Astrology – All About Capricorn

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Dec 22 – Jan 20

If you’re not a socialist by the age of twenty,you have no heart, 

but if you’re not a conservative by the age of forty,you have no brain. 

From the book “Astrology for Lovers” written by Liz Green.

CAPRICORNUSThe Capricorn goat is no ordinary billy-goat munching grass in the pasture.  Look closely at the symbol for this most mysterious of the earthly signs, and you will see that he has a tail, a kind of cross between a fish and a serpent.  The goat who climbs the awesome mountain of worldly success and material achievement also has another entirely different and usually hidden side to his nature.  People who think that Capricorn can be summed up by mundane ambition are sadly mistaken.  If we look at ancient symbolism, we find that the serpent is one of the oldest representations for instinctual wisdom and the secrets of the earth itself.  And the fish is also a creature that swims in the depths of the unknown waters of the psyche.  Our mountain goat – hard-working, plodding, cautious, materialistic, shrewd, ambitious – is also, in his secret heart, a kind of magician, a seeker after mysteries.  To manipulate and organize the stuff of the world is no mean feat, and takes more than just patience.  Whichever realm Capricorn achieves in – the inner or the outer – he applies the same principles to it, and those principles can be summed up in one word:  mastery.

It isn’t easy to get to know a Capricorn.  For one thing, he’s usually learned by the tender age of about three that you let the other guy show his cards first, and that sometimes it’s necessary to keep an ace or two up your sleeve.  There is a curious thing about Capricorn children; sometimes you can look into their eyes and be startled by the little old man peeping out from the childish face.  Many Capricorns follow the classical goat’s pattern of having to carry responsibility or hardship very early in life.  The goat doesn’t take kindly to having his secrets probed too quickly.  He must first know exactly where he stands, and exactly who you are, and exactly what you want, before he is willing to show his hand.  Suspicious?  Yes, you might say that.  Suspicion is a natural propensity with Capricorn; sometimes it goes the wrong way and becomes profound mistrust of life and people, but the better face of it is caution and realism.  Capricorns learn from childhood on – and childhood for them is often no childhood at all, but a too-early initiation into the hard facts of life – that one should always check one’s capital and assess one’s possible losses before entering any deal.  And anything to Capricorn is a kind of a deal, even when his motives are the noblest and most altruistic ones.  Remember that the keynote of all the earth signs is realism.

This is, in a way, the sign of the ulterior motive.  It’s also a sign of immense subtlety:  never imagine you’ve worked out all his motives, because there’s always one you haven’t thought of.  Nothing is ever done by a Capricorn without a purpose.  All that canny waiting and assessing, hard work and labour, are always directed toward an end.  And you don’t always see the goat showing his goal on his sleeve like any Sagittarian, or talking about it like Gemini.  Often he’ll play the humble servant, the one who has no ambitions, who only seeks to help, while he waits and assesses and plans.  But there’s no time for wasted time with Capricorn, no space for useless leisure and play.  Serious?  Yes, you might say that about Capricorn too.  His wit is often of the ironic kind, full of a sense of life’s incongruities, rather than the broad slapstick of some of the other signs.  That ironic wit is part of Capricorn’s underplayed charm.  But to most goats, life is a serious business, because it has to be mastered if you want to survive.

Survival is another key theme for Capricorn.  To the goat, the world isn’t always a friendly, bountiful place.  It’s as if his antennae are always plugged into what might go wrong, rather than what might go right.  As J.D. Smith says, ‘The world is nothing but a vast, concerted attempt to catch you with your pants down.’

Nothing is ever taken for granted by the goat, least of all luck, which to Capricorn is a highly untrustworthy and often nonexistent commodity.  He’d rather replace luck with good, solid hard work, unlike his fire sign cousins.  And goals, of course, are another keynote to our perplexing goat.  Without goals, Capricorn slides back-end first down that steep mountain path and lands with a rude bump in a big, black depression.  Since the world isn’t basically a friendly place for him, his goals give him his sense of meaning, and achievement to him is what romance is to the fiery signs.  Besides, Capricorn will be the first to tell you, romance is all very well, but it isn’t very permanent, and it doesn’t put a roof over your head.  Achievement can outlast your lifetime, and often comes in the form of good, hard cash.

