I wanted to follow Leo with Capricorn because Capricorn is sort of like a flipped over Leo: Cardinal Earth energy. Where Leo is the most grounded of Fire signs, Capricorn is the most “Fiery” of Earth signs. Cardinal energy filtered through Earth gives you someone who is loyal, practical, appearing calm, detached and serious on the outside, usually self-disciplined, persevering and patient YET a driven, ambitious, risk-taking (not reckless, though, they do their research) ball of feelings on the inside. Where Leo is usually an open book, Capricorn is the embodiment of “still waters run deep”. What you see is NOT what you get.
Ruled by Saturn, you can call Capricorn the original “emo”: they are very grounded in reality and tend towards pessimism and an endless aching sadness they can’t always shake, even if they can bury it in a flurry of activity. Maybe it’s because they know that all their hard work doesn’t change the basic flawed nature of our world. They’re the most creative of the Earth signs and have a deep wisdom and understanding of human nature, I personally think all Capricorns are old souls that have seen too much. They carry the scars of their past lives through this one.
This isn’t to say they don’t have a sense of humor – they DO, Capricorns are HILARIOUS. It tends to run towards the dry, ironic or sarcastic. They’re excellent at deadpan delivery, mostly because they don’t laugh at their own jokes, just smirk when everyone else is in stitches. They appreciate a good laugh and have an appreciation of the absurd. They do however need help lightening up when it comes to themselves. They hold themselves to very high standards and can be merciless with themselves. If you can distract a Capricorn from their “To-Do” list and get them to laugh and have fun, they’re going to remember that and turn to you when they need a break.
Capricorns want what they want and they go full throttle to get it, once they make up their mind. My Capricorn niece was given the “Most Persistent” award in KINDERGARTEN. If they want to have a good time, they really make it happen. Like their symbol “The Goat” once they break through one barrier, they are on to the next, they have an innate restlessness that drives them towards MORE in whatever area they’re interested in. They might start out wanting to run a 5K and end up an Ultramarathoner. If your Capricorn is a slacker, they’re the SLACKIEST slacker that ever slacked, but if you look a little closer, they’re actually doing a bunch of stuff, it just looks like they’re not doing anything.
This relentlessness can be a challenging thing when it comes to some of the Capricorns that have other funky stuff going on in their chart and get mixed up in drugs or alcohol because like Guns ‘N Roses sang, “I used to do a little but a little didn’t do it so the little got more and more…” There’s always a new line to cross. And like the actual goat, they can be insatiable gobbling up everything in front of them until it’s all gone. This energy is another reason why there’s the cliche of the Capricorn as a workaholic. Happily for them, if they turn away from the substances and escaping into work and towards recovery they bring that same energy into healing that they did in the using/overworking, they have great potential for huge spiritual growth.
Capricorns are known for great business-heads and are excellent entrepreneurs, they enjoy working towards something tangible and take pride in their work whether they’re a CEO or valet parking attendant. They’re resourceful and naturally politically astute and automatically know how to play “the game” wherever they are, and yes, can be Machiavellian. It’s good to stay on their good side. They need to feel respected, they like acknowledgement of their achievements, and can get bitey if they feel unappreciated. If you want them to really like you, don’t publicly embarrass them, they might like to watch a trainwreck for their own amusement, but they don’t anyone to reflect poorly on them.
They can be pushy. They will not give up until they get some kind of satisfaction and if you are in the way of that they will push you, too. Unlike also-pushy Cancer, it will come out more like instructions instead of disguised as worrying about you. Cancer can be a Noodge, but Capricorn is the ULTRA NOODGE. Because they’re low key, they are usually not obnoxious about it. You won’t realize they’re pushing you for a little while, kind of the old “frog in a pan of cold water then turn on the burner” thing. You’re minding your business, hanging out with a Capricorn and the next thing you know, you’re doing all kinds of productive stuff you didn’t sign on for – you’re a boiled frog. They would make excellent personal trainers if fitness is their thing, as long as you aren’t looking to be handled with kid gloves: they want to make you tough, because they know the world is cruel.
When Capricorn loves you, they want to take care of you – much like their astrological opposite, Cancer – but instead of fussing over you like a sexy grandma, they’re like a sexy Boy/Girl Scout: they want to teach you to be self-sufficient, they want you to be prepared for the ugliness of the world, they want to protect you by teaching you to protect yourself. They don’t want to make chicken soup for you, they want to get you fully inoculated and give you a complete First Aid Kit. They won’t redecorate your house to make it more comfy, they want to set up a mutual fund portfolio for you. This might make them appear unromantic or dispassionate, but nothing is further from the truth, when Capricorn drops their play-it-cool demeanor and lets you into their heart, you’ll need a garden hose to get them off of you. They ARE an Earth sign and like I said before, insatiable. And if you break their heart, no other sign is going to pine like they do: they will throw more heartbreak into their already giant pool of melancholy and consider it more proof that the world is harsh and unfair. They might even write emo songs about you.
Turquoise, Garnet, Ruby, Azurite, Labradorite, Malachite, Onyx
Capricorns don’t need too many fire stones since they have all that Cardinal energy, but Carnelian and Fire Agate can’t hurt. Capricorns need Air for big picture perspective and for taking things less seriously: Amethyst, Iolite, Kyanite and OOOH, Botswana Agate would be excellent to help Capricorn let go of old wounds, fight their pessimism, and soothe and calm their inner turmoil. For Water energy, Rose Quartz, Amazonite, and Blue Lace Agate.
Carnelian, Fire Agate, Amethyst, Iolite, Kyanite, Botswana Agate, Rose Quartz, Amazonite, Blue Lace Agate
You know I’m going to suggest grounding stones, the usual suspects BUT WITH A TWIST:
APACHE TEARS are excellent grounding stones for Capricorn: they’re a type of obsidian (volcanic rock) but less opaque than their big brother Obsidian. Apache Tears are used for deep healing. They give grounded loving support for processing deep sadness. They will gently help someone reach a level of acceptance to process and let go, thereby shifting their energy to remove any blockages. Apache Tears can help to transmute negative thinking so one can become aware of positive opportunities as they arise. Apache Tears can bring logical thinking and an open mind/fresh perspective which can help some of the more rigid Capricorn peeps react spontaneously and go with the flow of life.