In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest.
– Henry Miller, who had his Sun, Mercury, Midheaven, and Venus in Capricorn
At the moment of the arrival of Winter Solstice, at 6:12 am Eastern time on Friday the 21st, the Sun moved into the sign of Capricorn. Please forgive my tardy but heartfelt wishes for a most happy birthday to Capricorns everywhere!
If you are a Capricorn, you belong, not to the sign of the goat, but to the sign of the Sea Goat; a mythical creature that represents a doorway to another world.
The strong-willed Sea Goat climbs up from the sea and scales the steepest peaks to reach the high goals they set for themselves. Their cautious, but confident steps usually get them to the summit. Their spirit is well represented by our Tarot card of the week this week, the rarely seen Knight of Pentacles.
The myth about Capricorn people is that they are far too sensible and down to earth (translation: dull) to be interested in much more than getting ahead in life. But astrologer Jon Cainer reminds us that the fact is, they are just too busy to fool around trying to fix people’s wrong-headed assumptions about them!
“Capricorns,” he writes, “may be capable characters but they have plenty of mystery and sensitivity in their souls. They also have plenty of fire in their bellies.
“These passionate, adventurous and mischievous people also just so happen to be highly intelligent. They can instantly see that if folk want to jump to the wrong conclusion about them, it will only help them run rings round the rest of the human race!”
He admonishes Capricorns to, “Remember this and have more faith in the visions and ideas that constantly flood through your busy brain.” Though gifted with a good sense of history and perspective, once it starts climbing, Capricorn doesn’t look back.
For all of us: When the Sun is in Capricorn, we prepare for the worst, expecting the best. Capricorn’s Earth Sign energy is a time of self-control, persistence, patience. Ruled by Saturn, Planet of Karma, Capricorn’s Sun transit can seem like slow going sometimes.
However, this influence focuses our ambition and clarity of purpose, while still maintaining an honorable respect for others. While it can be a self-absorbed time, it’s not devious or truly selfish.
Common sense governs decisions made under this influence. Rather than being spontaneous, the Sun in Capricorn is a time to take ourselves and our lives more seriously. Remember, it is simply more intelligent to do things well the first time.