Let’s consider Saturn for a moment, Capricorn’s planetary ruler.  He’s got a peculiar reputation in astrology, since he’s always been considered the symbol of limitation and discipline.  Also of isolation and loneliness.  In mythology Saturn is one of the Titans, the earth gods, children of the great Earth Goddess Gaia.  Earthy indeed:  there isn’t any greater pragmatist than Capricorn.  Saturn is also often portrayed as a ruthless figure in mythology, who will stop at nothing – even his own father’s destruction – to seize power.  Ruthlessness may often be seen in the goat, and the field of politics swarms with Capricorns.  But it’s always a necessary ruthlessness, and rarely stems from a wanton malice or cruelty.  Power, too, is attractive to many Capricorns, both in the world and in their personal lives.  This in fact is one of the goat’s biggest problems in human relationships:  he finds it immensely difficult to relinquish control.  Male or female, Capricorn must always hold the reins.  He’s downright terrified of what might happen if he loses control – not only of the situation outside him, but of himself as well.  You might guess from this that Capricorn isn’t likely to be the great gambler in the sphere of the passions.  You’d be quite right.  He’s more known for having the wit to choose the conductor over the second violin.

Yet in Roman mythology, Saturn’s rulership over the world coincides with the Golden Age of man.  Vines bear abundant fruit, rivers flow sweet, the sky is blue and cloudless, the earth yields its riches, and the children of men no longer have to labour by the sweat of their brows.  In some ways the earth signs have made peace with the world, and the world, pleased to be recognized as something other than a grubby, sleazy and unspiritual cesspit (we’re taught, after all, that it’s pretty hard for rich men to enter heaven), will often show a kind face in reward for the long labour which the earth signs are willing to expend.  And you often find that Capricorn, once his paid his worldly dues to the ferryman and accomplished something in the way of success or skill, will settle back and begin to develop the deeper, more profound side of his nature.  Capricorn, far from being a ruthless materialist, is a reflective and often deeply introverted soul who knows that he’ll never have the freedom to pursue his love of the mysteries without first learning to live in the world.  Visionary and mystical he isn’t; the qualities of faith in the intangible are hard for Capricorn to muster.  But he’s often drawn to the occult, which involves learning the laws of the energies that govern life.  That’s a very different path.

Peculiar people, these Capricorns.  With a powerful and faithful ruler like Saturn, it’s no wonder they’re difficult to know.  There’s another strange paradox, too, in Capricorn:  the conflict between society and individual will.  Many Capricorns are unusually sensitive to the opinions and values of the world, and pay a lot of attention to things like good credentials and acceptable training.  The right clothes are important – never too flashy, but always good quality, the sort of thing that’s understated and always in impeccable taste.  The right neighbourhood is important, the right schools for the children, the right social image.  Capricorns often have a remarkable skill at appearing to be the pillars of society, and although in youth they are rebellious and iconoclastic as any young person can be (remember that Capricorn is interested in the world, and often in changing it) they usually become increasingly conservative as they grow older.  It was most probably a Capricorn who said, ‘If you’re not a socialist by the age of twenty then you have no heart; but if you’re not a conservative by the age of forty, then you have no brain.’  You’ll also often hear the famous, ‘What will people think….’ Out of Capricornian mouths, for the goat is often unduly concerned with not being noticed within society’s protective embrace.  Sometimes Capricorn can be downright crushing with his insistence on obeying the silent dictates of what is right and appropriate.  Yet deep within, he’s a fierce individualist, and his game with society is usually yet another of his immensely subtle methods of making sure that the world around him doesn’t disturb him while he works out his own particular destiny.  It’s based on the principle of rendering unto Caesar what’s Caesar’s, and rendering unto oneself what’s yours.

The pattern of Capricorn’s journey usually divides his life into two distinct halves.  Often in the first half – which includes that frequently restrictive or burdensome childhood – the goal is frustrated or thwarted by some responsibility, and is in a sense at the mercy of society or of his tasks and responsibilities.  Hardship – inner or outer – seems to be part of Capricorn’s training in the school of life, and if life doesn’t offer it to him then he’ll take it himself.  You often see Capricorn’s entering a kind of voluntary bondage in the early part of life, as though they actually wanted to experience this term of frustration.  It might be taking care of ill or ageing parents, or working at a job they dislike intensely, or embroiling themselves in a restrictive marriage.  Whatever the nature is of the restriction, there is a curious kind of psychological hair shirt which Capricorn dons for a time.  In medieval mysticism, the hair shirt symbolized the individual’s way of purifying himself of his carnal sins in order to prepare him for the experience of God.  Capricorn’s symbolic hair shirt is a kind of perpetual self-punishment or self-imposed labour.  Try to get him to enjoy himself and he’ll give you a thousand excuses why his responsibilities won’t permit it.  And like the British officer of the old school, he’s convinced that what tastes bad must be good for you.  No allowances made for luxury or sybaritic indulgence.  He can show an ascetic streak even when there’s lots of money around to be enjoyed.  He’s more likely to horde it and live as though he didn’t have it, then spend freely like the Leo or the Libra on beauty and pleasure.

