Capricornus - Sun Sign - Dates: 19th January to 15th February



Definition: [Sun Signs - Solar Zodiac] Capricornus, the sign of the Sea Goat, is the 12th sign of the Real Solar Zodiac.

Capricornus Astrology: Below can be found the fundamentals of the astrology of Capricornus. The quotations are from the Magnum Opus of astrology, Tetrabiblos, composed by Claudius Ptolemy [c 130 - 170 AD] - the father of Classical astrology.

The Power of the Fixed Stars:   "Of the stars in Capricornus, those in the horns act in the same way as Venus and, in same degree, as Mars; those in the mouth, as Saturn and, in same degree, as Venus; those in the feet and the belly, as Mars and Mercury; and those in the tail, as Saturn and Jupiter. "
Character of the Sign:   "Solsticial" [now Solid (Fixed) - see below] 
Planet and House:  "Saturn; Feminine Aspect." [now Jupiter [Feminine Aspect] - see below] 
Triangles:   Second Triangle - Taurus, Virgo, and Capricornus: Feminine. Ruled by the Venus in day and Moon at night. 
Exaltations and Depressions:   "Mars exalts in Capricornus. Jupiter is depressed in Capricornus." 
The Egyptian Terms:   "Merkur = 7; Jupiter = 7; Venus = 8; Saturn = 4; Mars = 4" 
The Chaldean Terms:   "Venus = 6; Merkur = 6; Jupiter = 7; Saturn = 6; Mars = 5" 
Countries:   "India, Ariana, Gedrosia; in the centre, Thrace, Macedonia, Illyria." 
Effect upon the Weather:   "The sign of Capricornus as a whole is moist; but, taken part by part, its leading portion is marked by hot weather and is destructive, its middle temperate, and its following part raises rain-storms. Its northern and southern portions are wet and destructive."  

Movement of the Ages : Ptolemy's astrology described the heavens in the Age of Aries. However, nearly two thousand years later we are now in the Age of Pisces. Therefore, some of the astrological features noted above are no longer accurate. Capricornus is no longer a Solsticial sign, but is now a Solid sign. In modern terminology this makes it a fixed sign. [See Tetrabiblos Book i Chapter 11]

Which planet makes its 'house' in Capricornus [in modern terms the planetary ruler] is even more complex. In the Age of Taurus, 4000 years ago, Leo was the Summer Solstice sign in the northern hemisphere and hence the Sun made its 'house' in Leo and the rest of the signs followed from this starting point. But by the time of Ptolemy, in the Age of Aries, Cancer was the Solstice sign and should have been assigned the Sun. However Ptolemy assigns Leo the Sun. Even Ptolemy kept out-dated astrology, as we do today. [See Tetrabiblos Book i Chapter 17] In our time at the end of the Age of Pisces, Gemini is the Solstice sign and so should be assigned the Sun. Hence in the Age of Pisces Jupiter makes its 'house' in Capricornus.

The Powers of the Stars of Capricornus :

Capricornus, the Sea Goat.  From Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia, Johannes Hevelius, Gdansk, 1690 AD.


Capricornus, the Sea Goat. From Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia, Johannes Hevelius, Gdansk, 1690 AD.

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The Real Solar Zodiac Sun Signs:
  Sun Sign    Meaning   Dates 
01:   Pisces   the Fishes   12 Mar to 18 Apr 
02:   Aries   the Ram   19 Apr to 13 May 
03:   Taurus   the Bull   14 May to 19 Jun 
04:   Gemini   the Twins   20 Jun to 20 Jul 
05:   Cancer   the Crab   21 Jul to 9 Aug
06:  Leo   the Lion   10 Aug to 15 Sep 
07:  Virgo   the Maiden   16 Sep to 30 Oct 
08:  Libra   the Scales   31 Oct to 22 Nov 
09:  Scorpius   the Scorpion   23 Nov to 29 Nov   
10:  Ophiuchus    the Serpent Bearer   30 Nov to 17 Dec 
11  Sagittarius   the Archer   18 Dec to 18 Jan 
12:  Capricornus     the Sea Goat   19 Jan to 15 Feb 
13:  Aquarius   the Water Carrier   16 Feb to 11 Mar 
* The Non-Zodiac Constellations    


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