Symbol – The goat/crocodile/sea goat
Higher Mantra – ‘Lost am I in Light Supernal, yet on that Light I turn my back’.
Lower Mantra – ‘Let ambition rule and the door stand wide’.
Traditional ruler – Saturn
Esoteric Ruler – Saturn
Rays – 1, 3 and 7
Capricorn is perhaps the most unusual sign of the whole zodiac. I think few signs hold more complexity than Capricorn, partly as they are a cardinal sign, leading to much dynamic interplay of the earth element. Whilst Taurus is a fixed earth sign and is considered to be fairly predictable, Virgo is, of course, mutable and can change a lot. Capricorn on the other hand, is a cardinal element, leading to some real power.
Added to the above is the fact that this sign is ruled by Saturn on both the traditional and Soul levels. It is said that Saturn is the Lord of Karma, regulating the fair distribution of give and take and energy distribution. Even the day of Saturday (Saturn’s day), is traditionally a day of two halves. Work, duty, responsibility in the morning, play, relaxing, fun etc in the afternoon. An even distribution.
I believe what makes Capricorn unique and sometimes complex is there is often a strong karmic influence playing out with this sign, leading to complexity in their lives. Once this plays out, things can change, but until then, things can often be hard in a way.
Capricorn is symbolised by the goat, climbing the mountain. Often Capricorns are like this, either climbing the ambitious material, work and social ladders in life, getting to the top of the mountain at some point. The other way it can play out and just as symbolically, is by climbing the spiritual mountain. The collective climb up the mountain is symbolic of a higher initiation, attained once a person is advanced enough on the path. The air up there is thin, and the company is sparse, yet the achievement of climbing the mountain is very special indeed.
If your Moon is in Capricorn, then your emotional nature will most likely be practical and down to earth. There will be an element of being in authority, mutually respected, plus the need to work and have structure in your life.
If your ascendant is in Capricorn (only known with a correct birth time), then you will be generally more conservative in appearance, yet have a natural authority about your appearance and personality. There could be a restriction on your early life which will then lessen when you are a little older and wiser and can accept more of the responsibility that comes with it.