But those first thirty years of training serve a purpose.  Even when it’s happening at a deep, unconscious level, Capricorn is planning his ultimate destiny.  He may be a nobody, someone who has to take orders from others, or work at things he detests which offer no challenge to his real capabilities.  But watch him when that term has passed and he’s released from his self-imposed prison.  All the while a powerful determination and ambition have been breeding in him, and an immense strength of will.  It might be a worldly goal of envisions – to run his own business, to make enough money to buy a piece of land, or whatever.  It might be ambition in a creative sense – to develop a formidable skill as a painter, a writer, a musician.  It might be an inner ambition – self-understanding, or something more occult.  You can see this side of Capricorn in such people as Gurdjieff and Krishnamurti.  But whatever the goal is, those first years of life have developed a steely determination in our goat, and although he may be a little late in getting on the road, once he gets moving nothing is going to get in his way, no matter how many setbacks and obstacles confront him.  Capricorn is very tenacious.  After all that work, he’s not going to just dump the project because the road’s a little rocky.  If you want to bet money on someone succeeding in life, bet it on a Capricorn.  It’s not that there aren’t any Capricorns who fail.  Lots do.  But the Capricorn who is really expressing his basic nature is a sure winner.  It may take him seventy years, so don’t expect it in a hurry.  But he’ll get there.

Work and success aren’t the whole picture to Capricorn.  Because he’s very concerned with tradition and structure, his family life is also often highly important.  Structure is yet another keynote for the sign, and marriage and family commitments are often taken with great seriousness and responsibility.  Capricorns don’t like to break promises, they like to be thought responsible, and it’s important to their self-image to have the world see them that way.  The idea of leaving a marriage, or offending the family, is extremely painful to Capricorn; he’ll often endure a marriage that has gone loveless for many years because his sense of commitment to the structure and security is so strong.  This trait is usually more typical of the older Capricorn, since most sun signs don’t really show their colours until around thirty and Capricorns even later.  But Capricorn can carry the duty bit so far that he makes his own life a living hell and sometimes the lives of the people around him.  Duty is a two-edged sword.  And guilt often plagues our goat; vague guilt which he can’t always pin down, but which makes him take up responsibilities that others should be handling.  Many Capricorns willingly pick up the threads other signs responsible for keeping the world turning on its axis, and feel horribly guilty if they don’t step in.  It might just stop spinning if they do.  It’s hard to pry a Capricorn away from his guilt, because it makes him feel he’s contributing something.  The trouble is, it often leads other people to lean on him and take advantage of him, which only increases his sense of suspicion and his mistrust of others’ motives.  And he rarely realizes that it’s his own doing.

Capricorn’s real place is out on the world’s stage, moving things in the environment – little or small – so that he leaves the place a little more organized than it was when he found it.  His gifts lie in the realm of organization and control, discipline and initiation of changes within already existing structures.  He’s often more of an idealist than you’d expect, in that he may have a vision of how to improve the world, or the small corner of the world he inhabits.  Mystical, he isn’t, and his ideals are always attainable ones.  He makes sure of that, and also usually makes sure he has the resources and the skills to achieve them in his lifetime.  He won’t sit idly by and let others bring to birth his vision; he hates to delegate responsibility, and usually believes he must do it himself.  It’s usually only in maturity that he discovers it’s okay to relax occasionally and enjoy the fruits of his labours.  Sometimes he has to be prodded by an infuriated wife or lover, or a weeping child, to take a little holiday and let himself be sloppy and human.  But in his heart he’s a builder, and often a selfless one, building for others with his immense skills and power of will.  It may take you a while to get to know him.  But beneath the often overly conventional garb he’s seen a lot of life, and hopefully a lot of the funnier side of it too.  In kabbalistic thought the symbol of Saturn was equated with understanding – profound, rich wisdom based on real experience rather than theories and philosophies.  It’s worth a little time and effort to be able to tap that vein of gold.

