Relationships

Begin by acknowledging that Capricorn has a strong sense of privacy, propriety, and emotional reserve. Even your oldest friends don't get too close. You admire them for their accomplishments and sympathize with them for their troubles. You're not unkind. But you're uncomfortable with emotional displays and would just as soon not have to be there during times of major crisis. (You would rather help by doing something practical.) In love, too, you go out of your way to avoid pyrotechnics. You just can't stand it.

On the other hand, you're a traditionalist with a strong sex drive and a deep need to be comforted, admired, and connected. Your ideal partner is accomplished, well put-together, and worthy in the eyes of the world. You can't help responding to the confidence that success brings. What's so terrible about that?

When you find the right person — and it can take awhile — you're faithful and devoted. Playing around isn't your style. Playing traditional gender roles is. Although you believe in gender equality, you still feel comfortable with a standard male/female role division. If there is a problem, it may be simply that you take everything very seriously. A pillow fight on a weeknight? No way! You need 7.5 hours of sleep, and not a nanosecond less. An afternoon tryst with your beloved? Are you joking? You have a job! In Capricorn relationships, it's generally the other person who tries to provide the laughs (and the spontaneity). Someone's gotta lighten things up — and it probably won't be you.

For specifics on the Goat's interactions with other signs, flip to Chapter 15.

Work

Can you say workaholic? Capricorn is the most ambitious, industrious sign of the zodiac. You accept responsibility without complaint. You know how to operate within an organization, large or small, and when a structure is lacking, you know how to create one. You may not like bureaucracy, but you understand it, and you're at home in a corporation. Naturally you crave recognition. And let's face it: Although recognition comes in many guises, its primary form is money. You understand the stuff. Occasionally, you even become obsessed with it because money is a sign of accomplishment. Consider, for example, this remark from the eccentric, obsessive-compulsive tycoon Howard Hughes. "I'm not a paranoid deranged millionaire," he said. "Goddamit, I'm a billionaire."

So, yes, some Capricorns are covetous and materialistic. Most are not. And many of you have a little-recognized ability to put the good of others ahead of your selfish desires. Not for nothing was Martin Luther King, Jr., a Capricorn. Those born under the sign of the Goat, despite a reputation for capitalist venality, often have a social conscience. They just don't think they should have to suffer for it.

If you work for a Capricorn, everything you ever learned about how to behave at work applies: Be on time, dress for the next level up, anticipate your boss's needs, be organized, and so forth. Avoid office pranks: Naked pictures on the copier won't amuse your straight-arrow boss. And make sure that nothing suspect appears on your computer screen — and that includes solitaire. Remember: Capricorns wrote the rules. You'd be a fool to break them.

Capricorn: The Basic Facts

Polarity: Negative Favorable Colors: Dark green and brown

Quality: Cardinal Lucky Gem: Onyx

Element: Earth Parts of the Body: Bones and teeth

Symbol: The Goat Metal: Silver

Ruling Planet: Saturn Key Phrase: I use

Opposite Sign: Cancer Major Traits: Goal-oriented, rigid

Classic Capricorns

^ Albert Schweitzer, Diane von Furstenberg, Elizabeth Arden (Moon in Aries)

^ Carlos Casteneda, Naomi Judd (Moon in Taurus)

^ Joan Baez, Jim Carrey (Moon in Gemini)

^ Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Mary Tyler Moore, Janis Joplin (Moon in Cancer)

^ David Bowie, Mao Tze Tung, Marilyn Manson (Moon in Leo)

^ Stephen Hawking (Moon in Virgo)

^ Nicholas Cage, Jude Law (Moon in Libra)

^ Henry Miller, Orlando Bloom, Kate Moss (Moon in Scorpio)

^ Henri Matisse, Tiger Woods (Moon in Sagittarius)

^ Clara Barton, A. A. Milne (Moon in Capricorn)

^ Cary Grant, Richard M. Nixon, Denzel Washington, Muhammad Ali (Moon in Aquarius)

^ Edgar Allen Poe, Elvis Presley, J. R. R. Tolkien (Moon in Pisces)

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