Capricorn is one of the most elegant and sophisticated signs, if not the most. Libra and Leo gives the sign of Capricorn a run for its money in terms of a certain classiness or dignity. But, Capricorn is probably the most accomplished and impressive in this regard. It makes sense because the essential function of Capricorn is to feel accomplished and impressive. That’s why it’s an energy that is always synonymous with “class” to me. However, it’s a classiness that is not just handed to them. I think Libra’s class can come from just being conditioned to have good manners or to respect social customs. Leo’s class can be something that is just innate; that regal quality of a king or queen that always makes you feel like they should be wearing a crown.
However, the Capricorn has to work for it, in one way or another. It can mean having to go from being this awkward duckling to a magnificent swan. Aquarius, co-ruled by Saturn, which also serves as Capricorn’s ruler, is equally familiar with this sort of transformation. But, this manifests on a more social and intellectual level, where a feeling of awkwardness growing up translates into an unpretentious, unsnobbish friendliness as an adult as well as a lack of caring what people think that lets that genius and uniqueness within shine through. With Capricorn, the transition from a challenging upbringing to a distinctive adulthood means the opposite: cultivating certain rules for oneself that will allow that success or status to be easily gained. Capricorn figures out how society works and then labors to be able to gain a secure footing in society.
Whether you are dealing with a Capricorn Sun, Moon, Rising, Venus, etc., there is an unmistakable dignity and professionalism about them, in one way or another. They might always answer their phone in a business-like way; a “hi, this is so-and-so” instead of just a casual “hello.” Their texts or e-mails could be equally down to business and to the point, sometimes in a way that could come off as curt or cold. When in their company, you feel as if there has to be a purpose to why you’re with them. And that purpose could actually be to have a good time. But, having a good time then becomes a goal and there are many guidelines that have to be followed in order to have fun.
It’s not always easy for people to deal with. These are things that could potentially rub you the wrong way. After all, Saturn is not so easy to deal with. However, just don’t take it personally or get too annoyed. The Capricorn in your life has some kind of rule-book, whatever it may be, and they follow it religiously. This is even true for the more deceptively easygoing ones. You soon realize that they’re not as easygoing as you thought. Their laidback nature has definite limits and you know it once you run against those limits, like wasting all of your breath trying to convince them to hang out with you when they have some work to finish up at home. You won’t be able to. And it’s not really stubbornness because Capricorn is not a stubborn sign. It’s a certain self-regard at play.
I wouldn’t say that Capricorn has an ego. But, they definitely have a sense of “I would never do that” which is almost on par with Leo, who does say such a thing out of ego or, to be fair, strong self-awareness. With Capricorn, it’s more about self-image. How dare you think that they’re the kind of person who would go out for drinks when they have work to finish? Someone is depending on them, after all! It’s this kind of attitude that does make Capricorn such a class act. They work for their image, for their reputation, for their recognition as someone respectable and they will not let all of that hard work go down the drain. There are certain decisions that are just beneath them. After all, Capricorn does rule the 10th House, which is the very top of the chart. And once you get to the top, you have to maintain it, which means not doing things those “at the bottom” would.
Maybe you would be irresponsible with your money or flake out on your plans with someone. But, the Capricorn individual sure won’t. Now, of course, this doesn’t mean that all Capricorn types are perfectly responsible and dependable. They can screw up, just like the rest of us. However, if they do have moments where they drop the ball or don’t do the respectable thing, you should know that they feel absolutely terrible about it, deep down, and do whatever they can to correct it in the future. This is something that can actually have a really positive manifestation in their dealings with people. The Capricorn Sun or Rising can be very quick to admit their wrongdoings and also very eager to make sure that they don’t do it again. It does, after all, take a very big person to say “I’m sorry.” Capricorn likes to be accountable for its own actions and this is another way that makes them stand out as class acts in a world where people often just do what they want and don’t care very much what the repercussions are.
Yet, when taken too far, their sense of dignity can also be something that becomes quite snobbish. There’s being classy in a self-respecting way and then there is being classy in a way that makes you feel like you’re above others. Again, the Midheaven is dignified in Capricorn. So, yes, even the most seemingly humble of Capricorn types can feel as if they are above you. If not, then they secretly want to be and work hard for that status. It’s something that can permeate the way they dress and the kinds of people that they associate with. Part of the reason why the Capricorn Moon prefers to be self-sufficient is because they often believe that you’re not competent enough or dependable enough to help them anyway. The Capricorn Ascendant person can be so cautious or careful with new people because they instinctively see many people as not being worth their time whatsoever.
Make no mistake: Capricorn can have a serious superiority complex to work through. But, the funny thing about a superiority complex is that it’s really not that different from an inferiority complex. It’s just that a superior attitude is that person’s way of compensating for their insecurities. Capricorn can also be really insecure and it’s why they put so much effort into having certain things or being seen in a certain way. The thing that will help them get over such a complex is knowing that they were born to be great and to be somebody important. Capricorn people have a tremendous amount of potential and, deep down inside of them, they know it. There is just this struggle within to constantly live up to that potential. But, if they relax into the journey, they will find themselves achieving all that they set out to.
