FOCUS ON CAPRICORN : THE DRAGON DESIRING TO FLY OUT OF THE SWAMP OF SUFFERING AND MATERIALISM
Venus into Capricorn: Dec. 15th
Sun into Capricorn: Jan. 14th
Mercury into Capricorn: Jan. 13th
Saturn into Capricorn: Jan. 23rd
Capricorn, know as Makara or the crocodile, in Sanskrit represents the fall as the spiritual energy of Sagittarius descends into matter and gets involved in material desires. It is not the Western astrological goat or even a crocodile but an amphibian creature with the face of a deer and a body of an amphibian and hence it is more of a dragon creature that wants to arise out of the swamp of the material world and fly to the heavens.
Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the planet of infrastructure and physicality but also embodies deep spiritual longing and hence the sign is very complex. Capricorns are filled with enthusiasm and energy particularly in the nakshatras of Sharvana (10-23.20 Capricorn) or Uttara Shadha (0-10 Capricorn) and idealism but Saturn by its nature prevents them from expressing their talents Capricorn is connected to the natural 10th sign of the zodiac connected to desire to rise in status and been seen an acknowledged in the world.
The spiritual essence of this sign is the emergence and struggle of ugly creature from the lagoon to soar out of its swamp of the material prison to free itself of the shackles of the material. It symbolically represents the dragon of wisdom in esoteric astrology and is not really a crocodile but a reptile and symbol of universal symbol of the pentagram, the 5 pointed star of Divine intelligence.
Capricorn is connected to the base chakra or Muhladhara chakra out of which the kundalini energy arises. Hence it contains the latent potential for full realization but remains grounded and hidden in the earth and needs to be awakened. Hence the essence of Capricorn is freeing the spiritual from its material prison.
Saturn rules Capricorn and that is why it is one of the more difficult signs of the zodiac connecting it to hard work, trials and suffering and not an easy life. If one discovers spirituality then the coiled snake energy is awakened and Capricorn can complete its journey. Capricorns must find meditation and spiritual practice to move out of the grips and jail of the “more stuff” of the material world.
Again if your Vedic Sun (Jan. 14-Feb. 12th), moon or rising sign is Capricorn it can create a very practical individual with conservative values who spends more time in preventing problems from happening rather than using its creative energies. The responsibility of Saturn makes it a great employee and its tenacious and persevering energy makes it an ideal worker. But with Cancer owning the 7th house, they are emotionally vulnerable in relationships and hurt easily. Any planet placed in Capricorn in the D1 or D9 chart or any varga chart is in a kind of a coma and unfriendly and not helpful and is forced us to work hard in order to free its significations. It is a difficult sign as it requires toil and grief in order to become realized over a long time.
With Jupiter owning the 12th and 3rd houses and Jupiter debilitated in Capricorn, there is a problem with ethics in business and Jupiter’s moral wisdom in lost. China, a Capricorn rising country, (Oct. 1, 1949 3 pm, Bejing) is being called out for its business piracy of intellectual property but stubbornly refuses to bend. In recent years, the infrastructure it is erecting with numerous bridges and highways, embodies the power of Capricorn and with Saturn and Pluto going into Capricorn in 2020, we can see a further rise of power for China. Bernie Maddoff, a famous Capricorn rising, thought nothing of funneling pension money that he collected into his private coffers.
Capricorn’s Achilles heel. when Saturn is afflicted, is being overly suspicious, selfish, having difficulty making friends, being late and tardy, being gloomy and overly concerned with security. They make difficult romantic partners unless Venus can come to the rescue in the 1st house but with their excellent business skills if Saturn is strong, they are often excellent business people.
Saturn owns the 1st and 2nd houses for Capricorn rising and Saturn gets its self-worth caught up and what they have. Rahu is the co-owner of Aquarius and can easily get Capricorns caught up in savings and having too many rules around their family. If Saturn is exalted then Capricorn can blossom in relationship and in service of humanity while in Aries it will suffer from emotional coldness, laziness and desire to control.
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SATURN AND ITS PLANETARY RELATIONSHIPS
Venus is the best planet for Capricorn owning the 5th and 10th houses and it provide material pleasure for Capricorn and its fun-loving nature balances out the hard-working crusty side of Saturn. Women particularly balance out Capricorn men and marriage, creativity at work and artistic expression and sexual expression and massage are keys to balancing Saturn.
Mercury is the 2nd best planet for Capricorn owning the 6th and 9th houses of Gemini and Virgo. The 9th house connected to another earthy business sign suggests that hard work and practicality in business matters will create success. The prankster and comedic quality of Mercury reminds us that Capricorns need more comedy and humor to get through their suffering and hard work and so watching comedy on TV, participating in improv will help lighten their struggles.
Ketu does not do well in Capricorn as its mystical nature is deeply distrusted by Saturn’s practical side and Ketu placed in Capicorn can get too caught up in material endeavors and forget its mission.
Capricorn has difficult with the Sun although the Sun which represents our Divine spark is still neutral planet to Capricorn because it must ultimately strive for that higher spiritual realm. The Sun can give it power and confidence but if afflicted, as the 8th house ruler of Leo, it can cause abuse of power and vulnerability. If Sun is exalted in Aries, then Capricorn has a full realized Divine heart and can move beyond power constrains whereas Sun in Libra where it is fallen will cause power and tyrannical energy at work and may force Capricorns into their dark and controlling nature.
The moon is a difficult planet for Capricorns owning the 7th house of Cancer as they will tend to attract emotional partners at odds with their practical nature but it can give them strong intuitive abilities in business partnerships if the moon is strong. Moon exalted in Taurus in the 5th house will allow for creative business development due to the joint ownership of Venus owing the 10th . Moon in Scorpio will may give them strong desire for more income to overcome emotional insecurities around self-esteem.
Mars is a difficult planet for Capricorns owning the 4th and 11th house can they can create cruelty in domestic life in order to further their work careers and incline them toward real estate and have difficult and fighting relationships with their mother if Mars is afflicted. The 11th house is bhadaka for Capricorn creating complex energies around friends, income and groups and leading to fighting around all of them. If Mars is exalted in Capricorn it can create spiritual energies and strong ambition but if in Cancer, very difficult relationships will results often leading to divorce.
Saturn will be moving into its own sign of Capricorn on Jan. 23, 2020 and we will write a long article about this and Jupiter will join it there on March 29th.
In summary, Capricorn are powerful creators of the material realm but need to move beyond self-centeredness and discover spirituality in order to fly out of the swamp of suffering. They must remember to be ethical, balance their life with fun and sensual experience and strive to help heal humanity. Then can the dragon full emerge into its full force of inspiration.
Special thanks to Bepin Behari, Sam Geppi, Bill Levacy and Komilla Sutton for their insights on Capricorn and for inspiring me to fully flush out this article.