Capricorn the Goat
(December 22-January 19)
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Capricorn is the tenth of the twelve signs of the zodiac, corresponding to the constellation Capricornus, and is depicted as a goat.
Frequently, artistic versions of Capricorn show an
animal with the upper body of a goat and the lower body of a sea-creature (something like a mermaid’s tail). For a tattoo, just a picture of a goat is fine, but one should probably
consider artwork that portrays the goat-fish, or Sea-Goat.
The glyph for Capricorn looks like the capital letter “V” with a looped tail coming off the top point of the right hand line of the V. The V portion represents the goat’s body and horns, while the looped tail represents the sea-creature part of the body.
Capricorn tattoos can be of the image, glyph, or combination of both.
Capricorn is an earth element sign, and is ruled by the planet Saturn. The legend behind Capricorn is varied and unclear. The story told most frequently is that Pan, the pipe-playing god of herdsmen who had the upper body of a man and the lower body of a goat, was trying to escape the monstrous god Typhon. Pan leapt into the Nile River, where his upper body became the goat half, and his lower body turned into a fish.
The Capricorn personality is ambitious and healthy, and rarely takes the easy path. Friendships evolve slowly, as the Capricorn sometimes comes off as cold and unemotional, and
can let rules get in the way of having fun. Still, Capricorns are outgoing and have a good sense of humor. They make good civil servants and politicians. The dual nature of the
goat-fish body leads the Capricorn to both climb to new heights or sink into the abyss. The lists below show a number of characteristics, both positive and negative, that different
sources attribute to Capricorn:
Positive: surefooted, industrious, ambitious, practical, prudent, persevering, diplomatic, cautious, methodical, dependable, trustworthy, efficient, just,
honest, conservative, responsive, patient, systematic
Negative: high need for security, secretive, fearful, miserly, unsympathetic, rigid, suspicious, selfish, materialistic, brooding, egotistical
Characteristics associated with Capricorn, which may be customized into a unique Capricorn tattoo design:
• Body Part: Knees
• Color: Deep Blue
• Metal: Lead
• Flower: Poppy
• Gem: Garnet
• Food: Cabbage, Kale
Famous Capricorns include Sir Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, and Benjamin Franklin.
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