This on-going series for writers is based on building characters based on the archetypes in Astrology and the Tarot card(s) associated with each sign.
Capable Capricorn is one of the most stable and serious signs of the zodiacal. It is ruled by the planet Saturn. (Saturn: Roman god of harvest or time of reaping).
When needing a character that is like a rock, I thought it easiest to give you quick snapshots of the famous people who share this sign. Otherwise you'd be reading for quite a while. This should help you understand this character.
As a whole:
· They are independent, confident and strong willed (think Lady Bird Johnson)
· They tend to be unemotional and cautious in the extreme (Mao Tse Tung).
· There is a melancholy quality about them. (Howard Hughes, Anthony Hopkins, Edgar Allen Poe)
· Mostly, they will be shrewd, practical, responsible and persevering (James Earl Jones, Conrad Hilton, Marlene Dietrich, Michel de Nostradamus)
· They appear reserved and conservative (Richard Nixon, Joan Baez, Victor Borge).
· Some Capricorns can have mood swings any where from depressed, wretched and miserable to an extreme ecstatic happiness (Ava Gardner, Kirstie Alley, Al Capone).
· These swings are not the only reason Capricorns deserve the adjective based on their name, capricious. They are either surprisingly witty and subtle, often turning to a career in entertainment (Diane Keaton, Cary Grant, Andy Rooney)
· or utterly irresponsible and flippant (Rush Limbaugh, Jim Bakker)
· With mental processes often deep and profound, they tend to explore all possibilities before making a decision on a course of action and then they can be stubborn and unyielding. Capricorns are capable of persisting for as long as is necessary to accomplish a goal they have set for themselves. (Joan of Arc, Louis Pasteur, J.R. Tolkien, Clara Barton)
· Another unexpected quality in some Capricorns is their interest in the occult which persists in spite of their naturally skeptical turn of mind (Jeanne Dixon, Michel de Nostradamus, Carlos Castenada).
· They can be wary and cautious around people they don’t know very well and tend to attract people who do not understand them (J. Edgar Hoover, Elvis Presley).
If they are functioning from their dark side, they can be clingy, pessimistic and fatalistic--even miserly and grudging.
Capricorn is represented by the symbol of the mountain or sea goat.
It is an earth sign (think rock) with the influence of planet Saturn (called the Great Teacher and Taskmaster).
The Tarot card associated with Saturn is the Devil card, not to be confused with Satan (from the Book of Job in the Old Testament—whose role it was to wander the Earth in pursuit of those who did not keep the faith and who broke God’s law. He was authorized to tempt humans to demonstrate their lack of moral goodness.).
Briefly, in ancient
the god of agriculture was Saturn (Saturnus) (equivalent to the Greek Kronos—god
of sowing and the harvest). Quickly demonstrating the evolution/origin of this,
here are the connections out of which the Devil card developed:
- Pan, the horned woodland goat was depicted with horns and hooves of a goat. Capricornus is latin for horned goat.
- Pan was the half man, half goat nature god of physical pleasures and indulgences in food and drink (Dionysius/ Bacchus).
- The Saturnalia was the joyful festival (end of harvest) of the ancient Roman year when moral restrictions were eased and, “the devil had his day.”
Without getting into all the symbolism of the card (that could take a whole post on its own), it basically about completion—we have reached the end of our journey and have learned the lessons put to us by Saturn the taskmaster/teacher/adversary. Along the way we have proved our worth as human beings.
Capricorn’s inner journey is about being honest with himself so that he may reach his highest goals through ambition, commitment and resourcefulness.
Are you a Capricorn? Does it sound like you?
Could you build a character based on Capricorn?
Love to hear your comments.