Capricorn Personality

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Capricorns can be a bit stoic and difficult to read at times. Take a deeper look into this sign's psyche and find out what Cap's personality is really like.

Capricorn Personality Traits

If your birthday falls December 22 through January 20, you're a Capricorn. This sign is, at least to the outside world, one of the most stable of the entire zodiac.

On the Outside

The Capricorn personality is very grounded in reality; it's the rock that everyone else loves to lean on. For the most part, Capricorns are:

  • Quietly strong-willed
  • Self-assured and truly know who they are
  • Comfortable in any social situation they choose to participate in

Although Caps sometimes have a reputation as being a bit stodgy, they often astound their companions with their sharp and sudden wit.

On the Inside

Caps are highly dependable, yet they can still suffer inwardly from mood swings that carry them from the heights of euphoria to bouts of depression. In most cases, they are adept at concealing these conflicting moods in public. It is only their closest friends and family who are given a glimpse of this inner turmoil.

Other Areas

In Love

Capricorn in love is a different matter. Caps tend to be somewhat distrusting of love and the other person's motives in general. People of this sign exercise extreme caution before revealing their true emotions, and this understandably gets in the way of starting romantic relationships. They would rather keep their feelings to themselves if it means risking rejection.


That said, when a Cap makes the commitment to be in a relationship, it's an all-or-nothing venture. These people tend to:

  • Love deeply
  • Work hard to keep romance alive and well.
  • Make very passionate lovers

Once a Capricorn marries, he/she is likely to stay married no matter what challenges are encountered along the way. This is especially true if the spouse is a member of a compatible zodiac sign. Caps fully believe in "Until death do us part," and jealousy can be common.

In Friendship

Caps make excellent friends, and their loyalty is without question if they take you under their wing. However, woe to any friend that betrays them. Caps have long memories, and they make daunting enemies to people who are foolish enough to mistreat them.

In Career

Caps are hard workers and reliable to a fault, if such a thing can be said. They like to plan things out methodically to make sure every base is covered, and they always stick with a plan of action until they meet their goals. If Sagittarius is the project initiator, Capricorn will see the job through to completion after Sag has lost interest and moved on.

Capricorns have a healthy respect for authority, but also demand that same respect when they are in charge. They set very high standards for their own performance, and expect exactly the same from co-workers and underlings. This demanding nature can make people of this sign a bit difficult to work with, but that's not to say they don't deal fairly with others. Anyone who can live up to Cap's standards is assured of a measure of success.

As far as careers go, people born under this zodiac sign excel as:

  • Managers
  • Bankers
  • Accountants
  • Financial advisors
  • Architects
  • Teachers
  • Lawyers
  • Bureaucrats

Astrological Influences

Ruling Planet: Saturn

Not surprisingly, Saturn is Capricorn's ruling planet. Saturn is the taskmaster that drives ambitions, accomplishments and achievements; this planet's energy is focused on following the rules and taking responsibility, two of Capricorn's finest qualities.

In the extreme, Saturn's influence can drive Caps to the point of ruthlessness, a less desirable component of the Capricorn personality and definitely one to keep in check.

Element: Earth

It's precisely because this sign belongs to the earth element group that individuals born to it are so practical. Earth signs are naturally talented at managing their lives, especially when it comes to the financial aspect of things.

Quality: Cardinal

Cardinal zodiac signs are go-getters, so it's no wonder that Capricorns are such hard workers and good at achieving financial stability. They tend to be self-reliant, and perhaps a bit impatient to get where they're going in life. When properly harnessed, this aspect of the Capricorn personality will take you far.

Well Worth Knowing

Capricorns tend to win respect easily, but it takes a little effort to really get to know them. Anyone who is fortunate enough to be invited into Capricorn's inner sanctum will find a person who is truly worth knowing. The keys to doing that are to be honest and trustworthy yourself. Caps will come to recognize these qualities and consider you a kindred spirit.

Capricorn Personality