"I am solitary in the vast society of beings...I am in the midst of
them, but not OF them." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Associated with Saturn and the tenth house, Capricorn is symbolized by
the mountain goat or sea goat who makes the slow, steady climb to the
top of the mountain to reach the pinnacle of success. Capricorn is often endowed with
patience, persistence, and an unshakable will to achieve her ends.
She is challenged to align her work with her values, to be deeply committed to that
work, and to never compromise her integrity. She is destined to create a
"great work" that pushes her to the culmination of her capability.
Requiring solitude in the pursuit of her
goals, she often works alone to focus, manage, and
structure her ambition. By using patience,
organization, conscientiousness, and commitment, she can be an effective
manager for others.
A pitfall of Capricorn lies in becoming
too rigid, austere, and impersonal. Capricorn could become too
status-conscious or could isolate from others too much, and not give her
emotional life and personal connections enough attention. Because she is
so wired toward a solo journey, she may not be inclined to ask for help
when she needs it. Or, she might see life as a daily struggle to rise to
the top, and in the process, not trust the competence of others, and develop an
overbearing authoritarian image. Capricorn must learn to commit to that
which she values, and may, if she fails to align her work with her
greatest possibilities for achievement, have career woes in dead-end
jobs that leave her bored and complaining. She must take responsibility
for her own great work and earn the gains she seeks.
The highest expression of Capricorn lies in learning to structure her commitment and
iron will toward the development of her personal integrity and
achievement. When she has faced reality with responsibility,
integrity, and perseverance, she is a master of the maturation process
and can be an authoritative figure of practical wisdom for others.