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Franklin Roosevelt, a Capricorn (1/30/1882)

Saturn (Capricorn's planet) teaches you the hard way, but makes you strong. If you enable a Capricorn to be the boss, you're probably making a prudent decision. They may be quite suited to the role as the wise old man, or the dictatorship of conventional wisdom, or the ambition of youth. But is all dictatorship wrong? We are dictated to all our lives, mostly by less than benign forces. Capricorn, at least, has a goal in mind, larger than itself, attached to expectations of success and accessible through patience. We could do worse than to appoint a Capricorn as the Godfather.

Cash Rules Everything

CLARITY and REALITY is what Capricorns seek, afraid to move until they feel supported by tradition and experience. This is why, next to another Earth sign, Taurus, Capricorn registers so high on materialistic traits. Capricorns may not believe in luck, but they wholeheartedly believe in money. Or whatever is the coin of the realm, Capricorns will find it and use it to get to the top. Money is a means to an end—Capricorn control. If popcorn could do it, they would strive to amass a fortune in popcorn. Unlike Taurus, who sees beauty in gold and silver, Capricorn uses money like a bulwark against surprises and a vehicle for advancement.

The Scorn of a Capricorn

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Capricorns can seem mean sometimes. Believe it or not, this is their way of caring and sharing. They are mean to themselves first; they brook no excuses from themselves, why should they accept them from others? They practice a form of stoicism on themselves, and it works for them. They assume that the same tactics are effective for others. Their scorn can be a cleansing purge, and, however painful, it helps them shoulder their burdens in life, and they want to help others in the same way. Not coddling them, but arousing their determination to better themselves. Contempt is a pathway to strength.

We need to forgive them this behavior. Most Capricorns have had it rough.

Capricorn begins life trapped at the bottom of the deepest sea by circumstance, illness, poverty, chained down by the conditions of the world. Cautiously and consistently Cap climbs out of the water and all the way up to the top of the highest peak—Fire Mountain, a triumph of persistence and planning.

To accomplish this, Capricorn works seriously and tirelessly and in turn makes others work just as hard, harvesting grudging respect as well as resentment from others. They hammer away at obstacles until they bash their way through.

Responsibility and power are thrust on Capricorns as others depend on them more and more. Capricorn can use and abuse, or this sign can be a liberator of the spirit and body. After all the work, sweat and blood, success is finally achieved in old age, and Capricorn for once can revel in accomplishment.

Silent as Saturn

We can experience Saturn as the Dictator of circumstances—those objective conditions that are never much in your favor, anyway, and especially under Saturn's rule. Saturn rules during bad times, dangerous times, uncertain times, when luck is breaking bad. Expecting and dishing out discipline, Capricorn is the captain of his soul.

"Your best friend is the only one who would tell you the person you are in love with is a sexually ambivalent man-child."

--Jennifer Jason Leigh 2/5/1962

Female Capricorns, while no less ambitious and rational, are, if anything, more prone to harsh assessments of others, especially loved ones. Capricorns should be prepared for an occasional mutiny among those below you. Nobody likes the guy who's always right.

Capricorn Factoid: They accept reality as it is, and make it work.

"You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it"

--Oprah Winfrey, 1/29/1954
(Scorpio Moon)

The Capricorn Comeback
At the beginning, nobody thinks a Capricorn will make it big. Capricorns more often than not are sickly as children, or will suffer some long, drawn out heath problems. They may be poorly adjusted to school or socialize with diffidence. However, the longer they are on the Earth, the more they work, the higher they succeed. Unexpectedly, the Capricorn grows stronger with age. Many Capricorns find that there is no actual job title or place for them at the top, so they make their own. They will push aside the others to make a place for themselves on the summit.

"My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging."

--Hank Aaron, 2/5/1934

Hard Driving Capricorn Men and Women
The Capricorn birthday scorecard is loaded with heavy hitters. Capricorn men presaged great changes, both good and bad, from Abe Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Jose Marti, Gamal Nasser to Ronald Reagan, Boris Yeltzin, Dick Cheney, Nicolas Sarkozy and Kaiser Wilhelm.