The Capricorn Lover

Relationships aren’t easy for Capricorn.  You might expect this, since control is always important to him, and letting down the solid protection of that suit of armour takes a lot of effort.  He’s been wearing the armour for so long that very likely it’s rusted at the hinges, and you hear some pretty loud groans and protests as it comes off.  You usually find that no matter how much the goat loves, there’s always a last special place inside which he isn’t prepared to share, a last area of self-control which he isn’t about to relinquish.  Capricorn is often a loner, a self-isolated figure climbing his own private mountain.  And sometimes he won’t allow himself to accept either help or sympathy when the going is rough.  Thanks very much, he’ll manage himself.  It’s difficult to do Capricorn a favour.  He can often be seen doing favours for his friends and loved ones; he knows how to give, especially when it comes to the things of the world.  But sometimes he can’t receive very well.  He has a ferocious pride, and a real terror of being dependent and weak.  No goat can bear a situation over which he has no control.

If you ever have a chance to scratch the surface of a Capricorn, you’ll find that he’s a secret romantic.  He shares this in common with the earth signs.  But his romanticism is almost never allowed to dictate his decisions.  He’d much rather sacrifice the great romantic love for the safe, suitable partner who is a social asset as well.  When they marry early, many Capricorns run the risk of choosing for security and suitability, and living to bitterly regret the choice.  You’ll rarely find Capricorn throwing all away for love.  He might throw all away for the sake of conviction, or for the preservation of his family.  But love?  Well, marriage isn’t always motivated by love for Capricorn, and certainly not solely.  Back in the days when marriages were arranged and you learned over many years of sticking together (divorce just wasn’t done) to develop a deep fondness and respect for your partner, Capricorn would have found that arrangement just right.  You can imagine what the Pisceans and the Leos and the Sagittarians would have done.  But Capricorn takes his vows seriously, and he wants to be very sure before he makes them that the investment is likely to turn out successfully.  Most Capricorns either marry very early – in which case they’re either looking for fathers, or trying to play fathers – or they marry late, having scanned the market carefully.  But on impulse?  Rarely.

Not that it’s a bad way to be.  Capricorn places more value on deep respect, duty, loyalty, and the power of the family bond than he does on a few months of wild passion.  Not that he’s not capable of passion.  This is an earthy sign, remember, and the sexual drive is often strong and the physical nature very basic.  But many Capricorns keep this side of themselves out of their serious relationships, because they don’t often trust their passions.

If you are involved with a Capricorn, you must accept the fact that he or she will try to take charge.  Capricorn doesn’t take kindly to either positions of submission or humiliation or one-upmanship – unless he’s the winner and you the one who submits.  If you hurt his pride, or take away his self-respect, he’ll take a long time forgiving, and an even longer time forgetting.

Because of his earthy, controlled nature, Capricorn sometimes finds it difficult to express his love and affection in a relaxed way.  He may feel it deeply, but you may never know it.  And he’s usually attracted to those who can loosen him up a little bit – the extroverted, emotional type, the irresponsible and playful temperament, the child.  The same thing that makes many Capricorns secret religious seekers also makes them seekers after people who are able to open up the romantic side of life for them.  Underneath the realistic and pragmatic surface of Capricorn, you’ll find all sorts of fantasies.  But it’s not likely he’ll tell you about them.  Capricorn is very frightened of chaos.  This is why so many Capricorns shy away from the supernatural or mystical side of life – or, put another way, from the unconscious, the unknown depths in themselves.  An emotional reaction or nonrational experience can leave Capricorn feeling embarrassed and vulnerable.  Yet he longs for these qualities in a partner, someone through whom he can learn to trust all those things he doesn’t dare trust in himself or in life. So this old-young man or woman will seek someone who can help him free the child in himself.  And this kind of relationship can often heal him and release his real creativity.  The trouble is that, having found someone who personifies the fiery side of life, Capricorn will often take the role of a stern parent with a child, repressing rather than encouraging spontaneity.  If it’s you who has been cast in the role of the child, that well-meaning parental tone can get a little suffocating, not to say restrictive.  It’s really the child in himself that Capricorn keeps trying to keep in line, the restless, volatile wanderer who might upset all his plans and suddenly call the world’s attention to his own difficulty in commitment.  Capricorn’s parent-child marriages (and he’ll usually taste both sides of this arrangement, since he’ll very likely play the child in youth and the parent later in life) can be either creative or destructive.  Gone sour, they can develop into a never-ending prison for the more spontaneous partner, and a growing sense of suspicion and mistrust for the Capricorn.  Or the stern, stiff streak in Capricorn can let himself be thawed by the gift of love, and learn through it that life can be trusted.  And if the suspicious goat can learn that, well, then, he has the world truly at his feet, since he can begin to enjoy the rewards of all his labour.  It’s true for Capricorn than for any other sign that life begins at forty – and often love as well.

