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Capricorn, the Sea goat
Capricorn.svg
Zodiac Symbol Seagoat
Duration (Tropical, Western) 22 December – 20 January (2010, UTC)
Duration (Sidereal, Hindu)[1] 13 January – 8 February (2010, UTC)
Constellation Capricornus
Zodiac Element Earth
Zodiac Quality Cardinal
Domicile Saturn
Detriment Moon
Exaltation Mars
Fall Jupiter & Neptune

Capricorn () is the tenth astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Capricornus. In western astrology, this sign is no longer aligned with the constellation as a result of the precession of the equinoxes. In astrology, Capricorn is considered a "feminine", negative (introvert) sign.[2] It is also considered an earth sign and one of the four cardinal signs. Capricorn is ruled by the planet Saturn. Being the tenth sign of the zodiac, Capricorn has been associated with the astrological tenth house.

Individuals born when the Sun was in this sign are considered Capricorn individuals. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun enters Capricorn by definition at the moment of winter solstice, or roughly at December 22, and leaves it around January 19. Under the sidereal zodiac, it is currently there roughly from January 15 to February 15. The Sanskrit name of Capricorn in Hindu astrology is Makara.

Capricorn is sometimes depicted as a sea-goat, and sometimes as a terrestrial goat. The reasons for this are unknown, but the image of a sea-goat goes back at least to Babylonian times.

"The symbol of the goat rising from the body of a fish represents with greatest propriety the mountainous buildings of Babylon rising out of its low and marshy situation; the two horns of the goat being emblematic of the two towns, Nineveh and Babylon, the former built on the Tigris, the latter on the Euphrates; but both subjected to one sovereignity."[3]

Compatibility

Generally, Capricorn is considered compatible with same element signs, Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn itself. [4] These signs share an earthy demeanor and are believed to relate with each other on that merit.

There are many variables that determine compatibility in astrology, such as birth dates, birth months, birth years, position of a sign within the Sun, the Moon, Stars. The signs listed as compatible with Capricorn do not reflect an individual profile or individual reading as interpreted within astrology, but rather reflect a general guideline and reference to compatibility as dictated by variables such as Qualities and Elements within the Zodiac. The branch of astrology dealing with interpersonal compatibilities is called Synastry.

References

  1. ^ assuming an ayanamsa of 23.86° as of 2000 according to N. C. Lahiri. The precise value used may vary, but is mostly set close to 24°.
  2. ^ Jeff Mayo, Teach Yourself Astrology, pp 38-41, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1979
  3. ^ Cole, John. A Treatise on the Circular Zodiac of Tentyra, in Egypt. London, Longman and co. 1824.
  4. ^ The Diagram Group, The Little Giant Encyclopedia of The Zodiac, p 171, Sterling Publishing Company, New York, 1997

Mythology

See Capricorn (constellation) Mythology

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