Capricorns have reached the top in every vocation, like Charles Darwin, Bob Marley, Clark Gable, Voltaire, Charles Dickens, Anton Chekhov, Edgar Allen Poe, Al Capone, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson and Lewis Carroll. Most of these men had very humble beginnings, and fought their way to success the hard way.

The powerful Capricorn women include Rosa Parks, Angela Davis, Jessica Savitch, Germaine Greer, Ellen DeGeneres, Leontyne Price, Alice Walker, Kim Novak, Gertrude Stein and Oprah Winfrey.

This sign also produces total idiots like Maury Povich, Jerry Springer, Sarah Palin, Ayn Rand and Glen Beck, although, admittedly, they too have reached the pinnacles of their fields, after pressing against the limitations of their abilities.

Loving a Capricorn FAQ

"Behind every great and good man stands a very surprised woman."

--Sarah Palin, 2/11/196

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Inherent Strengths
Capricorns are hellified workers. They may not have big fantasies, but they know right from wrong and that success is a long term investment. Like the Cardinal Earth sign that they are, Capricorns cultivate a will of iron, inherent patience, and one very tough attitude about slackers and laziness. They are hardest on themselves, however. Whatever they do, it isn't enough, whatever love and appreciation they get for doing it, it's never enough. Capricorns don't chase their dreams, they march on them like the Russian army took Berlin in 1945—inexorably and completely. By being prepared for any eventuality, Capricorns protect themselves against the two things they hate: surprise and shame. This tough love works best on themselves—all anecdotal evidence suggests that Capricorns live the longest.

The mind-body experience
Capricorns think they can be alone and love it, but they cannot, no Cap is an island. All work and no play makes Capricorn dull and lonely. You need human contact, you need to live in the moment, you need TLC; unfortunately, your needs are probably not being met. If and when you hit the big time, and you are yet a hollow shell, you won’t enjoy it if you don't allow humor and hubris into your life. If you can’t trust the universe, you can trust yourself to know what’s good for you. Separate yourself from The System long enough to recognize your artistic qualities and your ability to think outside the box. Don't EVER underestimate your creativity. If you don’t find a way to be creative you’ll mentally twist up into a subway pretzel. DIVERSIFY.

Capricorn Factoid: It's not that they love work, they hate lethargy

Watch Out!
The problem the rest of us have with Capricorns is that they’re too serious when we're having fun and they enjoy our failure too much when we fail to measure up. Caustic Capricorns use ridicule, contempt and negative reinforcement. A lot of people end up angry at Capricorns, and even though Caps are the best prepared, most resilient, and have a lot to offer, they get rebuked out of pure spite. Excessive grumpiness is the Capricorn downfall. There's got to be a less cold-blooded approach to problems. Often, this intransigent negativity and pessimism is a sure sign of mineral deficiencies (see below) and anemia, so take heed.

As they grow older, they often learn to live with their health problems, not complaining. In this way, Capricorns can give up on the hope of a cure or remedy for their health problems. Like the worker drone that they are, Capricorns will suffer in silence, and use the negative energy to exhort more work out of others. Capricorns can shortchange themselves, burning up their organ cells for fuel, or they become too demanding of others, calling for sacrifice for the continuation of the prevailing status quo.

Relax, Capricorns. Worry, anxiety and anger never solved anything and makes people turn away from you as a leader. Nobody trusts a seething boss. So, Capricorns could use frequent back rubs and mud baths. Yoga is the ideal relaxing technique. You can start with the Corpse pose, and try to master that. Although Capricorns can remain social drinkers when their peers are puking, alcohol isn’t a good remedy to release your inhibitions. Instead, it robs your forward motion and might make you reckless. All drugs will make you hate yourself in the morning, anyway. Marijuana might help relax you, though.

"You exist only in what you do."

