Capricorn Zodiac Sign - a Deeper Look

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Capricorn witnesses to the importance of the social order in which one lives, its proper functioning, and the personal fulfilment which can be found through finding one's true place within it. Capricorn follows Sagittarius in the zodiac. Sagittarius is concerned with finding a philosophical or religious framework in which life makes sense, but is not necessarily interested in the practical implications. All the earth signs, of which Capricorn is one, give substance to the ideas of the preceding fire sign. For Capricorn, it is not enough to have a grand idea about the meaning of life. The meaning is lost unless it can be contained within the social order in which people live. Ethical ideas (Sagittarius) must be worked out in terms of socially responsible behaviour (Capricorn).

For all earth signs, it is all too easy to lose sight of the inspiration whose practical working out it is the task of the earth sign to witness to. For Capricorn, this can lead to meaningless drudgery within a conformist setting, and morally upright attitudes divorced from the spiritual insights which can give them life. You may frequently encounter, even love, people who challenge you in this area, and compatibility with such people may seem difficult. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, which was the boundary of the known universe in ancient times (before Uranus, Neptune and Pluto were discovered), and how to deal with the experience of boundaries is one of the prime issues with which people with Capricorn or Saturn strong in their charts have to deal. We live in a world in which it is necessary to live within boundaries - the issue is, are the boundaries we experience real or imaginary, imposed or self-imposed? Do we live within the real limitations that being alive in this world entails, or are we constrained by fear from stepping out into a larger experience of life?

If you have planets in your birth chart in the signs either side of Capricorn, Sagittarius or Aquarius, then you might experience a strong pull away from the limitations implied by Capricorn. The Moon in Sagittarius, for instance, would indicate a longing for the freedom to imagine a life without limitation, an inclination to put mundane life into a mythological or philosophical context which can help lift one out of the very earthy requirements of Capricorn. This would be a part of your nature which needs to be honoured and a place found for it in your life.

The above is just a brief sketch of the sort of qualities Capricorn should be aiming for. If you are experiencing difficulties on the way, the rest of your birth chart will indicate where these difficulties are, and a consultation would very likely provide clues as to how to deal with them. All aspects of our nature, as represented by the planets in signs and houses of our charts, need to be honoured and respected.

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This article is by Richard Hills - Astrologer. Richard offers birth chart and other astrology readings. Find out more at Astrology Readings, Birth Charts

This page indicates qualities you will have if the zodiac sign of Capricorn is prominent, but not necessarily your Sun sign, in your birth chart. If Capricorn is your ascendant or Moon sign or if Saturn is prominent these characteristics are likely to show.

The positions of, and relationships between, the planets in your birth chart will show the predispositions you have and how best to use them successfully in life in the world.

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