Big Picture


Freedom from illusion leading to transformation.


from P.F. Case:

"The symbolism of Key 15 represents the cruder forms of man's answer to the question: "What keeps me from expressing this inner freedom I feel?" At the same time, this picture indicates the correct solution to the problem, and points to the way which leads out of the difficulty."


December 21st to January 20th.

Ruled by Saturn.

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Worldly One or Wet Blanket.

Cardinal Earth. Physicality, practicality, stability, seriousness, all characteristics of earth, originate in Capricorn, in its severe, deep, mature tones. Capricorn is the deepening of winter, beginning at the winter solstice, the moment when the days are the shortest. Capricorn influences in the chart (Tenth house, or planets in Capricorn) create an emphasis on world domination, achievement and security. This can manifest as power, prominence, success, fame.

Capricorn, when active in the chart, is ambitious, determined, calculating, sensible, wry, stern, ironic, witty, wise, frugal, quiet, prompt, thoughtful, solemn, serious, cautious, dependable, devoted, loyal, pragmatic, methodical, orthodox, just, purposeful, dutiful, logical, analytical, prudent, systematic, mentally probing, generous to the deserving, has stamina, is undefeatable, hardworking, earns respect, a good provider, mechanical or technical ability, protective, good with money, deliberate, contemplative, philosophical, has a rich inner life, deeply emotional, thinks things through, good planner, has clear goals, and gets better with age.

Unfavorable Capricorn can be manipulative, sadistic, overbearing, dour, austere, boring, staid, possessive, greedy, a workaholic, perfectionistic, obstinate, cynical, mocking, snobbish, humorless, aloof, cruel, coldhearted, merciless, dogmatic, gets used, obsessive, petty, feels trapped, misses the big picture, caught in dreary routine, vengeful, mean, bad with money, stingy, a tightwad, friendless, frustrated in love, uses sex for money, frigid or impotent, impatient, easily angered, arrogant, combative, ultraconservative, resentful, linear/inflexible, jealous, or pessimistic.

Capricorn, when active in the chart, can bring compulsive behavior, and a drive to control people and situations. Taurus, Scorpio, and Cancer share these traits, but Capricorn synthesizes the strategies of the other three. Using the earthy determination of Taurus, the aggression of Scorpio, and the calculation of Cancer, Capricorn reaches the pinnacle in whatever it does, good, evil or in between. Capricorn and Scorpio are the two signs most likely to be controlling manipulators.

Domains of Capricorn are speculation, law, medicine, engineering, banking, collecting, building, investing, the arts, music, culture, history, monasteries, or anything requiring commitment and determination.

Capricorn, ruled by constrictive Saturn, is always ready to remind us of harsh realities, and of the necessity for planning, and for caution. Capricorn is very careful of its dignity.

Goat at Mount Evans Capricorn is symbolized by a mountain goat, a tough, resourceful creature capable of climbing to dizzying heights.

Capricorn, the 10th house, is said to be the fathering, or structuring parent, while Cancer, the 4th house, is said to be the mothering, or nurturing parent.

Lessons for Capricorn include kindness, generosity, flexibility, humility, letting go, learning to raise their values from an earthly to a spiritual aim.

Capricorn rules the knees.

For Capricorn, the Shadow takes the form of Other's guileless, childlike vulnerability, which riles your dread of appearing na´ve, un-worldly, or child-like. Work with your shadow, and the people you project it onto, by letting your innocence, the part of you Others truly love, show. The more you deny your Shadow, the more it will manifest itself and attract what you will interpret as disruption or pain.
For more about innocence,
See Key 0, The Fool.

Capricorn is the 'Tenth House.' Also called the 'Midheaven.' This is the summit of the zodiac in its houses, the apex of prominence. The 10th shows achievement; many famous people have good 10th House/Capricorn aspects. Capricorn is Earth risen to Heaven; it has formed itself into rocky pinnacles; tough reminders of how far Spirit can go, when it has matter to play with, and a little time. The tenth house shows the dominant parent, standing in society, reputation, employers or self-employment.

Macchupuchhare, The Fishes' Tail, Vishnu, Himalayas

Like all three earth signs, Capricorn has a tendency to stay put, in one way or another. With Capricorn, if afflicted, it's more like being stuck, or like an endurance contest.

The Tenth house has the character of Capricorn: planets in this house are concerned with Achievement; this is the realm of fame, fortune, social prominence, and character when well aspected, and infamy when not. The Father is often indicated by this house, and the Native's highest aspirations.

The earth triplicity is Capricorn (cardinal) followed by Taurus (fixed), and then Virgo (mutable).

In the natural order of the signs, Capricorn is earth, preceded by Sagittarius (fire), and followed by Aquarius (air).

The opposite axis, or antidote to Capricorn, is Cancer.

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