Then, the classiness that they exude can be a more natural variety of dignity and elegance; the kind that just comes from who they are. Once they find their footing, Capricorn types don’t fumble. After going through that painfully awkward period growing up, it’s like they learn all the necessary rules and regulations, whether it’s in career, relationships, socializing, or just being themselves. The Sun in Capricorn person, in particular, becomes highly conscious of all of the rules they need to follow just to express their true self. They become very shrewd in this sense and you could call it calculating. But, the truth is that Capricorn needs structure as if it were oxygen. The trick is that it has to be the right structure for them. Every Capricorn’s handbook is different. It all depends on the individual and their chart. Some have looser rules, some have stricter rules, some are more self-focused and some are more other-oriented. But, they all thrive on guidelines, in some way.
Once they have defined these guidelines, the true grace and sophistication of Capricorn emerges. This is why Capricorn folks get increasingly comfortable and relaxed with themselves as they get older. Adulthood comes equipped with certain rules that have to be followed, whether it has to do with work, paying your bills, dealing with relationships, having a family, etc. While some people can complain about this transition, this is truly when Capricorn begins to find its stride, as anyone with basic astrology understanding knows. They come into their own once they have these structures to adhere to. And, also, once their structure is in place, they get a clear, pragmatic sense about what they need to do in order to maintain it. This means using their maturity and wisdom to keep that part of their life functioning and refined.
But, this doesn’t only apply to “serious” stuff. Capricorn knows how to make just about anything work. When many of these individuals dress, they dress to impress or for success. It’s no surprise why many of our biggest fashion icons – from Marlene Dietrich to David Bowie to Michelle Obama – were born with their Sun in Capricorn. Although some would argue that a Capricorn Venus and/or Ascendant would influence style more, if something can create the right image, the Capricorn influence can be felt through it. They know how to combine their pragmatism with their shrewd understanding of how to play the game. If a Capricorn is into fashion, they will read the pages of Vogue or GQ like it’s the Bible. A fashion-conscious Capricorn type will know exactly what is out of season and what is in season and what the emerging trends are, as well as what’s coming back. And they take all of this wisdom and use it to put their outfit together and to build their overall wardrobe successfully. They’d also usually be the types to take fashion advice as well as they give it (although Bowie was an Aquarius Rising, so he only cared about his own unique sartorial rules, in the end).
This can be seen in how the Capricorn deals with people, as well. Capricorn is a sign that is very much into self-help of any kind. First of all, self-help is a term that was probably invented by notoriously capable Capricorn. Second of all, most of them really want to feel as if they are successfully interacting with other people. You might see a truly destructive Capricorn Moon every now and then or a Capricorn Rising who doesn’t care at all about evolving as a person. But, they are rare types whose feelings of inferiority run too deep, probably from an unhealthy upbringing, and who are too unable to pull themselves out of the self-defeat to change. Otherwise, this is a sign that does want to be very effective with people. For all the crap that Capricorn gets about being a drag or a negative influence, these are actually some of the most proactive people you’ll ever meet. They’re just realistic in that proactivity.
So, this realistic attitude about their flaws leads them to want to constantly be better. In this sense, the classiness of Capricorn can manifest as someone who is always taking the high road. It’s no surprise at all that our beloved Former First Lady Michelle Obama inspired millions of people with her “when they go low, we go high” motto. This is the elegance of the sign at play. Instead of petty fights, vulgar insults, tiresome complaining, and other immature carrying on, the Capricorn person would rather opt for the classy response: intelligence, accountability, maturity, kindness. They keep their chin up in ways that impress the rest of us. They also excel at being the adults in a situation, which is evident even in the youngest of Capricorns. If an apology or a compromise would fix the situation, they will usually do it. Libra does the same thing but to keep the peace. Capricorn does it just because they feel like it’s the responsible or the respectable thing to do.
It’s the sort of thing that can make them seem above everyone to other people, as well. They just do things or deal with things in a way that most can only aspire to. In this sense, Capricorn is in its own league. And they could seem out of your league, as well, which is something that lends them that famously intimidating quality. Whether it’s through proper speech, impeccable style, stately presence, or rigorous intelligence, they just seem ridiculously polished. I’ve noticed that all three of the transpersonal signs – Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces – come off as being on a completely different level than everyone else. They are beyond the rest of the signs in their understanding and temperament. Pisces appears to be off in some ethereal, magical world of its own making. Aquarius is the alien visitor that shocks and surprises others with its strangeness and brilliance.
Capricorn, on the other hand, is just of another time. Not ahead of its time, like Aquarius; more so immersed in the time that has already past and come to fruition. It’s a big part of where that class comes from, contributing to the notorious old-soul quality that can make young people with Capricorn placements act more like they’re from another generation. It’s evident in the Millennial with this influence who almost entirely listens to music from the 80’s or 90’s. It’s also clear in the fact that this is a person who usually reveres their parents or grandparents to the degree of taking all of their advice and honoring the wisdom they have to offer. In the end, it’s that love of the rules at play. Since they feel most comfortable with what’s established, they would rather stick to the things that have already been tried and proven to be solid.