Showing posts with label Esoteric Capricorn. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Esoteric Capricorn. Show all posts

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Capricorn Misunderstood - The Mythalogical Sea Goat

Capricorn. The Sea Goat. One half in the waters, the other upon the mountain.

Where do you belong?

 Image by Jake Baddeley

Who are you?

You have been called the most boring sign of the Zodiac. You have been called materialistic and self seeking. You have been called overly serious and narrow sighted. Are these descriptions really true?

I believe Capricorn is the most misunderstood sign of the Zodiac. I am a Capricorn and I have found it hard to identify with many traditional understandings of this sign. In this post I will speak from my own experience ( I have three planets in Capricorn) and offer some insight into the Mythical narratives surrounding this most enigmatic of signs.

Capricorn is represented by the Sea Goat. It rises out of the water, the mysterious womb of life and takes it's first steps on land. But not just any land. Capricorn chooses the rocky and often lonely terrain of the mountain. Goats are marvelously adept to climbing aloft the crags and crevices of mountainsides of course.

Symbolically, the mountain is often associated with spiritual teaching, wisdom or insight. It was on Mount Sinai that Moses received the 10 commandments. It was on the Mount of Olives that Jesus preached his Beatific message. And again it was on the Mount where he was seen in his true, divine, transfigured state by the Apostles. Mountains are not exclusive to Christian spirituality though. Mount Kailash in Tibet is revered as the Mouth of the Holy Mother Ganges River which is sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus. Mountains are held in spiritual esteem in Paganism as well.

Every sign can be expressed through a higher or lower vibration. At it's lower vibration Capricorn certainly can become career, greed and fear driven and that holy mountain can become a self aggrandizing career ladder. But we must remember that Capricorn has emerged from the element of water. Water still drips from his curled Sea Horse legs and echoes in his memory. Although an earth sign, the earth can seem a harsh and difficult place for Capricorn. Sometimes the materialism associated with the sign stems from a real fear of scarcity and need to sure footed on those heady mountain heights.


Higher vibrations of Capricorn reveal an old soul on a Spiritual quest. This quest makes the native confront the constant conflict between attaining material security and staying true to their inner truth.
Indeed, Capricorn is also referred to as the "Gateway of the Gods", in both Greek and Roman mythology.  This is the portal through which ascending souls free themselves from earthly trappings and pass into the life hereafter.
Higher vibrations of Capricorn have great integrity of purpose and like the Tortoise in the story of the Tortoise and the Hare they often win the race with slow, methodical, unnoticed steps. Indeed Capricorns of almost all Decans and types often feel the weight of the world on their shoulders and find they only start making real progress after their Saturn return at the age of approx 29.
Being ruled by Saturn known by the Ancient Greeks at Chronos the father of time Capricorns also usually age well.

Higher vibrations of Capricorn feel a deep empathy for the underdog, the down trodden and the forgotten in society to the point of overly self identifying with the victim archetype.

Capricorns of all kinds often feel alone in a crowd giving them an aloof aura which has often been interpreted as snobbish. Though, in truth, their self esteem is usually quite fragile.

Capricorns of all kinds tend to keep their deepest feelings to themselves and always like to appear together and appropriate. This difficulty in showing vulnerability means they can find it hard to make friends quite as easily as other signs.

Capricorns are actually surprisingly sentimental and sensitive. If you do happen to get close enough to a Goat you will know what a revelation this can be. There is almost nothing that will pull the heartstrings more than a forlorn Capricorn!

Now these descriptions are the core of Capricorn but they can be modified by a person's Rising, Moon signs, aspects and/or other planetary influences. The Decan of the placement in Capricorn can also influence which elements are emphasized. However, it must be remembered that ultimately whether higher or lower vibrations of a sign are expressed comes down to the individual, where we are on the path and what lessons we still have to learn.

Higher Vibrations of Capricorn in a nutshell:
  • Climbing a spiritual ladder
  • Compassionate to the underdog 
  • Stable 
  • Sensitive 
  • The Wise Sage
  •  Patient and Gentle
 Lower Vibrations of Capricorn in a nutshell:
  •  Materialistic
  • Fearful and suspicious
  • Selfish ambition
  • Pessimistic
  •  Overly inward looking
  • Too self concious

Mythological Capricorn.

Despite its faintness, Capricornus has one of the oldest mythological associations, having been consistently represented as a Goat with a fishes tail since the Bronze Age. It was recorded in the Babylonian star catalogues as MULSUḪUR.MAŠ "The Goat-Fish" before 1000 BC. The constellation was a symbol of the god Ea and in the Bronze Age marked the winter solstice.

 Under its modern boundaries it is bordered by Aquila, Sagittarius, Microscopium, Piscis Austrinus and Aquarius. The constellation is located in an area of sky called the Sea or the Water, consisting of many water-related constellations such as Aquarius, Pisces and Eridanus.


The first day of Capricorn the 21st of December marks the Winter Solstice. It is watershed in temperate climes. After the Solstice the days begin to get longer and light re-illumines the wintry world. Capricorn can often feel like they are holding a small flame in the cold. They can be bringers of light if they lose their fear and focus on the real reason they have chosen to come here.

“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone's soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.” 


The mythology of Capricorn begins in very ancient times when the Babylonian god, Ea ruled the waters beneath the earth.  He kept the Tigris and Euphrates rivers flowing, thus making it possible for life to exist on land.  Ea rose out of the Persian Gulf to teach his wisdom to the Sumerians.  He was a man cloaked in a cape of fish skin.  He was also referred to as the antelope of the undersea world.  And Mesopotamian art very often shows the goat and antelopes eating from the Tree of Life.

The Greeks accepted Capricorn as Amalthea, the goat-nymph, who nurtured the infant Zeus (Jupiter) on the island of Crete, where Rhea had hidden him from Cronus (Saturn).  Amalthea, half goat and half nymph, was the sister of the satyr, Pan, who was half goat and half human. As a reward for nurturing Zeus, she was placed in the heavens as the constellation Capricorn.

This video is helpful for understanding Capricorn on an Esoteric level.

And some fascinating insights from Evolutionary Astrologer Kim Marie on Capricorn Archetypes: