Capricorn Traits: Ambitious and Driven

Capricorn Traits | California Psychics

Abundant and Stable

This may be the tenth sign in the Western Zodiac but everything about Capricorn is number one!  Capricorn’s reign runs from December 22 to January 19 and is the sign that brings us through the time of the longest nights and the slow start towards the balance of day and night that comes in spring. Starting with the image of a Sea-Goat we can tell that this is a sign that is quite a study of contradictions. Capricorns are known for pushing themselves and climbing to the highest heights, just like the goat that most of us equate with the sign, but with a back half of a fish, we also can understand that the drive to achieve is not the only thing that pushes this sign. There are emotions that tend to hide beneath the surface that only those closest to them will ever know or understand. This sign is about stability and abundance, both being attributes of the element of Earth. If we were to choose one word for this sign, ambition would be at the top of the list.

Let’s scale the heights and also delve into the depths of this complicated sign and learn more about the sign who may appear to be in conflict with themselves.

Cardinal Earth Sign

Capricorn is a Cardinal Earth sign. When we pair up the ‘beginnings’ energy of the Cardinals along with the energy of Earth, we have a sign that thrives on new endeavors that lead to stability and abundance. The downside to this is that it is easy for the Goat to get bored once things have moved from the initial planning and implementation stage, especially if they are not getting the attention that they feel they deserve.

Ruled by Saturn

Stoic, responsible, and tradition-loving Saturn rules the tenth house, which is the house of careers, social status, and where our ambitions come from. Saturn is known to be serious and highly focused, a taskmaster extraordinaire which can make Capricorns seem very aloof and uncaring. It isn’t that they are uncaring or without a heart, it is more that they tend to be careful about who is allowed to see their emotional sides. Their façade of self-confidence and arrogance is one way that they can figure out who deserves their friendship and loyalty, along with minimizing getting betrayed and hurt.

Positive Capricorn Traits

Goal-oriented and with a shrewd mind, the Capricorn is able to look at situations that others may find completely perplexing and not only find a way through them, but also a means of elevating themselves and those around them. No problem is too difficult for a Cappy to figure out and overcome. Part of their ability to manage challenges undoubtedly comes from their amazing organizational skills and eye for detail. They put these talents to work as natural-born leaders, who are able to see problems before they happen and already have workarounds in place just in case.

This is also a sign that seems to be blessed with an unending supply of patience, which is one reason why those born under this sign make such amazing teachers and mentors. They are able to present information in multiple ways so that their students can learn in a manner that is best suited for them.

Ambition, loyalty, and self-control are some other positive traits that Capricorn is known for.

The Goat by the Horns

That attention to detail and natural leadership can have drawbacks. The Capricorn can be overly picky, judgy, and difficult to impress, mainly because they hold themselves to such high expectations and they hold others to those same ideals.

As a sign that holds success dear, they sometimes have a tendency to judge the value of a person on their social status and material success. It isn’t until they are a bit older that they start to look beyond the surface and value people for more than what they have achieved.

This sign is also known to be a bit of a control freak, and this can cause problems in both their professional and personal lives. The need for control doesn’t stem from a desire to be in the spotlight, but from the belief that they can do the needed tasks better and faster than anyone else. They will burn the candle at both ends if it means getting things done the right way.

The Capricorn Child

Capricorn children are often shy and don’t like to take social risks. They prefer to have a small, close-knit group of friends. They do make loyal friends though, often taking the lead within their group. They have a deep need for stability and acceptance, so be ready to assure your little one through their successes and their failures. Remember that they will view anything but winning or meeting all of their goals as failure, so gentleness will go a long way as they will already be beating themselves up inside.

The little Goat is usually old beyond their years, but not necessarily an old soul. They are serious children who have a vocabulary that is often on par with most adults, and they enjoy impressing people with all those words. The seriousness that plagues this sign can also be found in the children and can manifest as a strong sense of duty or burden that they must carry and overcome.

If there are any younger siblings, your Cappy will be the perfect helper and will truly relish the responsibility that comes from being the big brother or sister. Just make sure that they still have enough time to relax and express themselves in other ways, so that they can find balance.

The Romantic Side

Protective, reliable, giving, and loyal, the Capricorn will go above and beyond to exceed the expectations and dreams of their partners. If you desire a long term relationship that is based on trust and truth, then this is the sign that you want. They will always support you in all your endeavors and if they have connections that can help you achieve your goal they will not hesitate to call in favours owed. They are not usually the most spontaneous of lovers, instead preferring to plan out the perfect evening or getaway right down to the last detail.

A Capricorn man may put off a serious romance until he achieves some of his career or financial goals. He tends to prefer a partner who’s calm, reliable, and practical. Meanwhile, female Capricorns are often self-sufficient and can be slow to open up to a potential mate. They prefer to take their time and really get to know someone before fully engaging their hearts. Once they do, however, Capricorn women make very loyal and loving partners. No matter the gender, Capricorns need partners who can help them relax not take everything so seriously all the time.


Capricorn’s day of the week is Saturday. While Garnet and Jet are the traditional birthstones and speak to their earthy nature, there are several other stones that Cappy’s may find useful. Turquoise, Amber, Labradorite, Peridot, Aragonite, Ruby, and Carnelian can all speak to their love of being grounded and being surrounded by abundance.

Plants that are aligned with this sign are Pansy, Willow, Yew, Holly, Red and Black Poppies, Wintergreen, Henbane, and Carnations.

Famous Capricorns

Capricorns, as we have discussed, tend to push themselves to the pinnacle of success, and the following list shows that their talents and interests are vast. When we look at music we have John Legand, Dolly Parton, David Bowie, Ellie Goulding, Maurice and Robin Gibb of the BeeGees, Annie Lennox, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and even the King himself – Elvis Presley! Interestingly, Lin Manuel played the role of another famous Cappy – Alexander Hamilton. How perfectly fitting that one Goat should portray another. Continuing with the entertainment field, we have Jim Carrey, Finn Wolfhard, Eddie Redmayne, Anthony Hopkins, Maggie Smith, Diane Keaton, and even Betty White! J.R.R. Tolkien, Stan Lee, Stephen Hawking, LeBron James, Greta Thunberg, Christen Press, and Rudyard Kipling prove that there is no area that the Capricorn can’t excel in and make their mark on the world.

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