--Frederico Fellini 1/20/1920

Bone Breakers, Ball Breakers
Capricorn rules the bones, our body "frame", and the health of the bones. Anyone who has a natally afflicted Saturn or has Capricorn prominently in their natal charts can be susceptible to teeth problems. Is there a correlation between Saturn and calcium-magnesium absorption? Since our bones require a fresh supply of these vital minerals daily, and our junk food and high sugar and fat diets make the Ph of our bodies very acidic, this causes a condition called Sanpaku, a weakened constitution. Ultimately, this can lead to the slow destruction of our ability to produce and deliver clean blood to our organs. Only calcium-magnesium, when absorbed, can correct this affliction.

The Capricorn story is in the knees. As a baby we have to crawl before we can walk. With time, we get off your knees and walk except to show respect or fear. Eventually, the stiffness of old age slows you down to a crawl again. Capricorns often have growing pains and brittle bones. With today's typical shitty diet, more often than not, the only way to provide enough minerals to help bone growth and repair is to take supplements on a regular basis.

Medical tactics
Preventative medicine comes naturally to the Capricorn. You do all the right things, from flossing to feng shui, but can be quite gullible at times. You might have too much faith in established procedure and so-called experts. You might reject Eastern, vitamin and holistic health remedies just because they’re new and unregulated. “Systems” can’t make or break you, instead, think your own quality control for every bodily function.
Power Foods and Healing Systems
Let’s just limit the range of discussion to minerals. Calcium is Capricorn’s way of staying in the race to the end. Calcium will neutralize the harmful acids that cause your dry skin, aching bones and sore joints. Calcium can smooth out your rough edges and relax the mind; offer blissful rest and emotional disconnect when you need it. Calcium is nature’s way of building stamina and hushing the nagging doubts in your head. It's very important that when you take Calcium you have to take at least one part magnesium with it to be able to absorb it. These minerals were made to be taken together, and often appear together in nature, such as with Dolomite. This Earth element is approx. 2 parts Calcium to 1 part Magnesium, the perfect ratio. Magnesium is critical for metabolizing calcium, and completes the calming effect on both the mind and the body. Take as much of these two vital elements as you can gag down.

Other vitamins that will help you: vitamin D helps with the absorption of Calcium and Magnesium; try vitamin E for energy, virility and clean blood; vitamin A is anti-bacterial, anti-infection, and helps your own body's immune system destroy intruders (it also requires vitamin D for safe and complete absorption). Vitamin C for collagen, the magic mending substance that glues your skin to your bones. Your body requires vitamin C every day, so "swirl and swallow" at least 3,000 mg of C as ascorbic powder daily for immortality. Taking C causes an initial bowel evacuation of toxins, so make sure you are close to a toilet the first day. SEE: VITAMINS for a complete rundown, which vitamins are natural and where to buy them.

Comparison of the Zodiac systems





Aries Mar 21 - April 20 April 15 - May 15 April 19 - May 13
Taurus April 21 - May 20 May 16 - June 15 May 14 - June 19
Gemini May 21 - June 20 June 16 - July 15 June 20 - July 20
Cancer June 21 - July 21 July 16 - Aug 15 July 21 - Aug 9
Leo July 22 Aug 22 Aug 16 - Sep 15 Aug 10 – Sep 15
Virgo Aug 23 - Sep 22 Sep 16 - Oct 15 Sept 16 – Oct 30
Libra Sep 23 - Oct 22 Oct 16 - Nov 15 Oct 31– Nov 22
Scorpio Oct 23 - Nov 21 Nov 16 - Dec 15 Nov 23 – Nov 29
Ophiuchus NA NA Nov 30 – Dec 17
Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21 Dec 16 - Jan 14 Dec 18– Jan 18
Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 20 Jan 15 - Feb 14 Jan 19 – Feb 15
Aquarius Jan 21 - Feb 19 Feb 15 - Mar 14 Feb 16– Mar 11
Pisces Feb 20 - Mar 20 Mar 15 - April 14 Mar 12 – April 18

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