Chapter Xiii

The Individual and Personal Character of the Sign Capricorn.

Capricorn is the last of the cardinal signs, and also the last of the earthy tiiplicity and the first of the serving trinity.

In this, the tenth, sign is contained the perfect number, and all the attributes of the perfect man are to be found concealed in this sign, which in a few words is conveyed in the expression " And whosoever will be chief among you let him be your servant." The symbol represents a high mountain, on which a goat is seen to be steadily climbing towards the top; but many symbols could be used to pourtray the wonderful power that is concealed in this, the strongest of all the signs. If we trace the Sun in his journey from the first point of Aries (spring) to Capricorn (winter) and consider the gradual unfolding of the life forces until maturity is reached, we shall see how in Capricorn a consummation of character well-nigh perfect is attained. The Capricornians, when individualised, are impartial, just and accurate, aiming to be precise, exact and constant, fulfilling all things through persistent, industrious and persevering endeavour. They are assiduous, arduous and careful, zealous and diligent, ever enduring with a calm, earnest patience and grave reflective demeanour.

They seem to have brought the economy of Cancer to a kind of perfection, and they know how to be frugal and thrifty without being mean ; when fully individualised they are very contemplative, reserved, deep and profound. They are always independent characters, possessing quiet self-reliance and steady determination, and when living up to their highest ideal are the true servants of humanity; but when not awakened, and living to the personal side of their nature, they pass through the opposite extremes of all these virtues. They are always more or less self-conscious, and seem to know the state of consciousness they are in more readily than those born in the other signs. When personal tbey are melancholic, doubtful and sceptical, and inclined to be very indifferent and perverse; and when working on the lower levels they are constantly repining and expressing a heavy, morose, cold and distant nature, their despondency and gloom carrying them into an obscurity that is painful to themselves and all who are connected with them. When very backward in their development they become miserly, avaricious, deceptive and dishonourable. Capricornian individuals are capable of attaining great heights, as they possess both ambition and endurance, and with their punctual attention to details, and their thrifty and acquisitive methods, they can build while others are dreaming of the work. They make the most of all their opportunities, and being self-reliant they accomplish their ends. With their practical conception of things, they know how to produce in the concrete the ideal that is in their minds, for it would seem as though all the ideals conceived of in the preceding sign become actual beautiful crystals in Capricorn.

All their ill-health appears to arise from despondency and melancholia, and they may gradually sink into a morbid condition from which spring numerous complaints which would appear to have their seat in the sympathetic disarrangement of the digestive system. Their counteracting medicine is hope and cheerful society; a change of scenery and surroundings becomes essential when they have given way to their greatest enemy, despondency.

Many of those born in the sign Capricorn rise in life through their own efforts and personal merit, and they acquire riches by a steady and patient industry : indeed, great wealth is often found associated with this sign, and some of the greatest aristocrats have been born between the above-mentioned dates. They are successful in all land and building speculations, and are best adapted for general and practical work connected with the earth, agriculture for instance. They make good scientific researchers and writers; and in any avocation where steady application and industry are required, they are the persons to succeed. They have great ambitions and are able to undertake very large contracts with success; they are best suited for builders, upholsterers, designers and decorators. Large speculations, elaborate enterprises, and huge undertakings, are best conducted by the Capricornians.

We mny sum up the character of persons born in this sign by considering them as truly Saturnian individuals; they range from ail that is icy-cold, limited and barren, up to the calm, cool, contemplative meditator on things divine. A great number of persons born in this sign favour a concrete or ceremonial religion, and they are always more or less am bitious, ever seeking in some way or other to display their independence There are many who ' ape' humility born in this sign, it is true, but it nevertheless gives us some of the strongest characters, able and willing to serve the world to its great advantage.

In studying Capricorn we may learn much from the race which is said to be chiefly under its influence—the Hindus. Among these people we find great learning, great wealth, great power, and great rank; but we have also great servility and, amongst the lower castes, a cringing humility which is truly distressing to those who can realise from what lofty heights they have fallen. In common with the other earthy signs, those born in Capricorn can be extremely Jselfish; but their virtue lies in patience, contemplation, and reflection. The inner nature cr* destiny of this sign is Service.

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