From December 22nd until January 19th, we celebrate the birthdays of the beloved earth sign, Capricorn. Notorious for their work ethic, discipline and unwavering determination, they’re excellent at being practical and accomplishing what needs to get done in order to succeed.
Ruled by Saturn, the planet that represents karma and time, this sign naturally masters all things rules and regulations. They’re the mountain goats of the zodiac and fall under the cardinal modality, meaning they’re good at taking initiative and following through. Whether you’re related to a Capricorn, friends with a Capricorn, dating a Capricorn, or are a Capricorn yourself, here’s everything you need to know about the 10th zodiac sign.
A Capricorn’s Personality
A Capricorn’s personality in their romantic, platonic and professional relationships is only an extension of their laser-focused essence. They’re fiercely loyal and decisive when it comes to commitment, maintaining a small circle of close friends and being meticulous about building a strong foundation for long-lasting relationships.
Because of their relentless ambition, you can typically find a Capricorn putting in overtime at the office or working for the same company over a long period of time. Their reputation matters to them, and they will do what it takes to achieve the highest level of mastery in their devoted practice.
Capricorns can sometimes struggle with communicating their emotions and expressing their needs with words. They may refuse to ask for help, preferring to figure it out themselves rather than admitting to any perceived weakness. They’re less talk and more walk, demonstrating their love through acts of service or quality time. While they may not express their feelings through cards or poems, their dependability is just as valuable.
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Because they’re inherently traditional, Capricorn men tend to be hyper-concerned about providing for their families. Through finances and resources, their cardinal sense of leadership makes them natural-born caretakers. Because they value rules, you may find that they navigate partnerships more traditionally as well. They may push for monogamy, formality within the courting stage and potentially some long-instilled gender norms. This isn’t to say that their beliefs are antiquated, but rather, that they respect the system.
Because Capricorns value themselves through the lens of success and public image, they tend to be very hard on themselves. No one is a bigger bully to a Capricorn than their own inner dialogue, and they can take any perceived failure as a reflection of their worth. Paired with the fragile male ego, Capricorn men need constant reminders from their loved ones that they don’t need to earn their rest and that their value is not measured by their achievements.
When you look up the term “girl boss,” there should undoubtedly be an image of a Capricorn woman stamped right beside it. A powerhouse with a soul full of wisdom, a Capricorn woman follows her morning and nighttime routine to a T and has mastered the art of hosting and networking.
Because a Capricorn woman does best when she’s in full control, it’d be pretty hard to sway her into giving it up, which is sometimes a requirement for a romantic relationship. Being able to provide for herself and feeling a comfortable sense of familiarity within her habits and routine, relationships can threaten the bliss of her solitude, so it will take a pretty otherwordly connection to get her to compromise.
Compatibility With Capricorns
When it comes to Capricorn compatibility, it’s no surprise that they tend to pair best with other earth signs. This is because their shared approach to life gives them a commonality that evades disagreements related to achievement. A Virgo values perfection and a Taurus values luxury, which are both offshoots of someone with a relentless work ethic.
It’s also a common saying that opposites attract, and a Capricorn’s sister sign Cancer can balance out their sometimes stoic nature. Ruled by the moon, Cancers are sensitive and emotionally nurturing. Being innately intuitive and comfortable with vulnerability, this is in contrast to Saturn-ruled Capricorn’s stern authority. While Cancers give Capricorns a chance to feel more deeply into their emotions, Capricorns can bring Cancers back down to earth when necessary.
It may be a bit trickier for a Capricorn to relate to a fire sign, as their impulsive and explosive nature can feel abrasive to the stubborn goat that values planning, safety and routine. Air signs may also be too difficult to pin down, as their desire to go with the flow may challenge a Capricorn’s need for commitment and dependability.
Famous Black Capricorns
From Michelle Obama and Lebron James, to Denzel Washington and Blue Ivy Carter, it’s evident that Capricorns know how to work themselves up to high places. Famous Capricorn celebrities embody a sense of brilliance and devotion to their craft that could only be challenged by their earth sign relatives, Virgos.
Some other notable Black Capricorn celebrities include:
- Issa Rae
- Muhammad Ali
- Shonda Rhimes
- Dr. Martin Luther King
- Jean-Michel Basquiat
- Cynthia Erivo
- John Legend
- Mary J. Blige
- Regina King
- Laila Ali
- Tiger Woods
- Gail King
- Madam C.J. Walker
- Gabby Douglas
- Lee Daniels
Objectively, these are all compelling names to walk proudly alongside. As the Capricorns we witness in both the public eye and our private lives remind us, success is a matter of choice and self-investment is the greatest output of energy we can make.