The Capricorn Man

Meet this man while he’s still in his twenties and you’ll probably not really see the goat.  You’ll meet a goat in formation, and often he’ll seem like a worldly failure, or wanderer who is unsettled and unsure of his direction.  Or he’ll seem to have given up and saddled himself with an unpromising future in some job he dislikes.  But stick with him, or meet him later, and you’ll see the goat in true form.  And he’ll almost always have a goal he’s working his way towards.  And his way of showing his love is generally to share that goal with you, and his expectations in love are that you do everything in your power to help him achieve it.

Capricorn men tend, on the whole, to belong to a more traditional school.  Once again, this may not be in evidence in the early part of life, since the goat must learn by hard experience and hard experience means he must try a lot of things in youth that he’ll moralize fiercely against later.  But because of his emotional complexity and inhibitions, and because security means a lot to him, sooner or later he’ll usually look for a stable, solid relationship which can constitute a family for him.  You’ll also notice that it’s important to many Capricorns to have sons, since the strong patriarchal streak in the sign may love and adore women yet still secretly feels the world should be run by men.  Capricorn men aren’t really very good members of the feminist movement like many Aquarian and Libran and Piscean men are.  They have a strong sense of what masculine pride and dignity and achievement are about.  If you want to get a Capricorn to consider your opinions or wishes, you must learn to be a diplomat.  After all, he respects diplomacy.  What he doesn’t like is rebellion.

Often you’ll see a real fatherly quality in the Capricorn man.  He can be wonderfully protective and supportive, and he’s usually the kind of man who when he says, ‘Don’t worry.  I’ll take care of it,’ really does.  He can be a pillar of strength and a great source of wisdom and help.  The difficulty with this paternal side of his is that you sometimes only get the best face of it when you’re prepared to be the helpless one who needs support.  Many Capricorn men dislike capable women; it takes away their need to be the strong figure in the relationship.

Sometimes you see this reversed.  The Capricorn man who hasn’t come to terms with his father relationship may behave like an adolescent still rebelling against the father.  Then, in a queer way, he looks for those paternal qualities in his women.  There is a whole breed of Capricorn male who let their ladies support them and make the financial decisions.  They sit back and play the child to the woman-father-lover.  It’s a curious phenomenon, and you find it when Capricorn has been badly scarred or hurt by his childhood.  But more often the Capricorn man is only too happy to play the strong, supportive, capable role.  It’s just hard for him sometimes to share it.

You also have to accept, in relationships with Capricorn, that his career comes first.  That means that if he is moved by his firm from London to Stoke-on-Trent, you learn to like Stoke-on-Trent.  If it’s his ambitions that might be fulfilled by a move of house, a pruning of the social circle, a change in any of the things which give comfort and pleasure in personal life, then it’s his ambitions which come first.  If you have any of your own, you’re expected to adjust.  This means that you have two solutions.  Either you accept with grace and joy the ancient male-female relationship, which has much to commend it, or, if you’re the more independent sort, you learn to maintain a relationship with Capricorn that isn’t very close.  That usually means a sexual relationship without any commitment.  He’s not going to commit himself to you unless he knows that you’re prepared to commit yourself to him and his goals.  And he may simply run a few casual affairs for a time until he finds the woman who can be the kind of emotional support his enclosed nature needs to blossom.

It’s obvious that this kind of man is the perfect mate for some women, and a disaster for others.  It depends on your taste.  But you can’t dominate a Capricorn man, except by the most devious methods of emotional blackmail – and he’ll usually spot those and learn to despise you in time for it – and you can’t make yourself more important in his life than his own inner convictions and commitments.  And what this sums up is a man who is a pretty good embodiment of the masculine principle in one of its most ancient and traditional forms.  Many women prefer more ambivalent men, who are able to lean a little more toward the middle, and have more tolerance for the feminine side of life.  Not Capricorn.  He’s not in the least ambivalent.  He usually knows what he wants – and if it’s you he’ll generally be fairly tenacious about getting you to surrender – and he rarely deviates once he’s decided.  You can either love and respect it, or leave it alone.  It’s almost impossible to change both himself and the world.  And nobody can do it for him.

