|Paul Newman: Capricorn Rising|
As a Capricorn Rising individual, there is something about you that makes people sit up straight and show some respect. You navigate your environment with a seriousness of intent, assessing what needs to be accomplished and how that plan should be carried out. Therefore, it’s no surprise that your immediate role is that of an authority, over yourself and/or the people around you. Capricorn Rising gives off the impression of being someone to look to for guidance. Even while very young, you appear to be wonderfully wise, seasoned, and experienced. There is an aged quality to you that can suggest a fine-wine kind of class that keeps getting better and better with time.
Paul Newman wonderfully represented this Capricorn Rising quality, with his Mercury and Venus conjunct this Ascendant. He was the picture of elegance and distinction throughout his life, seeming to be in a class all of his own. With this same placement, you share this same aura. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing or where you’re going. You have the presence of being a very important person, heading off to a business lunch or a fancy soiree. But, it’s this classiness and air of success that can also make Capricorn Rising people come off as distinctly remote. After all, it is lonely at the top. And your way of carrying yourself often makes you seem out of reach to most people. You might be a very friendly, warm person. However, your demeanor just often makes you seem unapproachable, in some way. It’s difficult for people to just casually stroll up to you.
This only reinforces that remoteness, to the point where you can seem downright lonely. There’s typically a melancholy aura to Capricorn Rising, on some level. But, it’s usually not a self-pitying melancholy. Instead, you give the impression of being an earthy, capable survivor, who has gone (and is still going) through hard times but consistently endures. This contributes to your well-preserved air, allowing you to age uncannily well. Paul never looked a day over 50 well into his 70’s. You already feel old while young, so you don’t focus your energy on aging. If there are planets conjunct your Ascendant, there are projected with pragmatism and firm purpose. Capricorn Rising people carry themselves like they’re truly going somewhere. You walk with your end destination in mind and most people respectfully move out of your way. Your mannerisms and movements have this same sense of calibrated control. You virtually always know what you’re doing. You’re also the master of the straight face, with a default expression that’s serious and no-nonsense.
Capricorn Rising folks are businesslike with new people, instantly recognizing the bottom line of these interactions. But, this can go one of two ways. It might mean that you are averse to chit-chat and pleasantries, wanting to get right down to the important stuff. However, it can also mean that you’re very suave and sophisticated while breaking the ice. You can effectively make the exact impression you want on others through your worldly demeanor, engaging in the necessary patter like a big-time executive would while meeting new people in the boardroom. Capricorn Rising tends to gain more confidence in this ability as they get older and mature. Therefore, you make a very solid first impression, coming off as a particularly substantial, respectable character. And when you unleash that urbane wit that wouldn’t be out of place at a cocktail party, the deal is sealed.