Everything You Need to Know About the Capricorn Personality

Collage of Capricorn celebrities including Dolly Parton, Kate Middleton, Denzel Washington, Michelle Obama on a pink background.

Capricorns are responsible, upstanding citizens of the zodiac—a reputation they’ve spent years building and guarding. But there’s more to you goats than just the poise and professionalism we all see, and since you’re organizational nerds, we put together a handy guide to everything you need to know about being a Capricorn. Feel free to file this in your records. We’re sure you have a special folder for this.

What Is Capricorn’s Sun Sign?

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)

What Is Capricorn’s Element?

Earth. Earth signs are practical, patient and grounded. They tend to be concerned with how to make ideas work within the constraints of space and time, and as such, are often very materially successful.

What Is Capricorn’s Modality? 

Cardinal. Cardinal signs deal with problems through action. They are the leaders and first movers who set plans into motion, and it can be difficult for them to really sit with and contemplate an issue without launching into solution mode. But if you want something done, give it to a cardinal sign. 

What Is Capricorn’s Ruling Planet? 

Saturn. Saturn is a challenging planet with a reputation for being a taskmaster (just ask anyone who’s gone through their Saturn Return). His influence constricts rather than expands, and he asks us to do more with less. But if you can meet his high standards, the rewards are enormous.

What Is Capricorn’s Symbol?

The sea goat. The goat climbs and climbs, even under freezing, inclement conditions (snowy mountains are not ideal for a leisurely stroll). But in doing so, the goat achieves the highest heights and breathes the rarefied air of winners. However, that lonely ascent comes with some deep internal emotional sensitivity, and that’s where the fishtail comes in. Capricorn’s symbol contemplates the dichotomy between the cold pursuit of victory and a deeply emotional interior life.

Capricorn’s Key Phrase

“I use.”

Capricorn’s One-Word Mantra 

“Play.” All work and no play is never a sustainable business strategy, even for the industrious Capricorn. (See every sign’s one-word mantra.)

Capricorn celebrities:

Too many associate Capricorn with “corporate”—and yes, famous Cappy Dolly Parton is the CEO of pop music—but there’s much more to Capricorn than the uptight business type cliché. Capricorns aren’t just goats, they’re sea goats—don’t forget this mystical quality! There are Capricorn rock stars David Bowie, Patti Smith and Dave Grohl; there are Capricorns that have become America’s Sweetheart across multiple generations from Betty White (RIP) to Diane Keaton to Zooey Deschanel (who is a triple Capricorn — Sun, Moon, and rising!) to Florence Pugh (and her iconic Instagram cooking videos); there’s Andy Kaufman and Jim Carrey who represent the dark Capricorn sense of humor; the incomparable Martin Luther King, beyond-her-years Greta Thunberg, and powerhouse Michelle Obama who represent Capricorn’s dedication to progress and change; Capricorn actors like Timothée Chalamet, Denzel Washington and Jeremy Strong, who take their job extremely seriously; and filmmakers like David Lynch, Hayao Miyazaki and Lilly Wachowski who make the creation of infinite cinematic worlds seem effortless. Capricorns really can do it all!

What Are Capricorn’s Best Traits? 

Capricorns are not only among the most ambitious signs in the zodiac, but they also value integrity and tend to conduct themselves with professionalism and consistency. Capricorns are competitive and love to win, but they also want it to be earned and respected. Likewise, they appreciate excellence wherever they find it and can be among the most supportive in the zodiac. 

What Are Capricorn’s Worst Traits? 

The competitive nature of a Capricorn can translate into some cutthroat tactics. That ambition operates from a place of protectiveness—if they make themselves perfect, then they’ll be beyond reproach. But cooperation and collaboration are a huge ingredient to success, and they can lose out on meaningful relationships by seeing enemies among potential allies.

What Are the Best Careers for Capricorn?

Capricorns are the zodiac’s managers, CEOs and leaders. Their talent is in wrangling the messiest of operations into profitable, smooth-running machines. They tend to build structures that last, with the understanding that even the best ideas are meaningless if they cannot be implemented in a sustainable way. One of the keys to effective leadership is demonstrating the values they wish to impart, and Capricorns live up to the high standards they enforce.

How Is Capricorn as a Friend? 

Capricorns will run the most boring of errands with you. When they care about someone, they tend to be invested in their long-term well-being, and, selfishly, they want their friends to be operating at their level. So that means they not only champion your big wins, like starting a business, but they will also “yas queen” you for getting more than seven hours of sleep every day for a week.

How Is Capricorn as a Parent? 

Capricorn parents can be stern and exacting with their children, demanding a lot of structure and achievement (kids of Capricorns might have the cleanest rooms in the zodiac). But while they tend to demand a lot, they will be expressive and forthcoming with praise when it’s earned. Above all, a Capricorn parent is consistent and trustworthy, and even if they don’t play the “my kid is my BFF” game, they tend to sustain stable and healthy relationships with their offspring.

How Is Capricorn as a Partner? 

The OG power couple was probably a pair of goats in love. In public, Capricorns like to celebrate their partner’s every achievement, and they tend to be true teammates in love and life. In private, when they relax their guard, they can be incredibly sweet and nurturing, often assuming a caretaker role. They love tradition and rituals—so don’t expect an anniversary to pass without its proper acknowledgement—but can become predictable over time without an effort to also try new things.

What Are Capricorn’s Hidden Traits?

While Capricorns seem cold and unemotional, when they are truly invested in a friend or a partner, they can be incredibly sensitive. Capricorns take life so seriously only because they care, they really care! They are among the least likely to blurt out something biting or cruel (even if it’s true) because they intimately understand the stakes of getting your feelings hurt. Remember the sea goat’s watery tail—there’s an ocean of emotional intelligence under that dry, polished demeanor.

Capricorn at a Glance in 2022

Capricorns are always more on top of their budgets than most, but in 2022, saving has been the name of the game. Tough-nosed Saturn has been transiting their money, resources and income sector since 2020, encouraging the luxury loving sea goats to think harder than usual before spending (even though that gorgeous Apple Watch with all the bells and whistles would otherwise be a no-brainer investment).

Though there’s plenty of opportunity to launch new artistic projects or start a family (with innovation planet Jupiter in the part of their chart that rules both children and creativity), Capricorn may feel like shake ups in their larger community are leaving them without a support system as they go through these changes. Luckily, Jupiter—planet of expansion and growth—is moving through their communication and home sectors this year, allowing them to find abundance through simpler things in life like gardening, daily walks in the neighborhood, and long phone calls with family and close friends.

Work-wise, the final third of the year brings a lot of pressure for Capricorns as action planet Mars will be in their daily grind sector from August 20 through March 25, 2023! This transit also speaks to a need to improve their health and fitness routines. The amount of errands, chores, and responsibilities may be overwhelming, but by the end of Mars’ stay in Gemini, Capricorns will have a much better idea of what’s actually worth their time.