The Capricorn Woman

CAPRICOMUS1It may be hard to imagine a woman who embodies the principle of the Father.  But in fact it doesn’t make Capricorn women masculine.  If anything, they often have a quality of femininity which epitomizes the fantasies of many men.  Take, for example, Marlene Dietrich.  Masculine?  Well, not in any sense we understand the word.  But look again.  The typical Capricorn woman is usually subtle, and sensitive, and perceptive.  She’d rather use diplomacy than argue aggressively; her voice is usually cool and calm and low-pitched.  She’s often beautiful and tastefully dressed, never gaudily, and never in clothes that follow a fad, but in classically tailored feminine things.  She’s smart enough to know that silk underwear and expensive perfume are far more effective than blue-green dyed hair.  She’s also smart enough to know that you don’t confront power directly; therefore, if she wants something from you, you usually end up thinking that you came up with the idea yourself, and she’s managed to twist you around with such finesse that you’re convinced she’s fragile and helpless and you begin to feel such a hero that your biceps begin to visibly swell.  Ah, poor soul.  No Capricorn is fragile or helpless.  All Capricorn women are born with stainless steel spines.

This doesn’t mean that all Capricorn women use people.  Many do; their strong cynical streak makes them choose partners who can provide support and security, or can help with a creative career.  But many are also devoted lovers and wives and mothers, offering their powerful wills and business astuteness and worldly wisdom and shrewd judgment to help you in your own career.  Playing the unseen power behind the throne suits the Capricorn woman very well.  She’s realistic enough about herself to know that being the obvious power in the relationship is much more dangerous – you earn enmity of society that way – than appearing to be the follower.  But the love and devotion may be truly selfless, and the manipulation and subtlety offered to help the person she loves achieve something in his own life.

The thing is, Capricorn needs to manage something, and this is as true of the female Capricorn as the male.  If no career appears in a Capricorn woman’s life, her need to fulfill a useful role and organize and direct generally falls on the members of her family.  Then she’ll organize your life and direct your energy, often to your gain, sometimes to your detriment because the goals you think you’ve got are frequently hers.  The Capricorn mother whose managing instinct is thwarted will usually stage-manage the lives of her children.  It’s important for the Capricorn woman to have some place in her own life where she can apply her gifts of organization, administration, care of others, outside her personal relationships.  Whether it’s a creative skill or a desire to offer physical service such as nursing or medicine or osteopathy or some other typical Capricornian profession, or a shop or trade which pleases her, the Capricorn woman needs to have a place to unleash her ambition to achieve something either in her own eyes or in the eyes of the world.  Capricorn needs to feel accomplished in something.  Beware of the Capricorn woman who has accomplished nothing, or doesn’t recognize that she even has the drive.  Unconsciously, she’ll gradually begin to make you her accomplishment.

We’ve already mentioned the propensity with many Capricorn women to seek men who can play the role of father during the early part of life.  The Capricorn woman, like the Capricorn man, often has a complex and problematic relationship with the father.  Sometimes you find a type of Capricorn woman who is Daddy’s little girl, who needs to be adored and given gifts and taken care of while she expresses her charming, frivolous, irresponsible self.  Then she’s trying to live out that strong, earthy Capricorn nature through her man.  At some point she’ll usually go through a crisis; sometimes the marriage breaks down because the man goes off, or her problem with commitment in relationships takes her through so many failed love episodes that she begins to question herself deeply.  You can also find a kind of Capricorn woman who is busy rejecting the father because he’s too stern, or possessive, or controlling, and chooses men who can lean on her.  Then she plays father, and often suffers as far as her feelings about her own womanhood are concerned.  Either way, the Capricorn woman seems to mature into the warmest, riches side of the sign later in life.

The Capricorn woman who has learned to become her own Father and stand on her own feet in life is free to release the gentler, more sensitive and caring side of her nature in relationships.  The feminine side of the earthy signs shows its face here, in the form of real sensitivity and generosity with time and energy:  also in the form of loyalty and dedication.  As we mentioned already, life is serious business for Capricorn.  And the Capricorn woman who has passed the test of her own survival, and learns that she can function in the world through her own efforts, has also learned wisdom and compassion along the way.  In kabalistic teaching Saturn represents the feminine principle of wisdom and understanding, as we have said; and it is also called the Great Mother.  The profound depths of wisdom and insight which lie in the still pool of Capricorn’s heart can flow into relationships once the Capricorn woman has learned that life can be a pleasure as well.  If you’re looking for a showgirl, this isn’t the sign to choose, even the Marlene Dietrichs of the world, offstage, are wise and self-disciplined women, with a realistic eye and a hard-earned knowledge of human foibles.

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