your fifth house of glamour beginning December 21, setting you up for a hot girl winter—or at least four weeks of it! No more shy, humble Virgo for you—it’s time to werk! Step onto the dance floor in your sexiest ‘fits and revel in the knowledge that all the heads in the room just turned for YOU. Be ready for your closeup whenever you set foot outside your home because this house rules stardom. Maybe the paparazzi won’t be hiding in the bushes, but you can generate major buzz between now and January 20 if you want to draw attention to a pet project. Read more Virgo horoscopes.

Libra (September 23-October 22)

There’s no place like Chateau Libra once the Sun beams into your domestic corner beginning December 21 and beds down for a four-week stay. Get comfy in your softest joggers and queue up a video of the Yule log on your TV to create a warm, cozy ambience. Even if you’re craving next-level nesting, you’ve still got a mile-wide social streak. When you get the urge to play host, bring the party to your place. But keep the guest list tight so you don’t burn out prepping hors d’oeuvres. Read more Libra horoscopes.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

So much for exuding an air of mystery, Scorpio. The Sun dashes into Capricorn beginning December 21, sleigh-riding through your communication zone for four lively weeks. While this could turn you into an open book, keep a few pages private—especially with Mercury retrograde until January 1. Your penchant for paranoia could come in handy, prompting you to save some of your genius for your own use. You don’t want anyone stealing an idea out from under you and manifesting it first! Read more Scorpio horoscopes.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

Enjoy that last slice of cake, then pass the birthday baton. Life gets a little simpler once the Sun exits Sagittarius and segues into Capricorn and your resources sector beginning December 21. A whirlwind month of soirees and other social obligations is in the rearview mirror, and you’re happy to downshift so you can get grounded. If your finances took a hit from all the celebrating, focus on getting them back on track. Go over your budget and find places where you can stop the bleeding. Even more important: Get to thinking about how you’ll drum up more income in the next four weeks. Read more Sagittarius horoscopes.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Saturnalia, Yuletide, winter solstice: No matter what you call it, beginning December 21 marks the beginning of a special time of year for you, namely Capricorn season! With the radiant Sun’s dramatic entrance into your sign, you have four weeks of “me time” to look forward to. There’s no point in feeling guilty about it. Just do YOU. This solar energy fuels you to put yourself out there with confidence and make a powerful impression. Tempted to hide out at home? Permission denied. Make a splash, Sea Goat!  Read more Capricorn horoscopes.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18) 

Reclaim your chill beginning December 21 as the energetic Sun slips into Capricorn and your twelfth house of release and retreat. With el Sol set to rocket into Aquarius on January 20, the final month of your personal zodiac cycle starts now. In anticipation of your annual reset, the stars invite you to let go and drift, wiping the slate clean so you can start fresh next year. Follow where your mind’s musings take you. Daydreams, movies, music, a good book—leave the real world behind and nourish your spirit in fantasyland. Read more Aquarius horoscopes.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

RSVP “I’m so there!!” for the next month, Fish. As the revitalizing Sun grooves into Capricorn and your outgoing eleventh house beginning December 21, reclaim your role as the CEO of celebrations. Make room in your schedule for holiday soirees, networking events, squad get-togethers and other people-packed activities you’re in the mood for. You can also raise your profile in the virtual world by learning a few new tricks of the trade and fine-tuning your social-media posts. Not everything has to be planned to a T, though. Leave space in the calendar for spontaneous fun. Read more Pisces horoscopes.

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