Capricorn is really effective at having their shit together. And they do it so well that what you see on the surface is not a reflection of the sweat that went into it. They might like it that way, too. But they don’t like becoming doormats over it.
Capricorn can be a really good provider in some respect and have that be taken advantage of. They can feel as though the people who are receiving their labor have become complacent or greedy even, expecting what is given and then wanting more and more, without being grateful.
So in this regard Capricorn also relates to boundaries. Being able to be withholding or say no because there is an understanding that the other is not going to understand or respect the exchange – that the other does not understand the value or ethic that went into the production of said Capricorn good. Or simply that Capricorn can set the terms of their own output because in that regard there is a ceiling, and Capricorn also relates to limitation. Of course this process can be gentle… but sometimes it comes out aggressively.
The biggest source of angst over this seems to come from the trouble that comes up before Cap has figured out the balance of the Libra square. The natural square that Capricorn makes to Libra provokes a confrontation with the Libran lesson of learning when to say yes and when to say no, and that sometimes saying no is a form of giving. Lonely Capricorns on the other hand might be needing to learn to say “yes” to some things in life. Overburdened Capricorns probably have to say no. The polarity to Capricorn, Cancer, offers lessons of delving into the emotional nature and becoming very familiar with what it is that we need on a feeling level. Libra is where we learn how to ask for it. And when all else fails, Aries (the other square to Capricorn) is where one just walks away and goes at it alone.
Find where Saturn is in your chart and what house has Capricorn on the cusp, or if you have any planets in Capricorn. These are the place in life where you might have a natural structural strength that others may not see unless they happen to empathize.
If you love a Capricornian, it’s good to let them know they’re doing a good job. Or this filter of awareness can really be applied to anyone who is doing a good job that goes unnoticed. In that arena, the whole archetype of Capricorn and it’s mountain lies underneath that solid, stoic appearance of what could otherwise be considered “normalcy”.
In a nutshell.
(Top image: Thongchai Srisukprasert)
Heather MurphyJanuary 13, 2016 at 1:39 pm
My chart is very intimately attached to the Cardinal cross and I think that you have ‘nailed it’. The lessons from Libra of when to say yes and when to say no. I do think Capricorn’s stoic appearance makes it hard for anyone to see the need for recognition, or thanks, or comfort. We Capricornians can have a hard time accepting any of that if it comes as we sometime buy our own hype that we don’t need anything.
Thanks for the great writing!
EJanuary 13, 2016 at 2:51 pm
I can also relate to this and your words are helping me understand. I have Sun, Venus, Moon conjunct in Capricorn and North Node in Libra. The conjunction is in the 6th and it’s always seemed that the only alternative to service and submission is going it alone. That comes naturally with South Node in Aries. As Pluto transits my Venus I’m learning there’s also the Libra way, just as you say. Thank you 🙂
BrandeyJanuary 17, 2016 at 3:44 am
I have Capricorn in my third house with Uranus, Neptune and Saturn all on the cusp. I’m quiet and “stoic” as many people say, definitely disciplined in all manners of speech, with a touch of anxiety around communication. I let it loose in writing. As a Scorpio ascendant and Sagittarius moon, most people can’t handle what I have to say anyway.
I like this post. I’ve been learning a lot about the relationships between the cardinal signs, and this puts it in pretty simple terms.