The archer becomes the sea-goat as the astrological year turns to Capricorn from December 22 – January 20. Like other earth signs (such as fellow horn-wearer, Taurus), Capricorns posses a practical and grounded nature that underpins their loftier ambitions. More than dreamers, Capricorns are planners. Their down-to-earth attitude means that Capricorns can be more disciplined than other signs and can create realistic goals with concrete steps towards achieving them. For Capricorns lacking in self-confidence, their desires can feel out of sync with their abilities, but once a Capricorn feels at home within their own power, there’s nothing that they can’t achieve. The Capricorn motto for success is “slow and steady wins the race.” While other career-oriented signs pursue passions with a blazing fire that burns hot and can flame out quickly, Capricorns prefer a well-tended garden, earning their successes through consistent work over time. Count on a Capricorn friend to keep you on track with your yearly goals or to help you figure out the next steps in a difficult project.
Capricorns love routine and prefer structure along with well-communicated boundaries and expectations in all areas of life. While this may not make them the most spontaneous friend or partner, it does mean that Capricorns have a reputation for being loyal and reliable. Their prudence and knack for long-term planning make Capricorns excellent at financial tasks like saving and investing along with big life decisions like purchasing a home or executing a big move. They’re also inclined towards leisure activities which require a high time investment and some brain power, such as reading, learning an instrument, or detailed crafting.
While Capricorns can excel at tricky tasks other signs find hard to wrangle, their sensible natures can mean that some Capricorns find it difficult to be free and open with their emotions and may trend towards stagnancy. Capricorns struggling with this will benefit from creative exercises that encourage free expression as well as mindful prompts that remind Capricorn to tune in to their loved ones’ emotional needs.
Our picks for Capricorn this month feature celebrities who share the sign–Dolly Parton and Michelle Obama–books that honor the Earth as their zodiac element, planners and guided journals that will help them chart a path to reaching their goals, fantasy epics with intricate worldbuilding to keep them occupied in their downtime, and emotional homework to shake up any Capricorns that have become too stuck in their ways.